Teggart on target for Killeavy.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Teggart on target for Killeavy. thumbnailKILLEAVY players celebate as they lift the Atty Hearty Cup on Sunday after beating Silverbridge.

KILLEAVY won their second Armagh Intermediate Championship title in five years after beating Division Two Champions Silverbridge on Sunday.


It was an entertaining contest played in the Athletic Grounds with two south Armagh teams giving everything but importantly Killeavy had the composure in front of the posts when it mattered most.

Killeavy captain James Donnelly dedicated the win to former player Conor Quinn, who tragically died earlier this year and he thanked all the members who have contributed to the club.

Played as the first of a doubleheader, with the Senior final following, Silverbridge never really got going in the first half despite Jarly Og Burns stroking over the bar within the opening minute.

The Bridge only scored twice more before the break as instead it was Killeavy were clinical on the attack. Ronan McGuinness opened Killeavy's account with a brace of points and Cathal Boylan followed up with a third as the St Monnina men led after the first quarter.

Silverbridge hit back with Ronan Reel and Damian McCann (35-metre free) scoring either side of Raymond Teggart's converted close-range free but it was the Killeavy side that raced ahead before the lead with four unanswered points.

Young prospect Conor O'Neill is maturing into a fine footballer and on Sunday he proved he can perform on the big occasion with three of Killeavy's next four points including two frees and a super long-range effort with big Michael Murphy firing over the other point.

Half-time: Killeavy 0-08 Silverbridge 0-03.

The second half started in similar pattern to the first but the tables were turn as after Miceal McNamee was fouled the experienced Raymond Taggart converted a free to extend Killeavy's lead.

But as expected Silverbridge hit back and ensured their south Armagh rivals weren't going to run away with the game. Joe Rock hit a fine 35-metre point while midfielder Peter Carragher launched an impressive 45' between the posts and the busy Damian McCann drilled over the bar to leave three points between the sides.

However, Killeavy's Kyle Mallon broke Silverbridge's momentum with a well-worked point but Ronal Reel had the crowd on their feet with his monster long-range point and his team-mate Eugene Byrne finished off a wonderful sweeping move with a sweet point to make the point that they weren't going to lie down.

Silverbridge trailed by three points and had the bit between their teeth but crucially that man Conor O'Neill steadied the Killeavy ship with a converted free.

And Killeavy weren't finished there as we predicted last week the evergreen Raymond Taggart displayed the killer instinct with a fine goal on 50-metres and he quickly tagged on point after bustling run down the by-line, so in a matter of three minutes Killeavy's lead increased from three points to seven.

This rally knocked the proverbial stuffing out of the Bridge and despite points from big Carragher and Ronan Reel and with the game up Paddy Reel received a red card.

Still though Killeavy finished strongly and Armagh's Ciaron O'Hanlon would have bagged a last gasp goal but Silverbridge goalkeeper Gerard McGarvey pulled off brilliant save to tip his effort over the bar.

Killeavy's James Donnelly received the Atty Hearty Cup where he thanked all the members and volunteers of the club and paid tribute to his former team-mate.

"We won this in 2012, there was a player playing with us that day, but he is not with us today, Conor Quinn, and I am sure he is looking down at us today and all the deceased members I am sure they are looking down at us," said Donnelly.

"It is a real honour to be captain but all I am doing is receiving the Cup on behalf of a hard working panel and a talented bunch of guys and I can't thank them enough as they have been super.

"No luck to Silverbridge, they have been a great team all year, they won the League and we just wanted to get one over them but they will be about next year." Silverbridge are already League champions and while they would have liked to have brought the Cup back to their club they are a young team moving in the right direction.

However, Killeavy were worthy winners and they are a great young team that should be ready to make the step up to Senior football next year.

SILVERBRIDGE: Gerard McGarvey, Sean Garvey, Peter Reel, Cathal Lambe, Aaron Duffy, Bryan Murphy, Paddy Reel, Brendan Byrne, Peter Carragher, Paudie Cumiskey, Joe Rock, Jarly Og Burns, Ronan Reel, Damian McCann, Padraig Keating. Subs: Jamie Murphy, Cormac McAvoy, Anthony Mallie, Jack McArdle, Eugene Byrne, James Meegan, Seamus Kelly.

KILLEAVY: Sean O'Hanlon, Eoin McParland, Cathair McKinney, Donal O'Neill, Jamie Cosgrove, Ciaron O'Hanlon, Kyle Mallon, Michael Murphy, James Donnelly, Cathal Boylan, Conor O'Neill, Ronan McGuinness, Miceal McNamee, Raymond Teggart, Caolan McConville. Subs: Gordon McGuinness, Niall Magennis, Tom Behan.


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