Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship – Round 1
Killashee St. Brigid’s . . . . 0 – 9 Forgney St. Munis . . . . 1 – 4
Killashee struggled to beat Forgney by the narrow margin of two points in atrocious wet and windy conditions in the Intermediate Football Championship Round 1 clash at Devine Park, Mostrim on Saturday evening last.
St. Brigid’s had the advantage of the elements in the first half and got off to a good start with points from Francis Dolan, Darren Reilly (2) and Ronan Skelly to lead by 0-4 to 0-1 after 13 minutes of play with Mike Lloyd (free) on target for St. Munis.
That was the way it remained until the break as Killashee failed to register another score in the first half and were guilty of some poor finishing which included a couple of goal chances. But St. Brigid’s made a bright start to the second half with a point apiece from the Skelly brothers Emmet and Willie and in between Mike Lloyd fired over a free for Forgney who now trailed by 0-6 to 0-2.
St. Munis were thrown a lifeline in the 39th minute when a long ball in from Philip Quinn was spilled by Killashee keeper Pat Farrell and the inrushing Barry O’Toole scored a goal to leave just the minimum of margins separating the sides.
Although St. Brigid’s regained the upper hand with further points from Francis Dolan and Willie Skelly, Forgney hit back with a brace of scores through Mike Lloyd (free) and Dave O’Sullivan (the latter shooting over the bar in the 57th minute) to ensure a tight and tense finish.
The pressure was eased on Killashee when Ger Evans landed a point in stoppage time but they will have to improve if they hope to reach the semi-finals while St. Munis are facing a real uphill battle to survive in the Intermediate Championship.