SHANE INSPIRES KILLANNY

12 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Killanny 2-07

Rockcorry  1-05

By JOHN GRAHAM

With both these sides already promoted before last Sunday’s Eurotech Junior Football League Final at Drumowan the only thing to play for was the silverware and on the day the hungrier Killanny side prevailed to leave both teams now going up to intermediate ranks with a trophy on the sideboard.

Conditions on the day were wintry and very difficult but thankfully the torrential rain that fell late on Sunday morning and into the early afternoon had abated before the start and the fact that it was dry overhead helped to contribute to what was a hugely competitive encounter although one littered with errors, mostly due to the difficult, greasy underfoot conditions.

Killanny got off to a good start and opened a three points lead after 11 minutes but by the break Rockcorry were ahead by a point, a goal in the final minute of the opening quarter somewhat against the run of play helping to that situation.

Despite the fact that Rockcorry had the advantage of the strong wind in the second-half, Killanny never allowed them to establish a foothold as they chased and hunted in packs, crowded midfield and defended in numbers when required to deny Rockcorry any space or time on the ball.

The scores that catapulted Killanny on to victory were two opportunist goals in the second-half by former County minor goalkeeper Shane Grimes, when he made his aerial advantage count to first of all get a hand to a high centre to deflect the ball to the net past Rockcorry keeper Jamie Smith and the second one with seven minutes of normal time remaining when again his aerial advantage saw him win possession of a breaking ball right on the post before side footing home from close range to effectively wrap it up.

At the end it was celebrations all the way for Killanny and rightly so, as they were deserving winners but for Rockcorry it was a case of disappointment but also one of worry regarding the fitness of Lorcan Smyth for next ….

Killany

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