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Championship Title Wins For Eskra And Killeeshil

Sunday 20.10.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Sunday afternoon saw almost three and a half thousand paying spectators turn up at Healy Park to watch the Hunky Dorys sponsored Intermediate and Junior football finals. After an exciting couple of hours of football Killeeshil and Eskra were crowned champions of their respective divisions. Killeeshil defeated Loughmacrory by two points 1-8 to 1-6 following a low scoring but very intense battle in the Junior Final before Eskra had four points to spare against Urney in the Intermediate decider.
Killeeshil had looked the better team for long periods in their game but a twenty third minute first half goal from Niall Grimes rocked them back on their heels. They did recover to score two points through Paddy Mc Mullin and Kevin Hughes to leave a single point between the sides at the break 1-2 to 0-4 in favour of the Loch. Killeeshil began the second half in the best way possible with a goal inside the opening fifteen seconds from Rory Mc Cann who hit 1-2 in an inspired second half.
There was little between the sides throughout the game but Killeeshil’s ability to win the midfield battle proved decisive as this allowed the hoops to establish a platform of control around the midfield. Loughmacrory subs Benny Ward and Karl Logue did their best to turn the game in their favour but in spite of winning considerable possession late on the chances they created came to nothing and former county man Kevin Hughes and his colleagues celebrated a first championship title in almost twenty years. Killeeshil finished the game with fourteen men but even that could not detract from what was a huge day for the club as they are promoted back to the Intermediate ranks again on a winning score of 1-8 to 1-6.
Next up was the Intermediate final between Eskra and Urney which the Emmetts eventually battled through to win 2-9 to 2-4. Eskra dominated much of the play but found Urney’s dogged determination and ability to win break ball hard to come to terms with. The men in white and black went 1-1 to no score in front following an eighth minute goal from Shane Hackett. However Johnny Lafferty made the most of limited possession to hit the net twice and ensure his team went into the break leading 2-1 to 1-3.
The second half remained close as both teams battled on a very wet and slippery pitch to gain the upper hand. A brace of points from Stephen Lafferty extended Urney’s lead and when the second half reached the mid way point with Urney three in front things were not looking good for Eskra. The Emmetts faced a test of character but they rang the changes and hit 1-4 without reply in the closing fifteen minutes to deservedly lift the title. Peter Hughes got the key score from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining and Eskra deservedly lifted the title with four points to spare.
This was a real team, parish and community effort and no doubt they will enjoy their promotion to senior football for the first time ever.

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