O’Leary goal se­cures ti­tle for Kil­shan­nig

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Kil­shan­nig 1-6 Balli­nora 0-6

FOL­LOW­ING a tremen­dous Rebel Óg Co Un­der 14 A FC fi­nal on Sun­day at Donough­more a de­ter­mined Kil­shan­nig side held out for a de­served win in a very keenly con­tested fi­nal.

The game was played on a solid pitch with in­ter­mit­tent rain all through. The open­ing twelve min­utes saw Balli­nora well on top. They won a lot of pos­ses­sion in mid­field and their half for­wards were also ef­fec­tive but over­all they lacked scor­ing power up front.

Peter Mayer came close to a goal but Alan O’Flynn made a vi­tal save. Kennedy Amechi cut through the Balli­nora de­fence but his ef­fort at goal went nar­rowly wide.

The open­ing score came in the 11th minute when Paul O’Hal­lo­ran worked well for Robert Quirke who pointed. Good play for Kil­shan­nig by Shane O’Con­nell to Kennedy Amechi and Don­n­cha O’Do­herty led to a Sean O’Con­nell point 0-1 each.

In the 14th minute Kil­shan­nig hit the front when Don­n­cha O’Do­herty linked up with Alex O’Leary and O’Do­herty again who put the in­rush­ing O’Leary through for a bril­liant goal.

From here on the Glan­tane side gained a grip on pro­ceed­ings. They were solid down the mid­dle Colm Ring, Sean O’Rior­dan, Alan O’Con­nell mak­ing some great clear­ances out of de­fence. Balli­nora had a pointed free by Robert Quirke. In the 19th minute Ro­nan Mur­phy kicked a fine point as Kil­shan­nig’s lead was down to a point.

Kil­shan­nig won a num­ber of ae­rial tus­sles and Shane O’Con­nell and Kennedy Amechi worked well with O’Con­nell tak­ing the re­turn pass and he found Alex O’Leary in the cor­ner who took a fine point.

In in­jury time Kennedy Amechi came close to a goal when put through but Aaron Ka­vanagh saved very well. Kil­shan­nig held a close 1-2 to 0-3 lead at the break.

On the re­sump­tion Kil­shan­nig did well. An­thony Jenks and Sean O’Rior­dan made some good clear­ances. They should have had an early goal when Alex O’Leary was put through but was nar­rowly wide.

Kil­shan­nig forced two ‘45s in quick suc­ces­sion but both were cleared. The open­ing score in this half came in the 4lst minute when Alan O’Con­nell, Kennedy Amechi and Tim Ka­vanagh worked well for Alex O’Leary who was fouled and Ben Cree­don pointed the free.

The Avondhu side went four points clear in the 47th minute when Tim Ka­vanagh worked well for Kennedy Amechi who kicked a vi­tal point. Balli­nora had not scored in that 17 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

In the clos­ing 12 min­utes they came very strong with David Le­hane, Ro­nan Mur­phy, Adam Twomey and Robert Quirke putting in a huge ef­fort. They had their first score of the half in the 48th minute when Ro­nan Mur­phy worked well for Robert Quirke who pointed. Balli­nora forced two ‘45s, but the Kil­shan­nig rear­guard held firm. Colm Ring and Alan O’Flynn did well. Good play for Balli­nora by Ro­nan Mur­phy led to a foul on David Le­hane with Robert Quirke point­ing the free.

The win­ners edged a goal clear in the 55th minute when An­thony Jenks, Shane O’Con­nell and Alex O’Leary worked well for the in­rush­ing Don­n­cha O’Do­herty who kicked over a mas­sive point 1-5 to 0-5.

Kil­shan­nig had a vi­tal point as the game en­tered in­jury time when a free by Don­n­cha O’Do­herty was fetched by Ben Cree­don who pointed. Balli­nora got within a goal once more when Robert Quirke pointed a free. In the 64th minute Balli­nora forced a free on the 21 yard line. Robert Quirke’s ef­fort for a goal was de­flected out by the Kil­shan­nig de­fence with the fi­nal whis­tle fol­low­ing.

The Rebel Óg Co U-14 A FC Cup was pre­sented by Gearoid O h-Ealaithe Leas Cathaoir­leach Coiste na nOg to the out­stand­ing Kil­shan­nig cap­tain Shane O’Con­nell amid scenes of wild ex­cite­ment by the large Kil­shan­nig fol­low­ing.

KIL­SHAN­NIG: A O’Flynn, D Ryan, C Ring, S Crow­ley, A O’Con­nell, S O’Rior­dan, A Jenks, Shane O’Con­nell, D O’Do­herty 0-1, Sean O’Con­nell 0-1, J Power, J Dunne, B Cree­don 0-2 (1f), K Amechi 0-1, A O’Leary 1-1 Subs: T Ka­vanagh for D Ryan, C Geary for J Dunne, J Dunne for S O’Con­nell, D Ryan for J Power, G McCarthy for K Amechi

BALLI­NORA: A Ka­vanagh, J Con­nolly, N Davis, K Werner, P O’Hal­lo­ran, J Byrne, S Bren­nan, D Le­hane, A Laverty, R Quirke 0-5 (2f), R Mur­phy 0-1, A Twomey, O Di­neen, P Mayer, D Di­neen

REF­EREE: Bren­dan Barry Mur­phy (Aghab­ul­logue)

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