One point was all that separated Killinkere and Belturbet at the final whistle last Saturday after an unlikely comeback from the maroon visitors fell just short. Trailing by nine points just after the start of the second half, Belturbet will no doubt rue the 14 wides and three missed goal chances that could have painted a very different outcome.
In the opening attack of the match, the mercurial Jason Reilly almost found the net only for his shot to deflect off the outside of the post, Damien Sexton opened the scoring for Killinkere three minutes in, with frees from Darren Smith and Emmett Fitzsimons extending their lead. Peter McCabe then engineered himself a goal opportunity but opted to take the point. Wing-half back Breen Smith then popped up with another point for the home side ten minutes in to leave Killinkere were in total command,
Fitzsimons tagged on another point on 12 minutes but to Belturbet’s credit they began to take back control around the middle third. Their downfall however was that while Killinkere were clinical, they were anything but. Their only only score of the first half came thanks to a Connell McGinley 45 after 15 minutes. Jason Reilly was nearly in for a goal again but this time he hit the other post. Three wides and another spurned goal opportunity later, Belturbet hadn’t made their dominance count and the Killinkere forward line made them pay.
After struggling to muster an attack for ten minutes, Darren Smith didn’t need to be asked twice when he pointed from distance to get things back on track. Peter McCabe and the aforementioned Smith would add another two scores before the break to give Killinkere a 0-9 to 0-1 lead.
They opened the second half in similar fashion with pointed free from Emmett Fitzsimons extending their lead but that would be their last score for 17 minutes. Slowly but surely Belturbet started to reduce the deficit. Scores from Reilly, Cormac Rudden, McGinley and two frees from Enda Henry narrowed the gap to four. Another free from Fitzsimons granted Killinkere momentary reprieve but the visitors were in total control of possession. However, Belturbet’s penchant for wasting chances would be their ruination as time and time again the ball fell harmlessly wide from either poor shooting or over-hit passes.
The home side again punished them. Twice in the space of a minute, Peter McCabe came deep to receive possession. Both times he wheeled away from his marker and back towards the Belturbet goal at the speed of someone arriving late for mass and both times it garnered the same result as he set up Emmett Fitzsimons for two scores to give Killinkere a four point cushion going into injury time.
Belturbet full forward scored a fantastic goal deep into injury time, rifling a shot from a good 15 yards into the top corner but it would prove to be mere consolation as the referee blew for full time after the subsequent kick-out. A good win for Killinkere whose forward line looks like they will prove a tough force for any defence to contend with.
Killinkere: Brian Clarke (0-1 OP), Martin Reilly, Finbarr Smith, Liam McCabe, Myles O’Reilly, Micheal Duff, Breen Smith (0-1), Noel McGovern, Kevin McCabe, Anthony Brady, Emmett Fitzsimons (0-6(3f)), Darren Smith (0-3(1f)), Damien Sexton (0-1), Louis Fay-Cooper, Peter McCabe (0-2).
Belturbet: Danny Anscome, Conor Crossan-Brady, Peter Shannon, Shane Corby, Kevin McConnell, Niall O’Reilly, Killian O’Reilly, Eoin McGuigan, Cein Vaughan, Cormac Rudden (0-1), Enda Henry (0-3(3f)), Connell McGinley (0-2)(2 45m), Jason O’Reilly (0-1), Barry O’Reilly (1-0), Niall Lawlor(0-1).
‘Big Jim Smith; Man Of Breffni’ is the title of a book written by Gearoid Mc Gabhann, about his father Jim Smith.
The book is being launched in Killinkere Leisure Centre on Thursday September 6th by the legendary Michael O’Muircheartach. This promises to be a great night with plenty of GAA personalities dropping by.
Finger food will be served on the night Come along and enjoy this unique occasion.
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Killinkere ran out comfortable winners over Kill in Jim Smith Memorial Park on Sunday last. Played in showery conditions, a stunning opening 10 minutes, saw the home side race into a 2-5 to no score lead. Points from Brian Clarke and Emmett Fitzsimons in first two minutes were followed by a great score from Gary Denning, finishing off a move which he had started in his own half. In the fifth minute, a quick 45 from Brian Clarke set Noel McGovern free, who then surged forward to score the first goal of the match.
