20/2/11: Kilsheelan entered Division 1 of the County League. This competition was ideal preparation for the championship that lay ahead. We were at home to Templemore side J K Brackens for the first game. Facing a strong wind in the first half our visitors quickly had 1-2 on the board and it did not auger well for us. Kilsheelan recovered from this setback. Points from Conor Davin Murphy and Adrian Mc Guire left us 1-4 to 0-4 in arrears at half time. Further points by Conor Davin Murphy, Colin Gleeson and Eoin Kehoe quickly wiped out the deficit. In the 39th minute Adrian Mc Guire, after a solo run, found the unmarked Finbar Horgan and he goaled. A further goal by Conor Davin Murphy, nine minutes later, put them in the driving seat. J K Bracken proved to be dogged opposition for the remaining twenty minutes and in that period they shot two goals. Kilsheelan never looked in danger of defeat and had a further goal from Aaron Larkin and went on to win by 3-12 to 3-5.
TEAM: John Smyth, David Columby, Ruairi Doyle, Sean Ryan, Kevin Guiry, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, David Smyth, Kevin Larkin, Eoin Kehoe 0-4, Kevin Kirwan, Conor Davin Murphy 1-4, David Corcoran, Finbar Horgan 1-0, Colin Gleeson 0-3 and John Kehoe.
SUBS: Paudie O’Donovan, Aaron Larkin 1-0 and Niall Butler.
27/2/11: Kilsheelan travelled to Monroe to take on the home side in the next round. Having played against the wind Kilsheelan were 0-5 to 0-1 behind at the interval. In the second half they drew ever closer and a late goal by sub Colin Gleeson helped them to a 1-6 to 0-7 victory.
TEAM: John Smyth, Kevin Guiry, Ruairi Doyle, David Corcoran 0-1, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, David Columby, Bill Maher, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Jamie Cronin, Conor Davin Murphy 0-3, Dean Mulcahy, Finbar Horgan, John Kehoe and Paul Maher.
SUBS: Colin Gleeson 1-1 and James Davin Murphy.
11/5/11: Next Kilsheelan had a home match against Golden-Kilfeacle. This was a close game all through and the result was in doubt right to the end. Kilsheelan had their opening goal after fourteen minutes when Adrian Mc Guire passed to Jamie Cronin and he made no mistake and at half time it was 1-4 to 0-7.
Early in the second half the game took a decisive turn in Kilsheelan’s favour with goals by Conor Davin Murphy and Finbar Horgan as they went on to lead by 3-6 to 0-8. Going into the closing minutes Kilsheelan led by 3-8 to 1-11. They were then awarded a penalty but the opportunity was missed. Play swung to the other end and Golden were awarded a penalty. A goal would have put the side’s level but John Smyth made a great save and that’s the way it ended.
TEAM: John Smyth, Kevin Guiry, Kevin Larkin, Ruairi Doyle, Paul Maher, Adrian Mc Guire, David Smyth, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Kevin Kirwan, Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson 0-3, Jamie Cronin 1-0, Paudie O’Donovan, Conor Davin Murphy 1-2 and Finbar Horgan 1-1.
SUBS: Bill Maher, John Kehoe and Aaron Larkin 0-1.
In the final group match Kilsheelan received a walkover from Mullinahone which meant they were through to the Semi Final against Golden in New Inn.
22/6/11: In a rather low key match Golden were much the better side. Their defence was very sound and was the launching pad for many of their scores. Apart from a slow start, the attack eventually found the range. In the second half they remained well on top and now qualify for the Final against Commercials.
For Kilsheelan, having defeated this opposition in the league stages, they would have been reasonably confident of repeating that success. They were handicapped as their star player Bill Maher could not line out due to his involvement with the Tipperary Minor Hurling team two nights later. Unfortunately for his side this was their poorest performance to date as many of their better players failed to rise to the occasion.
The sides were level at two points each but this was all to change in the eighth minute when full forward Brian Roche bustled his way through the Kilsheelan defence for a goal. Playing with a slight breeze the winners totally dominated the remainder of the half and at the interval led by 1-6 to 0-2.
On the resumption Kilsheelan made a number of positional changes but to no avail. After thirty eight minutes Golden added a further goal, this time from Ian Collins. They continued to dominate and a total of nine players got on the scoresheet. Three minutes from the end Brian Roche had his second goal as his side ran out most deserving winners on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-4.
GOLDEN-KILFEACLE: Niall Morrissey, Matthew Ryan, Aidan O’ Connell, J J Burns, Kieran Butler Hallissey 0-1, Paddy Ryan 0-1, Alan Wade, Josh Keane 0-1, Kevin Moloney 0-1, Pakie O’Connell 0-2, Jer Barlow 0-1, Daniel Currivan, Liam Nagle 0-1, Brian Roche 2-2 and Ian Collins 1-1.
SUBS: Killian Farrell and Sean O’Halloran.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Kevin Guiry, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Dean Mulcahy, Kevin Kirwan 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Jamie Cronin, Paul Maher, Colin Gleeson and Finbar Horgan.
SUBS: Alex Harte, Tadgh Lonergan, David Smyth and Sean Ryan.
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
Having won the County Title in 2010 we were obliged to move up to the “A” grade. An approach was made by Newcastle to join with us as they did not have sufficient players to enter a team of their own. They had four players willing to join with us. At a committee meeting there was for and against the idea, the majority were of the view that fielding on our own that we would have to field too many of our U/16 players and it was agreed to accede to Newcastle’s request. South & County Borads gave permission to do so and we competed as Kilsheelan Gaels.
3/4/11: Kilsheeelan, with the aid of a number of Newcastle players were the dominant side all through. However, many promising moves often came to nothing due to faulty passing and shooting. One must credit the Mullinahone side as they plugged away and even created the better goal scoring chances.
Dean Mulcahy opened the scoring with a point. Tommy Sweeney pointed from long distance. Diarmuid Devanney added a further point while Colin Gleeson was on the mark, from a free. Mullinahone had a great chance of a goal only for John Smyth to save well. Colin Gleeson was again on the mark from a free. Mullinahone had their opening score after twenty two minutes with a fine effort from Denis Connolly. Two minutes later they had the lead down to the minimum when Sean Walzer laid off to Keith Guiry for the game’s only goal. Despite their dominance the winners held a one point lead at half time on a scoreline of 0-5 to 1-1.
On the restart Colin Gleeson and Gary Cronin exchanged points from frees. The winners continued to have the upper hand and had further points from Tommy Sweeney, Adrian Mc Guire and Conor Davin-Murphy. Gary Cronin had Mullinahone’s lone second half score with a pointed free. Colin Gleeson again pointed a free. Mullinahone’s Luke Mullally had a shot for a goal but once again John Smyth in the Kilsheelan goal was equal to the task. Diarmuid Devanney had the game’s final score to leave “The Gaels” convincing winners by 0-11 to 1-3.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: John Smyth, Ruairi Doyle, Kevin Larkin, David Columby, David Corcoran, Eoin Kehoe, James Fitzpatrick (N), Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, John Kehoe, Tommy Sweeney (N) 0-2, Conor Davin Murphy 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Jamie Cronin, Diarmuid Devanney (N) 0-2 and Colin Gleeson 0-4.
SUBS: Bill Maher for Eoin Kehoe, Paul Maher for Ruairi Doyle.
MULLINAHONE: Jack Mc Carthy, Niall Kennedy, George Browning, Ritchie Walsh, James Phelan, Eoin Fennelly, David Walzer, Luke Mullally, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Denis Connolly 0-1, Keith Guiry 1-0, Cathal Horan, Sean Walzer, Gary Cronin 0-2 and Stephen Quirke.
SUBS: Michael Dunne for Cathal Horan and James Hogan for Stephen Quirke.
REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)
9/4/11: In the second round Kilsheelan took on Commercials in Ned Hall Park. Played under ideal conditions there was some excellent passages of football. There was never any more than two points between the sides until the closing stages. Throughout the game the sides were level on six occasions. The game looked like remaining goal less, however, it did produce two in the final minutes.
Commercials opened the scoring after a minute with a Michael Quinlivan free. The “Gaels” drew level with a Colin Gleeson point. They went ahead with a point from Conor Davin-Murphy who also pointed a free. Jason Lonergan and Anthony Sweeney went on to exchange points, the latter from a free. The winners then added four points without reply. Michael Quinlivan, from a free, Evan Comerford, Jason Lonergan and Quinlivan again, from a free, and after nineteen minutes they led by 0-6 to 0-4. Indeed their lead could have been greater only for Kilsheelan full back Kevin Larkin who was giving a man of the match performance as he outplayed a number of opponents. In the closing minutes of the half Finbar Horgan and Adrian Mc Guire had points for the Gaels to leave it 0-6 each at the interval.
On the restart Conor Davin-Murphy put Kilsheelan ahead. Evan Comerford again levelled. The scoring rate slowed down at this stage and it was a case of defences on top. However, one would have to say that there were some promising moves on both sides that should have resulted in scores. Jamie Cronin again put Kilsheelan ahead only for Kevin Fahy to level. The tit for tat continued with Michael Quinlivan adding one for the winners only for Diarmuid Devanney to hit the target at the other end. With seven minutes left to play sub Liam Murchin put Commercials ahead. Over the next few minutes Kilsheelan wasted three scoreable opportunities. These misses proved costly. With three minutes to go Ian Fahy, who had moved outfield in the second half, soloed through to shoot a fine goal. Kilsheelan were thrown a lifeline in their next attack when they were awarded a penalty which Colin Gleeson drove to the corner of the net despite a valiant effort by Commercials goalkeeper Shane Flynn. With time almost up Kilsheelan pressed for an equaliser but were unable to do so as Commercials ran out winners by 1-10 to 1-9.
Best for Commercials were Seamus Kennedy, Brian Walsh, Jason Lonergan, Michael Quinlivan and Evan Comerford.
For Kilsheelan their best players were David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, John Kehoe, Diarmuid Devanney and Conor Davin Murphy.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Shane Flynn, Philip Noonan, Seamus Kennedy, Keith Browne, Cathal Mc Geever, Brian Walsh, Darren Cass, Jason Lonergan 0-2, Michael Quinlivan 0-4, Kevin Fahy 0-1, Levi Whelan, Kevin Gunne, Sammy Ryan, Ian Fahy 1-0 and Evan Comerford 0-2.
SUBS: Liam Murchan 0-1 for Evan Comerford and Michael Connolly for Kevin Gunne.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Kevin Guiry, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Dean Mulcahy, Anthony Sweeney 0-1, John Kehoe, Jamie Cronin 0-1, Diarmuid Devanney 0-1, Finbar Horgan 0-1, Colin Gleeson 1-1, Conor Davin Murphy 0-3 and Anthony Condon.
SUB: Tadgh Lonergan for Anthony Condon.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan)
16/4/11: Moyle Rovers were their next opponents at Ned Hall Park. The sides were level on four occasions but Moyle Rovers were well on top from the fifth to the twenty first minute. The high fielding ability of Cathal Quigley and Philip Quirke had the Kilsheelan defence under a lot of pressure while indiscipline inthe losers defence was also proving costly. Kilsheelan finished the half well and also dominated for periods in the second half but poor defending was to cost them dearly in the end.
Philip Quirke had the opening point from a free only for Anthony Condon to level matters. Diarmuid Devanney went on to put his side ahead for the first time. The winners then took over. Quirke went on to add three points from frees while Conor Kenneally and Ross Mulcahy were also on the scoring sheet. Kilsheelan hit back with two points from Conor Davin Murphy. Moyle Rovers had their opening goal in the twenty first minute. Conor Kenneally crossed from the wing and Michael Delahunty was on hand to drive to the net. In the closing stages Diarmuid Devanney, Conor Davin Murphy and Bill Maher had points for the losers and at half time the score was 1-6 to 0-7 in favour of Moyle Rovers.
When play resumed Kilsheelan made a very positive start. Conor Davin Murphy pointed after ten seconds. Further points by John Kehoe and Bill Maher put them ahead. Again Philip Quirke put the side’s level from a free. Moyle Rovers struck for another goal after forty one minutes when Conor Kenneally put full forward Craig Condon through. Kilsheelan hit back with points by John Kehoe and the excellent Diarmuid Devanney who was on the mark twice to put the side’s level after forty nine minutes. The losers looked the more likely to regain the lead only for Moyle Rovers to hit the goal trail again when Cathal Quigley found the unmarked Craig Condon and he found the back of the net. Rovers finished the stronger. Conor Kenneally shot a point and he had the game’s final score when he sent over the bar from a ’45 as Moyle Rovers went on to win by 3-9 to 0-13.
MOYLE ROVERS: Brian Gleeson, Brian Condon, Eoin O’Connell, Aidan Butler, Christopher Mulcahy, Dave Mulcahy, Michael Fox, Kevin O’Donnell. Cathal Quigley, Michael Delahunty 1-0, Philip Quirke 0-5, Riain Boland, Ross Mulcahy 0-1, Craig Condon 2-0 and Conor Kenneally 0-3.
SUB: Conor Tobin for Riain Boland.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: John Smyth, Ruairi Doyle, Kevin Larkin, David Columby, Dean Mulcahy, Adrian Mc Guire, David Corcoran, Bill Maher 0-2, John Kehoe 0-2, Jamie Cronin, Diarmuid Devanney 0-5, Tommy Sweeney, Finbar Horgan, Conor Davin Murphy 0-3 and Anthony Condon 0-1.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
29/4/11: The Semi Final ordained that they would have to play Moyle Rovers again at Ned Hall Park. Like the previous encounter Moyle Rovers ability to score goals stood to them for long periods. The last ten minutes proved very exciting as Moyle Rovers defended a two point cushion but the winner’s greater ability to score points was the decisive factor in the end.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring after four minutes when Diarmuid Devanney pointed a free. Dean Mulcahy, after a solo run, had a further point. Moyle Rovers hit back in decisive fashion. They were awarded a free out in the wing. Philip Quirke’s effort came back off the upright and in the ensuing play Michael Delahunty shot to the net. Four minutes later they were again on the goal trail. This time Rian Boland worked his way through and planted the ball in the corner of the net and in doing so he was injured and had to be replaced. Philip Quirke added a point from a free and the winners who had not scored for eighteen minutes rectified this with a Brian Hyland point. His side continued on top, early on they had free-taking problems but Colin Gleeson took over this role and pointed twice and they led by 2-1 to 0-5 after twenty eight minutes. Rovers hit back with two points from frees by Quirke. As the game entered injury time Bill Maher made a scintillating run through the Rovers defence and got into a goal scoring position, however, he was fouled and Colin Gleeson pointed the resultant free and at half time Moyle Rovers led by 2-3 to 0-6.
