Damien Kelly’s goal was a huge score for Kildress in today’s intermediate final as they turned a five point deficit early in the second half into a five point victory. However the most important event in the game was Terry Donnelly’s second yellow card just before the break. Up until then Galbally looked more than comfortable and with the exception of Frank Mc Gurk, none of the Kildress forwards were causing too many problems. However the sending off changed the whole dynamic of the game and even though Galbally began the second half so well, they ran out of steam and ideas long before Kildress took the lead.
Kildress were deserving winners in the end although the margin of victory was somewhat flattering to them. Their subs all made significant contributions and how often in the past have we talked about the importance of the bench late in the game. Martin Loughran in particular battled well for the winners but now that they are back in senior football they must be hoping that the likes of Fran Loughran will agree to play on for another year and young players like Michael Crawley, Conor Mc Aleer and Matthew Heagney can continue their development and become key players in the their team.
Congratulations to the Wolfe Tones and commiserations to Galbally for what was a memorable game, particularly the second half. Galbally can now turn their attentions to the promotion playoffs while for Kildress there is the chance to compete in the Ulster Club series and if they watch themselves they might give it a rattle too.