|Wednesday, August 22, 2007 |
GAA: League win for Confey’s seconds
SFL Div 4 Final
Confey 0-10 Celbridge 0-09
CONFEY’S second string won the Div 4 league title after an exciting one point win over Celbridge in this final played in Leixlip on Monday evening.
The teams had met the week before in the Senior B championship with Confey triumphing by a single point on that occasion also. Early exchanges were very tight with both sides missing chances before Celbridge took the lead with a pointed free from full forward David Wright. The same player added his second point also from a free to open up a two point lead before Conor Feeney fired over from long range to open Confey`s account. A Jason Prior point from a free levelled matters and then Confey took the lead with a pointed free from Paul Corscadden. Celbridge dominated the rest of the half and with the aid of a strong breeze fired over three unanswered points. James King converted a free and then added another from play and Darren O`Sullivan fired over a fine point to leave Celbridge ahead at the break on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-6.
Confey started strongly with the wind in their favour in the second half but it was Celbridge who notched the first score of the half when David Wright converted a free to open up a four point lead. Confey hit back with another Paul Corscadden free and midfielder Fergal O`Donnell pointed from long range to reduce the arrears to two points. James King restored a three point lead for Celbridge when he scored his third point of the game. Once again Confey hit back and pointed frees from Jason Prior and Paul Corscadden again left just the minimum between the sides. Celbridge regained the initiative when Neil Byrne fired over a good point as Confey trailed by two points with not much time left. This lead was reduced to the minimum when Alan O`Sullivan pointed following good work by Conor Feeney. Confey then missed a glorious to equalise when Jason Prior shot wide from a close in free and Celbridge had a great chance of a goal finish the game when Neil Byrne was clean through but was foiled by the advancing Confey keeper Des Connolly who got a vital touch and the danger was cleared. Confey then broke upfield and also had a great goal chance in a goalmouth scramble but Paul Corscadden`s effort was brilliantly tipped over by Celbridge keeper Sean Murtagh for a point. This left the sides level and a draw looked a likely result but Confey kept the pressure on and deep in injury time were awarded a free for a foul on Ronan Barry and captain Paul Corscadden stepped up to fire over what proved to be the winning point. The referee played another short period of injury time but Confey held on to claim a good victory.
County secretary Kathleen O`Neill was on hand to present the trophy to victorious Confey captain Paul Corscadden.
Best for Confey were Robbie Connolly, John Malone, Conor Feeney, Jason Prior, Alan O’Sullivan and Paul Corscadden while John Fitzgerald, Brian Flynn, Mark Wright, Darren O’Sullivan, James King and David Wright impressed for Celbridge.
Confey: Des Connolly, Keith O`Sullivan, Damien Kelly, David McSharry, Robbie Connolly, John Malone, Mark Ryder, Fergal O`Donnell (0-1), Conor Feeney (0-1), Jason Prior (0-2), Alan O`Sullivan (0-1), Donal McClean, Graham Caffrey, Paul Corscadden (0-5), Ronan Barry. Sub Paul Killalea
Celbridge: Sean Murtagh, Neil O Muineachain, John Fitzgerald, Barry McCabe, Brian Flynn, David Lyons, Mark Wright, Trevor O`Sullivan, Jason Miley, Darren O`Sullivan (0-1), James King (0-3), David Gardiner, Paraic Quinn, David Wright (0-4), Neil Byrne (0-1). Subs: Adrian Cahill, Fiachra O`Muineachain, Simon Donnellan