On the restart John Kehoe pointed a free for the winners. Two minutes later Kilsheelan hit the front. Bill Maher made another decisive run through the Moyle Rovers defence, he lost possession close to goal and Conor Davin Murphy booted the loose ball to the net. Moyle Rovers were again back on level terms with a Philip Quirke pointed free. Once again they took the lead when they were awarded a penalty and Conor Kenneally made no mistake placing the ball well out of the goalkeeper’s reach. They went further ahead when Philip Quirke pointed a free from a difficult angle. This was to be their last score as “The Gaels” gained the upper hand. Both sides now upped the tempo as the game was balanced on a knife edge. The impressive Diarmuid Devanney hit two points in quick succession. Brian Hyland reduced the leeway to the minimum with a point to leave the score 3-5 to 1-10 with nine minutes remaining. Whenever Moyle Rovers got the ball upfield they were unable to find a way through the winners defence. In the fifty seventh minute Colin Gleeson put the side’s level with a pointed free. As the game entered injury time a draw looked a strong possibility. The winners missed an easy chance of going ahead. In a further Rovers attack they were awarded a close in free but this chance also went abegging. Kilsheelan were not to be denied, they had a further free and Colin Gleeson made no mistake to leave his side winners by 1-12 to 3-5.and they go through to the Final where they meet Commercials.
Best for Kilsheelan were Kevin Larkin, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Bill Maher, John Kehoe and Diarmuid Devanney.
Moyle Rovers were best served by Eoin O’Connor, David Mulcahy, Cathal Quigley, Philip Quirke, Conor Kenneally and Craig Condon.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Eoin Kehoe, Bill Maher, John Kehoe 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Diarmuid Devanney 0-3, Tommy Sweeney, Colin Gleeson 0-5, Conor Davin Murphy 1-0 and Brian Hyland 0-2.
SUBS: Kevin Guiry for David Columby and Paul Maher for Conor Davin Murphy.
MOYLE ROVERS: Brian Gleeson, Brian Condon, Eoin O’Connor, Aidan Butler, Christopher Mulcahy, David Mulcahy, Michael Fox, Kevin O’Donnell, Cathal Quigley, Michael Delahunty 1-0, Philip Quirke 0-5, Rian Boland 1-0, Conor Kenneally 1-0, Craig Condon and Ross Mulcahy.
SUBS: John Higgins for Kevin O’Donnell, Harry Mc Nulty for Rian Boland and Donal Mc Grath for Michael Fox and Dominic Walsh for Donal Mc Grath.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Clonmel Commercials)
29/8/11: A fine attendance, a great atmosphere, ideal weather conditions, two talented teams and a splendidly prepared Ardfinnan pitch whetted the appetite for the Minor Football championship decider and patrons were not disappointed as both sides gave their all with displays of attractive flowing football that yielded some brilliant scores and ended with the anticipated success of hot favourites Commercials who took their 27th title in sparkling fashion.
Spare a thought, however, for a gallant Kilsheelan Gaels who contributed enormously to the occasion and only gave best in the concluding stages.
The losers opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a point from play from Diarmuid Devanney but Commercials were quick to respond and a lovely piece of football saw Levi Whelan find Padraig Lonergan who parted to his captain Michael Quinlivan who shot to the net in the style to which we are becoming accustomed. Commercials now enjoyed a period of sustained pressure and they had the opposing defence at full stretch with menacing moves that yielded a point from Padraig Lonergan and a great long range score from Ian Fahey from over forty-five metres. Kilsheelan fought back and missed a couple of scoring chances before a great point from Colin Gleeson left it 1-2 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter.
Ian Fahey placed Michael Quinlivan for a fisted point and it was now the turn of the Clonmel side to miss some good scoring opportunities. The combination grew in confidence and Brian Hyland reduced the deficit with a tidy point. Piling on the pressure they kicked two bad wides from scoring positions before Commercials struck back with another Ian Fahey long range special from play, five minutes before the break. The Gaels had a glorious opportunity for a goal three minutes later when Brian Hyland was left inside the defence with only the goalie to beat but shot over the bar. This score was soon negated at the other end when the hugely influential Ian Fahey set up Levin Whelan for an excellent point. However KIisheelan had the lost word as a quick free from Conor Davin Murphy resulted in a great point from Bill Maher with the last kick of the half on a scoreline of Commercials 1-5 Kilsheelan Gaels 0-5.
Kilsheelan Gaels who had brought on Kevin Guiry for Dean Mulcahy in the opening half introduced Paul Maher for Finbar Horgan for the restart but it was Commercials who began the stronger and they increased they their advantage with points from Padraig Lonergan and Levi Whelan. However the Gaels fought back and the crowd enjoyed a marvellous few minutes play in which fortunes fluctuated rapidly. First of all Bill Maher fastened on to a loose ball to shoot to the Commercials net after great work by his young brother Paul. Commercials ended a fine move with a Jason Lonergan point at the other end before Kevin Fahy shot to the net after taking a pass from Michael Quinlivan. The crowd erupted when a great solo run by Bill Maher ended with a smashing goal from Conor Davin Murphy. Commercials quickly responded with a point from Liam Murchan and only eight minutes of the second period had elapsed as Commercials now led by 2-9 to 2-5.
Another goal opportunity came the way of the Gaels in the fortieth minute but a great effort from Conor Davin Murphy was smothered by opposing defenders and the ball broke to Brian Hyland who kicked the point. In a game of many fine scores a peach of a point from an acute angle in the 42nd minute from Paul Maher who was making a huge impression was the score of the game and the combination were now just two points in arrears at 2-9 to 2-7. Martin Quinlivan was now playing more of a midfield role as Commercials fought to regain supremacy and he placed Jason Lonergan for a timely point in the 47th minute. The Kilsheelan goalie John Smyth made a great save as Commercials piled on the pressure and finally grabbed the goal they needed eleven minutes from the end when Levi Whelan put them six points clear.
Adrian Mc Guire sent the group team surging back into attack and he placed John Kehoe who in turn sent Conor Davin Murphy through but his effort went over the bar when a goal looked very much a possibilty. With eight minutes remaining and five points between them the Kilsheelan side threw everything at their opponents for whom Seamus Kennedy and Kevin Fahy were now making huge contributions. Colman Kennedy made his presence felt with a superb left footed point from long distance whilst at the other end a Bill Maher solo run ended up going harmlessly wide. The group side had run themselves into the ground and in the final couple of minutes Commercials finished with points from Padraig Lonergan (2) and Martin Quinlivan that sealed an impressive success over a gallant opposition on scoreline of 3-13 to 2-8.
With seven players who had taken the field in Croke Park in the All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final Commercials on paper looked a side of all the talents and they proved themselves a well above average side in a match of some quality. They now face another side bristling with talent, Loughmore-Castleiney, in a County Semi-Final that should be worth going a long way to see. Over the hour Ian Fahey, Martin Quinlivan, Seamus Kennedy, Kevin Fahy, Coleman Kennedy, Evan Comerford and Jason Lonergan showed why they are so highly rated and players of the calibre of Padraig Lonergan, Levi Whelan, Kevin Murchan and Cathal McKeever in particular indicated that they are not far behind the range of skill and ability possessed by their colleagues.
Kilsheelan Gaels took the field facing a difficult task but they knuckled down to give a totally committed performance sprinkled with plenty of good football and excellent individual displays that in many years would be good enough to take the title. On this occasion they had to concede to what could well prove to be an exceptional team and they lost nothing at all in defeat. Indeed had they made the best of their goal scoring chances the final margin would have been very tight. Players like Bill and Paul Maher, Adrian Maguire, Conor Davin Murphy, Brian Hyland, John and Eoin Kehoe, Diarmuid Devanney and goalie John Smyth together with their colleagues can look back on their contributions with pride.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Evan Comerford, Keith Browne, Cathal McKeever, Michael Connolly, Liam Murchan, Seamus Kennedy, Darren Cass, Brian Walsh, Ian Fahey, Jason Lonergan, Kevin Fahy, Padraig Lonergan, Coleman Kennedy, Michael Quinlivan, Levi Whelan.
SUBS: Shane Flynn, Sammy Ryan and Philip Noonan.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: John Smyth, David Corcoran, Eoin Kehoe, James Fitzpatrick, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Dean Mulcahy, Bill Maher 1-0, John Kehoe, Finbar Horgan, Diarmuid Devanney 0-1, Tommy Sweeney, Colin Gleeson 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy 1-2, Brian Hyland 0-3.
SUBS: Kevin Guiry and Paul Maher 0-1.
U/21 “B” FOOTBALL
12/2/11: Once again Kilsheelan fielded in the “B” championship and Fethard were their opponents in Monroe. The match was played in bitterly cold and windy conditions at Monroe. The standard of play left a lot to be desired with misplaced passes the order of the day. One would have to say the swirling wind did not help the players.
Kilsheelan had first use of the very strong wind. They shot a number of wides before Donnacha Lonergan opened the scoring with a point, from a free, after four minutes. Some minutes later the same player did likewise from another free. Kilsheelan were going well at this stage. Good work by Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher and Adrian Mc Guire around the middle of the field ensured that the attack saw plenty of the ball. However, they lacked ideas in opening up the Fethard defence which was to prove costly in the end. They had their third point when Jamie Cronin latched on to a loose ball to drive over the bar. Dean Mulcahy, following a solo run, added a further point. Kevin Larkin raced upfield and his dipping shot was tipped over the bar by the Fethard goalkeeper to give his side a five point lead.
Fethard opened their account after eighteen minutes when Cathal Hurley pointed a close in free. His side began to enjoy an ever increasing amount of possession but failed to capitalise on it. The only remaining score of the half was a point, from a free, by Damien Dempsey to leave Kilsheelan leading at the interval by 0-6 to 0-1.
When play resumed sub Colin Gleeson put his side further ahead with a point and Kilsheelan looked to be well in control. Four minutes later, sub Kieran Ryan pointed for Fethard, following a Cathal Hurley delivery. The game’s turning point then came when Cathal Hurley, who had an outstanding game for Fethard, sent a long pass to Eoin Fitzgerald and his delivery went all the way to the top corner of the net. With the elements now in their favour and only two points in arrears, Fethard took inspiration from this score, and Kilsheelan who were fielding a very youthful side, were unable to do anything about it. Fethard’s dominance outfield was increasing where Christopher Sheehan and Thomas O’Connell were becoming more influential. Hurley went on to add two more points from frees and after twenty two minutes the scores were level at 0-7 to 1-4. Tempers became somewhat frayed at this stage and Kilsheelan’s Shane Columby was sidelined. There was still three minutes left to play and a generous amount of injury time and one wondered would it take extra time to separate the sides. However, Fethard had other ideas. Cathal Hurley, from a free, put them ahead for the first time. Eoin Fitzgerald was always a threat and added a further point and in injury time Cathal Hurley sealed Kilsheelan’s fate as they ran out winners by 1-7 to 0-7.
FETHARD: J P Mc Grath, Owen Dillon, Gavin Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Connell, Brian Delahunty, Christopher Sheehan 0-1, Gerard Maher, Thomas O’Connell, Frankie O’Donovan, Ciaran O’Meara, Cathal Hurley 0-4, Dylan Fitzgerald, Jerome Ahearne, Aaron O’Donovan and Eoin Fitzgerald 1-1.
SUBS: Kieran Ryan 0-1 for Jerome Ahearne.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Joseph Brennan, Kevin O’Donovan, Ruairi Doyle, John Ormonde, Kevin Larkin 0-1, Adrian Mc Guire, David Corcoran, Shane Columby, Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, David Columby, Stephen Ahearne, Damien Dempsey 0-1 and Jamie Cronin 0-1.
SUBS: Miceal Corcoran for Stephen Ahearne, Colin Gleeson 0-1 for David Columby and Stephen Ahearne for John Ormonde.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
19/2/11: Having lost the opening round Kilsheelan had a further chance in the loser’s section and they were paired with Killenaule in Monroe. The game was played under ideal conditions. The slight breeze was of no advantage to either side. While one could say the game was not out of the top drawer it proved to be reasonable entertainment right to the end. Killenaule can thank the O’Dwyer cousins who contributed 4-3 of their tally. However, their task was made easier by a Kilsheelan defence that was often exposed and goalkeeper Jamie Cronin had no chance of stopping any of the goals
Kilsheelan-Kilcash were first off the mark when Donnacha Lonergan pointed after twenty seconds. This lead was short-lived when John O’Dwyer (2) and Jack O’Connell had points. Kilsheelan attacked again. Conor Davin Murphy gathered in front of goal, he seemed to have strong claims for a penalty when he went to ground but play was waved on. Play quickly swept upfield and Killenaule were awarded a close in free. John O’Dwyer, showed a fine piece of opportunism, when he drove a quickly taken free to the net and a rout looked to be on the cards. However, Kilsheelan fought back in commendable fashion. Dean Mulcahy raced through, passed to Donnacha Lonergan who shot a fine goal. Further points by Bill Maher and Stephen Ahearne had the side’s level on 1-3 each after nine minutes. Killenaule were again on the goal trail. A Kilsheelan player lost his footing and John O’Dwyer ran in unopposed to drive to the net. Minutes later, his side were well in command when Joe O’Dwyer added a further goal. This was followed by a point from Rory Loughman. Kilsheelan finished the half well and had points from Conor Davin Murphy and Donnacha Lonergan but it was Killenaule who led by 3-4 to 1-5 at the interval.
