Kil­te­gan claim first scalp in Wilson/Buttle clash

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH at Donard

KIL­TE­GAN 2-10 DONARD-THE GLEN 2-07

IT was back to the old days in the West over the last few weeks.

They had won ‘Home Rule’ once more and the few around that could re­mem­ber what that that meant in the past, or even heard the sto­ries at the fa­ther’s knee were al­ready pre­dict­ing bet­ter days ahead.

The first of the listed com­pe­ti­tions was ready to role; The horse trad­ing, the wheel­ing and deal­ing was back; the sacro­sanct rule book was given its proper ti­tle – the guide, well the of­fi­cial guide if you must get it right.

Guide books of all sorts have to be read and in­ter­preted and in the West we in­ter­preted this one in the way it suites us best.

Of course we had learned from watch­ing men like Billy Law­less and Sean O’Far­rell in ac­tion; we might even be able to learn a thing or two from Mick Ha­gan still.

Any­way they learned enough to get the first of the win­ter com­pe­ti­tions un­der way - a lit­tle be­lated per­haps but on the road any­way.

One master stroke John Stones and Pat Dunne did pull was let­ting two of the past masters at wheel­ing and deal­ing, Paddy Toomey and John Tim­mons, kick off the first of the new com­pe­ti­tions.

So just when the rest of Wick­low is clos­ing down for a well earned rest the new West Board kicks off its first com­pe­ti­tion with Kil­te­gan pick­ing up the first brace of points in the Wilson/Buttle Cup at Donard.

The Car­low bor­der side got off to a great start with Dar­ren Hob­son scor­ing an early goal. While a goal by Der­mot Daly brought the home side back into con­tention Kil­te­gan still led by 1-6 to I-0 at half time.

Donard-The Glen came more into the game in the sec­ond half. Play­ers like Bill Flynn and Der­mot Daly were mak­ing Se­nior ex­pe­ri­ence tell.

Kil­te­gan man­ager Pat (Judy) Keogh was able to call on re­turned em­i­grant Stephen Far­rell and the semi-re­tired Barry Dal­ton to re­store the bal­ance.

How­ever when Paul Grif­fin got through a tonic goal the game was wide open.

When man of the match Mark Ryan struck for Kil­te­gan’s sec­ond goal they were well on their way to vic­tory.

Nei­ther Kil­te­gan or Donard have Mi­nor teams of their own so the play­ers to ben­e­fit fom this sort of com­pe­ti­tion are young de­vel­op­ing lads like Mark Pierce, Lau­rence Murphy, Gavin Keogh, John O’Ke­effe, Phillip Pen­tose, Luke Byrne or Eoin Coogan on the Kil­te­gan team or Donard-The Glen play­ers like Des Mann, Oisin Ad­dler, Anto Moyni­han, Stephen Pierce, Gavin O’Neill, Stephen Dowling or Conor Kelly.

And If all clubs play this com­pe­ti­tion with the youth in mind and put their fu­ture be­fore short time ben­e­fit then the real win­ners will be foot­ball in the West.

Kil­te­gan – Ned Doyle; Faus­tas An­dru­le­nis, Gavin Keogh, Ciaran Doyle; Mark Pierce, Stephen Far­rell, Liam Ka­vanagh; Mark Ryan (1-0), Barry Dal­ton; Bryan Cullen, Pat Keogh, Luke Byrne; Lau­rence Murphy (0-1), Dar­ren Hob­son (1-1),Johnny Boy Keogh (0-1). Subs: John O’Ke­effe (0-2); Phillip Pen­rose and Eoin Coogan.

Donard-The Glen: An­taoe Moyni­han; Gavin Walsh, Ger Healy, Oisin Ad­dler; Der­mot Daly (1-3), Stephen Pierce, Bill Flynn (01); Gavin O’Neill (0-1), Gerry Daly; Des Mann(0-1), Phillip Pierce, Conor Kelly; Stephen Dowling, Paul Grif­fin (1-0), G. Kelly (0-1)

Ref­eree : Noel Kin­sella, Kil­bride.

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