An excellent first half display from Killoe set them on their way to a fine victory over Abbeylara in Round 4 of the Senior Football Championship at Maguire Park in Ballinalee on Sunday evening last.
The game was over as a contest at the break with the Young Emmets very much in control, leading by 2-7 to 0-5. Abbeylara introduced Niall Sheridan for the second half and although the full-forward scored a goal his side were unable to find a way of getting back into contention.
It must be said that Killoe looked good all over the field. The two sides must meet again in the quarter-finals and on this evidence Abbeylara are facing a difficult task in their quest to qualify for the last four.
It was an even opening quarter with the sides level on three occasions. Robbie Smyth got all of Abbeylara’s three points (one free) while Sean McCormack (two frees) and Eugene Clarke were on target for the Young Emmets.
Killoe took the lead for the first time in the 17th minute with a nice point from Sean McCormack. One minute later Daniel Mimnagh got their opening goal and from there on they began to assert their superiority.
Another free from Sean McCormack put his side ahead by five points in the 19th minute before Sean Murphy pointed for Abbey two minutes later. Eugene Clarke restored the comfortable advantage when on target in the 23rd minute and then Sean McCormack scored an excellent goal to stretch the lead to eight points. The county star tagged on another free one minute later and a free from Jason Kelly just before the break was Abbeylara’s only reply in a 10 minute spell.
Killoe didn’t let up with the scoring in the second half and they added three more points to their tally inside the opening five minutes through Mark Hughes (two) and Eugene Clarke with neat scores.
The introduction of Niall Sheridan was always going to be a threat for Abbeylara and in the 36th minute he did what he usually does; caught a high-ball, held off the challenge of three players and stuck the ball in the back of the net.
But this failed to inspire Abbey and instead Killoe responded with two scores through Sean McCormack (free) and Daniel Minmagh to leave them 10 points ahead with just nine minutes of the second half played.
Niall Sheridan played the ball into Jason Kelly in the 40th minute and he fired over Abbey’s sixth point but the Young Emmets hit back again through a Sean McCormack (free) and a fisted Mark Hughes effort.
Robbie Smyth scored a nice point in the 41st minute before the impressive Killoe wing-back Shane Dowd got his name on the scoresheet. Robbie got his fifth point of the game in the 55th minute before the Young Emmets finished off their scoring with points from Eugene Clarke and Joe McCormack.
Killoe keeper Steve Coy made a good save to deny Niall Sheridan a second goal in the 60th minute and right before the final whistle Robbie Smyth was on target again in firing over a consolation point. KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Steve Coy; Darragh Bennett, Daniel Keogh, Ronan Keogh; Shane Dowd (0-1), Padraig McCormack, Paddy Hughes; Joe McCormack (0-1), Paddy Thompson; Michael Quinn, Ronan McGoldrick, Eugene Clarke (0-4); Daniel Mimnagh (1-1), Mark Hughes (0-3), Sean McCormack (1-7, five frees). Sub:- Mark Quinn for Michael Quinn (54 mins). ABBEYLARA: Damien O’Connor; Michael McHugh, Fergal Battrim, Cormac Smyth; Shane Mahon, Colm P Smyth, James McEntire; Arthur O’Connor, Derek Smyth; Jason Kelly (0-2, one free), William Crawford, Brian Smyth; Sean Murphy (0-1), Eamonn Gallagher, Robbie Smyth (0-6, one free). Subs:- Niall Sheridan (1-0) for W Crawford (half-time); Colm Dalton for S Mahon (44 mins); Anthony McBrien for B Smyth (48 mins). Referee: Derek Fahy (Ballymore).