On resumption Conor Davin Murphy, from a free, and Rory Loughman exchanged points and sub Daniel Guinan added to their total with another point. Kilsheelan were enjoying a fair share of the play but were making little impact. Killenaule broke upfield, the loser’s defence were caught too far out, and Cathal Bergin raced through for a goal. Kilsheelan went on to enjoy a good spell of play, they had four points without reply from Bill Maher, Conor Davin Murphy (2 frees) and Adrian Mc Guire. However, that is as good as it got for the losers. Killenaule had further points from Cathal Bergin and Joe O’Dwyer and John O’Dwyer completed his hat-trick for his side’s final goal. Kilsheelan’s only response was a point by David Columby and Joe O’Dwyer completed the scoring with a pointed free to leave his side convincing winners by 5-9 to 1-11.
Best for Killenaule were J J Webster, Conor Prendergast, Jack O’Connell, Cathal Bergin and John and Joe O’Dwyer. For Kilsheelan their best performers were Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher, Donnacha Lonergan and Conor Davin Murphy.
KILLENAULE: Aidan O’Leary, J J Webster, Steven Hannigan, Joseph Maher, Thomas Keaveney, Conor Prendergast, Shane Kavanagh, Jack O’Connell 0-1, Thomas Nolan, Rory Loughman 0-2, Robert Hall, Cathal Bergin 1-1, Jamie O’Connor, Joe O’Dwyer 1-2 and John O’Dwyer 3-2.
SUB: Daniel Guinan 0-1 for Robert Hall.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Jamie Cronin, Kevin O’Donovan, Ruairi Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Miceal Corcoran, Shane Columby, Bill Maher 0-2, Dean Mulcahy, Donnacha Lonergan 1-2, David Columby 0-1, Stephen Ahearne 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy 0-4 and John Kehoe.
SUBS: David Corcoran for Shane Columby, Finbar Horgan for Dean Mulcahy.
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grabgemockler)
JUNIOR “B” FOOTBALL
15/6/11: In the opening round of the championship Kilsheelan-Kilcash met Clerihan in Ned Hall Park.
The opening score came when Damien Dempsey pointed a free. Dean Mulcahy, in one of his trademark solo runs, raced sixty yards to put the ball over the bar. Clerihan went on to open their account when Shane Murphy pointed a free. They then went on to miss two goal chances, however, credit to goalkeeper Jamie Cronin who went on to make a fine save for one of them. In that first half Jamie was called upon a number of times to clear his lines and he did so impressively. Kilsheelan had their first goal in the ninth minute. Dean Mulcahy laid off to Ciaran O’Halloran and despite initially losing possession managed to drive a ground shot to the net. This was followed by a point from the very impressive Cathal Fitzpatrick. Kilsheelan were awarded a ’45, his shot was misjudged by the goalkeeper and the ball ended up in the net. Worse was to follow for Clerihan when Ciaran O’Halloran worked his way through for a further goal. Throughout the half Clerihan did have a number of bad wides but it was Kilsheelan who continued to add to their total. They added further points by Cathal Fitzpatrick (2), Niall Cloona, Damien Dempsey (2) one from a ’45 to leave Kilsheelan leading at half time by 3-8 to 0-1, a scoreline that hardly did justice to Clerihan. Midway through the half Kilsheelan lost Keith Robinson to a finger injury and he was replaced by Shane Columby.
The second period was much more even. However, Kilsheelan had done all their hard work in the first half and not surprisingly they took their feet off the pedal. They continued to dominate the scoring and had further points from Niall Cloona and two from Cathal Fitzpatrick. Clerihan finally found their shooting boots and had points from Jamie Kelly and Brian Keane. Shane Columby responded for Kilsheelan when he came up from defence, took a pass, and drove over the bar and Niall Cloona added a further point. Jamie Kelly added a point for Clerihan. Niall Cloona had another for Kilsheelan and this was to prove to be his sides last score of the match. With the game now heading for its inevitable conclusion it was Clerihan who added points from Brian Keane and two from Jamie Kelly to leave Kilsheelan winners by 3-14 to 0-7.
For Kilsheelan Jamie Cronin did very well in the goal. Veteran Dan O’Connor showed all his experience in the second half when called upon. Eddie O’Connell was the best of the half back line while Dean Mulcahy and John Kehoe had their moments in the middle of the field. Niall Cloona was best of the half forward line. Our full forward line of Damien Dempsey, Ciaran O’Halloran and Cathal Fitzpatrick had 3-8 of the team’s total.
For Clerihan, it should be noted that their goalkeeper was Alan O’Keeffe a former Kilsheelan player. Their best players were Kevin English, Kevin Dempsey, Jamie Kelly, Aidan Flannery and Eoin Barrett.
As a matter of interest the last time those two sides met in an adult football match was in the mid ‘60’s when Clerihan affiliated for the first time. In the opening round of the Junior B championship they had a 1-7 to 0-8 victory over Kilsheelan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Jamie Cronin, Kevin O’Donovan, Dan O’Connor, Peter O’Connell, Eddie O’Connell, Christy Ryan, Shane Columby 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, John Kehoe, Niall Cloona 0-4, Keith Robinson, Jason Fogarty, Cathal Fitzpatrick 0-5, Damien Dempsey 1-3 and Ciaran O’Halloran 2-0.
SUBS: Shane Columby for Keith Robinson, Ruairi Doyle for John Kehoe and Richard Crotty for Damien Dempsey.
CLERIHAN: Alan O’Keeffe, Tomas Barrett, Kevin English, Mark Duggan, Mark O’Connor, Andrew Kennedy, Conor Dolan, Kevin Dempsey, Shane Murphy 0-1, Jamie Kelly 0-4, Aidan Flannery, Eoin Barrett, Willie Kelly, Leo Curtin and Brian Keane 0-2.
SUBS: Alan Fahey for Kieran English, Dan Walsh for Mark Duggan and Kieran Monahan for Mark O’Connor.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan)
13/7/11: Clonmel Commercials were our next opponents in Fethard. It was very much a battle between the veterans and the young pretenders. In the end it was the experienced Commercials side who triumphed over a Kilsheelan-Kilcash side in which most were drawn from the U/21 and Minor grades.
The winners were the better side for most of the way and they led from start to finish. Two goals in quick succession by James Power and Fergal Condon, late in the first half, put them well ahead and they led by 2-6 to 0-5 at the interval.
In the second half they continued to dominate and had a further goal from Fergal Condon and a succession of points. Kilsheelan enjoyed their best spell late in the match when they shot six points without reply, most of them coming from Colin Gleeson and Ciaran O’Halloran. In the closing stages Commercials had their fourth goal from Pa Burke to emerge clear winners by 4-13 to 0-11.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Evan Comerford, Michael Mc Cullough, Kevin Ryan, Gary Hallinan, Jason Parker, Seanie O’Loughlin, Kevin Gunne, Trevor Creed 0-1, Fergal O’Callaghan 0-1, Pa Burke 1-0, Joe Mc Namara 0-1, Michael Kelly, Martin Quinlivan 0-1, Fergal Condon 2-3 and James Power 1-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Jamie Cronin, Kevin O’Donovan, Dan O’Connor, Johnny Ormonde, Ruairi Doyle, David Corcoran, Peter O’Connell, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Niall Cloona 0-2, David Columby, Jason Fogarty 0-1, Finbar Horgan, Ciaran O’Halloran 0-3, Colin Gleeson 0-4 and Alex Harte.
SUBS: Padraic Hickey for Kevin O’Donovan and James Davin Murphy for Dean Mulcahy.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack (Fethard)
Next outing was to Fethard to take on Killenaule. Kilsheelan boosted their chances of reaching the knockout stages. Rain all through the match made conditions very greasy thus militating against good football.
Kilsheelan’s Colin Gleeson had two points in the opening minutes and his side looked set for an easy win. Killeanule fought back and gave as good as they got for the remainder of the half. On two occasions they hit the upright but it was Kilsheelan who were more adept at taking their chances and led at the interval by 0-6 to 0-3.
In the second half Killenaule pressed hard but this did not reflect on the scoreboard. The game’s decisive score after thirty nine minutes when Kilsheelan full forward Noel Ryan drove to the back of the net from close range. For the remainder of the game defences were on top and the winners never looked in any danger of defeat despite Killenaule’s gallant efforts as they won by 1-10 to 0-5.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Cathal Fitzpatrick, Kevin O’Donovan, Dan O’Connor, Peter O’Connell, Eddie O’Connell, Christy Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, John Kehoe, Ruairi Doyle 0-1, Jason Fogarty, Niall Cloona, Colin Gleeson 0-6, Noel Ryan 1-1 and Stephen Ahearne 0-1.
SUBS: Johnny Ormonde for Kevin O’Donovan and Oisin O’Cuinneagain for Stephen Ahearne.
KILLENAULE: Robert Hall, Jonathon Berry, Aidan Leahy, James O’Dwyer, Alan Burke, Stephen Hannigan, Thomas Keaveney, Anthony Guinan 0-2, Ray Loughman, Conor Mc Guire, Pat O’Connor 0-2, J J Webster 0-1, Thomas Shelly, Conor Van Dickenberg and Alan Dorney.
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
10/8/11: In the fourth round of the championship at Ned Hall Park, a very much understrength Kilsheelan side, had Moyle Rovers as their opponents.
Rovers had most of the play early on but were off target. Kilsheelan were the more adept at taking their chances and had two points on the board to no score for Moyle Rovers after fifteen minutes. Rovers had a better second quarter and led at the interval by 0-5 to 0-3.
Kilsheelan reduced the leeway with a point on the restart. Moyle Rovers introduced Tom Conway at the interval and he scored five points and Kilsheelan were unable to contain him. Things got worse for Kilsheelan with fifteen minutes to go when Ruairi Doyle was red carded and the winners made most of their numeric advantage. The Kilsheelan attack got plenty of possession but lacked ideas in turning it into scores as Moyle Rovers cruised to a ten point victory by 0-14 to 0-4.
Best for the winners were Eoin O’Connor, Robbie Boland, Craig Condon, Eddie Whelan, Brian Hickey and Tom Conway.
For Kilsheelan Cathal Fitzpatrick, Dan O’Connor, Oisin O’Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona and Ciaran O’Halloran did best.
MOYLE ROVERS: Paul O’Connor, Pat Condon, Eoin O’Connor, Sean Lonergan, Michael Fox, Robbie Boland, Billy Hunt, Oliver Mc Grath, Craig Condon 0-2, Eddie Whelan 0-2, Kevin O’Connor, Daniel Long, John Boland, John Owens and Brian Hickey 0-4.
SUBS: Tom Conway 0-5 for Daniel Long, David Keogh for Oliver Mc Grath, John O’Brien for John Owens, Michael Delahunty 0-1 for John Boland and Diarmuid Hickey for Eddie Whelan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Cathal Fitzpatrick, Ruairi Doyle, Dan O’Connor, Peter O’Connell, Eddie O’Connell, Christy Ryan, Kevin O’Donovan, Oisin O’Cuinneagain, Noel Ryan, Niall Cloona 0-1, Jason Fogarty 0-1, Ciaran O’Halloran 0-2, James Davin Murphy, Colin Gleeson and Stephen Ahearne.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan)
31/8/11: For the last match of the group stages we travelled to Cahir to take on Ballyporeen. Unfortunately a number of players could not be bothered travelling and we had to concede a walkover. Depsite this setback we qualified for the Semi Final against Commercials in Monroe.
Scoring 1-7 without reply, in the last thirteen minutes Commercials ran out winners by a thirteen point margin in this Mulcahy Construction sponsored Semi Final clash against Kilsheelan-Kilcash in Monroe.
When the sides met in the group stages the winners had fourteen points to spare. A similar result did not look to be on the cards when they led by four points at half time but that was all to change as the second half progressed.
Kilsheelan were first off the mark with an Alex Harte point but this was quickly cancelled out by a Fergal Condon effort. Twice Jason Fogarty was on the mark only for Condon again to put the side’s level. Both sides went on to add points. The decisive score came after sixteen minutes when Eoin Leahy goaled for the winners. Four minutes later Kilsheelan were back in the game when Ciaran O’Halloran shot to the corner of the net. Commercials who were fielding a number of veterans, one of them Joe Mc Namara went on a solo run and found the target. Condon, who had an outstanding game and finished with a tally of seven points, was also on the mark and a second point by Kilsheelan’s Dean Mulcahy left Commercials leading by 1-9 to 1-5 at the break.
In the second half both sides added three points in the opening ten minutes. Kilsheelan were in with a chance but the more experienced Commercials side never looked like losing control. Kenneth Kiely had a brilliant last quarter playing a major role in their scoring. On a number of occasions Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper Cathal Fitzpatrick brought off some wonderful saves to keep his line intact, one of which resulted in a ’65 which Kiely pointed. In the closing minutes sub Brian O’Sullivan got inside the Kilsheelan defence for his side’s second goal as his side ran out clear winners by 2-18 to 1-8.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Michael Quinlivan, Ger Deeley, David Harney, Kevin Ryan, Glen Conway, David Lavin, Seanie O’Loughlin, Eoin Leahy 1-0, Kenneth Kiely 0-5, Frannie Kelly 0-1, Fergal O’Callaghan 0-3, Joe Mc Namara 0-1, Pa Burke 0-1, Fergal Condon 0-7 and James Power.
SUBS: Jason Parker for Ger Deeley, Gary Hallinan for Glen Conway, Brian O’Sullivan 1-0 for Pa Burke and Michael Kelly for Fergal Condon.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Cathal Fitzpatrick, Johnny Ormond, Eddie O’Connell, Peter O’Connell, Paul Kennedy, Niall Cloona, Kevin O’Donovan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Dean Mulcahy 0-2, Finbarr Horgan, Jason Fogarty 0-3, Ciaran O’Halloran 1-0, Colin Gleeson 0-1, Richard Crotty and Alex Harte 0-1.
SUBS: David Columby for Richard Crotty, Shane Columby 0-1 for Finbarr Horgan and Jamie Cronin for Kevin O’Donovan.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
SENIOR FOOTBALL – COUNTY LEAGUE
13/2/11: Last year’s winning Intermediate Football team stepped up to Senior ranks away to J K Brackens. Containing only five of the starting fifteen of last year’s County Final, they were outplayed as the Templemore side went on to win by 7-12 to 0-4.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, John Nolan, William Larkin, Kevin O’Donovan, Johnny Ormonde, Tommy Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Eoin Ryan, Shane Columby 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan, Conor Davin Murphy 0-1, John Noonan 0-1, Edward Sweeney and Johnny Cahill.
