The Kilmeena U16 Boys team travelled north last Thursday night (20th of July) for an evening fixture against Knockmore in the Homeland U16 C Shield semi-final.
We elected to play with a slight breeze in the first half, and thanks to the relatively dry conditions, both sides showcased their ability and fitness to their highest levels. Knockmore looked to push on early, but scores throughout the half from Cormac O'Malley and a late point from Cormac Slattery saw our boys keep in touch and trail by just two points at the break.
Half time score: Knockmore 0-7 Kilmeena 0-5
Throughout the third quarter of the game, Knockmore looked set to pull away and despite a Brendon Witzl goal, the home team led by as many as eight points midway through the second half. But our lads never gave up, and the lead was cut to two when a lob into the box found Kyle Mulchrone, who got a hand to the high ball to tip it over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the back of the net. However, Knockmore rallied once more down the field and bagged a goal and a few points of their own to push their lead back out. A late Adam Moran free kick found Brendon Witzl in the box, who slotted the ball past the keeper for his second goal of the day, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the referee promptly blew the final whistle, leaving Knockmore to advance to the final next week in Claremorris, where they will take on Tourmakeady.
Final score at Saint Joseph's Park: Knockmore 2-15 Kilmeena 3-08
We extend a big thank you to Ollie Mulchrone for taking pictures on the day. These matchday photos can be accessed through the link below:
Our next outing will be in a few weeks in the West Mayo Divisional Championship, so until then it'll be full steam ahead with our training!