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DateApr 7, 2018
Time4:00 pm
TypeIntermediate Championship
Game CodeRound 1
Game NotesA very nervy performance from Kiltimagh meant they ended up in a right dogfight in the final quarter of this game. Despite being largely in control of matters in the first half, a very lacklustre second half meant they left Ballyhaunis right back into the game and give them a right scare before they eventually settled and ground out the win. Both teams went at it right from the beginning, as you would expect in an opening championship game. Sean Walsh neatly slotted over Kiltimagh’s first score after 6 minutes but Ballyhaunis cancelled that out a minute later. TJ Byrne then kicked a great score and Steve McDonnell followed that up with another from distance. Kiltimagh had to do their fair share of defending in the first quarter and Kevin Mulderrig and Conor Heneghan were rock solid in the full back line. Kiltimagh then suffered a serious blow when Liam Lydon turned his ankle had to be replaced. Jamie McNicholas then strolled up from goal and comfortably hit over a 45 and when Liam Kelly hit over another score, Kiltimagh were cruising 0-5 to 0-1. They even had the luxury of a squandered goal opportunity in this phase. Ballyhaunis narrowed the gap to 3 points just before the break but a free from Eoghan Lavin right on the stroke of half time saw Kiltimagh lead 0-6 to 0-2 at the turnaround.
Ballyhaunis struck first after the break and the lead was down to 0-3. David Lydon hit back with a point but it was clear that Kiltimagh were not firing on all cylinders. They had struggled at midfield in the first half but were finding difficult to win any possession at all in that sector in the second half. If not cleanly taking the kickouts, Ballyhaunis were hoovering up the breaks and they capitalised on the large amount of possession they were securing. They hit the next 2 scores but a Malee free had Kiltimagh 3 ahead once again. However, Ballyahunis’ tails were up and they kicked the next 3 points without reply to level matters. Kiltimagh looked completely impotent in attack at this point and a defeat looked on the cards. The game could very well have turned on the next move when Jamie McNicholas pulled off a magnificent save to keep the scores level. Ballyhaunis were attacking again when Sean Moran cut out a cross field pass and in the ensuing move, TJ Byrne was fouled and Lavin slotted the resultant free. With time almost up, Kiltimagh supporters were feeling the tension as Ballyhaunis sought the equalising score. Paul Kelly, who had come on for Ronan Malee, made a difference for Kiltimagh around the middle of the park and he broke out of defence and found Lavin with a relieving pass. From what seemed like an impossible angle, Lavin kicked over the insurance point for Kiltimagh and as the final whistle went, the team and supporters knew that they had got out of jail on this occasion.
Team and Scorers: Jamie McNicholas (0-1), Conor Heneghan, Kevin Mulderrig, Jason Forkan, Sean Forkan, Donovan Cosgrove, Liam Kelly (0-1), Sean Walsh (0-1), Eoghan Lavin (0-3), Brian Gallagher, David Lydon (0-1), Steve McDonnell (0-1), TJ. Byrne (0-1), Liam Lydon, Ronan Malee (0-1). Subs: Tomas Keegan for Liam Lydon, Sean Moran for Liam Kelly (bc) and Paul Kelly for Malee.


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