Two on the trot for Kil­coole

Own goal proves to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween sides

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KIL­COOLE KNOCK­ANANNA 1-09 0-09

KIL­COOLE made it two on the bounce, when they picked up their sec­ond brace of Boom Plat­form Hire Ju­nior A Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship points with a hard-earned win over Knock­ananna on Satur­day evening last.

An own goal by full-back Padraig Lan­caster turned out to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween these two teams.

Daniel Ka­vanagh landed a mas­sive 54 me­tre free off the ground in the open­ing minute for the open­ing score of the game for Kil­coole. Knock­ananna started with Dar­ren Flynn in a sweeper role.

Vin­cent Quigley played a great ball into Dara Keddy who was fouled and Matt Gil­bert con­verted the free over the bar.

Pat O’Keefe picked up a yel­low card for Knock­ananna for a heavy tackle and Dan Ka­vanagh landed a mon­ster of a point from the free,which was way out on the side­line.

Tris­tan Ma­her got Knock­ananna off the mark with a point in the 8th minute af­ter good work by Steven Hinchy. Paddy Byrne re­duced the de­fecit to a point with a high in-swinger of a shot which crept in­side the up­right. Dan Ka­vanagh landed an­other sweet 50 me­tre free, off the car­pet as Kil­coole rose up a gear.

De­clan Roper dropped a shot short in the dan­ger­zone where goalie Liam Vines spilled the ball, but re­cov­ered to clear, to close out the open­ing quar­ter.

Danny Ka­vanagh tagged on an­other point to put Kil­coole three points up. Knock­ananna ap­plied a bit of pres­sure but could not con­vert into scores.

Kil­coole also added a cou­ple off very bad wides with some poor shot se­lec­tion.

The game be­came very ragged for the clos­ing min­utes of the half with some poor tack­ling. It was 14 min­utes since the last score when Matt Gil­bert pointed an­other free for Kil­coole in the 30th minute.

A huge turn­ing point in the game came in the 34th and fi­nal minute of the open­ing half when the reds suf­fered a dou­ble blow. Firstly, they lost Ed­ward Bracken to a Black Card for a hand trip. Sec­ondly, Danny Ka­vanagh’s 50 me­tre free dropped into the square where Padraig Lan­caster fielded the ball, but some­how he spilled the ball into his own net as the half time whis­tle sounded with the score read­ing 1-06 to 0-02.

Kil­coole added an­other brace of wides on the restart. De­clan Roper had a great chance of a goal but his piledriver crashed off the cross­bar and over for a point to let Knock­ananna off the hook. Aaron O Neill replied with a great point for the red men.

Again Kil­coole should have goaled but Matt Gil­bert blazed his shot over the bar with 40 min­utes played.

Knock­ananna hit a pur­ple patch as their mid­field com­pletely took over and ran at the heart of the Kil­coole defence.

Lor­can Tyrell and Gerry Bradley tagged on a point each. Stephen Hinchy landed a point from a free. Dar­ren Flynn added an­other point as the reds were fly­ing at this stage, bayed on by a very vo­cal Eu­gene O Brien on the side­line.

Kil­coole tried to slow pro­ceed­ings down but ref­eree Matt Dowl­ing rightly threw up the ball on the 21 me­tre line for time wast­ing by the goalie.

Steven Hinchy won pos­ses­sion and tagged on an­other point to make it 5 points with­out re­ply to eat into Kil­coole lead.

Each sides traded yel­low cards as the tem­per­a­ture rose up a level. Kil­coole stead­ied the ship but added an­other brace of wides. In the 54th minute Steven Hinchy hit an­other point to leave two points in it. Ro­nan Keddy broke the Knock­ananna mo­men­tum with some fine in­ter­cep­tions but again his for­wards did not pun­ish their op­po­nent’s as Luke Evan’s hit the “miss of the year” as an­other glo­ri­ous goal chance went amiss. How­ever Kil­coole held out with an­other point from Evan’s in the fi­nal minute for an­other im­por­tant win, as Knock­ananna will re­group and should have a full com­pli­ment of reg­u­lar starters for their next out­ing.

Kil­coole scor­ers: Dan Ka­vanagh 0-04 (3f), Matt Gil­bert 0-03 (2f), Luke Evans 0-01, De­clan Roper 0-01, Padraig Lan­caster 1-00 (og).

Knock­ananna scor­ers: Steven Hinchy 0-03 (2f), Aaron O’Neill 0-01, Tris­tan Ma­her 0-01, Gerry Bradley 0-01, Lor­can Tyrell 0-01, Dar­ren Flynn 0-01, Pat Byrne 0-01.

Kil­coole’s Daniel Ka­vanagh puts pres­sure on Knock­ananna’s Pa­trick O’Keefe dur­ing the JAFC in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low.

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