St Vincents 2-15 Kilmainhamwood 2-7
St Vincents ran out convincing winners over Kilmainhamwood in the second round of this years championship.
The game started out with the men in maroon and white dominating possession and getting the first two scores. The Wood however missed a glorious goal chance as Niall Conlon split the defense with a pass he and no one else in the entire ground saw to find Micheal Shankey running through on goal, but unfortunately he was unable to find the net. Shankey did however score a good point soon after to reduce the deficit to 2. The Vincents were well on top and scored a very well worked goal, but a long ball into full forward Paddy Carolan was buried to the back of the net to to reduce the margin back to just two points.
The game grew much tighter now as both sides traded scored with Shankey and David Russell scoring fine efforts to keep within two points. Niall Bennett kicked a mammoth point from the corner of the 45 yard line to reduce the gap to just one point. ST Vincents scored the next point and then got a very fortunate goal as a long pass ended up bouncing into the net as misfortune seemed to be undoing the Wood. The Wood however responded in emphatic fashion and almost immediately. A long ball was played into David Russell who in a determined fashion jinked around his man and the keeper before blasting it home. The score at half time was 2-6 to 2-4 in favour of St Vincents.
The second half started out with St. Vincents dominating possession and the game overall. They scored three early points and got a grip of the game. The Woods only second half scores came from two Niall Bennett frees and a good point from play from Paudie Owens.
In the end the best team won, the main bright point for Kilmainhamwood was that their best two players in Niall Bennett and Niall Conlon were also their youngest.
Kilmainhamwood: Damian Russell, Phillip Moran, Padraic Barber, Paul Carolan, Alan Carolan, Andy Farrelly, Oisin Fagen, Harry Corbally, Cathal Bennett, Niall Conlon, Niall Bennett (0-3), David Russell (1-1), Micheal Shankey (0-2), Paddy Carolan (1-0), Jude Collins. Paudie Owens (0-1) for Fagen, Luke Owens for CorballyTweet