Kilmeena and Westport contested the U-13 Division 1 County Championship on Saturday morning the 14th October in Mulvey Park Castlebar.
The opening score of the game came in the third minute where Kilmeena’s Darragh Slattery pointed from a 45. Westport responded 2 minutes later when Finbar McLoughlin’s shot on goal was pushed over the bar by the acrobatic save of the Kilmeena keeper Evan O Donnell. Colin Hastings the dynamic wing back for Kilmeena scored a great point from open play in the seventh minute. Two minutes later the Westport full forward Declan Horgan equalised from a close in free followed by another free from the wing forward Danny Brennan. It was nip and tuck all the way when Kilmeena equalised again mid way through the first half with a point from play by their midfielder Darragh Slattery. Westport were putting fierce pressure on the Kilmeena backs and got their just reward when their centre half forward scored the first goal of the game in the twentieth minute. Kilmeena responded with another point from Darragh Slattery leaving the half time score Kilmeena 0 - 04 to Westport 1 - 03.
The second half saw Westport rally with 5 unanswered points in the opening 15 minutes and in truth this is where the game was won and lost. Finbar McLoughlin got the opening score of the second half followed by two points each from Conal Dawson and Danny Brennan. Kilmeena now trailing by seven points never gave up and Finley Gibbons scored their first score of the second half with a fisted effort from a high ball. This was followed up with a converted free by Darragh Slattery reducing the margin to three points with 10 minutes to go.
Minutes later Declan Horgan got Westport’s second goal followed up with a point from play. Kilmeena dug deep to gather possession and get the ball down the field where Finley Gibbons scored his second goal for Kilmeena which was the last score of the game.
Unfortunately for the Kilmeena lads this was not the result we had hoped for. However, when one reflects on the year as a whole for this group of lads it has been hugely successful. The experience of competing in the top tier football will stand to these guys in the future. The individual improvement observed with these lads throughout the year has been a joy to watch. No doubt they will be back for more success in the years ahead.
Thanks to the very large crowd of Kilmeena supports who travelled to the game. A special thanks to our club photographer Martin McIntyre.
Congratulations to Westport on their victory and thanks for a sporting game.
Evan O Donnell, Rian Kilcoyne, Cormac Lyons, Donal Hastings, Colin Hastings, Harry Sherdian (Capt.) Jack Mulchrone, Darragh Slattery, Daniel Kelly, Brian Durkan, Liam Moore, Ciaran Kilcoyne, Conor Kelly, Conal Gill, Gavin Mulchrone.
Subs used; Finley Gibbons, Conor Feehan, Jack O'Grady, Adam O'Grady and Dylan Staunton.
Management; Michael Gavin, Mike Slattery, and Ollie Mulchrone.
Match report; Ollie Mulchrone.
Kilmeena 2 - 05 2 - 10 Westport