Killorglin close in on top spot
DENNY PREMIER B
Ballymac Galaxy 1
Killorglin FC 3
KILLORGLIN moved to within a point of league leaders Asdee Rovers at Mounthawk Park on Friday evening after an impressive win over Ballymac Galaxy. There was a lot at stake in this game with as both are among the contenters in the fight for places in the final. However, Killorglin took their chances better and were deserving winners at the end.
The game got off to a blistering start with Killorglin ahead after just three minutes. Sean Costello won the ball deep in his own half and set off on a great run skipping past midfielders and defenders and then layed the ball out to the left flank to Shane McSweeney and after cutting in he delivered in a looping shot come cross which sailed over the Ballymac goalies head and went in off the butt of the far post.
Rocked by the early setback Ballymac sprung back into action and began to put some constructive moves together, but when it came to the final pass they were left wanting. They had a chance from a free kick 10 yards outside the box, but Glen McCarthy's effort was wide of the target. Then Ballymac presented Killorglin with their second goal when Johnny Carey was needlessly took down in the box leading to a penalty. This was tucked away in great style by Sean Costello.
Again Ballymac rose to the challenge and three minutes later they should have got one back. Genie Griffin made one of his lightening trademark runs down the left wing and then put the ball in low in front of Padraig McCarthy 10 yards from goal but he drilled his shot low and just outside the right hand post. Down the other end Killorglin went close with a long ball from midfield flicked on by Shane McSweeney to Sean Costello but his shot went over the top.
Ballymac pressed hard for a score in the lead up to half time and they were rewarded in the 44th minute when Mike Collins left everyone in his wake after a great run and he slipped it in to Genie Griffin and he drilled it low to the bottom corner.
Now the game was delicately balanced going into the second half. The standard of play deteriorated in the second half with the ball in the air a lot with both sides finding it hard to put cohesive moves together. Ballmac were carrying the biggest threat, but when it came close to goals everything was breaking down which was very frustrating for all concerned.
Killorglin had a couple of half chances but efforts by Shane McSweeney and Paul Costelloe did not test the Ballymac goalie. The Launesiders as good as wrapped up the three points just before the hour mark when they forced two successive corners. The second by Sean Costello was right into the goal line where an almightly scramble took place for the ball and at the end of it all Karl Faley was credited with the final touch that got the ball over the line.
Now Killorglin began to play much more defensively with plenty of bodies behind the ball Ballymac were finding them hard to break down. Ballymac had a decent chance of a score in the 78th minute when Padraig McCarthy was taken down five yards outside the box. However, Genie Griffin's effort came off the wall and only lead to a corner. He had another chance shortly afterwards but he skyed his effort.
On the evening Killorglin were the better side and the three points now puts them in a very good position on the league table and on the evidence of this game look like they are going to make it to the final.
The Premier B table is now in an intriguing position with Asdee Rovers on top with 30 points from 14 games, Killorglin are second on 29 points, but they have played 15 games, Ardfert are third on 26 points and they have played 14 games, while Castlegregory could be the dark horses as they are on 22 points, but have only 12 games played, while Ballymac are not gone yet as they have five games in hand on the leaders and they have to play Asdee twice.
Ballymac Galaxy: Paudie Laide, Larry Kelly, Dan O'Shea, Tom Canty, Michael Collins, Cathal De Lacey, Aidan Breen, Mike Leen, Padraig McCarthy, Glen McCarthy, Genie Griffin. Subs: Sean Djemal for Glen McCarthy, Michael Donovan for Michael Collins, Jordan Murphy for Cathal De Lacey
Killorglin: Chris O'Connor, Karl Falvey, Aidan O'Connor, Kieran O'Shea, Mike Kelliher, Gary O'Brien, Sean Costello, Paul McKenna, Johnny Carey, Shane McSweeney. Subs: Gary Cahillane for Johnny Carey, Ryan Keane for Mike Kelliher