5-4 - 0-12 Won
Sun, Mar 10 @ 5:00 PM
Referee: Alan Archbold
Allenwood with the help of a Billy Maher hat-trick landed the Keogh Cup with victory over Straffan in Manguard Plus Hawkfield.
Allenwood scored more goals than points in a lethal attacking performance that ensured they got the first piece of silverware on offer for the year.
Billy Maher who is part of the Kildare under 20 squad got three of them with Jack Turbett and Joe Carroll also on target.
The scoreline probably doesn’t do Straffan justice as they were competitive for long periods with Rob Kelly having a fine first period but ultimately the goals killed them.
On a bitterly cold evening for football Straffan’s Rob Kelly showed he hasn’t lost any of his class as he kicked the first two points of a very open contest with an excellent free off the ground followed up by an effort from play.
Allenwood didn’t score their first point until the 14th minute but luckily for Brian McGrogan his side had already racked up three goals by that stage with the first of these arriving courtesy of Billy Maher when he finished to the net on the back of Johnny Byrne feeding Johnny Doyle and the experienced former Kildare star went on a storming run towards goal before offloading to Maher.
James Gannon then levelled up the game for Straffan but the joy didn’t last long as Allenwood soon found the net for the second time with Maher breaking free before passing off to midfielder Jack Turbett who stroked the ball under Matthew Duggan in the Straffan goal.
Maher was proving incredibly elusive in attack for the Blues and he brought his goal tally to two when he brilliantly beat a couple of defenders on the endline before also rounding Duggan in goal to kick to an empty net.
Darragh Malone was a late introduction to the Allenwood team and he extended the margin with a fine point at the halfway mark of the half as Allenwood moved into a 3-1 to 0-3 lead.
The second quarter almost solely belonged to Straffan though as they kicked five points in a row before the break.
Kelly got three of those with two from frees while John Tracey and Ed Neenan also got nice efforts from play as they got to within two points after playing with a stiff enough breeze.
Allenwood weren’t without chances though and they missed a few opportunities before the break as they had to be content with a 3-1 to 0-8 advantage on the whistle.
The second half wasn’t as hectic as the opening period but Johnny Doyle who was relatively quiet by his very high standards up to then kicked a fine point from out the field almost straight from the throw-in after Allenwood broke on the counter.
Straffan then bounced back with points from Neenan who had his goalbound effort tipped over the bar with Declan Reilly also splitting the posts after being found in space by good combination play from Kelly and Neenan.
Trailing by a point at that stage Straffan would have felt they had a real chance but Allenwood were really in the mood for goals and Duggan was again taking the ball from his net in the 37th minute after Maher completed his hat-trick when an inside pass from Darren Judge evaded Cian Gaynor and Maher made no mistake in getting his third goal.
That effectively put the game beyond Straffan’s reach with just solitary frees from Kelly and John Tracey registering on the scoreboard afterwards.
With the sleet heavily in vogue for the last few minutes Allenwood cantered to victory with points from Maher and Darragh Johnson while substitute Joe Carroll put the seal on the seven point win after a goal with his first touch.
Allenwood: Luke Anderson; Craig Lenehan, Killian Darling, Cillian Moran, Darragh Malone 0-1, Ronan Guilfoyle, Mark Byrne, Johnny Byrne, Jack Turbett 1-0, Aaron Dunne, Johnny Doyle 0-1, Scott Dunne, Darren Judge, Billy Maher 3-1, Eric Judge.
Subs used: Sean Moran for D.Judge 38 mins, Darragh Johnson 0-1 for S.Dunne 44 mins, Fionn Moran for A.Dunne 56 mins, Tom Byrne for Turbett 56 mins, Joe Carroll 1-0 for Johnson 57 mins.
Straffan: Matthew Duggan; Alan Byrne, Niall Gaynor, Tom McGoldrick, Rory Byrne, Niall Devane, Cian Gaynor, Paul Donovan, Anto Devane, Ed Neenan 0-2, Declan Reilly 0-1, Rob Kelly 0-6 (0-4fs), James Gannon 0-1, James Devane, John Tracey 0-2 (0-1f).
