Lacken-Kilbride get off the mark
Lakesiders beat Hollywood
L’KEN-K’BRIDE 1-15 HOLLYWOOD 0-13
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.