Killeeshil on the receiving end
As expected Urney booked their place in last eight of Intermediate championship when they proved too strong for a gallant but outplayed Killeeshil side at Carrickmore yesterda, writes Kevin Kelly.
The St.Columbas went into this game as warm favourites against struggling Killeeshil and they laid a platform for their victory in the first half as they established a 2-7 to 0-6 advantage. Jamie McAleer opened the scoring from a free but Killeeshil levelled matters with a well taken sixth minute point from play. Stephen Lafferty and Reilly then exchanged points before the St.Columbas took a firm grip on proceedings.
McAleer put them back in front from another placed ball before they struck for their first goal in the 16th minute when McAleer and James Kelly combined to send Mark Devine through and he finished clinically to the bottom left hand corner of the net past county minor keeper Daire Martin.
Killeeshil had no time to recover from that setback until they were picking the ball out of the net two minutes later again when Johnny Lafferty set up Anthony McGonagle for a brilliant finish to the roof of the net. Killeeshil were in deep trouble but the superb Reilly pointed from play before landing an outstanding sideline ball from the right wing. Urney continued to push on though with Devine and Johnny Lafferty tagging on points with Eoin Donaghy having the final of the half for the St.Marys.
Packie McMullan took a pass from his brother John to open the second half scoring inside sixty seconds but normal service was quickly resumed. A long ball forward from midfielder Fergal McNulty broke and Stephen Lafferty first timed it to the net to end any hope of a Killeeshil comeback. The same player quickly added a point before midfielder Fergal McNulty weighed in with a monster score from beyond fifty five metres out.
Johnny Lafferty then brilliantly slipped his marker to guide over a fine score as the St.Columbas continued to dominate proceedings. McAleer then added to his personal haul with another fine point as Urney cut through the Killeeshil defence at will. Left half back Ruairi O’Neill then joined the attack to land a good Killeeshil score and seven minutes from time Kevin Hughes and Eoghan Donaghy combined for Rory McCann to take a good point from a difficult angle out on the left wing. The game may have been over as a contest but the St.Marys kept plugging away as they enjoyed their best spell of the contest with substitute Shane Mallon reducing the deficit from a twenty metre free after former Tyrone star Hughes had been fouled.
It was Urney’s night and in the final attack McAleer elected to fist the ball over the bar when he was through on goal to bring the action to an end. This result not only end’s Killeeshil’s championship hopes but it means that they are also relegated to junior football for next season.
Urney scorers – Jamie McAleer 0-6, Stephen Lafferty 1-2, Mark Devine 1-1, Anthony McGonagle 1-0, Johnny Lafferty 0-2, Fergal McNulty 0-1
Killeeshil – Daire Martin, Barry Mulgrew, Aaron McKenna, Nathan Breen, Bernard O’Neill, Mickey McMullan, Ruairi O’Neill, Kevin Hughes, Ciaran O’Neill, John McMullan, Gary Reilly, Conor McElvogue, Eoghan Donaghy, Packie McMullan, Rory McCann. Subs – Earl Gormley for Mulgrew, Shane Mallon for McElvogue, Conor McElvogue for Donaghy
Scorers – Gary Reilly 0-4, Packie McMullan 0-2, Ruairi O’Neill 0-1, Eoghan Donaghy 0-1, Shane Mallon 0-1, Rory McCann 0-1
Referee – Stephen Leonard, Coalisland
Attendance – 300 approximately
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