On Saturday, our U14s were in Templetouhy for the second time in 7 days, this time to play the U14B County Football Final against a combination from Aherlow-Lattin. To reach this stage, Kilsheelan-Kilcash won 3 of their 4 group games in the South, beating Ballingarry, Killenaule and Carrick Swan. They lost one match to Mullinahone by a single point, but ended up playing them again in the South Final, after overcoming Ballyporeen-Newcastle in the semi final by the smallest of margins. In the South Final, Kilsheelan exacted their revenge for the earlier loss to Mullinahone with a near-perfect performance, winning the divisional title by 20 points. Next up was a trip to Templetouhy to play Newport Gaels, the winners of the North Division. Kilsheelan started very well and lead 3-05 to 0-02 at the break. However Newport started the second half in blistering fashion, scoring 3 unanswered goals. Kilsheelan were reeling, but managed to steady the ship, and eventually won out by 7 points. And so on to Saturday’s final. Aherlow-Lattin (the West divisional champions) had beaten a very strong Thurles Gaels outfit in their County Semi-Final, and so Kilsheelan expected a stern test. However, our lads exploded out of the blocks, hitting 4 points in a row. Hearts were in mouths when Aherlow-Lattin broke through the Kilsheelan cover, but their shot came back off the crossbar and was cleared to safety. Kilsheelan also managed to hit the opposition’s post before raising 2 green flags either side of another point. Kilsheelan were in the ascendency now, and pushed on, racking up another 1-6 before the break, to leave the half-time score at 3-11 to 0-00 in their favour. Even though they were well on top, Kilsheelan were wary that they had almost let a similar lead slip in the semi-final a week before. With that in mind, they set about their task with renewed vigour and determination. A very polished display from the forwards saw them score a further 3-6 in the second half – a total of 6-17, and only one point from a free. What was even more impressive was the performance of the Kilsheelan defence – not a single score was conceded in the entire 50 minutes of football. Even in the last few minutes, the backs were determined not to allow a man past them, let alone a score. Aherlow-Lattin are a much better team than they showed in this match – maybe nerves got the better of them – and one must feel sympathy for them. That said, they came up against an awesome display of skill and determination, from all 20 Kilsheelan-Kilcash players for every minute of the final.
The panel on the day was Thomas Morrissey, Conor Grant, Jack Roche, Casey Jay Coleman, Barre Thompson, Sean Freaney, Ben Smith, Daire Murphy, Cathal Kelly, Barry Kehoe, Jack O Loughlin, Jason Madigan, Billy O Connor, Jack O Gorman, Billy Murphy (Captain), Adam Quigley, Ben O Connell, Lee Ryan, Emmet Butler and Charles Shanahan. Many thanks to all those who travelled to Templetouhy to support the lads.
As a reward for this achievement, and to mark the start of our U14 hurling campaign, our U14 panel will play a challenge hurling match v Ballybacon-Grange in Kilsheelan on Monday at 7:30pm, followed by food for the players in the clubhouse. Thanks to Aaron’s Chipper in Kilsheelan for supplying the food.