Killyon conquered as Gaels secure shock victory
In what was one of the most memorable evenings for the club - at least the hurling section - Blackhall Gaels notched up a 3-16 to 1-16 victory over Killyon at Boardsmill this evening in the SHC.
This was, according to one well-respected Gaels clubman, the first time they had ever defeated Killyon in a SHC clash.
Early on Mark Lynch's side struggled to come to terms with Killyon's skill and early drive but they eventually did just that with Niall Mangan firing home two goals and Shane Whitty capping an outstanding, tour de force performance with 12 points, seven frees.
There were heroes all over the pitch for the Gaels who were undaunted by the opposition or the heat to win.
Paul Kelly also netted for the Blackhall Gaels who led 2-10 to 0-6 at the interval.
Killyon who drew with Longwood last time out could have effectively secured their place in knock-out phase with a win here were rocked by Blackhall's intensity with most of their scores bagged by Mikie Mullen.
Shane Clare scored a goal for them in the second-half but they couldn't get another goal or two in the exciting closing stages that they need.
Blackhall Gaels - Shane Whitte 0-12, seven frees; Niall Mangan 2-0; Paul Kelly 1-0; Stephen Morris 0-2; Conor Burke 0-1; Alan Nestor 0-1.
Killyon - Mikie Mullen 0-9 seven frees, one '65'; David Raleigh 0-4; Shane Clarke 1-0; Stefan Kelly 0-1; Adam Gannon 0-1; Thomas Raleigh 0-1.
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