William Kennedy almost pulls off a late winner for his Sharks

WILLIAM Kennedy very nearly produced an intercept try and had another potential four-pointer denied in a performance that reflected Cronulla’s fortunes in Saturday’s Holden Cup semi-final.

SO CLOSE: William Kennedy, pictured in action for Cronulla last year, had his run with the Sharks in the 2016 Holden Cup come to an end last Saturday. His side lost in the semi-finals to the Roosters.

SO CLOSE: William Kennedy, pictured in action for Cronulla last year, had his run with the Sharks in the 2016 Holden Cup come to an end last Saturday. His side lost in the semi-finals to the Roosters.

The Bathurst league talent was fullback for the Cronulla outfit which went down 28-18 to the Roosters in the do-or-die match at GIO Stadium.

After being 22-6 down at half-time, the Sharks fought back to get within four points of the lead with 13 minutes left.

But the Roosters scored at 78th minute try to end the Sharks’ season.

After finishing the regular season in fourth spot, the Sharks went down fighting against minor premiers and title favourites Penrith in the first week of finals.

But they had a second chance to earn a spot in the preliminary final. In order to do that, Cronulla had to beat the Roosters.

Ultimately the Sharks fell short in that bid, but Kennedy still finished his maiden season in the Holden Cup competition with a solid performance.

The former St Pat’s junior appeared to have levelled scores in the 68th minute, but match officials ruled he had been held up over the line.

As the game entered the final five minutes Kennedy again gave the Sharks a moment of hope when he attempted to pull off an intercept. Unfortunately he was not able to hold on to ball.

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