A masterful display from Kildare minor star Chris Healy ensured Kildare junior kingpins Two Mile House took home the provincial title at St Conleth’s Park yesterday (Sunday).
The House, managed by Jarlath Gilroy, recored a 2-15 to 1-12 victory over Louth side Hunterstown Rovers in what was an excellent 60 minutes of football. Goals in either half from Healy greatly aided the Kildare side’s cause and in particular his second half effort set them on their way to victory after a spirited comeback from the visitors.
Two Mile House looked likely to cruise to a win early on when they opened up a 1-4 to 0-1 lead but Hunterstown Rovers found their mojo and managed to turn the game on it’s head by the 38th minute when they went in to the lead (1-9 to 1-8) for the first time.
Gilroy’s side dug deep however, and Healy’s 45th minute three pointer put them 2-10 to 1-10 in front and despite missing a penalty in the final minute, they eased home to a six point win and booked a place in the All Ireland semi final against either John Mitchells from Liverpool or Monaghan’s Emyvale.
For a full report, reaction and pictures see tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) Leinster Leader.
Two Mile House - Chris Healy 2-2, Aidan Casey 0-6 (3f), Chris Julian 0-3 (3f), Mark Sherry 0-2, Derren Casey 0-1, Niall Browne 0-1.
Hunterstown Rovers - Ryan Burns 0-7 (4f, 1 ‘45’), Richie Taaffe 1-1, David Finn 0-1, Paul Carrie 0-1, Alan Landy 0-1, Brendan Lennon 0-1.
TWO MILE HOUSE:
John Goff; Matt Kelly, William Burke, Brian Byrne; Nathan Sherry, Peter Kelly, Niall McLoughlin; Derren Casey, Niall Browne; Chris Healy, Mark Sherry, Adam Burke; Chris Julian, Shane Darcy, Aidan Casey. Subs: Donal Browne replaced B Byrne 38 mins, Ben Merrins replaced D Browne 49 mins, Tadgh O’Neill replaced A Burke 60 mins.
Alan Fedigan; Brian Mathews, Ciaran Carrie, Patrick Mathews; Martin Lennon, Keith Brennan, David Finn; Tony McKenna, Conor Mathews; Muris O’Sullivan, Paul Carrie, Brendan Lennon; Alan Landy, Ryan Burns, Padraig Mathews. Subs: Richie Taaffe replaced P Mathews 19 mins, David Fedigan replaced P Mathews 55 mins.
Niall Ward (Westmeath).