The atmosphere was electric at Ennybegs Community Centre on Saturday afternoon as well wishers came out in their droves to congratulate the Killoe Boys U-13 Indoor Soccer squad that captured silver medals at the HSE National Community Games Finals in AIT.
Longford inter-county football ‘keeper Paddy Collum and Fr Sean Casey, along with proud family, relatives and friends, were among those present to welcome home the Leinster champions and All-Ireland runners-up. The squad, comprising Bernard Borland, Killian Feeney, Shane Gilna, Cian Leonard, Darren Moffett and Tomas Walsh acquitted themselves brilliantly over the course of a successful odyssey.
Under the guidance of Manager Mark Leonard and assistants Mervyn Leonard and James Bracken, Killoe claimed Leinster honours with a 4-1 victory over Dunshaughlin of Meath earlier in the Summer.
And in the All-Ireland semi-final on Friday evening at the John McCormack Multi-Purpose Hall in AIT they’d to dig deep to secure a thrilling 2-1 win over Connacht champions Elphin (Roscommon).
In Saturday’s final, it was Erne Valley from Cavan, the Ulster standard bearers, that provided the opposition for Killoe and when the Longford lads trailed at half-time by three goals to nil their chances of claiming goal was always an uphill task. However, undaunted, they played with tremendous spirit, keeping a second half clean sheet and slotting home a goal of their own, which their efforts truly deserved.