Inagh/Kilnamona strolled to the Senior B title in Newmarket-on-Fergus today after dictating the hour from start to finish against a deflated looking Éire Óg side.
Éire Óg 0-10
Venue: Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus
In a game that never really got going, Inagh/Kilnamona got into the lead in the third minute when a David Fitzgerald and a Jason McCarthy free overturned Éire Óg’s early advantage. They didn’t relinquish that lead for the remainder of the hour.
With McCarthy, Fitzgerald and Kevin Hehir in full control around the middle third, Éire Óg’s inside forward line of David Reidy, Shane O’Donnell and Davy O’Halloran were starved of possession. On paper, it is one of the best forward lines in the county but on the field it just never worked out for them on the day.
The Townies failed to get two consecutive scores in the first half while their opponents continued to tag on the scores and managed to hit a few wides in the process.
Regardless of the wides, they were never in danger from Éire Óg and had already put themselves in a comfortable 0-9 0-4 lead by the time Gerry Coote found the net. McCarthy broke through from midfield and picked out Conor Tierney who squared the ball to Coote and he left Barry Nugent with no chance. By the time Johnny Healy blew for half time the lead was at seven with Éire Óg yet to get going.
Tadgh Connellan was sent on at the break with hopes of sparking some bit of life into the Townies and it seemed to have worked for a small while. Two points from David Reidy narrowed the margin but they went on to concede 1-4 without managing a reply.
A brace of frees from McCarthy, another point from Coote before a huge effort from Kevin Hehir was followed by the second major of the afternoon. McCarthy was again at the centre of it and was denied by Nugent but Tierney was on hand to finish it off and leave the result beyond all doubt.
There was two points apiece after that but the game effectively fizzled out with Éire Óg seeking goals. A good double save from Patrick Kelly to deny Aaron Fitzgerald and Damian McMahon was the closest they came but it was never going to be enough.
A good consolation prize for Inagh/Kilnamona to round off their year and with the abundance of young talent on show for them, they will be moving closer to the Canon Hamilton in the years to come.
Disappointing year for Éire Óg club at senior level this year and they’ll need to go back to the drawing board in preparation for 2016.
Inagh/Kilnamona: Patrick Kelly; Milo Keane, Dermot Lynch, Cathal McConigley; David Fitzgerald (0-2), Kevin Hehir (0-2), Brian Foudy (0-1s/l); Jason McCarthy (0-8, 6f), Sean Devitt; Tomas Kelly (0-2), Damie Lafferty, Brian Griffin (0-1); Conor Tierney (1-0), Ronan O’Looney, Gerry Coote (1-1). Subs: Barry Keating for Griffin (49), Sean McConigley for O’Looney (58), Seamus Foudy for Kelly (60+2).
Éire Óg: Barry Nugent; Marc O’Donnell, Aaron Fitzgerald, Dean Ryan; Liam Corry, Dara Walsh, Michael Moloney (0-1); Niall McMahon, Ronan Keane; David Durack, Bryan Dolan, Danny Russell (0-5f); Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy (0-3, 1f), David O’Halloran. Subs: Tadgh Connellan (0-1) for McMahon (HT), Damian McMahon for Durack (34).
Referee: Johnny Healy (Killaloe)