Harrington goal crucial as Adrigole hold off Killavullen

Adrigole 1-9 Killavullen 0-8

What made it even worse for Killavullen was that Alan O’Driscoll’s red card for verbally abusing the referee came two minutes later.

Despite all their problems the losers made a gallant attempt to salvage the situation and had they had more penetration in attack might well have succeeded.

But Adrigole deserved their success with key players in each department contributing to their cause in a game where Shane ‘Joe’ O’Sullivan, Pat ‘Batt’ O’Sullivan and Seán O’Shea were most consistent in defence.

Tim O’Shea and particularly Eamon ‘Jer’ O’Sullivan did their fair share in the midfield sector while up front Liam Harrington, Kevin Goggin and Kevin ‘Jer’ O’Sullivan were first to settle in a scoring department where David Harrington showed his class.

Killavullen ‘keeper Seán O’Regan made some fine saves. In front of him Kieran Murphy roamed forward to score a fine point to restart their second-half charge with the half-back line ever willing to join in attack.

Colm O’Connell caught the eye in midfield while Liam Norris led their attack well and wing forward Michael Dineen kicked the first two points of the game.

Nine minutes after the start David Harrington broke through only to be denied by the upright and five minutes later Killavullen had Adrigole ‘keeper William O’Sullivan enlisting the aid of a defender to clear his lines.

At the interval it was Adrigole on a 0-6 to 0-5 scoreline and there was still just a point between them before a quickly taken Tim O’Shea free set Harrington up for the vital goal.

Killavullen shaded the closing quarter only for a defiant Adrigole to hold on to their advantage.

Scorers for Adrigole: D Harrington 1-2, K ‘Jer’ O’Sullivan 0-3f, K Goggin 0-2 (1f), L Harrington, S O’Shea (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Killavullen: M Dineen 0-3 (1f), L Norris 0-3 (1f), K Murphy, A O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

ADRIGOLE: W O’Sullivan; C O’Shea, S O’Sullivan, P ‘Batt’ O’Sullivan; J Goggin, S O’Shea, B Goggin; E ‘Jer’ O’Sullivan, T O’Shea; G Green, D Harrington, C O’Sullivan; L Harrington, K Goggin, K ‘Jer’ O’Sullivan.

Subs: D Carey for B Goggin, J ‘Batt’ O’Sullivan for Green.

KILLAVULLEN: S O’Regan; E O’Connor, R Dorgan, K Murphy; B Hayes, J O’Regan, P Egan; B O’Driscoll, C O’Connell; D Brosnan, L Norris, M Dineen; P Sheehan, D Dorgan, A O’Driscoll.

Subs: K Finnegan for Brosnan.

Referee: Peter Downey (Inniscarra).

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