LAST weekend it took a goal deep into injury time for Kilcock to force a replay against Rathangan in the opening round of the Joe Fox Tool and Plant Hire Intermediate Football Championship. However on Wednesday night last in the replay it was Rathangan who got their just rewards when holding off a late and determined rally from the boys from the north of the county who were endeavouring to bring the game into extra time, at least, writes Tommy Callaghan.
Played on a beautiful balmy evening in Carbury it was Kilcock who opened brightly and impressively with three quick fire points from Brian Thornton in the first eight minutes and while Eoin Kennedy opened Rathangan’s account on 13, following a foul on Brian Flood, it was Kilcock who continued to dominate and tacked on another three (Philip Vesey, Thornton and Eamonn Fitzpatrick) to go 0-6 to 0-1 clear.
Gradually Rathangan worked their way into the game with the half back line hovering up ball they hit back with the ever dangerous Brian Flood causing problems for the Kilcock defence. Eoin Kennedy reduced the deficit with a free after Flood was fouled (Sean Maguire picking up yellow) and three minutes later the Mick Hyland boys were right back in it when Kilcock keeper Ciaran Heneghan was adjudged to have fouled Brian Flood and Davy Connell made no mistake from the spot kick to make it 0-6 to 1-2.
Kilcock hit back with points from Neil Gannon and Paul O’Brien before Flood left two between the sides pointing after being denied a goal with a brilliant block from Heneghan in he Kilcock goal to leave it 0-8 to 1-3 at the break.
Rathangan had the sides all square within three minutes of the resumption with points from Alan Bracken.
Brian Thornton and Brian Flood exchanged points before Kilcock again took the lead with a sweeping move from the back ended with Philip Vesey knocking one over.
Then it was Rathangan’s turn to turn the screw in this very entertaining hard fought championship, as they took the lead with two frees from Eoin Kennedy with some fifteen minutes remaining.
It was hell for leather stuff from here in with both sides missing opportunities before Brian Thornton against had Kilcock on level terms on the 55minute..
Thornton then had an opportunity with a free to take the lead but his effort drifted just wide of the right hand post. Back came Rathangan and when Marcus Duke was adjudged to have fouled a handpass up stepped Alan Bracken to put Rathangan back in the lead on 61 minutes.
Kilcock had their chance to equalise or even take the lead when Philip Versey was on the end of a fine more but keeperJoe Lister denied him with a great block.
It was their last chance as the full time whistle arrived with Rathangan taking the spoils on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-11.
Rathangan, Eoin Kennedy 0-4 (4 frees), Davy Connell 1-0 (penalty), Alan Bracken 0-3 (3 frees), brian Flood 0-2.
Kilcock, Brian Thornton 0-6 (3 frees), Philip Visey 0-2, Niall Gannon 0-1, Paul O’Brien 0-1, Eamonn Fitzpatrick 0-1.
Joe Lister; Tommy O’Connell, Michael Sullivan, Michael O’Connell; Bernard Flanagan, Johnny Mulpeter, Aidan Kennedy; Nicky Conlon, Dairmuid O’Donoghue; Brian Flood, Davy Connell, David Donnelly; Eoin Kennedy, Declan McGivern, Alan Bracken. Sub: Tommy Pwer for DeclanMcGIvern (54 minute).
Ciaran heneghan; Jason O’Brien, Ciaran Fitzpatrick, SeanMaguire; MarkDurkan, Markmaguire,marcus Duke; Eamonn Fitzpatrick, Cian Flanagan; Eoin Powderly, Neil Gannon, Paul O’Brien; Philip Vesey, AustinTighe, Brian Thornton. Sub: David Duke for SeanMaguire (43 minute).