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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).
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)
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).
Three injury time points from Brian Clarke rescued a victory for Killinkere, in a keenly fought division 2 clash with Munterconnaught on Sunday last. Played in perfect conditions, a late Shane Reilly point seemed to have all but assured The Munchies a win, but for the injury time endeavours of the home side’s evergreen full forward.
It was the visitors who got off to the best start, with Stephen Sheridan pointing in the first minute to open the scoring. Indeed Munterconnaught could have had an early goal, but a good stop from Killinkere’s goalkeeper Sean McGovern, parrying a Daniel Nolan shot. Further points from Sean Nolan, and another from Sheridan, extended their lead to 3 points. It took until the seventh minute for Killinkere to get off the mark, when Brian Clarke converted a free, following a surging run from wing half-back Liam McCabe. The score seemed to settle the home side, and the chances soon started to flow as they began to come to grips around the middle of the park. A great run from the effervescent youngster Peter McCabe almost resulted in goal, only for the corner forward to see his shot go narrowly wide. Not perturbed by his miss, McCabe slotted over a minute later to reduce the deficit to one point.
A point from Shane Reilly in the 13th minute reasserted Munterconnaught’s 2 point advantage. However, merely a minute later they found themselves down a point, when Killinkere’s Darren Smith coolly slotted home a penalty, following a foul on Paul Kerr. The Gang Green Nation immediately furthered their lead, with a point from midfielder Kevin McCabe, having secured possession of the kick out. Messrs McCabe and Smith then combined to extend Killinkere’s lead to three, before Thomas Brady pointed in the 19th minute, to bring Munterconnaught back into the game. Points from Brian Cullen and Sean Nolan, were cancelled out by a Brian Clarke free, and an excellent left footed point from Emmett Fitzsimons to give Killinkere a 1-7 to 0-7 lead at the interval.
Immediately after the restart Sean Nolan came within inches of levelling the match when his shot rattled the crossbar, after an excellent solo run from 50 yards out. Darren Smith pointed in the 32nd minute to further Killinkere’s advantage, but again the visitors came close to finding the onion bag, only for the joint efforts of the McGovern brothers, Noel and Sean, in blocking a goal ward bound shot from Shane Reilly. Despite their goal chances, it was Killinkere who were making it count on the scoreboard, with another free from Clarke extending their lead. John McCabe, returning from injury, was introduced for Munterconnaught midway through the half, with immediate effect as he pointed to reduce their arrears to 3 points, following a score from Sean Nolan
Michael Duff was a constant threat for Killinkere, and a point a in the 47th minute was just reward for the wing half-back’s probing runs. However, points from Shane Reilly and Stephen Sheridan left the visitors a mere 2 points behind. Substitute Damien Sexton stretched Killinkere’s advantage, but enter Munterconnaught half-back Thomas Brady with a magnificent goal to tie the match, and with only four minutes of normal time remaining. Shane Reilly then struck from all of 50 yards to score what looked like the winning point for The Munchies.
The last word would go to Brian Clarke however, with two pointed frees, the second foul resulting in a second yellow card for Niall McHugo followed by an excellent score from play from Clarke ensuring victory for Killinkere. Both teams could be pleased with their performance, but Munterconnaught will no doubt be upset at the manner of their late defeat.
Teams and scorers:
Killinkere: S. McGovern, M. Reilly, N. McGovern, O. Sharkey, M. Duff (0-1), G. Denning, L. McCabe, D. Smith (1-2), K. McCabe (0-1), A. Brady, E. Fitzsimons (0-1), B. Clarke (0-6 (2f)), P. McCabe (0-1). Subs used: D. Sexton (0-1), T. Cooney, B. Smith
Munterconnaught: T. Bough, J. Hetherton, N. McHugo, P. Cullen, T. Brady (1-1), B. O’Shea, P. O’Dwyer, T. McCabe, M. Finnegan, S. Nolan (0-3(1f)), S. O’Reilly (0-3(1f)), D. Nolan, D. Carroll, S. Sheridan (0-3), B. Cullen (0-1) Subs used: S. Keoghan, O. Healy J. McCabe (0-1)
|Imperial Bar ACFL Div 1
Lacken 0-13 Belturbet 1-7
Drumgoon 0-14 Cuchulainns 3-11
Ramor United 1-12 Redhills 2-2
Gowna 0-12 Drumalee 0-8
Lavey 3-12 Ballyhaise 0-12
Killygarry 1-4 Cavan Gaels 1-7
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Kiernan’s Service Stations ACFL Div 2
Killinkere 0-7 Cavan Gaels 0-8
Shannon Gaels 0-7 Munterconnaught 0-10
Drung 2-10 Cornafean 0-13
Killeshandra 0-11 Crosserlough 0-6
Drumlane 1-7 Denn 0-8
Knockbride 0-9 Butlersbridge 1-7
Kill 2-4 Cootehill 2-7
ACFL Div 3
Kildallon 0-6 Laragh Utd 1-7
Ballymachugh 0-14 Shercock 1-8
Corlough 1-10 Maghera 1-6
Arva 0-8 Bailieborough 3-12
The dew hard barely lifted off Beagh’s finest grass when Killinkere and Cavan Gaels took to the pitch to do battle, at 11:30am on Sunday last. The miserable weather doused any expectations of stylish football, but both teams did well despite the slippery conditions, and a closely fought contest saw Cavan Gaels emerge victorious by the narrowest of margins.
