Monaghan Cavan League First Division
Killylough Reserves 1-0 Monaghan Town Reserves
With the flagship teams from Monaghan Town and Killylough sitting first and second respectively in the Premier Division over the weekend, the first meeting of these clubs’ reserve sides was sure to be a closely fought encounter.
The game kicked off on Sunday evening at Gortakeegan with a slow, methodical pace with a lot of testing for openings but very little breaching of defences taking place. With the county town side enjoying the greater fluency, it was Paul Kelly who seemed to break through most frequently but both his efforts rose over the angles whilst shooting under pressure. With Conor Forde looking assured and unbeatable in the Villagers’ goal, Gabriel Treanor had to be at his best to tip over from Noel McCabe’s half volley as a tight and tense first half offered no breakthrough.
The second half resumed with the same atmosphere of defences on top. With changes now ringing through the sides, the home side were forced to replace McCabe with McCabe, as Martin replaced Noel early into the second half. Indeed the fresh man made the difference on this occasion as Martin McCabe won possession and instantly split the defence with a perfect through ball for Nessan McCrudden to run on to. McCrudden kept his cool and slotted low past Treanor for 1-0. With still plenty of time left, Town pushed hard for an equalizer and forced Forde into several smart stops, with Sean Egan arguably closest when watching his shot on the turn tipped around the post.
The Tydavnet men hung on though, and now sit third in a tightly contested first division.
Killylough Reserves 2-2 Glaslough Villa
With Villa’s Monaghan Cavan First Division challenge suffering in the middle third of the season, this fixture brought back a title they still own, the better half of Killylough Reserves worst ever result, awarded in the sides’ only previous meeting in October 2012. For the bottom of the league Tydavnet side another new strike force and a change to the Hoops were both required for Saturday evening.
From kick off, Glaslough showed their intent with long balls searching for Georgie Bolton and Conal McKenna’s pace to latch on to. An early change in the home side’s rear-guard required the introduction of Gary Thornton as a replacement for the injured Paul McQuaid. The visitors too had to reshuffle in attack leading Ciaran O’Connell to the fray. The game swung either way in the opening exchanges but a series of Glaslough corners and pressure testing Daniel Maj’s agile reflexes eventually told as they went 1-0 up heading into the break.
With a more respectable result virtually guaranteed, the visitors came out with the same football on the deck style which had kept them in the battle thus far. Stephen McKenna, who had adapted well to an unfamiliar role, made way for John Harrison who was the attack’s new partner to Nessan McCrudden, debuting for the Reserves this season. The game somehow changed and the legs of Killylough seemed endless all of a sudden, emphasised by Paddy McPhillips whose lung bursting run down the right from inside his own half was uncatchable. The ball came square for Harrison who took a touch and applied the finish to equalize off the same post Stephen Pat did the week before for Killylough. 1-1, and a real game on show. Villa sought to respond and were awarded a penalty kick to ease their required effort but Bolton blazed it over and the battle wore on. A moment of indiscipline saw Villa reduced to 10 men and with their tails up, the Villagers played their way forth. David Adamczyk, moved to the left, went on another trademark run with the ball but unleashed an early long range effort which keeper Ian Deardon did brilliantly to touch onto the bar, only for Peter Kaminski to hammer in the rebound with a weaker-foot volley. Offside was called and both sides had had a let off.
The final 10 minutes saw the bottom side’s comeback completed when they were awarded a penalty of their own. McCrudden dusted himself off and sent the keeper the wrong way to put Killylough Reserves 2-1 ahead. There was to be one more sting in the tail before the final whistle though as Villa got a free-kick on the edge of the box. The gap in the wall was found and the strike was pure as Glaslough emerged with a 2-2 draw from a game incidents simply could not dampen. Having turned the game around for Killylough Reserves it may feel like two points dropped but a sense of improvement in play nonetheless.
Killylough Reserves 1-0 Donagh Celtic Reserves
The last time this local reserve derby went down, Donagh Celtic edged a nail-biting semi-final en route to claiming the Sean Woods Cup to halve the Emyvale side’s trophy haul for last season. Fortunes have remained into the start of this campaign with both Celtic sides riding high and unbeaten in the Monaghan Cavan League. For Killylough’s second senior team, that semi resembled a below par season, and a bottom two start formed this campaign’s next visitors the favourites in the return to the Astro.
