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Seniors Lose Out to Local Rivals

posted 2 May 2018, 14:29 by Kildangan PRO
A clinical Monasterevan side came to More O'Ferrall Park on Monday evening. Following a defeats to Milltown and Ellistown, the visitors were hoping for their first win. Kildangan had come off the back of a defeat to Kilcullen, and would be hoping to make amends for this against their near neighbours.

The Barrowside Blues won the break at the beginning and showed promise, but the home team were able to stave off any scoring threat for the five minutes, before the visitors got in for a goal. The neighbours were held back for another four minutes before they scored a point, which was followed up by one from Ryan Moran, reducing the gap back to three.

Monasterevan hit two more points and a goal before the end of the half. Bryan Adams slotted over a Kildangan point on the stroke of half time to follow up on a free from Robert McGrath.

Kildangan started the second half with promise as they won the throw-in and Moran added his second point, thanks to some great build up play from Damien Broughall. However, unfortunately for Kildangan, we did not see the last of Monasterevan, who scored their fifth point of the game thirty seconds later. An Eric O'Hara point kept Kildangan within touching distance as the home team now trailled 2-5 to 0-4.

Liam McCormack, who had been involved in the build up to O'Hara's point, dropped a free in on top of Kildangan veteran Colin Christie who punched it into the back of the net, meaning that only four points separated the two sides. But the Monasterevan full forward put a stop to any sort of Kildangan celebrations by scoring a goal, and the visitors followed up with a point moments later.

A point through free, followed by yet another goal, kept Monasterevan edging further and further ahead. Shortly after the middle of the second half, the town side were awarded a penalty, and followed that up with a point about two minutes later. Colin Christie added his second goal of the night about ten minutes from time, before Monasterevan sealed their 5-12 to 2-5 win by getting two points.

While the visitors won the game comfortably in the end, the scoreline flatters slightly, as Kildangan were unlucky to have two goal chances cleared off the line, along with some missed point also. Discipline, however, was much improved from the Kilcullen game. Shane Stafford and his selectors have two weeks to regroup the team before they travel Grange for the next round, which takes place on Monday, 14th May.

Kildangan: John Miller, Bryan Adams, Jordan Kaye; Conor Mulholland, Darragh Kennedy, Eoghan Ó Fearghaíl; Damien Broughall, Eric O'Hara; Dermot Hickey, Robert McGrath, Ryan Moran; Liam McCormack, Colin Christie.
Substitutions: Andrew Wilson for Christie (57 minutes)

By Andrew Wilson