Thursday 21 September 2017

Healy inspires Two Mile triumph

Two Mile House 2-15 Hunterstown Rovers 1-12

A late missed penalty could not take the shine off star performer Chris Healy as Two Mile House became the first Kildare side to win this title since Sallins in 2000.

A late missed penalty could not take the shine off star performer Chris Healy as Two Mile House became the first Kildare side to win this title since Sallins in 2000.

Healy's brilliant third-minute goal gave his team the ideal start at St Conleth's Park as they moved 1-3 to no score lead but Louth side Hunterstown came back into the game in fine style.

They got back to within a point with the help of a 28th-minute goal by Richie Taafe, but Two Mile House extended their advantage with two injury-time points and led 1-7 to 1-4 at the break.

Hunterstown came back out with a bang, rattling off four straight points – they took the lead for the first time when Brendan Lennon pointed in the 38th minute.

Two Mile House responded superbly and regained the initiative when Kildare minor star Healy lashed home his second goal in the 44th minute.

From then on, there was only going to be one winner, even though Healy missed the chance to complete his hat-trick when Alan Fedigan saved his last-minute penalty.

Scorers – Two Mile House: C Healy 2-2, A Casey 0-6 (4fs), C Julian 0-3 (3fs), M Sherry 0-2, D Casey, N Browne 0-1 each. Hunterstown Rovers: R Burns 0-7 (5fs, 1'45'), R Taafe 1-1, D Finn, P Carrie, B Lennon, A Landy 0-1 each.

Two Mile House – J Goff; M Kelly, W Burke, B Byrne; N Sherry, P Kelly, N McLoughlin; D Casey, N Browne; C Healy, M Sherry, A Burke; C Julian, S Darcy, A Casey. Subs: D Browne for Byrne (38), B Merrins for D Casey (49), T O'Neill for A Burke (60).

Hunterstown Rovers – A Fedigan; B Matthews, C Carrie, Patrick Matthews; M Lennon, K Brennan, D Finn; T McKenna, C Matthews; M O'Sullivan, P Carrie, B Lennon; A Landy, R Burns, Padraig Matthews. Subs: R Taafe for Padraig Matthews (20), D Fedigan for Patrick Matthews (60).

Ref – N Ward (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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