Juvenile Update – 30th May 2016

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With both the U12s and U16s finished with their football campaigns, and preparing for the hurling, our U14s were the only team in action this week. They played Grangemockler/Ballyneale in the semi final of the South B Football competition. Kilsheelan finished second in their group, while Grangemockler topped their side, unbeaten in the group stages. Kilsheelan got off the mark first with a point from midfielder Ben O Connell. However Grangemockler settled the better and scored 3 points in a row (2 frees). O Connell then hit the roof of the net directly from a free to give Kilsheelan the lead, and followed it up with a pointed free. Again Grangemockler composed themselves and got the last 2 points of the half. The first half finished level, 1-2 to 0-5, thanks in no small part to an excellent double save from Jamie Cronin in the Kilsheelan goal. Grangemockler flew out of the blocks in the second half, and scored an early goal. They kicked some poor wides though, and this combined with the concession of a number of frees allowed Kilsheelan back into the game. Wing forward Ben Smith levelled matters with a goal, before points from wing forward Jack O Donoghue and defender-turned-attacker Jack Roche put them 2 points up. Roche and full forward Charles Shanahan combined to bundle the ball into the net to put clear daylight between the teams. As Grangemockler's discipline faltered, O Connell scored 2 pointed frees to move Kilsheelan 7 points clear. A late goal from a determined Grangemockler team provided a nervy finish, but a point from Shanahan put 5 between the teams and Grangemockler just ran out of time. Kilsheelan go on to the south final to play Carrick Swan, who overcame Ardfinnan in the other semi final. The final is Wednesday 1st June at 7.30pm in Ned Hall Park, Clonmel, and it would be great to see a big crowd there from Kilsheelan to support the lads.