Duggan Steel U15 B Football Semi-Final Kilmacow Complex 22nd Dec 2019
Throw In : 2:45pm
Score: Kilmacow 2-10 Railyard GFC 1-11
After the recent poor spell of weather conditions could not have been better in Kilmacow on Sunday afternoon for this Rionn B U15 Football Semi-final.
Railyard seeking to avenge Kilmacow following their Feile qualifier loss to this team at U14 level in 2018 were armed with 3 players currently representing Kilkenny at Minor football.
The game bust into action from the throw in with Kilmacow captain Josh Maher Mate aiming to set down a marker for the game won the ball and soloed towards goal only for his effort to go wide.
Kilmacow soon got the scoreboard moving with a fine point from Tadgh Connolly following a fine run from centre field in the 4th minute of play.
Railyard settled any pre-match nerves with Adam Buggy firing over the bar from close range to level after 7 minutes. A vital block by Donnacha Williams in the 10th minute stopped a sure goal for Railyard as they looked to build on their score which they soon did after Shane Buggy put the visitors ahead with the resultant 45m free.
In the 15th minute Kilmacow were soon back in the ascendancy though a neat Tom Reddy goal following good interplay between Josh Maher Mate & Calum Regan in the build-up. The rest of the first half saw scores very hard to come by despite good work around the park particularly from James Walsh and Fionn Walsh for Kilmacow and Harry Roche & Daniel Farrell for Railyard.
The first half ended in a flurry with Railyard adding 1-1 to their tally through a fortuitous Shane Buggy goal and close in free. Kilmacows reply came from Josh Maher Mates’ first score of his four point tally, this one coming from play after Ciaran Murry intercepted a promising Railyard attack.
HT Kilmacow 1-02 Railyard 1-05
The second half began as it finished with Shane Buggy slotting over a free with deadly accuracy to move Railyard into a 4 point advantage.
Some positional changes by the Kilmacow management began to pay dividends five minutes later with Kilmacow starting to get on top in the half forward line resulting in Calum Regan placing the first of his 3 points over the bar with a close in free from the left side of the field.
Sean Dowling in the Kilmacow goal made a vital save tipping the ball onto the bar with the ball being cleared up the field at pace leading to another free being scored by Josh Maher Mate who was rubberstamping his authority on the game.
Adam Buggy put the gap back to 3 points in the 39th minute but the momentum of the game swung firmly in Kilmacows’ direction in the next five minutes, outscoring their opponents by 1-03 to 0-01. This included a super finish to net from the influential James Walsh following a run that started in the half back line to latch on to pass from Tadgh Connolly and also a fine individual score from Calum Regan holding off the challenge of two Railyard defenders to hit the target 25m from goal.
A further Calum Regan free put 3 points between the sides in the 48th minute and Kilmacow looked to be heading for victory with 12 minutes to go, however Railyard rallied, drawing fouls close in to the scoring zone with Shane Buggy scoring 2 frees either side of a point from play to level the scores with 4 minutes left to play.
Kilmacow needed to dig deep and they did with style when the tide seemed to have turned against them. Man of the match, Josh Maher Mate found Alex Burke in space in the right corner and he slotted over the black spot to regain the lead.
Lorcan Suffin in the left corner battled well to win a high ball and found the space and composure to find the target from a narrow angle to complete the scoring in the final minute.
Both teams served up a great game and there were many fine performances with special mentions for Jake Dinnegan, Conor Farnan and Malachy O’Flaherty of Railyard and Eden Gillespie and Darragh Kelly of Kilmacow.
Sean Dowling, Eden Gillespie, Donnacha Williams, Eoin Murray, Jack Quinn, James Walsh (1-00) , Ciaran Murray, Josh Maher Mate Captain (0-04) , Tadgh Connolly (0-01) , David Williams, Darragh Kelly, Fionn Walsh, Tom Reddy (1-00) Calum Regan (0-03), Lorcan Suffin (0-01)
Subs Shane Morrisey, Alex Burke (0-01), Killian Blanche, Gearoid Long
Shane Buggy (1-08), Adam Buggy (0-03) , Harry Roche, Jake Dinnegan, Conor Farnan, Daniel Farrell, Malachy O’Flaherty