Credit Union Co League Div 1
Kerins O’Rahillys 2-24 Templenoe 1-12
This Round 6 game was played at a sun-kissed Strand Road on Saturday evening last. It was a crucial game for both sides, with O’Rahillys needing a win to move to eight points and go joint-top of the table overnight with An Ghaeltacht, who faced a tricky away tie versus Rathmore on Sunday. For their part, Templenoe were already four points adrift of the home side and needed a victory to begin a climb away from the relegation zone. The similarity in both club’s colours meant that O’Rahillys changed to a predominantly white strip, with Templenoe in their traditional blue, but the South Kerry outfit could have been taken for the home side in the first half as they matched O’Rahillys in every department and were more clinical in their score-taking to lead by two points at half time. Up to that point, Strand Road had given no hint of the dominant second half performance that was to come and the absence of regular starters, including their county panellists seemed to be telling – but they restricted Templenoe, who were also depleted, to just 1-2 in the second period and ran out comfortable winners in the end.
O’Rahillys had the majority of possession in the opening phases and Tom Hoare opened the scoring with a fine point from distance after a pass from Gearóid Dillane. Templenoe levelled matters, but Strand Road were two points in front after 10 minutes courtesy of points from a free by Barry John Keane and from play via Conor Hayes from a Hoare pass. However, within a minute, the visitors had levelled matters and although Keane kicked a lovely score from play, three points in a four-minute spell had the South Kerrymen 0-6 to 0-4 in front after 21 minutes. Back came O’Rahillys and Keane converted another free before a fine piece of fielding by Seán Walsh saw him link with Hoare who levelled matters again. The ding-dong nature of the game continued when the teams exchanged points again from open play, with Keane kicking a nice point from a tight angle, but the last four minutes of the opening half saw Templenoe outscore O’Rahillys by three points to one, all from play, with Walsh placing Keane for the home side’s score and the teams retired at the break with the visitors deservedly leading by 0-10 to 0-08.
However, O’Rahillys were a team transformed on the resumption and playing with the sun at their backs, they announced their intentions when Hoare pointed a free directly from the throw-in. Keane then levelled matters from a placed ball, before his cousin, Johnny Keane, on for Aaron Roche, superbly converted a ‘45’ before Barry John pointed another free to leave Strand Road two points up after four minutes. Paidi Griffin added another point from 30 metres after good work by Con Barrett and Hoare, before BJ Keane followed up with a pointed free after a great run by Dillane and then a terrific run by Cormac Coffey ended with him firing over the bar. The resulting kickout was won by O’Rahillys and Barrett careered through the beleaguered Templenoe defence and placed his low shot past the keeper to leave O’Rahillys 1-15 to 0-10 to the good. The home side were totally in charge now and points followed from Coffey, Griffin and a BK Keane free before Hoare placed Johnny Keane who slammed into the top of the net to put the result beyond any doubt after 15 minutes. O’Rahillys were unrelenting though and added another four points to Templenoe’s single score over the next seven minutes, with Coffey adding his third, Hayes his second and BJ Keane clipping over two more frees. Templenoe did snatch a consolation goal in the 24th minute as O’Rahillys emptied their bench and the final three scores of the game came from placed balls, two for Strand Road, with BJ Keane and Gearóid Hartnett on the mark.
O’Rahillys now move on to a shootout with An Ghaeltcht in Gallarus on June 30th
Kerins O’Rahillys: G Kissane; S Collins, R O’Callaghan, R O’Connor; D McElligott, C Coffey (0-3), S Brosnan; T Hoare (0-3, 0-1f), C Barrett (1-0); G Dillane, BJ Keane (0-12, 0-9f), A Roche; P Griffin (0-2), S Walsh, C Hayes (0-2). Subs used: J Keane (1-1, 0-1’45’), D O’Brien, G Hartnett (0-1f), S McElligott, B Foley.