Keddys on fire for Kilcoole in battle with Rocks
KILCOOLE 0-22 ARKLOW ROCKS 3-11
KILCOOLE emerged victorious from a humdinger of a battle with Arklow Rocks in their latest championship encounter that saw Ronan and Eoin Keddy and Luke Evans shine brightest for the Goosebank men.
Nine points from the lively evens and a dozen beauties split evenly between Ronan and Eoin Keddy made up the vast bulk of Kilcoole’s tally of 22 points but they were made sweat a little near the end of this game when Shane Mellon fired home a wicked goal after a surging run up the field to pull his side to within two points of Gerry Curry’s men.
This was a thoroughly entertaining encounter between two committed sides with the absence of TJ Byrne being particularly draining on the Rocks’ scoring threat over the course of the game.
The Rocks led by 1-2 to 0-3 after eight minutes of this game, the goal from Conor Doyle after his long delivery ghosted in past Chris Carroll on the Kilcoole line with John Cushe making an absolute nuisance of himself under the high ball.
The Arklow men had opened the scoring through Darragh Walker before Ronan Keddy would get his man of the match performance going with a fine pint after collecting a ball from the brother, Eoin.
Conor Doyle returned the Rocks to the front before Luke Evans split the posts from the sideline on the run before following up with two converted frees, one either side of Doyle’s goal for the Rocks to leave the Rocks ahead by one.
Three wides followed (two for the Rocks) before Kilcoole hit a serious purple patch and scored six points without reply, two from Eoin Keddy, two from Ronan Keddy, one from Evans (free) and one from the physically impressive Toby O’Brien at centre back to leave it 0-10 to 1-2 with almost 20 minutes on the clock.
The Rocks spurned a goal chance soon after. A ball from Cushe to Charlie Monaghan in front of the Kilcoole goal was missed but it was gathered by Cian Doyle who rifled over.
Luke Evans and Cian Doyle exchanged scores before John Cushe poiinted a free to leave three between the sides.
But Kilcoole always seemed to have that ability to put a string of scores together and they duly did so through Evans (two, one free) and another from Eoin Keddy to leave them looking very healthy at 0-14 to 1-5 ahead after 30 minutes.
However, there is a vulnerability in front of that Kilcoole goal and a magical catch from Charlie Monaghan from a Cian Doyle ball resulted in the corner-forward walloping home to the back of Chris Carroll’s net to bring the Rocks right back into the game at 0-14 to 2-5 at the break.
The performance of Ronan Keddy was hugely impressive and in the early stages of that second half he was really key to Kilcoole winning this game through his workrate and hurling ability.
A poor Rocks clearance allowed Eoin Keddy grab the opening score of the second half but two Rocks points, the first from Darragh Walker, the second from Tyrone Byrne, gave the Arklow men hope with just three minutes gone.
Eoin Keddy bagged another before Ronan and Luke Evans extended the Kilcoole advantage at 0-18 to 2-7.
A Charlie Monaghan point was answered swiftly by three Kilcoole scores, Evans (free, Ronan Keddy after a one-two with Eoin) and Eoin himself.
The Rocks were in trouble now. They had already lost John Cushe to injury after an accidental collision with his own man and now they lost Conor Doyle with Cushe having to come back in due to the lack of replacements on the Rocks bench.
Shane Mellon pointed two for Rocks before Ronan Keddy showed his true class with two superb scores and although Mellon’s late 1-1 gave Kilcoole something to think about in the dying moments of this game the Goosebank men saw it out and claimed a vital victory that sees them sitting in second spot after four games with Carnew above them having only played three.
Scorers – Kilcoole: Luke Evans 0-9 (6f), Ronan Keddy 0-6, Eoin Keddy 0-6, Toby O’Brien 0-1.
Arklow Rocks: Shane Mellon 1-3 (2f), Charlie Monaghan 1-1, Conor Doyle 1-1, Cian Doyle 0-3, Tyrone Byrne 0-1, John Cushe 0-1 (f), Darragh Walker 0-1.
KILCOOLE: Chris Carroll; Mikey O’Brien, Vinny Quigley, Paddy O’Brien; Ciarán Doyle, Toby O’Brien, Dara Keddy; Ronan Keddy, Peter O’Brien; Eoin Keddy, Gary Coady, Lee Dutton; Shane Evans, Luke Evans, ???? . Subs: Kris Farrell for S Evans, Oisin Curry for G Coady.
ARKLOW ROCKS: Keith Barnes; Des Byrne, John Furlong, Martin Gilbert; Sean Somers, Tony Kinsella, Daniel Long; Shane Mellon, Colin O’Connor; Darragh Walker, Conor Doyle, Cian Doyle; John Cushe, Tyrone Byrne, Charlie Monaghan. Subs: Keith Long for J Cushe, John Cushe for Conor Doyle (inj). REFEREE: Liam Keenan Jnr (Aughrim)
Charlie Monaghan of the Rocks is closed down by Paddy O’Brien.