Killanny GAA Notes
Results for 18th August draw…. 8, 9, 10 & 11
No jackpot winner!
Weekly prize winners €20 each – Siobhan McConnon D/D, David Kellett D/D, Matt Morgan, Daniel Leegan, Paddy Drumgoole, Mark Hughes
Next week’s jackpot will be €5,300 – draw will be held in Leegan’s
Our Championship hoodoo struck again last Saturday night in a windy Inniskeen. We took on neighbours Donaghmoyne in the round 1 clash in front of a large crowd as part of a double header with Corduff & Aughnamullen the curtain raiser. History was made as it was to be the first time ever that an Intermediate Championship clash was decided by way of a penalty shoot-out. In fact, only for the Junior Championship clash earlier in the day between Rockcorry & Aghabog ending in the same circumstances it was a first for Monaghan Club Football. The cynics would say that this is sour grapes but most definitely not…..congratulations go to Donaghmoyne, but when a GAA match gets to the point of having to take soccer-style spot kicks to decide a winner, it’s a lottery and whichever group of kickers and stoppers can hold their nerve the best deserve to go through but the fundamentals of this system as a way to separate two teams who have given their all for eighty odd minutes, not to mention trained, sacrificed and battled for weeks/months previous surely has to be looked at – are we trying to copy our soccer friends across the water? I’m sure that when Michael Cusack & Co met in Hayes Hotel in Thurles on November 1st, 1884 this was never contemplated as part of the mandate for the evolution of the GAA. Players deserve another chance, another day out to do battle again until whoever has the best collective footballing ability on the day prevails. Having said all that, both teams will feel that they had the chances in normal time and again in extra time to grab the win outright. It was a fairly tight first half possession wise but Donaghmoyne playing with the aid of a stiff breeze settled in to it the better with some well taken scores from distance using said breeze effectively. We were finding scores hard to come by, a well taken point from Tiernan Duffy sandwiched in between two frees from Eddie Walsh being the highlight of the first 20 minutes after which we trailed 0-06 to 0-03. Then a breakthrough, Dean Connolly fielded high in the middle, sauntered down the left wing and played a lovely angled pass in to Eddie Walsh who turned his marker and fired low to the net. Donaghmoyne responded with a point from play but two more frees from the boot of Eddie Walsh sent us in at the break leading by one, 1-05 to 0-07. The second half was slow to get going both sides only managing a point a piece inside the next 10 minutes, ours a free from Eddie Walsh however we would be disappointed with our overall second half performance only registering a single point from play, that coming from the boot of Stephen McMahon with 5 minutes left on the clock. Likewise, Donaghmoyne missed some scoreable frees near the end to leave the sides deadlocked 1-07 to 0-10 and probably equally relieved to be still in the contest at full-time. Extra-time began with both sides trading early points, Eddie Walsh hitting a good score from play before a big score arrived in the 5th minute of the first period. A 14-yard free, out wide on the left was swung in by Eddie Walsh and Daryl Traynor rose highest among a group of Donaghmoyne defenders to get a vital punch on it and send the ball to the back of the net. This put us three points up and a huge score in the context of a tight game like this. We tried to slow the
game down then and see out the first period of ET but deep in the 2nd minute of first period injury time a high ball in to our square broke kindly for a Donaghmoyne man in the right place at the right time and he made no mistake crashing it home to again leave the sides level. The floodlights had come on at this stage but there were to be no further flashes of brilliance from either side as both looked tired having given their all in a frantic hard-hitting match. Donaghmoyne did manage to edge ahead with a score from play in the 2nd minute of the second period but this was cancelled out by a very well taken free from wide on the left by Gavin Flanagan. Indeed, Gavin did get another chance from virtually the same position in the dying moments to grab the winner but he screwed his effort skywards. The last effort however fell to Donaghmoyne, a great chance to steal it from a free but their no.7 sliced wide. Deadlock at 2-09 to 1-12, the lottery of penalties it was then…..Sean Finn set the tone to crash home our first before Kian Duffy saved brilliantly, then our talisman Eddie Walsh surprisingly shot wide before Donaghmoyne equalized, Dean Connolly stepped up but his shot was saved and when Donaghmoyne scored their 3rd penalty this put them 2-1 up. Killian Collins then confidently fired home before Kian Duffy again pulled off another great save to keep it at 2-2. It was Kian Duffy, goalkeeper turned goalscorer who then took the responsibility of taking our last kick of the five and buried it leaving the last Donaghmoyne kicker with a must-score kick which he duly despatched to send it to sudden death……..huge credit to Sean Finn for being the man to stand up and take another one in sudden death but the Donaghmoyne keeper pulled off a fantastic save diving full stretch to his right to get a firm hand on Sean’s corner bound effort. It was left for the next Donaghmoyne man to step up and coolly convert to send the fontenoys through on a score of 4-3.
Very had luck lads and better luck next Saturday when we face Cremartin again in the Championship ‘back-door’ in Blackhill at 4.00pm
Team & scorers: Kian Duffy, Ronan Grimes, Ronan Duffy, Robbie Berg, Cillian Leegan, Tiernan Duffy (0-01), Conor Vernon, Dean Connolly, Gavin Flanagan (0-01), Killian Collins, Stephen McMahon (0-01), Eddie Markey, Daniel Leegan, Mark Grimes, Eddie Walsh (1-06). Subs; Michael Vernon for Mark Grimes, Sean Finn for Daniel Leegan, Daryl Traynor (1-00) for Eddie Markey, Adam Kieran for Cillian Leegan, Donal McArdle for Conor Vernon
Championship time for our U-17 team and we are at home to Carrickmacross on Tuesday 20th August at 7.30pm
Castleblayney Faughs provide the opposition in our next game on Thursday the 22nd August at St. Mary’s Castleblayney at 7.30pm
Division 3 & 4 Championship – Aghabog 7-13 Killanny 4-13
Leaving Cert Results
Well done to all our members who received their leaving cert results last week – remember its only a stepping stone in your future and keep GAA games part of it
Reminder – Killanny Ladies’ annual Flag day takes place on Saturday August 24th.
We still have a number of slots to fill on our flag day Saturday 24th August. The slots are only for 2 hours 1-3pm and 3-5pm so if you are available to help out contact our team mentors to organise your time
Killanny GAA proudly presents ‘a night at the OsKaRs’ in aid of our second pitch development plan. We are currently looking for budding actors & actresses to take part in the show which promises to be a great night for all involved. No previous acting experience necessary, starter acting lessons will be provided.
An information evening will be held in early September. Contact any committee member for further details.