Division 1 U17: Castlebar Mitchels v Kilmeena
Kilmeena travelled to the Mayo capital to take on Mitchels on the 27th of May. The conditions were perfect. Mitchels were there in strength and our lads were under no illusions about the task that lay in front of them. Without some of our front runners, due to other commitments, we were delighted to welcome back Rian Kilcoyne after long term injury and Conal Gill after his exploits with Connaught Rugby.
We started well and in the first minute DJ fired over. Great score. Castlebar levelled and took control of the game putting 1-6 on the score board without reply. It was looking like it was going to be a hard day at the office but to their credit, our lads hung in there and stayed on script. Slowly we crept back into the game and by half time we were only two points down, 1-8 to 1-6.
Castlebar will wonder how they were not further ahead as they had many gilt-edged goal changes during the half but we had Steven in goal and our defence stood strong.
At half time we lost Luke and Rian and we had it all to do. I don't know how we gathered the strength to go at it again but these lads are different to the team that got lashed at the same venue last year. They are mentally and physically different. We tore into Mitchels in the second half and ran up a three-point lead after an Evan O'Grady goal. It was nip and tuck after that but we held out for a two-point win.
FInal score: Castlebar Mitchels 2-11 : 2-13 Kilmeena
Kilmeena Abú 🏁🏁🏁