Arles-Kilcruise made the most of a strong wind advantage in the first half to seal an opening win under new boss Glen Ryan on Saturday afternoon in Arles.
The home side had the benefit of the elements in the first half, and they used them well to open up a 1-7 to 0-1 lead at half time. With an advantage like that, and with experience they have, it was always a tall order for The Heath to get back into it.
Kilcruise got off to a bright start, with corner-forward Michael Wall slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net in the third minute.
David Conway followed it up with a free, and Kevin Meaney, Fran Egam and Colm Munnelly (45) pushed their lead out to seven points with a little over 20 minutes gone.
The Heath were finding it difficult to create chances against a resolute Kilcruise defence, but Chris Bergin got their only score of the half from a free in the 23rd minute.
Colm Munnelly quickly cancelled it out with another 45, and David Conway’s brace in the last fine miutes of the half meant Arles-Kilcruise held a commanding nine point lead at the interval.
Chris Bergin’s free early in the second half was just what they needed, but David Conway hit back for Arles. Bergin and Conway traded points again in the 40th minute, and that would be the last score Kilcruise got.
The Heath threw everything they had at them to try and get back into it, but Arles remained difficult to break down. Bergin added two frees and Daithi Carroll an Aidan Bergin also pointed, but Kilcruise were never in trouble as they held on for the win.