A gutsy Ballymahon display was not enough to deal with the power of the reigning county champions Killoe in Round 3 of the Senior Football Championship at the Monaduff grounds, Drumlish on Saturday evening last.
This was a tough encounter and Ballymahon kept within touching distance of Emmet Og for most of the game, but the old adage that goals win games proved to be the decisive factor in the end.
Tommy McCormack’s charges may have kicked eight wides in the second half but the eight names on the overall Emmet Og scoresheet meant that they could afford to squander those chances on this occasion.
Ballymahon’s Mark Lennon opened the scoring and for the first fifteen minutes the scorekeeper was kept busy. In that time Denis McGoldrick notched up three points for Killoe and Sean McCormack converted a free while Colm Flynn fired over two frees for Ballymahon.
Two on the trot followed for Emmet Og through Shane Dowd and Eugene Clarke but Dessie Dolan’s side responded with scores from Alan Hudson and Flynn. With five minutes left in the first half Sean McCormack opened up space for Daniel Mimnagh who was not found wanting as he left Ballymahon keeper Thomas Lennon with no chance in planting the ball in the roof of the net.
Colm Flynn and Sean McCormack added on a point apiece before the break to leave it 1-7 to 0-7 in favour of Killoe.
Even though Ballymahon put in a good effort in the second half it was not enough. Scores from Flynn and Hudson pegged it back to one, but Killoe steadily kept the scoreboard ticking over before they added a second goal as the killer blow was struck.
As Ballymahon looked for the goal that they needed to give them a lifeline in the last ten minutes, they left themselves more open at the back.
With seven minutes to play a movement the length of the field involving Shane Dowd, Paddy Kiernan and Michael Quinn was finished to the net by Sean McCormack and Killoe ran out comfortable winners by eight points.
KILLOE: Cillian Burns; Ronan Keogh, Daniel Keogh, Cian Farrelly; Shane Dowd (0-2), Joe McCormack, Paddy Hughes; Paddy Thompson, Simon Kiernan; Denis McGoldrick (0-4), Ronan McGoldrick, Daniel Mimnagh (1-0); Eugene Clarke (0-1), Mark Hughes (0-2), Sean McCormack (1-3, one free).
Subs used:- Michael Quinn, Paddy Kiernan (0-1), Padraig McCormack (0-1).
BALLYMAHON: Thomas Lennon; Eddie Noonan, Ken Lovell, Gareth Murtagh; Matthew Daly, Kevin Diffley, Emmet Finn; Cian Cooney, Mark Lennon (0-1); Alan Hudson (0-2), James Farrell, Mark Connor (0-3); John Deane, Colm Flynn (0-5), John Reid (0-1).
Referee: Stephen Tierney (Mostrim).