Kilcavan 5-13 Ballylinan 0-6
Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 Winners
It’s one of only a handful of times that championship football was played in the Kilcavan grounds but the small club on the Offaly border laid down a marker that they are keen to go one step further than last season when they were beaten in the final by St Joseph’s.
They have certainly made a good start to this campaign and followed up their good win over The Heath in the opening round with another impressive showing and big win here. In their two games to date they have scored nine goals and have an average winning margin of 16 points.
While they can expect the games to get tougher from here on in – and they’re now into straight knockout territory – a team that is putting up scores like that is always doing something right.
They were on top from start to finish here and after early points from Ronan Gorry, Jason Maher (free) and Ollie Dixon, Evan Hunt got in for the game’s first goal when he latched on to a long fist pass from Gearoid Treacy, ran 30 yards, and finished low into the corner.
Dixon and Gorry added points in quick succession and after only 12 minutes, Kilcavan were eight up and cruising.
Ballylinan hit back with nice points from the impressive Jack Delaney and centre-back Evan Philips but two points from placed balls from Jason Maher, a Ronan Gorry goal from close range and Ollie Dixon had them 2-8 to 0-2 up at the break.
Evan Hunt got the scoring under way early in the second half and then two goals in quick succession further underlined Kilcavan’s dominance.
The first came when wing-back and captain Eddie Conroy stormed up the field and exchanged a one-two with Jason Maher before finishing smartly, the second moments later when Sean Mangan, released from the confines of full-back, also got in on the scoring.
A couple of Jack Delaney points as well as efforts from Brian Kenna and Jack Bride kept the scoreboard moving for Ballylinan but Ronan Gorry, Gearoid Treacy and Sean Mangan all added points for Kilcavan while Jason Maher added another goal to his collection as well as a point.
Kilcavan now move forward to the quarter-finals at the end of the month while Ballylinan will play one of the winners of the Round 2 losers games.
The remaining JFC games are on Thursday and Friday of this week.
SCORERS – Kilcavan: Jason Maher 1-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45), Ronan Gorry 1-3, Evan Hunt and Sean Mangan 1-1 each, Ollie Dixon 0-3, Eddie Conroy 1-0, Gearoid Treacy 0-1. Ballylinan: Jack Delaney 0-3, Evan Philips 0-1, Brian Kenna 0-1, David Bride 0-1
KILCAVAN: Eamon O’Brien; David Ryan, Sean Mangan, Cathal Grennan; Eddie Conroy, Michael Bermingham, Declan Conroy; Barry Mangan, Gearoid Treacy; Evan Hunt, Ollie Dixon, Paul Bolton; Derek O’Connell, Jason Maher, Ronan Gorry. Subs: Padraig O’Brien for O’Connell (38), Barry Grennan for D Conroy (40), Conor White for Bolton (48), Manus Dunne for E Conroy (52)
BALLYLINAN: Mark Murphy; Aaron Baldwin, Paudge Leonard, Jamie McDonald; Niall Behan, Evan Philips, Mark Kelly; Liam O’Dea, James Murphy; Jack Delaney, Emmet Doyle, David Bride; Brian Kenna, Walter Hovenden, Ian Coleman. Sub: Michael Murphy for Coleman (45)
REFEREE: Vincent Dowling (O’Dempsey’s)