Manor Farm Under 15 Division 4/5 Championship Final
Tyholland 1 -14 Killanny 3-5
Tyholland staged a thrilling comeback to be crowned champions in a gripping contest played at Shamrock Park, Cremartin on Thursday evening. The North Monaghan outfit showed immense character and resilience particularly after falling 7 points down at one stage in the opening half and again 3 points in arrears heading into the final 10 minutes.
Indeed, Killanny were the early pace setters registering 2-1 inside the opening 10 minutes, the in form Daire O’ Shea providing 1-1 of this total. However, as the 1st half developed Tyholland began to assert more dominance and in Dara Mc Kenna they had a leader and scorer in chief providing 4 points in the opening half.
The intensity picked up considerably in the second half as both teams traded points. But by the 10th minute a splendid Mc Kenna ’45’ brought parity to the contest for the first time. Unfazed Killanny scored a brillant individual goal through Cillian Mc Gahon to restore their 3 point lead and it appeared they had survived the Tyholland comeback. However, for the remaining 16 minutes Tyholland outscored their opponents 1-4 to 0-1. The mercurial Mc Kenna scoring two more ’45’s’ in this period along with a well taken goal from their captain Malachy Treanor.
Killanny desperately tried to retrieve a 3 point deficit in the frantic closing stages but it was the red and white boys of Tyholland that prevailed much to the excitement of their passionate supporters.
Tyholland: O Hughes; B Walker, C Mc Elroy, P Duffy; R Treanor [0-1], D Mc Kenna [0-9, 1f, 3, A Clarke; B Gillanders, M Hatzer; M Treanor [capt. 1-3, 2f], D Sheridan.
Subs used: C Sheridan [0-1], R Mc Cooey, J Hughes, K Mc Kenna.
Killanny: M Carolan; C Marry, J Kelly, C Tobin; C Burns, C Mc Gahon [1-0], D O’ Shea [capt. 1-1]; C Mc Connon [0-1], C Burns [0-2, 1f] ; T Gartlan [1-0], M Mathers.
Subs used: C Murphy [0-1].
Referee: B Mc Nally