Hat-trick hero Niall Skehill is on a hot streak for B team

Niall Skehill took his season’s tally to 8 goals with a hat-trick in the B teams 3-3 draw with Kilshanvey earlier today. The Cappalusk man has unsurprisingly taken B team soccer by storm this season but this is no surprise given his huge impact and exploits on the gaelic & hurling field. He now equals top scorer to date for the B team which he shares with Shane Bailey. He showed a demonstration of his quality today although some say he missed 10 to score 3!! but his three strikes were taken clinically with unerring finishes. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and within 5mins his one-on-one chance was well saved while his 2nd early attempt was hit straight at the Kilshanvey keeper. Despite the early warnings, it was Kilshanvey who got off to the brightest start and were 1-0 up on 10mins when a long ball over the top was finished well from a good distance out. Soon after Shane Bailey’s lob from distance was nearly enough but the keeper showed great athleticism to tip the ball out to the side for the inrushing Shane Kenny but the keeper pulled off another great save to deny Kenny. Then on the half hour mark came the first of Niall Skehill’s goals; a goal which was started in Cloonkeenkerrill and finished in Capplausk. A long kick out from Colemanstown custodian Tom Broderick was held up nicely by Shane Bailey who clipped a sublime ball across the goal and Skehill’s sliding tidy finish made it 1-1. Tom Loftus had the chance to increase the scoreline but his attempt was well saved while the resultant corner yielded nothing. Just before the break Shane Bailey rattled the crossbar with a powering header after a throw from Damien Mannion. 1-1 half time. Kilshanvey were quickest out of the blocks in the second half and went 2-1 up when they poked home through a crowded box after a free kick on the right. 5mins later Skehill was back in the thick of it when a long ball from Shane Bailey deceived the defenders while Niall Skehill, still with some work to do, and with 2 touches took the ball away from the back tracking defenders and slotted neatly to the keeper’s left. Kilshanvey then hit the post from just outside the box while the rebound was cleared efficiently by Martin Walsh. Colemanstown went 3-2 up on 70mins with an exact replica of the second. Another long ball over the top from Bailey found the lurking Skehill who ran onto his own timely foot block of the defenders attempted clearance; he found himself one-on-one, held his nerve to slot home Number 3. It looked like Skehill had done enough on his own to grab all three points when Kilshanvey scored the equaliser with minutes remaining. Kilshnavey’s right back hoofed  a long ball down to their strike force which bounced to elude the Colemanstown defence and their striker shot under the stranded legs of Tom Broderick. Colemanstown huffed and puffed in search of another bit of magic and an elusive winner. Immediately following the kick off Shane Kenny hit the crossbar as Colemanstown ran out of time.  A share of the spoils was probably the fairest result on a day that play was up and down the field like ping pong. Shane Bailey spread the ball around well in midfield, Tom Broderick kept us in the game on a few occasions and Paul Moore was solid in defence with some lung-bursting runs when the opportunity came his way. But hat-trick hero Niall Skehill was man of the match for determination, clinical finishing, quality and is definitely on a hot streak. Well done to these lads who were somewhat depleted today and put in a sublime effort.