Kilrush run riot in final stages
TWO KIERAN Kenny goals in the first period of extra-time proved decisive as it inspired Kilrush to a comfortable victory over a gallant Geraldine O'Hanrahans outfit in this New Ross Standard Under-14 football Division 4 championship final at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, on Friday last.
The sides were very evenly matched over the course of the 50 minutes, but in extra-time Kilrush took the initiative, laying the foundations for their victory with those goals from penalties during the first period.
It was a game of changing fortunes up to then. Kilrush looked to be on their way to victory, leading by three points as the game moved into the closing ten minutes, but a fine Ger O'Leary goal forced extra-time.
Kilrush were not for making mistakes a second time though as they totally controlled the 20 minutes of extra-time, restricting their opponents to two points while they managed to tack on 4-1.
Kilrush opened with two Sean Bookey points, one from a free, before a Ger Berry point opened the Barrowsiders' account. After 14 minutes the sides were level (0-4 to 1-1) when Kyle Murphy kicked a fine goal, but John Kavanagh's points helped Kilrush to a 0-5 to 1-1 interval lead.
After a Sean Bookey pointed free had extended his side's lead, the eventual winners moved into a five-point advantage after a fine Kevin Kenny goal, with the same player following almost immediately with a point.
Eight minutes into the second-half a Ger Berry goal brought the Ross town side back into contention, but Kilrush were holding a 1-8 to 2-2 lead when a Ger O'Leary goal forced extra-time.
Two minutes into the first period, John Kavanagh found the net from close range, and then came two Kieran Kenny goals from penalties to leave his side leading by 4-9 to 3-2 at the break.
The Kilrush dominance was to continue through the second period as John Kavanagh tagged on his side's fifth goal.