Kil­macanogue too sharp for Aughrim

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A strong sec­ond half saw Kil­macanogue com­pre­hen­sively over­come the chal­lenge of Aughrim in this D’Arcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Group 2 clash in Joule Park, Aughrim on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

It took the north Wick­low men a full half to find their feet in this match but once they got their act to­gether and put their shoot­ing boots on there was only ever go­ing to be one win­ner and the open­ing 16 min­utes of the sec­ond half saw them outscore the home team 1-7 to a point.

It’s hard to be­lieve that less than three years ago Kil­macanogue were ply­ing their trade in Ju­nior A while Aughrim were win­ning the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship. The gulf in class be­tween the sides was huge and Aughrim found scores ex­tremely hard to come by, re­ly­ing com­pletely on the re­li­able boot of classy cen­tre back Robert Lam­bert for their sup­ply of scores.

To be fair to Aughrim they got stuck in and had some very good per­form­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the backs. Oisín Doyle had a fine game at full back and gave Kil­mac’s key for­ward Josh O ‘Callaghan a tough time all day while he could do lit­tle for ei­ther of the Kil­mac full for­wards ma­jors as there was men over for both.

Paul Lacey and Wil­lie Ka­vanagh were tena­cious and con­sid­er­ing the con­stant pres­sure the Aughrim backs were un­der 2-12 wasn’t a bad score to con­cede, while Robert Lam­bert was im­mense at cen­tre back.

Kil­mac will prob­a­bly be dis­ap­pointed with their per­for- mance over­all but hav­ing said that they never looked re­motely like los­ing the match and won by 13 points so that’s not a bad po­si­tion to be in. They’re hav­ing a good year and are top of di­vi­sion 1A but whether they yet pos­sess the re­quired steel to win In­ter­me­di­ate this year is ques­tion­able.

Their cap­tain Robert Co­nan was im­mense at mid­field while their wing back (be­fore be­ing switched to wing for­ward) Si­mon Doyle was busy all af­ter­noon and got some good scores. Aaron Creavin is a great play­maker in the mak­ing at cen­tre for­ward while Josh O ‘Callaghan is their key man in­side and the vo­cal point of their at­tack. The 21 year old full for­ward was con­stantly tar­geted both on and off the ball and although prob­a­bly not hav­ing his best game he stood up to it well and came away with two goals from play.

The open­ing half was a drab af­fair in truth with Kil­mac on top but not be­ing able to reel off the scores. O’Callaghan ben­e­fited from good in­ter­play and a burst for­ward from Si­mon Doyle as he placed the ball past Cil­lian Done­gan af­ter 5 min­utes but there­after the scores dried up. Craig O’Neill was shown a black card and it wasn’t un­til the 17th minute that Kil­mac reg­is­tered the game’s first point through Co­nan af­ter a great burst up field.

Lam­bert got Aughrim on the board two min­utes later from a close in free be­fore clos­ing out the half with a point from an iden­ti­cal po­si­tion, af­ter Si­mon Doyle and Ben O Callaghan had hit scores, to leave 4 points in it at the in­ter­val.

It was a half dom­i­nated by the backs where scores were hard to come by and at­tacks were con­stantly break­ing down.

Kil­mac needed to in­ject pace and in­ten­sity into their play and what­ever Johnathon Daniels said at half time worked as they went from first to fifth from the start of the sec­ond half.

From the throw in a brisk move in­volv­ing Co­nan and the lively Micheal Whe­lan ended with Si­mon Doyle kick­ing a nice score from the edge of the D. It was a sign of things to come and the game was ef­fec­tively put to bed 3 min­utes later as an over­lap saw Aaron Creavin square it for Josh O Callaghan to blast to the back of the un­guarded net.

Kil­mac sub­sti­tute Conor Finn made a claim for a start­ing berth and got him­self on the score­sheet 3 times with 3 well taken points as Kil­mac eased away from Aughrim. Ben O Callaghan, Aaron Creavin and Whe­lan added points to a soli­tary one from Lam­bert in re­turn.

An­other Kil­mac sub Garry King closed out their scor­ing with his first touch af­ter an­other pow­er­ful run through from Co­nan while Lam­bert closed out the game with two more points to add slightly more re­spectabil­ity to the score line.

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