Club Notes 10-09-2020 (Junior Match Report)
The Junior A Football Championship clash against St Marys took centre stage this weekend, as the tie of the round a great game was expected.
It was the men from Ballineen who settled the quicker, and straight from the throw in, a quick number of passes eventually saw the ball end up in the back of the Kilmacs net after only 20 seconds. Rocked by this early blow, the Kilmacs set out to cancel out this early set back. Some excellent attacking play yielded three quick points, Ian Jennings, Richie O Sullivan and a Damien Gore free cancelling out the early goal by the 6th minute. With both sides playing quick attacking football, scoring chances were aplenty and both teams swapped two scores apiece, to leave the scores level. Another Damien Gore point in the 14th minute pushed the Kilmacs a point ahead, and to everyone’s surprise they were never lead again. Another free from Damien and a wonderful move which ended with Ian crashing the ball to the St Marys net meant the men from the twin villages were in big trouble. Now it was the Kilmacs turn to show their skills and with Martin Collins and Daniel O Donovan lording midfield, they took complete control. The lads then outscored St Marys by 0-5 to 0-4 leading up to half time, leaving the Kilmacs well in control by 1-12 to 1-6.
A St Marys backlash was expected at the start of the second half, but with the Kilmac midfield and half forward line well on top, it was hard for them to gain any real momentum. Six more Kilmac points (Richie O Sullivan 0-2, Ian Jennings, Clive Sweetnam, Damien, Donnacha McCarthy 0-1 each) had stretched the Kilmacs lead to nine points by the 2nd half water break with St Marys only responding with three points of their own. In truth the Kilmacs had the game wrapped up at this stage, but never let up, and a further four points including a peach from Diarmuid O Callaghan along with a Damien Gore goal had the Kilmacs final tally at 2-22.
Great credit to the Ballineen men who never gave up and still proven to be tough opposition for our lads. To a man the whole team put in a tremendous performance and it was great to see a comprehensive display once again.
The team that defeated St Marys was:
Matthew O Neill, Darren Whooley, Niall Hayes, Sam O Driscoll, Donnacha McCarthy, Joseph Collins (c), Dan Lynch, Daniel O Donovan, Martin Collins, Ruairi Hourihane, Ian Jennings, Clive Sweetnam, Diarmuid O Callaghan, Damien Gore, Richie O Sullivan
Subs: Dara Tobin for Niall Hayes, Colin McCarthy for Ian Jennings
Kilmacabea scorers: Damien Gore (1-8, 0-3 frees), Richie O Sullivan (0-6, 0-1 free), Ian Jennings (1-2), Clive Sweetnam (0-2), Daniel O Donovan, Ruairi Hourihane, Donnacha McCarthy, Diarmuid O Callaghan (0-1 each)