The match kicked off at six o’clock on Sunday and from the beginning both sides were forced to dig their heels in for backs to the wall moments. In a rare outing in the native Hoops, Killylough had Paddy McPhillips chasing down everything while Donagh’s main thrust early doors was coming from wideman Daniel Finnegan. Kieran Treanor, Gary Murray and David Adamczyk all flashed shots narrowly wide as McPhillips remained one of few to test Kevin Martin in the Donagh goal. While at the other end Christopher Curran was causing problems but neither he nor Finnegan could perfect their range. The best chance for Donagh came when a smart turn from Kieran Feely drew him one on one with Daniel Maj, who thwarted the target man from close range. A mazing run from Adamczyk on the wing lead to a strong penalty claim in the closest the Tydavnet side got in the opening forty-five.
The second half resumed the high paced standards of the first with both sides having to work hard to create the chance of a winner. Maj was forced into smart saves but equal to all that was thrown at him as table-toppers Donagh looked to cement their position. Killylough introduced Gregory Treanor and Michéal McCarville to beef up the attack and both went close as the game entered its final quarter. With about ten minutes remaining, a corner for Donagh was met with a powerful header from Aiden Kerr which had Maj beaten at last, but the astute Mickey Rooney was on hand to clear off the line in the closest anyone had come to scoring thus far. Greg Treanor worked hard to create the Hoops best chance afterwards but Martin reached a strong hand out to claw it away. As the game hit 86 minutes, McCarville latched onto a ball at the edge of the box near the right wing and showed great control to guide the ball inside. An audacious effort flew off the outside of the youngster’s right boot and arced over the keeper to the far top corner of the goal for a winner to befit the game itself.
With only ever a kick of a ball between the teams the final whistle blew and the Tydavnet men had gained their first points of the season. Donagh will be relieved to learn that their position on top of the First Division league table remains the same after the weekend’s games, but for Killylough the foundation has finally been laid for a return to form.
Killylough Reserves 3-1 Ballyhaise Celtic
Fifth and sixth place in the First Division met at noon on Sunday on the AstroPark, and with the bottom half of the league beckoning for both teams, the players were all keen to nail down starting spots for their sides for the upcoming cup competitions.
When last the sides met in Kingscourt, the Cavan side came out the better with a late winner which meant the third meeting of the sides had pitted them at one-all to this point. An even game was sure to follow…
In the early running, there were a few range finders from the Tydavnet men, with their counterparts threatening to break through at the other end but it was a case of defences on top and limited chances. On the 20 minute mark, good link up work from Damien Cadden and John Harrison set up Mariusz Wojciechowski, who showed remarkable strength to hold off challengers in the six yard area and prod home his first ever goal for Killylough. Rarely a more popular goalscorer would be found, and a pushing case for the old dog for the long road! With goals seemingly in the offering, Matty McCague ran on to the Villagers best chance in the remainder of the first half but was unable to double the advantage. At the other end, Celtic’s threat was growing and when the ball broke free on the inside left, their first clear cut chance had to be taken first time but the shot went across goal and wide.
The second half saw an improved Ballyhaise attack and a spell of pressure which lead to two Gary Hackett goal-line clearances. The next goal would prove vital in this match and it was the home side who got it on 56 minutes, when Piotr Kaminski’s defence splitting pass found the everywhere man Hackett who finished low to the near post for the goal his man of the match performance deserved. With ten minutes to go on the clock, substitute Nessan McCrudden sought to get in on the scoring act and when a back pass wasn’t dealt with, the youngster kept his head and ultimately his scoring streak going by rounding in number three. Late substitute, “The” Paddy Brady’s previous appearance in black was back in September was during a healthy home cup win over Ballyhaise, one which has been unrepeated as Padraig Quinn’s sieges have progressed to match any side in the division on current form. They were never out of this game and with four minutes to go a fierce free kick from the edge of the box took a slight nick on the way in but registered the late goal that the battling Ballyhaise weren’t going to leave without.
3-1 the final scoreline in favour of a hard working Killylough side who with only cup opponents Cootehill Harps left to play in the league, will now turn their attentions to the retaining of the Sean Woods Cup.
Killylough Reserves: Kieran Treanor; Barry McKenna, Piotr Kaminski, Dermot McCarron, David Cassidy; Damien Cadden, Andrew Stelmach, Matty McCague, Gary Hackett; Mariusz Wojciechowski, John Harrison; Nessan McCrudden, Paddy Brady
Killylough Reserves 3-5 Cavan Celtic
A match with goals and action aplenty on the AstroPark on Sunday saw two sides at either end of the Monaghan Cavan League First Division bid for the points in a frantic affair.
The first half saw Killylough Reserves open the scoring as Stephen McKenna finished under the keeper but a reply from the penalty spot from the Cavan side levelled matters before the break.
