Coolkenno tri­umph after bat­tle with Vil­lage

Wicklow People - - SPORT -

at Mer­rymeet­ing

have three wins from five and sit in fourth spot be­hind high-fly­ing Ti­na­hely, Avon­dale who played an ex­tra game and Éire Óg Grey­stones.

A tight open­ing 15 min­utes on an ex­tremely heavy pitch was fol­lowed by a pe­riod of dom­i­nance from the com­pet­i­tive Coolkenno side with goals from Conor Doyle and a screamer from Paul Mur­phy to send the Car­low bor­der men in to the half-time break lead­ing by 2-4 to 0-4.

Rath­new would have been hope­ful of turn­ing things around given that they were play­ing with the sig­nif­i­cant wind for the sec­ond half, but the Vil­lagers couldn’t rat­tle the back of the Coolkenno net to put pres­sure on the vis­i­tors’ lead.

Rath­new had good per­form­ers in Johnny Byrne, Philly Mur­phy, Ciaran Cof­fey and the half-back line of the Healy broth­ers and Garry Byrne. They won’t be sorry to see the back of this league cam­paign and will look to drive for­ward for the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship with a full team to se­lect from.

Coolkenno will ob­vi­ously be de­lighted with the win, but they will know that this week­end’s clash with Avon­dale will be cru­cial in terms of stay­ing clear of the rel­e­ga­tion play-off sec­tion.

A feisty af­fair at times with the ref­eree hav­ing to in­ter­vene on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions as the play­ers be­came ac­quainted with each other, this was a game lack­ing in qual­ity but rich in ef­fort and en­deav­our.

Fi­nal score: Coolkenno 2-8, Rath­new 0-7

John Cor­co­ran; Shane Walker, James Gre­gan, Wil­lie Doyle; Colm Mur­phy, Robert Keogh, David Cole; Jim Cushe, Paddy Dal­ton; Conor Doyle, Ea­mon Ros­siter, Paul Mur­phy; Pau­ric Cole­man, Conor Walker, Eoghan Dolan. Subs: Ste­vie Donoghue, John Ka­vanagh, Niall Bai­ley, David Tomp­kins, Cor­mac Byrne, Cathal Ros­siter, Chris Doyle, Don Jack­man.

Paddy Reynolds; Ross Quinn, James Man­ley, J Moorehouse; J Healy, Gary Byrne, Chris Healy; Ciaran Cof­fey, Jonah Gra­ham; Ed­ward Doyle, Philip Mur­phy, Ro­nan Man­ley; Johnny Byrne, Dean Franey, Ro­nan Doyle.

Coolkenno: Rath­new: Ref­eree:

Kieran O’Shea.

Casey O’Brien’s St Pat’s foot­ballers fol­lowed up their vic­tory over Bless­ing­ton last week with a sat­is­fy­ing win over vis­it­ing Bray Em­mets at Dun­bur Park last week­end.

Lead­ing by 0-10 to 0-4 at the break, the Wick­low town men sur­vived the Bray chal­l­lenge in the sec­ond half to emerge as 0-16 to 0-11 win­ners on the day.

Tommy Kelly and Jor­dan Pet­ti­grew were the chief tor­men­tors in the Bray Em­mets de­feace with both men scor­ing four points apiece, Pet­ti­grew with four from play, Kelly with three from play and one free.

Paudge McWal­ter, Dean Healy and Johnny De­lahunt all notched two points each as O’Brien’s men con­tinue to show im­prove­ment.

They en­ter­tain Dunlavin next week­end.

Scor­ers - St Pa­trick’s: Tommy Kelly 0-04 (1f), Jor­dan Pet­ti­crew 0-04, Stephen Duffy (2f), Padge McWal­ter, Dean Healy and Johnny De­lahunt 0-02 each.

Bray Em­mets: Diar­muid Master­son 0-03 (2f), Marc Len­non 0-03, Des Kelly 0-03, Adam Dixon 0-01, Padraig Bell 0-01.

St Pa­trick’s: Ian Mur­phy; Si­mon Bouch­ier, Shane Mur­ley, Ai­dan Dunne; Padge McWal­ter, Conor Ffrench, John Crowe; Dean Healy, Ro­nan Mur­ray; Jack Dunne, Stephen Duffy, Johnny De­lahunt; Jor­dan Pet­ti­crew, Tommy Kelly, Paul O’Brien. Subs: Chris Ka­vanagh, Eric Dunne, Wayne Doyle and Hugh Humby.

Bray Em­mets: Tadhg Dor­nan; Mark Line­han, Daire Lo­han, Ciaran McKay; Ben Mc­Cor­mack, Shane Lo­han, Padraig Bell; Johnny Kinch, Des Kelly; De­clan Snow, Diar­muid Master­son, Niall McGraynor; David Haughton, Marc Len­non, Eoin Mc­Cor­mack. Subs: Adam Dixon

Mick Mur­ray’s Hol­ly­wood are sit­ting pretty in fourth spot in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel Di­vi­sion 1 Foot­ball League this week after a 2-15 to 1-13 vic­tory over Balt­in­glass last week­end.

This lat­est win is their sec­ond of the league cam­paign after they ac­counted for Bless­ing­ton in the open­ing game.

Balt­in­glass en­joyed a healthy start as they stormed into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after 13 min­utes with Mark Jack­son and Sean O’Brien fir­ing over points and Brian Lord grab­bing 1-1. Hol­ly­wood’s two points came from Tony Han­non (free) and Matthew Kelly from play.

Mur­ray’s men came storm­ing back into the game with five unan­swered points, three in a row from Thomas Burke, and sin­gles from Tony Han­non and Steven Kear­ney to leave Hol­ly­wood lead­ing by 0-7 to 1-3 with 24 min­utes gone in the open­ing half.

Two sec­ond half goals for Hol­ly­wood, the first from Tony Han­non, the sec­ond from Michael Healy, put paid to the Balt­in­glass chal­lenge in this game with Ciarán Wal­she’s charges un­able to breach the Hol­ly­wood rear­guard for a sec­ond goal.

The de­feat leaves Balt­in­glass sec­ond from bot­tom with only three points from six games and only a sin­gle point above Kil­te­gan who have only played two games.

Scor­ers – Hol­ly­wood: Tony Han­non 1-6 (4f), Thomas Burke 0-05 (3f), Michael Healy 1-00, Matthew Kelly 0-01, Steven KJear­ney 0-1, Conor Burke 0-1, PJ O’Ke­effe 0-1.

Balt­in­glass: Brian Lord 1-1, Dan Kelly 0-4, Mark Jack­son 0-2, Tadhg O’Toole 0-1, Cian Lee 0-1, Ja­son Kennedy 0-1, Rocky Nolan 0-1, Sean O’Brien 0-1.

The Ti­na­hely un­der-13 foot­ballers who played their part in a thrilling en­counter against St Mary’s in Coolkenno on Mon­day evening.

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