Fur­long on fire as Kil­te­gan de­mol­ish Bray chal­lenge


THINGS are good for Kil­te­gan, not so good for Bray Em­mets. Seanie Fur­long was on fire, bounc­ing around with a light­ness and en­ergy and mak­ing the game look like fun, show­ing why he’s the best for­ward in the county.

For Bray, they face into the Keat­ing Tro­phy fol­low­ing a group cam­paign in which they were dec­i­mated by in­jury and travel.

Five play­ers started against Kil­te­gan who also started the county semi-fi­nal last year against Balt­in­glass. Conor Flan­nery started on Sun­day while he came on last year. Miss­ing two-thirds of a team would be dif­fi­cult for any club. Some of their play­ers are due back in Au­gust and they may be able to stave off rel­e­ga­tion.

And yet with all that in the back­ground, they led by four points to one by the 6th minute. Bryan Cullen got Kil­te­gan’s first point after 20 sec­onds with the goal at his mercy, but after that the ball was camped in­side the Kil­te­gan half, the west­ern club un­able to gain pos­ses­sion at all and get a foothold in the game.

Ish­mael Mnensa started very well with good tack­les, though his in­flu­ence waned as Jacko Dal­ton stepped up.

Peter Quin­lan scored Bray’s open­ing point and Conor Flan­nery added the other three points from frees but for the next 54 min­utes Bray would only score three more points, all frees from Flan­nery and only one of them com­ing in the sec­ond half.

Kil­te­gan were level at four points each by the ninth minute, and had the game as good as won by half time, 2-09 to 0-06. Read on, how­ever, or else you’ll miss out on the Seanie Show.

Sit­u­ated in around the square, or some­times in the goal­mouth it­self when he wanted a drink, he was part of only three Kil­te­gan play­ers in­side the Bray half at times, Kil­te­gan play­ing with a very de­fen­sive setup. Fur­long, Derek Daly and ei­ther Jacko Dal­ton or Bryan Cullen were never iso­lated how­ever.

The num­bers back meant pos­ses­sion was turned over more of­ten than not and then Kil­te­gan brought the ball for­ward at pace and with num­bers. The likes of Rory Finn and Padraig O’Toole amongst others had the phys­i­cal power and pace to break past any would be tack­ler and set up at­tacks.

Finn scored Ki­le­gan’s sec­ond point of the game, one of those dif­fi­cult shots he likes to take from 30m which split the post.

Fur­long then took it upon him­self to kick Kil­te­gan’s next four points and beau­ti­fully set up Jacko Dal­ton for their first goal.

Two of his points were from play, the first when he looped around a team­mate in pos­ses­sion and only needed a postage stamp worth of space to raise a white flag. His sec­ond point was a classy ef­fort.

In the eigh­teenth minute Dal­ton got the af­ter­noon’s first goal.

Dal­ton picked up pos­ses­sion from his left wing for­ward po­si­tion and passed to Fur­long while gal­lop­ing into the space va­cated by Fur­long.

To see that an ocean of space has opened up and the ball should be passed into that space from a dis­tance is easy enough, to do so in the heat of bat­tle with his marker for com­pany is very good.

To make that pass a 20-yard hand pass with your weaker hand, well now, that’s dif­fer­ent gravy.

Fur­long got his goal five min­utes later to make it 2-07 to 6 points. Stephen Farrell launched a high ball in and rather than com­pete with the two Bray men in front of him, Fur­long let them jump to­gether and he reaped the re­wards, calmly slot­ting the ball past Paul O’Ke­effe. He should never have won the ball.

He added two more frees be­fore half time for a 2-09 to 6 point lead and the teams played out the sec­ond half with­out too much go­ing on, ref­eree Pat Dunne never had the trou­ble of dish­ing out a card of any colour.

Kil­te­gan march on where they will face a much tougher op­po­si­tion in Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money next time out.

Scor­ers – Sean Fur­long (6f) 1-08; Jacko Dal­ton 1-00; Rory Finn, Bryan Cullen 0-02 each; Ro­nan Byrne, Aaron Byrne 0-01 each.

Bray Em­mets: Conor Flan­nery (6f) 0-06; Peter Quin­lan 0-01.

Kil­te­gan: Fer­gal Har­mon; Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham, Blaine Har­mon, John Farrell; Cathal Fitzger­ald, Ro­nan Byrne, Adam Wynne; Stephen Farrell, Rory Finn; Padraig O’Toole, Bryan Cullen, Michael Fo­ley; Derek Daly, Seanie Fur­long, Jacko Dal­ton. Subs: Aaron Byrne for Cathal Fitzger­ald (18 mins, inj.); Jim Bob Dal­ton for John Farrell (42 mins); Barry Dal­ton for Jacko Dal­ton (46 mins); John Farrell for Seanie Fur­long (56 mins).

Bray Em­mets: Paul O’Ke­effe; Mark Line­han, Adam Ben­son, Philip Haughton; Ish­mael Mnensa, Diar­muid Master­son, Conor O’Do­herty; Niall Gaffney, Liam Benville; Des Kelly, Ben McCor­mack, Peter Quin­lan; Gavin Dowl­ing, Marc Len­non, Conor Flan­nery. Subs: Conn Benville for Adam Ben­son (13 mins, inj.); Ross McAne­spie for Peter Quin­lan (HT); Peter Quin­lan for Ish­mael Mnensa (60 mins, inj.).

Ref­eree: Pat Dunne (Hol­ly­wood)

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