Kilmeena were today crowned league champions and confirmed their promotion to Division 1C for next season in emphatic style.
The game started with Kilmeena in a hurry to secure the points. They rattled off a couple of early points before a Kilcommin response. With each attack Kilmeena were playing swift incisive football and threatening to overrun their opponents, and inevitably the first goal arrived with Alan Ryan finishing off a fine flowing move. Soon afterwards the ball was in the net again with Joey Smyth pouncing on a rebound and placing the ball in the bottom corner. Points were exchanged before the end of the half and at the break, Kilmeena were well on their way
Kilmeena 2 - 6 Kilcommin 0 - 2
Kilcommin started the second half brightly and put together some good passages of play in an attempt to lift themselves from their slumber. However, they were pegged back with a Kilmeena point and then once again Joey Smyth made a stunning interception and finished with aplomb to the corner of the net. From there to the finish it was a procession for the Kilmeena men. Kilcommin did create a very good consolation goal, but unfortunately for the visitors it was to be their last score as Kilmeena finished the game with three unanswered points.
The League in the end was secured with what was one of our easier wins, and it is a measure of this group of players that they have displayed to the end a deep sense of commitment to the jersey and to each other. It has taken a lot of perseverance to win this league, and this group of players have proved this year that they have the ability to stay for the long road.
Best for Kilmeena were:
Joey Smyth, Alan Ryan, Stephen Staunton and John Reilly
Scorers; Joey Smyth 2 - 2, Alan Ryan 1 - 3, Niall Ryan 0 - 2, Liam heanue 0 - 1, Paul Groden 0 - 1, Darragh keaveney 0 - 1, Kevin Ryder 0 - 1.
Kilmeena 3 - 11 1 - 04 Cill Chomain
Kilmeena and Westport contested the U-13 Division 1 County Championship on Saturday morning the 14th October in Mulvey Park Castlebar.
The opening score of the game came in the third minute where Kilmeena’s Darragh Slattery pointed from a 45. Westport responded 2 minutes later when Finbar McLoughlin’s shot on goal was pushed over the bar by the acrobatic save of the Kilmeena keeper Evan O Donnell. Colin Hastings the dynamic wing back for Kilmeena scored a great point from open play in the seventh minute. Two minutes later the Westport full forward Declan Horgan equalised from a close in free followed by another free from the wing forward Danny Brennan. It was nip and tuck all the way when Kilmeena equalised again mid way through the first half with a point from play by their midfielder Darragh Slattery. Westport were putting fierce pressure on the Kilmeena backs and got their just reward when their centre half forward scored the first goal of the game in the twentieth minute. Kilmeena responded with another point from Darragh Slattery leaving the half time score Kilmeena 0 - 04 to Westport 1 - 03.
The second half saw Westport rally with 5 unanswered points in the opening 15 minutes and in truth this is where the game was won and lost. Finbar McLoughlin got the opening score of the second half followed by two points each from Conal Dawson and Danny Brennan. Kilmeena now trailing by seven points never gave up and Finley Gibbons scored their first score of the second half with a fisted effort from a high ball. This was followed up with a converted free by Darragh Slattery reducing the margin to three points with 10 minutes to go.
Minutes later Declan Horgan got Westport’s second goal followed up with a point from play. Kilmeena dug deep to gather possession and get the ball down the field where Finley Gibbons scored his second goal for Kilmeena which was the last score of the game.
Unfortunately for the Kilmeena lads this was not the result we had hoped for. However, when one reflects on the year as a whole for this group of lads it has been hugely successful. The experience of competing in the top tier football will stand to these guys in the future. The individual improvement observed with these lads throughout the year has been a joy to watch. No doubt they will be back for more success in the years ahead.
Thanks to the very large crowd of Kilmeena supports who travelled to the game. A special thanks to our club photographer Martin McIntyre.
Congratulations to Westport on their victory and thanks for a sporting game.
Evan O Donnell, Rian Kilcoyne, Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings, Colin Hastings, Harry Sherdian (Capt.) Jack Mulchrone, Darragh Slattery, Daniel Kelly, Brian Durkan, Liam Moore, Ciaran Kilcoyne, Conor Kelly, Conal Gill, Gavin Mulchrone.
Subs used; Finley Gibbons, Conor Feehan, Jack O'Grady, Adam O'Grady and Dylan Staunton.
Management; Michael Gavin, Mike Slattery, and Ollie Mulchrone.
Match report; Ollie Mulchrone.
Kilmeena 2 - 05 2 - 10 Westport
The lads from Kilmeena made the trip north to Ballina to take on their Junior team in a game that could seal their promotion to Division 3
On a calm and almost balmy afternoon, the game started with both teams exchanging early scores. Kilmeena were very much on top but too much possession was being given up and opportunities missed. However, as the first quarter came to an end the Kilmeena boys got into the groove, and points started to sail over the bar as a succession of points opened up an 8 point gap. However, as the half came to a close Ballina went on a raid upfield from a kickout and a cross from the left ended up with the ball being fisted to the back of the net.
