KILLYBEGS won the Southern Regional Board Under-14 final with victory over Ardara in Glemcolmcille this evening.
Ardara 1-05 Killybegs 2-09
A goal in the third minute from Conor Cunningham set the tone for the side managed by Slua Boyle and Manus Boyle and although Ardara gave as good as they got for spells it was the team from Fintra who were the strongest over the course of the hour.
After Cunningham landed over a 45, Odhran McGuinness, the Killybegs centre-forward, excelled and by halftime had registered 1-3. His goal was a belter on 11 minutes following a pass from Emelyn Murrin.
That made the score 2-2 to 0-2 for Killybegs but Ardara – who opened with points from Peter Bennett and Daniel L McHugh – were to hit back within a minute when Paul Walsh goaled after being set up by Daryl Maguire.
At the break, Killybegs were 2-5 to 1-2 up with Karl Gallagher rounding off the first half scoring.
Killybegs – who were missing Seamus Óg Byrne and Cillian Gildea – opened the second period with three successive scores, with the impressive Ross Connelly, McGuinness and Gallagher establishing a 2-8 to 1-3 advantage.
Killybegs’ excellent defensive play meant Ardara found it difficult to get a score but Bennett did point a couple of frees and a score from play either side of a Cunningham point.
Ardara had plenty of the ball late on but Killybegs were sound at the back and can now look forward to an All-County semi-final against Gaoth Dobhair while Ardara face into St Eunan’s.
Ardara: Matthew McGlynn; Shane Whyte, Iarla Murphy, CJ Laverty; Finn Gallagher, Charlie Kennedy, Johnny McHugh; Liam McShane, Matthew Sweeney; Daniel Gallagher, Paul Walsh (1-0), Jack Boyd; Daryl Maguire, Peter Bennett (0-4,2f) Daniel McHugh (0-1).
Killybegs: Corey Byrne; Kevin Boyle, Eoin McGing, Dylan Murphy; Patrick Dowd, Charlie Breslin, Rory Collier; Ross Connelly (0-1, 45), Tadhg Gorrell; Dillon Doogan, Odhran McGuinness (1-4), Conor Cunningham (1-2, 45); Christopher Mulligan, Karl Gallagher (0-2,1f), Emelyn Murrin. Subs: Michael McHugh for Murrin (46), Oisin McMenamin for Cunningham (48), Caolan Gamble for Mulligan (59), Dermot Cunningham for Murphy (60),
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar).