Kevin’s rally to edge en­ter­tain­ing derby

ST KEVINS STA­BAN­NON PAR­NELLS 1-11 0-12

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

ST Kevins needed a late rally to see off the chal­lenge of Sta­ban­non Par­nells and snatch a place in the last four of the Kevin Mullen Shield.

In a well-con­tested lo­cal derby at Philip­stown, the reign­ing Junior Champions looked to be in dan­ger when they trailed by two points en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter. How­ever, the hosts hit back with the last four points of the game to se­cure the vic­tory and just like in last year’s Junior Fi­nal it was an in­jury-time point from Pa­trick Clarke that sealed the vic­tory.

It was St Kevins who had the bet­ter of the first half and a goal from Paul Duff gave them a bit of breath­ing space at the break as they went in lead­ing by 1-6 to 0-5.

Sta­ban­non came out fight­ing in the third quar­ter and a se­ries of well-taken points, in­clud­ing ef­forts from Aonghus Gig­gins and Daniel Ban­non, saw them ease into a 0-12 to 1-7 lead in the fi­nal quar­ter.

It looked as if Par­nells were on their way to vic­tory at that stage, but the Kevins re­sponded in im­pres­sive fash­ion. Scores from Seanie Cros­bie and Liam Boy­lan lev­elled the game and Ai­dan Craven edged his side in front be­fore Clarke struck just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle to make sure his side reached the semi-fi­nal.

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