Killoe Emmet Og made it three wins from three games in the league stage of the Senior Football Championship when they had 10 points to spare over Ballymahon at Devine Park, Mostrim on Sunday last.
Killoe were in control from start to finish despite the best efforts of a committed Ballymahon outfit. The big difference between the sides was the forward line; Emmet Og had a number of scorers while Ballymahon had just two and got just one score from play, that was Kevin Diffley’s goal in the 49th minute. Colm Flynn was deadly accurate with frees, firing over nine points.
In a game played in dreadful conditions, swirling wind and rain, it was Killoe who registered the first score in the 2nd minute; a pointed free from Denis McGoldrick. Colm Flynn replied with a free for Ballymahon two minutes later before Sean McCormack put his side back in front in the 11th minute when converting a free.
A lovely point from Larry Moran was followed by a Sean McCormack free before Colm Flynn got his side’s second point in the 15th minute. Killoe then took a grip on the game. A fine point from Sean McCormack was followed by their first goal in the 19th minute; Cian Farrelly played in Mark Hughes who found the back of the net with a low shot.
Hughes added a point one minute later and frees from Sean McCormack and Denis McGoldrick put Killoe ahead by nine by the 24th minute. Ballymahon found it hard to get back into the game but two frees from Colm Flynn cut the gap to seven by the 27th minute before another McCormack free gave Killoe a 1-9 to 0-4 lead going in at the break.
Flynn was on target from another free in the first minute of the second half but Killoe replied with a lovely point from the impressive Larry Moran. Flynn then fired over two more frees as Ballymahon cut the gap to six by the 36th minute.
Killoe hit back again with Denis McGoldrick landing over another free and Larry Moran getting his third point of the game in the 42nd minute. Points were then traded between Colm Flynn (free) and substitute Daniel Mimnagh before Ballymahon came within four points of Killoe.
In the 48th minute Flynn pointed his ninth free and then one minute later they got a goal; a lovely ball in from Mark Connor found Kevin Diffley and he made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
But instead of helping Ballymahon get back into the game, it only spurred on Killoe and they showed their quality in the final 10 minutes in leaving their opponents scoreless until the finish.
Larry Moran got his fourth point in the 50th minute before another substitute made a telling contribution; Ronan McGoldrick with a fine point and he then followed it up with a goal to stretch his side’s advantage to nine points by the 54th minute.
Another Sean McCormack point, his sixth in the game, brought the scoring to a close and unbeaten Killoe go into the quarter-finals in this year’s Senior Championship in good shape.
KILLOE EMMET OG: Stephen Coy; Cian Farrelly, Darragh Bennett, Aidan Brady; Shane Dowd, Damien Bratten, Paddy Hughes; Paddy Thompson, Paddy Kiernan; Denis McGoldrick (0-3, 3 frees), Larry Moran (0-4), Eugene Clarke; Terry McCormack, Sean McCormack (0-6, 3 frees), Mark Hughes (1-1).
Subs:- Simon Kiernan for P Kiernan (half-time); Ronan McGoldrick (1-1) for T McCormack (half-time); Daniel Mimnagh (0-1) for A Brady (41 mins); Shane Clarke for P Hughes (58 mins); Liam Hughes for D McGoldrick (58 mins).
BALLYMAHON: Eddie Noonan; Sean McMullen, Ken Lovell, Graham Forbes; Matthew Daly, James Kenny, Emmet Finn; Cian Cooney, John Nevin; Kevin Diffley (1-0), Kyle Fitzmaurice, Colm Flynn (0-9, 9 frees); Mark Connor, Thomas Lennon, Thomas Mulvihill.
Subs:- Edwin Nally for T Mulvihill (half-time); John Reid for K Fitzmaurice (37 mins).
Referee: Tony Gaffney (Mostrim).