Killavullen win, Cork win & Ireland Win- not a bad day
March 12, 2023
Killavullen defeated Liscarroll / Churchtown Gaels in the Division 1 Football league game, that was played in Liscarroll earlier today. The game was very scrappy and unnecessary tetchy and Killavullen left some gilt-edge goal scoring chances behind them, but would have been pleased to earn the league points. Killavullen club were grateful to our hosts for agreeing to take the game, after Killavullen pitch was deemed unplayable, after the incessant rain that fell on Thursday. The referee in Dwaine Collins also deserved an honorable mention, after agreeing to referee this game, at short notice, and a time and venue change.
The Liscarroll / Churchtown team took the opening score in the 3rd minute, but we equalised quickly in the 4th minute, courtesy of Charlie Lillis, from a dead ball situation. We went ahead with a nice point from Darragh O Grady in the 5th minute, but the teams were level again, when our hosts, scored from a free in the 7th minute. Gary Lane flashed a ball narrowly wide and we lost Darragh temporarily to an ankle injury in the 15th minute, and Colin Carey replaced him. The intricate passing of the Killavullen forwards worked an opening for Seamus O Mahony in the 16th minute, but the Liscarroll / Churchtown net minder tipped his strong shot over the bar. We went further ahead with another converted free from Charlie in the 25th minute, and should really have scored the opening goal, when Charlie, our ace finisher was at the end of a good move, but his placed shot was just wide of the upright. Patrick Angland was having a fine game at centre back, and he found himself with space in front of goals after a nice off load from Gary Lane, and Pa raised another white flag. The score at the break was 0-05 to -02 in our favour.
On the resumption, Ronan and Eddie in our midfield were doing well, and we generally looked the most likely to raise a green flag, but spurned another glorious chance before Seamus O Mahony scored a close in free. Finally, we did raise that green flag when Colin Carey found himself close in on goals, after quick exchanges of hand passes isolated him, and Colin calmly palmed the ball into the net. 1-07 to 0-02 at this stage with 23 minutes to go. Seamus O Mahony pushed the lead out further with another free, before Darragh, patched up by Denis on the line, was reintroduced for Gary Lane. Eddie Cotter was fouled as he went through on goals, and kicked over the point from a good distance out, but the referee called for the free to be taken again, and we sent that chance wide.
We lost a player to a second yellow card, and invited Liscarroll / Churchtown onto us a bit more, and that resulted in their wing back kicking a nice point for them, in the 20th minute. Dominic Bolster was introduced for Rory O Regan. The home team scored again in the 25th minute from a free, and again from open play in the 27th minute to bring their tally to 0-06. They scored again in the 31st minute before Killavullen calmly took possession of the ball, and kept in in hand, and through the phases to kill down the clock, and to win out, in the end by 1-07 to 0-07.
The team was
- James Angland
- Sean Bartley
- Fionn Magner
- Michael Cagney
- Paul O Sullivan
- Pa Angland (0-01)
- Brian Cotter
- Ronan Barry
- Eddie Cotter
- Gary Lane
- Liam Cronin
- Darragh O Grady(0-01)
- Rory O Regan
- Seamus O Mahony (0-03, 0-02F)
- Charlie Lillis (0-02F)
- Colin Carey (1-00) for Darragh O Grady
- Darragh O Grady for Gary Lane
- Dominic Bolster for Rory O Regan