Two from two for Kilcoole
KILCOOLE BARNDARRIG 1-12 0-12
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