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Apr

27

Premier A

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Killala 3 Westport Utd 2

Killala finally got points on the board on the third attempt in the new Premier A league. a Giggsy hatrick sealed the win but the squandering of numerous chances nearly cost them dearly as it was a 92nd goal that gave them the winner.Team Danny Gallagher, Ian McNulty,Aidan Ferguson,Eamon Knox, David Cadden, Oliver Clarke, Ian O’Boyle, Richard Lynn, Alan Murphy Rory Gallagher Jonny McNulty,Subs used, Marc McDonnell, Matt Webb & Colin Scanlon

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Dec

17

Connaught Cup RD3

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Soccer: Peter pounces as Town triumph
By Anthony Hennigan in Killala

Connacht Junior Cup – Round 3
KILLALA AFC 1 BALLYHAUNIS TOWN 2

THE NEW structure of Mayo’s six-tier football league means that no fewer than four divisions will separate these teams when the 2011 season commences.
Killala are set to play their football in the division below Super League whereas Ballyhaunis Town are ranked in the fifth of six divisions –despite completing a league and cup double in this, the first year of the club’s reformation.
But if not privy to such information, anyone in attendance last Sunday would have found it hard to adjudicate just what side was the higher ranked.
It was Ballyhaunis, however, who, having also carried their good form into the FAI Junior Cup where they are just one victory away from reaching the national stages, continued their advancement through the early rounds of the Connacht Junior Cup, with victory by the odd goal in three.
Killala, for whom Rory Gallagher missed a penalty after just two minutes, found themselves two goals in arrears by the 53rd minute but fought the good fight right to the end, even serving up a grandstand finish for the hardy supporters who braved the coldness of the seaside town. They were unable find an equaliser however, after Johnny McNulty’s headed goal provided them a lifeline with just four minutes of normal time to play.
The losers will undoubtedly look back at the first half with some regret. Penalty-taker Gallagher might have had chance to redeem himself on not one, but two occasions had referee Kevin Cox looked more favourably on further, quite genuine penalty appeals by the home side before half-time. It was Gallagher himself who was upended in the box by Ballyhaunis centre-half Michael Waldron in the 18th minute and Waldron was again at the heart of the drama on the half hour when clearly handling Johnny McNulty’s delivery into the penalty area.
In the referee’s defence, Waldron’s action in the latter instance did seem self-protective, but Killala’s annoyance was understandable considering they had by now fallen behind to Peter Matuska’s 25th minute goal for the visitors.
Chasing Paul Finn’s long ball up the left wing, Matuska beat full-back David Cadden and from close to the end-line, his drilled shot deceived goalkeeper Brendan Ryan who was preparing for the cross, and the ball squirmed under his body and into the back of the net.
Matuska was Town’s only serious attacking threat throughout the first half, volleying wide from 25 yards in the eighth minute and having the ball whipped off his toe by Killala centre-back Ollie Clarke just when he was about to release the trigger, eleven minutes before the break.
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The mystery was how Ballyhaunis hadn’t conceded at the other end. Penalty dramas aside, their goalkeeper Aidan Fitzmaurice had twice used his legs to brilliant effect, first when denying Johnny McNulty in the sixth minute, after Rory Gallagher hooked the ball through to his strike partner, and six minutes before the interval when Mark McDonnell connected superbly at the near post with Mattie Webb’s right wing cross.
There was a dearth of clear-cut scoring opportunities after half-time, and up until McNulty’s late consolation for the hosts, Peter Matuska’s doubling of his and his side’s tally, in the 53rd minute, was one of the rare moments either side had a clear sight of goal.
Eddie Kilcourse had made the hard yards down the right flank when whipping in the ball for Matuska to meet at the back post and rifle in with his left boot.
With only John Clarke consistently to the fore in their midfield, Killala looked to the bench for inspiration. Brendan McNulty certainly added some spice along the left wing and fellow sub Martin McLoughlin almost picked out Rory Gallagher who was an inch short of poking past Town ‘keeper Fitzmaurice in the 63rd minute.
It was the lively Gallagher who eventually turned provider from the left, as Johnny McNulty rose above the goalkeeper to head into an empty net. But Killala’s breakthrough had come too late for them to follow up with an equaliser and instead, winger Aidan Ferguson was handed his marching orders in stoppage time as he earned a second booking for a trip that upended the counter-attacking Fergus Coyne.
KILLALA: Brendan Ryan, David Cadden, Matthew Webb, Ollie Clarke, Eamon Knoxx, Ian O’Boyle, Mark McDonnell, John Clarke, Johnny McNulty, Rory Gallagher, Aidan Ferguson. Subs: Brendan McNulty and Martin McLoughlin (for McDonnell and Cadden 59).
BALLYHAUNIS TOWN: Aidan Fitzmaurice, Damien Hurley, Paul Nolan, Michael Waldron, Paul Walsh, Eddie Kilcourse, Miroslav Rylak, Paul Finn, Peter Matuska, John Kelly, Joe Neenan. Subs: Fergus Coyne (for Rylak 51), Michael Mariagliano (for Neenan 68).
Referee: Kevin Cox.

