With their future participation in the Senior Hurling Championship at stake, Killimordaly certainly turned on the afterburners in the second-half as they turned over a five-point interval deficit to win this Senior B Group 2 contest with ease at Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening.
While they had almost swiped out the advantage following a terrific restart, the decisive score was a Iomar Creaven goal on 44 minutes and thereafter they just kept matters ticking over, as Moycullen were never to regain parity thereafter.
Afterwards, Killimordaly manager Liam Donoghue was very matter of fact about the outcome.
“Look, if we lost, we were out. Our season was hinging on it and it was a very tough game, as you would expect. We knew if we could keep it to five or six points at the break when facing the wind, we would be in with a shout in the second half and the lads responded well to the challenge and we have kept our season going”.
In total contrast, Moycullen failed to build on a solid opening half show as they disappeared without trace on the resumption, as a lowly three point contribution was a poor return for a lot of endeavour and effort.
Unbeaten in their opening two games following a win over Abbeyknockmoy and a drawn encounter with Athenry, Moycullen were quick out of the starting blocks and aided by the considerable elements, gained an early grip on proceedings.
Danny Gleeson made an early impact as an opening minute effort came back off a post, with Chris Hurney firing the rebound wide from close range. They were denied a goal seconds later when Niall Mannion powered in a shot that Padraig Daly deflected on to a post and out for a 65.
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