Killeavy given early warning

October 2, 2012

Killeavy hot favourites to capture their first Intermediate title since 1986 when they take on St Peter’s, Lurgan have been given an early warning courtesy of the result in the Junior final. Outsiders An Port Mor defied the odds to defeat Annaghmore 2-11 to 2-8 in a thrilling encounter.

Killeavy have come a long way in the last twelve months changing from an indifferent outfit to a slick moving machine that has combined youth with experience to perfection. Peter’s have also come to the fore with a very young outfit which have taken care of Shane O’Neill’s 0-12 to 0-11 to cause an early Championship upset then sparkled against Silverbridge 0-21 to 1-12 and after a 1 -11  draw with Wolfe Tones won the replay 1-10 to 0-8 to reach the County Final. Killeavy for their part negotiate a tough opening hurdle in Middletown by the slenderest of margins 0-13 to 1-9 then took care of another Lurgan side St Paul’s 1-11 to 0-8 before seeing off near neighbours Mullaghbawn 3-15 to 2-12 in the semi-final.

Peter’s have proven to be very resilient in the Championship battling all the way to the final whistle. They looked beat by Shanes but rallied with 3 late points swooped late to snatch a draw with Wolfe Tones as they showed great character in both of those games. In between they gave an exhibition of point scoring 21 against Silverbridge, results which should have rightly captured the eye of the final opponents. With Aaron Findon and Paul Brady forming a strong midfield partnership which wins plenty of the ball to supply forwards Danny McNally, Niall Creaney and Johnny McKeever and prolific scorers Darren Moore and Niall McConville the Freecrow outfit are not the soft touches that a lot of people especially the bookies seem to think that they are. Goalkeeper Paul Wilson veteran defender Eamon McCann full back Sean O’Neill and very effective attacking half back Sam Marshall know that they will be in for a tough time facing this daunting Killeavy attack but they have coped well to date. With impressive substitutes David Wilson and Drew Gineissi pushing hard for inclusion on the starting 15 there is a strong bench for Peter’s management to call on if things are going awry.

Killeavy’s new management team have done an excellent job in gelling their charges into a more consistent outfit, that is playing very attractive attacking football. The only flaw thus far as far as the Championship is concerned is that Killeavy have done all their good work in the opening half of their games. The scoring return for the second half pales into insignificance compared to what they rack up in the first half. Peter’s will gleam hope from the 2-12 v Mullaghbawn but will be alarmed by the 3-15 score with the full forward line of  Caolan Trainor(1-2), Stevie McDonnell(1-5), Ciaran O’Hanlon (0-5) notching what they conceded to Mullaghbawn between them.

Midfield will be a big feature of this game as James Duffy and Michael Murphy have been a great platform from which Killeavy are able to build upon. Peter’s will have their hands full in dealing with half backs Kealan Downey, James Donnelly and Conor Quinn. An unsung hero for Killeavy has been ball fetcher and carrier in chief Patrick Hannaway a score setter up rather than scorer don’t underestimate his contribution. Another team with a strong bench are Killeavy with Raymie Teggart, Colm Byrne, Conor King, Darren O’Hanlon all ready to play their part if needed.

Peter’s have shown a tough resilient streak but it will not be enough to counteract the all round ability of this Killeavy outfit which has a rejuvenated Stevie orchestrating everything. Better  attacking prowess and goal poaching ability will take Killeavy to success in what is expected to be a high scoring, entertaining final.


Killeavy For 4-39 Agn 3-29

Scorers-Stevie McDonnell (1-12), Ciaran O’Hanlon(0-9), Caolan Trainor (1-5), Michael Murphy(2-1), Stephen Malone(0-4) , Raymie Teggart(0-4), James Donnelly(0-2), Gerard Byrne(0-1), Niall O’Neill (0-1)