Fly­ing Kil­coole de­mol­ish Barn­dar­rig chal­lenge

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Aughrim


THE open­ing game of the in­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship dou­ble header played at Aughrim on Satur­day evening last Au­gust 10 saw Kil­coole and Barn­dar­rig pit­ted against each other. Ear­lier rain had cleared mean­ing the en­counter was played on a dry firm sod.

A strong breeze favoured the side play­ing into the town goal. Barn­dar­rig had first use of the breeze but in re­al­ity, it had lit­tle bear­ing on the out­come of the game.

An­drew Ka­vanagh got the Barn­dar­rig men off the mark in the sec­ond minute but their scor­ing chances were limited in the early stages as Kil­coole set­tled into a com­fort­able hurl­ing pat­tern with their half backs Eoin O’Brien, Toby O’Brien and Dara Keddy sup­port­ing the mid­field pairing of Ro­nan Keddy and Ciaran Doyle in es­tab­lish­ing a de­gree of con­trol in the mid­dle third of the field.

Ro­nan Keddy pointed and Eoin Keddy scored an­other two, the first fol­low­ing a solo run through the heart of the Kil­macurra de­fence. An­drew Ka­vanagh pointed a free as Barn­dar­rig bat­tled to stem the flow of play against them.

Their full-back line of David Byrne, Liam Dick­en­son and David Dick­en­son were com­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure but stood up very well to their task, con­ced­ing only one point to a di­rect op­po­nent in the first half. Ro­nan Keddy and Eoin Keddy added two more points to leave the Goose­bank ahead by 0-5 to 0-2 at the 20-minute stage.

Mid­fielder Martin Cullen scored the third Barn­dar­rig point with a long-range ef­fort. The blue and white clad side were work­ing hard and keep­ing in touch.

How­ever, Kil­coole be­gan to get greater re­wards for their ef­forts in the fi­nal ten min­utes of the half scor­ing an­other five points on the trot with only one point in re­sponse from Barn­dar­rig half for­ward Malachy Stone.

The Kil­coole scores came from Ciaran Doyle, Luke Evans (who had a quiet first half), Ro­nan Keddy, Eoin Keddy and full for­ward Gary Coady.

It was note­wor­thy that all of Kil­coole’s scores in the first half came from play as they went into the half time break lead­ing by 0-10 to 0-4. Barn­dar­rig were still hanging in there but they needed to up their game in the sec­ond half to have any chance of com­ing back.

Philip Kin­sella came on as a sub­sti­tute at half time and im­me­di­ately made an im­pact with the open­ing point of the sec­ond pe­riod straight from the throw in.

How­ever, Luke Evans came out of his box now and pointed two frees to in­crease the Goose­bank lead to seven points. Back came Barn­dar­rig again as they bat­tled to get into the game. Johnny Nolan had a goal ef­fort de­flected over the bar as they fought to re­duce the gap. Ro­nan Keddy re­sponded with a long-range point, but An­drew Ka­vanagh came back again with a Barn­dar­rig score from a free.

How­ever, as the sec­ond half moved into the fi­nal quar­ter of the game, Barn­dar­rig had shot their bolt and were not to score again.

As in the first half, Kil­coole fin­ished with a string of scores. Eoin Keddy pointed off his left, Lee Dut­ton got on the score board, Luke Evans pointed an­other free, Garry Coady had a goal ef­fort de­flected over and fi­nally Ciaran Doyle fin­ished the scor­ing with a for­tu­itous goal from mid­field, with the ball drop­ping through the goal­mouth un­touched to the net.

Barn­dar­rig lost goal­keeper An­drew Keogh to in­jury late on. He was re­placed in goal by Johnny Nolan and Wayne Costel­loe came in an out­field po­si­tion. Kil­coole ran out com­fort­able win­ners in the end. They were that much ahead of their op­po­nents in touch and con­trol and played with the re­laxed con­fi­dence that a com­fort­able lead can bring.

Barn­dar­rig were short a few play­ers but they still will need to work hard in or­der to get their game up to the level needed. This game was played at a lower tempo as both sides are still in the hunt and the re­sult was not the end of the world for ei­ther side. From here on things get more se­ri­ous.

Scor­ers – Kil­coole: Eoin Keddy 0-5, Ciaran Doyle 1-1, Ro­nan Keddy 0-4, Luke Evans 0-4, Garry Coady 0-2, Lee Dut­ton 0-1.

Barn­dar­rig: An­drew Ka­vanagh 0-3, Martin Cullen, Malachy Stone, Philip Kin­sella and Johnny Nolan 0-1 each.

KIL­COOLE: Chris Carroll; Adam Cum­mins, Vinny Quigley, Paddy O’Brien; Eoin O’Brien, Toby O’Brien, Dara Keddy; Ro­nan Keddy, Ciaran Doyle; Eoin Keddy, Luke Evans, Lee Dut­ton; Mark Cur­ran, Garry Coady, Conor O’Toole. Subs. Mikey O’Brien, Oisin Curry.

BARN­DAR­RIG: An­drew Doyle; David Byrne, Liam Dick­en­son, David Dick­en­son; Paddy Red­mond, Shane Whe­lan, James Quinn; Johnny Dev­ereux, Martin Cullen; An­drew Ka­vanagh, Kevin Cullen, Malachy Stone; Michael Owen Byrne, Tom Doyle, Johnny Nolan. Subs: Philip Kin­sella and Wayne Costel­loe. REF­EREE: Dar­ragh Byrne (Bal­ly­manus)

Barn­dar­rig’s Martin Cullen chases Kil­coole’s Luke Evans.

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