Relegation Play Off – Report

September 9, 2020

Kiltale 1-23 Killyon 1-16

Kiltale and Killyon played out an exciting SHC relegation battle in Trim on Sunday evening.

Kiltale fielded without the Ryan twins Ross and Ronan and also Iarla Hughes who are getting ready for eagerly awaited senior football semi-final.

The team in maroon started off well with scores from Adam Murphy, Jack Regan and Conor McNally but it was a real dog fight and Killyon replied with some great points from Keith Keoghan and Niall Spollen.

Jack Regan struck a great goal from a 21 yard free in the seventh minute and led at the first water break 1.04 to 0.05.  

However Killyon finished the half stronger outscoring their opponents by 8 points to 4 in the second period of the first half to lead 0.13 to 1.08

Kiltale had great performances in the first half from Brian Reilly and Padraig and James Kelly in defence.

Jack Regan hit some great scores early in the second half to get Kiltale back into the match, Mark O’ Sullivan and Conor Mc Nally 2 great points from midfield.

Regan was on song the whole afternoon and was to end up with an impressive tally.

The second half saw brothers Cathal and Fergal Mc Cabe come to the fore, chipping in with vital points and both won numerous puck outs while Adam Murphy hit 2 excellent points.

Kiltale were now on top and led by 2 points 1.17 to  1.15 at the second half water break.

The introduction of Ross Ryan, Iarla Hughes, Eamon Ryan and Peter Durnin proved too much for Killyon – Ross hit a point and was fouled 3 times and Jack Regan slotted over the frees.

Eamon Ryan settled Kiltale at midfield with some great runs and Mark Sullivan enjoyed his new freedom around midfield.

Peter Durnin hit a great point following a run through the defence by James Kelly.

Kiltale had great performances from stalwart Stephen Donoghue who anchored the half-back line with Willie Mahady and James Kelly.

Kiltale had made a few positional changes compared to previous outings with Padraig Kelly settling well in his new position at full-back and Philly Garvey enjoying his new role at centre forward.

Brian Reilly gave a great performance for his first senior game and had the huge task of marking Adan Gannon.

It was a testament to the team performance that Kiltale had 12 different scorers and with that kind of scoring power they managed to secure their senior A status and will look forward to next year.

Kiltale scorers: Jack Regan 1-10 (1-5f), Conor McNally 0-01, Philly Garvey 0-01, Stephen Donoghue 0-01, Mark O Sullivan 0-01, Adam Murphy 0-02, Fergal McCabe 0-02, Eamon Ryan 0-01, Cathal McCabe 0-02, Peter Durnin 0-01, Ross Ryan 0-01