Arravale Rovers qualified for the Bridge House Golden Minor A Football Championship when they defeated Golden-Kilfeacle by 2-6 to 0-7 at Dundrum on Wednesday evening last.
The goals proved crucial for an impressive Rovers side that really stamped its authority on the game in the second half, recovering from a half time deficit.
Golden-Kilfeacle had the benefit of the breeze in the first half and led by 0-5 to 1-1 at the interval.
The Arravale goal resulted from a penalty in the twenty-third minute and it was expertly put away by Ciaran Lowry. The lead didn’t appear to be sufficient and so it turned out to be.
Arravale stamped their authority in the game when they scored 1-2 in the first seven minutes after the resumption.
The goal resulted from a poor kickout that came to Arravale’s corner-forward, James Kinane, who soloed through and despatched it with skill.
Golden were in big trouble against a stronger and more accomplished side.
In the end they lost by 2-6 to 0-7 but the score didn’t fully reflect Arravale’s superiority throughout the field.
Golden could manage only two scores in the second half and didn’t score at all during the final fifteen minutes.
Best for the winners were Tommy Lowry, Tony Byrnes, Ciaran Lowry and James Kinane, while Golden-Kilfeacle had notable players in James Casey, Josh Keane and Conor Ryan (S)
Arravale Rovers: Paul O’Connor, Ted Lowry, Pearse Richardson, Kieran Leahy, Cian Ryan, Ciaran Lowry (1-0), Tommy Lowry, Daragh Coughlan, Tony Byrnes (0-1), Eoin Lonergan, Conor Kissane (0-1), Andy Cummins (0-1), Shane Hogan (0-1), Niall Leahy (0-1), James Kinane (1-1). Subs: Daragh Crowe for Shane Hogan, Paul Jones for Eoin Lonergan.
Golden-Kilfeacle: Niall Fogarty, Dale Collins, Keith Landy, Cian O’Connell, James Casey(0-1), Shane O’Connell, Conor Ryan Sleeping half-moon, Josh Keane (0-2), Eithan Rodgers (0-1), Evan Hayde, Ger Barlow, David Wade, Danial Currivan (0-1), Seanie O’Halloran (0-2), Thomas Wade. Subs: Jonathan Wade for Thomas Wade.
Ref: Paddy Russell (Emly)