Senior Football Championship Round 2
Fulham Irish 0-18 Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-6
On a drizzly afternoon at Greenford, Fulham Irish kept their championship crusade alive in an entertaining game that was do or die for both teams, both having lost their first round outings.
Fulham were quickest out of the blocks notching four points in the first 12 minutes, two from Michael Murphy and one each for Peadar Friel and Lorcan Mulvey.
Having struggled in the early stages, KKG hit a rapid fire 1-1 in the 13 and 14th minute, the goal from Ronan O’Boyle and point from the impressive Rory Mason, to get right back into the game.
Fulham’s forward unit were operating very cohesively and added further points from Martin Hughes, Murphy, Mulvey and a fine individual effort from Dave O’Connor after an incisive run through the KKG defence.
KKG pulled back another point in the 23rd minute, a spectacular long range effort from Mason.
Friel and Joe MacMahon added further points for Fulham Irish before Mulvey and Mason exchanged points on the stroke of half time to leave it 0-11 to 1-6 in Fulham’s favour.
The half time break disrupted Fulham’s rhythm and they struggled to find their feet in the early part of the second half.
KKG worked hard and pressed the Fulham defence making if difficult to create a platform for attacks.
Timmy O’Sullivan and Mason (2) added further points to a solitary reply from Hughes to leave the score at 0-12 to 1-6 with 10 minutes remaining. Fulham Irish had squandered a number of good scoring chances in this period.
However, the effort expended by KKG was taking its toll and Fulham hit a quickfire brace of points from Friel and Liam Turley.
A further point from Hughes when he expertly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper and two late frees from Murphy gave Fulham the cushion to close out the game.
A good performance in tricky conditions, with Michael Murphy, Lorcan Mulvey and Dave O’Connor enjoying the hour for Fulham and Rory Mason the leading light for KKG.
Plenty to build on for Round 3 v Parnells where a win will ensure qualification for the Semi Finals.
Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, T Byrne, H Dockry, C Foley, J Gilfedder, R Morgan, J Boyce, M Murphy, S O’Sullivan (L Turley), L Mulvey, D O’Connor, A Hickey, P Friel (J McNelis), M Hughes (C Carroll), J MacMahon