Kelly Cup Roundup
The semi-final line-up is now confirmed after the final games in the group stage of the Kelly Cup were completed.
With Timahoe pulling out of the competition, Stradbally’s place in the final four was assured last weekend when they beat Ballylinan in Group C.
With just one team advancing from Group B, this one went right down to the wire as scoring difference was required in the end to separate the teams.
Graiguecullen needed just a draw to finish top of the group but they succumbed to a two point defeat against Arles-Killeen in Maganey.
The Arles men were able to call on the services of Donie Brennan and Jason Enright for the first time this year and the pair ran riot.
Brennan helped himself to a first half goal which left Killeen 1-7 to 1-6 in front at half time with Ryan O’Grady raising a green flag for Graiguecullen.
The second half was nip and tuck with Enright dissected the posts at alarming regularity from the Graiguecullen management’s point of view while at the other end, Dale Byrne, Aaron Forbes and Ross Hennessy raised white flags for the Barrowsiders.
But it was Donie Brennan who had the decisive moment in the second half as his second goal led Killeen to a 2-14 to 1-15 win.
This meant that if Killeshin could beat Ballyfin Gaels by fifteen points or more in the other game, they would leapfrog their neighbours and top the group on points difference.
In the end, they managed to win by 21 points to finish in pole position.
Goals from David Aston, Simon Attride, Evan Lowry and two from Cathal Brennan helped the Carlow border club to a fine 5-12 to 0-6 win.
That win means that Killeshin will now face St Joseph’s who topped Group A after recording their third straight win.
The Kellyville outfit hosted Crettyard Gaels who boasted Laois star Evan O’Carroll at full forward, who was playing his first game since sustaining an ankle injury last month.
But his inclusion didn’t help the visitors as they found themselves 3-5 to 0-2 behind at the interval.
Adam Campion, Danny Hickey and Jason Campion all rattled the net in the first half for St Joseph’s.
Things didn’t improve for Crettyard in the second half either and St Joseph’s hammered home their advantage as Jason Campion notched a second and they ran out 4-10 to 1-10.
Elsewhere, Emo defeated Arles-Kilcruise by 0-10 to 0-7 to finish in second spot which means that they will take on holders Stradbally in next weekends’ semi-finals.
Kelly Cup Semi-Finals
Stradbally v Emo
St Joseph’s v Killeshin