With Kill still reeling from their poor start Peter McCabe and Anthony Brady tagged on two more scores, before James Clarke scored the Killinkere’s second goal in the tenth minute. An excellent long pass from Emmett Fitzsimons set Clarke free, and after rounding his man he calmly slotted home past the helpless Killian Brady.
A Barry McMenamin point finally got Kill on the board in the 11th minute. Indeed the away side would enjoy plenty of possession during the rest of the half, but wasteful shooting, and poor shot selection saw them hit four wides in quick succession. In contrast the home side were lethal in front of goal, and when Peter McCabe gathered a long ball in the 17th minute it was clear there was only one thing on his mind. He left his marker for dead before smashing home the goal of the game, finishing to the top corner of the net.
The impressive Sean Gaffney scored a great point for Kill to curb the onslaught, but the lead was quickly reaffirmed by Killinkere wing forward Ciaran Sexton. In the 22nd minute the away side were handed a lifeline, via a goal from Pat O’Brien, but Brian Clarke instantly responded with a point for Killinkere, and give them a half time lead of 3-8 to 1-2.
Kill had learnt their lesson from their slow start in the first half, scoring three points straight after restart, courtesy of two scores from Darren Tiernan and one from Damien O’Brien. However a point from Peter McCabe and two for Brian Clarke ensured Killinkere responded in kind. Kill were much improved in the second half, but were unable to reduce the deficit. After trading three points yet again, Killinkere held a 12 point advantage going into the last five minutes.
Kill’s misery was compounded when substitute Damien Sexton scored the home side’s fourth goal, following yet another excellent move. Niall McCaffery’s point the 58th minute served as mere consolation for the visitors, as late scores from Emmett Fitzsimons and Ciaran Sexton compounded Kill’s misery. Killinkere will no doubt go into Wednesday evening’s match against Denn brimming with confidence, and with a real chance to draw level on points with the league leaders.
Teams and Scorers:
Killinkere: S. McGovern, O. Sharkey, F. Smith, L. McCabe, M. Duff, G. Denning (0-1), A. Brady (0-2), T. Brady, N. McGovern (1-0), D. Smith, E. Fitzsimons (0-3 (1f)), C. Sexton (0-2), J. Clarke (1-0), B. Clarke (0-4 (2f)), P. McCabe (1- 3). Sub used: D. Sexton (1-0), P. Kerr (0-1), M. O’Reilly, T O’Reilly, B. Smith.
Kill: K. Brady, D. Kissane, L. O’Brien, C. O’Reilly, D. Foster, R. Magee, A. McIntyre, S. Gaffney (0-3 (1f)), L. Gaffney (0-1), S. Tiernan, D. Tiernan (0-2), P. McKenna, D. O’Brien (1-0), B. McMenamin (0-2), N. McCaffery (0-1)
Seniors: First round of the Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship is this Thursday against Lacken, in Virginia at 8pm. Best of luck to all the lads. Not guts no glory.
Ladies: Hard luck to the girls who lost in their Championship semi final against Ballymachugh in trying conditions.
Cavan Minor Ladies: Hard luck to Anthony and all the girls in their defeat in the Ulster Final. It was great achievement to get that far nonetheless.
Under 16 Championship: St. Killians will have hopefully made it to another final this year, with their Championship semi final being played this Tuesday 24th in Stradone against Crosserlough.
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Seniors: After a couple of weeks break our seniors are away to Butlersbridge this Wednesday evening at 8pm. We currently in 3rd place in the league table, with two matches in hand on top placed Denn.
Intermediate Championship: Fixtures for the Championship are out. Our first match is on July 29th against Lacken at 2:30pm, but this could change if Seanie J and co fall victim to the mighty Cavan seniors.
Juniors: We’re still sitting atop the Division 2 Reserve League after receiving a walkout against Swanlinbar last week. We’ve now a fantastic 10 wins out of 11.
Minors: Training has started back this week with St. Killians in preparation for the Championship.
U16: Our u16s have been drawn against Lacken in the quarter finals of the Division 1 Championship. Preliminary round is due to be played on July 10th, so it will be after then when we’ve a definite date for the Lacken match.
U12: Our first match in the summer league is away to Drumlane on July 9th.
