Kil­te­gan claim first scalp in Wilson/Buttle clash

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH at Donard


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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