Gaeil Colmcille welcomed Killary Emmets, the amalgamated partnership of Castletown and Syddan to Grangegodden to contest the fourth round of the Division 2 Minor Football League.
The home side came out of the traps with a purpose and direct balls into Full-Forward Jack Hogg were causing all kinds of problems for Killary. Gaeil Colmcille got the opening score of the game in the third minute with a point from Ajay Tormey, two points in quick succession by Butlers, David and Andrew increased the lead to three points and when Oisin O’Reilly goaled on 8 minutes it was the perfect start for the Kells men.
Two more points followed in the 9th and 10th minute with Conall McGovern creating space for himself and pointing over and Andrew Butler getting his second point. Two minutes later and Gaeil Colmcille got their second goal of the game, good work by centre-back Finn Mullen in his own square, turned over the Killary forward and a quick breakaway up the field was finished off when Andrew Butler smashed home to the back of the net.
Kells would have to wait until the 22nd minute for their next score when nippy corner forward Liam Barry got in on the act and pointed with the left foot. In what was one-way traffic, Kells thought they had their third goal when Hogg found the back of the net but referee Patrick Clarke had blown up for a free for Kells in the build up, Tormey tapped over.
Gaeil Colmcille continued to create scores and two points, one from Tormey and a free from Andrew Butler increased the Kells lead. Gaeil Colmcille got their third goal from the penalty spot on 27 minutes when Butler coolly dispatched to the top left corner. Killary did get the final score of the half from a free but the first half truly belonged to Gaeil Colmcille as they led 3-10 to 0-01.
Killary Emmets came out far more determined for the second half and outscored their hosts three points to two in the first eight minutes of the half with Barry and Hogg pointing for the Gaeils. Just as Killary gained some momentum substitute Sean Thornton struck for a goal after an excellent run and his low strike found the back of the net.
Tormey got the next two points for the Gaeils followed by a fisted point from Thornton on 43 minutes saw Kells stretch clear. O’Reilly added a point to his goal and a well worked move on 45 minutes ended with Tormey slotting the ball low to the back of the net for Gaeil Colmcille’s fifth goal of the day just as the referee called a halt for the second half water break.
Credit must be given to Killary Emmets who never laid down and despite missing two of their key players, battled well in the final quarter and in an eight minute spell, outscored Gaeil Colmcille 1-04 to 0-01 but it wasn’t to be enough as Bruno Griffin and Butler added two points before Killary rounded off the scoring on the night. An away trip to Paddy O’Brien Park awaits Gaeil Colmcille in Round 5 with both sides having aspirations of a semi-final spot.
Gaeil Colmcille: Glen Gavagan, Aaron Glynn, Kristapus Vitkausus, Rian Early, Finn Tegetmeier, Finn Mullen, Kilian Kelly, Oisin O’Reilly (1-01), Kevin Carpenter, Andrew Butler (2-06), David Butler (0-01), Ajay Tormey (1-05), Liam Barry (0-02), Jack Hogg (0-01), Conall McGovern (0-01).
Sub: Sean Thornton (1-01), Bruno Griffin (0-01), Harry Flanagan.
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