A blistering third quarter blast from St Kevins has seen them shake off a determined Old Scotch outfit at TH King this afternoon. In a game that was tight for a half, SKOB came out after half time and put their foot down and power away kicking 5 unanswered goalis to finish the third term and snuff out the challenge from Old Scotch.
The predicted thunder and rain held off for three quarters and the match was played in pretty good conditions. Both teams enjoying moments of ascendancy throughout the first half and there was never more than a goal separating the two teams. A nice long bomb from Ned Reeves late in the first term saw the home side to a slight advantage at the first break.
The second quarter was similar to the first and as the term drew to a close SKOB were stretching out to an 8 point buffer before a late error let Scotch in for a goal and at half time there was only 2 points the difference and it was very much game on.
The home supporters were getting restless as SKOB were looking good in patches but unable to string together back to back goals. This all changed at the half way point in the third term when SKOB took control. Stephen Gilham in his second game back from injury went forward and gave SKOB a strong target to kick to. Matt Murphy kicked a nice goal, then Gerard Gleeson finished off a superb solo effort banging one through from distance to assert the home team’s authority.
At the final change, SKOB were well in control and looking to consolidate, but Old Scotch fought it out to the end and once the heavens opened up and rain and hail started belting down, the match became a slippery and low scoring affair. With the mercy rule about to be applied - for players and spectators alike - the final siren sounded with the ground shrouded in a cloak of virtual darkness.
For the home team, Henry Parkes kicked 3 goals whilst Reeves and Corboy kicked two each amongst a number of SKOB players who were able to hit the scoreboard. The defence held up magnificently all day with Conor Ross, Lachie Farrugia and Billy Coates all starring. Ethan Phillips was named best for his four quarter effort. The win means that SKOB have all but sewn up a double chance for the finals, but face a stern challenge again next week against third placed Old Brighton away.
Old Scotch 8.11.59
In the early game - SKOB reserves had a good win over Old Scotch - 63 to 53 - to round out a successful day for the Club and the hardy supporters who were in healthy numbers