Broaders bags four goals
Ace attacker inspires Juvenile win
Kilross Gaels held off a spirited fight-back from Bann Gaels to edge to glory in the Gorey Guardian Juvenile football Roinn 2 shield final in St. Patrick's Park on Wednesday.
Kilross Gaels 4-9 Bann Gaels 3-9
The game was the final Under-16 title decider of the year and might have been the most entertaining. There looked little chance of a comeback when Kilmore/St. Mary's hero Rees Broaders bagged his fourth goal in the 33rd minute.
However, with his side trailing by 4-8 to 2-3 six minutes later, Jack Quinn made a stunning low save to prevent a fifth Broaders goal and it suddenly galvanised the Craanford/St. Patrick's duo as they swarmed forward and came all the way back to within a kick of the ball of forcing extra-time.
Following a David Gouldson point, the Bann boys hit the front with their opening attack when Páuric Redmond fed Conor Morris and he slalomed through the defence to net a fourth-minute goal.
The Gorey District combo still led by two after traded points by Criostóir Reville and Redmond, but the Broaders masterclass began in the 13th minute. While the corner-forward was excellent, his side was particularly strong in the middle third, with Gouldson adding his class to that segment as a third centre-fielder.
Broaders registered his first two majors within 60 seconds at the end of the first quarter. Páraic Reville added a point before another 1-2 from Broaders left his team 3-5 to 1-1 ahead. Bann settled again and added a bullet goal from Redmond to move just seven behind at the interval (3-5 to 2-1).
With Bann still struggling to control Broaders, the attacker added another 1-2 within three minutes of the resumption. However, only Diarmuid Connolly and Liam O'Connor points would follow as the Craanford/St. Pat's side dominated.
Three Redmond frees and points from Paddy Doyle and John Hogan narrowed the deficit to 4-8 to 2-6 before joint captain Redmond's free dipped viciously under the crossbar with ten minutes remaining. Luke Byrne, Eoin Doyle and Redmond points moved Bann within a goal but they just fell short of a sensational comeback as Kilross held on to take the shield.
Kilross Gaels: Michael Honey; Rúairí Nunn, Darren Cousins, Ben Hayes; David Kinsella, Andrew O'Connor, Jack Pierce; Páraic Reville (0-1), Adam Healy; Diarmuid Connolly (0-1), Criostóir Reville (0-1), Kevin Power; Liam O'Connor (0-1 free), David Gouldson (capt., 0-1), Rees Broaders (4-4). Subs. - Dylan Jones for Healy (49), Aaron Whitehead for Nunn (60+1), also Johnny Bates, Sam Boxwell, Fionn Byrne, Jack Devereux, George Gould, Shane Jordan, David McDonald, Ryan McLoughlin, Dan Tierney, John Winters.
Bann Gaels: Jack Quinn; Eoin Doyle (0-1), Jack Kehoe, Stephen Greene; Glen Carton, Jim Kenny, Michael Whelan; Páraic Redmond (joint capt., 2-5, 1-4 frees), John Hogan (0-1); Stuart Byrne, Conor Morris (joint capt., 1-0), Danny Doyle; Paddy Doyle (0-1), Aodhán Doyle, Luke Byrne (0-1). Subs. - Ollie Gahan for Greene (31), Darragh Browne for S. Byrne (31), Brendan Byrne for Whelan (41), also Mark Doyle, Peter McSweeney, Fergal Maguire, Cormac Walsh, Jack Byrne, Tiernan Gillespie, Ciarán Murphy, P.J. Barnes, Cormac Doyle, Eamonn Doran.
Referee: Jack Ffrench (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy).