Cool­boy top­ple Kil­bride

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COOL­BOY KIL­BRIDE 4-15 3-09

COOL­BOY sent out a se­ri­ous warn­ing to all in the Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship that they are still a force to be dealt with as they took on Kil­bride in Bal­li­nakil on Fri­day night in a high scor­ing en­counter.

It was the Kil­bride side that started the bright­est and had their first score on the board after just a minute by wing for­ward Hugh Walsh.

There was five min­utes on the clock when big mid­fielder Don­nacha Cor­ri­gan spilt Cool­boy’s de­fence but keeper Damien O’Ke­effe saved but could do noth­ing about the re­bound and it was slot­ted away by Niall Too­lis.

The first good ball that Cool­boy got into dan­ger man PJ Mul­hall seen him take on his man and won a free which could have been a black card but the ref showed yel­low on this oc­ca­sion.

The free was con­verted by the steady foot of Kevin O’Ke­effe.

Then it was that man again, PJ Mul­hall, a for­mer county Mi­nor star, to blast to the net after good link up play with PJ O’Ke­effe. Game on now.

Wayne Kin­sella de­cided to get in on the ac­tion and slot­ted over a beauty from 40 yards out and it was all Cool­boy at this stage.

The killer blow came for Kil­bride went they lost Martin O’Donoghue to a sec­ond yel­low.

Wayne Kin­sella tagged on an­other point as he started to get the mea­sure of O’Donoghue.

But Kil­bride then started their come­back. A point from Liam McCoy and two more in a row from that man Niall Too­lis, he looked a real dan­ger any­time he had the ball but Wayne Kin­sella got an­other to keep Cool­boy in the lead.

Then on the stroke of half-time PJ O’Ke­effe again linked up with Mul­hall for a screamer of a goal to leave it 2-8 to 1-6 at half-time,.

Kil­bride de­cided to bring their keeper Thomas McKeon out the field at the start of the sec­ond half after he had made a few great solo runs up the field in the first half.

Cool­boy got off to the bet­ter start with scores from Mul­hall and Johnny Smyth, then Don­nacha Cor­raigan with an­other mon­ster run drills to the net and Kil­bride, even with 14 men, were not about to give up yet.

Cool­boy made a dou­ble sub­sta­tion and brought in the two Walsh broth­ers and they addedd a point be­fore Jonathan Smyth made a break for goal and fin­ished nicely.

Then in the 48th minute, tem­pers flared in the far corner. The ref eree con­sulted his um­pires and sent PJ O’Ke­effe off on a straight red and a minute later Jonathan Smyth gets him­self a black card.

With the game as good as over, Kil­bride were keep­ing the pres­sure on and they won a free.

De­cid­ing to take it quick, that man Donoghue drills to the net again but it was only a con­so­la­tion as Cool­boy went back up the field and hand­ball leg­end Michael Gre­gan found him­self one on one with the keeper but made the right de­ci­sion and set up Bradley Walsh for his first goal.

The whis­tle blew soon after with the score 4-15 to 3-9 in favour of Cool­boy.

Damien O’Ke­effe; An­thony Holly, Bren­dan Be­han, Enda Gethings; Aaron Kin­sella, James Gre­gan (0-1) Gar­reth Gre­gan; Michael Gre­gan, Dan Nolan; Jonathan Smyth (1-1), PJ O’Ke­effe (1-4), Kevin O’Ke­effe (0-2); PJ Mul­hall (1-3), Wayne Kin­sella (0-4) Adam Doyle. Subs: B. Walsh (1-0) in for A Doyle, N Walsh in for E Gethings, J O’Ke­effe in for G. Gre­gan, F. Kiersey in for K O’Ke­effe.

Thomas McKeon; Neil O’Donoghue, Pa­trick O’Donoghue, Neil Ke­hoe; Richard Ward, Diar­maid Hawkins, Kevin McLough­lin; Finn Craul, Don­nacha Cor­ri­gan (2-2); Hugh Walsh (0-1) Martin Donoghue, Eoin Ke­hoe, Liam McCoy (0-1) Niall Too­lis (1-4) Michael Rior­dan. Subs: David Balfe, An­drew O’Brien (0-1), D. Balfe in for Hawkins, A. O’Brien in for K. McLough­lin.

Liam Keenan jr

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