On Sunday, 13th March in Kildorrery the home side defeated Blackwater Rovers in the Under 21 B football championship despite playing with 14 men for the majority of the game.
Rovers were missing a number of players who might have helped to get us over the line but the greater work rate of the Kildorrery team, who were out to restore some pride after losing heavily to Kilshannig in the first round, meant they were deserving winners.
The game was a slow burner that took a long time to reach the intensity of championship football. It was ten minutes before the game registered its first score; a point from the Kildorrery centre forward after Rovers gave up possession cheaply.
Kildorrery doubled their lead soon after with a pointed free and we responded in kind with a placed ball from Charlie Lillis.
But it was Kildorrery who were in the ascendency, dominating around the middle of the field and putting up a strong defence that Rovers were finding very difficult to breach.
A late arrival meant that Kildorrery didn’t get their full complement of players on the pitch until well into the first half. But an injury to their corner forward meant that they were back down to fourteen shortly afterwards.
This made their dominance all the more impressive and they racked up three more points to Rover’s one, leaving the half-time score five-two in Kildorrery’s favour.
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