KILDARE hurling champions Confey bowed out of the Leinster Intermediate Club Championship at the first time of asking when they were down by Meath side Kiltale in Clane last Sunday afternoon, writes Ruth Chambers.
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The Meath men got their noses in front just before the break and didn’t look back thereafter. Confey paid the price for giving away too many silly frees and indeed were punished by the superb Jack Regan, who scored a impressive eleven points over the course of the 60 plus minutes.
The previous Sunday Kiltale beat Killyon in the Meath decider in Navan and perhaps a hangover was expected but they showed no sign of it and Confey can have no complaints about the final result.
The opening half of this provincial encounter was a tight affair and only the one point (0-9 to 0-8) separated the sides at the interlude, however after the turnaround the Meath men pulled away and Confey quite simply weren’t able to answer.
The Meath men drew first blood in the second minute when Jack Regan opened his account with a free but soon after Confey were back on level terms. Their first point came Paul Divilly from a 65 to leave the score at 0-1 to 0-1.
It was nip and tuck right throughout the opening half and it was the visitors who nudged in front with six minutes on the clock when county man Peter Durnin produced a class point from out right but it was soon cancelled out by one from Niall Glennon, who was a late addition to the Confey team in place of Mark Fennelly.
By the tenth minute the sides were still level but a point from county final hero John O’Sullivan nudged the Kildare champions in front with 12 played. Indeed Confey stretched that lead to two soon after when Eoin Fitzpatrick split the posts and when Paul Divilly converted a free soon after the Kildare men lead 0-6 to 0-3.
Kiltale bounced back with two points without response to trail by just the minimum but when Kevin Chan was fouled Paul Divilly converted three to give the Leixlip based side a two point cushion.
A brace from Jack Regan brought the Meath men back on level times with five minutes of the half left to play and two more before the break, compared to Confey’s one left them leading 0-9 to 0-8 at the break.
Kiltale picked up where they left off after that break despite Colm Chan’s early point res parity. Thereafter the Meath side hit the next three on the trot to open up a three point advantage.
Try as the did but Confey couldn’t pull it back. At the end of the third quarter they trailed by two 0-14 to 0-12 but then their opponents stretched their lead to four with five minutes remaining.
At this point in time Confey were in desperate need for a goal but it never materialised. Kieran Divilly did split the posts from a free and Paul Divilly converted another but they couldn’t pull it back.
It was the Meath champions that progressed to a meeting with the Wexford champions, while Confey will just have to make do with the Kildare title for now.
Scorers: Kiltale - Jack Regan 0-11 (7f, 2 ’65’), Peter Durnin 0-3, Anthony Forde 0-2, James Kelly 0-1.
Confey - Paul Divilly 0-6 (1 ’65’, 5f), Niall Glennon 0-2, Paraic Keegan 0-1, John O’Neill 0-1, Eoin Fitzpatrick 0-1, Robbie Connolly 0-1, Daragh Nolan 0-1, Kieran Divilly 0-1 (1f).
Shane McGann; Anthony Donnelly, Padraig Donoghue, Ciaran Ennis; Anthony Forde, William Mahedy, David Donoghue; James Kelly, Philip Garvey; Johnny Donoghue, Stephen Donoghue, Mark O’Sullivan; Cathal McCabe, Peter Durnin, Jack Regan. Subs: Eamon Ryan replaced W Mahedy 48 mins, Padraig Kelly replaced P Garvey 50 mins, Brendan Dixon replaced P Kelly 56 mins, Stephen Cummins replaced A Forde 61 mins.
Ian Baker; Sean Leamy, Paul Keegan, Brian Dowd; Kieran Divilly, Michael Divilly, Kevin Chan; Paraic Keegan, Paul Divilly; Colm Chan, Robbie Connolly, John O’Neill; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Niall Glennon, Daragh Nolan. Subs: Anto Hoare replaced D Nolan 47 mins, Conor Feeney replaced J O’Neill 47 mins.