Kil­coole in con­trol

De­pleted Hol­ly­wood put to sword in one-sided match

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Round­wood


KIL­COOLE added the Swan Cup to a tro­phy-laden sea­son with a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over a de­pleted Hol­ly­wood side last Satur­day in Round­wood.

The annual battle be­tween the Ju­nior ‘A’ and Ju­nior ‘B’ cham­pi­ons was al­ways go­ing to be a tough af­fair for Hol­ly­wood.

Hav­ing lost nu­mer­ous play­ers to the Se­nior side in the lat­ter part of their cham­pi­onship, they also had not played com­pet­i­tively since beat­ing Av­oca nearly two months ago whilst Kil­coole were still bat­tling in Le­in­ster up un­til last week­end.

Kil­coole elected to play with the el­e­ments in the first half with a strong breeze blow­ing to­wards the club­house end.

They were im­me­di­ately into their stride with Danny Ka­vanagh get­ting the first score from the first at­tack. Fur­ther points were added by Jack Bellemy, Eoin Keddy and Ka­vanagh be­fore the first goal ar­rived.

De­clan Roper had a shot from dis­tance, the ball can­noned off the up­right and it was Ka­vanagh quick­est to re­act and he placed a su­perb soc­cer strike past keeper Jamie Tutty.

Hol­ly­wood re­sponded well with three scores on the trot from James Mooney (2) and vet­eran stal­wart John Mooney.

How­ever, Kil­coole stretched their legs to hit nine in a row be­fore the break with Roper and Lee Dutton hit­ting the most eye-catch­ing scores.

Un­for­tu­nately for Hol­ly­wood the wind and rain stopped by the time the se­cond half started and the rest of the match was played out at a train­ing ground pace.

Roper landed a su­perb score from out on the right wing. With Vinny Quigley in mid­field break­ing the ball Dutton, Keddy and Bellemy were pick­ing up all the loose ball.

Luke Evans was hav­ing a field day get­ting on the end of nu­mer­ous moves to end with a per­sonal tally of six points.

The speed and ac­cu­racy of the Kil­coole in­ter­play left Hol­ly­wood bam­boo­zled at times. The western­ers did keep bat­tling to the end with Thomas Kelly get­ting the point of the game near the end.

Kevin Mur­phy gath­ered a Tutty kick­out he gave a 40-yard kick pass to John Burke, he did a sim­i­lar pass to Kelly who gath­ered and rode a sturdy shoul­der from Quigley be­fore land­ing a point from 50 yards. Such a sim­ple game when played like this.

Kil­coole kept tak­ing their points un­til in­jury time when cen­tre back Peter O’Brien strode for­ward and blasted a ball to the Hol­ly­wood net after good work by cor­ner-back Dan Kelly.

Hol­ly­wood bat­tled bravely with John Mooney and Thomas Kelly best for them.

Kil­coole dom­i­nated all over the field with Lee Dutton, De­clan Roper and Ka­vanagh as usual hav­ing fine games.

How­ever, man of the match was Luke Evans who clipped some beau­ti­ful scores over the du­ra­tion of the game.

Adding the Swan Cup to the league and Ju­nior ‘A’ ti­tles leaves Kil­coole in good shape jump­ing up to in­ter­me­di­ate for next sea­son. Keep this group of play­ers to­gether and they will fancy their chances of go­ing close in that cham­pi­onship next sum­mer.

Scor­ers - Kil­coole: Luke Evans 0-6, Danny Ka­vanagh 1-3, De­clan Roper 0-5, Lee Dutton 0-4, Peter O’Brien 1-1, Eoin Keddy 0-2, Cor­mac Byrne 0-1, Jack Bellemy 0-1, Matt Gil­bert 0-1

Hol­ly­wood: James Mooney 0-2, John Mooney 0-2, Thomas Kelly 0-1, Conor Cal­li­nane 0-1

Kil­coole cel­e­brate their Swan Cup suc­cess.

Hol­ly­wood’s Conor Cal­lanan on the ball against Kil­coole.

Kil­coole’s James Scul­lion passes to team-mate Cor­mac Byrne.

Kil­coole cap­tain Daniel Ka­vanagh is pre­sented with the Swan Cup.

Kil­coole’s Jack Bel­lamy strides for­ward.

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