Halpin strikes for Mag­pies!

Late goal seals vi­tal vic­tory

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Avon­dale

NEW­TOWN put their de­feat to Bray Em­mets in the Keat­ing Tro­phy well and truly be­hind them when they tri­umphed over Coolkenno in Avon­dale last Fri­day night.

John Mur­phy’s men turned in an im­pres­sive dis­play to see off the Car­low bor­der men who were re­ly­ing heav­ily on the shoot­ing skills of Ea­mon Ros­siter given that Conor Walker was un­avail­able to selec­tion.

This was an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair and close all the way with John Halpin’s ex­cel­lently taken goal after 50 min­utes be­ing the ul­ti­mate dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams when Gar­reth Whe­lan sounded his fi­nal whis­tle.

The per­for­mances of Karl Carthy, Mark Fitzsi­mons, Neilly Martin, Sean Gre­gory and Ross Davis will give Mur­phy and the New­town sup­port­ers huge hope ahead of their re­main­ing Keat­ing Tro­phy games as it is now all to play for with Bray Em­mets sit­ting on top with two wins from three while all the other teams have one win un­der their belts and two points on the board.

The 0-07 to 0-07 half-time score was an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion on the game for the opening 30 min­utes. New­town started su­perbly with points from the su­perb Gre­gory and a bomb of a point from mid­fielder Mark Fitzsi­mons to leave them 0-02 to 0-00 after a mat­ter of min­utes. Gre­gory also fired wide after this as he dis­played sharp­ness and a se­ri­ous pace on the wing.

A foul on Brian Ros­siter al­lowed the alert Ea­mon Ros­siter his first op­por­tu­nity from a placed ball and the Coolkenno sharp­shooter was in ex­cel­lent form un­der the lights in Avon­dale.

He had the sides level mo­ments later thanks to an ex­cel­lent point from play and he an­swered a Neilly Martin score after eight min­utes to make it 0-03 apiece.

Things got bet­ter for Coolkenno when Ea­mon Ros­siter drove them into a two-point lead with two con­verted frees but there might have been con­cern that it was only the full-for­ward who was rais­ing the white flags.

A Ross Davis free and a wicked Karl Carthy ef­fort lev­eled the game at 0-05 apiece be­fore two frees, one from Davis and the other from Sean Hef­fer­nan, left New­town sit­ting pretty with 26 min­utes on the clock, al­though they did record two more wides in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math.

But back came Coolkenno. A con­verted free from Ros­siter was fol­lowed by a beast of a 45 from Paddy Dal­ton and the teams took the half-time break at 0-07 to 0-07 and all to play for.

Coolkenno in­tro­duced David Tomp­kins on to the edge of the square for the sec­ond half in a move to add more threat to their at­tack and he pointed the third point of the sec­ond half after a stun­ning ball from Jim Cushe and fol­low­ing points from Ross Davis for New­town and Eoghan Dolan for Coolkenno.

John Mur­phy sent Darah Cal­lan in to the ac­tion in place of Shane Mooney with John O’Dono­hue going back to full-back, Neilly Martin to cen­tre half back and Cal­lan tak­ing up po­si­tion at cen­tre half for­ward.

Points from Davis, Martin and Davis again make it 0-11 to 0-9 for the Mag­pies be­fore sub­sti­tute Cal­lan split the posts with 20 gone.

And then John Halpin struck. A tricky ball was sent fly­ing in to him and the full-for­ward got down low and man­aged to gather and turn and head for goal be­fore un­leash­ing a rocket of a shot past John Cor­co­ran for what was a mas­sive boost for New­town.

Back came Coolkenno and Ea­mon Ros­siter tried his damn­d­est to get them out of jail but a Davis free gave New­town a bit of breath­ing space and de­spite a late Brian Ros­siter point and a des­per­ate search for a late goal, Coolkenno just couldn’t catch the New­town men who breathed a huge sigh of re­lief at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Scor­ers – New­town: Ross Davis 0-06 (4f), John Halpin 1-00, Neilly Martin 0-02, Danny Brady 0-01, Sean Hef­fer­nan 0-01 (f), Sean Gre­gory 001, Karl Carthy 0-01, Mark Fitzsi­mons 0-01.

Coolkenno: Ea­mon Ros­siter 0-09 (6f), Paddy Dal­ton 0-01 (45), David Tomp­kins 0-01, Brian Ros­siter 0-01, Eoghan Dolan.

New­town: Ciaran McGuirl; Glen Carthy, Shane Mooney, Dar­ren Walsh; Oisin Greenan, John O’Donoghue, Karl Carthy; Paul O’Rior­dan, Mark Fitzsi­mons; Bobby Greenan, Neilly Martin, Sean Gre­gory; Sean Hef­fer­nan, John Halpin, Ross Davis. Subs: Darah Cal­lan for S Mooney (39min), Stephen Kelly for B Greenan, Danny Brady for S Gre­gory.

Coolkenno: John Cor­co­ran; Paul Keogh, Jim Cushe, Shane Walker; Robert Keogh, Philip Tim­mons, Paul Mur­phy; James Gre­gan, Paddy Dal­ton; John Ka­vanagh, Cathal Ros­siter, Conor Doyle; Eoghan Dolan, Ea­mon Ros­siter, Brian Ros­siter. Subs: David Tomp­kins for C Ros­siter, Pierce for P Keogh.

Ref­eree: Gar­reth Whe­lan (Kil­te­gan)

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