Killoe beat Mostrim in Championship

2012 county champions Killoe Emmet Og made light work of a poor Mostrim outfit as they ran out convincing winners in the Senior Football Championship Round 1 game in Granard on Sunday evening last.

It was all too easy for the Killoe side who dominated from start to finish. Nothing went right for Mostrim and trailing by 12 points at the break, 1-12 to 0-3, the signs were ominous. They did try to put up a fight in the latter stages of the second half and had a few goal chances but at that stage it was all over.

Killoe looked good despite missing a number of players; they have a potent forward line with all six of their forwards that started scoring. Their defence though were very rarely tested.

It was Mostrim who got the opening score when Cillian Lynn pointed a free after he was fouled in the 2nd minute. One minute later Larry Moran pointed for Emmet Og. Sean McCormack, Daniel Mimnagh, Paddy Kiernan and Mark Hughes all added points as Killoe got into their stride.

Two points from Denis McGoldrick (one free) and a neat Sean McCormack point put them ahead by seven by the 25th minute before Mark Hughes set up Daniel Mimnagh for the first goal of the game.

Cillian Lynn got Mostrim’s second point from a free in the 27th minute but Emmet Og replied with points from Ronan McGoldrick and Aidan Brady.

Luke Kelly got Mostrim’s first point from play in the 30th minute. In stoppage time Sean McCormack and Ronan McGoldrick hit over points to extend their side’s lead to 12 points at the break.

Another Cillian Lynn free opened the scoring in the second half before Killoe took control of proceedings again. Denis McGoldrick fired over a free before his brother Ronan got a fine point. One minute later a lovely move between Mark Hughes and Larry Moran saw Ronan McGoldrick palm the ball to the net to stretch the lead to 16 points.

Paddy Kiernan and Denis McGoldrick (free) gave them a massive 18 point lead by the 44th minute but that was to be Emmet Og’s last scores of the game. Despite having chances they failed to add to their tally in the final quarter of the contest.

Mostrim tried hard to get scores to put some respectability on the scoreboard. A Michael Hussey free in the 48th minute was followed up by another free, this time conveerted by Brian Farrell. Fintan Coyle had a goal chance in the 50th minute but he blasted his effort wide.

Mostrim substitute Alan O’Hara got the final score in the 57th minute. One minute later Emmet Og could have got their third goal; Larry Moran did well to cut inside and got to the endline but his shot was saved by opposing keeper Ciaran Garvey.

KILLOE EMMET OG: Stephen Coy; Cian Farrelly, Darragh Bennett, Aidan Brady (0-1); Shane Dowd, Joe McCormack, Paddy Hughes; Paddy Thompson, Ronan McGoldrick (1-3); Denis McGoldrick (0-4, 3f), Paddy Kiernan (0-2), Larry Moran (0-1); Daniel Mimnagh (1-1), Sean McCormack (0-3), Mark Hughes (0-1).

Subs:- Damien Bratten for J McCormack (46 mins); Terry McCormack for M Hughes (53 mins); Liam Hughes for S McCormack (55 mins).

MOSTRIM: Ciaran Garvey; Damien Moran, Michael Kenny, Aaron Gallagher; Sean Monaghan, Martin Coyle, Gerard Smith; Fintan Coyle, Shane Kiernan; Ciaran Gallagher, Johnny Murphy, Luke Kelly (0-1); Cillian Lynn (0-3, 3f), Michael Hussey (0-1, f), Brian Farrell (0-1, f).

Subs:- Cathal Smith for S Monaghan (18 mins); Niall Quinn for L Kelly (half-time); Joe Dempsey for J Murphy (half-time); Darren Bloomer for C Gallagher (40 mins); Alan O’Hara (0-1) for C Lynn (injured, 45 mins).

Referee: Patrick Maguire (St. Mary’s Granard).