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Aug

29

Welcome In Hotel Div 1

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Killala 4 Mulranny Utd 2

Killala signed off their Div1 campaign at home with a 4-2 win over second placed Mulrany Utd at Courthouse St on Sunday. Despite going a goal down after only 5 mi the home side attacked at every opportunity and good chances were spurned by John Clarke, Johnny McNulty & Rory Gallagher to level the match before the break. The second half saw a more positive and confident looking Kilala side but the visitors, needing a win to wait in the championship race, were defending their lead with a passion. With a half an hour to go A Roy Gallagher corner found the net and the game came to life. The next goal would be crucial and Killala mounted waves of attack to seek the winner but with 18 minutes left on the clock it was Mulranny who hit the front when a mix up in the home defense let them in to score and go ahead once again. With the game going into the last ten minutes it looked like mulranny were going to bring the title race to the last day but then a goal from captain Johnny McNulty and a wonder goal from Rory Gallagher to complete his fourth hatrick of the campaign put Killala 4-2 in front and sparked celebrations in the town that will last well into the week.

Killala team Sean McHale, Aidan Ferguson, Eamopn Knox, Oliver Clarke, Matt Webb, Marc McDonnell, John Clarke, Ian O’Boyle, Kevin Whyte, Johnny Mcnulty , Rory Gallagher Subs Ronan Heffron, Brendan Ryan, David Cadden

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Aug

23

Welcome Inn Hotel Div 1

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Knock/Kiltimagh Utd 1 Killala 3

An early goal from captain Johnny McNulty set the tone in this hard fought match. John Clarke grabbed the second with a fine solo run and Killala could have been further ahead but the woodwork denied Ronan Heffron his goal. The home side pulled one back before the break, but a Heffo strike at the start of the new half gave the visitors back their cushion. Sean McHale saved a penalty late on to keep KK at bay put the 3 hard earned points were in the bag and there is only 2 games to go. Team Sean McHale, Matt Webb, Eamonn Knox, Oliver Clarke, David Cadden, Ian O’Boyle, Marc McDonnell, John Clarke, Alan Murphy, Johnny McNulty, Ronan Heffron, Subs Brendan Ryan, Aidan Ferguson & Brendan McNulty

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Aug

16

Welcome Inn Hotel Div 1

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Moy Villa 1 Killala 0

A poor start by the visitors let Moy villa snatch an early goal and try as they may , they chased the equaliser for the rest of the game and despite , Johnny McNulty striking the woodwork, and Ollie Clarke heading over the 3 points slipped away. Killala team : Sean McHale, Matt Webb, Shane Whyte, Ollie Clarke, David Cadden, Marc McDonnell, Ian O,Boyle, Alan Murphy, John Clarke, Rory Gallagher, Johnny McNulty Subs Ronan Heffron, Brendan Ryan, Brendan McNulty

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Aug

8

Welcome Inn Hotel Div 1

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Killala 8 Inver United 1

An easy win over bottom side Inver Utd consilidated the home sides 5 point lead at the top of Div.1. An early wonder goal from Rory Gallagher his 18th of the season and a contender for one of his best, set the tone for this big win. Another Gallagher goal and one from Marc McDonnell gave the Killala lads a halftime lead of 3-0. Complaceny set in during the opening period of the second half and sloppy play by Killala allowed Inver back into the game and with one of their raids on the homeside goal the a shot from the angle of the box ended up in the side netting and amid claims from the Inver players the referee order a goal kick. From this Shane Whyte punt up the pitch Gallagher won the ball and outpaced the visitors defence to claim his hatrick or so he thought. as the kickoff by Inver was about to be taken the protests were still ongoing about the incident at the other end and Inver were claimimg a goal from that. The referee then  decided to award the goal to Inver and chalk off the Killala goal, from 4-0 to 3-1 what a bizzare decision. This incident didnt knock Killala off their stride and Gallagher eventually registered his hat rick moments later. He grabbed a fourth and his 21st goal of the season with 15 minutes to play and further goals from Martin McLoughlin, Alan Murphy and Brendan Ryan completed the rout.  Team : Sean McHale, Matt Webb, David Cadden, Oliver Clarke, Shane Whyte, Marc McDonnell, Ian O’Boyle, John Clarke, Alan Murphy, Rory Gallagher, Ronan Heffron, Subs Brendan Ryan & Martin McLouglin

