Hall Alarms South U/21 B Football Championship
Killenaule 4-13 Clerihan/Clonmel Óg 0-05
Killenaule clinched their place in this year’s semi- final of The Hall Alarms U/21 B Football Championship after defeating a very inept Clerihan/Clonmel Óg side. The pattern for the game was set after 90 seconds when some sloppy defending by the combination side allowed Robert Blake in for Killenaule’s first goal. Great play by Joe O’ Dwyer in the sixth minute resulted in a well taken point for Killenaule but the combination side were getting an equal share of the possession and Conor Arrigan was unlucky to see his goal bound shot deflected wide. The resultant 45 was wasted as were a lot of frees that the Clerihan/ Clonmel Óg side were awarded. Conor Van Dickenburg pointed in the 13th minute for the winners and three more points from the mercurial Joe O’Dwyer, including two beauties with his left foot, put Killenaule in a commanding position by half time. A feature of these scores was some wonderful support play by the Killenaule side with James Feehan, Daniel Guinan, Mark Doyle and of course Joe O’Dwyer very much to the fore. Steve O’ Connell raised the spirits of the losers with a good point in the 22nd minute and Shane Kearney added another just before the break to leave Killenaule leading 1-06 to 0-02 at half time.
If this game was going to survive as a contest then the combo needed to raise their game substantially and in the opening six minutes three unanswered points from Dean Kelleher, Steve O’Connell and Conor Arrigan raised hopes of a comeback but those hopes were dashed by a ruthless response from Killenaule with points from Tom Keavney, Rory Loughman 2, Adam O’ Connell and James Doyle knocked any resistance there was from their opponents. Two points in 90 seconds from O’ Connell and Van Dickenburg followed by a goal from O’Dwyer all quality scores reiterated the superiority of the Killenaule side and two more goals in the last minute further consolidated the winning margin and exposed the deficiencies of the losers.
Even though one would have to question the quality of the opposition Killenaule are serious contenders for the ultimate prize and it will take a very good side to beat them. Their team work had to be admired and the performances of Aidan Leahy, James Feehan, Adam O’ Connell, Daniel Guinan, Conor Van Dickenberg, James Doyle and Joe O’Dwyer complimented the overall team ethic.
This was a very sobering result for the combination side and they face a winner take all match against Mullinahone to ascertain who claims the remaining semi- final spot and on the evidence of this game and the fact that Mullinahone ran Killenaule to two points when they met one would not give much for their chances. Steve O’ Connell was their best player on view while The Arrigans Aaron and Conor, Darragh Kearney and Mark Duggan gave their all.
FINAL SCORE- KILLENAULE 4-13 CLERIHAN/ CLONMEL ÓG 0-05.
KILLENAULE- Stephen Ryan, Eoin Butler, Aidan Leahy, Conor Maguire, Dominic Blake, James Feehan, Tom Keavney, Adam O’Connell, Daniel Guinan, Mark Doyle, Joe O’ Dwyer, Rory Loughman, James Doyle, Conor Van Dickenberg, James O’ Connor, Liam Barrett.
CLERIHAN/ CLONMEL ÓG- Shane Murphy, Mark Duggan, Aaron Arrigan, Paddy Power, Declan Bennett, Shane Fehilly, Leo Curtin, Darragh Kearney, Edward Power, Steve O’ Connell, Donal Walsh, Conor Arrigan, Dean Kelleher, Michael Lynch, Brian Bates, Michael O’ Rourke, Kieran English, Jack Kennedy.
Referee- Mr Keith Delahunty ( Moyle Rovers).