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Ten Goal Thriller Sees Kildysart Through to U21B Quarter Final

posted 17 Jul 2018, 16:02 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 16:11 ]
17/07/2018: With all but one of the starting 13 that secured U21C honours in Oct 2017, Kildysart set out their stall for the 2018 campaign in resounding fashion with a thrilling home victory over O’Curry’s, Kildysart 5-16 to O’Curry’s 5-12.

Having agreed to move the match from Saturday to Tuesday, Kildysart gained home advantage but then found themselves at a numerical disadvantage with only 13 players starting the match. However, Kildysart started strong and were first on the scoreboard when Seamus Casey opened their account in the 2nd minute. O’Curry’s were quick to level the match and did the same again after Barry Crehan found the net to leave the sides level at 1-1 with 9 minutes gone. O’Curry’s dominated the next quarter and amounted 2-4, while points from the on-fire Barry Crehan (2) and the mid-field dynamo Kieran O’Brien kept Kildysart in the game, Kildysart 1-4, O’Curry’s 3-5. Aided by the arrival of their two players, Luke McGrath kick-started the Blues revival and back to back goals from Diarmuid O’Donnell drew the side’s level for the first time since the 9th minute at 3-5 each. Points from Kieran O’Brien and Crehan gave Kildysart a slender lead at the halftime whistle, Kildysart 3-7, O’Curry’s 3-5.

Centre back Rory McMahon extended Kildysart’s lead to 3 points but O’Curry’s clawed back two before being awarded a penalty when Ryan Casey fouled in the small square and Kildysart were reduced to 14 men. Despite a brave attempt by goalie Aidan O’Loughlin, O’Curry’s were up by two points 4-7 to 3-8 by the 40th minute. A goal and a point by Crehan reversed the deficit and Kildysart were ahead by two. O’Curry’s added another point but points from McGrath and Casey (2) gave the home side a 4 point lead turning into the last quarter but there were many twists and turns left to come. O’Curry’s, led by their midfielder Cathal Downes, kept attacking through the middle and were rewarded with a goal to reduce the margin to just one. However, the ever-elusive and seemingly tireless Mikey Donnellan found himself one on one with goalie Enda Green to raise the tenth green flag of the night and put Kildysart four in front, 5-12 to 5-8. Two more points from Crehan offset by two from the westerners left the gap at four in favour of Kildysart with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. Crehan increased the lead to five before Kildysart gave away two frees to leave the most dangerous of margins (a goal) between the sides at the start of injury time. O’Curry’s were determined not to leave empty-handed and went on the prowl for a goal and almost closed the gap when a point-blank effort was blasted just inches wide of the net. Kildysart won the resulting kick-out and Conor Donnellan popped over the insurance point to give Kildysart a four-point lead which would see them out. Final score: Kildysart 5-16, O’Curry’s 5-12. Referee: Barry Kelly.

Kildysart scorers: Barry Crehan (2-7, 2f), Diarmuid O’Donnell (2-0), Mikey Donnellan (1-0), Seamus Casey (0-3, 2f), Kieran O’Brien (0-2), Luke McGrath (0-2), Rory McMahon (0-1), Conor Donnellan (0-1).

Kildysart face the winner of Banner v Cratloe in the Quarter Final.