Cilles make it 3 from 3 Championship wins in a week!!
The Cilles made it three Championship wins in threeconsecutive days. Following wins for the Junior B’s and Junior D’s the senior team prevailed in a titanic tussle against their East Meath neighbours St Patrick’s. The Cilles in winning this game have now qualified for their first everquarter final of the Senior Championship
Played on Saturday evening in Duleek, this really was championship fair, with every ball keenly contested and every score hard earned. The opening 4 scores were shared with the Cilles scores coming from a pointed free from Conor O’Byrne and a Graham Reilly point. The Cilles then went 0-3 to 0-2 up courtesy of a Jack Reynolds point; however the St Pats men hit a purple patch rattling off the next five scores to leave the score at 0-3 to 0-7 on the 19th minute. A Davy O’Byrne point and a free from Graham Reilly followed. Following another score from Pat’s, the Cilles were then able to draw level following an excellent goal punched to the net by Conor O’Byrne following a ball ‘crossed’ into the box from James Conlan. The Cilles finished the half stronger with Conor O’Byrne scoring an excellent point, to leave the score 1-6 to 0-8 at the half time whistle.
With the game tightly poised at the restart, the Cilles were first out of the blocks and they almost got off to a perfect start when a ball from Jack Reynolds fell short only to bounce up and hit of the crossbar to safety. The sides were to exchange points with the Cilles score coming from Graham Reilly. The Cilles then hit their own purple patch, hitting the next fourscores with James Conlon, Jack Reynolds and two from the boot of Conor O’Byrne leaving the score at 1-11 to 0-9. After a converted free from St Pat’s, the Cilles rattled of a great score from Graham Reilly following some excellent interplay.In the closing stage the Pat’s men were to get three further points, however two excellent scores from Graham Reilly and James Conlan left the score at 1-14 to 0-13 on the blast of referee David Gough’s final whistle. The Cilles fought hard for this win and defended resolutely, against an excellent St Patrick’s side. In the final game of the league element it will be Ratoath up next for the Cilles, with the victors in this game topping the Group.
Cilles: A Beakey, C Ward, J McDonnell, I Mullen, A Lynch, C Mullan, C Hilliard, R O’Grady, R McCloskey, D O’Byrne0-1, G Reilly 0-5, J Reynolds 0-2, J Kavanagh, C O’Byrne 1-4, J Conlan 0-2