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Jul

26

Welcome Inn Hotel Div 1

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Castlebar Celtic B1 Killala 5

Killala opened up a 5 point gap at the top of division 1 by virtue of this comfortable in Celtic Park on Sunday. Despite the scare of any early goal for the homeside Killala began to settle on the tight Astro turf pitch and were soon back in the game when McNulty headed home a Murray fee kick. Celtic appeals for what appeared to be a penalty were waved away and moments later Killala got their own penalty a Gallagher made no mistake and once the visitors were in front their was no looking back. A Murray free kick and another by Gallagher made it 4-1 at halftime. Kevin Murray struck another free kick in the secondhalf to kill off the game but McNulty and Gallagher had further chances but all were scorned .Team. Sean McHale, Matt Webb, David Cadden, Oliver Clarke, Kevin murray, Marc McDonnell, Ian O,Boyle, John Clarke, Alan Murphy, Johnny McNulty, Rory Gallagher, Subs, Ronan Heffron, Brendan McNulty & Mark McLoughlin

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Jul

23

Welcome Inn Hotel Div.1

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Killala 5 Manulla B1

It was hard to get back to business after the weekends Cup Final disappointment
but the lads knew 3 points would put them clear at the top and they started in whirlwind fashion. They went two up after 15 minutes through Rory Gallagher & Johnny McNulty and should have been out of sight when Manulla pulled one back from the spot, but poor finishing let them down. Gallagher restored the margin when he scored a wonderful goal from a Marc McDonnell through ball just before the break. The Second half was all Killala and Gallagher completed his hatrick and another strike from McNulty sealed the visitors fate Team.Killala: S. McHale, M. Webb, D. Cadden, K Murray , O. Clarke, J. Clarke, E.Knox, M. McDonnell, J. McNulty, R. Gallagher, A. Murphy.
Subs used: R.Heffron, B.McNulty, I.O’Boyle

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Jul

21

Tonra Cup Final 2010

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No sudden death for Villa

Final
Moy Villa 1
Melia 24
Killala 1
Clarke 82

(AET, Moy Villa won 8-7 on penalties)

Daniel Carey
Milebush Park

AFTER 110 minutes, it took 16 penalties to separate Moy Villa and Killala before the Attymass side prevailed at Milebush Park, Castlebar last Sunday.
Actually, that’s not strictly true. The eventual winners took the lead after 24 minutes, and looked to be heading for victory before conceding the equaliser seven minutes from time. After 15 successful penalties, Villa’s Eugene Carlin saved Marc McDonnell’s kick, and was quickly swamped by ecstatic team-mates.
Both sides had one decent chance apiece before the opening goal. Keith Melia’s inswinging corner forced Killala goalkeeper Seán McHale to claw the ball out. McHale’s opposite number Eugene Carlin raced from goal and got to the ball ahead of Killala’s David Lowther, but John Clarke, following up, had a chance to score, but shot wide.
Villa took the lead following a great cross from Momme Reibisch from the right, which Keith Melia headed home. Killala almost got an instant equaliser, but Carlin brought off a stunning save from Johnny McNulty’s volley, and John Judge cleared the ball off the line from the resulting corner.
There were further goal chances before half time. Stephen Moyles’s curling shot went out for a Villa corner, while John Durkan forced a decent save from McHale. At the other end, McNulty’s sweet pass found Alan Murphy, whose ball from the right found Lowther. The midfielder shot wide from close range, but was flagged offside in any event. McNulty was taken down just outside the box in the run-up to half time, but it was still 1-0 at the interval.
A second goal would have given Villa daylight, but Durkan was thwarted in his efforts to get it after latching onto a throw, as McHale tipped the ball out for a corner. On the hour mark, Lowther headed just wide from a corner by Rory Gallagher, whose number 10 shirt was sported at least five other Killala people at Milebush Park.
Seven minutes before the end, Eugene Carlin was penalised after assistant referee Aidan Nevin ruled that he had taken the ball outside the penalty area with his hand. John Clarke’s free kick took a deflection and ended up in the net. Suddenly, we were facing the prospect of extra time in a divisional final for the third week in a row.
But sides had one-on-ones during the additional period. Durkan’s through ball found Kevin Langdon, who was denied by a superb McHale stop. At the other end, McNulty slipped the ball over Carlin but it drifted agonisingly wide.
And so, penalties were required, preceded by a mass movement of spectators towards the town end once it became clear where the shoot-out would take place. Villa quintet John Moyles, John Durkan, Keith Moran, John Judge and man of the match John Casey all converted their spot-kicks, as did Killala’s initial five takers – Rory Gallagher, Johnny McNulty, Alan Murphy, John Clarke and Kevin Murray.
That meant sudden death, and there was still no separating them after Villa pair Tommy Humber and Kevin Langdon, and Killala subs Brendan Ryan and Ian McNulty, all made no mistake. Momme Reibisch put Villa back in front, although Seán McHale got a hand to his penalty, and it went off the crossbar. Marc McDonnell had to score to keep Killala in the tie, but Eugene Carlin made a fine stop, and all heaven broke loose for the eight-year-old club by the river.

