Char­lie shines for Goose­bank

Kil­coole beat Clan na Gael

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

KIL­COOLE CLAN NA GAEL 3-10 1-4

KIL­COOLE pro­duced an im­pres­sive per­for­mance to bet­ter a brave Clan na Gael side in the U15 Divi­sion 3 ‘C’ Plate fi­nal in a wet New­town last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

A man-of-the-match dis­play from mid­fielder Char­lie Fraw­ley and a stoic show­ing from full-back Louis Thomas were two of the key fac­tors in this en­ter­tain­ing tus­sle.

The foot­ballers from the Goose­bank raced out to an early 1-3 to 0-0 lead with points from Oisin Tag­gart, Sean Byrne and full-for­ward Rhys Kelly and the up­lift­ing ma­jor from the boot of Char­lie Fraw­ley af­ter seven min­utes with Clan na Gael strug­gling to make in­roads and falling foul to a ref­er­ee­ing style that was frus­trat­ing the com­bined team’s man­age­ment team.

They even­tu­ally got off the mark from a John Fox free af­ter a foul on the young sharp­shooter and he floated over a beauty.

Louis Thomas showed su­perb de­fen­sive skills soon af­ter when dis­pos­sess­ing Fox and when Michael Shannon swung over a point af­ter Char­lie Fraw­ley had struck the post to make it 1-4 to 0-1 the signs were not overly pos­i­tive for Clan na Gael.

Luke Kelly grabbed Clan na Gael’s sec­ond point shortly af­ter­wards and then we en­tered a waste­ful pe­riod with turnovers and wides on both sides as play­ers seemed de­ter­mined to hop the ball on the hor­rif­i­cally greasy sur­face.

As the end of the first half neared it was Kil­coole who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and two points, both from Rhys Kelly frees to send the Goose­bank side in with a lighter step at 1-6 to 0-2 ahead.

A ripper of a goal af­ter 20 sec­onds from Sean O’Rourke brought Clan na Gael kick­ing and scream­ing into this game but they were un­able to push on and their goose was cooked when Char­lie Fraw­ley drove low and hard to the back of the Clan na Gael goal to make it 2-6 to 1-2.

Clan na Gael bat­tled hard over the next phases and had a pointed free from John Fox af­ter 14 min­utes of the sec­ond half and an­other from the same man af­ter 23 but they couldn’t breach Alex Dut­ton’s goal for a sec­ond time whereas Kil­coole were grow­ing in con­fi­dence all the while and they fin­ished with a flour­ish with 1-1 from sub­sti­tute Christo­pher Ho­ran and sin­gles from Char­lie Fraw­ley and Ben Cam­bell to make it 3-10 to1-4atthedeat­h.

Scor­ers – Kil­coole: Char­lie Fraw­ley 2-1, Rhys Kelly 0-4 (4f), Christo­pher Ho­ran 1-1, Sean Byrne 0-1, Oisin Tag­gart 0-1, Michael Shannon 0-1, Ben Cam­bell.

Clan na Gael: John Fox 0-3 (3f), Sean O’Rourke 1-0, Luke Kelly 0-1. KIL­COOLE: Alex Dut­ton; Ryan Cur­ran, Louis Thomas, Dar­ragh Shannon; Jack Cower, Luke Fraw­ley, Craig Davis; Char­lie Fraw­ley, Sean Byrne; Ben Cam­bell, Michael Shannon, Oisin Tag­gart; Jack Pis­toor, Rhys Kelly, Evan Cooke. Subs: Christo­pher Ho­ran.

CLAN NA GAEL: Kieran Grif­fith; Sam Con­don, An­drew Doyle, Josh Mould; Jamie Buck­ley, Jack Clarke, Mikey Doyle; Harry Flynn, Billy Cor­ri­gan; Chase Scully, Sean O’Rourke, 12; Sam Morgan, John Fox, Luke Kelly. Subs:

REF­EREE: Peadar De Hora (St Pa­trick’s)

The Kil­coole team who de­feated Clan na Gael in New­town last week­end.

Kil­coole cap­tain Char­lie Fraw­ley re­ceives the tro­phy from ref­eree Peadar De Hora.

Char­lie Fraw­ley is pre­sented with his Wick­low Peo­ple spon­sored Man of the Match award by Bren­dan Lawrence.

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