Half time Kilmeena 0 - 11, Ballina B 1 - 3
The second half started with Kilmeena coming under serious pressure, and a game that looked comfortable before half time, was now very much in the mix as the home lot tagged on two early points. Kilmeena pulled away and scored two points of their own to open up a 5 point gap again, and then a fine flowing move ended with Joey Smyth on hand to apply a cool finish to the net. A further point and Kilmeena were well ahead entering the final quarter.
With the addition of some seasoned campaigners to their ranks Ballina came roaring back. A well worked goal gave them some hope, but Kilmeena responded with a point straight away, but then in the next move they opened up our defence again to gain a penalty which was duly converted, and then another long ball resulted in another goal. The game at this stage going into the last few minutes was loose and open. Kilmeena responded with another point and Ballina came back for a score again.
In the end Kilmeena managed to keep enough composure to see the game out in what could have been game that may have seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. However, the two points were secured and more importantly what is now barring a strange sequence of results promotion to the next tier for next season.
The Kilmeena lads played some excellent football with some excellent moves ending in fine scores. Some of the build up play and running was excellent. However, some of our defensive work left a lot to be desired, but enough was done in the end to secure the much needed victory.
Best for Kilmeena were Darragh Keaveney, Niall Ryan, and Sean Ryder
Scorers D Keaveney 0 - 6, N Ryan 0 - 4, J Smyth 1 - 1, S Ryder 0 - 2, L Heanue 0 - 1, N Duffy 0 - 1, A Ryan 0 - 1, P Groden 0 - 1, J Reilly 0 - 1.
Kilmeena 1 - 18 4 - 6 Ballina
Kilmeena U13 boys played Moy Davitts at 11:00 on Saturday morning the 7th October in the County semi-final of Division 1. Due to a clear run in the qualifiers Kilmeena got home advantage with the game played in St. Brendan’s Park. Moy Davits with the aid of a strong Westerly breeze got the opening score from a well taken free from their impressive full forward. The Foxford lads were on top for the opening ten minutes. Once the Kilmeena defence settled and got to the pace of the game the Kilmeena forwards started to penetrate the Moy Davitts defence with a well taken point from play by the influential midfielder Daniel Kelly and a superb score from the alethic wing back Colin Hastings where having turned over possession in front of his own goal performed a series of interchanging passes before kicking the ball over the Moy Davitts crossbar with his left foot. Darragh Slattery was on form from placed balls converting well taken frees while the inside forwards of Conor Kelly and Gavin Mulchrone showed well for the ball.
The game ebbed and flowed with excellent display of skill from both sides. Moy Davitts held onto their lead going into the break with a one point advantage 1 - 03 to 0 - 5 at the small whistle. Indeed their lead could have been a lot more but for the heroic saves of the Kilmeena Goal keeper Evan O Donnell and tight marking of the Kilmeena full back line of Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings and most notably Rian Kilcoyne who put in a man of the match performance. The kilmeena half backs of Colin Hastings, Harry Sherdian and Jack Mulchrone held solid against the constant treat from the Moy Davitts forwards.
The second half saw Kilmeena take advantage of the breeze with the wing forwards of Ciaran Kilcoyne and Brian Durkan taking possession from several of the Kilmeena kickouts. Direct ball into the hard working substitute Finley Gibbons who unselfishly lay off well timed passes to the oncoming forwards resulted in great scores from the inspiring duo of Conal Gill and Liam Moore while the corner back Donal Hastings also chipped in with a well taken point late on in the second half. Darragh Slattery stepped up again scoring points from a placed ball and from play.
All in all this was a wonderful game of football played in difficult soft underfoot conditions. Great credits most go to both sets of players and management for putting on such an entertaining game. Thanks to Moy Davitts for a very sporting game and to their management for the kind words and good luck wishes for the mouth-watering County Final against our neighbours Westport.
Evan O Donnell, Rian Kilcoyne, Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings(0 - 1), Colin Hastings (0 - 1), Harry Sherdian (Capt.) Jack Mulchrone, Darragh Slattery 0 - 4, (3 frees), Daniel Kelly(0 - 1), Brian Durkan, Liam Moore(2 - 02), Ciaran Kilcoyne, Conor Kelly, Conal Gill(G), Gavin Mulchrone.
Subs used; Finley Gibbons for Gavin Mulchrone, Conor Feehan for Conor Kelly, Jack O Grady for Finley Gibbons.
The County Final will be played in Mulvey Park, Castlebar (pitch at the back of McHale Park) next Saturday the 14th October at 11:00.
Please come out and support these wonderful young lads.
Final Score: Kilmeena 3 - 9 1 - 8 Moy Davitts