BOYS Training continues every Wednesday evening @ 7.30pm unless otherwise informed.
Don't forget €2 and a drink. See elsewhere in paper for Saturday fixtures and times
Congratulations to the under 15's who lifted the shield on Bank Holiday Monday. At
the ref and league's discretion, captain James Corley was presented with the trophy
after a Blaney no show. Well done to Gerard, Paddy and all the players.
GIRLS Training this evening U10@4.30pm, U12@5.30pm in Ballinode astro court.
League Cup winners Killylough took on Premier Division favourites Drumkill Rovers
on Monday afternoon but it was the away side who emerged with the spoils. Nigel McQuillan
and former Killylough star Sean O'Brien put the visitors into an unassailable two-nil
lead and despite a late Nessan McCrudden reply, Drumkill would add the three points
to their title charge.
Training continues at 7pm Tuesdays at St. Davnets, and at 8pm sharp on Thursdays
on the AstroPark. Please be early as the fivers will be collected before training
starts from now on
St. Patrick's Day
Thanks to all who came and supported the club at the parade. A great turn out as
All tickets and money to be handed in to any club member asap
Under 13's Match Report
Killylough 5-1 Dromore Youths
With many of last year's under 12's Ulster Community Games finalists in tow, the
focus for this year's under 13's is on League honours and on Saturday, Dromore Youths
provided the next hurdle.
The first half saw the hosts take the lead through the mercurial Fergal Sherlock,
and a half that could have went either way saw Killylough go in at the break with
the slenderest of margins.
As the boys sought to step up a gear, they found a new talisman in Conor Keenan,
whose overdue and well deserved goal made it two-nil. A plucky Dromore side were
unbowed and their attacking prowess counted at last with a reply soon after to halve
the deficit. The old Corley-McAree playbook came out and their sieges answered when
Ronan King netted a Hoops' third. A deflected effort from Sherlock made it 4-1 but
their was nothing speculative about his finale, as a splendid lob made it five goals,
three points and a Sherlock hat-trick to boot for Killylough.
The return to grass that many had long awaited beckoned on Sunday, and a memorable
encounter would befit the occasion. Cootehill Harps, home to the commemoration of
Sean Woods, came though a fiery preliminary round to advance to the quarter final.
The trophy currently dwells in Tydavnet though as 2011 winners Killylough Reserves
played host to the Cavan men in the early game.
The pace was fast and furious from the outset and it was the team in red who drew
first blood, when the ball was poked through for a one-on-one with the keeper and
a cool finish would put the visitors ahead. The battle raged on as Killylough tried
to equal matters but in vain as first Stephen 'Pat' McKenna and then Mariusz Wojciechowski
would be denied. At the other end it was Maju to the rescue, as Daniel Maj's fingertips
prevented a fierce left wing drive from putting Harps two-nil ahead. There was time
for one more chance before the break and it fell to early injury victim Shane Meehan
whose effort flashed over the bar.
The second half saw the introduction of Michéal McCarville, a youngster emerging
and promising but still awaiting his first goal in black, and he was up to the pace
of the game straight away with a chance ten minutes in. He rounded the keeper in
splendid fashion but was to be denied by a last ditch tackle to prolong the wait.
The next chance would fall to the boot of Wojciechowski but unfortunately he couldn't
get the laces on it with only the keeper to beat. The pressure was now unrepentant
and with Darren McKenna and Andrew Stelmach triumphing in midfield, McKenna's brother
Gerard was introduced to beef up the attack and became a nuisance of tremendous effect.
Stephen Pat was next to test the keeper and the visiting net-minder responded in
spectacular fashion with a smart reflex save down low to his right. Then in a rare
break, the Harps no. 10, a constant threat, found space down the left and galloped
into it until he produced the cross of the match, which angled despairingly past
two lunging bodies at the back post for what could have been the cruelest of finishes.
Referee Paul Oliphant showed his control and mediated tremendously through the drama
the one flare up incident of a game without so much as a bad tackle. The climax was
approaching, and the villagers' grip on the trophy slipping when finally in the 88th
minute, their breakthrough arrived. As more pressure confounded the away goal, Stephen
Pat was the most alert and he sidestepped a despairing final lunge to knock home
the equalizer. One all, ninety minutes played, drama unfinished.
The extra time saw 22 drained bodies empty their depths to find a winner, and the
one thing that did not suffer was the standard of football. The first ten minutes
saw defenses unblemished and the second saw both eager to hold the distance. Cootehill
sought to break on the counter time after time and the tackling of David Cassidy
and Barry "Sally" as full backs remained in their way. Gerard McKenna's shot on the
turn was smart but wasn't enough and the 109th minute would find the ball lodged
deep in the Cootehill attack. Stelmach's quick throw found McCarville, and the endless
energy needed to carry the ball from inside his own half clear of danger. As the
first tackle was evaded and the second was withheld, McCarville saw the sticks and
angled towards until the penalty area. The yardage grew and the power of ball-carrying
remained as Michéal's turn was good and finish was better and as if picking the time
himself, his first goal drew raptures and a black swarm embraced for what they knew
was the final attack of the game.
2-1 it finished and divisions aside, as entertaining a game of football as likely
to be found in the area, a true testament to the prosperity of the Monaghan Cavan
league. Hard luck to Cootehill for their part in the encounter, but it is cup holders
Killylough Reserves who await the winners of this weekend's battle between Blaney
Academy and Donagh Celtic Reserves in the semi-finals.
Killylough Reserves: Daniel Maj, Barry McKenna, Peter Kaminski, Dermot McCarron,
David Cassidy, Shane Meehan, Darren McKenna, Andrew Stelmach, Kieran Treanor, Stephen
McKenna, Mariusz Wojciechowski, Michéal McCarville, Gerard McKenna.