Kilmeena 0 - 15 1 - 4 Davitts
Kilmeena travelled to Davitts on Saturday for what would prove to be a tough physical encounter with the men from Ballindine. It was a game played in wet conditions, and with Davitts being able to field some of their senior squad, this was going to be a tough ask for the Kilmeena lads especially with injuries ruling out some key players.
The game started at a frenetic space with early points being exchanged, but the Davitts men struck the first telling blow with a goal early in the first half. Kilmeena dug in, and started to find their rythym, and as the game entered its second quarter a flurry of finely taken points eased the Kilmeena lads in front. Our midfield and forwards were getting well on top, but Davitts were keeping in touch with a couple of scores. Kilmeena had a couple of goal chances but the final ball just failed to hit the mark. A great feature of the first half was that the seven points came from 7 different scorers in particular fine efforts from Kieran Sheridan, Paddy Keane and Niall Duffy
At Half time, the boys in black and white were two points to the good;
Kilmeena 0 - 7, Davitts 1 - 2
It was critical that we got off to a good start in the second half, and it was proving difficult against a Davitts team that was exerting itself very physically. This really was the telling period of the game with huge hits going in from the home lot but huge credit is due to the Kilmeena team, who never took a step back, and having endured whatever Davitts could throw at them, Kilmeena then started to put their stamp on the game. Telling scores from Niall Feehan, Joey Smyth, and Darragh Keaveney helped to open up a 5 point gap. The game was still in the mix with ten minutes left but in that final period Kilmeena added 3 further points to put the game beyond doubt.
This was one of the better performances of the season, as it was a tough physical battle, but the boys in black and white not only stood up to that battle but went on to close the game out in some style.
On a day when men were needed to stand up and put themselves on the line, best for kilmeena were David Stenson, John Ryan and Niall Ryan
Scorers for Kilmeena D Keaveney 0 - 4(2f), N Feehan 0 - 2, J Smyth 0 - 2, N Duffy 0 - 1, R Feehan 0 - 1, S Staunton 0 - 1, P Keane 0 - 1, L Heanue 0 - 1, K Sheridan 0 - 1, N Ryan 0 - 1.
Match report; John Doherty.