Killoe concede gift goals but still too strong for Colmcille

Killoe concede gift goals but still too strong for Colmcille
Despite conceding a couple of gift goals in the first half, Killoe still proved too strong for Colmcille in the All County Football League Division 1 clash at McGee Park on Friday evening last.

Despite conceding a couple of gift goals in the first half, Killoe still proved too strong for Colmcille in the All County Football League Division 1 clash at McGee Park on Friday evening last.

Just three points separated the sides in the finish but Emmet Og won more convincingly than the final scoreline would appear to suggest with Michael Quinn giving his side a decisive edge at centrefield in this entertaining encounter.

And two other county players Mark Hughes and Sean McCormack also figured prominently in the Killoe attack, clocking up a total of nine points between them, while Daniel Mimnagh (with 0-2 to his credit) was also to the fore up front for the visitors.

Badly hit by injuries at the moment with key players Declan Reilly and Noel Farrell out of action, new Colmcille manager Danny Brady from Mullahoran fielded a lot of young players in what was a serious test for his inexperienced team but they done their best in the hope of springing a surprise.

Colmcille actually led by four points, 1-3 to 0-2, early on in the game when a mistake by Emmet Og defender Aidan Brady allowed Declan Farrell to race through for a goal in the 8th minute while the points in a promising start by the home side came from Gerard Mulligan, Barry McKeon and Paul McKeon.

Sean McCormack and Mark Hughes got the early scores for Killoe, who gradually got their act together to level matters by the 13th minute with McCormack shooting three points (two frees) while Michael Quinn was also on target.

But they then had a lucky escape when keeper Cillian Burns came to the rescue to make a point-blank save from a shot from Paul McKeon, the latter converting a free in the 16th minute to put Colmcille back in front.

However, Killoe were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute following a foul on Darragh Bennett and the same player planted the well struck kick into the back of the net. Then a point apiece from Daniel Mimnagh and Mark Hughes left Emmet Og leading by 1-8 to 1-4 before Colmcille battled back.

After a point from Paul McKeon (free), Declan Farrell snatched his second goal in the 28th minute when capitalising on a blunder by the Killoe keeper Cillian Burns who dropped the ball and the sides were all square again.

But Emmet Og replied immediately with a point from Daniel Mimnagh to hold a slender 1-9 to 2-5 lead at the break and the ding-dong battle continued when Paul McKeon fired over another free with four minutes gone on the changeover.

Sean McCormack (free) and Paul Treacy then exchanged scores before Killoe got back on top with further points from Paddy Kiernan and Mark Hughes, the latter clipping the crossbar with his shot in the 39th minute.

Paul McKeon and Killoe forward Denis McGoldrick then converted a free apiece before Michael Quinn landed a very good score in the 51st minute. Chances were then squandered by both sides before Mark Hughes, in the fading light, made victory safe for Emmet Og when shooting over the bar in the 59th minute to leave his side four points ahead.

There was still time for Colmcille to hit back with a score from Niall Farrelly but Killoe had consolidated a tight grip on the game to emerge worthy winners and remain in contention for the Division 1 league title.

COLMCILLE: Mark Kiernan; John McGee, Ciaran Brady, Padraig Murtagh; Martin Mulligan, Vinny Hourican, Cormac Hughes; Barry McKeon (0-1), Fergal Sheridan; Niall Brady, Niall Farrelly (0-1), Gerard Mulligan (0-1); Paul McKeon (0-5, four frees), Paul Treacy (0-1), Declan Farrell (2-0).

Sub:- Anthony Gormley for P Treacy (48 mins).

KILLOE EMMET OG: Cillian Burns; Cian Farrelly, Damien Bratten, Aidan Brady; Darragh Bennett (1-0, penalty), Joe McCormack, Shane Clarke; Michael Quinn (0-2), Paddy Kiernan (0-1); Denis McGoldrick (0-1, free), Daniel Mimnagh (0-2), Eugene Clarke; Terry McCormack, Sean McCormack (0-5, three frees), Mark Hughes (0-4).

Subs:- Ronan Keogh for A Brady (18 mins); Simon Kiernan for E Clarke (46 mins); Paddy Hughes for S Clarke (54 mins).

Referee: Michael Farrell

(Ballymahon).