Emo 3-15 Killeshin 0-15
ACFL Division 1B Semi-final
With one eye on the upcoming 2020 SFC semi-final, high flying Emo showed real championship pace and flair in powering past Killeshin and into this years Division 1B Final against Arles-Killeen.
The winners took the game to the hosts from the get go and within 25 seconds they were ahead through Stephen Norton’s point and the same player added another in the 4th minute after a Paul Lawlor goal attempt was superbly saved by Cillian Roche two minutes previously.
However, not long after Norton’s second, Emo did get their goal. Darren Strong may have taken a generous amount of steps in the build up but his assist saw Paddy Hosey slip the ball home from close range.
David Aston got Killeshin off the mark with a free in 11th minute after his side had been ran asunder early on but by the water break, it was only 1-2 to 0-3 due to Aston’s second free and an Adam Deering effort from play.
Both sides suffered injury setbacks in the first half with Norton and Evan Joyce picking up knocks for Emo, but the loss of Conor Heffernan to Killeshin with a leg injury looked the most serious of the lot and his recent goal scoring form was badly missed thereafter.
In the second quarter both sides registered three points apiece, Killeshin managing one from play through Eoin Lowry as keeper Cillian Roche and David Aston added frees, while Darren Strong slotted over a brace for Emo with the other coming from Nigel Murphy.
Just before half time, a move involving the Lowry brothers saw Ross Bolger in on goal however his effort blazed high and wide and it was Emo who went in 1-5 to 0-6 ahead at the interval.
The third quarter was where Emo stamped their authority on this game and Darren Strong set the tone with 1-1 from play on the resumption.
Bolger and Eoin Lowry exchanged scores with Jack Owens and Paul Lawlor and in the 43rd minute it was game over as Stephen Norton scored Emo’s third major of the afternoon after coming back into the fray.
A hobbling Eoin Lowry did have a goal chance just before the second half water break which flew over the bar and down the far end Padraig Kirwan’s point was the last passage of play in this period with Emo comfortably ahead by 3-10 to 0-9.
Killeshin did rally after this with converted frees from Deering and Roche with Ross Bolger also seeing his goal bound effort brilliantly saved by Niall Gorman.
But despite all this they couldn’t get much closer to Emo who rattled off scores from Hosey, Lawlor and Jack Owens, while a brace of Cathal Byrne frees and a Luke Attride score from play were of the consolation variety.
Emo will be happy to have made the Final but crucially this performance has them in fine fettle ahead of their 2020 SFC Semi-Final showdown with Graiguecullen in the coming weeks.
SCORERS – Emo: Darren Strong 1-3, Stephen Norton 1-2, Jack Owens (0-5, 0-3 frees) Paddy Hosey 1-1, Paul Lawlor 0-2, Nigel Murphy 0-1, Padraig Kirwan 0-1 Killeshin: David Aston 0-4 (0-4 frees), Cathal Byrne 0-2 (0-2 frees), Eoin Lowry (0-2), Ross Bolger 0-2, Adam Deering 0-2, (0-1 free), Cillian Roche 0-2, (0-1 free, 0-1 45), Luke Attride 0-1
EMO: Niall Gorman; Liam Crowley, James O’Rourke, Jack Setright; Padraig Kirwan, Sean Greene, Evan Joyce; Finbarr Crowley, Brian Gorman; Nigel Murphy, Darren Strong, Stephen Norton; Paul Lawlor, Jack Owens, Paddy Hosey. Subs David Gorman for Norton (13 inj), Cian Langford for Joyce (15 inj), Norton for Murphy (41), Paddy Dunne for O’Rourke (45), Murphy for B Gorman (55), Eoin Montague for Kirwan (59)
KILLESHIN: Cillian Roche; Brendan McDonald, Jeremy Mahon, Simon Attride; Mark McDermott, Adam O’Connor, David McDermott; Cathal Byrne, Luke Attride; Conor Heffernan, Adam Deering, David Aston; Evan Lowry, Eoin Lowry, Ross Bolger. Subs: Arnie Mahon for Heffernan (19 inj), James Davis for D McDermott (35 inj), Paddy Doyle for Aston (42), Paddy Walsh for Evan Lowry (42), Leeson Hughes for Eoin Lowry (46), Evan Galligan for Deering (56)
Referee: Des Cooney (St Joseph’s)