Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hickey brace key in late drama

ALL the drama in this encounter was packed into the final minutes at Dr Cullen Park yesterday as a Kildavin-Clonegal goal on 60 minutes reduced the Old Leighlin lead to a single point.

Old Leighlin led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time and when they went 0-11 to 0-4 in front after 40 minutes they looked home and hosed.

But the side from the Wexford border fought back with great spirit, with wing-back Enda Nolan hitting two points from play followed by another from his brother Mark, also playing at wing-back. Corner-back Paul Kelly also chipped in with his second point of the game.

When Darly Roberts crashed home a Kildavin-Clonegal goal in the 60th minute prospects of a draw looked high. But the experience of Old Leighlin came to surface and a brace of points from outstanding midfielder Patrick Hickey and another from defender Sean Daly sealed a final place for the side from the Kilkenny border area.

Kildavin-Clonegal were hampered by the unavailability through suspension of county full-forward Daniel St Ledger.

St Ledger was red-carded on advice of an umpire while playing for UCD in the recent Dublin SFC quarter-final defeat to St Brigid's -- Brigid's full-back Martin Cahill also received a straight red card in that game.

This result means that the final will be a repeat of last year when Rathvilly defeated Old Leighlin.

Rathvilly beat Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11 to 0-5 in Saturday's semi-final at Dr Cullen Park.

Scorers -- Old Leighlin: P Hickey (0-1 '45'), S Kinsella 0-2f) 0-4 each, C Coughlan 0-3 (0-3f), S Daly 0-2, H Gahan, D Bambrick 0-1 each. Kildavin-Clonegal: D Roberts 1-0, P Kelly, N Conway (0-2f), E Nolan 0-2 each, J Roberts, M Nolan, R Sinnott 0-1 each.

Ref -- P Dwyer (Palatine).

Irish Independent

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