Barndarrig cement second spot with win
BARNDARRIG 2-8 ROUNDWOOD 1-6
BARNDARRIG cemented second spot in Group 2 of the Fitzgeralds Kitchens Junior A Football Championship with this 2-8 to 1-6 victory over An Tochar in Rathdrum last weekend.
With a top of the table clash with leaders Baltinglass coming fast this Saturday at the same venue at 6.30pm things could get very interesting at the top of what is a very competitive group that has An Tochar and St Pat’s of Wicklow within touching distance should any calamity befall the Kilmacurra men.
The opening couple of plays of the game were a sign of things to come with both sets of defences playing from the front from the word go.
Eventually, Roundwood opened the scoring through full-forward Ger Byrne who won a hard ball out in front and swung the ball over the bar. Roundwood next score came through centre back Liam Gaffney who burst through the opposition defence to fire over the black spot from range.
Barndarrig responded in kind with three quick frees in succession through centre forward Michael Murphy.
Scores were hard to come by in the opening half with both defences clearing ball any chance they got.
This was proven when Roundwood wing back Gavin Fogarty drove out of the defence and before he knew it, he had fired a great score over the bar.
Murphy added another free before Byrne split the posts yet again. Barndarrig then started to pull away from their opposition with three scores on the trot, the first from corner-forward Jimmy Waldron before Murphy fired over from outside the ‘D’ before Waldron added another from out near the sideline.
Fogarty burst up the field again to fire over his second of the game before corner-forward Eamon Wolohan fired over the last score of the half leaving the minimum between the sides at the break.
The second half was a much tighter, tenser affair, with scores very much at a premium and defenders still been to the fore.
Barndarrig then hit a sucker punch on the break with a ball being put in over the defence that resulted in a penalty which corner-forward John Kinsella duly slotted into the corner of the net.
Waldron dissected the posts again to push the lead out for Barndarrig. That man Fogarty was having a great game, sweeping up any loose ball he then managed to get the ball near the half-way line before slaloming and weaving his way through the defence and firing into the back of the net from just inside the 21 to make the game a contest again.
With the game in the melting pot the next score of the game proved to be the decisive one, with Barndarrig full-forward Andrew Kavanagh finishing the game as a contest with a well-taken goal.
Scorers – Barndarrig: Michael Murphy 0-5 (4f), Jimmy Waldron 0-3, John Kinsella 1-0 (p), Andrew Kavanagh 1-0.
Roundwood: Ger Byrne 0-2, Gavin Fogarty 1-2, Liam Gaffney 0-1, Eamon Wolohan 0-1.
BARNDARRIG: Manus Quinn; Shane Whelan, James Cullen, Kevin Cullen; Malachy Stone, Martin Cullen, James Quinn; Bernard Quinn, Anthony Quinn; Paul Ryan, Michael Murphy, Philp Kinsella; Jimmy Waldron, Andrew Kavanagh, John Kinsella. Subs: Jack McCall for Malachy Stone, Tom Doyle for Michael Murphy, Joe Twomey for Jimmy Waldron.
ROUNDWOOD: Peter Byrne; Conor Short, Brendan Kennedy, Noel Power; Eoin Murphy, Liam Gaffney, Gavin Fogarty; William Halligan, Ciaran Byrne; Conor Davis, Brendan Swords, Stephen Connor; Eamon Wollohan, Ger Byrne, Joe Gaffney. Subs: Sean Davis for Noel Power, Stephen Collier for Brendan Swords, Liam Kenna for Eoin Murphy, Colin O’ Brien for Joe Gaffney.
REFEREE: Robert Roche (Carnew)