Killeeshil St Mary’s left it until six minutes from the end of normal time to secure a win in the Intermediate championship in Killyclogher this afternoon. Stephen McHugh’s men struggled to record their dominance in terms of scores from shots but eventually the weight of all of their efforts came to fruition. Cookstown for their part fought bravely and without the services of Marty Murray in the opening half following a black card threatened to upset Killeeshil.
Cookstown opened the scoring in the first minute. Conor McGarrity finding the range with a nice point from play. Killeeshil hit back almost immediately with a point from a Cormac Donaghy free. Killeeshil hammered home the first goal of the game in the 4th minute. Packie McMullan racing away from the Cookstown defence and rifling the ball past Philip Kelly in the Cookstown goal. Matthew Carberry, John Gilmore and Conor McGarrity then hit points for Cookstown and Pascal Donaghy and Cormac Donaghy got scores for Killeeshil.
The first goal of the game came in the 18th minute. Cookstown full back getting on the end of a brilliantly worked move from the Fr Rock’s side. An excellent Shea O’Driscoll point then eased Cookstown four ahead. From there to the break the both sides shared the next six points. Matthew Carberry registering all three of the Cookstown scores and Packie McMullan, Tomas Hoy and Jason Doyle raising white flags for Killeeshil. Half Time – Cookstown 1-8 Killeesil 1-6.
After the break the both sides set about responding to each others points until the 54th minute of the game. Killeeshil reduced the lead to a point through a Gary Reilly point from play. That was responded to with a Matthew Carberry point from play. At the other end Killeeshil added another point from Tomas Hoy and within a minute the Fr Rock’s hit back with a John Gilmore mark. A 45th minute free from Pascal Donaghy was cancelled out with another free from Carberry. A 50th minute point from Ryan Doyle suffered the same fate as Carberry launched over a monster point from play for Cookstown. Then came the turning point. Pascal Donaghy fired in a 54th minute goal to put Killeeshill into the lead for the first time in the game.
A further point from Liam Trainer eased the gap out to three points. A late Shea O’Driscoll 45 wasn’t enough to pull Cookstown back into the contest and Killeeshil ran out winners. Final Score – Killeeshil 2-12 Cookstown 1-13
Killeeshil – C Reilly, M Monaghan, B O’Neill, D Millar, C Monaghan, M McCusker, L Hughes, G Reilly 0-1, P O’Neill, C Donaghy 0-2, P Donaghy 1-2, M O’Neill, T Hoy 0-3, J Doyle 0-1, P McMullan 1-1
Killeeshil Subs – R Doyle 0-1, L Traynor 0-1, C O’Neill, N McElvogue
Cookstown – P Kelly, C Fowley, R Donnelly 1-0, C Kelly, J McIvor, R Pickering, L Cullen, M McNeill, C O’Neill, C McGarrity 0-2, C Donnelly, S O’Driscoll 0-2, M Carberry 0-7, J Gilmore 0-2, M Murray
Cookstown Subs – C O’Hare, M McCann, P McGurk, C Eastwood