Killyon were welcomed to Boardsmill on a sunny yet windy Saturday evening. The pitch was in immaculate condition for hurling and Martin Ennis, with his lovely new hair style, was the man to throw in the ball.
Much like the football earlier in the week Niall Durkan was the man to get proceedings underway and took the first score for Boardsmill a point from play. This was followed up by a couple of fine points from play from Fergal Flattery, before having to be replaced due to injury. Niall Durkan, continuing his scoring spree went on a searing run and buried the ball to the back of the Killyon net, Thus followed another goal minutes after, by Bernard McLoughlin. Killyon were slightly wasteful at this point, creating some good opportunities but just not converting them. Liam O’Brien then scored a point from a free. Killyon got off the mark after 21 minutes scoring a point from a free. Liam O’Brien (from a free) and Bernard McLoughlin both scored points to end the half 2-06 (12) to 0-03 to the home side.
Killyon started much the better of the two sides in the second half registering a point from the throw in. This started a good period of play for the visitors scoring 1-03 in succession. The ‘Mill boys responded with points from play from Stevie Gibbons and substitute Eric McKay who made some great lines to get into scoring opportunities. Liam O’Brien was consistent with his free taking and kept the score board ticking over. Ray Hatton, who recently returned from working overseas was brought on instead of Cian Royston and was full of running to make opportunities for the home side. A high ball was crossed in the square and the young Cormac Ryall (first year playing at this level) soared into the air and get a perfect flick on the sliotar to send it into the back of the Killyon net. Thus leaving the score for the last ten minutes, 2-11 to 1-10. Killyon responded quickly and from a close in free, took the opportunity to take low shot which got past the Boardsmill defense and left an indent into the back of the net. This only left one point into going into the last ten minutes. Points from Eric McKay and to finish, Ray Hatton were enough to secure the victory for the home side. Final Score: 3-12 (21) to 2-11 (17)
Boardsmill Team: 1 – David Farrell, 2 – Johnny Mitchell, 3 – Conor Darby, 4 – Craig Kelly, 5 – Cian Royston, 6 – Neil McLoughlin, 7 – Cathal Wall, 8 – Stephen Gibbons Jnr, (0-01) 9 – Jim Roche, 10 – James Durkan, 11 – Liam O’Brien (0-05 (3f)), 12 – Niall Durkan (1-02), 13 – Fergal Flattery (0-02), 14 – Bernard McLoughlin (1-01), 15 – Cormac Ryall (1-0)
Subs: Fergal Flattery on Eric McKay (0-01), Cian Royston on Ray Hatton, Johnny Mitchell on Eamonn Roche
Categories:Billy Byrne Cup 2021