Kieran Bergin scored a hat-trick for Killenaule.
Killenaule’s quality proved too much for Kildangan in the Tipperary Water county senior footballl championship at Borrisoleigh on Sunday, a game that yielded eight goals in a most entertaining encounter, 4-14 to 4-7.
The honours rest rightly where they belong but Killenaule will have much food for thought facing into their remaining games after defensive lapses presented the opposition with four goals.
Kildangan were making their first appearance in the county senior football championship and acquitted themselves well. With greater experience they could be a force but will still have to work hard to stay at this level.
Kieran Bergin was star of the show for Killenaule. He scored a hat-trick of goals and his work-rate about the field linking Killenaule’s defence and attack, was exceptional.
John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer, and Michael Doyle, were also big players in a Killenaule outfit that will get its change out of the best in the championship.
Kildangan were quickly off the mark and got off to the best possible start when Andy Loughnane shot to the net after Darragh Egan created the chance in the first minute. Ben Banaghen added three points to John and Joe O’Dwyer points for Killenaule leaving the North lads sitting pretty 1-3 to 0-2 after eleven minutes.
Then came Kieran Bergin’s first strike finished with great authority in the 13th minute after “Bubbles” O’Dwyer had done the spadework. Four minutes later Michael Doyle had the ball in the Kildangan net after “Bubbles” and Kieran Bergin set up the opportunity for a 2-3 to 1-3 lead. In the closing ten minutes of the half the sides shared six points leaving Killenaule 2-6 to 1-6 to the good at half-time.
The second half re-opened with a goal flourish from Kildangan., Firstly, Barry Hogan, who had just come on, slipped the ball past Matthew O Donnell in the Killenaule goal in the first minute and two minutes later Andy Loughnane bagged his second for Kildangan for a 3-7 to 2-6 lead.
Killenaule never lost their composure.Michael Doyle fired over two points and “Bubbles” another before Kieran Bergin got his second goal following an incisive solo run in the 40th minute to put Killenaule 3-9 to 3-7 clear.
Killenaule let two further goal chances slip but with a string of points were 3-13 to 3-7 ahead when Darragh Egan pounced for a Kildangan goal in the 57th minute, punishing slack Killenaule defending.This put the game inthe balance once more with time running out for Kiladangan.
Kildangan’s delight did not last long as in a surge upfield Kieran Bergin completed his hat-trick in the 59th minute and Liam Meagher added a Killenaule point before Tom McGrath blew the final whistle.
A morale boosting win for Killenaule who were without county man Paddy Codd for family reasons but whose experience at this level proved very valuable. They will be concerned at the manner in which they conceded four goals, lapses that could prove costly against stiffer opposition. In Kieran Bergin they had the best player on the field but Michael Fitzgerald, “Bubbles” O Dwyer, Jimmy Feehan, Paidi Feehan and Eoin Barry also played key roles.
Kildangan acquitted themselves well on their debut. They were quite comfortable in possession and used the ball well but at times got punished for over-elaboration. They too will not be happy at conceding four goals and have work to do in that regard. Willie Connors started very strongly as an attacking centre halfback but faded afterwards. Darren Moran, Jack Loughnane, the Gallaghers, Dan O Meara, and Andy Loughnane were others to put in a decent shift.
Killenaule scorers- K Bergin (3-1), M Doyle(1-3), John O Dwyer(0-5),P Feehan(0-2), L Meagher, Joe O Dwyer, T Doyle(0-1 each);
Kiladangan scorers- A Loughnane(2-0), D Egan(1-1), B Hogan(1-0) B Banaghan(0-3), D O Meara(0-2), J Gallgher,(0-1);
Killenaule- Matthew O Donnell; Stephen Browne, Jimmy Feehan, Jack Gleeson; Joe O Dwyer, Killian O Dwyer, Liam Meagher; Kieran Bergin, Eoin Barry; Daniel Guinan, Dean O Connor, Paidi Feehan; Michael Doyle, John O Dwyer, Eoin O Connell; Subs- Tony Doyle for O Connell; Larry Gleeson for Joe O Dwyer;
Kiladangan – Tom O Meara; Paddy Gallagher, Martin Minehan, Matt Cleary; Declan McGrath, Willie Connors, Jack Loughnane; Joe Gallagher, Darren Moran; Andy Loughnane, Dan O Meara, Billy Seymour; Ben Banaghan, Dara Egan, Tadhg Gallagher; Sub- Brian Hogan for Seymour;
Ref- Tom McGrath, Loughmore-Castleiney.