Wednesday 21 March 2018

Geese recover from slow take-off to sink Kilmacud

WILD Geese recovered from a slow start to maintain their promotion push as Stephen O'Connor netted two goals for the Oldtown outfit.

Wild Geese were two points down before Aidan Lenehan opened their account with two well taken points.

At that stage the Geese attack was guilty of some wayward shooting before two points from Tom Kennedy, one off a 65, saw them go ahead for the first time.

The Stillorgan men stayed in touch, bringing out the best in Geese keeper Sean Flatley who had to make a point blank save. Paul Kealy was there to divert the rebound out of the danger zone.

Crokes went ahead by one before a sublime effort from John Rennie and another from Lenehan had the Geese level again.

Then Lenehan was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for a square ball infringement by one of his team mates.

Nonetheless Wild Geese received a boost before half time when midfielder Stephen O Connor raised the white flag with a massive puck over the bar from the half way line to leave the Geese leading by 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval.

The Kilmacud Crokes defence now had the sun in their eyes and the home side started the new half in whirlwind fashion.

Oriol Hally-Garcia broke through the visitor's defence, took aim for goal only to see the ball come off the crossbar. But the subsequent rebound fell to Stephen O Connor who make no mistake and rattled the Crokes net.

The next passages of play saw a goal from John Rennie and two well taken frees from Tom Kennedy and the Wild Geese were now flying and could not be caught. Another goal from O Connor was the final play of the day.

This league win leaves the home side in second place, with their drive for promotion is still well and truly on track.

Wild Geese: Sean Flatley, Paul Flood, Mark Kealy, Paul Kealy, Jarlath Kingston, Declan Darcy, Tom Smyth, Stephen O Connor 2-1, Oriol Hally-Garcia, Michael Kennedy, Tom Kennedy 0-8(0-6f), Aidan Lenehan 0-3, Mattie King, Danny Monks, John Rennie 1-1.

Fingal Independent