First-half McMahon goal key for Emyvale

Emyvale (Monaghan)1-06 Killeeshil (Tyrone)0-06
Emyvale won their second Ulster JFC club title in five years thanks to a first-half goal from Daniel McMahon in a poor final at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night.

The Monaghan side also won this title in 2009 and looked the more threatening team on Saturday night, but needed a couple of smart blocks from goalkeeper Gerard McCaffrey to get past Tyrone champions Killeeshil.

Killeeshil started brightly with early points from Gary Reilly and former Tyrone All-Ireland winner Kevin Hughes opening up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 16 minutes.

But Emyvale took over in the second quarter with frees from Martin McAree and McMahon before the latter flicked the ball into the net after 22 minutes to help his side into a 1-3 to 0-3 lead at half-time.

Shane Mallon’s point 30 seconds after the restart gave Killeeshil hope that they could get back into the game.

Then McCaffrey made that vital block from Packie McMullan, with the latter converting the resultant 45’ to get the Tyrone side to within a point midway through the second-half.

David McAllister punished a sloppy mistake in the Killeeshil defence with a score at the other end and with scores at a premium, substitute Daithí Colton wrapped up the win in the last minute with another white flag for the Monaghan men.

Scorers for Emyvale: D McMahon 1-3 (2f), D McAllister 0-1, D McAree, D Colton (0-1, f) each.

Scorers for Killeeshil: S Mallon 0-3 (2f), K Hughes, P McMullan, G Reilly 0-1 each.

EMYVALE: G McCaffrey; S McMeel, J Flannery, C Connelly; K McQuaid, J Bellew, M Brown; C Hughes, M Flannery; D McAllister, R McAnespie, D Bellew; D McMahon, M McAree, G McQuaid.

Subs: D Colton for G McQuaid (41), P McCarron for McMeel (54), G McKernan for McAree (60).

KILLEESHIL: C Reilly; N Breen, B O’Neill, B Mulgrew; C O’Neill, R O’Neill, C Monaghan; K Hughes, P McMullan; D Small, J McMullan, G Reilly; S Mallon, E Donaghy, R McCann.

Subs: A McKenna for Mulgrew (26), C Devlin for Small (HT), C McElvogue for McCann (47), E Donaghy for Monaghan (54).

Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Donegal).


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