Barry McKeon scores 2-6 as Colmcille prove too strong for Granard

Barry McKeon on the attack for Colmcille in evading the challenge of Granard defender Brian Sheridan.  Action from the Senior Football Championship Round 1 game at Emmet Park, Killoe on Saturday evening last. Photo: Declan Gilmore Photography
Colmcille forward Barry McKeon produced a terrific performance, scoring 2-6, as his side proved too strong for Granard in the Senior Football Championship first round game at Emmet Park, Killoe on Saturday evening last.

Colmcille forward Barry McKeon produced a terrific performance, scoring 2-6, as his side proved too strong for Granard in the Senior Football Championship first round game at Emmet Park, Killoe on Saturday evening last.

McKeon was in superb form in the Colmcille attack while Podge Murtagh in the defence was solid and he even chipped in with a point in the first half of this rather one-sided encounter.

Granard struggled throughout and made too many mistakes which Colmcille duly punished. After a poor first half, changes were made at the break but after starting the second half brightly St. Mary’s faded out of the game as Colmcille got vital scores.

It was Granard who opened the scoring inside the first minute with a pointed free from Derek Sheridan. Colmcille replied with points from Barry McKeon, Declan Reilly and Paul McKeon (free) before a Stephen Lynch free cut the lead to one in the 10th minute.

Granard created a goal chance in the 17th minute but Timmy Jackson’s effort was cleared off the line. Colmcille went up the field and scored a fine point through Podge Murtagh.

Despite having chances Granard’s finishing was poor and they kicked a number of wides, in contrast Colmcille got scores from nearly all their attacks. Four fantastic points from Barry McKeon, including a long range free, pushed them ahead by six by the 24th minute. Liam Sullivan replied for Granard before they wasted another goal chance in the 28th minute. St. Mary’s were to rue that miss because down the other end Barry McKeon grabbed Colmcille’s first goal. His second goal came minutes later but it was controversial because Colmcille had 16 players on the field; substitute Vinny Hourican was on the pitch before Niall Brady went off.

Points were exchanged between Liam Sullivan and Barry McKeon as Colmcille led by 11 points at the break, 2-9 to 0-4. Granard knew they needed a good start to the second half and seconds in they were awarded a penalty after Noel Farrell brought down Liam Sullivan and the Colmcille defender got a black card for the foul. Stephen Lynch duly converted the penalty for a goal and then a Derek Sheridan free and a ’45 from Lynch cut the gap to six by the 37th minute before they missed a few chances.

Two Paul McKeon frees steadied Colmcille midway through the second half. Declan Farrell (two) and a fine Declan Reilly score put them ahead by 11 five minutes from time. Timmy Jackson had a goal chance for Granard in the 56th minute that was deflected out and Stephen Lynch pointed the ’45.

Colmcille then had another goal chance when Paul McKeon had a shot stopped on the line by Mark Tully before Darren Gallagher got the last score of the game in stoppage time as Granard crashed to a disappointing defeat.

COLMCILLE: Mark Kiernan; Podge Murtagh (0-1), Ciaran Brady, Noel Farrell; Declan Reilly (0-2), Martin Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan; Niall Brady, Fergal Sheridan; Anthony Gormley, Declan Farrell (0-2), Niall Farley; Paul Tracey, Paul McKeon (0-3, 3f), Barry McKeon (2-6, 1f).

Subs:- Vinny Hourican for N Brady (30 mins); John Paul Reilly for N Farrell (black card, 31 mins); Darren Mulligan for A Gormley (42 mins); Cormac Hughes for N Farley (56 mins).

ST. MARY’S GRANARD: Gary Carroll; Jody Connolly, Thomas Gallagher, Vinny Nally; Brian Sheridan, Alan Neilon, Stephen Lynch (1-3, 1f, 2 ‘45, goal from penalty); Charlie Martin, Fergus Kelly; Darren Gallagher (0-1), Eoin Higgins, Paul Smyth; Liam Sullivan (0-2), Timmy Jackson, Derek Sheridan (0-2, 2f).

Subs:- Declan Murphy for A Neilon (injured, 8 mins); Liam O’Rourke for F Kelly (half-time); David Blessington for E Higgins (half-time); Conor Mallon for L Sullivan (injured, 40 mins); Thomas Devaney for V Nally (49 mins); Mark Tully for B Sheridan (56 mins).

Referee: John Hughes

(Killoe Emmet Og).