SUB: Shane Prendergast
27/2/11: They were at home to Arravale Rovers in the next match. They quickly went two points up. A stronger Arravale side got on top and at half time they led by 1-6 to 0-4. Kilsheelan enjoyed a good third quarter and reduced the lead to the minimum but it was the Tipperary town side that went on to win by 1-11 to 0-10.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, William Larkin, Naoise O’ Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan, Senan O’Halloran, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-2, Edward Sweeney, Paul Denn 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan, John Noonan, John Roche 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.
SUBS: Ian Coughlan, Ross Larkin and Christy Ryan.
20/3/11: Next match was at home to Moyle Rovers. Both sides were understrength and it was a chance to give the extended panel a run. In the first half our side matched their illustrious opponents all the way and at the interval it was 0-4 each. Moyle Rovers dominated the third quarter and looked set for an easy win. Kilsheelan stuck to their task and a goal by half time substitute Conor Davin Murphy kept us in touch but at the final whistle it was Moyle Rovers who ran out winners by 1-9 to 1-6.
TEAM: Cathal Fitzpatrick, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Shane Prendergast, Johnny Cahill, Senan O’Halloran, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Ross Larkin, Paul Denn, Edward Sweeney 0-1, Ian Coughlan 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Pierce Larkin 0-1
SUBS: Conor Davin Murphy 1-0, Colm Sweeney, John Noonan, William Larkin and Shane Columby.
There was one remaining match to play and this was away to Cahir. As both sides were out of the running it was not played.
13/3/11: In a match that could have gone either way both teams ended with a share of the spoils in the opening round game at Fethard. The more experienced Killenaule side would have carried the favourites tag and for long periods of the first half they looked the better side. However Kilsheelan-Kilcash, who were making a welcome return to senior ranks after a long absence, gave as good as they got for the remainder of the game and were probably the happier side having taken a point from the contest.
As one would expect for this time of the year the game was somewhat low key. While there were some good passages of football, some promising moves often came to an end with a misplaced pass or indeed faulty shooting. However, the game was played in a very spirited manner with not a hint of a card.
Kilsheelan had first use of a slight breeze. They had the opening score after ninety seconds. Good work by Jimmy Ryan resulted in Adrian Walsh finding the target. Two minutes later Killenaule were on level terms when John O’Dwyer pointed. His side went on to waste a number of chances and after six minutes they had a great chance of a goal only for Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney to make a great save from Gerry Kennedy. However, Killenaule were not to be denied as John O’Dwyer pointed on the rebound. Six minutes later the same player had a further point. There was no further score until the twenty second minute. Adrian Walsh, who had an outstanding first half, pointed for Kilsheelan and one minute later he put his side ahead with a point. Killenaule again hit the front when John O’Dwyer pointed a free but once again it was all square when Eoin Ryan pointed from long range. His side went ahead again when Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark from a free. In the 29th minute the game took a decisive turn in Kilsheelan’s favour. Jimmy Ryan’s long delivery was dropped into the square where John Roche blocked the ball down to the inrushing Adrian Walsh and he made no mistake for a goal. Killenaule, who hadn’t scored for thirteen minutes, had the last score of the half when John O’Dwyer pointed a free and at the interval it was Kilsheelan who led by 1-5 to 0-5.
Six minutes of the second half had elapsed before Kilsheelan extended their lead with a Jimmy Ryan point. Kilsheelan’s three point advantage was coming increasingly under threat as Killenaule pushed forward and they had further points from Michael Doyle and Gerry Kennedy. After thirty nine minutes they had their goal. John O’Dwyer found the unmarked Gerry Kennedy, who raced through to drive the ball to the net to give them a one point lead. Undaunted by this setback Kilsheelan enjoyed a good period of play but some chances went abegging. They eventually drew level when sub Kevin Larkin, coming up from defence, sent over the bar.
Killenaule hit the front again. Michael Doyle, who was a handful for the Kilsheelan defence in the second half, sent over the bar. With three minutes left on the clock Kilsheelan again drew level when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. In the last few minutes, including injury time, both sides had their chances to snatch victory but it was not to be as they ended on 1-8 each.
KILLENAULE: Matthew O’Donnell, Stephen Browne, Michael Fitzgerald, Declan Ryan, Joseph Meagher, Paddy Codd, Joe O’Dwyer, Jonathon Gleeson, Declan Fanning, Conor Prendergast, Tony Doyle, Donal Shelley, John O’Dwyer 0-5, Gerry Kennedy 1-1 and Michael Doyle 0-2.
SUBS: Kenneth Cleary for Tony Doyle,
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy, Paul Denn, Adrian Walsh 1-3, Michael Mc Hugh 0-2, John Roche and John Noonan.
SUBS: Kevin Larkin 0-1 for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Bill Maher for Conor Davin Murphy and Donnacha Lonergan for John Noonan.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
26/3/11: In round two, Kilsheelan-Kilcash travelled to Cloneen to lock horns with Fethard. Those two sides have a long history of combat in the Senior grade but in recent years the winners have been plying their trade in Intermediate ranks. Indeed, would have to trawl the history books to see when they last met in a championship game.
This was a very entertaining contest all through. Apart from a brief period there was never any more than a point or two between the sides and it was anyone’s game right to the end. For referee Keith Delahunty it was one of his easier tasks and there was not a hint of a card in sight. One of the features of the game was the very long kickouts by both goalkeepers. The winners laid the foundation for this victory at midfield where Eoin Ryan was outstanding. In the first half Fethard succeeded in curbing him by breaking the ball down but in the second half he outfielded all comers to set up many attacks. However, a lot of his good work did not pay off as his side’s shooting left a lot to be desired. For Fethard Cian Maher also at his moments in the middle of the field and he combined very well with his attack.
Fethard had two wides in the opening minutes but it was Kilsheelan who opened the scoring when Adrian Walsh intercepted a ball out of defence to send over the bar. One minute later Michael Mc Hugh doubled the tally when he was on the mark from a free. Fethard chalked up a number of wides before Eoin Fitzgerald got them off the mark after eight minutes with a point, from an acute angle.
It was now end to end stuff as neither side were able to get a grip on the game. Michael Mc Hugh and Brian Coen went on to exchange points from frees and Fethard got on level terms when Michael Dillon was on target after fourteen minutes. One minute later Fethard hit the front for the first time when Alan O’Connor was on the mark. The winners finished the half well. Michael McHugh pointed a free from long distance and Adrian Walsh, who was a constant thorn in the Fethard defence, put his side ahead with a point. Walsh was again instrumental in setting up Eoin Ryan to increase Kilsheelan’s tally. Once again Fethard reduced the leeway with a P J Morrissey point. In a match, where goal chances were few and far between, the Kilsheelan defence had a let off when Brian Coen’s shot cannoned off the crossbar. Fethard had the last say of the half when Brian Coen made a thirty metre solo run and sent over as Kilsheelan went on to lead at the interval by 0-7 to 0-6.
Fethard drew level nine minutes into the second half when Kenneth O’Donnell pointed and they went ahead when Declan Doyle split the posts. Michael Mc Hugh, who had a 100% return from frees, made no mistake from a placed ball. It was now the winners turn to miss the easier chances but they hit the front again after forty four minutes with an Adrian Walsh point. They went further ahead when sub Donnacha Lonergan picked up a breaking ball and found the range. Kilsheelan were now well on top and for the first time in the game they went three points ahead with an Adrian Walsh point. True to form Fethard were not going to give up without a fight. Brian Coen pointed a free and he added another from play one minute later. Some minutes previous Kilsheelan introduced Bill Maher who received a pass from John Roche and he made no mistake to give his side a “dangerous” two point advantage. Kilsheelan looked the more likely ones to score again but good approach work was often left down by some aimless kicking. With time running out Fethard pressed forward and Kenneth O’Donnell pointed. However, there was no time to mount a further attack as Kilsheelan ran out winners by 0-12 to 0-11.
Best for Kilsheelan were Willie, Tommy and Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh. For Fethard Mikey Ahearne, Chris Sheehan, Cian Maher, Michael Dillon and Brian Coen performed best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy, Paul Denn, Adrian Walsh 0-5, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, John Roche and Pierce Larkin.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran for Naoise O Cuinneagain, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 for Paul Denn, Bill Maher 0-1 for Pierce Larkin and Ian Coughlan for Conor Davin Murphy.
FETHARD: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Aylward, Mikey Ahearne, Gavin Fitzgerald, Peter Gough, Chris Sheehan, Johnny O’Halloran, Michael Dillon 0-1, Cian Maher, Alan O’Connor 0-1, Brian Coen 0-4, Eoin Fitzgerald 0-1, Kenneth O’Donnell 0-2, P J Morrissey 0-1 and Declan Doyle 0-1.
SUBS: Jason Nevin for P J Morrissey, Brian Delahunty for Peter Gough and Dylan Fitzgerald for Declan Doyle.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
2/4/11: At Ardfinnan, Cahir were our next opponents. A downpour preceding the match made conditions very difficult, however, the physically stronger Cahir side made light of the conditions. Their short passing game proved very effective and their quick fire movements had the Kilsheelan defence on the back foot throughout the first half and their seven point interval lead was no more than they deserved.
In that first half Kilsheelan were in disarray, illness to a number of players added to their woes resulting in them having to be replaced. In the second half they put in a much more spirited performance but never looked like gaining parity with their opponents.
Kilsheelan started promisingly. John Roche took a pass in a goal scoring position but opted to take his point. Cahir quickly put down a marker. Defender Redmond Meehan raced up from defence to put his side level. They began to attack in waves, Padraig Whelan had two points in quick succession and full forward Benny Hickey added a further point. Ryan Hennessy, who was very prominent in the middle of the field, added another as his side led by 0-5 to 0-1 after thirteen minutes. At this stage Cahir lost their star forward Benny Hickey through injury but they made light of this setback and had further points from Shane Murphy and Padraig Whelan, from a free. At this stage the heavy rain had stopped but there was no let up by Cahir as their strong running gave the Kilsheelan defence no respite. Eric Flannery shot a fine point from long distance. The losers, who had not scored since the opening minute, rectified this when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Cahir had the last score of the half when Padraig Whelan had a pointed free to leave his side ahead by 0-9 to 0-2 at the interval.
When play resumed Kilsheelan had a mountain to climb. However, they raised their game considerably. John Roche moved outfield and did some great work as his side went on to give as good as they got. Twelve minutes into the half Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. They had a great chance of making inroads into Cahir’s lead when sub Donnacha Lonergan, with only the goalkeeper to beat, shot wide. They went on to reduce the leeway with a point from Ian Coughlan, who had come on minutes earlier. John Roche laid off to Donnacha Lonergan for a point to reduce the margin further and one wondered if a comeback was on the cards. It was not to be as Cahir came more and more into the game in the last quarter. Padraig Whelan, who was outstanding, added two further points from frees. Kilsheelan went on to miss a number of easy chances. Their hopes were dashed even further when Pakie Larkin was sent off for a second yellow card. In the closing stages Padraig Whelan and Michael Mc Hugh exchanged points from frees. As he did in the first half Redmond Meehan again found the mark to have the final say as his side emerged six point winners on 0-12 to 0-6.
Best for Cahir were Redmond Meehan, Aidan Casey, Paddy O’Flaherty, Eddie Kendrick, Ryan Hennessy and Padraig Whelan.
For Kilsheelan Colm Sweeney, Willie Ryan, John Roche, Conor Davin-Murphy and Bill Maher did best.
CAHIR: Aaron Wall, Joe Mc Eniry, Aidan Casey, Redmond Meehan 0-2, Sean O’Connor, Paddy O’Flaherty, Liam Lonergan, Eddie Kendrick, Ryan Hennessy 0-1, Gavin Berry, Padraig Whelan 0-6, Eric Flannery 0-1, James Mc Grath 0-1, Benny Hickey 0-1 and Shane Murphy.
SUBS: James Swords for Benny Hickey, Noel O’Gorman for Gavin Berry and Brian Enright for Eddie Kendrick
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Jimmy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran, Edward Sweeney, Conor Davin Murphy, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, John Roche 0-1 and Pierce Larkin.
SUBS: Bill Maher for Tommy Ryan, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 for Eoin Ryan, Ian Coughlan 0-1 for Eddie Sweeney and Kevin Larkin for Shane Prendergast.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
17/4/11: In round four, Kilsheelan-Kilcash met old rivals Ardfinnan in Clonmel. Kilsheelan could have hardly dreamt of a better start. They had their opening goal after one minute when Conor Davin Murphy laid off to Ian Coughlan, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he kept his cool and hit the back of the net. Two minutes later it got even better for them when John Noonan put Adrian Walsh through for another goal. Ardfinnan made light of this setback and dominated the remainder of the first half. They had their opening points from Johnny English and Aidan Savage. They went on to chalk up a number of wides before Brian Lonergan had their third point after eighteen minutes. Whenever the Kilsheelan attack got possession they were met with a stubborn Ardfinnan defence and little headway was made. One would also have to say that a number of their key men were having an off day. However, this should not take anything away from Ardfinnan’s performance. John English and Billy Hewitt reduced the lead to the minimum. Defender Michael O’Sullivan was often seen to advantage in attack and this paid off when he put the side’s level and at half time the score was Kilsheelan 2-0 to Ardfinnan’s 0-6, considering the amount of chances created Ardfinnan should have been ahead.
They took the lead for the first time after thirty six minutes with a Brian Lonergan point while Billy Hewitt added another. Kilsheelan did have a number of promising attacks but like their counterparts in the first half they were off target. Billy Hewitt had a further point, from a free, for Ardfinnan and at this stage they looked like the most likely winners.
