Match Report – Meath Minor Football League Division 4 Final

Clann na nGael 2-17 Killary Emmets 1-12

Killary Emmets got off to the perfect start in this Division 4 Minor League Final in sunny Páirc Tailteann Tuesday evening leading by  a goal and 3 points to no score after 10  minutes.

Full forward Mark Kelly and corner forward Paul Bellew were proving a real handful for the Clann na nGael backs as the Athboy/Rathcairn lads found it very hard to settle.

Clann needed a score badly after some wayward shooting for goal which they finally got after a good passing move saw Conor Hayes beat his man and fire to the net after 10 minutes.

Clann na nGael added scores through Conor Fenton, a point from Hayes, and 2 from Cian Swaine to draw the sides level with 5 minutes left in the half. Killary responded with Mark Kelly kicking  some great scores to leave the half time score Clann na nGael  1-5  Killary Emmets 1-8.

At half time Clann na nGael brought on Sub. Darragh Swaine and this proved decisive as Swain scored 1-5 from play in a great second half surge.

The tone for the second half was set by the Athboy/Rathcairn lads midfielders as Rory Tuite and Cian Swaine surged forward for scores. Conor Hayes was proving hard to mark for the Killary backs and also added scores.The decisive goal from the younger Swaine was a well worked team effort which saw the second half sub fire low to the net with 10 minutes remaining. Killary responded with 2 points to again cut the lead back to a goal but with Darragh Swaine firing over points off right and left foot  the Athboy/Rathcairn lads won out a high scoring encounter 2-17 to 1-12.

Clann na nGael : E O’Griofa, C Kelly, L Brogan, P Bird, R McManus, J Kelly, J Farrell, D O’Donnachada, C Swaine (0-4), C Fenton (0-1), C O’Griofa, D Hand (0-1), B Renehan, R Tuite (0-2), C Hayes (1-4). Subs D Swaine (1-5), Joe Cully, K Swaine, C Ivers, G KellyS Faherty