Thursday 12 December 2019

Conneely's late free ensures replay

IMPRESSIVE: Kiltale and Meath’s Jack Regan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
IMPRESSIVE: Kiltale and Meath’s Jack Regan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kiltale's hopes of a record-equalling Meath SHC six-in-a-row are still intact after they came from five points down to earn a replay in yesterday's final at Páirc Tailteann.

The title holders did it the hard way after having Mark O'Sullivan sent off three minutes into the second half.

They hit a goal and three points in a five-minute spell to lead deep into added time only for Kildalkey to force a replay right at the death thanks to a long-range free from Paddy Conneely.

All the drama in an otherwise low-key affair came in the closing stages with substitute Noel Kirby giving Kildalkey a five-point lead, 1-12 to 0-10, following a goal on 57 minutes.

Kiltale responded with points from Jack Regan (free), and Peter Durnin before Regan fired home an equalising goal on the hour mark following a James Kelly sideline cut.

Regan then pointed his side ahead from a superb effort on the right wing but the champions were unable to hold on.

BRAY EMMET'S dethroned champions Glenealy (1-19 to 1-9) to win their fifth Wicklow SHC title at Aughrim yesterday.

Behind by ten points at half-time, Glenealy had a bright start to the second half, scoring 1-2 in the opening minutes, but too many of their players underperformed.

Bray had the wind in their sails in the first half and they capitalised on the advantage as they raced into a 1-12 to 0-5 lead at the break.

And it was corner-forward Christy Moorehouse who pointed the way as he drilled seven over the bar, four from frees, in the half.

CARLOW football champions Éire Óg blew away the Palatine challenge (1-16 to 0-5) to complete a three-in-a-row of SFC titles and notch up their 29th in all.

They weren't flattered by a 14-point winning margin at Netwatch Cullen Park before an attendance of 2,500.

Éire Óg led 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time and hit three unanswered points on the restart from Cormac Mullins, goalkeeper Rickie Keating '45' and Chris Blake (free).

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