Kilsheelan, who had not scored for forty two minutes, had a point from a free by Michael Mc Hugh. One minute later Mc Hugh took a quick free to Jimmy Ryan and he pointed. Three minutes later they were on level terms when Conor Davin Murphy sent over the bar. With ten minutes left for play Adrian Walsh put Kilsheelan ahead. Inspired by this score the whole team lifted their game considerably. When Ardfinnan did go on the attack they were not finding the same space as the Kilsheelan backs defended heroically. With five minutes remaining sub Donnacha Lonergan put Kilsheelan two points ahead. Excitement mounted as Ardfinnan tried to pull the game out of the fire. The match was in injury time when Billy Hewitt pointed. Despite four minutes of added time they were unable to pierce the winners defence and the final whistle blew much to the relief of the Kilsheelan supporters as the scoreboard read 2-5 to 0-10.
Best for Kilsheelan were Willie Ryan, Johnny Cahill, Jimmy and Eoin Ryan in the second half, Conor Davin Murphy and Adrian Walsh. For Ardfinnan Jonathon Ryan, Michael O’Sullivan, Sean Maher, Billy Hewitt, Brian Lonergan and Johnny English did best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy 0-1, Pierce Larkin, Adrian Walsh 1-1, Ian Coughlan 1-0, John Roche and John Noonan.
SUBS: Johnny Cahill for Pakie Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh 0-1 for Pierce Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 for John Noonan, Ross Larkin for Shane Prendergast.
ARDFINNAN: Eamon Ryan, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Jonathon Ryan, Karl Costigan, Tony Ryan, Michael O’Sullivan 0-1, Martin Ryan, Thomas Maher, Sean Maher, Aidan Savage 0-1, Alan Phelan, David Lonergan, Billy Hewitt 0-4, Brian Lonergan 0-2 and Johnny English 0-2.
SUBS: Andrew Heffernan for Aidan Savage and Peter Halley for Alan Phelan
REFEREE: Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen)
22/4/11: Showing much of the skills that brought them many titles for more than a decade, Moyle Rovers served notice that they will again be strong contenders for honours when giving a five star performance against Kilsheelan Kilcash in Clonmel.
In this match they put down a marker at an early stage and were on top in all departments. Their lightening breaks from defence had Kilsheelan under constant pressure. Their tactic of breaking down the ball in the middle of the field to a team mate paid dividends. Their defence was water tight all through.
For Kilsheelan this was a disappointing outing. While they were well capable of putting many passes together their build ups were too slow and the Rovers defence were given ample time to regroup. Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney had an outstanding game and made some fine saves and could not be blamed for the two shots that beat him.
Kilsheelan made a promising start when Adrian Walsh pointed after forty five seconds. The winners were quickly into their stride Declan Browne had a point from a free and also one from play. They had their opening goal after six minutes when Sean Carey raced through the Kilsheelan defence to drive to the net. They had further points from Brian Mulvihill, Diarmuid Foley and Browne, from a free, and only the upright prevented them from getting through for a further goal. Kilsheelan’s only response was a point from a free by Ian Coughlan. The winners had points from Diarmuid Foley, Declan Browne, twice from frees, Sean Keating and Peter Acheson. Adrian Walsh broke the sequence with a point to leave the winners ahead by 1-9 to 0-3 after twenty five minutes. His side went on to create a number of chances but they were too easily dispossessed. In the closing stages Brian Mulvihill and Donnacha Lonergan exchanged points as did Tommy Ryan and Sean Carey while goalkeeper Colm Sweeney was called on to make a fine save and at half time Rovers led by 1-11 to 0-5.
When play resumed Kilsheelan had chances but it was Diarmuid Foley who extended the winner’s lead with a point. Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark, from a free, for Kilsheelan. Jack Lonergan, Brian Mulvihill, Declan Browne twice from frees, and Paul Shanahan pointed to add to Kilsheelan’s misery. Tommy Ryan, coming up from defence, reduced the leeway while subs Kevin Larkin and John Roche also had points. It was all Moyle Rovers in the closing ten minutes. Colm Sweeney made another great stop only for Declan Browne to drive the rebound to the net. Sub David Conway pointed for Rovers while Paul Shanahan had the last two scores, one from a difficult angle, to leave his side convincing winners on 2-21 to 0-9.
For the winners, who hardly had a weak link, their best were Liam Cronin, Sean Keating, Sean Carey, Brian Mulvihill, Peter Acheson and Declan Browne.
For Kilsheelan Colm Sweeney, Johnny Cahill, Tommy Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy and Adrian Walsh did best.
MOYLE ROVERS: Ian Browne, Liam Cronin, Richard Power, Shane Heffernan, Sean Keating 0-1, Darren Nolan, David Mc Grath, Martin Dunne, Peter Acheson 0-1, Sean Carey 1-1, Brian Mulvihill 0-3, Jack Lonergan 0-1, Diarmuid Foley 0-3, Declan Browne 1-7 and Paul Shanahan 0-3.
SUBS: David Conway 0-1 for David Mc Grath.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Johnny Cahill, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Jimmy Ryan, Paul Denn, Eoin Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Pierce Larkin, Ian Coughlan 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-1.
SUBS: Kevin Larkin 0-1 for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin for Pierce Larkin, John Roche 0-1 for Donnacha Lonergan, Senan O’Halloran for Jimmy Ryan.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Commercials)
25/4/11: Three days later Kilsheelan travelled to Carrick on Easter Monday to take on Clonmel Og. The town side had the opening score when Dean Kelleher pointed after three minutes. Kilsheelan had their only goal two minutes later and they had an element of luck on their side. An Adrian Walsh shot for a point came back off the crossbar and Ross Larkin was in the right place to dispatch the ball to the net. Dean Kelleher reduced the leeway when he pointed, this time from a free. The winners again extended their lead when Adrian Walsh was twice on the mark. Eoin and Tommy Ryan were now dominating in the middle of the field and the Kilsheelan attack was enjoying plenty of possession. Michael Mc Hugh pointed from an acute angle. Adrian Walsh made no mistake from a free. In a rare attack Cian Hogan pointed for Clonmel Og. Kilsheelan had further points from Ross Larkin and Eoin Ryan to lead by 1-6 to 0-3 after twenty two minutes and looked to be well in control. In the remaining eight minutes the Clonmel side hit back in decisive fashion with points from Colm O’Connell and Malcolm O’Connor. Two minutes before the break Colm O’Connell was put in the clear, raced through, and neatly tucked the ball inside the posts for a goal and at half time it was Kilsheelan who led by 1-6 to 1-5.
When play resumed both sides were guilty of faulty shooting before Eoin Fallon put the sides level with a point, from a free, after forty minutes. Kilsheelan, who had not scored for nineteen minutes, regained a lead they never lost with points from John Roche, Adrian Walsh and two from Jimmy Ryan. Dean Kelleher pointed a free for the Clonmel side to leave them three points in arrears with eight minutes left for play. Without being impressive Kilsheelan never looked like surrendering this advantage. With time nearly up sub Kevin Larkin had the final score after a fine solo effort to claim victory by 1-11 to 1-7.
Best for Kilsheelan were Johnny Cahill, Shane Prendergast, Tommy and Eoin Ryan and Adrian Walsh. Clonmel Og were best served by Dara Kearney, Christy Aylward, Michael Condon, Colm O’Connell and Dean Kelleher.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Johnny Cahill, Shane Prendergast, William Larkin, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Ross Larkin 1-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-4, John Roche 0-1, Paul Denn and Michael Mc Hugh 0-1.
SUBS: Ian Coughlan for Michael Mc Hugh, Edward Sweeney for Paul Denn, Michael Halpin for Ross Larkin and Kevin Larkin 0-1 for Johnny Cahill.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Madigan, Brian Gentles, Dara Kearney, Colin O’Mahony, Ian Purcell, Noel Walsh, Christy Aylward, Michael Condon, Matthew Norris, Colm O’Connell 1-1, Robbie Hickey, Malcolm O’Connor 0-1, Cian Hogan 0-1, Eoin Fallon 0-1 and Dean Kelleher 0-3.
SUBS: Jonathon O’Donoghue for Brian Gentles, Barry Hanley for Keith Madigan and Gavin Waters for Ian Purcell.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
27/5/11: In the penultimate round of the championship at Ardfinnan, Commercials by virtue of an outstanding first half display, booked their place in the Semi Final. Having lost their previous match to Moyle Rovers they showed fierce determination to get back on the winning trail.
Playing with the wind in the opening half they appeared to be the team of all the talents. Led by defenders Ciaran O’Connell and Kevin Harney, they attacked in waves and their lightening moves had the Kilsheelan defence under constant pressure. Upfront John Harney, Michael Quinlivan and Ian Barnes (until injured) were especially prominent. Their supremacy in this area paid dividends and by the interval they had 2-9 on the scoreboard. For Kilsheelan-Kilcash, half time could not come quickly enough to address the situation. While enjoying a fair share of possession, the movement of the ball was too slow and the winners defence had little difficulty in dealing with any threats. In the second half they did step up the pace considerably and outscored their rivals by 0-7 to 0-3. Despite being out-played, Tommy and Eoin Ryan did very well in the middle of the field while upfront Adrian Walsh and Conor Davin Murphy were the most effective. They still look likely qualifiers for the Quarter Finals but might need to get something out of their remaining match.
Kilsheelan did the early pressing but it was Ian Barnes who put Commercials ahead with a point after two minutes. In the next attack Aldo Matassa doubled their lead. In another quick fire attack they opened up the Kilsheelan defence and Ian Barnes laid off to Richie Carroll for their opening goal. Two minutes later Barnes was again instrumental in setting up Commercials second goal when he delivered to County Minor Michael Quinlivan and he could not miss from close range. Kilsheelan registered their first score when their best player Tommy Ryan, who worked his way along the end line, to send over the bar. However, this was only a brief respite as Commercials had further points from frees by Michael Quinlivan and a long distance effort from Ian Barnes to put their side ahead by 2-4 to 0-1 after thirteen minutes. They continued to have the upper hand when Michael Quinlivan again pointed and the industrious Johnny Harney did likewise. Kilsheelan had to wait until the twenty first minute for their next score when sub Ross Larkin shot an excellent point. The town side finished the half strongly with further points from Johnny Harney, Michael Quinlivan from a free and Aldo Matassa to leave them ahead at the interval by 2-9 to 0-2.
Kilsheelan made a very determined start to the second half. They had points from Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan and Conor Davin Murphy and in this period they also shot four wides from scoreable positions. At this stage the wind had virtually disappeared. Commercials had to wait for twelve minutes into the half for their next score when Michael Quinlivan pointed a free. Following this Adrian Walsh had a great chance of a goal but his well taken shot was blocked out for a ’45 which he pointed. Commercials were coming more and more into the game. Again they looked menacing when going forward. Led by Willie Ryan at full back Kilsheelan kept the winners at bay. Commercials had further points from Michael Quinlivan and Luke Moore who was introduced as a sub. In the closing stages Kilsheelan had points from John Roche and Conor Davin Murphy but it was Commercials who ran out clear winners on 2-12 to 0-9.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Colm Mc Menamin, Danny Madigan, Ciaran O’Connell, Fergal Condon, Barry Gibbons, Kevin Harney, Donal Lynch, Eamon Hanrahan, Paul O’Mahony, Richie Carroll 1-0, Stephen Buckley, Aldo Matassa 0-2, Ian Barnes 0-2, Michael Quinlivan 1-5 and John Harney 0-2.
SUBS: Shane Power for Ian Barnes, Brian O’Hara for Barry Gibbons, Gearoid Buckley for Paul O’Mahony, Luke Moore 0-1 for Richie Carroll and Alan Ward for Michael Quinlivan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Johnny Cahill, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, Kevin Larkin, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Jimmy Ryan, Adrian Walsh 0-1, James Geraghty, Paul Denn and John Roche 0-1.
SUBS: Ross Larkin 0-1 for Kevin Larkin, Ian Coughlan for James Geraghty and Donnacha Lonergan for Paul Denn.
REFEREE: Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen)
17/6/11: Having completed their eight match programme Kilsheelan finished in fifth place and as a result they were drawn against Killenaule in the quarter final which took place in Fethard. When the sides met in the league stages they finished level pegging at 1-8 each and another close contest was anticipated and that is exactly how it turned out. While this quarter final never reached any great heights it proved to be an interesting tussle all the way through. However, one would have to say that the marksmanship on both sides was not what one would have expected.
Killenaule were first to show their hand when Declan Fanning pointed after two minutes. Killenaule were having the better of the exchanges in the early stages and only a fine save by Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney prevented them from raising the green flag. A promising Kilsheelan attack was broken up and sub Michael Doyle made them pay for it with a further point. Chances went abegging at both ends before John Roche opened Kilsheelan’s account with a point. One minute later, the game’s turning point came when Donnacha Lonergan put Mikey Halpin through and he drove to the corner of the net from close range. A good passing movement by Kilsheelan resulted in Tommy Ryan sending over the bar. Killenaule kept in touch when John O’Dwyer delivered a long ball in from close to the sideline which Jerry Kennedy collected and sent over the bar. Tony Doyle, from a free, reduced the margin to the minimum. When play switched to the other end Donnacha Lonergan, from a free, put Kilsheelan into a 1-3 to 0-4 lead after nineteen minutes. Moments later they went further ahead when Mikey Halpin put Tommy Ryan through for a point. It was Killenaule’s turn to miss chances before John O’Dwyer obliged with a point a minute before the break. Kilsheelan had the last score of the half when Tommy Ryan who gave a man of the match performance tagged on a further point to leave the score 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval.
When play recommenced the winners stretched the lead when Tommy Ryan put Donnacha Lonergan through for a point to put four points between the sides for the first time. Once again the lead was cut to a goal when Tony Doyle laid off to John O’Dwyer and he pointed. Kilsheelan then had a let off when Tony Doyle bearing down on goal saw his shot come back off the crossbar for safety. Once again Kilsheelan increased their lead with a pointed free by Donnacha Lonergan. A John O’Dwyer point for Killenaule left the score 1-7 to 0-7 after forty one minutes. Another John Roche point again put the winners four points clear. With defeat now staring them in the face Killenaule put in a determined final quarter. Declan Fanning who seemed to cover the whole pitch was very much involved. His side had further points from defender Jonathon Gleeson and Tony Doyle. Once again Kilsheelan broke upfield and good work by Donnacha Lonergan resulted in a point by John Roche. In the closing stages Kilsheelan received a blow when they lost the influential Eoin Ryan to injury. Whatever the game may have lacked the closing stages proved very exciting as Killenaule continued to drive forward. With five minutes of injury time to play Tony Doyle once again reduced the leeway with a point. Killenaule were now committed to attack and were unfortunate to hit the crossbar for a second time. Kilsheelan broke upfield a number of times but failed to take their chances. With the game deep in injury time Tony Doyle reduced the lead to the minimum and one wondered if extra time was on the cards but it was Kilsheelan who march on to the Semi Finals 1-9 to 0-11.
