Last weekend was a disappointing one for Adult football in Kildress with two difficult defeats shipped. But a week later the positivity has returned as our Senior men followed up yesterday’s great Ladies’ victory with a convincing 1-14 to 0-9 win earlier today at Augher.
In the opening quarter of this one Kildress seemed to be suffering a hangover from last week as they fell behind by 0-4 to 0-1, though in the middle of it they did fashion and then pass up one great goal chance. Once they settled however, they took charge of the game and with Matty McGuigan, Corey Holland and Shay Quinn very strong up front, deservedly led by 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time. The goal was as good a one as they’ve scored all year, Matty McGuigan finishing brilliantly after an outstanding combination by Aaron Loughran, Corey Holland and Caolan McNamee played him in.
The second half was played out more-or-less point about, with Kildress never looking in any danger of letting their good lead slip, and both teams continuing admirably despite some atrocious weather. If Kildress had a problem it was maybe in sometimes carrying the ball into trouble, but this was not an easy day to be playing inch-perfect football. Augher contested things well throughout, but just lacked the cutting power up front that Kildress enjoyed.
The result secures Kildress’ place in Intermediate football next year and was based, as has been the case all year, on pacey, direct football delivered by every player on the pitch. In a good all-round performance those who caught the eye included the Connolly and Holland brothers, Shea Quinn, the strong-running Conor Quinn and, of course, top-scorer Matty McGuigan.
Kieran Taggart refereed an entertaining game very well.
Kildress: | Gerard Grimes | Aaron Loughran, Callum Holland, Tiernan McNamee | Jonny Connolly, Dean McNally, Stephen McGurk | Eoin Brannigan, Enda McAleer (0-1) | Corey Holland (0-3), Shea Quinn (0-2), Adam Connolly | Matty McGuigan (1-8), Caolan McNamee, Marty Grimes | Conor Quinn, Shea Loughran