Shaw show shocks Naas
Knockbeg College 2-10
Naas CBS 2-3
A superb performance from Peter Shaw helped Knockbeg to a much-deserved triumph in the South Leinster JHC 'C' final last week.
From October 19 to December 10 is a substantial period of time to prepare for a match but, after being called off on four occasions, Knocbeg were delighted to claim the South Leinster JHC 'C' title in Naas GAA grounds last week.
The match,for the better part,was played with good intentions and gave spectators an entertaining afternoon. It was a slow start to what was to become an intense encounter, with the first score not coming until the 12th minute. The Naas forward, John Joyce, stormed through the Knockbeg defense and unleashed a ferocious shot on goal, which was equally matched by the Knockbeg goalkeeper, Cathal Dunne, but was not enough to prevent Darren Kennedy from smashing home the rebound. Knockbeg capitalized on two fouls with points from Peter Shaw to keep the Laois school in touch.
Knockbeg's Johnny Byrne and Sean Doyle kept them in the game with some excellent defending. Naas added a point to the scoreboard with a free from Kennedy. In the final minutes of the first half, a goal-mouth scramble resulted with John Joyce opening his tally with a goal.
The goal in the final stages of the half was a huge psychological blow to Knockbeg going in at the break, leaving Naas leading 2-1 to 0-2 at the break.
Whatever was said during the Knockbeg team-talk had an immediate effect on their performance. Within the opening minutes of the second half Shaw was to charge a comeback. He received the ball 40 yards out from goal and made a darting run down the flank, cut across and passed the ball to Matty Campion who doubled, mid-air, to end a superb passage of play with a goal. Naas responded with a pointed free from John Joyce.
A succession of points from Shaw kept Knockbeg ticking over and things were to get better for Knockbeg as a trick handpass from Knockbeg captain Craig Wall fooled the Naas defense to give substitute Adam Campion a glorious opportunity to add to the scoreboard, which he confidently did. Knockbeg replacing Conor Byrne with Geoffrey Kennedy. A brilliant goal from Shaw stretched Knockbeg's lead and he added a couple of extra points before the finish to bring his tally to 1-9 and help Knockbeg to a seven-point win.
KNOCKBEG: CDunne, E Mahon, J Byrne, A Kelly, P Doran, S Doyle, C Wall, P McEvoy, M Campion, C Lennon, J Cox, C Byrne, P Shaw. Subs: D Murphy, A Campion, G Kennedy
NAAS: B Byrnes, J Ryan, G Johnson, A McDermot, O Gill, M Sheridan, N Walsh, C Gill, B Woulfe, D Kennedy, P Moran, F Piggot, J Joyce.
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