Maguire Park, Ballinalee was the setting for this Senior Football Championship Group 3 clash on Sunday last and which was won by a well drilled Killoe side who got the better of Mostrim in difficult wet and windy conditions.
While the final scoreline suggests a close encounter, the Young Emmets were unquestionably the better team. Two second half goals courtesy of Cillian Lynn and Brian Farrell were the fulcrum upon which Mostrim’s blushes were hinged from a complete capitulation.
Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Group 3 - Round 1 - Killoe 0-13, Mostrim 2-4
The first half belonged to Killoe with individuals excelling in all regions of the field and a strong system of support to complement their arduous work rate. Tussles for possession were tenaciously fought in the opening stages but greasy weather conditions were a factor in some poor handling which both sides were guilty of.
The Young Emmets first score should have been a goal. Sean McCormack’s menacing footwork saw his shot ricochet back into play when the ball should have been sitting in the net. But they only had to wait another minute though to chisel out a score. After a rash of some ferocious attacking play, Killoe were awarded a free. McCormack, who clocked up a total of six points, catapulted the ball into the gale which carried it sweetly over the bar.
Mostrim did retaliate with a few advances in search of scores but the Killoe defence was solid and steady. This was best exemplified in the 16th minute when Mostrim launched an attack inducing the services of at least seven different players but Killoe’s discipline prevailed and the ending shot was mis-directed.
This was followed by two more squandered chances in the 18th and 19th minutes, making their wide count an issue of frustration. Their efforts could only yield three points in the first half with the scores coming from Cillian Lynn, David Morgan and Shane Kiernan.
The resourceful Killoe forward Eugene Clarke provided the pinnacle score of the game in the 23rd minute. From the kick-out Killoe gobbled up possession and Denis McGoldrick fed Clarke who pivoted on landing to send his shot between the posts. Killoe finished out the first half the dominant side with another McCormack free in the 29th minute leaving them ahead by three points at the break, 0-6 to 0-3.
With less than a minute gone on the changeover Killoe scored again – Sean McCormack converting a free. But Mostrim would not collapse entirely. The subsequent ten minute burst was all Mostrim and they will regret not converting a lot of that positive play into scores.
The Edgeworthstown side however grafted out a goal in the 37th minute when Brian Farrell supplied the pass and Cillian Lynn completed the move in finishing the ball to the net. But the resilience of players like Padraig McCormack and Daniel Keogh keep Killoe in front.
The Young Emmets could also have tasted the nectar of a goal two minutes later when the hardworking Mark Hughes watched his shot deflect off the post. But Killoe ended up scoring a total of seven points in the second half and by the 53rd minute, the contest had virtually ended with wing back David Kiernan registering a well taken score.
Killoe then added some fresh legs to proceedings as substitutes Joe McCormack, Francis Brady and Mark Quinn were brought on and while Brian Farrell struck to score a late goal for Mostrim to give his side a glimmer of hope, the Young Emmets had already done enough to secure a vital victory.
KILLOE: Stephen Coy; Michael Connell, Daniel Keogh, Colm Devaney; David Kiernan (0-1), Shane Dowd, Padraig McCormack; Simon Kiernan, Darragh Bennett; Thomas Reilly, Mark Hughes (0-2), Denis McGoldrick (0-2); Sean McCormack (0-6), Eugene Clarke (0-2), John Kiernan.
Subs used:- Joe McCormack, Mark Quinn and Francis Brady.
MOSTRIM: Ciaran Garvey; Paddy Smith, Michael Victory, Aaron Gallagher; Thomas Gallagher, Seamus Hannon, Gerard Smith; Fintan Coyle, Conor Tuite; Michael Kenny, Martin Coyle, David Morgan (0-1); Shane Kiernan (0-1), Brian Farrell (1-1), Cillian Lynn (1-1).
Subs used:- Barry Noonan and Ciaran Gallagher.
Referee: Fergal Kelly