Flying Kilcoole demolish Barndarrig challenge
KILCOOLE 1-17 BARNDARRIG 0-7
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.