The second forty-five would see the Celts take control of the game as their battling number 9 got an early first of his day’s double. Aiden McCormack netted his career’s finest in reply for the Tydavnet men but a 3rd goal in a crazy five minute spell saw the blues regain the lead at 3-2. Darren Quigley finished off some neat build up play to equalize again for the villagers at 3 all. The game then swung on another penalty decision and a moment of indiscipline which saw Killylough reduced to 10 men. With the lead regained a third time for Cavan Celtic, they weren’t going to let it slip this time and with the clock counting down the game saw it’s final goal from a corner met by an unchallenged bullet header and the three points ensured for the Celts.
This win now pushes the Cavan men level on points with Blaney Academy at the summit of the division, a different outlook though for the Tydavnet team who remain winless since their opening fixture.
Killylough Reserves: Daniel Maj; Peter Kaminski, Dermot McCarron, Barry McKenna, Shane Murphy; Barry McKenna, Aiden McCormack, Barry Garvey, Kieran Treanor; John Harrison, Stephen McKenna; Darren Quigley, Michéal McCarville, David McGettigan.
Killylough Reserves 1-2 Blaney Academy
Top of the table after 2 fixtures, Blaney Academy met the men they ousted for the early kick off on Sunday. With two teams boasting new additions this season, these sides will both be keen to mount a challenge at the First Division crown this year and their first meeting of the season would be three points welcomed in either camp.
The opening 45 saw the home side gain control of a game for which the weather was anything but controllable. With the majority of chances falling in front of the Blaney goals, John Harrison, Barry McKenna and Piotr Kaminski all went close before the 42nd minute, when Shane Meehan’s cross come shot put Killylough Reserves ahead. The Academy men finished the half strongly though and a corner was met with a strong header to equalize on the stroke of half time.
The second half saw a rejuvenated away side trudge out onto the now puddled pitch. With the power of attack falling predominantly on the same goalmouth, the winner was in Blaney’s sights and it arrived in the last ten minutes with the boys in black failing to clear their lines and the ball ricocheting to an alert Blaney forward to earn his side all 3 points. Killylough did mount some offence in the remainder but bar a couple of faint penalty shouts, it was the visitors who would emerge with the last word of the day.
Killylough Reserves: M O’Hanrahan, A Heaphey, D McCarron, P Kaminski, G McKenna, B McKenna, B Garvey, N McArdle, K Treanor, J Harrison, S Meehan, R Treanor, D Treanor, B McKenna.
Killylough Reserves 8-2 Bailie Youths Reserves
In a second meeting of the two clubs in less than 24 hours, Killylough Reserves and Bailie Youth Reserves began their league campaigns in the First Division on Sunday. The wind and rain tormented all at kick off and maintained throughout but ten goals lifted all’s spirits and the Tydavnet men would emerge with the lion’s share.
The hosts broke the deadlock about ten minutes in with Stephen ‘Pat’ McKenna finishing off some fine build up play involving Shane Meehan and John Harrison. Pat would double his tally after strike partner Harrison netted the second. There was time before the break for debutant Ryan Treanor to add to the lead as his long range free kick found it’s way in.
The second half would see the men in black match their opening exchange tally as Pat added two more and two more men opened their accounts for Killylough, Piotr Kaminski left footed from the back post and a particularly neat finish from Niall McArdle. Sandwiched in between were two replies from the unbowed Bailie boys, the first from a penalty and a neat finish from a set piece.
Killylough Reserves: Morgan O’Hanrahan; Alan Heaphey, Piotr Kaminski, Dermot McCarron, David Cassidy; Shane Meehan, Niall McArdle, Barry Garvey, Ryan Treanor; Stephen (P) McKenna, John Harrison; Stephen (G) McKenna, Gerard McKenna, Mariusz Wojciechowski.
Killylough Reserves 3-0 Blaney Academy
With first and second already decided in the Monaghan Cavan League First Division, third place remains the order to fight for and Killylough Reserves and Blaney Academy were in contention leading up to the sunny afternoon kick-off in Tydavnet.
As both sides sought to find a pattern of play at times in the first half, the opening goal took until the 35th minute to arrive when the home side got a corner and up popped skipper Barry McKenna to drive home from the corner of the 6 yard box. 1-0 Killylough Reserves and so it remained until half time.
Paddy Campbell tipped to Wojciech Gil to initiate the second half and he found James Greenan on the left wing who took two touches to control, and set up an outrageous volley which swerved over the keeper’s head and kissed the crossbar on the way in. 2-0 up began a second half in which the Villagers sought to gain control but it wasn’t until midway through when the final goal would come. As Campbell pressurised the defence the ball broke to Gil, who rolled the defender to curl to the corner his side’s third and final goal of the day. Blaney rallied hard and asserted themselves on the attack but were unlucky to see their best chance come back off a post in the closing stages.