Subs used: Sean O’Connor for J.Devane 38 mins, John Hanafin for Donovan 45 mins, Austin Allen for Gannon 49 mins.
2-9 - 1-12 Draw
Sat, Mar 23 @ 5:00 PM
Twitter Feed Report
Rob Kelly puts @StraffanGAA 1 up in the 1st minute #EMSCopiers #KildareGAA
5 minutes in and @StraffanGAA lead by 3
Eric Judge opens Allenwoods account after 13 minutes. @StraffanGAA 0-3, Allenwood 0-1
A goal for @StraffanGAA sees them lead 1-4 to 0-1 after 22 minutes #EMSCopiers #KildareGAA
Points from @judge_daz and @BillyMaher_00 sees the score @StraffanGAA 1-5 Allenwood 0-3 with 29 minutes played
A goal from @BillyMaher_00 after a defensive error sees @StraffanGAA lead by 1 at half time #EMSCopiers #KildareGAA @JoeMallonMotors
A point from @judge_daz brings Allenwood back to within 1 after 13 minutes
A goal from @StraffanGAA puts them 4 points up with 14 minutes left to play #EMSCopiers #KildareGAA
Points from @BillyMaher_00 and @johnnydoyle78 brings the deficit back to 3 with 9 to play v @StraffanGAA
An @BillyMaher_00 free and another from @judge_daz leaves 1 between the sides with 6 plus added time left to play
An @BillyMaher_00 free followed by an @darraghmalone point put Allenwood 2 up but Rob Kelly and Austin Allen points have the teams level in injury time and it finishes a draw
2-15 - 0-5 Won
Wed, Apr 03 @ 6:45 PM
Referee: Anthony Herbert
On a wet evening in Sean Tierney Park, the two teams from Allen Parish took to the field. Milltown took the lead getting the first score of the game in the first few minutes, but unfortunately this was the last time Milltown would lead for the match. Johnny Byrne got the Blues off to a start with a fine point with the left peg from around the 45 (mind you he’ll probably claim that he kicked it from the half way line). Some great scores from a range of players, as well as an opportunistic goal from Johnny Doyle lobbing the Milltown keeper from the corner gave Allenwood the lead at half-time despite some great saves from Milltowns goalkeeper standing in for the recent married Paul Mulhall (congrats Paul).
Allenwood went on to further their lead with scores around the field. Milltown’s keeper took a woeful ball to the head from a shot by Johnny Byrne from point blank range, but still managed to save the goal with assistance from the crossbar….that’ll hurt in the morning. The final score (with thanks to Seamus Hogarty) ended up with the home team winning 2-15 to 0-5. It was great to see the younger lads coming into the squad such as Sean and Fionn Moran, Colm Moran and Jason Wyse and also great to see some of the other young lads like Jack Turbett and Daz coming into their own.
2-15 - 3-13 Lost
Sat, Apr 06 @ 6:00 PM
Referee: Peter Farrell
It was a gallant effort by the men in Blue, but a last minute score from the Sallins centre back, sealed the narrowest of victories for the visiting team for them to retain their 100% winning streak. Allenwood found it tough to come to terms with some of the key Sallins forwards, and this was further hindered by an early injury to Killian Darling who is one of our young up and coming backs…we wish him a very speedy recovery. Billy Maher showed some great never say never spirt and was rewarded with a goal from applying a serious amount of pressure to the Sallins keeper. There were some great long range scores from both teams and the likes of Conor Herbert from Sallins and Johnny Doyle and Daz Judge showed great composure with their long range efforts.
I think Allenwood will go away from this thinking it was one they should have won….and I’d tend to agree with that. On a positive note, as with last week, it was good to see the younger lads coming into their own, being well supported by the likes of Tom Byrne and Johnny Doyle (some of the stalwart’s of the game).
0-7 - 3-10 Won
Sat, Apr 13 @ 6:00 PM
Fri, Apr 19 @ 7:00 PM
3-21 - 2-6 Won
Sun, Apr 21 @ 12:00 PM
Referee: Liam Herbert
Sun, May 12 @ 12:01 PM
Sat, May 18 @ 6:00 PM
Wed, May 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sat, May 25 @ 6:00 PM