MATCH REPORT: Brilliant Brophil leads Killeigh to Cumann na mBunscol title

A brilliant contest that went to the wire

4:45pm (Thursday, May 17) Hurling Group E Final Killeigh N.S. vs Durrow N.S.

Killeigh N.S 4-9

Durrow N.S 3-6

This was a real battle in O'Connor Park as two high quality teams went toe to toe for county success. Dan Ravenhill was excellent in midfield for Durrow but Killeigh had the likes of David and Tadgh Murray getting on plenty of ball.

Durrow went to the lead early thanks to a Daire Boland point but Killeigh fired back with interest thanks to a point from Ronan Brophil and a goal from Dara McGowan. In fairness to Durrow, they didn't allow themselves to br shellshocked and Dan Ravenhill settled them down with two points.

Killeigh's Ronan Brophil then broke clear and fired a sensational shot to the top corner of the net, but Ravenhill wasn't to be outdone, and from the next play, he launched a brilliant solo run, finishing it off with a supremely taken goal.

With goals worth just two points, that made it a draw, 2-1 to 1-3, but on 20 minutes, Durrow hit the front for the first time since the opening minute thanks to Daire Boland once again.

Killeigh's goal threat was continuing to be a factor and on 21 minutes Ryan Kinahan got in on the act with a green flag, and he notched a point soon after as Killeigh finished the half with a flourish. Ronan Brophil also grabbed another point before the break as Killeigh went in 3-3 to 1-4 in front.

Luke O'Dea pointed early in the second half for a spirited Durrow but between the 26th and 42nd minute, Killeigh turned on the style to open an impressive lead. During that spell, Shane Kelly grabbed a point, while Eoin Dunne raised two white flags and Ronan Brophil added 1-1 to his own tally.

With eight minutes remaining, Killeigh led 4-7 to 1-5, and still, Durrow were not about to lie down. Dan Ravenhill was inspirational and he fired another goal on the 42-minute mark. They continued to push and Ravenhill made it interesting once again with another goal after 48 minutes, bringing the scoreline back to 4-7 to 3-5.

There was just three between the teams a minute later when Luke O'Dea got his second point of the game, but two late points from Killeigh's Shane Kelly and Ronan Brophil put an end to Durrow's huge comeback effort.

The game finished 4-9 to 3-6 in Killeigh's favour after a well contested final.

Durrow N.S: Emmet Buggy, Ryan O’Keefe, John Shiels, Oisin McIntyre Cleary, Charlie Burke, Cian Kinnarney, Eric Martin, Dan Ravenhill (3-2), Simon Drea, Eric Grimes, Luke O’Dea (0-2), Colm Lynam, Anthony Lawlor

Subs: Aaron O’Gorman, Daire Boland (0-2), Charlie Thornton, Darragh Galvin Dunne, Joe Clavin

Killeigh N.S: Bill Kelly, Conor Sheehy, Daniel Berry, Michael Corcoran, Aaron Dunne, Eoin Dunne (0-2), John Greene, David Murray, Tadgh Murray, Ronan Brophil (2-4), Dara McGowan (1-0), Shane Kelly (0-2), Ryan Kinahan (1-1)

Subs: Darragh Curling, Charlie Bergin, Sean Kelly, Josh Sheeran, Alex Rooney, David Berry, Conor Berry, Sean Dunne, Donncha Cooney, Luke Martin Feery.

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