Donard waltz into final to face Kilcoole
Coolkenno prove no match
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.