Golden/Kilfeacle booked their place in the last four of the County Junior ‘A’ Football Championship with an 11-points win over Newcastle at Cahir on Saturday afternoon last.
Quickly back in action six days after their West final win over Emly, Golden had it very much their own way all through this encounter. Truth be told, had they availed of their many early goal chances and cut down on some dreadful wides, they could have had the game won earlier and easier than they eventually did.
Overall Golden possessed too much pace, fitness and football for Newcastle and after half-time, in particular, dominated in terms of possession and on the scoreboard.
It was the South team who opened the scoring with a nice point - their only white flag of the first half - in the second minute from midfielder Brian Hyland. But Golden were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead at the end of the first quarter with a free from Josh Keane, and further points from Ronan Hayes and Shane Stapleton. In this opening period the West side had no less than three good goal chances spurned, two blasted wide and one smothered well by Darren Goonan.
And then Newcastle showed them how to take a goal. A long range effort at a point from Emmet Prendergast was parried out by keeper Paul Fogarty before Tommy Sweeney recycled to set up Brian Hyland to shoot low to the net. Newcastle were back in front at 1-1 to 0-3 on 17 minutes.
Shook to their senses, Golden picked it up again and upped the tempo, but a world of good work went abegging with nine poor first half wides. In the five minutes before the interval they eventually found their shooting boots. Firstly Josh Keane levelled matters with a free and then followed three fine points from Keith Landy (2) and Shane Stapleton, one in particular due to the determined efforts of James Casey.
At the break Golden/Kilfeacle led 0-7 to 1-1.
Keith Landy with a point stretched the advantage two minutes in to the second half but much worse was to follow for Newcastle.
They lost Brian Hyland to injury after a very heavy ‘yellow card’ challenge in the 35th minute and then a minute later were reduced to 14 men when Tommy Sweeney received a second yellow.
Thereafter Golden dominated and points from Shane O’Connell, Josh Keane and Keith Landy had them 0-11 to 1-1 up with 10 minutes to go.
The goal the West champions deserved eventually arrived seven minutes from the end when John Colohan set up Seanie O’Halloran who took his chance neatly.
Newcastle’s first score in all of 31 minutes came six minutes from time from Brian Sweeney and they had one more before the final whistle from Tadgh Sweeney. Golden finished with late points from Daniel Currivan, Josh Keane (free) and Keith Landy (his fifth of the day).
A few minutes from time John Holohan (G/K) and Caoimhin McGrath (N) were, one felt, somewhat unlucky to get straight red cards for some off the ball stuff, considering it was no worse than what was going on all day long.
Golden/Kilfeacle: Paul Fogarty, Cian O’Connell, Aidan O’Connell, David Wade, James Casey, James McCarthy, Shane O’Connell (0-1), Ronan Hayes (0-1), Stephen Ryan (0-1), Seanie O’Halloran (1-0), Josh Keane (0-4F), James Hayes, Keith Landy (0-5), Tom Byrne, Shane Stapleton (0-1).
Subs: John Colohan for Byrne; Jonathan Wade for Casey (black card, 35th minute); Daniel Currivan (0-1) for Stapleton; James O’Connell for McCarthy; Thomas Wade for O’Halloran.
Newcastle: Darren Goonan, Evan Morrissey, Tomás O’Dwyer, Michael Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Shane Hickey, Caoimhin McGrath, Brian Sweeney (0-1), Brian Hyland (1-1), Ger Corcoran, Conor Grant, Anthony Condon (Jnr.), Aidan Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sweeney, Emmet Prendergast.
Subs: Vincent Carroll for O’Dwyer (black card, 25th minute); James Lonergan (Jnr) for Hyland (injured); Tadgh Sweeney (0-1) for Corcoran; Michael Grant for Condon.
Referee: Donal Leahy (Moyne/Templetuohy).