EADESTOWN made it two from two in the Intermediate Football Championship when they had a comfortable eight point victory over Ballyteague in Hawkfield last Saturday afternoon, writes Ruth Chambers.
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Despite giving Ballyteague a six point head start Eadestown had enough in the tank to bounce back and brush off the challenge, all be it a poor challenge, of the boys in green and gold.
Ballyteague enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and indeed went six points to the good after only 18 minutes. However, by the interval Eadestown had completely turned the game on its head thanks to a brace of goals from Eddie Conroy. They lead 2-2 to 0-6 at the break and with Ballyteague only adding a further two points in the second half, Eadestown collected the points with ease.
They certainly looked to be in real trouble early on when Ballyteague came out with all guns blazing and with just 42 seconds on the clock Kildare junior star Seamus Hanafin collected possession from Derek Mooney before splitting the posts.
By the fourth minute Ballyteague were 0-3 to 0-0 to the good when Kevin Murphy raised a white flag and Derek Mooney did likewise but in truth they should have been ahead by more.
At times Ballyteague’s shooting left a lot to be desired but with Eadestown slow out of the traps it looked like it didn’t matter, early on anyway. Ballyteague’s lead was stretched to four by the tenth minute when Kieran Brennan and Steven Connolly combined with the latter raising a white flag, while two minutes later Connolly added to his tally, this time from a free after Hanafin was impeded.
A superb point from Jason Mooney made it 0-6 to 0-0 before Eadestown finally woke up and came to life. Their first score didn’t come until the 25th minute when Cian Bolton struck over from the right and soon after followed the game’s opening goal.
A shot from Emmet Bolton was intercepted by Eddie Conroy and his deftest touch sent the ball to the net to leave the score at 0-6 to 1-1.
In the 30th minute Cian Bolton added a second goal to ensure a one point lead for the boys in blue and before the break a point from Robbie Smith completed the first half scoring and gave Eadestown a 2-2 to 0-6 advantage.
Ballyteague simply didn’t show up for the second half and by the time they opened their account Eadestown were 2-3 to 0-7 to the good.
Eadestown made sure of it in the 55th minute when Cian Bolton dispatched a penalty, while the younger Bolton also added a point, as did Jerry Holmes and Emmet Bolton to ensure a comfortable win and a semi final spot for Eadestown.
Eadestown, Eddie Conroy 2-1 (1f), , Cian Bolton 1-2 (1 pen), Robbie Smith 0-1, Thomas Ryan 0-1, Jerry Holmes 0-1, Emmet Bolton 0-1.
Ballyteague, Stephen Connolly 0-3 (2f), Seamus Hanafin 0-2, Kevin Murphy Derek Mooney, Jason Mooney 0-1 each.
John Creighton; Mark Prendergast, Willie casey, John Dowling; Colm Dowling, Alan Casey, Jack Brady; David Gillespie, Barry Lawlor; Cian Malone, Emmet Bolton, Jerry Holmes; Robbie Smith, Cian Bolton, Eddie Conroy. Subs: Eoin Woods replaced D Gillespie HT, Thomas Ryan replaced R Smith 50 mins, Shane Perry replaced E Conroy 60 mins.
Mick Kenna; Stephen Dunne, Tommy Coogan, Cian Gilligan; David Reddy, Michael Hanley, Conor Mullaney; Kieran Brennan, Kevin Murphy; Niall Moran, Seamus Hanafin, Stephen Connolly; Jason Mooney, Derek Mooney, Steven Ennis. Subs: Sean Jacob replaced D Mooney 9 mins, Cathal Hanafin replaced D Reddy HT, Sean Dowling replaced S Ennis 40 mins, Donal Dempsey replaced S Connolly 58.