West MFC ‘A’
Golden-Kilfeacle 1-7 Arravale Rovers 1-5
Golden-Kilfeacle players and supporters went home happy from Dundrum on Wednesday evening last after beating Arravale Rovers by 1-7 to 1-5 in a well-contested final of the Bridge House Golden minor football A championship.
Arravale dominated the early part of the game but didn’t get any great return for their efforts. While they had their first point with a lightning strike in the first minute, they had to wait until the 12th for their second score and they had only one further point in the 28th minute for a first half total of 3 points.
Golden-Kilfeacle were slow to get moving and managed only two points in the opening quarter, both coming from frees by Seanie O’Halloran.
They came good during the second quarter and had a lot of possession. This was translated into scores in the 19th, 21st and 22nd minutes and then in the 26th minute they got a huge lift with a goal. Alan Wade sent in a long delivery from about forty metres and it was punched to the Arravale net by Ian Collins.
This score put Golden in the lead by 1-5 to 0-3 at the interval.
Arravale started off with a bang in the second-half and had the ball in the Golden net before a minute had elapsed. Ciaran Lowry finished off a good movement. This was followed with a point by James Hogan a minute later and suddenly there was only a point between the sides. It appeared as if Arravale were going to take over. But this didn’t happen and, in fact, they scored only one more point, in the 27th minute.
Golden came back into the game after the initial shock of the two scores and the remainder of the game was a tough encounter with a lot of excitement and few scores. Joshua Keane scored a free in the 12th minute and Seanie O’Halloran added a second three minutes later, and that was all.
The final quarter was a welter of excitement and each side gave its all. The ball moved from end to end. There were some great moves and some dreadful mistakes but it kept the audience enthralled and when the final whistle sounded Golden were on top by 1-7 to 1-5.
Joshue Keane had an outstanding game for the winners. He was well helped by Aidan O’Connell, Ciaran Butler Hallissey, Gerard Barlow, Ian Collins and Seanie O’Halloran. Arravale showed signs of staleness in their approach but got good performances for Killian and Fintan Ryan, Ciaran Lowry and James Hogan.
(On a critical note there appears to be no advantage in providing teamsheets for finals since teams appear unable to read them. Arravale were grave offenders on Wednesday evening with no fewer than six of their players wearing the wrong numbers. Not very fair to supporters.)
Golden-Kilfeacle: Niel Morrissey, J. J. Burns, Aidan O’Connell, Matthew Ryan, Ciaran Butler Hallissey (capt.), Paddy Ryan, Alan wade, Joshue Keane (0-2), Gerard Barlow, Daniel Currivan, Kevin Moloney, Sean O’Keeffe, Shane O’Connell (0-1), Ian Collins (1-1), Sean O’Halloran (0-3). Subs: Brian Roche for Daniel Currivan, James Casey for Ian Collins, Darren Moloney for Sean O’Keeffe.
Arravale Rovers: Fintan Ó Murchú, Pearse Richardson, David Power, Dylan Nugent, Tony Byrnes, Cathal Donovan, Seamus Kinane, Killian Ryan, Fintan Ryan, Paul Jones, Ciaran Lowry (1-1), Conor Kissane (0-1), James Hogan (0-2), Peter Mulhair, Johnny Lowry (0-1). Subs: David Farrell for Dylan Nugent, Eddie O’Meara for Paul Jones.
Referee: Paddy Russell (Emly)