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Knockbeg College make winning start to South Leinster U-16 championship against St Peter’s

Knockbeg College U-16

Knockbeg College 2-18 St Peter’s 1-1
U-16 South-Leinster Football Championship Round 1

The Knockbeg Junior footballers got their championship off to a flying start recently with an impressive win over St Peter’s of Wexford in Graiguecullen.

There was a strong wind travelling across the field, but this did not affect Mikey Murphy as he converted his first of many points of the day through a free kick from close range to give Knockbeg an early lead.

St Peter’s responded with one of their own shortly after, before a second Murphy free and a fine point from Jack Behan gave Knockbeg the lead once more.

Knockbeg kept the scoreboard ticking over with more points from Murphy before captain Jeremy Kelly got a point for himself at the end of the half to leave the score at 0-8 to 0-1 to the men in blue and white.

Kelly opened the second half the same way he left it with a good point.

Midfielder John Phiri was rewarded for his excellent fielding of kickouts alongside fellow midfielder TJ Nolan with a point of his own.

The deadlock was finally broken as the lively Bobby Doyle struck for a goal. More points from Murphy, a second for John Phiri off the left, a third for Kelly and a deserved point for TJ Nolan really put daylight between the two sides.

Full forward Murphy was also on hand to finish off a well worked goal, with subs Eoin Mulhall and Kyle Holden also getting their names on the scoresheet late on.

Eventually the outstanding Knockbeg defence was beaten with a goal from St Peters who never gave up.

Overall, it was a brilliant team performance, which also saw fifteen subs getting a run under the guidance of Mr Chris Conway and Ms Jane Moore.

KNOCKBEG: Michael Gaffney (Killeshin), Cian Cashman (Palatine), Daniel Wall (Grangeolvin), Cian Campion (Palatine), Mackenzie McIvor (Ballylinan), Darragh Loughman (Ballylinan), Kevin Fennelly (Annanough), TJ Nolan (0-1) (St Laurence’s), John Phiri (0-2) (Askea), Jamie Walker (Tinryland), Jeremy Kelly (0-3) (St Joseph’s), Jack Behan (0-1) (Arles-Kilcruise), Bobby Doyle (1-0) (Tinryland), Mikey Murphy (1-9) (St Josephs), Pierce O’Dwyer (St Laurence’s).

Subs: E. Mulhall (0-1) (Arles-Kilcruise), O Kirwan (Grange), K Holden (0-1), C Fitzgerald, E English, E Askins, R Doran, J Milton (all Killeshin), C Tucker and A Downes (both Graiguecullen), L Bramley (Askea), D Downey (Ballylinan), C Nolan, J Fitzharris (both Palatine), A Hennessy, B Corcoran (both Stradbally), C Long (Fenagh), D Walsh (Athy)

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