Spring League Division 3 Final Killinkere v Laragh United
Dolan Park, Virginia was the venue for this Division 3 Riverfront Hotel Spring League final on Sunday last between Killinkere and Laragh United. And it was Killinkere who got off to a flying start with points from Emmet Fitzsimons (2,1f) Anthony Brady and Jason McMahon with only 6 minutes played. Laragh started to find their feet and Kieran Cooney made a great run from the half back line to open their account with a point. However Killinkere kept the pressure on and put over 2 more unanswered points to leave them 6pts to 1 ahead with 10 minutes played. Laragh pushed hard and won a free which Ruairi Power converted before Eoin Donohoe split the posts to cut the deficit. Emmet Fitzsimons again pointed a free for Killinkere. Fergal O’Rourke’s found his brother Shane with the kick out who sent the ball in to Ruairi Power who found the back of the Killinkere net to leave the narrowest of margins in it 1 point. Killinkere replied immediately with another point from Emmet Fitzsimons. Both sided put the ball over bar before Martin Brady sound the whistle for half time to leave Killinkere 3 points ahead at the break.
Half time score Killinkere 0-10 Laragh United 1-04
With the second underway Laragh started better and when the ball when out for a 45 off Martin Reilly the Laragh goalie Fergal O’Rourke made no mistake and put it over the bar. Again Laragh pushed for a goal but Killinkere’s Eugene Clarke stood firm and pulled off a good save. Killinkere then score 3 unanswered points before Laragh lost their full back Fergal McKenna to a second yellow. Laragh again pushed hard and were rewarded with two points from frees by Ruairi Power and it was back to a 3 point game. Killinkere’s full forward Peter McCabe then pointed before Laragh put two over the bar. Laragh won the kick out and moved the ball into their forward line where Eugene Clarke again pulled off a super save from Paddy Rudden. Ruairi Power again pointed a free before Damien Sexton got a super point from a tight angle. Both sides exchanged scores with full time approaching. In injury time Ruairi Power spilt the posts from a free. From the kick out Laragh pushed forward and got a free in front of goal. Paddy Rudden’s shot which was kicked with force hit the upright and the final whistle sounded. This brought to an end an entertaining game of football.
Full time score Killinkere 0-17 Laragh United 1-12.
Killinkere: Eugene Clarke, Ollie Sharkey, Kevin McCabe, Martin Reilly, Lewis Fay Cooper, Jason McMahon 0-01, Gerard Brady, Emmet Fitzsimons 0-09 (8f), Breen Smith 0-01, Ciaran Sexton, Paul Kerr, Anthony Brady 0-01, Damien Sexton 0-02, Peter McCabe 0-01, Ciaran Smith. Subs: Gary Denning, Darren Smith 0-02, Noel McGovern.
Laragh United: Fergal O’Rourke 0-01(45), Phil Fitzsimmons, Fergal McKenna, Jason Rahill, Seamus Cooney, Ian Leddy, Kieran Cooney 0-01, Shane O’Rourke, Eoin Donohoe 0-02, Jack McKenna, Ruairi Power 1-08 (7f), Colm McKenna, Declan Brady, Paddy Rudden, Sean Tierney. Subs: Cian O’Rourke, Stephen Cooney, Conal Donohoe.
Referee: Martin Brady.
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