Super Reilly as Seniors Beat Curraha

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Curraha 1-15 V St Colmcilles 4-18

Missing key players on Ben Brennan, James Conlon and Joe Sweeney, St Colmcilles made the trip to Curraha last Saturday seeking a win that would keep them in the promotion hunt in Division 2.  This had the potential to be a tricky tie but with County star Graham Reilly in superb form he led his team mates from the front from start to finish.  Indeed this game  opened with a wonderful goal from Reilly after his initial drive saw him play a one two with Donal Meagher and the county man duly palmed the ball to the Curraha net. 

A blistering start it was as Donal Meagher and the lively Jack Reynolds caused the home side all sorts of problems and three more wonderful points from Graham Reilly and one from Jack Reynolds and St Colmcilles led 1-4 to no score after 10 minutes.  Curraha did muster a reply with 2 frees from James McEntee but St Colmcilles then dominated for most of the first half playing some wonderful football and kicking a further 1-7 with the scores coming courtesy of 1-2 from Jack Reynolds, 0-2 from Ciaran Kelly, 0-1 from Davy  O’Byrne and another 2 points from that man Graham Reilly bringing his half time tally to 1-6.  Curraha did again respond and grab a goal and 2 points to see the half time score, Curraha 1-5 (8) V St Colmcilles 2-11(17).

Graham Reilly who lit up Curraha kicking 1-10 in truly wonderful display

Graham Reilly who lit up Curraha kicking 1-10 in a truly wonderful display

The 2nd half saw a much more bold show from Curraha and they took the game to St Colmcilles in the initial stages  to close the gap to 6 points before St Colmcilles cut loose again with a wonderful score from Conor O’Byrne, matched by 3 stunning points from Graham Reilly to see the lead now pushed out to 10 points.   The lively Meagher then grab a deserved goal with a fine finish with 10 minutes remaining to stretch the lead further before Curraha again hit a spell where they score 3 more points to reduced the margin back to 10 points.  However this was to be their last scores as more great forward play saw points from Jack Reynolds (0-1), Graham Reilly (0-2) before Conor O’Byrne killed the contest with a super finish to the back of the Curraha net to see St Colmcilles win out comfortably at the end. 

Colmcilles may have been down some key first team players in this match but it mattered not in the end as the forward play at times was really top drawer. Playing a sweeper, defensively St Colmcilles conceeded 1-14, which is a concern  but the lively play of Jack Reynolds, Ciaran Kelly and Donal Meagher was only surpassed by the brilliance of Graham Reilly.  On the night he was the catalyst for all that was great about St Colmcilles play, working to setup scores and also kicked a stunning 1-10 in the process.  In a very impressive display Reilly was worth the entrance money alone.

Scorers: Graham Reilly 1-10,  Jack Reynolds 1-4, Conor O’Byrne 1-1, Donal Meagher 1-0, Ciaran Kelly 0-2, Davy O’Byrne 0-1

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