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Ulster Club Wins For Killeeshil and Eskra

Sunday 17.11.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone sides Killeeshil and Eskra maintained their fine winning runs in the Ulster Club Championship as they qualified for the Junior and Intermediate finals respectively. Killeeshil had a comfortable nine point win over Donegal champions Milford where Gary Reilly and Conal Monaghan hit 2-8 between them to help their side to a 2-14 to 1-8 victory.
Killeeshil were on top form from early on as Reilly, Packie Mc Mullen, Kevin Hughes, Shane Mallon and John Mc Mullen used all their experience to ease their team ahead. By the twenty fourth minute the Tyrone champions were seven points clear and in total control as Reilly in particular produced some sublime football and excellent finishing. The Donegal champions did manage to score two points just before the break but any chance they had of making a game of it disappeared early in the second half as Killeeshil hit five points without reply to extend their lead to 1-11 to 0-4.
Milford hit the net themselves and landed four further points in the final quarter but Killeeshil kept them at arm’s length comfortably and when Conall Monaghan finished a fine team move to the net it merely reinforced the Tyrone champions dominance. Killeeshil finished 2-14 to 1-8 winners and will now face Monaghan champions Emyvale in the Ulster Final

Killeeshil – C Reilly, N Breen, B O’Neill, B Mulgrew, C O’Neill, R O’Neill, C Small, K Hughes [0-1], P McMullan [0-2], D Small, J McMullan, G Reilly [1-5], S Mallon [0-1], A McGonnell [0-1], R McCann. Subs – C Monaghan [1-3] for McGonnell, C Carberry for McCann, C McElvogue [0-1] for Damian Small, A McKenna for Mulgrew, D Harte for Packie McMullan

Eskra once again had to dig deep and show considerable character as they defeated Cavan kingpins Killeshandra 0-12 to 1-7 in their intermediate semi final clash. The Emmetts began well but failed to make the most of their first half dominance though Peter Hughes, Joe Mc Carroll and Paul Turbitt all found the spot to ease them into a four point lead by the seventeenth minute.
The Cavan champions struggled early on to create scoring chances but benefitted from two first half penalty decisions. However they only managed to convert one but still reached the break leading 1-2 to 0-4.
Eskra found the going tough in the second half as conditions worsened and Killeshandra’s greater physicality told. The Cavan side established a three point lead with forty minutes played and it seemed that Eskra were on their way out. However once again when it was required most the Tyrone champions showed their true character. Niall Mc Ginn, Paul Marlowe and Cormac Arkinson led the way and four points in the ten minute period between the forty second and the fifty second minutes swung things in their favour again. The game was very much in the balance but Eskra’s ability to win break ball and create chances proved decisive. Joe Mc Carroll. Peter Hughes and Cormac Arkinson hit the scores that ensured Eskra went through on a final score line of 0-12 to 1-7.
They will also face Monaghan opposition in the final as they look forward to a clash with Truagh

Eskra – D McCarroll, J Hackett, A Scullion, K Kelly, P Marlow [0-1], N McGinn, C McCaffrey, P Turbitt [0-1], C Arkinson [0-1], S Hackett [0-1], P Hughes [0-6], J McCarroll [0-2], C O’Hagan, N Marlow, T Meegan. Subs – E McCaffrey for Meegan, A Kelly for O’Hagan, P Meegan for Turbitt, N Meegan for C McCaffrey, P Turbitt for N Marlow

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