Donard waltz into fi­nal to face Kil­coole

Coolkenno prove no match

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

DONARD-THE GLEN and Coolkenno made the long jour­ney to Bal­li­nakill on Tues­day evening, June 18, to con­test the semi-fi­nal of the Liam Cullen Cup for Divi­sion 2 teams.

When these sides met in Coolkenno in the league a few months ago, the home side came out com­fort­ably on top. How­ever, on this oc­ca­sion the Donard men turned the tables and ran out de­serv­ing win­ners on the night.

Tadgh Fen­nin’s charges hit the ground run­ning straight from the throw in and kept Coolkenno on the back foot for most of the first half.

Brian Len­non and Conor Healy were hav­ing the bet­ter of ex­changes in the mid­field area and the western side were spread­ing the play wide.

Liam Mon­aghan pointed two frees in the first five min­utes and this seemed to set­tle his side. Coolkenno were strug­gling in these early stages and found it dif­fi­cult to bring their nor­mally dan­ger­ous full-for­wards into the play. They tried a few early high balls in on Don Jackman at full-for­ward, but Alan Tutty kept a tight rein on the nor­mally dan­ger­ous Jackman and any breaks around the goal area were be­ing picked up by alert Donard de­fend­ers.

Larry Daly had two fur­ther Donard points and when Alan Daly pointes a ‘45’ at the quar­ter hour stage his side now led by 0-5 to 0-0.

Apart from a Conor Walker ef­fort which came back off the up­right, the Coolkenno men could not get go­ing.

Even­tu­ally wing back Keith Far­rell opened their scor­ing af­ter 19 min­utes when he steered over a fine point off the out­side of his right boot.

How­ever, Coolkenno suf­fered a bad blow min­utes later when they lost Ea­mon Ros­siter to a black card af­ter 23 min­utes.

Conor Walker did get a point as half-time ap­proached, but Alan Daly re­sponded with a pointed free just be­fore the ref­eree blew for the break.

Donard were ahead by 0-6 to 0-2 and had also missed a few good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties along the way. Coolkenno just could not get go­ing in the first pe­riod and badly needed to get into the game in the early stages of the sec­ond pe­riod.

How­ever, the pen­du­lum swung against them five min­utes into the sec­ond half. Conor Doyle had picked up a yel­low card ear­lier and now he picked his sec­ond and was gone. Alan Daly and Liam Mullen pointed two frees for Donard-The Glen to leave them 0-8 to 0-2 ahead, ten min­utes into the sec­ond half.

How­ever, they then ap­peared to be con­tent to hold what they had as Coolkenno came more into the game. Padraig Mur­ray pointed two ex­cel­lent ‘45’ kicks mid-way through the half to bring the gap back to four points.

How­ever, the last eight or ten min­utes be­longed to the Donard side. They had not scored for a quar­ter of an hour, mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, but Liam Mon­aghan pointed with five min­utes to go.

Alan Daly added another from play and then con­verted a ‘45’as the game en­tered the time added on pe­riod. Harry Man­gan con­cluded the scor­ing with a mighty point from way out­field to leave Donard-The Glen wor­thy win­ners on a score of 0-12 to 0-5.

Both of these sides will be get­ting their cham­pi­onship cam­paigns un­der way in the com­ing weeks. If this Donard team turns up, they may well be in con­tention.

Like­wise, Coolkenno have been mov­ing well in the league up to now. How­ever, if last Tues­day’s team turns out, they may not be the firm con­tenders that many thought they would be. Last Tues­day’s dis­play was not good by their stan­dards.

Scor­ers – Donard-The Glen: Alan Daly 0-5, Liam Mon­aghan 0-3, Larry Daly 0-1, Liam Mullen, Harry Man­gan 0-1 each.

Coolkenno: Padraig Mur­ray 0-2, Keith Far­rell 0-1, Conor Walker 0-1.

COOLKENNO: Colm Mur­phy; Donie Doyle, James Gre­gan, Philip Tim­mons; Keith Far­rell, Cathal Ros­siter, Bob Keogh; Jim Cush, Conor Doyle; Padraig Mur­ray, Ea­mon Ros­si­tor, Bill Doyle; Jack Maxwell, Don Jackman, Conor Walker. Subs: Ben Jackman, Cor­mac Byrne, Damien Ger­aghty, Niall Bay­ley.

DONARD/GLEN: Ray Hal­lo­ran; Kevin Osbourne, Alan Tutty, Clif­ford Grace; Harry Mon­aghan, Joe White, Oisin Adler; Brian Len­non, Conor Healy; Eoin Kelly, Liam Mon­aghan, Ger Healy; Alan Daly, Liam Mullen, Larry Daly. Subs: Sean Bran­ni­gan and Ge­orge Fin­lay. REF­EREE: Stephan Fagan (Balt­in­glass)

The Knock­ananna un­der-9 foot­ballers in Bal­li­nakill.

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