Kil­rush coast to vic­tory

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY


FREE-SCOR­ING Kil­rush en­joyed a com­fort­able pas­sage into the Green­star Un­der-20 foot­ball Di­vi­sion 4 cham­pi­onship de­cider with a 5-8 to 1-6 dis­man­tling of Mon­ageer-Boolavogue in Satur­day’s rather tame semi-fi­nal in Bal­ly­roe­buck.

The hosts may have coughed up the first two scores in a slow start, but as soon as the tow­er­ing Jack Nolan found the net on eight min­utes, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue hardly laid a glove on them there­after as they ad­vanced to a county fi­nal against St. Mary’s (Maudlin­town).

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue cap­tain Cathal Walsh kicked a neat open­ing free from the ground on three min­utes, and added an even bet­ter score from play two min­utes later.

How­ever, that brief lead was wiped out when James Byrne broke through to feed Dar­ragh Kin­sella, and al­though his off­load wasn’t as pre­cise as he would have liked, Nolan none- the­less did well to steer home the slip­pery ball.

Kin­sella, Jim Sharry, Seán Kir­wan and Nolan all added points be­fore Kil­rush’s sec­ond goal ar­rived in bizarre cir­cum­stances.

Dan­ger had looked to be averted when Mon­ageer-Boolavogue were awarded a free out on 22 min­utes, but it was sub­se­quently kicked back­wards to no-one in par­tic­u­lar and Kevin Kenny couldn’t be­lieve his luck as he dis­patched the ball to the net.

Solid full-back Gar­ret O’Con­nor then went on an ex­cur­sion up­field, linked up with Kir­wan be­fore pro­duc­ing a com­posed fin­ish as the score­board even­tu­ally read 3-5 to 0-5 at the in­ter­val.

‘Only mis­takes will deny us now lads,’ were the words of ad­vice com­ing from the Kil­rush men­tors in the half-time hud­dle, and they needn’t have wor­ried as in­stead they cre­ated a dou­ble-digit gap on 38 min­utes when Kir­wan eased out of traf­fic and sup­plied Nolan for a rolled fin­ish.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue pulled back a goal at the start of the fourth quar­ter when a won­der­ful first-time pass off the floor from Walsh lo­cated Diar­muid Fen­lon to tuck away nicely.

A par­tic­u­lar quirk from the game is the fact that 3-3 of the com­bined tally came from non-for­wards, and in fact Kil­rush mined more scores from play from their back line alone (2-2) than Mon­ageer-Boolavogue man­aged across their whole team (1-2).

At­tack-minded wing-back Peter O’Neill pounced for the vic­tors’ fifth goal af­ter 51 min­utes when Kin­sella’s inch-per­fect pass into his path saw him pro­duce a fin­ish to match, while O’Con­nor added the cherry with a point two min­utes from the end.

Kil­rush: Conor Ke­hoe; Pádraig O’Rourke, Gar­ret O’Con­nor (1-1), Liam Shee­han; Ciarán Kenny, Jim Sharry (0-1), Peter O’Neill (1-0); John Ka­vanagh, Seán Bookey (0-1); Seán Kir­wan (0-1), Dar­ragh Kin­sella (0-2, 1 free), James Byrne; Conor Byrne (capt.), Kevin Kenny (1-1), Jack Nolan (2-1). Subs. - John Doyle for Shee­han (52), Paddy Sharry for Nolan (52).

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue: Lee McHale; Pádraig Walsh, Shay Gahan, Seán O’Leary; Diar­muid Fen­lon (1-0), Michael Ros­siter, Noel Row­some; Cathal Walsh (capt., 0-6, 4 frees), Ian Hawkins; Micheál Gahan, Ciarán Rochford, Peter Breen; Karl Row­some, Rob­bie Don­nelly, David Mer­nagh.

Ref­eree: na Mara). Paddy Brady (Réalt

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