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Men's Junior Team Championship Final

Published on 29 October 2015

Men's Junior Team Championship Final

Eadestown Men’s Junior Team Win Bragging Rights in Championship Final Win over Kill in Local Derby

The boys in Blue travelled to St Conleths Park in Newbridge to play Kill in the Senior D Championship final on Saturday 17th September for a 3 pm throw in. Eadestown got off to a blistering start and after 3 minutes Mark Dowling had a dream goal followed by a point by Ritchie O’Neill. A brief exchange of points served to get Kill on the score sheet, while a Paddy O’Brien point ensured the 4 point advantage. Eadestown were coasting at this stage and were awarded a penalty, which Cian Malone sliced over the crossbar. However a further 2 points from Niall Cummins and O’ Brien gave the boys in Blue a 6 point lead mid-way through the first half. Kill responded through a Kevin Downey point with a brace of two frees from John O’Brien to reduce the deficit to a goal. Cummins added to his tally to slice over a well won free by Marcus Doyle to put 4 points between the sides at half time with a score for Eadestown of 1-5 to Kill 0-4.

Mikey Quinn replaced an injured Johnny Creighton in goal and Ronnie Slattery (county minor) came in for Aaron Fitzpatrick at half time. The mid- field pairing of Niall Cummins and Marcus Doyle were still controlling exchanges around the middle of the field. As the second half got underway the boys in blue proved their strength and again seized control within seconds of throw in. Points from Dowling and Sean O’ Sullivan had soon restored the 6 point score advantage. A quick exchange of points did little to narrow the deficit, before Kill was awarded a penalty 7 minutes into the second half. Up stepped Leon Carroll striking a low shot to the left but Mikey Quinn made a great save by pushing the ball to safety. Kill looked to find a way through Eadestown solid defence spear headed by their caption fantastic Alan Casey. A long diagonal ball onto the head of Alan Kelly at this stage looked to be the answer for the boys from Kill on the stroke of 40 minute as he fisted past Quinn at the town end to leave once again a goal between the two sides. The boys in Blue now had to dig deep and struck 4 well taken points in the space of 8 minutes to restore a healthy seven points between the sides as they entered the final 10 minutes of the regulated time of 60 minutes. Kill once again rallied with a brace points from ‘Padraic Kelly and Frank Kilkenny bringing them within a 5 point deficit with just 6 minutes on the clock. However Eadestown once again responded by scoring 2 points and John O’Brien made way to a red card handed out by referee Brendan Hickey during injury time. The final score of this competitive match was Eadestown 1-14, Kill 1-7. Once again a gallant Kill side had fallen at the final hurdle for a second successive year as Eadestown claimed a well-deserved work like victory in the Senior D Championship final. First half man of the match was Marcus Doyle, Player Manager who led his charges by example on and off the pitch. Second half man of the match was Ronnie Slattery (our county minor) who helped to fortify the backs and score a crucial 50 metre long range point at a vital stage in the 48 minute. This clearly was a great team effort by all of the players with the following players performing well on the day, Mickey Quinn, Shane Malone, Adam Fitzsimons, Alan Casey, Niall Cummins, Marcus Doyle, Mark Dowling, and Paddy O’ Brien and Ritchie O’ Neill.

Marcus Doyle stated “that he was very privileged to be involved with a fine group of lads, especially the younger boys and was delighted and very proud of all his players, who gave of their all on the field of play in a sporting manner. They fully deserved the Silverware won on behalf of the squad, Club and local community”

Eadestown Johnny Creighton, Paul Hyland, John Fitzgibbon, Shane Malone, Adam Fitzsimons, Alan Casey, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Marcus Doyle, Niall Cummins, Mark Dowling, Cian Malone, Paddy O’ Brien, Sean O’Sullivan, Richie O’Neill, Paddy Fleming. Subs Mickey Quinn for Johnny Creighton- 30 min, Rony Slattery for Aaron Fitzpatrick – 30 min, Mark Prendergast for Paddy Fleming -42 min, Jack Harney for Marcus Doyle -56 min.

Scorers Mark Dowling 1-2, Paddy O’Brien 0-4, Niall Cummins 0-3 (2f) Cian Malone, Sean Sullivan, Richie O’ Neill, Mark Prendergast, Rony Slattery 0-1 each.

Good team work by Marcus Doyle Player Manager, and his two very able mentor’s Kevin Nichols and Tommy Lawler in what was a Dream management team, who maximised the most out of their squad of 41 players over the period of the campaign. This has been an enjoyable sporting player squad journey for this Junior team, where up to 41 different players have played in 17 league/ championship matches over the football playing season, with 6 players promoted to the 1st team senior side. Overall a very successful Junior Eadestown team campaign by reaching the semi-final of Division 4 North league and winning silver ware in D championship final.  

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