Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy in fan­tas­tic form

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGHLIN at Kil­te­gan GAA Club


THE 2018 Ju­nior ‘B’ foot­ball cham­pi­ons Hol­ly­wood came up against the Shile­lagh/Cool­boy com­bi­na­tion in their sec­ond en­counter in this year’s Fitzger­ald Kitchens Ju­nior ‘A’ com­pe­ti­tion, which was played at well-ap­pointed Kil­te­gan on Thursday night last.

The men from the west were com­ing up against a side which is go­ing through a great vein of form at the mo­ment and, hav­ing lost a siz­able num­ber of their side pro­moted up to their first team squad, Hol­ly­wood strug­gled to com­pete with the side from Cool­lat­tin coun­try.

This was also the sec­ond en­counter for Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy and they went on to an­other com­fort­able win.

A size­able crowd was in at­ten­dance at the game and the Kil­te­gan GAA Club should be com­pli­mented for their or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

The Cool­lat­tin side hit the ground run­ning straight from the throw-in and had their op­po­nents pinned back in their own half prac­ti­cally for the first quar­ter of an hour.

This quar­ter could ac­cu­rately be dubbed ‘The PJ Mul­hall Quar­ter’ as the wing for­ward was re­spon­si­ble for all six points scored by Shile­lagh/Cool­boy in this pe­riod from frees and play.

Aaron Kin­sella was push­ing for­ward all the time and was fouled on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

PJ Mul­hall kept con­vert­ing the frees and added a cou­ple from play as Hol­ly­wood found it dif­fi­cult to pass the mid­field com­bi­na­tion of Dan Nolan and Ray Mur­phy.

The half-back com­bi­na­tion of Conal Byrne, Ross Tyrell and Kevin Cullen bat­tled hard but the tide against them was very strong.

Niall Clarke got their first point af­ter 20 min­utes and was also re­spon­si­ble for their sec­ond just be­fore half-time.

Johnny Wil­loughby went on to do a PJ Mul­hall act for the sec­ond quar­ter adding two goals and a point in a tor­ment­ing dis­play for the Hol­ly­wood defence.

In fact, Wil­loughby and Dan Nolan scored two goals and a point in the two-minute pe­riod be­fore half-time to ef­fec­tively fin­ish any prospect of a Hol­ly­wood re­cov­ery in the sec­ond half. Shile­lagh led by 3-11 to 0-2 at the break.

Hol­ly­wood did im­prove in the early stages of the sec­ond half and James Mooney had three points on the board by the 10th minute.

The Western side were now play­ing down­hill and dom­i­nated that 10-minute pe­riod.

Ciaran Maguire, Dar­ren Healy, John and James Mooney were get­ting on a lot of ball and the contest was more evenly bal­anced.

How­ever, when sub­sti­tute Stephen Carter pointed for the Cool­lat­tin side they were re-en­er­gised and slowly took over again for the re­main­der of the game.

Fur­ther points came from other sub­sti­tutes Wayne Kin­sella and Bren­dan Be­han, while cen­tre for­ward Cathal Mur­phy scored two and Aaron Kin­sella fisted over the point his over­all dis­play de­served.

James Mooney added a fi­nal Hol­ly­wood point to bring the fi­nal score to Shile­lagh/Cool­boy 3-17 to 0-6.

The Cool­lat­tin men are mov­ing well at the mo­ment but they will face more stern tests ahead.

Hol­ly­wood should be com­pli­mented for the man­ner in which they kept com­pet­ing de­spite the odds lined up against them.

Scor­ers – Shile­lagh/Cool­boy: PJ Mul­hall 0-7, Jonathon Wil­loughby 2-1, Dan Nolan 1-0, Cathal Mur­phy 0-3, Aaron Kin­sella 0-1, Gary Mur­phy 0-3, Ray Mur­phy 0-1, Stephen Carter 0-1, Wayne Kin­sella 0-1, Bren­dan Be­han 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: James Mooney 0-4, Niall Clarke 0-2.

Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy’s Dan Nolan looks for op­tions.

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