Lacken-Kil­bride get off the mark

Lakesiders beat Hol­ly­wood

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - PAT DUNNE at Bless­ing­ton


LACKEN-KIL­BRIDE picked up their first points in the Fitzger­ald Kitchens Ju­nior ‘A’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship with this Round 3 win over Hol­ly­wood on Fri­day evening last af­ter a tough en­counter.

The Lakesiders won by five points in the end against a spir­ited Hol­ly­wood side who had cut the lead down to two points late on.

Noth­ing sep­a­rated the sides in the open­ing quar­ter of this tight af­fair. Richard Ward opened the scor­ing with a sweet point in the sec­ond minute, Hol­ly­wood re­sponded with a point from the boot of Kevin Glen­non af­ter good work by Niall Clarke.

An­other point from John Mooney in­creased the lead be­fore a master of a 45 from marks­man Sean Mur­phy cut the deficit to the min­i­mum with ten min­utes on the clock.

Larry O’Con­nor re­ceived a harsh look­ing black card in the next play and was re­placed by Michael Byrne. James Mooney pointed be­fore Richard Ward fired over one of the points of the evening.

A mo­ment of magic and strength broke the stale­mate when a pow­er­ful cross field pass from Gerry McDon­ald was col­lected by Daniel Grif­fith who pow­ered by his marker and Grif­fith’s piledriver found the roof of Eoin Harkin’s net for what turned out to be the only ma­jor of the game.

Hol­ly­wood replied with a point from full-for­ward James Mooney and they looked like adding an­other only for Char­lie Clarke to rob pos­ses­sion and lay off to Matt Cripps to reg­is­ter his first score of the evening to in­crease the lead back to three.

Both Hol­ly­wood mid­field­ers picked up yel­low cards as a bit of bite crept into the play. Eoin Clarke thought he had lev­elled mat­ters, but a pow­er­ful save by Conor O’Toole was bril­lianty tipped over the cross­bar.

An­other brace of points from Sean Mur­phy and a Matt Cripps point con­cluded pro­ceed­ings in the open­ing half with the score­board read­ing Lacken-Kil­bride 1-8 to 0-6 for Hol­ly­wood. A pow­er­ful high punt from 50m by Thomas Kelly de­fied ev­ery­one and bounced over the cross­bar with the first at­tack by Hol­ly­wood on the restart.

Char­lie Clarke re­sponded with a fine in­di­vid­ual point for the lakesiders. Sean Mur­phy raised his fifth white flag of the game af­ter great build up play by Timmy Broe.

Hol­ly­wood added a trio of points to eat into the deficit with two mighty points from Niall Clarke to leave three points be­tween the sides go­ing into a tense fi­nal quar­ter.

Matt Cripps rose an­other white flag be­fore brave goal­keep­ing by Conor O’Toole de­nied Hol­ly­wood a badly needed ma­jor; O’Toole gath­ered a high ball in his area and was bun­dled over the line in the process.

Both Mooney brothers pointed to cut the lead to two points go­ing into the clos­ing stages but the Lakesiders rose up a gear and landed four unan­swered points, the pick of them from mid­fielder Kevin McLough­lin, to all but close out the game. Hol­ly­wood went in search of a goal, but a John Mooney point would be the clos­ing score of the game.

Hol­ly­wood are in dan­ger of fin­ish­ing in the bot­tom two with Ju­nior ‘A’ favourites and neigh­bours Val­ley­mount next up while Lacken-Kil­bride are in a dog­fight with Aughrim for that cov­eted fourth placed team safety spot to stay out of rel­e­ga­tion with two rounds to play.

Scor­ers - Lacken-Kil­bride: Sean Mur­phy 0-5 (3f), Daniel Grif­fith 1-00, Matt Cripps 0-3, Richard Ward 0-2, Tom McKeon 0-1, Luke Smith 0-1, Ger McDon­ald 0-1, Kevin McLough­lin 0-1, Char­lie Clarke 0-1.

Hol­ly­wood: James Mooney 0-4 (2f), John Mooney 0-2, Eoin Clarke 0-2, Thomas Kelly 0-2, Niall Clarke 0-2, Kevin Glen­non 0-1

LACKEN-KIL­BRIDE: Conor O’Toole; Conor Dil­lon, Eoin Cripps, Larry O’Con­nor; Niall Keogh, Timmy Broe, Simon Phibbs; Kevin McLough­lin, Tom McKeon; Char­lie Clarke, Richard Ward, Daniel Grif­fith; Matt Cripps, Sean Mur­phy, Gerry McDon­ald. Subs: Michael Byrne, Luke Smith.

HOL­LY­WOOD: Eoin Harkin; Evan Burke, Don­nacha Halpin, Paul Kelly; Ciaran Cor­ri­gan, Ross Tyrell, Kevin Cullen; Ciaran Maguire, Con­all Byrne; Niall Clarke, Thomas Kelly, Eoin Clarke; John Mooney, James Mooney, Kevin Glen­non. Subs: Shane Mur­phy

REF­EREE: Ea­mon Doyle (Kil­te­gan)

Ali Lacey, Maeve Ward and Maeve Wal­lace en­joy­ing the Cul Camp at Coolkenno GAA Club.

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