Killylough Cup Kings!
What a weekend for Killylough FC! Following on the back of their league title the previous weekend their under 14’s win the league cup in style with a 6-1 score line against the much fancied Carrick Rovers on Sunday last. Then to top it all on Bank holiday Monday their U13’s squad go and win the league cup against all the odds versus Cootehill Harps. Killylough were most unhappy that the game was fixed for Cootehill Harps home ground but the squad put their heads down and played the game of their season coming out 3-2 winners in a thrilling encounter.
Despite going one down after ten minutes to the highly rated Cootehill Harps, Killylough stuck to the task, kept their discipline and shape, constantly knocking on the door until half time. This was a very high temp encounter and the cunning Killylough lads didn’t give their counterparts a second on the ball. New midfield partnership of twins Rory & Caolain McKenna worked like terriers to win back every ball and a sterling performance from captain Donal McKenna kept the score line to just one at half time.
The spirit of this young Killylough team was evident in the second and they came out determined to come home triumphant. Within five minutes of the re-start they were level. Great work on the right wing from Eanna McCarney saw Ryan O’Toole cut in beating three defenders & the keeper to coolly slot the ball home for the hoops opener. A fantastic equaliser.
Cootehill heads dropped immediately and Killylough upped their game. With the Hoops pressing hard for the winner discipline and concentration was key. The four at the back remained rock solid and keeper Ciaran Treanor was troubled little in the second period yet did everything that was asked of him. The new defensive partnership of James Rose & Oisin Mulligan were sublime and were complimented by stand in left back Liam McCague and the ever reliable Aaron Murray on the right. Captain Donal McKenna was given a free role in front of the back four and pushed on in the second half to give a more bite to the Killylough attack.
Player’s player of the year, Eanna McCarney scored not one but two contenders for goal on the season in the second period to round off a fantastic performance and clinch a diserved win for the Hoops. Both Oisin McCarra & John Clifford did sterling work on the left flank to round off what was a fantastic team effort. Cootehill’s only shot on target in the second half did leave for a thrilling finish to a thrilling match but Killylough never looked like conceding another with Oisin Mulligan making several stunning tackles to deny the Cootehill attackers. And so it was this young Killylough team went on to make history in what is this squads first year ever in competitive football.
Thanking Cootehill for a fantastic contest and a very sporting match Killylough’s captain fantastic Donal McKenna accepted the cup from CMUL Chairman Pat McEnroe and the rest as they say is history……
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan McKenna, Lorcan Deery, Michael Keenan & Eanna McCarney.
KILLYLOUGH UNDER 13’S GRIND IT OUT
Ballyjamesduff 0 – Killylough FC 3
On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon fifteen brave Killylough under 13’s took the long trip to Ballyjamesduff to play the Tigers for the first time this season. Although missing several regulars due to illness Killylough were on top from the start and took the lead on ten minutes after an excellent run and superb finish from Eanna McCarney. Indeed most of Killylough’s best play came about from good combinations between stand in right back Conor McMahon & McCarney on the right of midfield.
There was little flowing football from either side and while Killylough had a large percentage of possession they did nothing with it. Several guilt edge chances went a begging for the away side and the few attempts on the Killylough goal by Ballyjamesduff were dealt with by the excellent Ciaran Treanor, a recent inclusion in the CMUL emerging talent squad.
It wasn’t until deep in the second half that Killylough doubled their lead when McCarney struck again after some good work from Ryan Hannon & Ryan O’Toole. The Ballyjamesduff heads dropped and it wasn’t long before Donal McKenna popped up for Killylough’s third of the day to warm the hearts & hands of the away crowd. Tougher tests lie ahead for this team who have yet to regain the confidence they had in early season. Still sitting in joint second in the league and in the quarter final of the cup there is still plenty to play for this season if they get their act together.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Oisin Mulligan, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan Hannon, Ryan O’Toole & Eanna McCarney
McCarney Brace Seals Victory
Killylough FC 3 Drumlin Youths 2
In what was a rather scrappy affair in Gortakeegan on Saturday night last when Killylough’s Under 13’s kept the pressure on Cavan Celtic and consolidated second position with a win by the narrowest of margins over a much improved Drumlin Youths side. The hoops were gifted the opener in the first minute of the match when a beautifully floated Liam McCague corner bounced kindly for Eanna McCarney and he made no mistake from close range. The early exchanges were tit for tat and with neither side getting to grips with the game it became untidy in the middle of the park until the 30th minute when Drumlin scored a deserved equaliser after some neat play down the right flank.
