Argideen Rangers 0-7
JOHN MURPHY REPORTS
KILMEEN’S dreams of a South West football and hurling double remain on track.
The Blues beat Argideen Rangers by 17 points in this South West JAFC round three tussle on Sunday at sun-kissed Ardfield.
Argideen lined out without three key players, while Kilmeen were shorn of the services of the influential Damien O’Gorman, but even at full strength the losers would have been stretched to the limit to keep in touch with the rampant winners.
Granted, Kilmeen had the bonus of an extremely fortuitous opening goal in the tenth minute when a long-range drive by James Clancy ended up in the Timoleague rigging.
But even prior to that, Darragh Coakley, Ogie Scannell, Shane O’Donovan, Shane Scannell and a rampant full-forward trio of Darren Santry and the Clancy cousins John and James were causing Argideen all sorts of problems.
Rangers were doing their best to stem the tide, none more so than Darragh O’Donovan and Andrew McCarthy in defence, the midfield duo of John Sheehan and Paudie Butler and in an already misfiring attack, leading scorer Eoin Lawton, Oisín Dowling and Brian Hennessy were to the fore.
Kilmeen scored an unanswered 1-4, from five different scorers, just before the break, John Santry with the goal and points from Kevin Keohane, Shane O’Donovan, Darren Santry and Darragh Coakley. They led 2-7 to 0-3 at the break.
‘We had that purple scoring patch before half time, it really put the game to bed and we drove on in the second half and ran out easy winners,’ Kilmeen manager Ger Collins said.
But there is work to do, he added.
‘We dropped a lot of ball into their keeper’s hands, it is something I would not be happy about, and we have a lot of work to do,’ Collins said.
Shane O’Donovan scored a truly brilliant goal in the 40th minute, powering a beauty into the right corner and when a brilliant move involving the tireless Ray Collins, Jonathan Deasy and Shane Scannell ended with a penalty in the 52nd minute, up stepped Shane O’Donovan to complete Rangers’ misery.
A neat Eoin Lawton point for Argideen a minute later came too late as Kilmeen ambled past the finishing post in cruise control.
Kilmeen: Shane O’Donovan 2-5 (1-0 penalty, 2f), James Clancy 1-2 (1f), John Clancy 1-0, Kevin Keohane 0-2, Darren Santry, Darragh Coakley, Ogie Scannell 0-1 each.
Argideen Rangers: Eoin Lawton 0-3, Oisín Dowling 0-2f, Bill Fleming, Matthew Lawton 0-1 (f) each.
Kilmeen: Brian O’Donovan; Daniel O’Leary, Dylan Coffey, Ray Collins; Brian Keohane, Don McCarthy, Darragh Coakley; Ogie Scannell, Jonathan Deasy; Kevin Keohane, Shane O’Donovan, Shane Scannell; Darren Santry, John Clancy, James Clancy.
Subs: Liam O’Brien for Darragh Coakley (inj, ht), Joseph O’Donovan for John Clancy (39), John Clancy for Darren Santry (inj, 58).
Argideen Rangers: Richie Smith; Joe Sheehan, Dan Hurley, Darragh O’Donovan; Dylan Harrington, Andrew McCarthy, Gerry Crowley; John Sheehan, Paudie Butler; Matthew Lawton, Oisín Dowling, Eoin Lawton; Brian Hennessy, John Michael O’Callaghan, Bill Fleming.
Subs: JJ Butler for Matthew Lawton (51), Killian McSweeney for Bill Fleming (52).
Referee: Andrew Whelton (Clonakilty).