In this, the 2nd round of the Championship the Cilles were looking to take down many peoples favourites for this years Championship, Wolfe Tones. Played in Pairc Tailteann, on a sunny but very windy afternoon, this really was an entertaining game with the outcome in the balance right up until the final whistle.
The score was 10 points each in the dying embers of the game when that man Ben Brennan struck another point from a free, reminiscent of similar heroics in the Cilles run to Croke Park two years ago.
Both teams were looking for their second win of the campaign and it was Wolfe Tones who got the opening point of the game. The Cilles then got on top with a great score from James Conlon, albeit they were dealt a huge blow in the opening minutes when they lost one of their key talismen Ciaran Kelly due to injury, who was replaced by Sean Collier. The Cilles then rattled off two further points from Conlon and Brennan. At this stage with the wind playing its part the Cilles had a number of wides, however they managed to rattle off another long distance point from David O’Byrne which left the score 0-4 to 0-2. Two further points from Conlon and Brennan left the score at 0-6 to 0-5 to the Cilles at Half Time.
The Cilles will look at their sides wides in the first half, however Wolfe Tones will also look at their own tally count of wides in the 2nd period; much of these wides could be put down to the extremely gusty wind that blew up the pitch that gave no favours to the attackers on either side. Seany Collier for the Cilles was the scorer of the opening point in the 2nd half, however the Tones then hit a purple patch, getting the next two scores leaving the score at 0-7 each. The sides then exchanged points, the first from Conlon. With ten minutes to go the Tones went ahead for the first time in the match, however the Cilles responded with another Conlon point and another from Davy O’Byrne. The Tones leveled the match again with three minutes to go.
With the game in the melting pot deep at the end it was the Cilles that persevered with the final point from that Free from Brennan. The Cilles will look at great performances all over the field in defense and in attack as well as excellent performances from the lads in the middle of the park. The Cilles go into the Championship break in great form and in a great place with two wins from two. The team showed great character today and put in a battling performance to beat an excellent and experienced Wolfe Tones side.
Cilles: A Beakey, J Kavanagh, J McDonnell, C Mullan, A Lynch, I Mullan, J Reynolds, D O’Byrne 0-2, R O’Grady, B Brennan 0-3, G Reilly, C O’Byrne, C Hilliard, C Kelly, J Conlon 0-5.
Subs: S Collier 0-1 for C Kelly, C Ward for S Collier