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Remember the Game: Killeshin end 15 year wait for title with dogged win over The Heath in the 2008 JFC ‘A’ final

The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O'Moore Park. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin 1-4  The Heath 0-5
2008 Laois JFC ‘A’ Final

Killeshin entered O’Moore Park ten years ago in search of a first title in 15 years, and as they entered the final fifteen minutes of this dogged encounter, things were not looking too favourable.

It took a Barry Ryan cracker to set Killeshin on their way, with his 30 yard stunner leaving The Heath in shock and securing a vital lead for Killeshin, which they fought tooth and nail to hold.

Ryan’s goal was the spark for a meteoric rise up the football food chain for Killeshin.

A couple of years later they went on to win the Intermediate football championship and have been a senior team ever since.

This year, under the guidance of Maurice Browne, they have won both of their opening championship matches and are safely into the quarter finals once more.

They have reached this stage on several occasions before but have failed to make the last four.

From the team that triumphed ten years ago, a number of players are still on the go.

Jeremy Mahon, Podge Bolton, Simon Attride and the aforementioned Ryan are all key members and will hope to drive them on further this year.

SCORERS – Killeshin: Barry Ryan 1-0, Mark O’Regan 0-2, Damian Lowry 0-1, Simon Attride 0-1. The Heath: Kieran Hyland 0-2, Alan Bell 0-2, Padraig Whelan 0-1.

KILLESHIN: Shane Whelan; Jeremy Mahon, Eddie Brennan, Aidan O’Rourke; Padraig Bolton, Mick Malone, Barry Ryan; Eddie Hand, Damian Lowry; Niall Brennan, Mark O’Regan, Simon Attride; Pascal Brennan, Liam Dowling, Alan Brennan. SUBS: Shane Coakley, Diarmuid Whelan, Tom Kennedy.

THE HEATH: Jimmy Farrell; Alan Dowling, Emmett Ging, John O’Hara; Johnny Browne, David O’Hara, Ciaran Booth; Liam Buggy, Donal Bigley; Conor Bergin, Jimmy Nerney, Alan Bell; Kieran Hyland, Eoin Delaney, Padraig Whelan. SUBS: Tadgh Browne, Damien Mullally, Michael Lenihan.

REFEREE: David Murphy (Portarlington).

Killeshin who defeated The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin who defeated The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Heath who played Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans watch on against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryan in control against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Watching on as Killeshin played The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Tense times for these fans as Killeshin play The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Damian Lowry blasts this shot in for Killeshin against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Simon Attride, Killeshin takes on David O’Hara, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The large Killeshin support urge their team on against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Barry Ryan, Killeshin passes under pressure from James Nerney, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Ciaran Booth, The Heath flies over Barry Ryan, Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Damian Lowry, Killeshin wins this ball ahead of Liam Buggy, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Mark O’Regan, Killeshin passes over Emmet Ging, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Niall Brennan controls this ball for Killeshin against Emmet Ging, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Peter Carroll wires up referee Dave Murphy for The Heath against Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players celebrate after winning the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin players raise the trophy after defeating The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin captain Padraig Bolton raises the trophy after defeating The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin captain Padraig Bolton raises the trophy after defeating The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin captain Padraig Bolton raises the trophy after defeating The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
6The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Urging Killeshin on against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans cheer their side on against against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Referee Dave Murphy in control of Killehin and The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryn shows the pressure in the final minutes against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryn shows the pressure in the final minutes against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryn shows the pressure in the final minutes against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryn shows the pressure in the final minutes against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin manager Billy Ryn shows the pressure in the final minutes against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Padraig Bolton, Killeshin takes on James Nerney, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans celebrate at the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Killeshin fans celebrate against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Barry Ryan, Killeshin celebrates his goal against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Conor Bergin, The Heath takes on Padraig Bolton, Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Killeshin management of Billy Ryan, Ger Kelly and Tom Scully plan against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Padraig Bolton, Killeshin contests this ball with Conor Bergin, The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Alan Bell, The Heath under pressure from Mark O’Regan, Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Donal Bigley in full flight upfield for The Heath against Simon Attride, Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Padraig Whelan passes for The Heath against Mick Malone, Killeshin in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
KIlleshin fans feel the pressure against The Heath in the JFC final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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