Killary trim big deficit to collect league title
U15 Division 3 FL Final: Killary Emmets 1-18 Trim 4-5
Goals usually prove decisive, but they didn't in this one as Killary deservedly took the honours in the Under-15 Division 3 decider at Dunganny on Friday.
The conditions were atrocious, with incessant rain throughout, but it didn't dampen Killary's spirits as they recovered from the concession of three goals inside 16 minutes to lead by seven points entering the closing stages.
A Trim goal deep into added time left for a nervy finish, but the Syddan/Castletown combination held out and Rian McConnell hit the insurance score.
Killary made a promising start with points from Killian Smyth and Darragh Kelly, but by the time Rian McConnell accounted for their next point Trim had struck for two goals.
Both came from livewire full forward Sean Foley and his hat-trick goal left it 3-1 to 0-5, but Trim only managed another point for the remainder of the half and by half-time Killary had forced their way back into the game and were on level terms - 1-8 to 3-2.
It was McConnell who got Killary back on track with a goal on 21 minutes and Darragh Kelly (two) and Adam Matthews added points as the combined side finished the half strongly.
McConnell hit the opening two points of the second half, but Trim replied to regain parity by the 40th minute.
Ciaran O'Dea regained the lead for Killary on 41 minutes and that was the start of a dominant spell. Four points from Adam Matthews and two from Darragh Kelly left Killary leading 1-17 to 3-4 by the 57th minute.
Darragh Heffernan pulled a point back and the game was deep into added time when Tadhg Carty blasted a close-range free to the net. Trim went all out for another goal, but Killary held firm and victory was assured when McConnell converted a free with the last kick.
After the match County Minor secretary Brian Kelly presented the shield to joint captains Ciaran O'Dea and Mark Goslin.
KILLARY EMMETS: Shane Kelly; Cillian Oakes, Mark Goslin, Ewan Sheridan; Mark Young, Killian Smyth 0-1, Cormac Farrelly; Ciaran O'Dea 0-1, Rian McConnell 1-5 (0-5f); Darragh Kelly 0-5, John Gabrial Gomez, Jack Dowdall; Adam Matthews 0-6, Aaron Monaghan, James McKenna. Subs: Darren McMahon, Josh Faherty, Cormac Dardis, Bernard Doherty, Zak Bourne, Pearse Cassidy, Aaron Young, Corey Curtis, Keelan Sheerin.