James’ Boy’s Withstand Killannin in The Aftermath of Storm Lorenzo

October 7th, 2019 | by St James GAA
James’ Boy’s Withstand Killannin in The Aftermath of Storm Lorenzo
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Sunday the 6th of October marked another historic day for the St. James’ club. The Jimmies captured the County ‘A’ West Board U-15 title defeating Killannin 5-8 to 3-7. Jack Nolan of St. James’ contributed 3-4 to the scoreboard and this added to his tally of 13 scores, 3-1 from play and 0-3 from frees. The game was in the melting pot midway through the second half and James’ found themselves on the backfoot, having led at the interval 4-2 to 1-3. In the opening period, James’ cut loose on the Killanin defense and added a number of scores to make it next to near impossible for a comeback. The first score arrived on the fifth minute, when James’ target man Jack Folan muscled his way past five Killannin defenders and buried the ball in the back of the net. Keane Griffin converted shortly after the goal to make it 1-1 to no score with 7 minutes gone. However Killannin did respond and added two very good scores from Midfielder Dara Walsh.

Keith Murphy’s side broke out of defense at pace and punished their opponents with two consecutive goals both coming from Jack Nolan. Defending was really the difference in the first half between both sides. The boy’s from out west were physically strong and matched the Jimmies at central positions. Killannin did a lot of things right in the opening period but found themselves trailing by eight points at half-time. A massive task in the second half was needed in order to upset the odds. James’ wasted a lot of possession in the opening few minutes of the second period and Killannin capitalized on this and amazingling turned an eight point gap into a one point lead. The game had swung to their advantage but their lead would be short lived.Emmanuel Abiodun and Dara Walsh went toe to toe in the middle of the park, fielding kickouts and breaking balls. The St. Mary’s college man out muscled Walsh and set up a number of moves for the Jimmies that resulted in scores. Keane Griffin and Jack Folan linked up well and won a number of frees for their team which Nolan converted.

There must of been up to 300 in attendance and every time a score was converted for both teams, the fans would surge with excitement at Tonabrocky GAA grounds. In the remaining ten minutes, James’ weathered the storm and everything Killannin threw at them. Some excellent defending from the James’ team carried the day to claim back to back county ‘A’ titles. Killannin gave it their all and had many stand out players on the day including Luke McKenna, Dara Walsh, Eoin Fahy and Luke O’Halloran. James’ too had many key players that stood up on the day and among these are captain Ciaran Kinsella, Joey O’Hara, Darragh Neary,Emmanuel Abiodun, Charlie Leonard, Jack Folan, Jack Nolan, Keane Griffin, Jamie Hayes George Omaka and Daire Crowe.

In the end, James’ finished the game with a convincing seven point victory. They showed great character and resilience and were determined to win. Whenever Killanin would launch an attack, Murphy’s side were quick to respond and turned over a lot ball which resulted in scores for them. Joey O’Hara was in position before county referee Alan Carr, blew the full time whistle and O’Hara launched the ball into the air like a rocket with excitement. County board official John Hegarty presented captain of the James’ team Ciaran Kinsella with the cup and jubilant scenes followed after all the speeches had ended. When all the celebrations had ended and the tour of the parish was over, Juvenile chairperson David Henry and manager Keith Murphy thanked everyone for all their hard work and efforts on and off the playing field. 2019 has yet again been a very good year for this group of players and we will be keeping a close eye on this group in the near future.

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