Enniskerry prove too strong for Knockananna
ON the windy evening in Hollywood the men of Enniskerry and Knockananna took to the field in what was to be a tight and tense affair for the majority of the game with both sides looking to to progress to the JBFC final.
The men from Knockananna got off to the best possible start with a point inside the opening minute from the boot of Derek Kavanagh.
Knockananna however, who were playing against the wind in the first half, were soon finding it difficult to out their earlier possession onto the score sheet as they found it tricky to gauge the wind.
Enniskerry, who would take a few minutes to settle, were finding it hard to get the ball out of their defence as the Knockananna attackers were putting their backs under serious pressure.
It took Enniskerry seven minutes to register their opening point, a free from Gavin Barton. To their credit, once Enniskerry got the ball out of their defence they were causing Knockananna all sorts of trouble with their direct line running leaving the Knockananna defence at sixes and sevens.
Enniskerry was working the ball well and they used the strong wind to their advantage as they pushed the scoreboard out to 0-5 to 0-1 midway through the half, the pick of these scores coming from their midfielder Craig Williams with an outside of the right boot shot from distance.
After registering the opening score of the game, it would take Knockananna until the 17th minute to get the next white flag raised aloft after a free from Lorcan Tyrrell.
Enniskerry were to regain control around the middle but unfortunately for them they only managed to register two points in the next 10 minutes.
As the clock was ticking towards the end of the half and Enniskerry in the driving seat it came the time for Knockananna to hit their purple patch. First came a point from Reid Byrne after a great team move found Reid in space and, off the left, he fired a shot straight over the crossbar.
From the resulting kickout Knockananna gained possession and Tristan Maher ran straight at the defence after beating his man and with the Enniskerry full-back Dan Kelly coming out to close down the space Maher fisted the ball over his head to Noel Byrne who jumped above Ian Kirwan to fist the ball into the net. Knockananna with their tails up were to register another point before the half-time whistle blew.
Again, Knockananna were to get off to a dream start with a point from Kevin Tyrrell straight from the throw in.
Tyrrell was brought in at the break for the injured Noel Byrne who suffered a heavy blow in the process of getting his goal.
Enniskerry had it all to do with the wind blowing into their face and they knew they were going to have to hold possession and work the ball out through the hand.
As the game moved from end to end both sides will look back at some poor shot choices. Midway through the second half and with the tie all square at 10 points to 1-7, came the first goal of the game for Enniskerry; a wellworked team move started and finished to the net by Alan King.
King gained possession on the 45-yard line and laid the ball onto AJ Porter who was running off his shoulder. Porter laid the ball off to Gavin Barton who ran directly at the Knockananna rearguard and as the defence converged in, he coolly slipped the ball off to King who had continued his run and who drove the ball to the bottom corner of the net.
Enniskerry to their credit when they got the upper hand, they never looked like relieving the pressure and they pushed on with three more points in this game.
With the lead out to five the men from Knockananna were pushing hard to get a goal of their own, but the best they could get was a point from Derek Kavanagh as the Enniskerry defence held firm.
With the Knockananna players pushing forward it was leaving space in the backline and Enniskerry would close out the game with another goal by AJ Porter to put a nice shine on the final score line and book their place in the final.
Scorers – Enniskerry: AJ Porter 1-1, Gavin Barton 0-4, Alan King 1-0, Jack Conroy 0-3, Brendan Barton 0-2, Anto O’Neill 0-2, Stephen Cahill 0-1, Craig Williams 0-1.
Knockananna: Derek Kavanagh 0-3, Noel Byrne 1-0, Lorcan Tyrrell 0-2, Kevin Tyrrell 0-2, Keith Corrigan 0-1, Reid Byrne 0-1, Damien Byrne 0-1
ENNISKERRY: Ian Kirwan; James Moloney, Dan Kelly, Mark Mullen; Luke Wrynn, Seamus O’Gorman, Stephen Cahill; Colm Nolan, Craig Williams; Rhys Cope, Gavin Barton, Jack Conroy; Alan King, Brendan Barton, Anto O’Neill. Subs: AJ Porter, Luke Dalton, Alan Acres, Brendan Fitzgerald.
KNOCKANANNA: Sean Canna; Paddy O’Keeffe, Aaron O’Neill, Keith Corrigan; Darren Flynn, Garry Bradley, Ronan Byrne; Tristian Maher, Padraig Lancaster; Derek Kavanagh, Lorcan Tyrrell, Noel Byrne; Reid Byrne, Damien Byrne, Stephen Hinchy. Subs: Kevin Tyrell, Alan Byrne, Anthony Tracey, Eddie Bracken.
REFEREE: Keith Peppard (Hollywood)