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Joy for Kilcoole minor footballers

Ability to take their chances key to Goosebank victory


The Kilcoole Minor footballers after their victory over Carnew Emmets in the Minor ‘C’ football final in Blessington.

The Kilcoole Minor footballers after their victory over Carnew Emmets in the Minor ‘C’ football final in Blessington.

Lewis Stokes, Pappy and Luke Frawley.

Lewis Stokes, Pappy and Luke Frawley.


The Kilcoole Minor footballers after their victory over Carnew Emmets in the Minor ‘C’ football final in Blessington.


Kilcoole 0-9

Carnew Emmets 0-3

Kilcoole closed out the season by winning the Minor ‘C’ football championship in Blessington on Saturday afternoon last at the expense of Carnew Emmets.
The Goosebank side made better use of their possession and scoring chances over the hour which proved the difference between the teams on a day when we had reasonable underfoot conditions considering the time of year, with clear weather early on before misty conditions prevailed.
Carnew had plenty of possession early on, with some fine passages of play but they could not convert it onto the scoreboard as they bagged four wides on the bounce. Richard Greene had a one-on-one with the Kilcoole’s Mark Gray but blazed his effort wide of the upright.
Kilcoole settled into the game as Charlie Frawley curled over the opening point of the game in the fifth minute from the right-hand side after a fine move by Lewis Stokes.
Craig Davies was next on the board with another white flag for Kilcoole after Sean Byrne won possession of the kickout and found his corner-forward with a sweet pass. Again, Sean Byrne gathered the ball and made a dashing run through the heart of the Carnew defence, looking for the first major of the game, however he was fouled on his way, and he pointed the resultant free himself to put the east coast side three points up.
Carnew’s Jake O’Dwyer and Will Molloy dropped high balls into the Kilcoole defence where full-back Ryan Curran cut out and cleared on both occasions to deny Carnew further scoring chances.
Jack Pistore pointed from a place ball for Kilcoole after good work by Jack Collier just before the first-half water break was signaled as the Kilcoole now led 0-5 to 0-0.
Again, Carnew missed a couple of gilt-edged scoring chances on the restart before Sean Byrne stretched the Kilcoole lead out to six as he landed a difficult free with their first attack after the resumption.
Zach Jordan worked the ball up to Richard Greene who this time split the uprights from a tight angle to finally get Carnew on the board in the 22nd minute. But Carnew let their opponents off the hook with some wayward shooting and they could not add to their solitary point before the half-time whistle was sounded as Kilcoole led 0-6 to 0-1 at the interval.
Kilcoole fired over another brace of white flags on the restart to further stretch out the lead with Lewis Stokes in flying form.
Shane Byrne replied with a beast of a point for Carnew from the next attack after a great move by Ben Gilligan.
Carnew should have goaled from the next attack. Dan Redmond played a sublime pass across the Kilcoole goalmouth to Billy Molloy who somehow missed the tap in with an air-shot effort with the goal at his mercy.
Kilcoole cleared their lines and Darragh Shannon worked the ball up to Sean Byrne who punished Carnew with Kilcoole’s ninth and final point before the second-half water break was called as Kilcoole now led 0-9 to 0-2.
Kilcoole dug in deep in the closing quarter as Carnew battled on. Fionn Darcy pointed for Carnew but they could not harvest that badly needed goal to reel in their opponents.
Both sides traded scoring chances late on but could not add to their tally before the final whistle sounded.
Coiste na nÓg Chairman Pat Dunne complimented both teams before presenting the Wicklow People sponsored man of the match award to Kilcoole’s Lewis Stokes who had an outstanding game.
Pat then presented the trophy to the winning captain of Kilcoole Luke Frawley to spark off wild celebrations by the Goosebankers.
Kilcoole: Mark Gray; Chris Horan, Ryan Curran, Evan Cooke; Jack Collier, Daragh Shannon, Lewis Stokes (0-1); Ben Campbell, Sean Byrne (0-4, 2f); Louis Thomas, Charlie Frawley (0-2), LukeFrawley; Craig Davies (0-1), Micheal Shannon, Jack Pistore (0-1). Subs: Rhys Kelly, Dale Van Dalen, Alec Dutton, Kyle Sheeran, Jack Vickers, Oisin Taggart, Jake Mitchell.
Carnew: Luke Wallace; Ken Cullen, Ruairi O’Brien, Adam Jordan; Jake O Dwyer, Zack Jordan, Callum Patterson; Richard Greene, Shane Byrne (0-1); Will Molloy, Dan Redmond (0-1), Fionn Darcy (0-1); Ryan Austin, Ben Gilligan, Callum Ryan. Subs: William Kenny, Billy Molloy, Cillian Doyle, Callum Walsh.
Referee: Noel Kinsella (Lacken-Kilbride)

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