Gaeil Colmcille’s Saturday evening fixture with Curraha didn’t get off to the best of starts as Fionn Smith had to make a pit stop with Max Finlay and Sean Cleary as passengers and unfortunately for Smith he had to retire his car meaning Max and Sean had to make the journey the rest of the way to Curraha. Filling in for Cleary in midfield, Cormac O’Reilly filled the boots of the Trinity College All-Ireland Winner as he struck the opening score of the game when he rattled the back of the net in the second minute.
Curraha got their first score of the day, a point after five minutes. That score was cancelled out by the “Onion Sack” Barry Farrelly who scored Kells second goal of the game, Farrelly not needing the seven attempts like he did against Trim in the second team fixture in the A League’s two week’s previous. Zak Griffin, Cormac Mattimoe, O’Reilly, Gary McGovern, Alex Williams and Farrelly all added points and it looked as if Gaeil Colmcille were going to have it all their own way but the home side had their own ideas and two goals wither side of a Brian Byrne customary 45 left four between the sides with Gaeil Colmcille leading 2-08 to 2-04.
Curraha got the opening score of the second half and having trailed by 10 points cut Kells lead to just three points with 35 minutes played. Manager Benny Reddy added fresh legs and Finlay and Cleary finally entered the pitch after their detour and points from Ajay Tormey and Griffin restored a five point lead for Gaeil Colmcille.
With 39 minutes on the clock the game then turned into the Alex Williams show, Williams fired off 3-02 in the space of seven minutes to give Gaeil Colmcille a commanding 14 point lead that didn’t look likely 10 minutes earlier. Tormey and McGovern both added their second points of the game and when substitute Cian Donlon was brought down inside the area, McGovern stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but to be guilted into handing the ball over to Donlon to take. Donlon made no mistake and fired the ball beyond the Curraha keeper.
Donlon followed that penalty with an excellently taken point from an acute angle and as the game was heading to full-time and Gary McGovern showed his terrible acting skills in the TV Hits as Smithy of Gavin & Stacey was not just a one off and his dramatic fall from a clean hit gave him the opportunity to add the final scores of the game. With McGovern thinking that this report would somehow reach The Chronicle, he stepped up take 14 yard free to seal the win for Gaeil Colmcille and make it two wins from two in the Premier Championship Division 7.
Gaeil Colmcille: Chris Doyle, Phelim Dunne, Brian Bryne (0-01), Kristapus Vitkuskas, Niall Williams, Caolan McConnell, Cormac O’Reilly (1-01), Ajay Tormey (0-02), Zak Griffin (0-02), Gary McGovern (0-05), Cormac Mattimoe (0-01), Barry Farrelly (1-01), Alex Williams (3-03).
Subs: Max Finlay, Sean Cleary, Cian Donlon (1-01), Jamie Jordan, Liam Byrne,