Killylough Reserves: Daniel Maj; Piotr Kaminski, Aiden McCormack, Dermot McCarron, Paul McQuaid; Barry McKenna, Matty McCague, Declan Treanor, Kieran Treanor; Paddy Campbell, Wojciech Gil; James Greenan, Mariusz Wojciechowski, Matthew McCrudden.
Killylough Reserves 2-4 Clones Town
Clones Town took a massive step towards the First Division championship with a win over 3rd placed Killylough Reserves at the latter’s home venue in Tydavnet. The sides had met twice this season previous to Sunday’s encounter and with a win apiece and neither side having participated in a goalless draw thus far, this game was sure to be exciting.
The early moments of this encounter saw the home side in almost total control despite playing into the strong wind, and looked likely to open the scoring within 5 minutes of the ‘off when a quick throw in found Wojciech Gil in the area, who turned and thundered against the crossbar with the keeper well beaten. The same player wasn’t to be denied soon after and in double fashion as he struck with his left foot for 1-0 and his right foot for 2-0 as Killylough dominated the Town defence. With 20 minutes now elapsed and a 2 goal deficit to overcome, league leaders Clones began to find their feet and became more of an attacking force, and when Carl Woods was bundled over in the area the away side took the chance to halve the gap with Woods converting the resulting spot-kick. The Villagers began to regain control with David McGettigan forcing a fine save from the keeper but the game then took a massive sway in the visitors’ favour as just after the half hour mark, Gil was given his marching orders for a needless kick out at his marker. Town then went for the jugular, seeking to level matters before the interval and a series of inswinging corners eventually proved fruitful as Shane O’Dowd netted for 2-2.
After the break, the hosts sought to regain the advantage but as the now-backing wind died and the rain began to pour, their fire was dampened as Clones completed the turnaround mid-way through the half with Woods netting his second. 3-2 to Clones and the further the game went, the more the man advantage began to show and Kevin McKenna completed the scoring by firing in his side’s fourth and final goal of the day. Matty McCague went close for the Tydavnet side in the closing stages but the second half task was to be too much for the 10 men. It was Clones Town’s day as they came from behind yet again and, for them, the finish line is now in sight.
Cavan Celtic 3-5 Killylough Reserves
Having been rescheduled for Tydavnet, this match pitted two sides suffering runs of form not to be proud of in the First Division but with two teams eager to put that right on Sunday, goals were sure to come.
Following early chances at both ends of the field, Killylough Reserves took the lead mid-way through the first half when Wojciech Gil pounced on a rebound to slot home the opener. Kieran Treanor then doubled the Villagers advantage before the interval, shooting low across the keeper for a half time score of 2-0.
Shortly after the restart Gil added his second after fine work by Aiden McCormack who was brought down by the keeper in the build-up, only for his strike partner to finish. At 3-0 Killylough looked comfortable but blips started to appear and a free kick wide on the left for Cavan Celtic was swung in dangerously for Michael Hatton to tuck home. Immediately after the restart, Barry McKenna went on a weaving run and the keeper could only palm his fierce drive into the path of McCormack who finished for 4-1. Action aplenty at both ends now and an audacious strike from Celtic right back and skipper Martin Miller from just inside the opposing half looped in for 4-2. With about 20 mins remaining no one could tell when the scoring would stop but there was time for one more for each side. First some neat work from Gil out wide took out two defenders and let McCormack through to calmly lob the keeper for his second and the Tydavnet side’s fifth and final goal of the day. To Celtic’s credit they never lay down once and were rewarded in the closing minutes with Hatton tucking away his second to leave a final score of Cavan Celtic 3-5 Killylough Reserves.
Killylough Reserves: Francis Dolan; David Treanor, Pauric McKenna, Dermot McCarron, Paul McQuaid; Barry McKenna, Piotr Kaminski, Barry McKenna, Kieran Treanor; Wojciech Gil, Aiden McCormack; Mariusz Wojciechowski.
Killylough Reserves 3-1 Cootehill Harps Reserves
Killylough Reserves were hoping for a return to form at the weekend and were eager to make home advantage count as they welcomed Cootehill Harps Reserves to Tydavnet.
The first half saw both sides probing each other for weaknesses but whether defences were on top or finishing was array became irrelevant as the half finished goalless. The second half would differ.