Best for Kilsheelan were Colm Sweeny who kept a safe goal, Willie Ryan, Adrian Mc Guire, Tommy and Eoin Ryan, John Roche and Donnacha Lonergan.
For Killenaule Stephen Browne, Paddy Codd, Niall O’Dwyer, John O’Dwyer, Tony Doyle and Declan Fanning did best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Johnny Cahill, Pakie Larkin, William Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Adrian Mc Guire, Tommy Ryan 0-3, Eoin Ryan, Ross Larkin, John Roche 0-3, Conor Davin Murphy, John Noonan, Donnacha Lonergan 0-3 and Mikey Halpin 1-0.
SUBS: Bill Maher for John Noonan, Michael Mc Hugh for Ross Larkin, John Noonan for Mikey Halpin, Paul Denn for Eoin Ryan and Edward Sweeney for Johnny Cahill.
KILLENAULE: Daniel Guinan, Stephen Browne, Michael Fitzgerald, Kenneth Cleary, Jonathon Gleeson 0-1, Paddy Codd, Joseph Meagher, Niall O’Dwyer, Jamie Mc Cormack, Donal Shelly, Tony Doyle 0-4, Jack O’Connell, John O’Dwyer 0-3, Declan Fanning 0-1 and Jerry Kennedy 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Doyle 0-1 for Michael Fitzgerald, Joe O’Dwyer for Donal Shelly, Eddie O’Brien for Jack O’Connell and Kenneth Browne for Jamie Mc Cormack.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)
23/7/11: In the Semi Final they were drawn against Commercials and the venue was Fethard. This match had all the attributes of what is good in Gaelic Football, commitment, dedication, quality fielding, speed, and good scores with Clonmel Commercials just scraping over the line in a game very much of two halves, the first dominated by Commercials and the second half a comeback that just fell short by Kilsheelan with the ball hitting the uprights on two occasions the difference in the end, with Shane Taylor, Luke Moore, Ian Barnes, Michael Quinlivan the stars for Clonmel Commercials while Colm Sweeney, Adrian Maguire ,The Ryan Brothers, and Bill Maher, stood tall for a gallant Kilsheelan-Kilcash
From the throw in by referee Paddy Russell the pace was electric by Clonmel Commercials. They were awarded a penalty after twenty seconds but Colm Sweeney the Kilsheelan goalie, made a brilliant save from Michael Quinlivan’s well struck shot and he again stopped the rebound. Moments later he again came to Kilsheelan’s rescue when stopping a pile driver from Ian Barnes and laid off to Pakie Larkin who cleared his lines. We had to wait until the sixth minute for the opening score a point from Luke Moore set up by Michael Quinlivan. Within a minute Commercials were gone two up when Aldo Matassa kicked a fine point with Luke Moore laying on the pass. With Commercials very much on top in all sectors and the forwards really on song particularly Luke Moore, Michael Quinlivan, and Ian Barnes it was in the eleventh minute when Ian Barnes got off the mark with a well taken point from play. During this opening period Kilsheelan had a number of promising attacks but lacked penetration to put scores on the board. Commercials added another point this time from Stephen Buckley to leave them five points up at the end of the opening quarter. Michael Quinlivan was fouled and scored the resultant free.
Commercials pace and ability were very much to the fore with Shane Taylor overlapping on runs up the wings and scored a fine point in the 17th minute when John Harney laid on the final pass. In the 20th minute Ian Barnes, who was winning every ball that was directed his way, scored the point of the opening half when he kicked over his shoulder to go 0-7 to 0-0 ahead. Kilsheelan’s Tommy Ryan hit the upright in the 21st minute when a score was badly needed.
Kilsheelan then rang out the changes from the line when they introduced Paul Denn and Mikey Halpin in two minutes for Ross Larkin and Donnacha Lonergan with Eoin Ryan on the next attack hitting the upright going for a score. The Kilsheelan changes were rewarded when Michael McHugh pointed a twenty one metre free to get there first score. Commercials were now squandering some of their scoring opportunities but were back on track when John Harney got his first of the day after a great run. The final score of the half came when Ian Barnes shot hit the upright with the rebound falling to Luke Moore who made no mistake in fisting a point to leave the score Clonmel Commercials 0-9 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-1 at the short whistle.
With no changes in personnel after the break Kilsheelan-Kilcash came out a different team and took on Commercials with Eoin Ryan getting a point from play in the opening minute while a number of other chances went abegging. Commercials fought back with Luke Moore finishing a passing movement with a good point and the same player added another when set up by Eamon Hanrahan. Aldo Matassa took a well taken point when John Harney put him through to go ten points clear. We had the first ‘45 of the day for Kilsheelan that was well struck by Michael McHugh only to see Eamon Hanrahan take it down from going over the bar. Kilsheelan certainly upped their game at this juncture with dominance around the middle of the field and Bill Maher’s work rate would have to be commended all during the match. Michael McHugh kicked a free on the touch line over the bar for a point which was the start off a revival. Commercials substituted Shane Taylor with Conor Walsh. In the 46th minute Eoin Ryan of Kilsheelan kicked a long ball into the square with Tommy Ryan catching the break and giving Paul Nolan no chance with a pile driver to the back of the net. We then had a stoppage of three minutes for Michael Quinlivan who had to leave the field with a shoulder injury. His departure seemed to effect the pattern of play. The substitute was Richy Carroll and a fast free was taken by Ian Barnes to up running Kevin Harney. He took an opportunist point to leave the score Clonmel Commercials 0-13 Kilsheelan-Kilcash 1-3. Kilsheelan’s comeback commenced on the next attack when Adrian Walsh pounced on a break and kicked into the net for a well taken goal, Commercials immediately went down field and were awarded a free on the thirteen metre line and Ian Barnes made no mistake. Kilsheelan introduced Edward Sweeney for Conor Davin Murphy. Tommy Ryan pointed from play on the next attack to leave the score Commercials 0-14 Kilsheelan 2-4 as we entered the final three minutes of normal time. Commercials brought on Conor O’ Hara for Stephen Buckley as we entered injury time. Kilsheelan came with a late flurry of points from Jimmy Ryan, Bill Maher, and a Michael McHugh free all in injury time only to hear the final whistle come too soon as Commercials were hanging on to survive and take the honours by a single point over the hour just deserving victory by 0-14 to 2-7.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Paul Nolan, Fergal Condon, Ciaran O Connell, Donal Lynch, Shane Taylor 0-1, Kevin Harney 0-1, Barry Gibbons, Eamon Hanrahan, Aldo Matassa 0-2, Luke Moore 0-4, Danny Madigan, Stephen Buckley 0-1, Ian Barnes 0-2, Michael Quinlivan 0-1, and John Harney 0-2.
SUBS: Richy Carroll, Conor Walsh and Conor O’Hara,
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Tommy Ryan 1-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Ross Larkin, Adrian Walsh 1-0, Conor Davin Murphy, Bill Maher 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael McHugh 0-3.
SUBS: Mikey Halpin, Paul Denn and Edward Sweeney.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL
9/7/11: Having fought hard for a four point victory when the sides met in the Divisional championship, Kilsheelan Kilcash put down a marker from the start this time as they went on to a comprehensive victory over Clonmel Og in the sunshine at Clonmel Sportsfield.
The winners were much the better balanced side. They were on top in most sectors and in doing so eight of their players got on the scoreboard with four of these points coming from the half back line. In truth the winners could have had a higher tally. They often had the Clonmel side’s defence under pressure with their quick fire passes but were often wide of the target.
Despite having to line out without a number of players Clonmel Og were a disappointment. In the first half they played a two man full forward line. Listed at full forward Terry Kearns enjoyed plenty of possession outfield but his forwards lacked penetration to get scores on the board.
Kilsheelan had their opening score after fifteen seconds. John Roche won possession from the throw in and resulted in Tommy Ryan putting the ball over the bar. Clonmel Og drew level when Terry Kearns pointed a free. Last year’s Intermediate champions were now getting on top. Jimmy Ryan came up from defence and put his side ahead with a point. The opening goal came after seven minutes. Adrian Mc Guire made ground up the wing, following his delivery Adrian Walsh outfielded his marker and found the back of the net from close range. Moments later they had a chance of a further goal when Tommy Ryan blazed wide with the goal at his mercy. There was no score for eight minutes until Shane Kearney pointed for Clonmel Og. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, and another effort from Kearney left a goal between the sides after nineteen minutes. Donnacha Lonergan laid off to John Roche for a point. Moments later Roche was this time the provider for county minor Bill Maher to be on target. Fellow minor panellist Adrian Mc Guire raced up from defence to add his name to the scoresheet. Just before the interval Clonmel Og had a further point from Terry Kearns but the winners were well worth their interval lead of 1-6 to 0-4.
When play resumed Clonmel Og won a free and Terry Kearns pointed but that is as near as they ever got to gaining parity with the winners. Over the next twelve minutes Kilsheelan found their shooting boots and shot seven points without reply. On two occasions Michael Mc Hugh found the range from frees, Adrian Mc Guire stole up from defence to shoot an excellent point. They had further points from Tommy Ryan, Ross Larkin and Adrian Walsh while Willie Ryan picked out his brother Jimmy for a further point and after forty six minutes Kilsheelan had a stranglehold on the game as they led by 1-13 to 0-5.
Clonmel Og kept plugging away and had points from Terry Kearns and Shane Kearney. With three minutes remaining it looked like the winners were going to remain scoreless for the last quarter, however, they finished with a flourish. Sub Edward Sweeney was grounded in the “prohibitive area” and Adrian Walsh made no mistake from the penalty. With the game in injury time they had further points from Ross Larkin and Jimmy Ryan to run out emphatic winners by 2-15 to 0-7.
For Kilsheelan it’s still all to play for and in the next round they will meet Moyle Rovers while they are also through to the Semi Final of the divisional championship. On this occasion their best players were Jimmy and Willie Ryan, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher and Adrian Walsh.
For Clonmel Og they are now out of all championships but they still have to go down the treacherous road of relegation battle. They are well capable of playing better than this and should avoid the trap door. Their best players were Darragh and Shane Kearney, Christy Aylward, Johnny Cagney and Terry Kearns.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, William Larkin, Jimmy Ryan 0-2, Willie Ryan, Adrian Mc Guire 0-2, Tommy Ryan 0-3, Bill Maher 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-2, John Roche 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Donnacha Lonergan and Adrian Walsh 2-1.
SUBS: Johnny Cahill for William Larkin, Ian Coughlan for Donnacha Lonergan, Mikey Halpin for Pakie Larkin and Edward Sweeney for Michael Mc Hugh.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Madigan, Ian Purcell, Darragh Kearney, Conor Morrissey, Michael Condon, Noel Walsh, Christy Aylward, Johnny Cagney, Shane Kearney 0-3, Matthew Norris, Eoin Fallon, Malcolm O’Connor, Colm O’Connell, Terry Kearns 0-4 and Dean Kelleher.
SUBS: Brian Gentles for Colm O’Connell and Gavin Waters for Malcolm O’Connor.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)
26/8/11: In the opening ten minutes of this second round match in Clonmel, Kilsheelan-Kilcash gave as good as they got but after that the much more experienced Moyle Rovers side gradually got on top and the issue was decided long before the end.
Both sides fielded without a number of regulars. However, Moyle Rovers had the more notable absentees in Declan Browne and Brian Mulvihill but having a very strong panel they had players well capable of filling their boots. Their defence worked well as a unit and whenever they got possession they moved the ball quickly upfield. To add to their drive forward they always had someone on the overlap and this was instrumental in setting up many of their scores. In contrast Kilsheelan’s movements were too laboured and often promising attacks were spoiled by stray passes and the winners were quick to capitalise on this with devastating effect.
There were no scores in the opening six minutes but it was very much end to end stuff and defences were on top. The winners eventually made the breakthrough when Sean Carey pointed. Following the kickout John Roche was fouled and Michael Mc Hugh levelled from a free. Moyle Rovers again went a point up when Paul Shanahan did likewise. They were now gradually getting a grip on the game and the Kilsheelan defence were coming under ever increasing pressure. They went further ahead. Good approach work by Sean Keating earned himself a well taken point. Kilsheelan kept in touch when Adrian Walsh found the target with a point. The only goal of the game arrived in the thirteenth minute. The winners put a number of lightening passes together resulting in Peter Acheson laying off to Paul Shanahan who made no mistake from close range. Kilsheelan pulled a point back, when Tommy Ryan coming up from defence, sent over from over forty metres. For the remainder of the half, Rovers showed why they were carrying the firm favourites tag. Wing back David Mc Grath left his defensive role and sent over the bar. Another promising attack by Kilsheelan broke down and Liam Boland made them pay for it with a point. Paul Shanahan and Michael Mc Hugh went on to exchange pointed frees. David Mc Grath, again left his marker, and was on target with a point to give his side a commanding 1-8 to 0-4 lead at the interval.
When play resumed the winners went further ahead with a Sean Carey point. County minor panellist Adrian Mc Guire made his way up from defence and shot over the bar while Michael McHugh had a further point from a free. Sean Carey was causing lots of problems for the Kilsheelan defence with his roaming commission and his great pace once again got him into a scoring position with a point. Rovers went on to score a further three points without reply from Jack Lonergan, Peter Acheson and Sean Carey to leave them 1-14 to 0-6 ahead after forty six minutes. There was no score for the next seven minutes as both sides wasted chances until Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. The winners continued to find gaps in the Kilsheelan defence. Twice Sean Keating bore down on goal and it took two fine saves by goalkeeper Colm Sweeney to keep him at bay.
