Late John Keegan point earns
Mullinalaghta a draw against Killoe

Eugene Clarke on the ball for Killoe in evading the challenge of Mullinalaghta opponent Simon Cadam. Action from the Division 1 league game at the Laurels on Friday evening last. Photo: Declan Gilmore
A John Keegan point one minute from time earned Mullinalaghta St Columba’s a draw against Killoe in an entertaining Division 1 league game at the Laurels on Friday evening last.

A John Keegan point one minute from time earned Mullinalaghta St Columba’s a draw against Killoe in an entertaining Division 1 league game at the Laurels on Friday evening last.

In a repeat of last year’s county senior championship final, it looked like the result was going to be the same as last October with Emmet Og leading by five points at the break and very much in control but credit to St Columba’s who worked hard to get back into contention.

Barely one minute was gone in the game when Paddy Kiernan hit over the opening score. Shane Mulligan levelled for Mullinalaghta three minutes later and then Aidan McElligott edged the home side in front in the 5th minute.

A well struck ’45 from Michael Quinn and a good Shane Dowd point put Killoe back in front before a Jayson Matthews score left the sides all sqaure again in the 14th minute.

Ciaran Donohoe then had a great chance of a goal for Killoe but he shot wide. Declan Rowley’s charges then took a grip on the game and showed their dominance on the scoreboard. Michael Quinn hit over a point in the 23rd minute and further scores followed from Larry Moran (free), Mark Hughes (2) and Paddy Kiernan to leave the visitors leading by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time. Five minutes into the second half, Mullinalaghta closed the gap to two points when David McGivney was taken down in the square and Donie McElligott duly converted the penalty for a badly needed goal.

Paddy Kiernan then got his third point for Killoe in the 36th minute before David McGivney registered his first point for Mullinalaghta, who found themselves trailing again by five points in the 38th minute when Michael Quinn found the back of the net with a terrific shot.

Killoe netminder Cillian Burns then came to the rescue in pulling off a great save in the 40th minute to deny Gary Rogers before David McGivney followed up with a point two minutes later.

David McGivney’s third point came from a free and Mullinalaghta were now playing with confidence as they pressed for another goal which came in the 52nd minute when a high ball in was flicked to the net by Aidan McElligott. With the game now level, both sides went in search of scores in the bid to emerge victrious. A free from Mark Hughes gave Killoe the lead again in the 54th minute and wing back Shane Clarke then shot over the bar to put two points between the teams in the 57th minute.

But Gerry Lynn’s side didn’t give up and a Conor McElligott point cut the deficit to the minimum of margins in the 58th minute. Killoe had possession but lost it and John Keegan slotted the ball over the bar to earn Mullinalaghta a deserved draw.

MULLINALAGHTA ST COLUMBA’S: David O’Rourke; Luke Meehan, Paddy Fox, Simon Cadam; Bernard Donohoe, Donie McElligott (1-0), James Mooney; Shane Mulligan (0-1), John Keegan (0-1); Michael Cunningham, David McGivney (0-3, 1 free), David Donohoe; Gary Rogers, Aidan McElligott (1-1), Jayson Matthews (0-1).

Subs:- Conor McElligott (0-1) for D Donohoe (50 mins); Thomas McCabe for M Cunningham (53 mins).

KILLOE EMMET OG: Cillian Burns; Emmet Toher, Ronan Keogh, Liam Hughes; Shane Clarke (0-1), Cian Farrelly, Shane Dowd (0-1); Michael Quinn (1-2, 1’45), Ronan McGoldrick; Ciaran Donohoe, Eugene Clarke, Paddy Kiernan (0-3); Larry Moran (0-1, 1 free), Paul O’Hara, Mark Hughes (0-3, 2 frees).

Subs:- Aidan Brady for E Toher (38 mins); Terry McCormack for C Donohoe (48 mins).

Referee: Michael O’Brien (Longford Slashers).