Nasty Game but thankfully no injuries, except reputations.
August 12, 2019
Killavullen were beaten up by a physically stronger Mallow team last night, in the refixed Division 1 U16 league final that was played in Castletownroche, last night. The second half in particular was a nasty affair, and the inevitable bust up came, which saw two Mallow players receiving straight red cards for their indiscretions.
We opened the scoring with a Daniel Ryan point, and Mallow was grateful for their very good goal keeper who pulled off a fine save shortly afterwards. Michael Walsh scored our second point but Mallow powered up the field and got a fine point of their own. A Mallow free dropped in and around the square was met expertly with a fist, and flew into the net to give Mallow the lead, when we had been dictating the game, up to then. The Killavullen response was commendable, and the Mallow net minder again was called into action to deny us a goal. Michael Walsh scored a converted free before Jamie Magner scored another free to equalise. Mallow, who were very strong in the middle of the field, and had a particularly skillful and fast centre back, replied with two points of their own to go two points clear again. Michael Walsh scored a nice point before Sean Palmer turned sharply in a tight space, to fire over a point for us to leave the score even at the break, 0-06 to 1-03. Killavullen though, may rue the eight wides that they had in this period.
After the break, the physicality went up a notch, and the light Killavullen forwards were the recipients of some serious tackles. Jamie Magner scored a free for us, before Michael Walsh got his 4th point of the night to open up a two point lead for us. Mallow got two points back to bring parity to the game again, before they took a decisive lead with another goal that took a deflection, and looped over our goal keeper. They scored another point, which the umpires thought was wide, but were over ruled, before the lead was further extended by a further brace of scores.
Some of the tackles at this stage bordered on the reckless, and have no place within the white lines of any sports field, in any code. With all of these boys going to the same schools, and knowing each other very well, it is incumbent on the referee to come prepared with umpires and lines men, for a final. Another pair of eyes would have picked up the unsavory incidents that were all too common at this stage. The flair up, when it happened, and it was brewing for a while, saw too Mallow players, receive straight red cards and others from both teams, were lucky to escape without sanction.
Killavullen pressed to the end, with Michael Walsh scoring a fine long range point, and Kian Lane scoring a screamer of a goal, that flew right into the top corner of the net where no goal keeper could get to it but it was too little too late, and Killavullen could not get in for any further scores.
The final score was 1-09 to 2-08 but this game will be remembered for all of the wrong reasons.
The team was;
Patrick O Grady
Chris O Callaghan
Kian Lane (1-00)
Jamie Magner (0-01)
Daniel Ryan (0-01)
Seamus O Mahony
Michael Walsh (0-05)
Sean Palmer (0-01)
Luke Carey for Sean Palmer
Evan Magner for Daniel Ryan