With the game evenly poised at half time both teams made changes in a effort to impose themselves on the game and Killylough duly delivered in the 7th minute of the second half when a fine shot from Conor McMahon rattled the Drumlin net leaving the keeper with no chance. Two minutes later it was that man McCarney again with a fantastic run down the right wing. He cut across two defenders and released a fine strike to make it three one.
But Drumlin to their credit didn’t give up and with Killylough’s players napping the margin was cut to one with a well worked goal from the Emyvale men. Killylough were made to sweat right to the final kick of the game and were glad to hear referee Stephen Rooney’s whistle and the end of the match. The three points keeps Killylough in touching distance of the top but it’s easy to see they have not played a competitive match in two weeks after this stuttering performance. More concentration and positive attitude will be required to keep up winning ways in the weeks to come.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan Hannon & Eanna McCarney
Killylough hit Six…Again
For the third weekend running Killylough FC’s under 13 squad have knocked in six goals but this time without reply from a spirited Monaghan Town team. Killylough came straight out of the blocks with what must be one of the fastest goals of the season by the rejuvenated Oisin McCarra in no less than 30 seconds from kick off! Having scored his first of the season against Drumlin Youths in last week’s game, as predicted McCarra was keen to add to his tally and wasted no time in doing so with a clever toe poke into the corner of the Monaghan Town goal. Killylough were keen for more and Donal McKenna was thwarted by a super save from the Towns keeper after ten minutes to keep them in the match. Once again the Killylough back-line were very disciplined and caught Monaghan offside on a few occasions. Liam McCague lobbed a smart cross from a John Clifford throw on the left and found Donal McKenna who fired into the Monaghan net to make it 2-0 in the seventeenth minute. Three minutes later McKenna was again causing havoc in the box and having headed a super Eanna McCarney cross onto the crossbar he followed with a super shot to make it 3-0 at the break.
Killylough introduced the McKenna twins Caolan & Rory at half time and after some neat play down the left Oisin McCarra bagged his second of the match and Killylough’s fourth five minutes into the second half. Eanna McCarney was again immense on the right wing and made several darting runs and was rewarded for his effort on 45 minutes with a fine goal to make it five. Eager to keep a clean sheet Ciaran Treanor in the Killylough nets made a great save from some excellent work from the Monaghan front men on fifty minutes and was called on again in the latter stages to keep the hardworking Town team at bay. In the dying minutes of the match up stepped that man again Donal McKenna to score this third hat trick in as many matches with a pile driver in to Monaghan’s net.
Another fantastic performance from the ever improving Killylough boys against a depleted Monaghan side who were missing some of their key players. Killylough are now on a great run and if they continue to train hard and concentrate on their passing game they are sure to go far in this Cavan/Monaghan league.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Michael Keenan, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan Hannon & Eanna McCarney
Drumlin Youths 1 Killylough FC 6
Killylough FC’s Under 13 team registered their first away win of their league campaign with a hard fought game in Emyvale on Saturday last. The villagers didn’t have it all their own way in the sunshine and had to come from behind in a tense start to the match. It was end to end stuff in the opening period and Drumlin finally got the breakthrough in the 20th minute from a set piece. Killylough showed great character to draw level two minutes later with a thunderous strike from the in-form Donal McKenna. The game ebbed and flowed until McKenna struck again just before half time after good work on the left from the twins, Rory & Caolan McKenna to go in at the break 2-1 up.
The second half saw the first of the season for Oisin McCarra after 42 minutes to make it 3-1, now that he is off the mark he will be rattling them in from now on. A smart save from the Drumlin keeper kept McCarney at bay in the tenth minute of the 2nd half and it wasn’t until the 24th minute of the half that Donal McKenna made it two hat tricks in two games with a well taken goal. The Killylough defense was immense yet again with James Rose and Shane McCluskey keeping Drumlin’s pacy front line at bay with Aaron Murray & Oisin Mulligan providing wide cover on the flanks. This foursome now boast the record for the least conceded goals in the league thanks to their hard work in training and the solid Ciaran Treanor between the sticks behind them. Killylough introduced John Clifford on the left wing and Conor McMahon came on up front and registered his 2nd goal of the season with a rasping shot in the 31st minute. Michael Keenan, Garreth Sherlock & Gavin McKenna came on to consolidate the Killylough defense in the latter stages.
