Kilmaley 2-11 Sixmilebridge 2-09
Kilmaley was the setting for the Bridge’s round five championship match which proved to be an exciting game from start to finish. Right from the first whistle, good play from Seán MacNamara and Jack Corry created an early goal opportunity for the Bridge which was unfortunately saved by Kilmaley goalie Ryan Murphy. In the fifth minute the first goal of the game was scored after a run from Kilmaley’s James McGuire which left goalie Cian Fawl with no chance. The sides continued to exchange points with Jack Corry scoring all three of Sixmilebridge’s first half points from frees. The Bridge backs were strong throughout with great defending from Storm Devanney and Alex Frost but it was Kilmaley who were ahead at half time on a score line of 1-6 to 0-3.
The Bridge had a strong second half start with an early goal opportunity and three Jack Corry points in the first 4mins. In the 11th minute, however, it was Kilmaley again who got the first goal of the half from James Fitzpatrick on his third attempt after a Cian Fawl save was failed to be cleared by the defenders, was shot off the post and eventually found the back of the net. Sixmilebridge however responded very well, with an excellent pass from Shane White to Luke Keogh, setting him up for the first Sixmilebridge goal. As the end of the half approached, Kilmaley were still on top, with points from Fitzpatrick and Seán Ronan but a late Bridge goal from a Shane Whyte free after a foul on Dylan Downes ensured this match was a nail-biter right until the final whistle. An Adam Breen shot on goal in the final minute was saved, which would have put the away side ahead by a point, leaving the final score 2-11 to 2-09 to Kilmaley. Great performances from Adam Breen, Jack Corry and substitute Shane Whyte kept the Bridge in this game but unfortunately this Kilmaley side were too strong in the end.
Sixmilebridge: Cian Fawl, Adam O’ Sullivan, Alex Frost, Evan Murphy, Darragh Toomey, Storm Devanney, Sean Og Murnane, Adam Breen, Dylan Downes, Conor Flynn (0-1), Matthew Hurley, Jack Corry (0-8) (0-6f), John Hogan, Sean MacNamara, Luke Keogh (0-1).
Subs: Shane Wyhte (1-0) for Sean McNamara, Ferdia O’Lionain for John Hogan, Colin Kelly for Seán Og Murnane, Matthew Dillon for Conor Flynn.