Two from two for Kil­coole

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Kil­coole


KIL­COOLE made it two wins from two with a hard fought vic­tory over Barn­dar­rig at Kil­coole last thurs­day evening. Barn­dar­rig who had been well bet in their open­ing game by Eire Og put in much im­proved per­for­mance to rat­tle the hosts cage.

It was Barn­dar­rig who opened the scor­ing with wing back Malachy Stone point­ing a close in free. Sloppy play by the vis­i­tors al­lowed Jordan Murray tie things up af­ter passes went awry .

The goose­bankers im­pres­sive full for­ward Jay Walsh got his first mo­ments later off his weaker left peg af­ter im­pres­sive build up play with Conor Scul­lion. Stone added his sec­ond free to tie it up af­ter 15 min­utes.

A fea­ture of the open­ing quar­ter was the workrate of the Barn­dar­rig full for­ward line with vet­eran Richie Murray lead­ing the way. From his has­sling and har­ry­ing the ball was turned over close to the Kil­coole goal and af­ter the ball was shipped across field the over lap­ping Malachy Stone pro­vided the fin­ish for the lead.

Walsh and Richard Keane ex­changed scores be­fore Kil­coole cor­ner for­ward Shane Evans nipped in dan­ger­ously from the left ring be­fore clip­ping a beau­ti­ful curl­ing ef­fort. Kil­coole were very waste­ful in the open­ing half shoot­ing nu­mer­ous wides how­ever one man not guilty of this was Jay Walsh who launched a lead score from 50 yards out af­ter Jim Keddy had done the hard work.

The all im­por­tant open­ing goal came soon af­ter. Conor Scul­lion picked the ball up around the mid­dle third he spot­ted mid­fielder Philip Brien who had ghosted for­ward and de­liv­ered a pin­point 40 yard ball, the Kil­coole man gath­ered rode a hefty chal­lenge be­fore drilling low past Barn­dar­rig keeper Manus Quinn.

Stone, Evans and Murray ex­changed scores to leave Kil­coole a goal up at the in­ter­val.

Kil­coole with a half­time lec­ture ring­ing in their ears started brightly with five of the first seven scores to ex­tend the lead out to six. Scul­lion and roam­ing cor­ner back Jonathon McGuire with two ex­cel­lent ef­forts be­fore Walsh clipped an­other and Murray added two long range frees. Stone and age­less Barn­dar­rig cen­tre back An­drew Reilly with a mag­i­cal 50 yard free kept Barn­dar­rig in with a shout.

Once more silly wides and over elab­o­ra­tion from Kil­coole al­lowed Barn­dar­rig to stay in touch and when a run of points from Stone, two from Murray and an­other au­da­cious long range point from Reilly left two in it with ten left.

Kil­coole needed to steady the ship and thanks to Conor Scul­lion they did the wing for­ward land­ing a mam­moth ef­fort from out on the right wing with five min­utes left to close the scor­ing.

A com­pet­i­tive game where Kil­coole were the bet­ter team and de­served their vic­tory how­ever sloppy wides and tremen­dous heart by Barn­dar­rig al­lowed the vis­i­tors re­main in con­tention un­till the very end. An­drew Reilly with his scores and his abil­ity to spray passes out of the back­line with his left boot was a joy to watch and with Malachy Stone was Barn­dar­rig’s best play­ers. They pro­vided seven points of the to­tal from the half back line.

For the vis­i­tors Jordan Murray, Shane Evans and Jay Walsh were all im­pres­sive but cor­ner back Jonathan McGuire was out­stand­ing . He was tena­cious in the tackle when moved to mid­field he picked up a moun­tain of breaking ball and even chipped in with a long range score to keep Kil­coole on top in the early stages of the sec­ond half.

Kil­coole: Luke Doyle; Conor Mur­phy O’Toole, Stephen Kelly, Jonathan McGuire (0-1); James Scul­lion, Gerry Murray, Chris Car­roll; Philip Brien, Pa­trick Woods (1-0); Jordan Murray (0-3), Gary Coady, Conor Scul­lion (0-2); Shane Evans (0-2), Jay Walsh (0-4), Jim Keddy. Subs: Eoin Han­ney, Barry Doyle.

Barn­dar­rig: Manus Quinn; Alan Doyle, Ian Brad­shaw, John Twoomey; Malacy Stone (0-5), An­drew Reilly (0-2), Richard Murray; Aaron Jack­son, Brian Walsh; Tom Doyle, Stephen Cullen (0-1), Michael Byrne; Richie Murray (0-1), Noel Browne, De­clan Ka­vanagh. Subs: Richard Keane (0-3), Mike Do­herty, An­drew Tre­anor, Ol­lie Byrne, Gillen.

Ref­eree: Tony McLough­lin

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