Kilmeena U13 boys played Moy Davitts at 11:00 on Saturday morning the 7th October in the County semi-final of Division 1. Due to a clear run in the qualifiers Kilmeena got home advantage with the game played in St. Brendan’s Park. Moy Davits with the aid of a strong Westerly breeze got the opening score from a well taken free from their impressive full forward. The Foxford lads were on top for the opening ten minutes. Once the Kilmeena defence settled and got to the pace of the game the Kilmeena forwards started to penetrate the Moy Davitts defence with a well taken point from play by the influential midfielder Daniel Kelly and a superb score from the alethic wing back Colin Hastings where having turned over possession in front of his own goal performed a series of interchanging passes before kicking the ball over the Moy Davitts crossbar with his left foot. Darragh Slattery was on form from placed balls converting well taken frees while the inside forwards of Conor Kelly and Gavin Mulchrone showed well for the ball.
The game ebbed and flowed with excellent display of skill from both sides. Moy Davitts held onto their lead going into the break with a one point advantage 1 - 03 to 0 - 5 at the small whistle. Indeed their lead could have been a lot more but for the heroic saves of the Kilmeena Goal keeper Evan O Donnell and tight marking of the Kilmeena full back line of Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings and most notably Rian Kilcoyne who put in a man of the match performance. The kilmeena half backs of Colin Hastings, Harry Sherdian and Jack Mulchrone held solid against the constant treat from the Moy Davitts forwards.
The second half saw Kilmeena take advantage of the breeze with the wing forwards of Ciaran Kilcoyne and Brian Durkan taking possession from several of the Kilmeena kickouts. Direct ball into the hard working substitute Finley Gibbons who unselfishly lay off well timed passes to the oncoming forwards resulted in great scores from the inspiring duo of Conal Gill and Liam Moore while the corner back Donal Hastings also chipped in with a well taken point late on in the second half. Darragh Slattery stepped up again scoring points from a placed ball and from play.
All in all this was a wonderful game of football played in difficult soft underfoot conditions. Great credits most go to both sets of players and management for putting on such an entertaining game. Thanks to Moy Davitts for a very sporting game and to their management for the kind words and good luck wishes for the mouth-watering County Final against our neighbours Westport.
Evan O Donnell, Rian Kilcoyne, Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings(0 - 1), Colin Hastings (0 - 1), Harry Sherdian (Capt.) Jack Mulchrone, Darragh Slattery 0 - 4, (3 frees), Daniel Kelly(0 - 1), Brian Durkan, Liam Moore(2 - 02), Ciaran Kilcoyne, Conor Kelly, Conal Gill(G), Gavin Mulchrone.
Subs used; Finley Gibbons for Gavin Mulchrone, Conor Feehan for Conor Kelly, Jack O Grady for Finley Gibbons.
The County Final will be played in Mulvey Park, Castlebar (pitch at the back of McHale Park) next Saturday the 14th October at 11:00.
Please come out and support these wonderful young lads.
Final Score: Kilmeena 3 - 9 1 - 8 Moy Davitts