Cooke hits points trail in steering Moycullen to victory

Moycullen's Seán Bradshaw eyes up his options against Killannin's Gerard Heffernan during Saturday's senior football championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Moycullen's Seán Bradshaw eyes up his options against Killannin's Gerard Heffernan during Saturday's senior football championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Moycullen 1-11

Killannin 0-13

MOYCULLEN recovered from a sloppy opening half display in front of the posts to edge out neighbours Killannin by the minimum and exact a measure of revenge for their 2014 county intermediate final defeat, at Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening.

After a poor opening half display where they registered 12 wides, Paul Clancy’s outfit upped it immensely after the break outscoring Killannin by 1-8 to 0-6 only adding one further wide in the process. Killannin made the most of the scoring opportunites they created all day, but found their scores that bit harder to come across against a defence anchored by Seán and Gareth Bradshaw.

Conor Bohan’s 34th minute penalty proved the decisive score in a second half where Killannin just couldn’t engineer enough scoring opportunities to hold off the Moycullen fightback. Peter Cooke, having tallied four wides in succession at one stage in the first half, eventually found his range and once he did, the Galway U-21 star went on to shoot the lights out, finishing with a fine personal tally of 0-7.

After eight minutes, few could have envisaged Moycullen’s first half struggle when they led 0-3 to 0-2. They opened brightly with Phillip Lydon getting them on the score sheet after only 24 seconds. Cathal Sweeney then played a one-two with his brother Patrick, before levelling the sides but Lydon gave Moycullen the lead again, after some neat interplay with Cooke, when Lydon intercepted a Shane Sheridan kickout.

It was a real back and forth tie for the opening quarter. Enda Kelly levelled proceedings from a free and tied the sides up for the third time minutes later after Cooke drove over a brilliant score off the outside of his boot from 45 yards out.

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