Killashee hold out to beat Moydow by a single point

Enda McPartland on the ball for Killashee St. Brigid's against Moydow Harpers in the Intermediate Football Championship Round 1 clash at the Clonbonny grounds on Saturday evening last. Photo: Kevin Leavy/Declan Gilmore Photography
Moydow, who have yet to collect a point in the Division 2 League this season, improved greatly in the Intermediate Championship clash against St. Brigid’s at the Clonbonny grounds in Lanesboro on Saturday evening last.

Moydow, who have yet to collect a point in the Division 2 League this season, improved greatly in the Intermediate Championship clash against St. Brigid’s at the Clonbonny grounds in Lanesboro on Saturday evening last.

The Harpers lowly league status counted for nothing on this occasion when they ran Killashee to a single point in an entertaining game and at the end they were pushing hard for the equaliser to snatch a draw.

In truth, St. Brigid’s should not have allowed this happen as they were the better team throughout the 60 minutes but the never-say-die attitude of Moydow ensured that they would be in contention right to the end. The Harpers were helped by two goals at times when the game appeared to be slipping away from them.

An early goal for St. Brigid’s by Enda McKiernan in the 4th minute in reply to Mark Quinn first minute point was the single difference at the half-time break when Killashee led by 1-5 to 0-5.

St. Brigid’s kept trying to establish a firm grip on the game but were met with stubborn defending from Moydow, allied to some bad shot selections by the eventual winners. Killashee’s Johnny Casey was the shining light in the first half.

St. Brigid’s opened the second half with a flourish, scoring four points without reply and putting some daylight between the sides but Moydow refused to lie down and struck back with two points.

In the 49th minute there was five points between the sides and Killashee were in control but a wonderful long pass from Mark Quinn to Conor Keenan spilt the Killashee defence wide open; a deft pass to Paul Stuart and the ball was in the Killashee net.

St. Brigid’s response was instant and they tacked on two more points to stretch their lead out to four points before Cathal Hilliard pounced for Moydow’s second goal, leaving just one point between the sides.

Both sides exchanged points before the end and despite this slender victory, Killashee have a good mixture of youth and experience and with better shooting they would have clocked up a greater scoreline.

Moydow have spirit and determination and no shortage of football ability and the confidence boost from this fine performance will bring them on a lot.

KILLASHEE ST. BRIGID’S: P. Farrell; E. McPartland, G. Evans (0-1), M. Magan; S. Cosgrove (0-1), K. Cox, D. Cosgrove; O. Campbell, E. Skelly; W. Skelly (0-3), J. Casey (0-3), M. Rossiter; F. Dolan (0-4), E. McKiernan (1-1), J. Willis.

Sub:- P. Shanley (0-1) for O. Campbell.

MOYDOW HARPERS: T. Hoban; C. Costello, G. Farrell, F. Twaddle; S. Farrell, D. Tiernan, L. Costello; K. Farrell, N. Keenan; F. Keenan, M. Quinn (0-5), J. Doyle; G. Slevin (0-1), P. Stuart (1-2), R. Mac an Bheatha.

Subs:- C. Hilliard (1-1) for G. Slevin; C. Keenan (0-1) for J. Doyle; B. Conway for R. Mac an Bheatha.

Referee: F. Toher

(Killoe Emmet Óg).