Jimmy Ryan had a further Kilsheelan point thus ensuring that all the half back line got on the score sheet. The game was now entering the closing stages. Liam Boland pointed a free for the winners and Michael Mc Hugh pointed for Kilsheelan, this time from play. Moments later Kilsheelan forced the game’s only ‘45 and Michael Mc Hugh obliged with a point. In injury time Paul Shanahan added to his total with another point to leave his side emphatic winners by 1-16 to 0-10.
Moyle Rovers now move on to the next round and will be formidable opponents for any side. They hardly had a weak link but their best players were: David Mc Grath, David Conway, Jack Lonergan, Peter Acheson, Paul Shanahan and Sean Carey.
For a Kilsheelan side, who have done remarkably well for their first year back in Senior ranks for a considerable time, their best players were: Colm Sweeney, Adrian Mc Guire, Tommy Ryan and Jimmy Ryan and Michael Mc Hugh for his free-taking ability.
MOYLE ROVERS: Ian Browne, Shane Heffernan, Richard Power, Alan Campbell, David Mc Grath 0-2, David Conway, Darragh Dwyer, Jack Lonergan 0-1, Niall Fitzgerald, Peter Acheson 0-1, John Shanahan, Sean Keating 0-2, Liam Boland 0-2, Paul Shanahan 1-4 and Sean Carey 0-4.
SUBS: Daniel Lyne for Niall Fitzgerald
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Bill Maher, Conor Davin Murphy, John Roche, Michael Halpin, Michael Mc Hugh 0-6, Adrian Walsh 0-1 and John Kehoe.
SUBS: Ross Larkin for Michael Halpin, Paul Denn for Conor Davin Murphy, Donnacha Lonergan for John Kehoe and Kevin Larkin for Adrian Mc Guire.
REFEREE: David Grogan (Aherlow)
5/7/11: Played at Ned Hall Park, Kilsheelan with the assistance of a number of Newcastle players, looked likely winners from an early stage and were full value for their eight point win in this opening round championship match.
Apart from the opening minutes the winners were much the better side. In defence County Minor player Bill Maher was outstanding and his positional sense and intelligent use of the ball was a major asset. Upfront Colin Gleeson created major problems when he got possession. The Carrick side lacked players of this calibre. Despite the promptings of midfielder Martin Griffin their attack never clicked as a unit but full forward Bill Barrett did lots of good work when moved outfield.
Ian Roche opened the scoring after three minutes for Swan with a point from a very difficult angle. The winner’s drew level with a point from a free by Colin Gleeson and the same player went on to add another two points. This was followed by further points by Tommy Sweeney and Colin Gleeson. Martin Griffin reduced the leeway with a point. Conor Davin Murphy, who had an excellent game, added another point. Martin Griffin again pointed for Swan. Up to this neither goal came under any great threat but this was all to change six minutes before half time. Dean Mulcahy got possession, went on a solo run and sent the ball to the corner of the net. This was followed by a point from the same player and at half time the winners led by 1-7 to 0-3.
When play resumed Colin Gleeson pointed a free from long distance while Bill Barrett replied for the Carrick side. Eight minutes into the half Kilsheelan added their second goal when Dean Mulcahy’s drive from near the sideline was touched to the net by sub Jamie Cronin. They continued to notch up the points this time from Tommy Sweeney and Colin Gleeson to lead by 2-10 to 0-4. After forty minutes the Swan had their first goal. The ball was cleared off the line a number of times before Ian Roche drove a ground shot to the net. Two minutes later Dale O’Mahony had a further goal following a mix up in the Kilsheelan goal area and Martin Griffin had a further pointed free to leave the score 2-10 to 2-5 and one wondered if a comeback was on the cards for the Carrick side.
Bill Maher, who put in a tremendous hour, was rewarded when he added a point. Bill Barrett went on to add the Swan’s final score. The winners finished exactly the way they started when Colin Gleeson was twice on the mark from frees and one from play as they went on to run out deserving winners by eight points on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-6.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Alex Harte, James Fitzpatrick, Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher 0-1, Adrian Mc Guire, David Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy 0-1, Tommy Sweeney 0-2, Diarmuid Devanney, Dean Mulcahy 1-1, Finbar Horgan, Colin Gleeson 0-9 and David Columby.
SUBS: Jamie Cronin 1-0 for Finbar Horgan, Brian Hyland for David Columby and Kevin Kirwan for Diarmuid Devanney.
CARRICK SWAN: Kieran Lonergan, Colin Waters, Sean Boland, Aaron O’Halloran, Paul Long, Colin Loughman, Dale O’Hanlon, Michael Loughman, Martin Griffin 0-3, Dale O’Mahony 1-0, Derek Hogan, Lee Wall, Evan Hogan, Bill Barrett 0-2 and Ian Roche 1-1.
SUBS: Sean Dunphy for Lee Wall and Michael Morrissey for Evan Hogan.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
12/7/11: In the battle of these two unbeaten sides, in this game at Monroe, it was St Mary’s who came out on top and on this showing they look like a side who will have a big say in the destination of this championship.
When Darren Cass put his side ahead after two minutes they never looked back and led by 0-3 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes. The Gaels went on to suffer a big blow when Adrian Mc Guire was red-carded. This quickly paid off for the winners when Christopher Walsh had their opening goal. Darren Cass added another and just before the interval Walsh had a further goal for the winners. All through the half the Gaels were playing catch up and were mainly dependant on Colin Gleeson for their scores from frees. The winners were the sharper side throughout the half and at the interval led by 3-6 to 0-5.
Early in the second half St Mary’s had two further points and looked set for an easy win. However, the Gaels, despite their numerical disadvantage, put in a much more spirited second half. Their attack enjoyed a fair share of possession but were unable to pierce the St Mary’s defence where Seamus Kennedy was outstanding. St Mary’s had their fourth goal from their outstanding full forward Christopher Walsh to lead by 4-10 to 0 1-9 after fifty four minutes. Bill Maher, who was playing his best hurling when moved further upfield, made a great run through the St Mary’s defence to score the best goal of the match. In the closing stages they continued to press but the town side remained in control and were worthy winners in the end by 4-10 to 1-9.
ST MARY’S: Keith Browne, Ciaran Brady, Brian Walsh, Eric Walsh, Sean Gunne, Seamus Kennedy 0-1, Sammy Ryan, Jason Lonergan 0-1, Michael Connolly 0-1, Dealga Roche, Liam Murchin, Darren Cass 1-3, Colman Kennedy 0-1, Christopher Walsh 3-3 and David Collins.
SUBS: Alex Purcell for Dealga Roche, Michael Quinlivan for Jason Lonergan and Jason Mullins for Colman Kennedy.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Alex Harte, James Fitzpatrick, Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher 1-0, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Tommy Sweeney 0-1, John Kehoe, Colin Gleeson 0-5 and Paudie O’Donovan.
SUBS: Jamie Cronin for Paudie O’Donovan, Diarmuid Devanney for Jamie Cronin and David Columby for Alex Harte.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
17/7/11: The old saying, a draw was a fair result, would best sum up this game at Fethard. The Gaels had to come from behind to draw level with virtually the last puck of this keenly contested match.
Brian Gleeson opened the scoring for Moyle Rovers with a pointed free. This was quickly cancelled out with a point by John Kehoe also from a free. Conor Acheson and Philip Quirke went on to put Moyle Rovers two points ahead. Colin Gleeson reduced the deficit with a point. Moyle Rovers again pulled two clear when Alex Owens pointed. Gleeson, who was impeccable from frees for Kilsheelan, had four points to put his side ahead for the first time. Brian Gleeson again levelled matters after twenty six minutes. One minute later the Gaels had their only goal when Conor Davin Murphy raced through to shoot to the net and this was followed by a further point from the same player. Moyle Rovers received a boost just before the interval when they had a goal. Donal Mc Grath dropped the ball into the goal area from half way and it went all the way to the net and at half time it was the Gaels who led by 1-7 to 1-6.
After the interval Moyle Rovers hit a purple patch when Alex Owens drove to the net. Donal Mc Grath went on to add a point and sub Conor Kenneally drove home another goal as Moyle Rovers went on to lead by 3-6 to 1-7. The Gaels pegged them back with points from Tommy Sweeney and Diarmuid Devanney. Brian Gleeson had a further point for Rovers in the forty second minute and this was to be their last score of the game. The Gaels were on top in the final quarter but found scores hard to come by. They reduced the lead to two points when Conor Davin Murphy and Diarmuid Devanney were on the mark. There was to be no further score for nine minutes when Bill Maher pointed from inside his own half to leave a point between the sides. Moyle Rovers can thank their full back Eoin O’Connor who was outstanding in keeping the Gaels at bay. As the game entered injury time the Gaels were awarded a sideline shot. In the meantime Moyle Rover’s Aidan Butler received a head injury and the game was held up for some time. When play resumed Diarmuid Devanney was entrusted with the shot and he put the ball between the posts for the equaliser and it ended 3-7 to 1-13.
Best for Moyle Rovers were Eoin O’Connor, Cathal Quigley, Philip Quirke, Conor Acheson, Brian Gleeson and Donal Mc Grath.
The Gael’s best players were David Corcoran, Bill Maher, John Kehoe, Tommy Sweeney, Diarmuid Devanney and Colin Gleeson for his free-taking.
MOYLE ROVERS: Shane Luttrell, Shane Norris, Eoin O’Connor, Aidan Butler, Christopher Mulcahy, Cathal Quigley, Michael Fox, Philip Quirke 0-1, Conor Acheson 0-1, Michael Delahunty, Craig Condon, Brian Gleeson 0-3, Alex Owens 1-1, Ross Mulcahy and Donal Mc Grath 1-1.
SUBS: Conor Kenneally 1-0 for Craig Condon and Padraig Keating for Aidan Butler.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Alex Harte, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Bill Maher 0-1, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe 0-1, Dean Mulcahy, Tommy Sweeney 0-1, Conor Davin Murphy 1-1, Diarmuid Devanney 0-3, Jamie Cronin, Colin Gleeson 0-6 and David Columby.
SUBS: Eoin Kehoe for David Columby, Brian Hyland for Colin Gleeson.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack (Fethard)
3/8/11: Trailing by five points with four minutes to go, Kilsheelan Gaels staged a dramatic comeback and in an exciting finish got the better of their opponents by a two point margin. This result means that both sides have reached the knockout stages of the championship.
Played at Cloneen under ideal conditions, this was one of the best games in the championship. Every ball was contested vigorously resulting in some fine passages of hurling. Some of the points scored were out of the top drawer and the sides were level on six occasions but it was the winner’s ability to score goals which was the decisive factor in the end.
Mullinahone were off the mark after one minute when Sean Walzer pointed. The Gaels Colin Gleeson atoned for an earlier miss when he pointed a free. Once again Mullinahone went ahead when Denis Connolly had a well taken point. Colin Gleeson pointed for Kilsheelan from long range. At this early stage Mullinahone were having the better of the exchanges. Bill Maher went back to corner back to mark his county colleague Cathal Horan and Maher, time and again, cleared the ball upfield. Denis Connolly, from a free, again put Mullinahone level. Colin Gleeson made a brilliant catch and again there was stalemate.
The opening goal came in the twelfth minute. Cathal Horan’s well struck shot was well saved by Kilsheelan goalkeeper Tadgh Lonergan but Miceal Dunne, following up, drove the ball to the net. Diarmuid Devanney reduced the lead for the Gaels with a point and his side went ahead one minute later when Alex Harte got possession and shot his side’s first goal. They were again on level terms when Cathal Horan pointed and Mullinahone went into a two point lead when Jack Shelly was twice on the mark from frees. Diarmuid Devanney reduced the leeway with a point. Jack Shelly, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Kilsheelan defence with his strong running, pointed for Mullinahone. The sides were level when Colin Gleeson did likewise from two frees. Just before the break Diarmuid O’Halloran put Mullinahone ahead with a point to leave his side leading by 1-8 to 1-7.
Mullinahone started the second half in very positive fashion. Eoin Fennelly increased their lead with a point. His side were then awarded a penalty but Denis Connolly’s drive was stopped for a ’65 by Tadgh Lonergan. Indeed, one could sense Kilsheelan were reasonably happy that his ’65 went over the bar. At this stage Kilsheelan were operating with an extra defender, but with a man short in attack, they had to cope with relentless pressure in defence and Tadgh Lonergan had to clear his lines a number of times. Eoin Fennelly was now a very influential midfielder. Cathal Horan and Denis Connolly, from a free, increased Mullinahone’s leads to five points and they looked well in control.
The Gaels had not scored since the twenty ninth minute and eighteen minutes later Diarmuid Devanney reduced the deficit with a point. One minute later they were right back in the game. Conor Davin Murphy dropped a ball into the Mullinahone goalmouth and Alex Harte timed his run to perfection to deflect the ball to the net from close range. Both sides upped the tempo while the vocal support did likewise. Diarmuid Devanney and Alex Harte had points for the winners to leave the score 1-13 to 2-10. Mullinahone looked like weathering the storm when Jack Shelly pointed two frees. The Gaels again attacked. Alex Harte was fouled close to goal and from the resultant free Colin Gleeson drove the ball just inside the near post to put his side one point ahead. The winners now had the initiative and there was no way they were going to be stopped and Tommy Sweeney had another point to close the scoring in what was a most entertaining match with his side winning by 3-11 to 1-15.
Best for Kilsheelan were Tadgh Lonergan, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Bill Maher, Diarmuid Devanney, Colin Gleeson and Alex Harte for their scoring ability.
For a gallant Mullinahone side there best players were George Browning, Sean Walzer, Gary Cronin, Eoin Fennelly, Jack Shelly, Denis Connolly and Cathal Horan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Eoin Kehoe, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Bill Maher, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Dean Mulcahy, Tommy Sweeney 0-1, Diarmuid Devanney 0-4, Brian Hyland, Conor Davin Murphy, Colin Gleeson 1-5 and Alex Harte 2-1.
SUBS: Paul Maher for Brian Hyland and Kevin Kirwan for James Fitzpatrick.
MULLINAHONE: Ritchie Walsh, Conor Vaughan, George Browning, Niall Kennedy, Sean Walzer, Gary Cronin, Luke Mullally, Eoin Fennelly 0-1, Diarmuid O’Halloran 0-1, Jack Shelly 0-6, Jack Mc Carthy, Denis Connolly 0-5, Miceal Dunne 1-0, Keith Guiry and Cathal Horan 0-2.