Killinkere emerged victorious against Killeshandra on Friday evening last, winning by a single point in a closely fought contest. For the handful of supporters who braved the terrible weather conditions, they were kept enthralled throughout in a match that never lacked endeavour, albeit one that was riddled with errors due to the incessant rain.
Killeshandra were faced with the difficult task of playing into the wind in the first half, and when an early Austin Fitzpatrick shot dropped short into the goalkeeper’s hands, it proved just how strong the gust was. However when Sean McGovern then dropped the slippery ball corner forward Daniel Luby was the first to react, finishing to the back of the net to put the visitors three points ahead. Shane O’Reilly extended their lead three minutes later, but this would be their last score for almost 20 minutes.
Killinkere were not making the most of the favourable breeze in the opening minutes, but when Brian Clarke slotted over after eight minutes the home side started to find their rhythm. Clarke then pointed a free following excellent work from corner forward Peter McCabe. The home side were beginning to dominate the midfield, and after securing possession from the subsequent kick out Clarke was set up to complete a hat trick of points, kicking from distance to reduce the deficit to a single score. Following Clarke’s example, Ciaran Sexton took advantage of the wind a minute later, stroking over from all of 50 yards to level the match. Killinkere had their tails up at this point, and two scores from Emmett Fitzsimons pushed them into a two point lead. Killeshandra midfielder Tomas O’Reilly stopped the rot with a point in the 20th minute, but two more points from Brian Clarke left Killinkere with a 0-8 to 1-2 lead at half time.
Going into the second half the big question was if Killinkere’s three point advantage would be enough now that they were facing into the wind. Within a minute of the restart this lead was cancelled out, when Daniel Luby scored an excellent goal to level the match. After fielding a long pass, Luby turned to smash home past Killinkere goalkeeper Sean McGovern. A minute later Luby then pointed, following a superb pass from Darragh Tighe, to give Killeshandra the lead. The away side were now very much on top and making the most of the breeze, hitting their full forward line early with some great long passes. Five minutes into the half, Shane O’Reilly pointed a free to extend their lead to two, but when Austin Fitzpatrick was given a straight red in the ninth minute for striking Killinkere’s John B Smith, Killeshandra’s game plan began to unravel.
With Garry Denning now sitting in front of the full back line as the spare man, Killeshandra were finding it nigh on impossible to find their full forward line with the same ease at they had been previously. In contrast Killinkere began to gain a foothold in midfield and when a long ball into the square caused havoc in the Killeshandra penalty area, Darren Smith was the first to pull on the breaking ball, scoring a goal to put the home side back ahead, 1-8 to 2-4. Conditions were not lending well to good football, and the match deteriorated as a spectacle for the remainder of the half. 20 minutes in Brian Clarke converted a free to extend Killinkere’s lead to two, but a point from Killeshandra corner forward Sean McKiernan with five minutes left ensured a tense finish. However Killinkere held out with relative ease, cleverly holding onto possession and were good value for their victory, albeit by the narrowest of margins 1-9 to 2-5.
In the Division 2 Reserve League match that followed, Killinkere kept their 100% record going, running out victorious on a scoreline of 2-9 to 3-4.
Teams and scorers:
Killinkere: S. McGovern, M. O’Reilly, J. Tackney, O. Sharkey, K. McCabe, JB Smith, M. Duff, N. McGovern, D. Smith, P. Kerr, A. Brady, E. Fitzsimons (0-2), C. Sexton (0-1), B. Clarke (0-6(2f)), P. McCabe. Subs: G. Denning, D. Smith (1-0)
Killeshandra: D. McCaul, C. O’Reilly, C. Duffy, D. Tighe, R. Braiden, D. McKiernan, E. O’Reilly, T. O’Reilly(0-1), A. Martin, F. Rudden, S. O’Reilly(0-2(1f)), A. Brady, D. Luby (2-1), A. Fitzpatrick, S. McKiernan (0-1).
Juniors: Our juniors had a great win over Drung on Friday, 4-12 to 3-8. That’s six wins out of six now.
U16: Massive congratulations to St. Killians who won the division 2 league title, beating Denn 4-7 to 2-12 in a thriller on Friday. Well done to the players and management.
U14: Well done to the lads on a great win last week, beating Butlersbridge 12-13 to 5-13.
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