FUR­LONG ON FIRE!

Seanie’s 2-6 helps Kil­te­gan get the bet­ter of Newtown

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

KIL­TE­GAN NEWTOWN 2-14 1-13

AN im­pres­sive 2-6 from Kil­te­gan’s Seanie Fur­long that in­cluded a contender for goal of the sea­son from the for­mer Wick­low star helped Ge­of­frey Ber­ming­ham’s side to a much-needed vic­tory in Group 1 of the Boom & Plat­form Hire Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

There will be se­ri­ous con­cern among the Kil­te­gan faith­ful at how they al­lowed a 2-12 to 1-6 gap in the 38th minute be closed to 2-13 to 1-13 by the 55th minute but they man­aged to hold off a late surge from a de­pleted Newtown side to bag the win that could trans­form what has been a chronic sea­son for the West side.

Newtown’s start was elec­tric. Damien Gil­li­gan’s out­fit romped out to a 0-4 to 0-1 lead thanks to points from De­clan Doyle, named at full-for­ward but lin­ing out in mid­field, Sean Gre­gory, and Ross Davis (2) to which Kil­te­gan replied with a point from Wick­low star Rory Finn.

There was no Dean Od­lum for the Mag­pies and his at­tack­ing threat was most cer­tainly missed and mid­fielder Paul O’Rior­dan didn’t start with Conor Od­lum and Dar­ragh Cal­lan tak­ing their places. Newtown em­ployed Robert Green­nan as a sweeper in front of Seanie Fur­long.

Kil­te­gan ral­lied with Seanie Fur­long show­ing that class that has pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment to Kil­te­gan and Wick­low foot­ball fans.

The full-for­ward took a pass from Mickey Fo­ley be­fore split­ting the posts, corner-for­ward Derek Daly prof­ited from a ball from Podge O’Toole be­fore rais­ing a white flag and then Seanie Fur­long brought a fine save out of Ken Turner that saw the ball de­flect up and over the cross­bar to level matters af­ter 11 min­utes.

Ge­of­frey Ber­ming­ham’s side took the lead mo­ments later through Ferghal Far­rell who en­joyed an ex­cel­lent game and they ex­tended that through a Cathal Fitzger­ald ef­fort shortly af­ter­wards af­ter a su­perb Podge O’Toole mark from a Ken Turner kick-out. Fitzger­ald might have had a goal had he con­tin­ued on his run but per­haps wisely he lashed over the bar when he had time and space.

It was all Kil­te­gan at this stage and their seek­ing of Seanie Fur­long un­der high and di­ag­o­nal balls was work­ing well enough.

Stephen Far­rell picked out Seanie in the 16th minute and the full-for­ward picked out Derek Daly who was pulled down by Ken Turner.

Seanie Kin­sella placed the ball and wal­loped past the Mag­pie net min­der for the game’s open­ing goal.

Credit to Newtown they bat­tled back and they were gifted a

for­tu­itous goal when a high ball from Ross Davis flew in over the hands of Daniel Twyford Troy in the Kil­te­gan goal in the 19th minute to make it 1-7 to 1-4.

Kil­te­gan pushed on for the re­main­der of the first half and their surge started through a Colm Keogh point that was an­swered by a Sean Hef­fer­nan sin­gle for Newtown.

From here on in Kil­te­gan put the boot down with points from An­thony Fur­long af­ter a long burst down the field, a fine Seanie Fur­long af­ter Kil­te­gan had won a Newtown kick out be­fore Seanie dropped over two frees to leave them 1-11 to 1-5

ahead at the break.

Kil­te­gan suf­fered a blow on the res­tart when Podge O’Toole picked up a black card from ref­eree John Keenan for a foul on De­clan Doyle.

Karl Carthy re­duced the deficit to five be­fore Seanie Fur­long re­sumed the Kil­te­gan scor­ing from a free won by Shane Mooney.

Seanie Fur­long then pro­duced what can only be de­scribed as a mo­ment of magic when he ex­changed a pass with Rory Finn be­fore sell­ing a sexy dummy and show­ing daz­zling feet to waltz around Newtown’s Robert Green­nan be­fore lash­ing home to the bot­tom corner of Ken Turner’s net. In­deed, Turner was forced to leave the field shortly af­ter­wards hav­ing in­jured his leg in the dive.

Damien Gil­li­gan’s side gath­ered their thoughts su­perbly af­ter what seemed like a dev­as­tat­ing blow and they charged back into this game with points from Ross Davis (four, three frees), Conor Od­lum, and Sean Gre­gory to leave just three be­tween the sides with five to go.

How­ever, they also lost Neilly Martin in the 42nd minute to a sec­ond yellow.

That was as close as Newtown could get to Kil­te­gan. Ge­of­frey Ber­ming­ham’s troops stead­ied their ship and added a fine score from Cathal Fitzger­ald while also reg­is­ter­ing two wides.

The win lifts Kil­te­gan off the floor of Group 1 and leaves Newtown in an ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion. Kil­te­gan face Tinahely in a must-win game for both teams. Newtown face AGB next.

Kil­te­gan: Seanie Fur­long 2-6 (1p, 2f), Rory Finn 0-2, Cathal Fitzger­ald 0-2, Derek Daly 0-1, Colm Keogh 0-1, An­thony Fur­long 0-1, Ferghal Far­rell 0-1.

Sean Hef­fer­nan 1-6 (3f), Karl Carthy 0-2, Sean Gre­gory 0-2, De­clan Doyle 0-1, Sean Hef­fer­nan 0-1, Conor Od­lum 0-1.

Kil­te­gan’s keeper Daniel Twyford Troy tips over this Newtown ef­fort dur­ing the SFC in Aughrim. Pho­tos: Joe Byrne

Kil­te­gan’s Padraig O’Toole gal­lops away from Newtown’s Shane Mooney.

Kil­te­gan’s Colm Keogh comes un­der pres­sure from Newtown’s Robert Green­nan.

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