Clin­i­cal Cash steers Kil­coole to suc­cess

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Bal­li­nakill REF­EREE: Chris Cana­van.

ONE of the great in­di­vid­ual dis­plays by Wil­lie Cash saw Kil­coole tri­umph in their county shield fi­nal against Avondale Par­nells.

Although judg­ing by the score­line this was a hid­ing if Cash hurled with the op­po­si­tion its quite con­ceiv­able that Par­nells would have been the team cel­e­brat­ing.

He dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings to such a de­gree the Par­nells man­age­ment tried in vain to dou­ble mark him at one stage with­out suc­cess.

The soft ground and mis­er­able weather was not go­ing to help a good stan­dard of hurl­ing and as the game got go­ing the amount of rucks and frees for han­dling on the ground owed more to the con­di­tions than any of the play­ers fault.

It was Par­nells who started strongly with half back Joseph Kelly clear­ing ev­ery­thing one of his long ball into im­pres­sive cor­ner for­ward Casey Doyle saw the marks­man find space and clip a beau­ti­ful point.

It took 15 min­utes for Kil­coole to score but when they did it was a ma­jor.

Char­lie Fraw­ley hurl­ing his heart out in mid­field de­liv­ered long, Dale Van Dalen beat the on­rush­ing keeper to the loose ball be­fore strik­ing home.

At this stage Cash took over. Show­ing skill and speed he took off on a jinky run and just as the Avondale de­fence closed in struck a rocket on the run to the net.

He added a point mo­ments later from play with a sim­i­lar mo­tion.

Joseph Kelly struck back for Par­nells with a thun­der­bolt of a strike that some­how al­luded a mass of Kil­coole bod­ies.

Fur­ther points from Cash and a Fraw­ley ef­fort from dis­tance stretched the Kil­coole lead out to six at the in­ter­val.

The first 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half were de­ci­sive. Fraw­ley, who seemed to have a tele­pathic un­der­stand­ing with Cash, through­out found the dan­ger­man. When Cash got pos­s­e­sion he showed a clean pair of heels to the de­fence be­fore stab­bing to the net.

A minute later Par­nells fi­nally seemed to have Cash bot­tled up but then he showed his reper­toire of skills ex­panded be­yond hurl­ing as he booted a point with the class and ele­gence of a Gooch Cooper.

Michael Shan­non, the pow­er­ful Kil­coole full for­ward, then buried a stake through Par­nells heart with a low driven ef­fort to the cor­ner of the net. The lead was out to 13.

Par­nells with many easy frees chose to go for goals with­out much joy. Cash pointed from an im­pos­si­ble an­gle be­fore com­plet­ing his hat-trick. He was well hooked be­fore re­triev­ing the ball and ar­row­ing an ef­fort into the top left cor­ner.

Par­nells bat­tled till the end and Kelly struck a rasper late on to give them a score they de­served.

How­ever, Kil­coole drove on and Cash added his fourth goal be­fore Shan­non added two goals and a point to close out the scor­ing.

A game that was much closer than the score­line sug­gests but saw Kil­coole run out de­serv­ing vic­tors.

For Par­nells the stand-out player was Joseph Kelly, he struck 2-1 and was in­volved in all their good play.

For Kil­coole Char­lie Fraw­ley was im­pres­sive, Se­nan Ro­gan cleared a moun­tain of ball, Michael Shan­non with three great goals would have been man of the match any other day but Wil­lie Cash with a per­sonal haul of four goals and six points, dom­i­nated this fi­nal.

Scor­ers - Kil­coole: Wil­lie Cash 4-6, Michael Shan­non 3-1, Dale VanDalen 1-0, Char­lie Fraw­ley 0-1.

Avondale Par­nells: Joseph Kelly 2-1, Casey Doyle 0-1 KIL­COOLE: 1. Luke Fraw­ley, 2. Wil­lie Cash, 3. Evan Cooke, 4. Jack Col­lier, 5. Char­lie Fraw­ley, 6. Ben Camp­bell, 7. Sean Byrne, 8. Evan McGuin­ness, 9. Jamie Gre­han, 10. Ro­nan O’Boyle, 11. Conor O’Ma­hony, 12. Dale Van Dalen, 13. Michael Shan­non, 14. Dar­ragh Shan­non,15. Se­nan Ro­gan. Subs. - 16. Ethan Whe­lan,17. Sean Kruger, 18. Jack Col­lier, 19. Alex O’Con­nor, 20. Isaac Scott.

Un­der-13 Hurl­ing Shield win­ners, Kil­coole.

Man of the Match, Wil­lie Cash with Martin Fitzger­ald.

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