Cool­boy power to win against Shil­le­lagh men

CELTIC CHAL­LENGE, DI­VI­SION 3 AND DI­VI­SION 1A

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COOL­BOY SHIL­LE­LAGH 2-17 2-4

COOL­BOY saun­tered to vic­tory over a de­pleted Shil­le­lagh side in their Di­vi­sion 3 clash in Coolafancy last Tues­day evening.

Miss­ing the likes of Brendan Be­han left the Shil­le­lagh at­tack less po­tent than it might have been but their cause was not helped when cen­tre back Daire Fo­ley was sent off by ref­eree Stephen Fa­gan for a chal­lenge on Adam Barnes late in the first half when they trailed the home side by 0-9 to 2-0 and still very much in the con­test.

The Shil­le­lagh side­line were out­raged by the de­ci­sion and with a man down they faced a moun­tain to climb for the re­main­der of the game, but they will take hope from a rea­son­able fin­ish that saw them score three unan­swered points to close out the game.

Shil­le­lagh en­joyed a light­en­ing start with two goals early on, but they were pegged back by a more clin­i­cal Cool­boy out­fit with Wayne Kin­sella looking sharp from frees and open play and PJ Mul­hall and Adam Barnes show­ing nicely at times.

The home side led by 1-10 to 2-0 at the break and drove on strong af­ter the restart with points from Dan Nolan, Wayne Kin­sella, Adam Barnes and a Wayne Kin­sella free be­fore Adam Barnes was dis­patched for a dan­ger­ous tackle by ref­eree Fa­gan with 16 gone in the sec­ond half.

Shil­le­lagh got their first point of the game af­ter 17 min­utes of the sec­ond half to make it 1-14 to 2-1 but the game was well and truly over af­ter PJ Mul­hall bagged a quick 1-1, the goal punched home af­ter good work from the im­pres­sive PJ O’Ke­effe.

Shil­le­lagh re­sponded well with points from David Whe­lan (free), Francis Byrne af­ter good work from the im­pres­sive Ger O’Brien, and a fine ef­fort from mid­fielder Paddy Hen­nessey but it was purely dec­o­ra­tive and the fi­nal whis­tled con­firmed a 2-17 to 2-4 vic­tory for Cool­boy.

Ex­pect their cham­pi­onship clash later in the year to have a very dif­fer­ent tally at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Scor­ers – Cool­boy: Wayne Kin­sella 0-7, PJ Mul­hall 1-3, Adam Barnes 0-2, Johnny Willoughby 1-1, Bradley Walsh 0-2, Dan Nolan 0-1, Damien O’Ke­effe 0-1.

Shil­le­lagh: David Whe­lan 1-1, Daniel Be­han 1-0, Francis Byrne 0-1, Paddy Hen­nessey 0-1, Ger O’Brien 0-1.

Gavin O’Brien; James Gre­gan, An­thony Holly, Enda Gethings; Gar­ret Gre­gan, Dan Nolan, Adam Barnes; Wayne Kin­sella, PJ O’Ke­effe; Damien O’Ke­effe, PJ Mul­hall, Bradley Walsh; Johnny Willoughby, Michael Gre­gan, Niall O’Ke­effe. Sub: Adam Doyle for J Willoughby.

Lau­rie Cullen; Cian Doyle, Sean Car­roll, Enda Fo­ley; Keith Collins, Daire Fo­ley, Ger O’Brien; Paddy Hen­nessey, Cathal Mur­phy; John Paul Lyons, Noel Mur­phy, Rob­bie El­liot; Francis Byrne, David Whe­lan, Daniel Be­han. Sub: Owen Byrne for John Paul Lyons.

Stephen Fa­gan

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