Arles Kilcruise 1-16
By Kevin Regan
ARLES Kilcruise cantered to victory in the second game of the double header in O’Moore Park on Bank Holiday Monday, with the scoreline every bit as emphatic as it suggests.
Despite playing Simon Attride as a sweeper, Killeshin simply couldn’t contain the onslaught from Kilcruise, with Chris Conway and Ross Munnelly running riot throughout.
By the tenth minute, Conway had already notched 1-2 from play, and although Killeshin did respond with scores from Adam Deering and Cathal Brennan you could sense an air of inevitability about this contest.
Ross Munnelly and Conway provided Kilcruise with the next five points on the trot to give them an eight point cushion after 24 minutes and by this time Killeshin surprisingly elected to withdraw Brian Lowry who rightly felt a little hard done by.
Owen Scully finally got Killeshin’s first score in over 20 minutes but Munnelly and David Conway found the range in response and by half time it was game over as Arles Kilcruise led by 1-9 to 0-3.
At this point you would expect the losing side to come out all guns blazing for the second half and throw caution to the wind, but this didn’t happen with Killeshin.
Cathal Brennan did have a goal bound effort blocked just after half time and put over a free, but this was as close to an attempted comeback as it got, with Kilcruise landing the next two scores from Fran Egan and Munnelly.
Mark McDermott then found the range after a barren spell of nearly ten minutes without a score for either side, but after that it was all Arles Kilcruise right until the finish line.
Three further points from Ross Munnelly and one each from Chris Conway and Egan put the game beyond all doubt, while Barry Ryan tapped over a consolation score deep into added time on a day which Killeshin will want to forget very quickly.
Credit must go to Karl O’Dwyer’s side for developing that ruthless streak which is needed to win top honours, but Killeshin simply aren’t the same outfit without key men Eoin Lowry and Stephen Attride.
A meeting with St Joseph’s is what awaits Arles Kilcruise, while Killeshin will have to dust themselves down for a meeting with Clonaslee/St Manman’s.
ARLES KILCRUISE: Jimmy McDonald; Anthony McElroy, Patrick Conway, Caomhan Brennan; Colm Munnelly, Mikey Wall, JP Conway; Dermot Nolan, Kevin Meaney; Ross Munnelly (0-7, 0-2f), Fran Egan (0-2), Alan McLoughlin (0-1); Jason McLoughlin, Chris Conway (1-5, 0-3f), David Conway (0-1).
Subs: Ciaran Lawlor for Wall (28m black card), Mark Wall for JP Conway (52m), David Lawlor for J McLoughlin (52m), Fran Tully for D Conway (57m), Conor Browne for C Conway (58m)
KILLESHIN: Shane Coakley; Shane Bolger, Jeremy Mahon, Kevin Ryan; Pauric Bolton, Arnie Mahon, Owen Scully (0-1); Brian Lowry, Barry Ryan (0-1); David Aston, Cathal Brennan (0-2, 0-1f), Evan Lowry; Adam Deering (0-1f), Damien Lowry, Simon Attride.
Subs: Mark McDermott (0-1) for B Lowry (20m), Eoin Brennan for Aston (45m), James Davis for A Mahon (48m)
REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)