Under 12s: Clonmore 3-9 Kildavin/Clonegal 3-6

November 8, 2018

Clonmore kicked off their under 12 season with a home game against Kildavin/Clonegal in glorious sunshine in Woodside.

K/C started quicker with Niall Hickey kicking a goal and 2 points in the first 10 minutes. This was answered by 2 Billy Lawlor points and another from Dylan Doyle before K/C’s Richard Byrne restored the visitors 3 point lead. It was at this point the Clonmore’s Niall MacDonald scored his first goal from close range to even the scores at 1.3 each.

It took good defending from Clonmore’s Niall Tompkins to keep the visitors at bay before Dylan Doyle put Clonmore ahead with a goal. The Clonmore keeper, Conor Evans, saved point blank to keep Clonmore ahead before Eoin Connolly added another point for the home team. It was at this stage that K/C’s Niall Hickey began to dominate in midfield but Clonmore’s Dylan Doyle managed to score another point before halftime. – 2-5 to 1-3.

The second half started frantically with K/C keeper Daniel Smith pulling off a great save to keep his team in the game. Clonmore had to defend hard at this stage and it was good work from Sean Mulvany to keep the visitors at bay before K/C’s Steven Carroll goaled and Niall Hickey pointed to narrow the margin to 2 points. Clonmore were unlucky at this stage with Cathal Foley hitting the bar before Robert Bulmer kicked a point. It took some clever play from K/C’s Niall Hickey to kick a close in free into the net to level the scores with 10 minutes left – 2-7 to 3-4. Points were exchanged at this stage with Billy Lawlor scoring for Clonmore and Hickey again for the visitors before Lawlor hit the bar and K/C’s Thomas Jeffers made a great block and Hickey kicked another point to put the visitors ahead. Again up stepped Niall McDonald to score a close range goal for the home team and some good defending from Antony Kealy and a final point from Dylan Doyle saw Clonmore just about hold out for a 3 point win – 3-9 to 3-6.

It was a good tight game and played in a good spirit. Best for Clonmore were Niall Tompkins, Anthony Kealy, Dylan Doyle and Billy Lawlor while Niall Hickey was the chief tormentor for the visitors.

Photo: Clonmore U-12s Back L TO R – Niall Tompkins, Robert Bulmer, Billy Lawlor, Eoin Connolly, Sean Mulvany.
Front L To R – Anthony Kealy, Conor Evans, Niall MacDonald, Cathal Foley, Dylan Doyle.