A first half goal from Andy Kelly proved to be the difference as Mostrim won the Junior Football Championship title for the first since 2007 after scoring a surprise win over the firm favourites Killoe in the ‘A’ final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last.
It was a deserved win for Mostrim but it could have been so different as Emmet Og almost snatched a last gasp goal deep into stoppage time. Ciaran Keogh shot against the crossbar but it would have been rough justice had Mostrim ended up losing. It was in the fifth minute of additional time when only two were allotted and Keogh was lucky not to receive a black card just before he had that goal attempt.
Mostrim got their gameplan just right and their more experienced players proved to be real leaders; Padraig Jones, Jack Lynn, John Coyle and Ray Hussey.
It was Hussey who was involved in Mostrim’s opening two points; he set John Skelly up for the first score in the 3rd minute and then followed up with a point of his own.
Seamus McCormack and Darren Kelly drew Killoe level by the 8th minute before David McCarthy edged them ahead minutes later. Their lead didn’t last long and in the 19th minute Andy Kelly grabbed a goal for Mostrim to put them in front by two and it was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Mostrim then tagged on five points in a row to extend their advantage to seven approaching the break. Killoe were in desperate need of a score and just before half-time Seamus McCormack hit over a free as they trailed by 1-7 to 0-4.
Killoe started the second half very well with Paddy Hughes and David McCarthy (’45) hitting over early points to cut the gap to four points before Andy Kelly replied with a pointed free for Mostrim.
In the 39th minute Killoe should have scored a goal as after a mix-up in the Mostrim defence Emmet Og had three chances to put the ball into the net but failed on each occasion.
Mostrim defender Shane Sheridan got up to hit over an excellent point in the 43rd minute and Andy Kelly followed up with a point to put seven between them again by the 48th minute. But that was to be Mostrim’s final score as Killoe staged a comeback in the closing stages of the game.
Substitute Shane Mahon fired over a point in the 49th minute and David McCarthy then followed up with a free. The same player went for goal shortly after but John Gaffney put in a terrific block to deny him.
In the tense and exciting final few minutes Mostrim’s Daniel Connell received a black card as Killoe closed the gap to just two points. Then in the last attack of the game Ciaran Keogh burst through in his attempt to score a dramatic winning goal but his shot came back off the crossbar as Mostrim held out for a fine success.
MOSTRIM: John Gilchrist; Shane Sheridan (0-1), Barry Noonan, John Gaffney; John Mulhern, Padraig Jones, Daniel Connell; Sean Noonan (0-1), Jack Lynn; John Coyle, John Cullen (0-1), Aiden Sheridan (0-1); John Skelly (0-1), Ray Hussey (0-3, 2 frees), Andy Kelly (1-2, 1 free).
Subs:- Cathal Victory for R Hussey (55 mins); Thomas Doyle for J Skelly (55 mins).
KILLOE EMMET OG: Michéal Hughes; Paul Mollaghan, Ciaran Keogh, Ger Carberry; Padraig O’Reilly, Paddy Hughes (0-1), Thomas Brady; David Kiernan, Ryan Moffett; Shane Tully, Darren Kelly (0-1), Seamus McCormack (0-3, 1 free); David Mimnagh, John Conlon, David McCarthy (0-3, 2f, 1 ‘45).
Subs:- Shane Mahon (0-2) for P O’Reilly (23 mins); John Kiernan for D Kelly (37 mins); Franklin O’Reilly for T Brady (42 mins); Sean Maguire (0-1) for S Tully (45 mins).
Referee: Hugh O’Kane