Killoe end 32 year U-21 drought in style

Most of the damage was done in the first half as Killoe scored a comfortable win over Fr. Manning Gaels in the U-21 ‘A’ Football Championship Final played in front of a few hundred spectators at Pearse Park on Sunday last and from the moment Padraig Mc Cormack fired home a well-taken goal in the 16th minute the Young Emmets never looked like relinquishing their tight grip on a coveted title they last captured way back in 1979.

Most of the damage was done in the first half as Killoe scored a comfortable win over Fr. Manning Gaels in the U-21 ‘A’ Football Championship Final played in front of a few hundred spectators at Pearse Park on Sunday last and from the moment Padraig Mc Cormack fired home a well-taken goal in the 16th minute the Young Emmets never looked like relinquishing their tight grip on a coveted title they last captured way back in 1979.

This was only their second ever triumph in this competition and having enjoyed a lot of success at under-age level in recent years the future certainly looks bright for the Killoe club. With the advantage of the significant wind in the first half, the Young Emmets had built up a commanding 1-6 to 0-0 lead by the 24th minute and while the Gaels tried hard to get back into contention they were fighting a losing battle against a better team.

KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Michael Brady; David Kiernan, Daniel Keogh, Cian Farrelly; Ronan Keogh, Darragh Bennett (0-1), Paddy Hughes (0-1); Simon Kiernan, Michael Quinn (0-2, one free); Paddy Thompson, Padraig McCormack (1-1), Padraig O’Reilly; Shane Clarke, Mark Hughes (1-3), Daniel Mimnagh.

Subs:- Ronan McGoldrick (0-1) for P Thompson (41 mins); P Thompson for S Kiernan (47 mins).

FR. MANNING GAELS: Paddy Collum; Gabriel Higgins, Aaron Quinn, Brian Collum; Robbie Rehill, Fergal Reilly, Emmet Noonan; Sean Whelan, Kevin Whelan (0-1); Darren Farrelly (0-3), Padraig Gill (0-3, one free), Diarmuid Cooney; Pete Collum (0-1, free), Aidan Gray, James Noonan.

Subs:- Gary Connell for Pete Columb (23 mins); Pete Collum for A Gray (40 mins); Francis Mollaghan for G Higgins (51 mins).

Referee: Aidan Dowler (Moydow Harpers).

To read the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.