Dut­ton does the trick

Sub­sti­tute hits two late points to help Kil­coole to vic­tory

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KIL­COOLE BALT­IN­GLASS 0-13 0-11

THE in­tro­duc­tion of Kil­coole sub­sti­tute Lee Dut­ton with eight min­utes to go in the Divi­sion 3 league fi­nal against Balt­in­glass in Joule Park Aughrim pro­vided the Goose­bank men with the ex­tra am­mu­ni­tion to power on and claim the crown after a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing game of foot­ball.

Dut­ton fired over two points from play within min­utes of ar­riv­ing on the field and took his side from be­ing level with the Balt­in­glass men to two points in the clear and look­ing good for vic­tory.

Balt­in­glass would pull one back after 30 min­utes of the sec­ond half, but a late Matt Gil­bert free would fin­ish the scor­ing and see the Kil­coole men claim their first sil­ver­ware of 2018 and give them a ma­jor boost after they had lost out so nar­rowly in last year’s Ju­nior ‘A’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

Balt­in­glass had an ex­cel­lent open­ing to this game and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after nine min­utes and looked to be in com­plete con­trol. Points from Jamie McTier­nan, Tadgh O’Toole, Wil­liam Hanlon and Lee Fur­long got them off on the front foot with a su­perb Vin­nie Quigley ef­fort the only re­ply from Kil­coole.

Balt­in­glass were full value for their lead, show­ing great hunger and am­bi­tion in front of the Kil­coole goal and un­der the Kil­coole kick-out.

Two sweetly struck Matt Gil­bert frees pulled Kil­coole right back in the game as Vin­nie Quigley, Eoin and Ro­nan Keddy started to get to grips with the Balt­in­glass mid­field.

Wil­liam Rogers went all Mark Jack­son then and con­verted a 45 to put some more day­light be­tween the sides but Kil­coole gath­ered their thoughts and pressed on big time, two Gil­bert points from frees, a lovely Eoin Keddy score, a Danny Ka­vanagh con­verted free, a su­perb score from De­clan Roper and a point from Luke Evans left the Goose­bankers lead­ing by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

As in the open­ing half, Balt­in­glass started brighter with their young play­ers re­ally shin­ing in the early stages of the sec­ond half. Within a mat­ter of min­utes, they were all square again at 0-9 apiece thanks to points from Rogers (free), two from Jack Tim­mins (one free) and a Tommy Cullen point that de­ceived the Kil­coole de­fence and hopped over the cross­bar.

Su­perb work on the Balt­in­glass end line earned Eoin Keddy some space for a pop over the cross­bar and his sec­ond point of the game and Jack Tim­mins replied at the other end with a con­verted free to level mat­ters at 0-10 apiece.

Tired­ness was creep­ing into the game at this stage and some very poor wides were col­lected by both sides, in­clud­ing the game’s best goal chance that fell to Matt Gil­bert who showed lovely feet but his ef­fort from the floor off his left was dragged wide when an open goal gaped be­fore him.

Kil­coole sent in Lee Dut­ton for De­clan Roper.

His first real in­volve­ment was to drive hard at the Balt­in­glass de­fence and fist over to give his side the lead.

He then col­lected a ball on the Balt­in­glass 45 and lofted it over the bar with a beau­ti­ful stroke.

Tadgh O’Toole hit back but Gil­bert who is a fine striker of a placed ball swept over the last score of the game to give his side the vic­tory.

Scor­ers – Kil­coole: Matthew Gil­bert 0-5 (5f), Eoin Keddy 0-2, Lee Dut­ton 0-2, Luke Evans 0-1, Danny Ka­vanagh 0-1 (f), De­clan Roper 0-1, Vin­nie Quigley 0-1.

Balt­in­glass: Jack Tim­mins 0-3 (2f), Wil­liam Rogers 0-2 (1 45, 1f), Tadgh O’Toole 0-2, Wil­liam Hanlon 0-1, Lee Fur­long 0-1, Jamie McTier­nan 0-1, Tommy Cullen 0-1.

Glen Tighe; Luke Reilly, Matthew Man­nix, Keith Reynolds; Dara Keddy, Colm NcGovern, Kevin Con­dron; Peter O’Brien, Ro­nan Keddy; Eoin Keddy, Vin­nie Quigley, Luke Evans; De­clan Roper, Danny Ka­vanagh, Matthew Gil­bert. Subs: Lee Dut­ton for D Roper (47min), Pa­trick Woods for V Quigley (56min), De­clan Roper for E Keddy (56min).

Wil­liam Rogers; Dar­ragh Doyle, James Keane, Karl Fur­long; Michael Dowl­ing, Tommy Cullen, Peter Gethings; Tommy Murphy, Lee Fur­long; Fabian Dunne, Tadgh O’Toole, Ja­son Sin­nott; Jack Tim­mins, Wil­liam Hanlon, Jamie McTier­nan. Subs: Aaron Phe­lan for W Hanlon (46min), Ross Nolan for R McTier­nan (52min), Johnny Done­gan for P Gethings.

Bren­dan Fur­long

Danny Ka­vanagh re­ceives the cup from Conal Tighe with Martin Fitzger­ald and Mrs Fox.

Ja­son Sin­nott of Balt­in­glass is chal­lenged by Keith Reynolds of Kil­coole.

Tadgh O’Toole of Balt­in­glass is tracked by Vin­cent Quigley, Kil­coole.

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