St. Kevin’s guaranteed their senior status for the 2014 season when comfortably dismissing the challenge of Suncroft in the Joe Mallon Renault SFC relegation semi final at Hawkfield last night (Tuesday 10 September).
It was indeed an impressive display from the boys in red and black, stating their intentions directly from the throw-in opening up a five point lead after 12 minutes before Suncroft got on to the score board with a free from Fionn Dowling.
Those early points for Noel Mooney’s side were scored by three players who were to have a major influence throughout the game,namely Brian Dunne, Mark Fitzharris and Declan Flaherty.
While another Fionn Dowling free reduced the deficit, it was Kevin’s who kicked on hitting another three points to Suncroft’s one with the half time score reading St. Kevin’s 0-8 Suncroft 0-3.
Barry Noone got the winners first point of the second half and while The Croft did improve considerably on their first time display they continued to struggle and chase and with 40 minutes gone still found themselves trailing by five before Brian Dunne, taking a pass from Mark Fitzharris to storm through the middle blasting the ball to the back of Dean Slattery’s net on 47 minutes.
From there on it was simply a matter of how much Kevin’s would win and by the time the final whistle arrived they had increased that lead to 1-16 to 0-9.
An impressive display from St. Kevin’s but for Suncroft they must now lift themselves for the relegation final and a date against Ballymore Eustace. On this display Suncroft will have it all to do.
ST. KEVINS’S: Keith Fitzharris; Dean O’Regan, Patrick Walshe, Mark Grace; Brian Fogarty, Jack Kenny, Darren Fox; Michael Kenny, Mark Fitzharris 0-2 (2f); Cathal O’Leary, Brian Dunne 1-2, John Fitzharris; Barry Noone 0-7 (2f), Cormac Noone 0-1, Declan Flaherty 0-4. Subs: Ross Carew for John Fitzharris (45m); Jamie Kenna for Declan Flaherty (57m); Eoin Lenehan for Brian Dunne (60m); Aeneas Murphy for Jack Kenny (62m).
SUNCROFT: Dean Slattery; Jack Setright, John Phillips,Tommy Robotham; David Nolan,Tommy Cleary, Alan Middleton 0-1; Killian Brennan, Trevor Moran; Liam Harnett, Fionn Dowling 0-3 (2f), Dean King; Ryan King, Ciarán Dowling 0-5 (4f), Anthony Rainbow. Subs: Ciarán Troy for Tommy Robotham (34m); Tom Dempsey for David Nolan (52m).
REFEREE: Henry Barrett.