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Senior A Football South Leinster League, Rd 3, 28/9/2017

Oct 23

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Knockbeg College 3-6, Good Counsel New Ross 2-8
Knockbeg College faced Good Counsel of New Ross in the final group game of the South Leinster League, with the winner qualifying for the semi-finals. This was going to be a difficult task as several starting players were representing their respective clubs in the final stages of various championships at the weekend, and hence were not going to feature.
 Played in Graiguecullen, the Wexford school were quick out of the blocks, registering 1-3 to no reply in the first 12 minutes. Good Counsel were awarded a penalty in the 8th minute, with full back Darragh McDonald receiving a very harsh black card for his tackle. Minutes later, centre forward Conor Nolan was also shown black for dragging down his opponent. Knockbeg were offered a lifeline shortly after as Josh Lacey raised a green flag with a well finished goal. We were guilty of poor decision-making and coughed up possession on several occasions. Near the end of the half, substitute Cillian Bergin rattled the back of the net with  a great finish following a superb pass from Cathal Morahan. Knockbeg finished the half strongly with Ronan Curran landed two frees to put Knockbeg ahead at the break, 2-2 to 1-4.
 After the interval both sides traded points, with Josh Lacey converting two frees. Ronan Curran scored a goal halfway through, while Adam Dunne split the posts with a long range effort. Josh Lacey added another from play as Knockbeg continued their excellent counter attacking play, however Good Counsel would not give in. They rallied late on, scoring 1-1 to to leave them trailing by the narrowest of margins in the dying minutes. Knockbeg’s defence held strong, with the final whistle indicating that we had qualified for the South Leinster League semi-finals on a scoreline of 3-6  to 2-8. 
Knockbeg Team; A. Nichol Waugh (St. Joseph’s), D. McDonald (Killeshin), , J. Fennelly (Annanough), F. Kavanagh(Palatine), C. Mulhall(Arles-Kilcruise), O. Nolan (Castledermot), B.Wheatley ( St Josephs),  D.Ruth (Eire Og), Jack Lacey (St. Josephs), C.Nolan (Castledermot), C.Morahan (Eire Og), Josh Lacey 1-4 (St. Josephs) , R.Curran 1-2 (Tinryland), P.Walsh (Killeshin). Subs used: C. Bergin 1-0 (Grangenolvin), R.Bolger (Killeshin), A. Dunne 0-1 (Palatine), Cailim Lafford (St. Joseph’s) R. Stapleton (Annanough).

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