Five minutes into the second half and the tide of the game turned in favour of the hosts and the breakthrough came from an unfamiliar source. As the ball was closed down on the right wing, Killylough Reserves skipper Barry McKenna closed the ball down and turned inside swinging his left foot at the ball which wound up past the keeper’s despairing dive and in the corner of the net. The second came shortly after as the Hoops game of pressure and passing paid off with McKenna hooking the ball back from the end line in the penalty area to Wojciech Gil caught the ball on the volley and kept it low as it bounced in for 2-0 on 53 minutes. 3-0 came about 10 minutes later through Francy Dolan who latched on to a superb through ball and outpaced the defence finishing for his first of the season. To the Cavan men’s credit, they didn’t lie down and came at their opponents hard with 3 up front for the closing stages. As one of many set pieces swung its way into the area it was met by a towering header which went in for 3-1. Harps then pushed hard to increase the level of their comeback but were met by a firm Villagers defence which withheld all that could be thrown at them as the scores finished 3-1 to Killylough Reserves.
Killylough Reserves 1-1 Donagh Celtic
Whether this game was to be billed as a local derby or a top of the table clash, this eagerly anticipated meeting was sure to bring it all on Sunday afternoon in Tydavnet. Both sides had swapped terms at the summit of the Monaghan Cavan League First Division in recent weeks but with only goal difference separating them previously, a 6-1 win for Donagh and 5-2 defeat for the Hoops last weekend ensured daylight between the teams before the curtain was raised on this encounter.
Both teams started brightly with a pitch in ideal condition and whether the aim was to regain or remain as far as the league table was concerned, a relentless competitive effort was on the cards with the early pace being set accordingly. Donagh were first to be dealt the blows in double dosage. An early injury to Damien McKenna in midfield was a loss to the Emyvale men and Christopher Curren’s entry to the fray lead to a triple positional switch in their lineout after 20 minutes. Their second blow made a bigger impact as the home side took the lead. In a period of pure pressure from the Hoops Matthew McCrudden hit the crossbar and as Killylough Reserves maintained offence, midfield talisman Matty McCague struck with a left footed chip which came down off the crossbar and behind the defenders on the goal line. One-nil to the home side. Donagh were eager to get back on terms before the half time break and that they did. David Kerr flighted in the free kick and Gary Todd met it with a glancing header superbly placed beyond Francy Dolan’s reach in goal. Half time 1-1.
The second half saw both sides push for a winner in a game that was keenly but fairly contested. For Donagh, any ball that came upfield was being battled for and held on to in turn by Gary Todd and substitute Kieran Feely and whilst Daniel McMahon’s predatory goal scoring instincts are becoming fast renowned in the division, it was his industrious work rate which caught the eye as the league leaders pushed hard to find a way through the water tight Villagers defence. At the other end, Wocjiech Gil was starting to pull the strings with 3 efforts bravely defended by the Donagh defence and two wonderful tee-ups which were begging for firstly substitute John Harrison and later Andrew Stelmach to nod home. Dermot McKenna whistled a blistering free kick narrowly past the angle near the end for Donagh and for Killylough Reserves, captain Barry McKenna had a great chance to take all 3 points for the home side. Largely down to the work rate of both defences, neither keeper was fully tested as the game reached it’s conclusion and 1 all it remained to the final whistle.
Killylough Reserves: Francy Dolan; Piotr Kaminski, Dermot McCarron, Aiden McCormack, Paul McQuaid; Barry McKenna, Matty McCague, Wojciech Gil, Barry McKenna; Matthew McCrudden, Andrew Stelmach; John Harrison.
Donagh Celtic: Gerard McCaffrey; Ronan Treanor, Sean Halligan, Shane McGeogh, Barry Mohan; Conor Corrigan, Dermot McKenna, Damien McKenna, David Kerr; Daniel McMahon, Gary Todd; Christopher Curran, Kieran Feely.
Killylough Reserves 2-0 Virginia FC
Killylough Reserves maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a second 2 nil victory in consecutive weeks, this time over Virginia FC in Tydavnet.
The game kicked off at noon and within the first ten minutes the home side gained the advantage. It was Matthew McCrudden who turned just inside the box and fired a left foot drive which ricocheted back to him off the left upright, and Matthew adjusted himself expertly to fire right footed into the opposite side of the net for his first competitive goal for the Hoops. 1 nil it remained through to half time.
In the second half the Cavan men came out fighting and forced the Villagers keeper into more and more action in a half hour period of end to end football. Killylough Reserves had plenty of their own chances too with Barry McKenna, Wojciech Gil and McCrudden again all going close with good chances. The game was settled with 10 minutes remaining on the clock when McCrudden teed up the onrushing Matty McCague who scored for the second week running to kill off the contest. 2-0 was the finishing scoreline and for Killylough Reserves it’s another important three points to keep the pressure on at the top.
