Footballers unlucky to lose by 1 in league tie

St. Brigids Blackwater 1-08 v 1-09 Kilanerin/Ballyfad

The Junior footballers left it behind them losing out by just a single point against the intermediate a footballers from the Gorey district including for the second season a number of the Tara Rocks players. The ground was hard and the temperature was warm with the lads only able to boast two subs including Aidan Whelan while a number of other players were away for various reasons including Jake Nobbs. The Kilanerin team boasted a number of present and former senior players including Mattie Forde lining out at midfield.

It wasnt until the 7th minute that the first score was on the board with Rasher putting it over after a long run from centre back. Kilanerin responded before Darragh Doyle who was excellent throughout the match scored from a tight angle. Unfortunately a direct run from the Kilanerins No. 9 Pat Forde burst through a number of tackles to goal to leave them 2 up before they pointed again with 17 mins gone. For the next 10 minutes though it was the men from the seaside who finished the stronger, first a Darragh Doyle free, then Dean Whelan and then another Darragh Doyle score to leave just one between the sides. With only 4 minutes to half time, Richard Blake finally broke free, making a direct run through the heart of the Kilanerin defence and unleashing a shot which unfortunately the keeper saved but Declan was on the rebound to tap in. At the break the lads led by 2 kicking into the sea end for the second period of 30.

The lads came out of the blocks quick with two Darragh Doyle frees pushing the score out to 4. Kilanerin though for the next 15 minutes enjoyed their best spell scoring 5 points in a row to put them into the lead with just 12 minutes left on the clock. The boys though never gave up and Darragh scored an outrageous score from near the sideline about 30 yards out. Kilanerin responded yet again before Denis Carroll pointed from a tight angle just creeping over the bar. The men in red and white pointed 2 minutes later and unfortunately was to be the last score. The lads had two chances late on from both Kerill and Mick Lillis but unfortunately it wasnt to be our day. Still a good performance against a strong footballing outfit so plenty to be optimistic about going into the final league game and championship going forward.

Team 1. Ger Lynch. 2. Aaron Culleton. 3. Anthony Roche. 4. Ciaran Roche. 5. Paddy Cullen. 6. Kevin O’Brien (0-1). 7. Diarmuid Murphy. 8. Mick Lillis. 9. Denis Carroll (0-1). 10. Darragh Doyle (0-6, 0-3 frees). 11. Richard Blake. 12. Ben Redmond. 13. Declan O’Leary (1-0). 14. Kerill Sutton. 15. Dean Whelan (0-1)