Bective took a drubbing from a determined Rathkenny outfit in this second round championship match in Kilmainham on a beautiful Saturday evening. Bective enjoyed a reasonable share of the play but early ball in was mopped up by a tight and fast Rathkenny defence. Rathkenny were far more efficient and put the Bective defence, without centre back Ciaran Reilly (pulled muscle in warm up) under pressure and recorded 3 points from free kicks and a point from play by the 10th minute.
Bective’s goalmouth was already under siege and Conor Reilly made a fine save from a close in shot. However he could not keep the next attack out and Rathkenny goaled on the 12th minute.
They added a point on 14 minutes and Reilly could only parry a shot which Rathkenny again finished to the net on 15 minutes. Bective worked hard to manage the ball and create openings but found their passes intercepted on a number of occasions due to the physical intensity and speed that Rathkenny brought to the game.
Bective introduced Robbie Coogan and Mark Dowdall, and continued to fight to stay in the game but missed a couple of long range free kicks to get on the score board. Rathkenny, bringing their A game and experience in the senior ranks, attacked with numbers and continued to find openings to score a further 5 points before half time.
Bective started the second half well with a fine point from play from Marty Mulhall, and a good attack with Sean Keating been fouled but the free kick went wide on 2 minutes.
Neil Dowdall and Colin O’Rourke, and later Ben Clarke, were brought on as replacements but Bective still struggled to convert limited opportunituntil corner back Jack Clarke fired a good point. Cathal Mc Connell, ever lively, burst through but his shot was deflected wide, and Mulhall pointed on 12 minutes.
Bective could not be faulted for not trying and all carried their share of defensive and attacking play with Donagh Garvey, in particular, willing to surge forward at every opportunity. Midfielder Ciaran Mc Connell worked hard through-out, and especially tracking back to close down attacks, surged forward but was grounded heavily and Mulhall pointed the resulting free kick.
Rathkenny kept their high energy game up and added a further 7 points in the second half and were guilty of missing a few more. Two more points from Mulhall and a fine long range point from Midfielder Paul Lyness completed the Bective scoring on 35 minutes and concluded a hard day at the office.