OH MY gosh, what do you make of something like this? In the battle at the foot of the table in Division 4 of the National Football League struggling Kilkenny get a pasting to the tune of 38-points.
Such a victory went beyond the wildest dreams of London, who were enjoying their first win in the competition this season. They produced a neat brand of football, dressed up with a very positive attitude and a good spirit that saw them work well as a unit.
The ‘all for one, one for all attitude’ was epitomised by top scorer, Lloyd Colfer, who helped himself to 1-10. While his finishing was good, even better was his link-up play with others and the sort of delicate passes that can leave opponents looking foolish.
Colfer and his two colleagues on the full-forward line, Eoin O’Neill and Kevin O’Leary tormented the opposition as they bagged 4-14 between, which was a fair afternoon’s work.
Kilkenny were going backwards from the first minute when powerful midfielder, Lorcan Mulvey drove through the defence before kicking a point. Mark Gottsche added a second one within a minute.
Then a goal of real beauty arrived. Kevin O’Leary and Mulvey combined to burst a hole in the home defence for Eoin O’Neill to charge through. The man with No. 14 on his back buried the ball low in the net.
The Londoners advantage ran up to 1-4 before the losers opened their account through centre-back, Michael Malone, who hit the target from 20-metre while falling to the ground.
Onward and upwards London marched. Their second goal arrived in the 19th minute. Kevin O’Leary charged right through the middle of the home defence from the ‘40’, and from about 20 metres range blasted to the net (2-7 to 0-2).
A show of sorts
Poor Kilkenny had no answer. At half-time they found themselves 0-4 to 3-15 behind, and without any hope. They failed to score again.
London put on a show of sorts, and long before the finish they were able to dig deep into their panel to give men a run. This was an impressive showing from the losers, even bearing in mind the weakness of the opposition.
Scorers: London – Lloyd Colfer (2-10, four points frees); Eoin O’Neill (1-4); Kevin O’Leary (1-0); Lorcan Mulvey, Padraig McGolderick (0-3 each); Seamus Hannon, Shane Doolin, Mark Gottsche, Michael Mullins (0-2 each); Ciaran McCallion, Sean Kelly (0-1 each). Kilkenny – Michael Malone (0-2); Richard O’Hara, David Prendergast (0-1 each).
Kilkenny – J.J. O’Sullivan, Declan Grennan, Paul Donnelly, J.J. Grace, Joe Dollard, Michael Malone, Ollie Walsh, Richard O’Hara, Kieran Bergin, Stephen Duggan, John Grennan, Robert Shore, Joe Fennelly, James Culleton, John Cullinane. Subs – David Prendergast for P. Donnelly (inj) 12th min; Kevin O’Brien for S. Duggan (inj) 47th min; Peter McBride for Grace 56th min; Cian Tyler for Grennan 56th min; Ray O’Keeffe for J. Culleton 65th min.
London – Evan Byrne, Peter Sherry, Sean McVeigh, Noel Burke, Mark Gottsche, Shane Mulligan, Seamus Hannon, Lorcan Mulvey, Alan Rafferty, Shane Doolin, Greg Crowley, Paul McDermott, Kevin O’Leary, Eoin O’Neill, Lloyd Colfer. Subs – Padraig McGoldrick for E. O’Neill 39th min; Ciaran McCallion for McDermott 41st min; Michael Mullins for Mulvey 51st min; Sean Kelly for Crowley 58th min; Tony Gaughan for S. Hannon 58th min.
Referee – Brian Tyrrell (Tipperary).