Mo­men­tum builds

Coolkenno top group af­ter third vic­tory on the trot

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


LAST Fri­day, the third round clash of Coolkenno and Laragh in Group 1 of the Darcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship was played in Ark­low where a very ex­pe­ri­enced Coolkenno were play­ing a younger but hope­ful Laragh side.

The Coolkenno men hit the open­ing score of the game with a free from full-for­ward Don Jack­man but Laragh re­sponded well with a fine score from their own num­ber 14, Mark Miley, who fired over a great score on the turn.

Ste­vie Cushe’s side then started to pull away on the score­board, hit­ting 1-3 with­out re­ply; the goal com­ing from the ever­green Jack­man who man­aged to get his fist onto a long ball that was fired in around the dan­ger area.

Coolkenno’s in­side for­ward line were now started to get their hands on the ball more fre­quently, with both corner-for­wards hit­ting points from play, the first com­ing from Conor Walker be­fore Pau­ric Cole­man got his name on the score sheet, Cole­man then added an­other 45 sec­onds later.

Laragh re­sponded with a soli­tary point from play through wing for­ward David Miley.

Then a huge turn­ing point ar­rived when an off-the-ball in­ci­dent re­sulted in Laragh mid­fielder Damien Han­lon get­ting a sec­ond yellow card.

With a nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage Coolkenno started to open up their lead very sig­nif­i­cantly, hit­ting seven points with­out any re­sponse head­ing to­wards the break.

Wing for­ward Ea­monn Ros­siter scored from play, mid­fielder Jim Cushe then broke up the field and fired over a great score from an acute an­gle. Wing back Pa­trick Dal­ton made his way up the field and slot­ted the ball over the bar be­fore Jack­man fired over from play be­fore adding an­other from a free while Conor Walker and mid­fielder Conor Doyle put over points from play just be­fore the Pho­tos: Paul Mes­sitt

half-time whis­tle.

With the game been vir­tu­ally over as a contest, that man Jack­man got an­other goal af­ter some good work from his team­mates who man­aged to lay the ball on a plate to him in front of the Laragh goal.

Coolkenno kept the score­board tick­ing over in the sec­ond half with Ros­siter fir­ing over a point be­fore sub­sti­tute Keith Far­rell fired over the black spot.

The afore­men­tioned Cushe and Cole­man hit Coolkenno’s last two points of the game.

Laragh then de­cided to try put some re­spectabil­ity on the score­board which they did, mainly though the boot of cen­tre for­ward John Nolan who dis­sected the posts five times in a row, with three of these com­ing from frees, the other one com­ing from play.

The fi­nal score of the game came through Laragh wing back Aaron Lyn­ham who came up the field to split the posts.

Scor­ers – Coolkenno: Don Jack­man 2-3, Pau­ric Cole­man 0-4, Conor Walker 0-2, Ea­monn Ros­siter 0-2, Jim Cushe 0-2, Conor Doyle 0-1, Keith Far­rell 0-1.

Laragh: John Nolan 0-5, Mark Miley 0-1, David Miley 0-1, Aaron Lyn­ham 0-1.

Coolkenno’s Ben Jack­man gets away from Laragh’s Bren­dan Ward dur­ing the Darcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship match in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low, last week­end.

Laragh’s Damien Han­lon is pur­sued by Coolkenno’s Don Jack­man.

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