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Date: 08/10/2019
By: Pat Mulvihill

Kildimo Are 15s Cup Champs

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Kildimo Utd (2) 5 (Eoin Mulvihill (2), Ethan O’Brien, Tiernan Meaney, Ciaran McMahon)
Rathkeale (0) 3 (John Fitzgerald, Emlyn Lawlor, Ryan Stapleton)

The 15s cup final certainly lived up to its billing last night week at Mick Hanley Park where Kildimo Utd came out on top by five goals to three against a dogged Rathkeale side who never gave up at any stage.

Kildimo settled the better thus dominating the early exchanges and were rewarded when Ethan O’Brien netted after some tidy play down the right after fifteen minutes gone on the clock. They doubled their lead soon when Tiernan Meaney scored what was probably the goal of the game when he picked up possession on the half way and drove at the Rathkeale defence, beating a number of players on his way, he released a rocket from thirty yards, which the Rathkeale goalkeeper managed to get a hand to, but was unable to stop the fierce drive from hitting the net. Rathkeale worked themselves back into the game and dominated the remainder of the first half and went close on a number of occasions and were unlucky not to go in a half time with a goal of their own as John Fitzgerald went close with a cracking effort.

Into the second half and the sky blues started liked they finished the first and were rewarded for their hard work and effort when John Fitzgerald grabbed a goal back to make it two one. Kildimo responded with a purple patch and quickly hit with two goals of their own through Ciaran McMahon & Eoin Mulvihill to make it four one and put some daylight between the sides but great credit to Rathkeale who rallied again and showed that they weren’t done yet and put strong pressure on the Kildimo defence. These efforts culminated a brace of goals in quick succession, one from a corner that was tapped home at the back post by Emlyn Lawlor and the other from Ryan Stapleton. Four three and game on again.

In a game that it seemed to take a goal to get the opposition going, Kildimo once again responded to Rathkeale’s brace and were rewarded when Eoin Mulvihill broke free of the Rathkeale defence and slotted passed the keeper for his second of the game. With time slipping away Kildimo held on to claim the U15 Cup for 2019.

After the match Pat McMorrow from The Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League presented the Kildimo Utd joint captains Evan Guinane and Chris Delap with the U15 Cup.
Player of the match Tiernan Meaney (Kildimo Utd)

Kildimo Utd: Alexander Kaiser, Paul Fitzgibbon, Robbie White, Chris Delap, Ben Higgins, Edward McLoughlin, Tiernan Meaney, Evan Guinane, Davey Fitzgerald Eoin Mulvihill, Ethan O'Brien. Subs Cian O'Sullivan, Sean Dillon, Bobby Smith, Darren Smith, Ciaran McMahon, Brian Malone, Matteo Zoncada.
Also Ethan Browne, Bobby O'Shaughnessy, Kyle Lynch, James Ranahan

Rathkeale: Ben Cremin, David Carey, Jake Enright, Lee Wilmoth, Gerard Madigan, Jack Coleman, Eoghan Fitzgibbon, Ryan Stapleton, John Fitzgerald, Cathal O’Connor, Dylan Barry. Subs Emlyn Lawlor, Jake Moran.

Referee: Liam O’Connor. Referees Assistants Sean Behan, Eugene Noonan.

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