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We travelled to Dingle last Monday evening in our second game of the Central Region hoping to make it two wins in a row and the lads duly , winning out in the end of an excellent game of football from both sides on a scoreline of 5-15 to 5-10. Having previously drawn with Dingle in the County League, we knew this was going to be a tight game as it proved to be, with only a few points separating the teams throughout the first half. At half time we led on a scoreline of 4-6 to 5-2. Into the second half and Dingle started getting on top and looked like they would pull away, but credit to the lads they kept going and into the final 10 minutes we gradually got on top. Evan’s kickouts were finding our players, our backs and midfielders tightened up and cut out many Dingle attacks and our forwards took their chances when presented with them. We eventually ran out five point winners in the end. Every player put in a massive effort with Evan in goals making some very good saves and excellent with his kickouts. Our backs of Sean, Ruairi, Daniel, Conor and Cillian defended brilliantly and cut out many Dingle attacks. Our midfielders of Brayden and Breandain (2pts) worked tirelessly in winning ball and setting up many attacks for our forward line of Nick(1-1), Ryan(2 goals), Jude(2pts), Odhran(1pt) and Jamie (2-9) who all worked very hard in stopping Dingle coming out from defence with the ball and were very efficient when presented with chances. M.O.T.M was Sean’O Mahony in defence who fought for every ball and broke up many Dingle attacks. Our next game is Monday evening, 19th August in Castleisland at 7pm.
We played Kenmare in the County League Division Three final on Wednesday evening last and maintained our unbeaten run after a great win with a score of 2-10 to 2-9. We got off to a shaky start in the first half where after six minutes we trailed 1-2 to 0-1 – the point coming from the boot of Jack Savage. We struggled through the first half where we were dominated in many areas and struggling to get into the pace of the game totalling only five points which was our lowest return from any half of any game all year while our opponents clocked up 1-08 – our other scorers of the half were Sam Mc Carthy (2 points) Sean Healy (1 point) and Danny Hennessy (1 point – free). Our best player of the half was Sam Patuch while Danny Hennesse, Jerome Daly and Eric McMahon also impressed.
The second half saw us return a different team. Kenmare scored the first point of the half and this was to be their last point of the game. Between the sixth and eight minutes, Danny Hennessy scored 1-01 from placed balls, the goal being fortuitous but deserved after a few decisions going against us. In the twelfth minute we drew level after Sam McCarthy crashed the ball into the net with a powerful shot. Five minutes later we went ahead after Danny Hennessy pointed a free. We never gave up this lead and soaked up everything Kenmare threw at us proving that we are a team that never gives up, even when team captain, Jerome Daly (who was leading by example from centre back) was shown a harsh black card. We finished the game with three more points by Jack Savage (2) and Darragh O’Connor and at full time were leading by four. Deep into the seven minutes of injury time Kenmare scored a goal but the kick out was greeted by the final whistle and celebrations from players and supporters alike. Our man of the match was undoubtedly Sam Patuch followed closely in second place by each and every player.
Kerins O’Rahillys: Sean Collins; Sam Patuch, Eric Mc Mahon, Jake Foley; TJ Heaphy, Jerome Daly, Matthew Higgins; Danny Hennessy, Jack Savage; Gearoid Meehan, Sean Healy, Ben Hanafin; Ben O’Brien, Sam McCarthy, Darragh O Connor. Sub: Alan O’Connor for Jerome Daly