Matty master class seals semi-final spot
Three goals from class act
Matty Forde struck three magical goals for Kilanerin in Bellefield on Saturday as they got past the Taghmon-Camross challenge in this Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship quarter-final tie.
Kilanerin 3-11 Taghmon-Camross 1-13
All three were top-drawer strikes as good as anything the former All Star has ever scored in his illustrious career, and all three came at important times of a real humdinger of a match too, as Kilanerin continue their campaign to make an immediate return to Senior ranks.
The first came after 25 hard-fought opening minutes that saw the sides swap six points each, but Taghmon-Camross having slightly the better of the play. Forde took the ball at the right-hand corner and sharply turned inside his man, before darting towards goal and arrowing a shot across the 'keeper and into the roof of the net, to put Kilanerin into the lead for the first time.
A further point each for the sides before half-time left it 1-7 to 0-7 at the break.
Taghmon-Camross again had the better of the first few minutes of the second-half, and Darren Carty scored two good points to leave the minimum between the sides and bring the momentum to the Wexford District team, before Forde struck for a second goal.
He had less work to do this time as team-mate Dean O'Toole sent him through with only the goalkeeper to beat, but still the finish was as calm and assured as could be, as he gave Kilanerin a four-point cushion again.
That lead was short-lived though, as just two minutes later, Taghmon-Camross were awarded a penalty for a foot-block that occurred during a ping-pong-ish bout of play in the Kilanerin goalmouth. Seamie McLoughlin goaled from the kick, and suddenly there was just one between them again (2-7 to 1-9), and a full 20 minutes still to go.
The game became furious and full-blooded, with Kilanerin just about managing to stay in front, as they added two points through Peter Hughes and Niall Hughes, only to see Taghmon-Camross reply both times through Darren Carty and Seamie McLoughlin.
That meant it was all still in the balance and just a point in it with five minutes to go (2-9 to 1-11) when Forde collected the ball again towards the turnstiles corner of the Bellefield pitch. Again, he turned inside his man and made a beeline for goal, before unleashing a bullet shot to the far side of the net, meaning Taghmon-Camross would now have a mountain to climb.
Kilanerin followed up with further points through Mark Boland and Forde to lead by two clear goals going into injury time (3-11 to 1-11).
Taghmon-Camross managed two scores during the additional time all right, but both were only points, and so it is the north county side who go through to the last four after this real thriller.
Kilanerin: Tom Hughes; Brian Hughes, Richard Hughes, Edward Hughes; Aidan Jones, Colm Kavanagh (0-1), Gavin O'Toole; Niall Hughes (0-2), Mark Gethings; Mark Boland, Conor Devitt, Conor Byrne; Dean O'Toole, Bobby Hughes (0-1), Matty Forde (3-5, 0-4 frees). Subs. - Lorcan Clare for R. Hughes, inj. (12), Denis Jones for Byrne (26), Peter Hughes (0-1) for O'Toole (40), Stephen Hughes for Gethings (50), Emmett O'Toole for Devitt (59).
Taghmon-Camross: Seán O'Gorman; Jimmy Doran, Alan Nolan, Pat Nolan; Mark O'Gorman, Ian Carty (0-2), Stephen Stafford; Barry O'Gorman, Stephen O'Gorman (0-1); Darren Carty (0-3), Jason McLoughin (0-2), Richie Comerford; Pierce Doyle (0-2), Seamie McLoughlin (1-3, 1-0 pen., 0-1 free, 0-1 '45); Eoin Doyle. Sub. - David Bridges for E. Doyle.
Referee: John Carton (Monageer-Boolavogue).