Kiely skippers Offaly to Leinster triumph Teenager Collins puts sword into local star
CATHAL Kiely played a captain’s role as Offaly’s greater know-how eased them to a 4-23 to 0-13 victory in the Leinster MHC against Meath at Trim.
The Kilcormac/Kilcoughey youngster accounted for 1-7 before he was withdrawn in the closing stages.
Offaly led throughout and boosted by a goal from Danny Flanagan on six minutes, led 1-11 to 0-9 at the end of a closely-contested opening half.
Kiely’s goal early in the second half increased the Faithful lead and Meath’s challenge faded the longer the half progressed.
In Newbridge, Kildare recovered from conceding four first-half goals to beat Antrim 2-17 to 4-9.
Conaill Bohill, Eoin McGrath and Michael McGarry goals gave Antrim a shock 4-2 to 1-6 lead at half-time.
However, Michael McGovern’s 52nd-minute goal and Muiris Curtin’s six second-half frees saw Kildare run out comfortable winners. IRELAND’S Sean Collins yesterday comfortably sealed a second round place in the qualifying draw on the Poland ITF Men’s Futures circuit.
A member of Dublin’s Lansdowne Club, 19-year-old Collins put the host country’s Oskar Klopotowski to the sword on an emphatic 6-1, 6-1 margin in the outdoor claycourt event in Ustron.
Today, unranked Collins faces a tough task in his bid to make the final round of the preliminary stages, being paired against the No 5 seed, Slovakia’s Martin Fekiac, who received a bye in the opening round and has a world ranking of 1,676.