But the villagers kept the best till last when super sub Lorcan Deery popped up for his first of the season, a fine volley straight from a beautifully floated Liam McCague corner. A definite contender for goal of the season that left the Drumlin keeper no chance and rounded off a fine team performance from the hoops. The win consolidates their position in the league just three points behind table toppers Cavan Celtic and three points ahead of the chasing pack. Check out www.cufl.ie for up to date fixtures and the league table.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Michael Keenan, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock, Donal McKenna & Eanna McCarney
Killylough FC 5 – Cootehill Harps 1
Killylough FC’s Under 13 team registered their first win of the season against table toppers Cootehill Harps in Killylough on Saturday last. Having tasted defeat on their previous two outings the villagers were determined to make amends and they did so in style. Man of the match Donal McKenna commanded the midfield with his teammate Liam McCague and registered his first hat-trick for the club, the third a towering header from a well worked corner. New signing Caolan McKenna combined brilliantly with his brother Rory to score his debut goal in the tenth minute in what was a tense start. Cootehill Harps gave as good as they got in the early stages but Killylough’s midfield were winning the battle. Once again Eanna McCarney was immense on the right wing with foraging runs into Cootehill territory.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Michael Keenan, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Gareth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan Hannon & Eanna McCarney
TOUGH TEST FOR U’13 in SFAI Cup
Killylough FC’s Under 13’s team played in the first round if this year’s SFAI Cup on Saturday last in Ramelton, Co. Donegal. The sun was shining but having been handed a tough draw against one of last year’s final 16 teams alas Swilly Rovers proved too much for the hoops. Some great performances particularly from our keeper Ciaran Treanor who kept us in the game on several occasions and team captain on the day Donal McKenna. Killylough’s only goal on the day came from the boot of Eanna McCarney.
This team are still learning and the experience gained in Donegal will no doubt benefit the boys when they return to action in the Cavan/Monaghan League this weekend. A special word of thanks must go to our fantastic hosts Swilly Rovers, we were made most welcome with refreshments before & after a very sporting match and their presentation of a commemorative plaque to the club to mark our first game in the SFAI was much appreciated, thanks lads. Also thanks to all who travelled for their fantastic support on the day.
Note training has now returned to a Wed night in Gortakeegan from 7-8pm for the remainder of the season. Please bring €2 & a drink.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Michael Keenan, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Gareth Sherlock, Donal McKenna, Ryan Hannon, Ryan McKenna & Eanna McCarney-
Last Saturday saw our new under 13’s team start their 1st competitive league fixture in the Cavan/Monaghan League in Belgium Park vs Monaghan Town. What a game it proved to be with the home team registering a narrow 3-2 victory over the Hoops but the scoreline does not tell the whole story. Killylough came back twice from a goal down only to have a penalty saved by the Monaghan ‘keeper and on two separate occasions the woodwork saved the home side. A great performance by the Killylough boys, in what was a pulsating and entertaining debut game of the lads. Play like this every week and it will be an exciting season with plenty of victories on the horizon.
Team: Ciaran Treanor, John Clifford, Oisin McCarra, Conor McMahon, Michael Keenan, Oisin Mulligan, Aaron Murray, James Rose, Shane McCluskey, Lorcan Deery, Liam McCague, Gavin McKenna, Rory McKenna, Caolan McKenna, Garreth Sherlock & Eanna McCarney.
This weekend the Under 13’s take a break from league action and start their SFAI campaign. The draw hasn’t been kind to Killylough FC with an away fixture v Swilly Rovers of Donegal on Saturday coming. Travel arrangements for both players & supporters will be advised before Saturday and your support is most welcome in Donegal. Come on the Hoops!
Killylough 5-1 Dromore Youths
With many of last year’s under 12’s Ulster Community Games finalists in tow, the focus for this year’s under 13’s is on League honours and on Saturday, Dromore Youths provided the next hurdle.
The first half saw the hosts take the lead through the mercurial Fergal Sherlock, and a half that could have went either way saw Killylough go in at the break with the slenderest of margins.
As the boys sought to step up a gear, they found a new talisman in Conor Keenan, whose overdue and well deserved goal made it two-nil. A plucky Dromore side were unbowed and their attacking prowess counted at last with a reply soon after to halve the deficit. The old Corley-McAree playbook came out and their sieges answered when Ronan King netted a Hoops’ third. A deflected effort from Sherlock made it 4-1 but there was nothing speculative about his finale, as a splendid lob made it five goals, three points and a Sherlock hat-trick to boot for Killylough.