Arles Killeen 3-14
By Alan Hartnett
ARLES Killeen used all their experience to recover from a slow start and ease their way into the last eight at the expense of a spirited Killeshin side.
Mark Regan’s young outfit gave Joe Higgins’s side plenty to think about in the early stages when they raced into a four-point lead but Killeen soon worked out a way to hurt their opponents at the back. Two first-half goals were enough to turn the tide in their favour.
Cathal Brennan and Seán O’Shea traded points before Killeshin took over and raced four points clear. David Aston and Cathal Brennan landed long range frees before Eoin Lowry, fresh from his summer in Chicago, kicked a brace from the 45 metre line.
But Killeen hit back to devastating effect with their first goal after 11 minutes. Dermot Julian left Shane Bolger for dead and popped the ball to Seán O’Shea, who beat Shane Coakley with a low drive.
Killeshin responded well to the set back with points from brothers David and Mark McDermott but Killeen raised white flags thanks to a brace from Donie Kingston and another from Brendan O’Shea, to tie the match after 17 minutes.
Simon Attride instantly put Killeshin back in front with a point from the terrace side but that would be the final time that the men in green would hold the lead in the game. Donie Kingston levelled matters before Enda O’Rourke gave Killeen a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the 21st minute.
Things got even better for Killeen before the break. Stephen Attride fumbled the ball on the edge of the square and it fell to Brendan O’Shea whose shot was parried by Coakley to where Donie Kingston was waiting to tap the ball home.
Cathal Brennan took Killeshin’s tally to nine with a free but Killeen had the final say, with a Donie Kingston free to lead by 2-7 to 0-9 at the break.
Killeshin needed a quick response when the second half began but instead it was Arles Killeen who put the game beyond doubt. Donie Kingston caused havoc throughout with his aerial ability and he kicked the first point before gathering a long ball and flicking it inside for half-time substitute Donie Brennan, who fisted in the simplest of goals.
David McDermott tried to keep Killeshin in it with his second point but Brendan O’Shea landed a brace to go nine clear as we entered the final quarter of the game.
Killeshin enjoyed a purple patch as Brennan (2) and Aston kicked three frees between them to narrow the margin to six but that is as close as they would come.
Donie Brennan steadied the ship with two points and although Cathal Brennan would kick three more before the finish for Killeshin, it was goals they required as Killeen saw out the win thanks to two late points from substitute Shane Byrne.
ARLES KILLEEN: Mick Leigh; Brian Kennedy, Joe Mulhare, Niall O’Rourke; Cathal Moran-O’Brien, Shane Julian, John Mahon; Enda O’Rourke (0-1), Jason Enright; Brendan O’Shea (0-3), Seán O’Shea (1-1), Conor Keightley; Richard Dunne, Donie Kingston (1-7, 3f), Dermot Julian. Subs: Donie Brennan (1-0) for Kennedy (ht), Shane Byrne (0-2) for D. Julian (42m, black card), Thomas McWey for Mulhare (55m), Enda McDonald for Moran-O’Brien (57m), Gerry McWey for B. O’Shea (57m)
KILLESHIN: Shane Coakley; Brian Lowry, Simon Attride (0-1), Owen Scully; Shane Bolger, Kevin Ryan, David McDermott (0-2); Damien Lowry, Stephen Attride; James Davis, Eoin Lowry (0-2), Mark McDermott (0-1); Arnie Mahon, Cathal Brennan (0-8, 6f), David Aston (0-2f). Subs: Kealan Galligan for B. Lowry (35m, inj), Evan Lowry for Scully (40m), Pat Doyle for Bolger (45m, inj), Aidan O’Rourke for D. Lowry (59m, black card)
Referee: David Moore (St Joseph’s)