West Mayo Kelly Cup – Group 2, Sunday 6 April. Venue; St Brendan’s Sports Park.
The Kilmeena Senior team got their competitive 2014 season underway against Castlebar Mitchells in this first round Kelly Cup fixture.
Played on a heavy St Brendan’s pitch in wet and very windy conditions, both teams competed very well despite the elements. Castlebar Mitchells got the early scores but the Kilmeena team were playing very well. Two well taken goals from Thomás Gill meant that the teams went in level at half-time, 2-01 to Mitchells 1-04.
The heavy pitch began to take its toll in the second half and the strong blustery winds made kicking from distance very difficult. Kilmeena racked up a number of wides in the second half and Castlebar added to their goal tally to finish the game, 2-02 to 3-07, winners.
It may be a defeat in their first game but the Kilmeena team performed very well in poor conditions. They looked physically fit and played direct, dynamic football and contested strongly for every ball, especially in the first half. A number of younger players were introduced as second half subs and will benefit from the experience. As will all the team, and management, and as the players get more game time and their match fitness improves, we will definitely see more victories than defeats in 2014.
Report by Damian Hughes
Kilmeena 2 - 02 3 - 07 Castlebar Mitchels
more images from the match by clicking on the link below - images courtesy of Joe Gibbons