Ked­dys on fire for Kilcoole in bat­tle with Rocks

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

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.

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