The long wait goes on – defeat in Semi Final


The long wait goes on – defeat in Semi Final

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The long wait goes on – defeat in Semi Final

September 25, 2022

Killavullen’s long wait to be in a North Cork Hurling Junior A Final goes on, after been the vanquished side in a hard fought game against Kilshannig earlier today in Castletownroche. We started brightly but ultimately the physicality of the Kilshannig players, especially in and around their half back line stifled principally  in the second half was our undoing, and lead to a comprehensive win, by 5 points in the end for the Kilshannig team.


We opened with a score from a side line ball in the very first minute, scored by Jamie Magner and Eddie Cotter broke free from a midfield ruck situation to score a lovely point from distance in the 7th minute. Kilshannig were wayward with their shooting at this stage, but Eanna O Hanlon scored a point for them, in the 8th minute. Jamie scored another score for us, after Michael Cagney was fouled in the 9th  minute, but Kilshannig got a score back from a needlessly conceded  free in the 10th minute . We went two points ahead , with a long range free from Jamie in the 12th minute, and we were playing well at this stage of the game, and it was a fine, fine spectacle, for the huge crowd in attendance.  Jamie clipped over a nice point for us, after being found by Liam Cronin, who was immense over the hour, to push us further ahead in the 13th minute and further ahead by 0-06 to 0-02 with another long range free from the midfield area, after Eoghan Buckley was chopped down. Our last score of the first half was another free from Jamie after Colm Looney was fouled, but this was in the 20th minute of the opening period. For the next 10 or so minutes to the interval, we did not score, but the hurling was brilliant, enthralling the crowd in the stand, and spread right around the perimeter of the famed field in Castletownroche. Kilshannig got a point back from a free in the 27th minute, and then picked off another free when one of our puck outs went astray and the incoming player was fouled. The final score was another free for Kilshannig just before the break, to leave the score at 0-07 to 0-05 at the short whistle.


The huge crowd was entertained at the break by two games involving the 10 year olds from both clubs, and these young players did not disappoint in the spectacle they provided, with lovely skills on display, in two games. This is a welcome development, that takes organising to accomplish, but is very worthwhile.


Kilshannig had momentum now, with their strong finish to the opening half, carrying on into the second period. They had the lead reduced to the minimum by the fourth minute, with another converted free, and they had equalised by the 5th minute. We sprung Paul O Sullivan from the bench for Darragh O Grady to try to impact the game, and we regained the lead in the 7th minute with another Jamie Magner converted free, only for Kilshannig to get a free at the other end, that incensed the Killavullen crowd. Kilshannig were the dominant team now though, propelled on by their momentum, which has seen them work their way into the County Intermediate football semi-final as well. Their physical strength in their half back line was thwarting everything we threw at them, and only magnificent defending by our full back line in particular in which Brian Cotter was inspirational, and Mike Cronin in goals with two if not three point blank saves keeping us afloat.


Kilshannig took the lead in the 8th minute and went further ahead from open play in the 12th but we did not lie down. Time and time again, the sliotar ebbed and flowed, up and down the pitch, mesmerising the crowd. We wrestled back the lead in the 17th minute, when Charlie Lillis scored a goal for the ages, from distance, with power and venom and a ricochet off the butt of the post, it was that well placed. Kilshannig responded though, as good teams do, and reeled off 3 points in a row in the 18th, 20th and 22nd minutes to edge back in front again. We needed something different in attack to try and break them, down, and we called on Barry Murphy and Seamus O Mahony to try to save us. Kilshannig had our measure though, and by crowding the midfield area, their physicality came to the fore, and we could not get on the ball. Kilshannig scored again in the 26th and 28th minute, the second from Paddy Walsh, whom once decided to train with us, when he came down first from Clare, before choosing Kilshannig to play with. Ronan Barry and Patrick Angland came on for Mikey O Connor and Charlie Lillis, but it was not to be, and Kilshannig got the final score to win out, on a margin of 0-16 to 1-1-08.


In a game that Killavullen showed great intent, and no little skill, it is perhaps a year or two too soon yet for us – we are coming along, but have more to achieve if we are to progress into a final, and ultimately win it.



For 2022, there is the small matter of a league semi-final, against Glanworth yet to be played for, and the under U21 football and hurling championships. Loads of positives on a difficult day.


The team was;  


Killavullen


  1. Michael Cronin
  2. Kian Lane
  3. Brian Cotter
  4. Fionn Magner
  5. Eoghan Buckley
  6. Liam Cronin
  7. Liam Fox
  8. Eddie Cotter (0-01)
  9. Michael Cagney
  10. Mikey O Connor
  11. Charlie Lillis (1-00)
  12. Padraig Looney
  13. Jamie Magner (0-06, 0-04F,)
  14. Darragh O Grady
  15. Colm Looney


Substitutes


  1. Paul O Sullivan for Darragh O Grady
  2. Seamus O Mahony for Padraig Looney
  3. Barry Murphy for Colm Looney
  4. Ronan Barry for Charlie Lillis
  5. Patrick Angland for Mikey O Connor.
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