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Kilcummin 3-16 Kerins O’Rahillys 1-12
Kerins O’Rahillys’ bid for a place in a play-off to decide the runners-up spot in Division 1 of the county league – and a place in the final – came unstuck on Sunday last in a sunny but cold Kilcummin. The home side who are the reigning All Ireland Intermediate club champions were clearly up for this game, especially having preserved their senior club status with a win over Rathmore in their last outing. They were fast off the blocks from the throw-in and recorded the first point of the game inside the first minute. However, Strand Road responded well and had forged into a two-point lead after five minutes with three points from Conor Hayes, their will-o’-the-wisp corner forward. The first came after he was picked out by Barry John Keane and Hayes cut inside his man and fisted over the bar. The second originated in a lovely crossfield ball from John Ferguson to Shane Brosnan, who then placed Hayes who turned his man and fired over the point. The third resulted from a move involving Cormac Coffey and Keane who again found Hayes who cut inside and shot between the sticks. This was the end of the Blues’ purple patch though as Kilcummin dominated the next 15 minutes during which were first to every breaking ball and this gave them the platform to add 1-6 to their tally, all from play, before Keane managed a point from a free in reply. The east Kerry side responded with another two points, from a free and from play, before Tom Hoare started a move by finding Keane in the right corner. He fed Hayes who again cut inside and placed Hoare who had stayed in the move and the half forward finished to the net from point blank range. This made the score 1-9 to 1-4 and gave O’Rahillys a glimmer of hope with 24 minutes gone. That glimmer was quickly extinguished though when Kilcummin came downfield immediately and although Gary Kissane got a hand to the close-range shot, he couldn’t prevent it entering the net. Tommy Walsh and Gavin O’Brien then combined and Hayes seized on a loose ball to notch his fourth point, but that was immediately cancelled out with a minor from Kilcummin. The home side were soon awarded a penalty, but Kissane dived low to his right to parry away the kick and Strand Road had the final say of the half when a well-worked move involving Sean Collins and Coffey was completed by Keane who pointed to leave the half time score reading 2-10 to 1-6 in Kilcummin’s favour.
The second half was slow to get going but after four minutes it took a point-blank save from Kissane to keep O’Rahillys in the game after a penetrating move from Kilcummin. The Tralee side responded with two points, the first from a converted free by Keane and the second from play by Hayes after O’Brien’s long delivery was flicked on by Walsh. The gap was back to five points but once again Kilcummin responded comprehensively with 1-1 from play in the next five minutes. The teams then shared six points with Strand Road’s scores coming from two pointed frees from Keane and one from play by Tommy Walsh to leave the scoreline at 3-14 to 1-11 to Kilcummin. With five minutes remaining, Donagh O’Brien placed John Ferguson for a fine point, but fittingly the last two points came from Kilcummin to seal the victory that their performance deserved.
Kerins O’Rahillys: G Kissane; D Murphy, R O’Callaghan, S Collins; R Carroll, K Mullins, C Coffey; S Brosnan, G O’Brien; T Hoare, J Ferguson, D McElligott; C Hayes, T Walsh, BJ Keane. Subs: C Sayers, S Walsh, G Savage, G Dillane, D O’Brien, S McElligott.
Indoor training will commence during the week in preparation for next week’s Town League final. Texts will be sent.
We meet Austin Stacks again this Wednesday, November 6th in the North Kerry division 1 plate final. Throw in at 6.30p.m. in Connolly Park.
We played our first Town League game against Na Gaeil last week.
Training continues this week in preparation for the North Kerry final when we will meet either Na Gaeil or Castleisland Desmonds.
North Kerry Senior League Div 2 Plate Final
John Mitchels v Kerins O Rahillys
Date to be decided.
WOMENS NIGHT OUT
This year we have decided to stay closer to home for our night out. We will be dining in our own Charlie’s Bistro on Friday, November 22nd where there will be live music on the night. For further information please contact Shirley (086) 8713552.
Looking forward to seeing many of the women from our Juvenile, Ladies and Senior clubs join us .
SNIPPETS from “top of the right”
- Congratulations to our clubman, David Moran on his selection at midfield on this year’s All Star team. A well-deserved honour following a series of imperious performances for Kerry up to and during the All Ireland final and replay.
- Well done also to David’s fellow All Stars from the Kingdom, Tom O’Sullivan of Dingle, Sean O’Shea of Kenmare Shamrocks and Fossa’s David Clifford.
- Further plaudits to Young Footballer of the Year – Sean O’Shea.
All at the club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Denis O’Brien of Wexford (father of Ger, our club PRO and grandfather of our senior player Donagh), John Deady of Tonevane, Marie Fenix of Dominic Street, Joan O’Leary of O’Rahillys Villas, Breda Cronin of Ballyrickard Court, Margaret O’Meara of Kerins Park and Michel O’Dwyer of Blennerville. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.