Rathkenny edge past Walterstown
June 25, 2007
Rathkenny did enough to cause another shock in this third round SFC game against Walterstown in Pairc Tailteann.
Rathkenny opened the scoring with a third minute Thomas Martin free. This was added to by Michael McBride on eleven minutes before Walterstown cut the deficit with a 15th minute point. Martin added his second of the evening two minutes later. This lead could have been extended four minutes later when Thomas Rowan collected a Brian Meade centre but his goal bound effort was deflected out for a 45. Thomas Martin added Rathkenny's fourth of the evening with a super effort from the right wing before Walterstown added their second point of the half from a close in free, three minutes into first half stoppage time. Rathkenny replied from the kick out with a great score from Ivan Lenehan to lead by three at the break.
Thomas Martin got Rathkenny off to a great second half with two on the bounce by the 38th minute. Walterstown made positional changes and began to get on top.
However they kicked four wides in ten minutes, their only reward being a 41st minute point. Rathkenny got their eighth point on 44 minutes through Brian Meade. Walterstown came in search of a goal but resolute Rathkenny defending kept them at bay going into the final five minutes. Scores on 56, 57 and 59 minutes left two between the sides.
Rathkenny had one more chance but a Thomas Martin free hit the upright and Walterstown brought the ball out of defence.
Rathkenny held firm to register their second win of the campaign.
Rathkenny - J. Martin; J. Macken, D. Curtis, M. Reid; D. Donegan, T. McKeever, M. Macken; J. Donegan, R. Curtis; I. Lenehan (0-1), B. Meade (0-1), O. Elliott; M. McBride (0-1), T. Rowan, T. Martin (0-5). Subs - R. Timmons for Rowan, N. Curtis for Meade.
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