Moy Villa: E. Carlin, J. Judge. N. Lackey, T. Humber, J. Moyles, J. Durkan, K. Langdon, M. Reibisch, S. Moyles, J. Casey, K. Melia.
Sub used: K. Moran.
Killala: S. McHale, M. Webb, D. Cadden, K. Whyte, O. Clarke, J. Clarke, D. Lowther, M. McDonnell, J. McNulty, R. Gallagher, A. Murphy.
Subs used: I. McNulty, K. Murray, B. Ryan.
Ref: M. McCay (Ballina).

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Jul

13

Tonra Cup Semi Final 2010

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Goal-den Gallagher is spot on for cup chasers Killala
By Aoife Herbert

KILLALA 1  KNOCK/KILTIMAGH  Utd 0

AFTER what was a fairly evenly contested cup tie, Killala progressed to the final on the back of a victory sealed by Rory Gallagher’s penalty kick in the 79th minute.

Killala had been reduced to 10 men when Eamon Knox was shown a straight red card 10 minutes earlier, but to their credit they kept pushing purposefully forward and were rewarded for their efforts when Johnny McNulty was chopped down just inside the Kiltimagh penalty area. Gallagher made no mistake.

The visitors did have two particularly good chances to draw level following the Killala goal. A fizzing effort from Ciaran Jennings was tipped over the bar by Killala goalkeeper Sean McHale and in the dying moments a shot from winger Shane Prendergast was desperately cleared off the line by a barricade of Killala defenders.

Killala held on, and over the 90 minutes were the side that looked most likely to progress to the final. However, it was Kiltimagh who started the brighter of the teams in the first half. Liam Groarke, Johnny Mulroy and Shane Prendergast were lively in the opening exchanges and created a couple of early half chances between them.

Killala, though, found their rhythm 20 minutes into the first half. Alan Murphy had a snapshot gathered by the Kiltimagh goalkeeper Ryan Glynn before Marc McDonnell sent Rory Gallagher through on goal but his attempted chip saw Glynn scramble backwards and recover just in time to palm the ball away for a corner kick.

Johnny McNulty had another chance a minute later when the Kiltimagh defence was guilty of letting the ball bounce and the Killala front man was causing the Kiltimagh defence problems in the air too. From one such flick on, his strike partner Rory Gallagher smashed a shot off the post on 38 minutes.

Kiltimagh, as in the first half, started the second half enthusiastically and had held the balance of possession before Killala’s Johnny McNulty dragged a shot wide of the far post following good work by John Clarke in the centre of midfield. The game drifted into a stage where neither team could keep hold of possession for a decent amount of time and no clear cut chances materialised.

Killala lost their strong and imposing centre-back Eamon Knox to a straight red card in the 69th minute following an off the ball incident spotted by the referee. Kiltimagh immediately tried to pick gaps in a restructured Killala defence and Ciaran Jennings tried for goal with a header, but this apart Killala looked relatively comfortable and kicked forward with no apparent disadvantage.

The game finally increased in intensity during the final quarter. Rory Gallagher had a busy evening upfront for Killala and when some neat footwork by Johnny McNulty drew a rash tackle in the box, it was the former who stepped up to put away the penalty with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Kiltimagh fashioned two fantastic opportunities to equalise in the final stages but the Killala defence held firm and survived to record a well deserved win.

KILLALA: Sean McHale, Matt Webb, David Cadden, Eamon Knox, Ollie Clarke, John Clarke, Mark McDonnell, Kevin White. Rory Gallagher, Johnny McNulty. Alan Murphy.

KILTIMAGH: Ryan Glynn, Brendan Clarke, Brian Gallagher, Ciaran Jennings, Brian McDonagh, Tommy Prendergast, Shane Prendergast, Kieran McNicholas, Kevin O’Brien, Johnny Mulroy, Liam Goarke. Subs: John Gill (for Clarke 59), Gavin Goarke (for McDonagh 62), Michael Walsh (for Mulroy 73).

REF Michael McCay

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