Two Mile House: 0-12
COMING into this game off the back of win in the previous round of the Tom Cross Junior Championship against near rivals Castlemitchell, Rheban took on Two Mile House in a greasy Hawkfield on Sunday afternoon but this time Rheban would not be victorious as Two Mile House won the game without any real threat.
House took the lead after a mere 15 seconds through Donal Browne before Aidan Casey added his sides second on the 1 minute mark.
Conditions made it difficult for each side in the opening period but it was Two Mile House who adapted the quickest knocking over 4 points unanswered coming from Aidan Casey and Brian Byrne respectively.
Stephen Lawlor got Rheban off the mark after 15 minutes, finishing off an excellent team move.
Two Mile House` response however was instant and effective hitting 3 points on the trot through Brian Byrne, Niall McLoughlin and Aidan Casey.
Rhebans second score came after 25 minutes from a free kick taken by the trusty right boot of Shane Rowan.
This didn’t stop the scoreboard looking rather one-sided at the interval with Two Mile House 7 points to the good with the score at 9-2
Perhaps the game might have been a lot closer, had it not been for Rob Kennedy in the Two Mile House goal, pulling off two pointblank saves to deny Rheban substitute Dom Owens early in the scond half.
Owens did manage to make an impact pointing a free kick after he was impeded.
Man of the Match and Two Mile House talisman Aidan Casey scored his 6th and 7th points of the game, slotting over a free kick and curling the ball over from a difficult angle.
Rheban to their credit tried and tried to work an opening to get that all important goal that could rattle the ‘House but just could not break down a firm defence.
Both sides got their last scores of the game inside the last five minutes, with Two Mile House being the first as Niall McLoughlin split the posts with his second point of the afternoon.
Rheban half-forward Shane Rowan matched that total as he too popped the ball over the bar for the second time of the game.
From then on in, Two Mile House just ran the clock down waiting for Declan Jacob to blow the final whistle and when he did it sent the large following into raptures.
Two Mile House:
Rob Kennedy, Donnagh Lavelle, Derren Casey, Stephen Bolger, Niall McLoughlin (0-2), Matt Kelly, Stuart White, Niall Brown, Chris Burke, William Burke, Brian Byrne (0-2), Tadhg O’Neill, Donal Browne (0-1), John Goff, Aidan Casey (0-7 4f) (Subs): Rossa Fahey for Niall Brown, Harry Goff for Donal Browne, Mark Callaghan for Brian Byrne
James Byrne, Peadar Owens, Chris Perse, Keith Byrne, Kevin O’Shaughnessy, David Kelly, Eimhin Owens, Alan Harris, David Renehan, Chris Gorman, Shane Rowan (0-2 1f), Martin McDermott, Alan Kelly, Stephen Lawler (0-1 1f), Sean Owens (Subs): Dom Owens (0-1 1f) for Alan Kelly, Mick May for Martin McDermott