Kilmeena U15 boys dug deep to secure a 1 point victory over a physical Ballinrobe side in a thrilling Dvision 2 League Semi Final at home on Sunday last.
With poor under foot conditions and a strong breeze this encounter can be billed as the proverbial game of two halves. The home side played into the strong breeze in the first half but struggled to get any foot hold in the game. Ballinrobe on the other hand played all the football and scored at will to lead comfortably by 3 - 07 to 0 - 01 at half time.
As the Ballinrobe lads headed into the comfort of the dressing room content with a job well done – game over, Kilmeena headed for the familiar surroundings of the dug out to hear the truth!!!!!!
The second half started at a frantic pace with the home side much more intent of making a game of it, 10mins in it was game on as the home side had clawed back 2 - 02 to leave 8 points between them. The home side now went for the jugular and outscored their opponents by 2 - 02 to 0 - 01 in the final 20mins to leave the game level heading into injury time, but a well worked move by the home side ended in a superb point by Killian O’Grady to secure a 1 point victory.
The 15 point comeback was completed by a fantastic hard working, sometimes physical second half performance.
The prize for this victory is a meeting with Mayo Gaels in the final on Saturday next in Islandeady at 03:00 in the Division 2 League Final.
Cathal Cawley, Tom Smyth, Adam Sheridan, Oisin Grimley, Ronan O’ Donnell, Chris Mc Glynn, Mickey Hastings, Cian Moore, Mark Hastings, Jason Mc Glynn, Iain Murphy, Chris Mc Nally, Robbie Staunton. Subs: Cillian O’ Grady, Sean Prenty, Daniel O’ Malley, Jamiee Staunton, Ben Lennon, Rory Nolan.
Match report: Padraic Moore.
Kilmeena 4 - 6 3 - 08 Ballinrobe