Following Officers were elected at the Bord na nÓg A.G.M. last night for 2018 and Kilmeena L.G.F.A.
Chairman: John McDonald.
Vice-Chairman: Colm Barrett.
Secretary: Trish Hogan.
Assistant Secretary: Mairead Durkan.
Registrar; Majella O'Malley.
Assistant Registrar: Davina Carney.
All underage Managers for boys and girls teams will be decided at a meeting in January.
Club A.G.M. this Sunday at 5pm in club house.
Kilmeena progressed to the quarter finals following this ding dong battle with the men from South Mayo. In what proved to be a very tight game throughout, both teams slogged it out for the right to progress to the quarter finals. Victory would see one team progressing while defeat would leave things in the balance. As it transpired the draw saw the boys in black and white topping the group while it consigned Ballinrobe to an early exit from the competition.
The game started slow and both teams exchanged points with Joey Smyth on target for Kilmeena. However within the next five minutes Ballinrobe tagged on four successive points with their inside forwards causing serious damage to leave them well in command at the end of the first quarter.
However, not for the first time Kilmeena fought there way back into the game and after a flowing move involving four or five players Joey Smyth rounded the keeper and slotted the ball to the net. Then Ballinrobe and Johnny McGlynn swapped points before a Ballinrobe raid upfield ended with the ball being fired to the net.
However, in what was now a helter skelter game, Kilmeena replied instantly by raising the green flag at the opposite end. That man, McGlynn, was on hand again with his trademark cool finish to another superb move. the half ended with Johnny McGlynn on target again with a point from play to level up the scores
Half time; Kilmeena 2 - 3 Ballinrobe 1 - 6
The home lads started brightly in the second half and after ten minutes, they were two in front with points from Smyth and Sean Ryder. Ballinrobe came roaring back and within five minutes were back in front having slotted over three unanswered points. Sean Ryder and Chris Heanue scored points either side of a Ballinrobe point and going into the last ten minutes the sides were level in what was now a titanic struggle. The question now was in tough underfoot conditions, who were going to be the team with the bottle to see it through.
Ballinrobe seemed to have provided the answer when their full forward soloed through the home defence to score what threatened to be the decisive goal. Sean Ryder clawed one back but Ballinrobe replied immediately to maintain their advantage as the minutes ticked away. Incredibly Kilmeena dug in and in five minutes had edged in front. Three frees from Johnny McGlynn, a terrific score on the run from Paul Moran had edged the home lot in front deep into injury time. However, Ballinrobe snatched the equaliser right at the death and to be fair it was a result they deserved in a game in which both teams gave everything.
This was a resounding performance form the Kilmeena lads again, and there is a resilience and toughness to this team which belies their youth. A quarter final now awaits next weekend and what is certain is that this team will give everything they have again.
Best for kilmeena: Niall Feehan, Conor Madden, Sean Ryder and Keith Joyce
Scorers: Johnny McGlynn 1 - 6(5f), Joey Smyth 1 - 1, Sean Ryder 0 - 3, Chris Heanue 0 - 1, Paul Moran 0 - 1
Match report; John Doherty.
Kilmeena 2 - 12 2 - 12 Ballinrobe
All-Ireland Gaelic Masters Champions...
Mayo 1 - 10 0 - 9 Sligo
Heartiest congratulations to Club members; Pat Mulchrone, Darren Madden, Declan Ryan and Kieran Hasting on securing their 2nd All-Ireland Gaelic Masters medal in-a-row with Mayo on Saturday in Ballymote, beating Sligo in the final on a scoreline of 1 - 10 to 0 - 9 points in a cracking game despite the atrocious underfoot conditions.
More images on the Mayo Gaelic Masters Face-Book Page...
Kilmeena ran out easy winners in what proved to be a fairly tame contest. We went into this game expecting a tough encounter from the men from North Mayo, but the expected battle never materialised.
In the early moments, Kilmeena were dominating possession but only had a Chris Heanue point to show after five minutes of sustained pressure. The next five were to prove much more productive with a point from John Ryan, and a goal from a Chris Heanue 45 and then after a flowing move down the left Kevin Ryder ghosted in at the back post to score a fine goal. There followed another point from Joey Smyth before the visitors raised their first white flag at the end of the first quarter
Another fine finish to the net from Keith Joyce was sandwiched between two Johnny McGlynn points, and the Kilmeena lads were very much in the driving seat. At this stage of the game the Kilmeena defence was well on top with Alex O'Riain, Ross Mullen and John Ryan winning their individual battles. Conor Madden was putting in his usual combative display in midfield. The last ten minutes saw points from Seanie Ryder, Chris Heanue, Joey Smyth and Keith Joyce to leave the half time score;
Kilmeena 3 - 12 Ardnaree 0 - 1.
Playing with the strong breeze at their backs Ardnaree were determined to try and make a game of the second half. In the first ten minutes they rattled off three points. However, yet another pulsating move from defence saw Johnny mcGlynn on the final pass to deliver the ball to the net with all the composure of a player of more advanced years. Seanie Ryder and Aaron Mcginley followed up with fine scores from distance, only for Ardnaree to get some compensation with a goal to the roof of the net.
Entering the final quarter Kilmeena once again took the game to their opponents and after Keith Joyce swapped points with another Ardnaree score, Joey smyth combined well with McGlynn to fist the ball to the net. Ardnaree came back with another two points but the game ended with a final flurry of Kilmeena points from Ryan Mcgonagle, Niall feehan, McGlynn and Seanie Ryder.
This was an excellent victory with some fine play from the Kilmeena lads. The quality of passing and handling was excellent and when not in possession the work rate and tackling was of the highest order. In games like this it is very hard to single out individual displays but, Stephen Staunton, Keith Joyce, Niall Feehan and Sean Ryder were the pick of so many outstanding displays. Andrew Grealis in goal was excellent in his kickouts with Paul Moran coming off the bench to put in a good second half shift.
Scorers: Johnny McGlynn 1 - 4(1f), Chris Heanue 1 - 3(1 - 1f), Keith Joyce 1 - 2, Joey Smyth 1 - 2, Sean Ryder 0 - 4, Kevin Ryder 1 - 0, John Ryan 0 - 1, Aaron McGinley
0 - 1, Ryan McGonagle 0 - 1, Niall Feehan 0 - 1.
Kilmeena 5 - 19 1 - 07 Ardnaree