Two goals from Hunterstown Rovers full forward Ryan Burns was the decisive factor as the Louth side overcame Kilcavan in the Leinster JFC in Mountmellick on Sunday.
Scores were hard to come by in the opening period and the sides were level at just two points each by the twenty minute mark, two frees a piece from Hunterstown’s Ryan Burns and Kilcavan’s Ollie Dixon.
The impressive Ryan Burns was proving a handful and had the ball in the back of the Kilcavan net in the twenty sixth minute.
The Kilcavan rearguard failed to clear their lines gifting the ball to Burns who showed a deft touch to side foot home from ten yards. Burns’ third free of the opening period saw the Louth men lead 1-4 to 0-2 at half time.
Kilcavan veteran Derek O’Connell registered first in the second half, and his side were the brightest in the opening stages, but poor shooting meant their dominance wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. A free from Ollie Dixon further reduced Kilcavans arrears to four, the scoreboard reading 1-5 to 0-4 in favour of Hunterstown in the 41st minute.
In their attempts to push forward Kilcavan were leaving themselves exposed at the opposite end and Burns made the most of this with his second goal a minute later. Where his first was all about subtlety his second was about power, smashing home low to the net from ten yards.
A third goal arrived soon after, as Burns set up Paul Carrie, and further points from Burns and David Fedigan brought proceedings to an end.
SCORERS - Hunterstown Rovers: Ryan Burns 2-5 (0-3 frees,0-1’45), Paul Carrie 1-0, P Matthews 0-2, D Fedigan 0-1; Kilcavan: Ollie Dixon 0-3 (frees), Derek O’Connell 0-1
HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS : Alan Fedigan; Brian Matthews, Ciaran Carrie, Patrick Matthews; Martin Lennon, Keith Brennan, David Finn; Tony McKenna, Conor Matthews; Muiris O’Sullivan, Paul Carrie, Robbie McNiece; Alan Landy, Ryan Burns, Padraig Matthews. Subs: Richie Taaffe for R.McNiece (45 mins), Brendan Lennon for M.O’Sullivan (48mins), Robert Clark for P Matthews (56 mins), David Fedigan for R Burns (57 mins), Niall Taafe for T McKenna (58 mins)
KILCAVAN: Eamon O’Brien; Manus Dunne, Jim White, Liam Dunne; Sean Mangan, Michael Bermingham, Patrick Gorry; Gearoid Tracey, Barry Mangan; Declan Conroy, Ollie Dixon, Ronan Gorry; Derek O’Connell, Michael Tarpey, Patrick Hunt. Subs: Conor Mangan for P Gorry (48 mins), Conor Bowe for R Gorry (51 mins), Graham Grumbley for M Tarpey (56 mins), Rory O’Connell for D Conroy (57 mins)