The home side had the best of the early exchanges, with an Emmett Fitzsimons free opening the scoring. The hard work of the Killinkere forwards when not in possession was evident throughout the match, and their tenacious tackling led to Cavan Gaels conceding another free, which Fitzsimons duly dispatched to extend their lead. Whilst the Gaels had plenty of possession, it took almost 10 minutes for the visitors to get off the mark, when Niall Collins landed a point following a poor Killinkere kick out. The home side responded almost immediately with a point from Anthony Brady reasserting their two point advantage. However this would be the last score of the half for Killinkere. Their continued dominance around the middle of the park was not matched with proficiency up front, and five wides in a row was not to go unpunished, as Cavan Gaels fought their way back into the match.
Shane Byrne pointed in the 20th minute to reduce the deficit to one point, and the Byrne was also involved in the equalising point as Liam Óg Cooke made it 3 points apiece two minutes later. Killinkere seemed short of ideas up front, exemplified by the tight marking of Cavan Gaels’ Sean Hanley on the home side’s star forward James Clarke, restricting him to just two fruitless shots from distance. Indeed it was the Gaels who took a one point advantage into the break, with an injury time free from Levi Murphy leaving the half-time score 0-4 to 0-3.
The evergreen Brian Clarke was introduced as a half time substitute for Killinkere, and it was his free a minute after the restart that drew the scores level. Clarke struck again following a great cross field ball from Kevin McCabe and assist from James Clarke, to restore Killinkere’s lead. However yet again the home team’s possession was not backed up with scores, for which they would ultimately pay the price. Cavan Gaels first scoring chance of the second half came with a goal opportunity for sub Alan O’Riordan, but his shot went narrowly wide. Emmett Fitzsimons extended Killinkere’s lead to two points, but this would be their last score for over ten minutes.
Gaels midfielders Ciaran Flynn and Ed O’Hanlon began to dictate proceedings mid way through the second half, and although it took until the 22nd for the away team to register the first score of the half, it was the catalyst for their comeback. A Liam Óg Cooke point was followed by a free from Flynn which levelled the scores. Alan O’Riordan finished off a great move to give the Gaels a lead, whilst a point in the last minute of normal time from Cormac Nelligan seemed to have put the match beyond all doubt. A pointed free from Brian Clarke in the 3rd minute of injury time gave Killinkere some hope of finding an equaliser, but failure to secure the subsequent kick out proved to be the final nail in the coffin as referee Tony Gregory blew for full time.
The match was dominated by both sides’ defences, and had an undoubted atmosphere of an early season encounter. Despite their loss Killinkere can take solace in their impressive display, while Cavan Gaels will no doubt be delighted to come out with a victory from a tricky away tie.
Teams and Scorers:
Killinkere: S. McGovern, M. O’Reilly, N. McGovern, O. Sharkey, K. McCabe, G. Denning, M. Duff, D. Smith, JB. Smith, D. Smith, P. Kerr, A. Brady (0-1), E. Fitzsimons (0-3(2f)), J. Clarke, C. Sexton. Subs: B. Clarke (0-3(2f), F. Smith, J. Tackney, D. Sexton
Cavan Gaels: N. O’Riordan, S. Hanley, S. Fitzsimons, P. Heslin, L. Murphy (0-1(1f)), C. Quinn, C. McKiernan, E. O’Hanlon, C. Flynn (0-1(1f)), L. Cooke (0-2), C. Nelligan (0-1), R. Johnston, N. Collins (0-1), S. Byrne (0-1), S. Maguire. Subs: A.O’Riordan (0-1)
Here’s how our league campaign will pan out.
- Cootehill (a)
- Cavan Gaels (h)
- Butlersbridge (a)
- Munterconnacht (h)
- Mountnugent (a)
- Shannon Gaels (h)
- Knockbride (a)
- Swanlinbar (h)
- Kill (h)
- Drung (a)
- Killeshandra (h)
- Drumlane (a)
- Denn (h)
- Crosserlough (a)
- Cornafaen (h)