CONFEY booked their SHC semi final spot, and a tilt with Naas, following their dramatic two point win over Éire Óg Corrachoill in Naas onThursday evening, writes Tommy Callaghan.
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It was not until the 64th minute of this absorbing clash that Confey got their all important second goal, almost against the run of play, however, Éire Óg Corrachill can have few complaints, as for the second time in two games they failed to even raise a white flag from two penalties, and ultimately that is where they lost this one.
Paul Divilly and Declan O’Toole exhancged pointed frees before Divilly added a second. Paul Dermody denied Mark Fennelly when the Confey man was straight through on goal.
Kieran Divilly added his side’s third before Confey found the net, Mick Divilly passed along the full forward line before Daragh Nolan slipped it into the Éire Óg Corrachoill net and when Divilly (Paul) converted a 65 Confey had opened a lead of 1-4 to 0-2.
Éire Óg Corrachoill gradually got into it with Evan Dempsey’s pace causing problems for Confey, resulting in a fine point soon followed by a pointed free from Joe Dempsey.
Paul Keegan and Declan O’Toole exchanged points but Confey were still dominating, however some brilliant defending by ÉÓCC kept them at bay.
Another Evan Dempsey point and a Declan O’Toole free left the half time score reading Confey 1-5 Éire Óg Corrachoill 0-7.
Éire Óg Corrachoill dominated the second half adding three points before two missed penalties (poorly taken by Shane Cooke and Evan Dampsey) gave Confey a lifeline., however the Caragh boys continued to dominate and went three clear through Kevin Connors after 49 minutes.
Paul Divilly got Confey’s first score in 33 minutes, a pointed free, and the same player added another to leave just one between them. Kevin Chan brought them level as darkness was closing in but Éire Óg Corrachoill hit back with a Declan O’Toole free to snatch the lead on 63 minute.
A minute later, Confey attacked down the right wing, a cross to left hand side and amid a bit of scramble it was Kieran Divilly who got the vital touch to force the ball over the line and a dramatic 64th minute winning goal.
Confey, Paul Divilly 0-5 (4 frees, 65); Kieran Divilly 1-1, Darragh Nolan 1-0, Kevin Chan 0-1, Pauric Keegan 0-1.
Éire Óg Corrachoill, Declan O’Toole 0-6 (6 frees), Evan Dempsey 0-3, Joe Dempsey 0-1, Kevin Connors 0-1.
Ian Baker; Sean Leamy, Paul Keegan, Brian Dowd; John O’Neill, Michael Divilly, Kevin Chan; Paul Dvilly, Philip Quigley; Colm Chan, Kieran Divilly, Pauric Keegan; Mark Fennelly, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Daragh Nolan. Subs: Anto Hoare for Philip Quigley (blood sub 10-15 minutes); Antoin Hoare for Daragh Nolan.
Éire Óg Corrachoill:
Paul Dermody; Gary Johnson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Cullen; Declan Curran, Pauric Ryan, Kevin Connors; JP Crotty, Mark Kelly; Paul Kennedy, Shane Cooke, Adrian Moran; Evan Dempsey, Joe Dempsey, Declan O’Toole. Subs: Richie Whelan for Adrian Moran (half time); Alan Dunney for JP Crotty (half time).