Killylough Reserves: Daniel Maj; Mariusz Wojciechowski, Dermot McCarron, Aiden McCormack, Paul McQuaid; Barry McKenna, Matty McCague, Wojciech Gil, James Greenan; Matthew McCrudden, Barry McKenna; Kieran Treanor, Rory McKenna, John Harrison.
Killylough Reserves 1-1 Monaghan Town Reserves
After months of anticipation the Monaghan Cavan League was finally up and running again this weekend and Tydavnet was the venue for the meeting of Killylough Reserves and Monaghan Town Reserves. These were two teams with title winning aspirations and the 3 o’clock kick off brought out two sides giving little away in terms of not wanting to drop points in their first encounter of the season.
The opening 45 saw defences on top with few clear cut chances being created by either team. Both sides went into the break knowing that an improvement would be needed in order to register telling scores in the second half.
The game became a little easier on the eye in the second half as more space was beginning to show on the pitch. Eamon McGlone began pulling the strings in midfield for the Townies, and was enjoying the space to spread passes with ease at times. The home side enjoyed several spells of pressure also with Matthew McCague firing narrowly over after some neat build up play in their best chance. Indeed the scoring didn’t start until the 85th minute of this one when Paddy Campbell met John Hamill’s near post corner with a deft flick at the near post to put the Hoops 1 nil up. With few seconds left of the referee’s added time David Ballantine fired the ball wide to the right wing for Raymond Toal whose persistent run down the right ended with him firing home from a tight angle with the last kick of the game to ensure the away side wouldn’t leave empty handed.
One all it finished, and Killylough Reserves will feel like it’s two points dropped but for Town Reserves it could prove a valuable away point with a killer blow struck right at the death. The First Division seems like it’s going to be another tight battle this year and both sides will be aiming to improve to become contenders to the throne.
Killylough Reserves 2-2 Monaghan Town Reserves
In the only fixture to escape the cool weekend conditions, due to the rearrangement of the fixture to Monday evening, Killylough and Monaghan Town’s reserve sides met at the Astro Park in a match where the freezing weather couldn’t deter the entertainment.
The County town men pushed hard from the off and David Ballantine was twice denied as his headed chances were cleared off the line and off post and keeper respectively in the opening few minutes of the first half. The Villagers fought hard to get into the game after the shaky opening and when Ronan Stirrat and Sean O’Brien had shots narrowly off target it looked like the deadlock was sure to be broken in the opening 45. With around half an hour on the clock the Hoops gained possession down the left and the ball found O’Brien, whose neat cut back cross found Stirrat whose glancing header was well placed and opened the scoring. 1-0 Killylough Reserves! It looked like the Tydavnet men had doubled their advantage before the break when Stirrat turned on the edge of the box and fired in a shot which hit crossbar, ground and crossbar again before the keeper got his hands to it but the referee adjudged the ball not to have crossed the line and 1-0 it remained through the break.
The second half saw the Townies push hard for an equalizer but it would be the last 10 minutes of the game when the telling chances came. A short corner was taken and when the cross came it was met by a raised arm and a penalty was given, which Shane Scott duly put away. The Villagers then went on the attack and O’Brien was taken down by MTR net-minder Alan Ballantine and although Stirrat put the ball in the net, the referee blew for a penalty and sent Alan off. The penalty was dispatched by Stirrat and Killylough Reserves had regained the lead. This lead was to prove very short lived though as from the resulting kick off, Mark Penders broke free on the right, drove to the byline and found Shane Scott who tapped in to gain a remarkable second equalizer for Monaghan Town Reserves in the dying minutes. There was one last big chance for the Hoops when substitute Matthew McCague broke free into the box but his effort was thwarted by the replacement keeper David Ballantine.
Killylough Reserves will feel disappointed to leave Gortakeegan with only a share of the points having twice been in front but the ten men of Monaghan Town Reserves will no doubt be a happy side having rallied late on to ensure the draw.
Killylough Reserves 3-0 LT United
LT United came into this game in good form and off the back of a good 2-1 victory over league leaders Cootehill. Killylough Reserves fortunes for the season tell a different story and whilst the last two outings saw them net 8 goals, they have conceded just as many and remained winless since the 3rd game of the season.
On a brisk Sunday afternoon at the Astro-park, the game kicked off and it wasn’t long before the Villagers took the lead. A Sean O’Brien free kick from the edge of the box tested the keeper who could only palm the ball away and Darragh Stirrat was quickest to react to net his 6th goal in 4 games. The Lithuanians tried to level matters before the half time break and came closest when a goal-line cutback was met with a sweetly struck right foot volley which rebounded off the inside of the post.
