Killeagh/Ita's 10-6 Crosshaven 5-8
THE Rebel Óg U14 Premier 2 Football title is heading east after a goal-filled clash in Caherlag.
Impressive displays from Ben Walsh, Barry Walsh, and Sean Meade in particular, who scored a remarkable 4-4, was enough to earn Killeagh/Ita's the silverware.
They raced out of the traps and they scored their first goal of the game inside the opening minute with the brilliant Meade expertly drilling the ball into the top left corner.
They added to their lead thanks to converted frees from Meade and Fionn Murphy but Crosshaven would then squander a glorious chance to get themselves back in contention as Shay Murphy dragged his fiercely hit penalty inches wide.
A couple of well-taken points from full-forward Eoghan O’Sullivan, as well as a free from JP Curtin, kept the red and blacks firmly in the hunt heading into the water break, trailing 1-4 to 0-2.
Curtin would score two more excellent points - both from tight angles - before half time but an incredible display from Killeagh/Ita's in the second quarter ended their opponent's hopes of emerging victorious.
The Green and Whites notched three goals in quick succession thanks to clinical finishes from Fionn Murphy, Sean Meade, and Aidan McNamee.
Meade slotted the ball over before he then completed his hat trick with a thunderous finish into the roof of the net, while the excellent midfielder pairing of cousins Ben and Barry Walsh helped themselves to goals to give them a lead of 7-5 to 0-4 at the interval.
They would get their eighth goal of the game at the beginning of the second half thanks to substitute Cormac Deane but Crosshaven, to their credit, refused to give up.
And they reduced the deficit significantly by the next water break thanks to Alex O’Connell and Oisin Doran Noonan points as well as a couple of goals from Rory Deane and Eoghan O’Sullivan.
Crosshaven outscored the leaders again in the final quarter - helped by further goals from Oisin Buckley and Deane - but it wasn’t to be their day as Killeagh reached double figures for goals thanks to Barry Walsh and Meade to seal a 13 point triumph.
Scorers for Killeagh/Ita's: S Meade 4-4 (0-2 f), Barry Walsh 2-1, F Murphy 1-1 (0-1 f), Ben Walsh, A McNamee, C Deane 1-0 each.
Crosshaven: R Deane 2-0, JP Curtin 1-5 (0-2 f), E O’Sullivan 1-1, O Buckley 1-0, O Doran Noonan, A O’Connell 0-1 each.
KILLEAGH/ITA'S: F Brennan; O Cunningham, H Connon, M Doherty; D Prenter, C Burns, S Lynch; Ben Walsh, Barry Walsh; C Cowhig, S Meade, M Buttimer; M O’Donovan, F Murphy, A McNamee.
Subs: C Deane for M Buttimer (18), B Geary for C Cowhig (27), A Brenner for A McNamee (32), J Ogbebor for M O’Donovan (44), T Considine for M Buttimer (52).
CROSSHAVEN: O Murphy; F Mansfield, B Foley, L McCarthy; M Morrissey, R Sisk, S Murphy; O Doran Noonan, L O’Leary; A O’Connell, S Buckley, R Kelly Noonan; R Deane, E O’Sullivan, JP Curtin.
Subs: O Buckley for L O’Leary (33), F O’Donovan for B Foley (53).
Referee: Brian Barrett.