Killeavy club notes – 23rd April 2012
Killeavy return to winning ways
Killeavy bounced back from their midweek mauling at the hands of Granemore to edge home in a hard fought contest against Culloville. Killeavy were able to welcome back James Duffy to midfield after injury and other changes saw Stephen McKinley take the goal minding role for the first time this season and Raymond Teggart back to lead the line after work commitments had ruled him out of midweek action.
Both teams got very wet during their warm-ups but mercifully the rain stayed away for most of the game itself though it did leave the surface very greasy on top. Culloville were first out of the blocks with two pointed fress but Killeavy responded with a similar score from Stephen McDonnell and two super points from Raymond Teggart, the second of which rasped the top side of the bar on its way over. Culloville took advantage of Killeavy’s inability to clear their lines to hit the next three scores before Killeavy managed to get back on the board through McDonnell and Caolan Trainor. Culloville were definitely on top at this stage and could have been out of sight were it not for two excellent saves from Stephen McKinley. Exchanges were tight and tackles were flying in all over the field with the threat of a flare-up never far away. However, referee Gerard Devlin did an excellent job of spotting misdemeanours and both teams were equipped with free-takers capable of making the culprits pay the penalty. Culloville went into the break a point ahead at 0.07 to 0.06 and immediately extended that on the restart with a fine point from long range. Killeavy replied through McDonnell and the teams swopped scores to 0.09 each with fifteen minutes left. Killeavy were then hit with a treble blow when they lost Caolan Downey and Conor King through injury and then big James Duffy was shown a straight red for a clumsy tackle on Culloville’s Rowland. Culloville pointed the resulting free and looked odds on for victory but as is so often the case, the 14 men battled like heroes and a fisted pointed from Trainor and two McDonnell frees gave Killeavy a two point lead with five minutes left. Good work from Sean Kiernan, Paul Rocks and David Markey managed to break up a number of Culloville attacks and all they could add was a pointed free with almost the last kick of the game.
A much needed win for Killeavy to help them over the disappointment of Wednesday’s performance. The two points did however come at a massive prices as an already stretched squad will have to travel to Ogs on Wednesday without King, Downey and Duffy – all of whom are likely to be out for the next few weeks.
Killeavy: S. McKinley, K. Downey, D. Markey, C. Moan, P. Hannaway, P. Rocks, S. Kiernan, J. Donnelly, J. Duffy, C. King, S. McDonnell (0.07, 6 frees), S. Malone, G. Byrne (0.01, 1 free), R. Teggart (0.02), C. Trainor (0.02).
The Junior squad continue to find things very tough at this level going down to a fifteen point defeat in Clady.
Our minors started off what we all hope will be a long campaign this year with an away win over title challengers Keady. We made a slow start in this one and trailed by five points at one stage before coming home strongly to win by nine points. The u16s recorded their second straight win with a good victory in Silverbridge while our hurlers have started the year exceptionally well with both our minors and u16s recording wins over Middletown. Our ladies also got in on the act with a good win for our u16s against Mullaghbawn.
Killeavy GAC Firewalk
Saturday 28th April
Fire lighting 8.45pm
Firewalk commences 9.00pm (sharp & hot!)
Free Admission – BBQ
Live Music from “The Last Word”
(Appropriately featuring Paddy Burns – just like the feet!!)
Would you walk through fire for your club?
The club are looking for willing and ‘size challenged’ volunteers to take part in this years’ Biggest Loser competition. Six week programme May – June. Contact Jackie Cromie/Sean Duffy
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