Kilmeena Under 12 Boys.

Match Report by Ollie Mulchrone.

Game 1 Kilmeena 4-08 Claremorris 4-03

Kilmeena U-12 boys played their second game of the summer league at home to Claremorris on Saturday evening the 25thof June. Claremorris travelled with a large panel of players which facilitated two 13 a-side games being played. The Captain for Kilmeena in game 1 was the reliable Jack Mulchrone who hasn’t missed a single game or training session since the start of the year. Kilmeena played against a strong breeze in the first quarter and did very well to score two points while their defence kept Claremorris scoreless. Kilmeena continued their good form in the second quarter leaving the half time score of 1-05 to 0-00. To Claremorris’s credit they came out after half time and with the aid of the breeze won the third quarter outscoring Kilmeena by 2-01 to 1-01. Had it not been for the heroic saves by Evan O Donnell in goal the story could had read very differently. Evan’s accurate kick outs coupled with constant talking to the backs ensured the defence stood solid. All in all this was a great performance from each and every one of the Kilmeena lads. However, special mention must be made for Colin Hastings, Ciaran Kilcoyne and Liam Moore. Colin started the game by getting Kilmeena’s first score and from there he put in a Colm Boyle like performance from one end of the pitch to the other. His spectacular full stretch blockdown in the 3rd quarter resulted in kilmeena getting a crucial goal. Ciaran Kilcoyne was in flying form up front scoring 1 -05 and would have had a higher tally only for the excellent Claremorris goal keeper. Liam Moore’s ability to read a game and turn over possession is a joy to watch. Again, in this game Liam turned over possession twice as many times as any other player on the field. During the final quarter both team scored 2-02 leaving the final score reading Kilmeena 4-08 to Claremorris 4-03.
Kilmeena’s scores came from Ciaran Kilcoyne (G & 5), Conor Kelly (G), Colin Hastings (1), Finley Gibbons (G, G), Jack Mulchrone (1), Liam Moore (1).

The Kilmeena panel were Evan O Donnell, Adam O Grady, Gavin Mulchrone, Jack Mulchrone, Liam Moore, Rian Kilcoyne, Finley Gibbons, Darragh Slattery, Daniel Kelly, Conor Kelly, Colin Hastings, Ciaran Kilcoyne, Donal Hastings, Conor Kelly, Conor Feehan and Joseph O Malley.
Well done to Claremorris for a good competitive game and thanks to all who came to support the Kilmeena team. 

In in the second game, Kilmeena and Claremorris played out a thrilling game with chances coming thick and fast. Both teams created chances and it was a very close game until the third quarter when Claremorris found the back of the net on 4 occasions. This gave Claremorris a significant cushion and, despite great effort, Kilmeena were unable to claw their way back into the game. It finished on a scoreline of 6-09 to 2-07 in favour of the visitors.

All the Kilmeena players again put in a fantastic effort. Conor Feehan and Joseph O'Malley started well but then had to depart to bolster numbers for the other Kilmeena Under 12 game, which was played simultaneously. There were notable standout performances from Sean Gallagher and Peadar O'Toole, who were strong at the back and in midfield respectively. Other strong performers on the day were Jack and Stephen O'Grady, Matthew Hogan, Dylan Staunton and Cormac Feehan, who made a great impact from the bench. This game also saw Charlie Hughes make his comeback from a broken arm injury. Well done to all the boys for putting in an outstanding effort.

Kilmeena team; Jason Monaghan, Sean Gallagher, Keelan Corcoran, Lorcan Coady, Joseph O'Malley, Conor Feehan, Peadar O'Toole, Lucas Kennedy, Dylan Staunton, Matthew Hogan, Cian O'Brien, Jack O'Grady, Stephen O'Grady, Charlie Hughes, Brian Mulchrone, Cormac Feehan.

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