ACFL Division 2: Killinkere 4-16 Kill 1-9
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)