Goals crucial as Eire Óg over­come Kil­te­gan challenge

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - EOIN HORKAN at Pearse’s Park

THE first round of the Wick­low Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship took place on Tues­day of last week in Ark­low be­tween age old ri­vals Kil­te­gan and Eire Óg Grey­stones.

Eire Óg started the game off well hit­ting the open­ing scores of the game, the first of these points com­ing from nim­ble cor­ner for­ward James Cran­ley, be­fore wing for­ward Nathan Un­win added another score from long range.

Kil­te­gan re­sponded with three points, the first a fine long-range point from cen­tre for­ward Eoghan Byrne.

Both de­fences then can­celled each other out for the next few phases of play be­fore Kil­te­gan wing for­ward Seanie Ger­maine slot­ted a free over the bar be­fore mid­fielder Padraig O ‘Toole fired Kil­te­gan into a lead with a fine point from play.

Cran­ley re­sponded with a free to level the game. Ger­maine fired two more points over the bar, the first com­ing from a free be­fore hit­ting a 65 over.

With the game head­ing to­wards the break Eire Óg fired over the last two points of the half. Cran­ley added another free, be­fore mid­fielder Peter Keane got the last score of the half to level the score at half-time.

What­ever was said to both sides at half-time def­i­nitely made for a better game, with scores com­ing thick and fast from the word go.

Kil­te­gan hit the open­ing score of the half through cor­ner for­ward Mark Mur­phy.

The two dead ball spe­cial­ists then traded scores, Cran­ley slot­ting a free over be­fore Ger­maine re­sponded in kind.

Eire Óg man­aged to nudge them­selves ahead again with three more quick fire scores, Un­win fir­ing over again be­fore cor­ner for­ward Hugh O’Neill fir­ing over af­ter some fine in­ter­play.

An­thony Byrne won a puck out and put the ball straight back over the black spot.

Ger­maine re­sponded with another dead ball. Byrne fired over another for Eire Óg. Rory Finn then hit over a ball from near the side­line for Kil­te­gan.

Those two spe­cial­ists got on the score sheet again twice in suc­ces­sion, Cran­ley hit­ting a great score from play over his shoul­der be­fore, that man Ger­maine fired over another free.

Cran­ley hit yet another free be­fore Ger­maine re­sponded yet again.

Padraig O’Toole man­aged to split the posts af­ter be­ing moved into the full for­ward line.

With the game in the melt­ing pot Eire Óg man­aged to hit the first goal of the game com­ing from sub Danny Nolan who man­aged to get his hurl to the slio­tar as it was bob­bling around the square.

Ger­maine hit Kil­te­gan’s final score from yet another 65.

Eire Óg fin­ished the game with a flurry of scores. The afore­men­tioned Un­win fired over again.

Cran­ley fired over two more dead balls. Eire Óg’s final score of the game was a well worked goal which was even­tu­ally fired high into the net by ma­raud­ing wing back Kris­ten Flynn. This fin­ished the game off as a contest. Scor­ers -

Eire Óg Grey­stones: James Cran­ley (0-8), Nathan Un­win (0-3), Peter Keane (0-1), Hugh O Neil (0-1), An­thony Byrne (02), Danny Nolan (1-0), Kris­ten Flynn (1-0)

Kil­te­gan: Seanie Ger­maine (0-8), Padraig O’Toole (0-2), Eoghan Byrne (0-1), Mark Mur­phy(0-1), Rory Finn (0-1).

EIRE ÓG: Dan O’Neill; Daniel O’Con­nor, Billy Cud­dihy Brian Lawless; Eoghan Potts, An­drew Walsh, Kris­ten Flynn; Peter Keane, Micheal Walsh; Leon Browne, An­thony Byrne, Nathan Un­win; Hugh O’Neill, Daniel Salmon, James Cran­ley. Sub used: Danny Nolan for Hugh O’Neill.

KIL­TE­GAN: Aron Byrne; Colm Keogh, Brian Kear­ney, Eoin O’Neill; Liam Keogh, Dar­ragh Byrne, M.J Mo­ran; Padraig O’Toole, Padraig Byrne; Seanie Ger­maine, Eoghan Byrne, Rory Finn; Mark Mur­phy, Cathal Fitzger­ald, James O’Brien. Subs used: Conal Byrne for James O’Brien, Stephen Coogan for Cathal Fitzger­ald, Sea­mus Coogan for Colm Keogh.

James O’Brien of St Patrick’s comes un­der pres­sure from Kil­te­gan’s MJ Morgan and Colm Keogh dur­ing their Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship match.

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