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St Kevin’s, winners of Group 3 of the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

St Kevin’s, winners of Group 3 of the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

The Baltinglass side who played in the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

The Baltinglass side who played in the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

Clara Gaels, who did well at the Wicklow GAA Féile competition in Ballinakill.

Clara Gaels, who did well at the Wicklow GAA Féile competition in Ballinakill.

Shillelagh-Coolboy, who took part in the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

Shillelagh-Coolboy, who took part in the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

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St Kevin’s, winners of Group 3 of the Wicklow GAA Féile competition.

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St Kevin’s won the Group 3 of the Wicklow GAA Féile competition after a thrilling final game saw them get the draw they required against a talented Clara Gaels side.

The opening round of games in the group saw an early Baltinglass goal barrage lay the groundwork for a 3-4 to 2-2 victory over Clara Gaels. Karmeen Matomni was excellent for the victors.

The other game saw Ciaran Peppard strike four superb points for St. Kevin’s as they ground out a victory over Shillelagh-Coolboy by three points on a score line of 0-7 to 0-4.

On to the second round of games and Kevin’s showed great heart to turn a four-point half-time deficit into a three-point victory over Baltinglass with Conor Donaghue hitting 2-2 of their total in a 3-3 to 2-3 victory.

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The other game saw Clara Gaels keep their hopes alive with a powerful second-half performance to run out 1-11 to 1-3 victors over Shillelagh-Coolboy. Lee Kenny at full-forward was especially impressive scoring three points of his own and setting up numerous others.

So, on to the last round of games and three sides still had hopes of winning the competition. If Clara beat Kevin’s and Baltinglass could defeat Shillelagh-Coolboy there would be a three way the at the top of the group.

Baltinglass accounted for Shillelagh-Coolboy on a score of 6-2 to 3-2 with Matthew Fisher scoring two early goals for the victors. Conor Byrne, who was midfield for the other two games, moved to full-forward and plundered a personal tally of 3-2 for Shillelagh-Coolboy in the losing effort.

That result meant it all came down to the St. Kevin’s and Clara Gaels game and at half-time Gaels led 1-4 to 0-2 with Gavin Cullen, Mark O’Reilly and Calem Nangle driving them on.

The second half saw Kevin’s come roaring back as they did in the previous match. Darragh McEvoy got their first goal and when Ciaran Traynor rocketed a second goal, they led 2-6 to 1-5 with little time left. Clara battled till the end with a Lee Kenny goal and a point from Joe Jacob tying the scores up. Alas they ran out of time and Kevin’s celebrated after the thrilling conclusion.

St.Kevins: Jonas Klauer; David Peppard, Ciaran Traynor, Conor Mulvey; Eoin Kearney, Jamie McGrath, Eoin Reid; Liam Cleary, Conor Donaghue; Noah Lawlor, Shay Duffy, Karl Mooney; Charlie McGrath, Conor Dalton, Derry Crowley; Rian Allen, Evan Walshe, Jack Willoughby; Jamie Byrne, Jim Corrigan, John Burke; Sean Durcan, Conor Allen, Darragh McEvoy

Baltinglass: Dylan Byrne; Sam Jones, Callum Connell, Sean Hancock; Oisin Reardon, Karmeen Motonmi, Conor Stevenson; Ross Nolan, Connor Doody, Aston Pender; Matthew Fisher, Diarmuid Woulfe, Colm Nolan; John Paul Kearney Kehoe, Jaser Murphy, Michael Connolly; Mario Cuiciu, Damien Cielec Corrigan, Finn Moran; Reece Quinn Burke

Clara Gaels: Darcy Santos; Oscar Dowling, Kevin Dunne, Taylor Delamare Hanlon; Gavin Cullen, Ben Farrell, Josh Browne; Joe Sinnott, Paddy Harper, Mark O’Reilly; Kyle Kenny, Kian Fluskey, Sean Dunne; Lee Kenny, Joseph Jacob, Ross Toomey; Cormac Moore, Aaron Conway, Caden Kinsella; Jamie Doyle, Calem Nangle, Jake Manley; Alex Bailey Johnston, Jack Murphy

Shillelagh/Coolboy: Killian Farrell; Ryan Walker, Lee Dagge, Harry O’Keefee; Ryan O’Keefee, Dean Carthy, Milo Quinn; Conor Byrne, Joe Carroll, Daniel Gregan; Eddie Cullen, Tomos Rawson, Daniel Rawson; Conor Doran, Karl Byrne, Carnal Fitzsimmons; Oscar Judge, Ross Whelan, Rioghan O’Callaghan


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