15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A SHARPER, hungrier, more focused Emyvale got their junior championship campaign off to a winning start at the expense of an under strength Killeevan in what was overall a fairly low key yet competitive although at times scrappy affair that was played in wintry and blustery conditions in Tyholland on Friday evening last.
Killeevan may have beaten Emyvale in the league earlier in the season but on this occasion Emyvale were hugely determined that there was going to be no repeat of that as they settled to the task in businesslike fashion right from start and all through gave Killeevan little space or time as they hunted and chased in packs.
The weather conditions on the night did not help the standard of play but Emyvale adapted that much better, using the wind to good effect in the first half and then indulging in an exercise of containment in the second and hitting Killeevan on the break.
Killeevan were short a number of players on the day and their cause wasn’t helped by the fact that Kevin McGinn, their regular centre back fielded carrying an injury and was redeployed at full forward with the result that their re-jigged defence never really came to grips with an Emyvale attack in which Martin McAree, John T Treanor and Daniel McMahon in particular always posed a major threat.

Emyvale got off to a great start and were five points up within two minutes and while Killeevan got it back to two points by the 10th minute Emyvale hit them with another 1-3 without reply between the 10th and 16th minutes to leave them facing an eight points deficit at that stage and thereafter they struggled to come to terms with Emyvale’s more robust approach.
Killeevan did win plenty of possession but invariably they ran into …

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