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Spink and Graiguecullen set to contest JFC ‘B’ final following wins

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Spink 1-14 Rosenallis 0-11
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Spink are through to the final of the junior ‘B’ football championship following a six point win over Rosenallis in Timahoe this evening.

This was Rosenallis’ third game this week following playoff wins against Slieve Bloom (Monday) and Emo (Wednesday) – and it told in the end as they ran out of steam against an impressive Spink side.

Spink got off to a fast start as they scored three points in a row through Mark Kehoe, Eoin Fitzpatrick and Paul Simms in the opening five minutes of the game.

Rosenallis began to get themselves back into the game as the moved the ball quickly to allow James Jackson lodge over a brace to cut the deficit to one point.

However, Spink began to dominate again before the water break and put themselves further ahead.

Paul Simms scored a brace of frees before Micheal Downey and Podge Lalor dissected the posts. The latter had the first goal chance of the game as Simms found Lalor arriving on the edge of the square. But Lalor’s effort on goal just went over the bar to put four points between the sides.

The sides continued to swap points as the half progressed with Jackson and Shane Farrell raising white flags for Rosenallis while Simms and Cha Dwyer replied with a point each to leave Spink 0-9 to 0-5 ahead at half time.

Jackson got the second half underway with a point before Simms and Kehoe pointed. Shane Farrell then won a free for Rosenallis on the edge of the box. Niall Doolan smashed the resulting free towards the top corner but midfielder Jamie Drury got his hand to ball to clear it.

Simms converted a brace of frees to give Spink a six point lead over their opponents at the second water break.

After the resumption, Dwyer put the game to bed with a goal. Aaron O’Dea and Simms linked up to find the on rushing Dwyer on the edge of the box and he made no mistake to find the back of the net.

Spink had a comfortable eight lead with ten minutes to go but Ropsenallis continued to cut back the deficit with points from Paul Maher and a brace from Jackson.

Spink caught Rosenallis on the break on a few occasions in the dying stages of the half but they were unable to capitalise on this as Barry Farrell was on hand to deny Cathal O’Shaughnessy and Dwyer goals.

Spink prevailed though and they will go forward to face Graiguecullen in the final.

SCORERS: Spink: Paul Simms 0-8 (four frees), Cha Dwyer 1-1, Mark Kehoe 0-2, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Podge Lalor and Micheal Downey 0-1 each  Rosenallis: James Jackson 0-9 (four frees), Shane Farrell and Paul Maher 0-1 each

SPINK: Ruaidhri Nevyn, Eoin Simms, Kieran Bowe; Noel Duggan, Podge Lalor, Enda Kehoe; James Hennessy, Sean Downey; Mark Kehoe, Cha Dwyer, Micheal Downey; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Paul Simms. Subs used: Eamonn Jackman, Aaron O’Dea, Adrian McCartney, Cathal O’Shaughnessy.

ROSENALLIS: Barry Farrell, Ronan Doolan, John Dunne; Sean Dunne, John Lalor, Matthew Bennett; Sam Leech, Paul Maher; Jack Claffey, James Jackson, Conor Conroy; Shane Farrell, Niall Doolan. Subs used: James Redmond, Anthony Gorman, Nicky Dunne.

REFEREE: Eric Ward (Portarlington)

In the other semi final, Graiguecullen got the better of Stradbally to join Spink in the decider.

Leading 0-8 to 0-2 at half time, Graiguecullen pushed on in the second half.

They won 1-14 to 0-3 in the end to set up a meeting with Spink – and a necessary jersey change – in the final.

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