Travers' goal vital
Kilrush claim second win on the trot
A Conor Travers goal right after half-time paved the way for a strong Kilrush victory over a depleted St. Joseph's outfit in the Joyces Expert Intermediate 'A' football championship Group A in freezing conditions at Blackwater on Sunday.
Kilrush 2-13 St Joseph's 1-8
The winners got off to a flying start as full-forward Frank Boggan punched the ball to the net before Gary Byrne opened the Joseph's account.
Things were always going to be hard for St. Joseph's who had a number of their contingent involved with the North End soccer team earlier in the day, and Kilrush took full advantage as they hit four unanswered points.
However, one of that North End contingent, Declan Downes, put the town side back firmly in the contest as he turned smartly to find the net (1-4 to 1-2).
Kilrush finished off the half far superior, outscoring their opponents by 0-5 to 0-1 including a second point from excellent centre-back Tommy Devereux to lead by six at the break.
Like the first-half, Kilrush found the net within moments of the throw-in as Travers took on the defence and powered the ball home to all but ensure the result (2-9 to 1-3).
With the wind at their backs the winners added a further four points through two Brian Hayden frees and Frank Boggan before Podge Byrne's point proved to be their final score as St. Joseph's showed their battling qualities in the final 15 minutes.
First substitute Craig Nunn kicked two points before three from Wayne Carty's frees into the wind ensured the losers left with their pride intact, although they are still seeking their first win in the championship.
Kilrush: Martin Hayden; Patrick Nolan, Frank Lancaster, David Travers; Tom Kavanagh, Tommy Devereux (0-2), Owen Murphy; Raymond Lancaster, Shane Tomkins (0-2); Brian Hayden (0-5, 4 frees), Gavin Sunderland, Conor Levingstone; Conor Travers (1-1), Frank Boggan (1-2), Podge Byrne (0-1). Subs. - Ted Kinsella for Hayden, Colm Buttle for Sunderland.
St. Joseph's: Wally Lawlor; Seamus King, Paddy King, Darren Dempsey; Paul Underwood, Lee Wadding, Eddie Byrne; Andy Moore, Wayne Carty (0-4 frees); Jamie Kelly (0-1), Gary Byrne (0-1), Robbie Mullins; Jonathan Rogan, Declan Downes (1-0), Graham Codd. Subs. - Craig Nunn (0-2) for Downes.
Referee: Brendan Martin (Ballyhogue).