After the half time break, the game which had ebbed and flowed thus far saw the Hoops gain control, creating chances at will and restricting the opposition to long range efforts. With 67 minutes on the clock the Tydavnet men were awarded a free kick wide on the right which Gerard McCrudden swung in dangerously. The ball arrived at the back post having just evaded Stirrat but not Kieran Treanor whose diving header went in off the underside of the bar to double the home side’s advantage. LT tried to break through the Villagers rear-guard but found an organized defence in their way, with Rory McKenna reduced to making one comfortable save in the second half. The villagers capped off a fine display on 80 minutes when a neat turn from Gary Murray sent 3 defenders one way and the ball the other way and although the keeper got a hand to it, he couldn’t keep Gary from netting his side’s third and final goal of the day.
Although the result could fall in to the ”too little too late bracket” for the division’s bottom team, the scoreline did not flatter the lads whose level of commitment and concentration on the day was rewarded with a long overdue 3 points. Final score: Killylough Reserves 3-0 LT United.
Killylough Reserves: Rory McKenna; James Greenan, John McAree, Pauric McKenna, Fergal Murray; Barry McKenna, Gary Murray, Niall McCarville, Kieran Treanor; Sean O’Brien, Darragh Stirrat; Gerard McCrudden, John Hamill, Sean Corr.
Killylough Reserves 0-3 Cootehill Harps
Cootehill Harps continued their promotion push with a comprehensive victory on Sunday evening at the Astro Park.
Killylough started brightly and Barry McKenna twice got in behind the visitors’ defence only to be denied by a goalkeeper and an organized defence. The Cavan side are in impressive form though and their youthful side wasted little time in taking the lead. With only 3 minutes on the clock Keith Fanning ran on to a through ball to sprint clear of the Villagers’ defence and plant the ball into the roof of the net. Not to be outdone, the Hoops continued to press and the pressure looked like paying off as Harps failed to clear a corner and Niall McCarville was upended in the box. McCarville took the spot kick himself and sent the keeper the wrong way only to see the ball ricochet off the outside of the post and wide. Of the two keepers, Kieran Treanor was kept much busier than Ryan Carroll and was forced to make a few decent saves to keep Fanning and Peader Kelly at bay as the balance of play was 50-50 but without regular clear cut chances at the other end. This ensured that Cootehill would maintain their slender advantage into the break.
In the second half, the Harps sought to take control of the game and with a brand of flowing football to be admired, their dominance was sure to tell. The home side did test Carroll with shots from Matthew McCague and Gregory Treanor as they went to a 4-3-3 formation to try and force their way back into the game, but half way through the second half the visitors would double their lead as midfielder Enda Hessan finished off some fine build up play by placing the ball wide of the keeper’s left hand and into the net. It wouldn’t end there either as some swift passing throughout the Cavan side found defender Philip Monaghan in the box and he rubber stamped the victory by adding a third. Treanor and Matthew McCrudden had efforts late on for the Tydavnet side but the best footballing side won out on the day reflecting the form of both teams as Harps attack the summit of the First Division and the Hoops are now without a win in their last six outings.
Killylough Reserves: Kieran Treanor; Pauric McKenna, Aiden McCormack, Paul McQuaid, Stephen McKenna; Barry McKenna, Matthew McCague, Niall McCarville, Bryan Dunne; Darragh Stirrat, Gregory Treanor; David Treanor, Matthew McCrudden, Matthew McCrudden.
Cootehill Harps: Ryan Carroll; Darren Scott, Warren Stuart, Jason O’Connor, Philip Monaghan; Enda Hessan, Ray-Phil Rogers, Niall O’Loughlin, Lloyd Coughran; Keith Fanning, Peader Kelly.
Killylough Reserves 0-0 Sliabh Beagh
In one of few games to escape the weekend’s bad weather, Killylough Reserves and Sliabh Beagh met in the return fixture from the opening day of the season. Having lost 6-1 in the previous encounter, the Tydavnet men were eager to prove more worthy opponents this time around.
The game kicked off at the unusual time of 5 o’clock on Saturday evening and it wasn’t long before both teams showed their intentions. Following a lapsed header in the Sliabh Beagh defence, Paddy Campbell reeled back the years in his first outing of the season to show a good turn of pace and get himself one on one with the opposition keeper only to see his shot come back off the inside off the post. A similar fate would befall the away side when a left wing cross was headed back across goal and onto the woodwork, as neither side could find the breakthrough in an eventful first 45.
