Multyfarnham 4-7 Delvin 2-5, Kinnegad 1pm
Multyfarnham pulled off a deserved and at times hard fought win over Delvin in the first round of the Junior championship in Kinnegad on Sunday. The game was entertaining and good to watch with both sides putting everything into it. Delvin are an improving side with a lot of very good young players coming through the ranks and they will be tough opposition to any club playing them this year. Their quality showed in the first half as they matched Multy score for score. Jason Tighe scored a goal in the 20 min as Multy looked to try and put something distant between the sides. A brace from Emmet Feerick and a free from Mick McDonnell gave Multy a score-line of 1-3 for the first half. But Delvin responded with a penalty, called for a dubious foot block by Steven Moran, three points and then right at the halftime whistle a very unlucky goal from the Multyfarnham point of view.
What was said at half time in the dressing room certainly did the trick as Multy came out firing on all cylinders. So eager were they for the second period that they were out a good three or four minutes before Delvin. The second half started very well. Mick McDonnell knocked over another free and Chris Cannon chipped in with a point of his own. Then McDonnell scored another very well worked goal which increased the daylight between the two sides. The introduction of Anthony McGivney coincided with the opening up of the game . The Delvin backs just could not deal with the fast paced and tough tackling youngster who was making his championship debut. He rounded off a great appearance off the bench with a rocket of a shot which the opposition keeper had no chance of saving. David Nolan, another substitute was involved for Multy’s fourth goal linking with Chris Cannon and McGivney to set up McDonnell for his second.
Henry Reilly rounded off a real Captains performance when he barrelled forward halfway through the second period to knock over an exceptionally well placed point. Enda Carter and Noel Kiernan were real warriors in midfield all day, Brian McLoughlin had a good game cleaning up ball at the back alongside Paul Smith and Leo Blake.All in all it was a great game of football. Multyfarnham improved vastly in the second half compared to the first. As first rounds of the championship go this was a good start. A lot of very positive things were seen on the pitch. This can only continue with hard work being kept up in training. Next up in the championship is Ballycomoyle on the 3rd of May.
1. Ciaran McCabe, 2. Stephen Moran, 3. Leo Blake, 4. Brian McLoughlin, 5. Rory Boyce, 6. Henry Reilly (C)(0-1), 7. Paul Smith, 8. Noel Kiernan, 9. Enda Carter. 10. Emmet Feerick (0-2). 11, Chris Cannon (0-2), 12. Adam O’Keefe. 13. Mick McDonnell (2-2), 14. Jason Tighe (1-0), 15. Max Brady.