St Colmcilles 1.14
After a long hiatus, the Adult Football league returned to a resplendent Piltown on Friday 17th July with the Division 4 clash of St Colmcilles and Kilmainhamwood. With all the necessary Covid 19 restrictions in place, both teams took to the field with the home side playing with the aid of the wind in the first half. With a large squad and fielding a good mix of an experienced central spine supplemented by youthful players, the Cilles got off to a quick start with JP Wallace marking his club debut with the opening point. Both teams traded points in a very competitive opening quarter, before the ‘Wood seemed to take control of proceedings scoring a goal and a point without reply. A Ciaran White point steadied the ship for the seasiders and Ciaran Kelly was now exerting a huge influence on the game from the forty, striking some wonderful long range points as both teams exchanged scores in a very tight game. Late in the half, with Endy Ehichoya’s ball winning abilities to the fore, Ross Molloy finished an excellent end to end move to the net to put the Seasiders a point ahead. An excellent Ewan Coughlan point under pressure from the left corner saw the Cilles finish the half strongly and lead by two at the break, 1.07 to 1.05.
Facing into the wind in the second half, the seasiders appeared to have it all to do against the experienced North Meath outfit. As expected, the ‘Wood started strongly, scoring three consecutive points and looked set to kick on with the elements in their favour. To their credit however, the Cilles side battled for every ball and in the excellent Ciaran Kelly always had an available scoring outlet. As the half went on, the Cilles back six were beginning to successfully close downtheir opponents in increasingly physical exchanges. With Ian Mullen, Adam McCabe and Con Gordon now driving forward from defence, and fresh legs providing new energy up front, the Cilles outfit showed real composure under pressure to add further points to close out the game in an exciting finale. Next up for St Colmcilles is an away fixture versus Seneschalstown on Thursday 23rd July.
St Colmcilles Scorers:
Ciaran Kelly (0.9), Ross Molloy (1.0), JP Wallace (0.1), Ciaran White (0.1), Ewan Coughlan (0.1), Con Gordon(0.1), Lorcan Hughes(0.1)
St Colmcilles Squad:
Lee McGuinness, Darragh Brodigan, Ciaran Ward, Con Gordon(Capt), Adam McCabe, Ian Mullen, Oran Kinch, JP Wallace, Shane Crilly, Ciaran White, Ciaran Kelly, Daniel Murray, Ewan Coughlan, Ross Molloy, Endy Ehichoya, Daniel Campbell, Lorcan Hughes, Jamie Duffy, Oisin McAleenan, Mark Whearty, Mark Harris, Darragh Kelly, Matthew Weir, Cian Flynn, Sean Collier, Daniel Dalton, Niall McErlearney, Tadhg Bennett