The second half saw the game continue in its end to end fashion as both teams sought an opener. It was the visitors who spent most of the half attacking but the Hoops’ defence stood firm and restricted them to mostly long range efforts which failed to hit the target. At the other end, chances were fewer but not inexistent. A fine cross from Barry McKenna was just missed by the onrushing striker and, in another attack, when the ball was cleared from the Sliabh Beagh goalline it became apparent that neither defence was willing to allow their clean sheet to be blemished.
An enjoyable stalemate saw Kieran Milne emerge as Killylough’s best player on the day, and although neither side would have been happy to be leaving the Astro Park without converting at least one of their chances, a draw was probably the fairest result.
Killylough Reserves: Michael Rooney; Pauric McKenna, Aiden McCormack, Paul McQuaid, Stephen McKenna; Barry McKenna, Matthew McCague, Dermot McKenna, Kieran Milne; Paddy Campbell, Kieran Treanor; Niall McCarville, Dermot McCarron, Darren McKenna.
Killylough Reserves 1-2 FC Suvytrus
Another week and another slender defeat for Killylough Reserves, as the boys from Eastern Europe came and left with the points in another tight game in Tydavnet.
The first half saw chances at either end with neither team able to capitalize on them until the stroke of half time when the Hoops’ defence failed to clear their lines and were punished with the visitors taking the lead.
The second half was to prove more eventful as the weather deteriorated and the attempts grew more plentiful. Having made all their substitutions, injuries plagued the away side and saw them go down to ten men, as Killylough pushed hard for an equalizer. The pressure finally paid off as a penalty was awarded for handball and was dispatched by Gerard McCrudden. FC Suvytrus put their injured man back into the fray late on and as they returned to 11 men, they were soon to regain the lead as a bouncing ball was poked through and as the villagers waited for an offside decision which never came, the returning player for FC clinched the winning goal. There were late sending offs for both sides but neither made a difference to the scoreline, as 2-1 it remained to the end.
It was a bitter blow to take for the hosts who remain bottom of division one with another slender defeat, but with a squad hungry to turn the scorelines around and a league ebbing unpredictable results, the towel will not be thrown in just yet.
Killylough Reserves: Rory McKenna; David Treanor, Aiden McCormack, Niall McCarville, Stephen McKenna; Darren Quigley, Dermot McKenna, Darren McKenna, Kieran Treanor; Gerard McCrudden, Sean Corr; Barry McKenna, John Hamill, Matthew McCrudden.
Killylough Reserves 2-1 Monaghan Town Reserves
Two sides of contrasting form met on Sunday as the undefeated league leaders Monaghan Town Reserves travelled to play bottom placed Killylough Reserves, who were still looking for their first points of the season.
It was the home side who took the lead early on when Darren McKenna’s long range effort rebounded off a post for John Hamill to finish to the net. The advantage didn’t last long though as John Scott capitalized on a long ball to nod in the equalizer. The visitors could have ended the half in front but Colin Malone’s free kick flew narrowly over the bar. As the game reached 80 minutes it looked like both sides were settle for a point as chances became more sporadic until a late Hoops’ corner from Hamill found Darren McKenna who rose highest to cap off a man of the match performance with a powerful downward header for what would prove to be the decisive goal. The town boys pushed hard for an equalizer and Malone came close once more, heading over in the dying minutes. Chances came and went at the other end too with Francis Dolan’s clever lob being the nearest effort.
The result could have gone either way but the Tydavnet side hung on to register their first win.
Killylough Reserves: R McKenna; P McKenna, A McCormack, P McQuaid, S McKenna; John Hamill, D McKenna, M McCague, F Dolan; M McCrudden M Bogue; P Wilson, B McKenna.
Monaghan Town Reserves: G Treanor; C Loughran, C Callan, C Malone, R Toal; J Scott, P Sherry, M Burke, E McGlone; E McAree, S Nixon; J Collins, D Cassidy.
Killylough Reserves 3-4 LT United
Sunday saw a seven goal thriller in Tydavnet as LT United overcame the hosts by the narrowest of margins.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring, within the first few minutes, slotting low into the bottom corner of the Killylough net but Barry McKenna cancelled out the lead to take the sides to half time tied at one apiece. LT restored their lead in the second half beating the Hoops’ net minder at his near post before Francis Dolan equalized from a pin-point Darren McKenna cross. A swift counter attack from the away side combined with a cool finish helped them take the lead for a third time. Dolan’s penalty levelled once more for the hosts but it was to be a converted spot kick at the other end that would prove the decisive factor as LT United ran out 4-3 winners, leaving Killylough Reserves still looking for their first points of the season.