The Junior B football championship reached it’s climax last Wednesday evening in O’Moore Park where Killeshin and St Fintan’s faced off.
What was promised to be a close and edgy encounter turned out to be a rather facile affair and lacked any real bite after the opening quarter. It was Killeshin who steadied themselves first with three points, from all across the full forward line, with Alan Brennan and Evan Lowry popping up all over to give Killeshin a good return from the opening ten minutes work.
Lowry and Brennan linked up again soon after, when a long ball into Alan Brennan, after he made the diagonal run towards the stand, drew a number of defenders with him and in turn left Evan Lowry free to receive the pass and cooly place the ball into the back of the helpless Michael Moore’s net.
Colm Lanham finally registered St Fintan’s first score of the game cutting the lead back to five points. Killeshin answered with two more points from Alan Davis and again Alan Brennan, who was beginning to drag the Fintan’s defence all over the field, and resulting in either space for himself to take the score, or allowing other forwards to move into the space he had made and setting up a score.
Both teams exchanges points before the break leaving a seven point difference between the sides. Killeshin looked in no real danger here. They looked to have a lot more footballing ability, with a young team, their pace and spacial awareness was causing mis-matches and extra space for forwards or half back coming forward to move into.
It took 18 minutes of the second half before the first score of the second period was registered. A plethora of changes on both sides had taken any real sting out of the game, and the Killeshin strategy and pattern to their play in the first half had all but disappeared.
Points from Alan Brennan, Gavin Deering and Liam Doran meant St Fintan’s were always kept at arms length. The hope from the stands for a St Fintan’s second half revival didn’t materialise as they only landed two points in the second half.