KILLEEDY GAA CLUB NOTES
U12 County Final. Venue Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.
Killeedy Tournafulla 3-10(19) Vs Castletown Ballyagran 2-05(11)
On Friday evening last, our U12 hurlers created history by winning our first ever U12 County Final.
From the off, we were first on the scoresheet with a free by Dylan Kennedy. Followed by another point from play by team captain Diarmuid Mullaney, another from Kennedy again. Castletown Ballyagran then got their first point. We traded the next few scores with points from Kennedy, Mullaney and one from Odhran Kelleher. By then, Castletown Ballyagran scored their first goal and put them in the lead, 1-05 to 0.07. Within a minute, Killeedy Tournafulla were awarded a free on the 20m line when Mullaney was up-ended on route for a goal. Odhran Kelleher stepped up a buried the sliotar to the back of the net. Ian Kenny finished off the scoring for the first half with a fine point from play. Half time score was 1-07 to 1-05.
In the second half, even though we played against the wind, we upped our game and the backs held out the Castletown Ballyagran forwards and held them to just one goal in the second half. On the other hand, our midfield and forwards were playing very well and managed 2-03 in the second half. First goal of the second half was scored by substitute Paul Collins, when he pounded on a loose ball in the square. The final goal was scored by midfielder Odhran Kelleher, when he soloed through and stuck an unstoppable shot to the net. Our final three points were scored by Dylan Kennedy and Diarmuid Mullaney.
Shane O’Brien in goals had to be at his best and his puck outs were excellent. Timmy O’Keeffe and Nathan Moloney were outstanding once again. They lead from the back, as did Diarmuid Collins and Kevin Collins. Odhran Kelleher and Ian Kenny at mid-field, ran and ran for the whole game. They both scored and supplied great ball to the forwards. Dylan Kennedy and captain Diarmuid Mullaney really took this game to Castletown Ballyagran. They looked dangerous all evening.
Dylan Kennedy’s free taking was excellent all evening and Mullaney’s solo runs kept Castletown Ballyagran on their toes. Our full forward line of Caleb Morris and Kieran Collins played very well and had the Castletown Ballyagran full back line under pressure for the whole game. Finn Moloney was brought on in the backs and added more security and cleared some great balls. Killian Kenny and Rhys Mulcahy we brought in in the forwards and played well. So too did Oisin Hartnett, Daibhead O’Regan, Cillian Collins and Jack White when they were introduced.
The game was reffed by Owen Curtin of Gerald Griffins GAA club and he did a great job.
After the game, Limerick GDA David O’Dea presented the cup and medals to captain Diarmuid Mullaney. Diarmuid gave a great speech, thanking the management team, the parents, the referee and the then three rousing cheers for Castletown Ballyagran.
Great credit must go to the team management of; Johnny Kennedy, Mike Nolan and Francie Collins. Backroom team is Joe Kelleher and Michael Collins. A lot of work was done with this bunch of lads all year, only losing one game in total.
On the way home, a drive around Tournafulla, Ashford and Raheenagh with horns blowing was well enjoyed by all. In the GAA complex, Oliver and Pauline Kenny had a nice surprise when they had snacks and drinks for everyone. A huge thank you, to ye both for thinking to arrange this for everyone. Later on that night some fireworks were seen in the sky over Ballycommane!
Health & Wellbeing Notes:
On Monday 30th at 7pm, the Walkway Lights were ceremoniously switched on. Thanks to all those that came on the night.
Woodlands House Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship Semi-Finals:
12th October @ 3pm in Feenagh. Croagh Kilfinny V Kilmallock
13th October @ 2pm in Killmallock, Castletown Ballyagran V Killeedy.
Club development draw:
The first draw will take place in The Village Inn next Saturday at 9pm.
PHOTOGRAPH : Killeedy-Tournafulla U12s team with members of the management team; Mike Nolan, Francie Collins and Joe Kelleher. Missing from the photo is Johnny Kennedy.