Ederney hitting their stride


Paul McCusker hopes for a point as Niall Bogue clips the ball.  DP53

Paul McCusker hopes for a point as Niall Bogue clips the ball. DP53



AFTER a somewhat indifferent start to their season, Ederney appear to be now getting into the flow of things and they finished well clear of visitors Kinawley.

The scoreline shows an emphatic Ederney success and indeed it was so but Kinawley were to be in this game with a reasonable chance until well into the second half.

At the break there was just a three points gap separating the sides and for some time after the resumption, though Ederney did begin to put more daylight between the teams, Kinawley were not totally without hope as they crept back with a couple of points from Shaun Doherty.

But the Kinawley challenge which had begun to look frayed was to be killed off with the second Ederney goal and over the final quarter there was no doubt as to which side was the dominant one.

In  essence it was the two Ederney goals which scuppered the Kinawley challenge and they came at crucial junctures.

Kinawley had opened the contest breezily enough and they had some bright forward play over the opening ten minutes with points supplied by Shaun Doherty, Brian Melanophy and Sean Hussey to ease them into a narrow lead.

But before they could build further on that they found their lead eroded as Ederney’s Enda Ferris rapped in the first of his side’s two goals and that score signalled a fluent spell of pressure for the  rejuvenated home side.

They raided their way through for a string of points,  Chris Snow, Martin McGrath leading the upsurge for them and Kinawley were in danger of being swamped. But Kinawley were to be thrown a lifeline close to the interval as they snapped up a goal in reply.

A ball was hoofed into the Ederney goal area, Sean Leonard managed to touch it down and StephenMcTaggart was on hand to ram home his opportunity.

Ederney resumed the second half once more on the ascendancy and they pushed out well ahead with points coming from Paul and Declan McCusker and they were now looking well in control of matters.

Kinawley temporarily stalled the Ederney charge with a couple of points from Shaun Doherty but any hopes of making a full scale comeback were knocked on the head by the second Ederney goal.

An overlapping fluent movement brought the ball smoothly forward and  Paul McCusker was on hand to finish off.

Ederney now in full throttle and they finished off the wilting opposition with scores from a clutch of players.

For Ederney, Declan McCusker had a fine game roving in several positions, Martin McGrath laid the foundations in the middle of the park and Chris Snow was strong up front.

For Kinawley,  Niall Bogue and Barry McManus were best in a defence which had a fair amount of business to deal with and Brian Melanophy was promising in the half forward line.


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