Paddy Ivors: (Ballingarry)
7/8/11: On a Sunday morning 10 o’clock clash at Monroe, Ballingarry pushed the Gaels all the way and it was only in the closing stages they pulled away for a rather flattering eight point win.
For Ballingarry Sean Doheny was easily their best player and he had the opening score with a point. Some minutes later the Gaels took the lead, following a goalmouth tussle, Colin Gleeson sent the ball to the net. Centre forward Diarmuid Devanney was outstanding for the Gaels and over the next twenty minutes he pointed on four occasions while Sean Doheny, from frees, kept Ballingarry in touch. Bill Maher extended the winners lead to four points when he sent over. Nine minutes before Ballingarry had their opening goal. The Gaels defence failed to deal with a Sean Maher delivery and Niall Walsh made no mistake. Devanney and Gleeson again extended the winners lead with points. Just before the interval, a long range Ger Fennelly shot, went all the way to the net and at half time the score was Kilsheelan Gaels 1-7 Ballingarry 2-4.
The tit for tat continued early in the second half with Gleeson and Doheny on the mark from frees and from play while the winners also recorded five wides in quick succession. Despite losing Eoin Kehoe and Kevin Larkin through injury the winners had further points from Bill Maher and Conor Davin Murphy. The decisive score came with five minutes to go when Colin Gleeson deceived the Ballingarry goalkeeper for a rather fortuitous goal. Despite the best efforts of Sean Doheny who scored eight points it was the winners who had the final say with a further Colin Gleeson point. The winners can be grateful to the latter for his 2-8 total as they now march on to the Semi Finals on a scoreline of 2-16 to 2-8.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Eoin Kehoe, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Bill Maher 0-2, Tommy Sweeney, Diarmuid Devanney 0-4, David Columby, Paul Maher, Colin Gleeson 2-8 and Alex Harte.
SUBS: John Smyth for James Fitzpatrick, Paudie O’Donovan for Eoin Kehoe and Finbar Horgan for Kevin Larkin.
BALLINGARRY: Paul Butler, William Ryan, Conor Maher, Eamon Butler, Andrew Molloy, Ricky Cashin, Kevin Pollard, Sean Maher, Ger Fennelly 1-0, John Pollard, Sean Doheny 0-8, Niall Walsh 1-0, Eamon Tuohy, Ciaran Hayes and Shane Cleere.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack (Fethard).
3/9/11: An outstanding first half display by Kilsheelan Gaels laid the foundations in their victory over St Mary’s in this Semi Final match at Monroe. When those sides met in the group stages the Clonmel side won by a twelve point margin and this time round they were entitled to the favourites tag. However, on this occasion it did not turn out that way.
From the outset the “Gaels” were the better side. Their defence hardly had a weak link with Conor Davin Murphy and Kevin Larkin leading the way. In the centre of the field Dean Mulcahy had a brilliant first half and contributed four points from play while upfront County panellist Bill Maher was the best of an attack that was always a threat.
St Mary’s may have gone into this game with a degree of over confidence and possibly underestimated the challenge that lay ahead of them. The scoreline was somewhat flattering with an element of luck about both the winner’s goals. Seamus Kennedy was easily the best in defence but got little support from those around him. Their attack never got into the game and this can be best exemplified by the fact that they failed to score from play over the hour.
There was no score in the opening seven minutes. The winners opened their account when Conor Davin Murphy laid off to Dean Mulcahy and he sent over the bar. The lead was doubled when Colin Gleeson was on the mark, from a free. The winners received a blow when the latter had to leave the field with a leg injury. They had their first goal in the twelfth minute when Diarmuid Devanney’s shot came back off the upright and Brian Hyland was on hand to drive home the rebound. On minute later St Mary’s were off the mark with a pointed Darren Cass free. The “Gaels” went further ahead with a Bill Maher point while Dean Mulcahy raced past a number of defenders for a further point. Mulcahy was again on target, this time from a Bill Maher pass. Seamus Kennedy made a determined run upfield and showed the forwards the way with a point for St Mary’s. The same player was again on the mark from a free, far out and close to the sideline to leave the score 1-5 to 0-3 to the winners after nineteen minutes. During this half the winners defence soaked up quite a bit of pressure and Tadgh Lonergan the Kilsheelan goalkeeper did well to keep his line intact.
There was no let up and the “Gaels” had further points from a Bill Maher free, Dean Mulcahy and Diarmuid Devanney. After twenty five minutes they led by 1-8 to 0-3 and that’s the way it remained at half time.
St Mary’s needed a good start to the second half but it never looked like materialising. Darren Cass obliged with a point from a free. John Kehoe added a pointed free. Minutes later the same player had a long distance free blocked out by the St Mary’s defence but Diarmuid Devanney reacted quickest to drive the ball to the net. Kehoe again pointed to leave his side 2-10 to 0-4. By now the game had lost a lot of its fluency. Seamus Kennedy was switched from defence to attack but it was to no avail. Most of the play was in the winner’s half of the field which became somewhat overcrowded and St Mary’s could not pierce it. Jason Lonergan had his side’s last point after fifty one minutes. The winners remained in control as the game petered out. Tommy Sweeney was on the mark with a point while sub Kevin Kirwan earned his call with a point from a very acute angle to run out winners by 2-12 to 0-5.
Kilsheelan go on to meet Mullinahone in the Final. When the side’s met in the group stages it produced the best match of the championship and a great Final looks to be in prospect.
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Kevin Larkin, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy, Paul Maher, John Kehoe 0-2, Dean Mulcahy 0-4, Tommy Sweeney 0-1, Diarmuid Devanney 1-1, Bill Maher 0-2, Brian Hyland 1-0, Colin Gleeson 0-1 and Alex Harte.
SUBS: Kevin Kirwan 0-1 for Colin Gleeson, David Smyth for Alex Harte and David Columby for Dean Mulcahy.
ST MARY’S: Keith Browne, Eric Walsh, Brian Walsh, Dalga Roche, Sean Gunne, Seamus Kennedy 0-2, Sam Ryan, Jason Lonergan 0-1, Colman Kennedy, Michael Connolly, Liam Murchin, Darren Cass 0-2, Padraig Looram, Christopher Walsh and Cathal Mc Keever.
SUBS: David Collins for Michael Connolly and Shane Flynn for Padraig Looram.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
15/10/11: Having taken their one and only title in 1996, Mullinahone from an early stage, looked like making it No 2 in the Chadwicks sponsored Final at Carrick. In the group stages the “Gaels” emerged narrow winners but on this occasion Mullinahone showed fierce determination to avenge this defeat. This eagerly awaited contest brought a good sized attendance but the one sided nature of the game proved a disappointment.
From the outset the winners were much the sharper side. They were yards faster to the ball. They also showed some great teamwork. Whenever one of them was under pressure they were always able to find an unmarked team-mate to good effect. Eoin Fennelly, who started in defence, reverted to his centre field position and along with Jack Shelley and Denis Connolly caused all sorts of problems when running at the Kilsheelan defence. However despite the incessant pressure, to their credit the loser’s defence only conceded 2-6 over the hour. In this area Kevin Guiry, David Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy and Paul Maher excelled. The “Gaels” biggest problem was upfront where Mullinahone defence dominated led by George Browning and Gary Cronin. Diarmuid Devanney and Bill Maher were best, with the latter outstanding in the second half when he moved back to defence.
The winners were off the mark after two minutes when Eoin Fennelly pointed. They then went on to miss a couple of frees. Their opening goal came after nine minutes. Jack Shelley when nothing looked to be on, made a determined drive through the Kilsheelan defence and goaled, with a low drive, from about twenty metres. Cathal Horan took over the free taking duties and he duly pointed. Whenever the “Gaels” did get the ball up to their attack they made little impression and their opening score was a point, from a free, by Colin Gleeson. The rain poured down at this stage and made conditions very greasy but the winners were unperturbed by this and had further points from Cathal Horan, from a free, Michael Dunne and Cathal Horan again from a free to lead by 1-6 to 0-2. Just before the break the Kilsheelan defence was again opened up and Cathal Horan’s shot brought a fine save from Kilsheelan goalkeeper Tadgh Lonergan.
When play resumed the losers had made wholesale positional changes. The attack got plenty of possession but had a number of wides when scores were there for the taking. Again, the winners showed the way with a Jack Shelley point. John Kehoe had the “Gaels” first score from play after forty seven minutes. Despite enjoying a good share of possession they never looked remotely like overhauling the winners. They had some promising attacks but were often pressurised into mistakes and chances went abegging. Cathal Horan pointed from play for Mullinahone while John Kehoe did likewise for the “Gaels”, this time from a free. Mullinahone’s second goal came after forty nine minutes. Jack Mc Carthy dispossessed a Kilsheelan defender, crossed the ball to the unmarked Michael Dunne and he found the back of the net from close range. The hard battling Diarmuid Devaney had the “Gaels” final point. Nothing was going right for Kilsheelan and frustrations were further exasperated when Adrian Mc Guire was red-carded in the closing minutes. David Walzer and Cathal Horan had further points for Mullinahone while the “Gaels” had the last score of the game with a John Kehoe point but it was Mullinahone who ran out deserving winners ona scoreline of 2-10 to 0-6.
After the match, and for the second week in succession, Chairman of the Board Dick Egan had the pleasure of presenting the cup to a fellow club man Gary Cronin.
MULLINAHONE: Richard Walsh, Niall Kennedy, George Browning, James Phelan, David Walzer 0-1, Eoin Fennelly 0-1, Gary Cronin, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Sean Walzer, Denis Connolly, Cathal Horan 0-5, Jack Shelley 1-2, Michael Dunne 1-1, Jack M Carthy and Luke Mullally.
SUBS: Gerard Horan for Luke Mullally
KILSHEELAN GAELS: Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, David Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy, Paul Maher, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe 0-3, Dean Mulcahy, Tommy Sweeney (N), Diarmuid Devanney (N) 0-1, Bill Maher, Alex Harte, Colin Gleeson 0-2 and Brian Hyland (N).
SUBS: Kevin Kirwan for Alex Harte and David Smyth for Colin Gleeson.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
25/6/11: Ten points in arrears with fourteen minutes to go Kilsheelan Kilcash stepped up several gears to overcome Clonmel Og and go on to win by two points in this match at Monroe. In the opening half the Clonmel side, led by midfielders Darragh Kearney and Colm O’Connell, ensured the attack saw plenty of the ball and their side were more adept at taking their chances. In the second half they continued to have the upper hand and looked to be well on their way to victory, however, all was to change when the winners took control for an exciting finish.
Clonmel Og had first use of a slight wind and quickly stamped their authority on the game. They opened with points from Darragh Kearney and a Dean Kelleher ’65. Colin Gleeson got Kilsheelan off the mark with a point after eleven minutes but it was Clonmel Og who stretched their lead with a further two points from Darragh Kearney. Kilsheelan followed with their opening goal when Johnny Ormonde sent a ground shot to the net after good work by Bill Maher. Clonmel Og were much the better side for the remainder of the half. They had two points from long distance frees by Dean Kelleher. The long threatened goal came when Aaron Barry drove to the net and he also added a point. Further pressure yielded a penalty and Matt Norris made no mistake with a hard drive to rattle the net. In the closing stages John Kehoe pointed for Kilsheelan and Colin Gleeson was also on the mark and at half time Clonmel Og were well worth their 2-8 to 1-3 lead.
On the restart Colin Gleeson reduced the leeway with a point. Darragh Kearney went on to make a great drive through the Kilsheelan defence only to see his shot come back off the upright and sub Michael Lynch was in the right place to dispatch the rebound for his side’s third goal. The two Dean’s Mulcahy and Kelleher went on to exchange points. A further Aaron Barry point left Clonmel Og leading by 3-10 to 1-6 after forty six minutes. Conor Davin Murphy replied with a point for Kilsheelan. The winners had a further goal when Bill Maher made his way in from the end-line and drove to the net from an acute angle. Spurred on by this goal Kilsheelan responded in positive fashion. Their half back line and midfield were now winning the duels and the Clonmel defence was coming under increasing pressure. Dean Kelleher had a point for Clonmel Og which was to prove to be their last score. Donnacha Lonergan sent a high ball into the goal area, Colin Gleeson got a touch for a goal and there was just five points between the sides after fifty one minutes. Sensing victory the winners continued to press forward. Gleeson continued his purple patch with a pointed ’65 and moments later he had a further goal and Clonmel Og were clinging on to a one point lead. Conor Davin Murphy put the side’s level. John Kehoe, from a free, put Kilsheelan ahead for the first time and as the game entered injury time the same player was again on the mark from a placed ball to leave his side narrow winners in an exciting finish on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-11.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Alex Harte, Kevin O’Donovan, David Corcoran, Miceal Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, Shane Columby, Donnacha Lonergan, David Columby, Adrian Mc Guire, John Kehoe 0-3, Conor Davin Murphy 0-2, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, John Ormonde 1-0, Colin Gleeson 2-4 and Bill Maher 1-0.
CLONMEL OG: James Burke, Patrick Power, Marc Ahearne, John O’Brien, Eric Smith, Dean Horton, Declan Bennett, Darragh Kearney 0-3, Colm O’Connell, Matt Norris 1-0, Tony Cantwell, Dean Kelleher 0-5, Aaron Barry 1-3, Cian Hogan and Shane Fehilly.
SUBS: Michael Lynch 1-0 for John O’Brien
REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)
31/10/11: Played at Cahir, the quarter final match was never in doubt from an early stage as Kilsheelan were no match for an impressive Skeheenarinky side who now march on to the Semi Final where they will meet St Patricks. Underfoot conditions for the game were very poor and the rain fell incessantly throughout the first half thus making it very unpleasant for the participants.
The winners were on top from the start. Conor Sweeney and John Martin were very much on top in the middle of the field thus ensuring their forwards had a plentiful supply of the ball. In this area Tommy and Mikey Sweeney were most prominent. Physiologically they were better prepared for the contest. Seven of their players had lined out in four matches in their very successful minor championship campaign in recent weeks which ensured they were more focussed and more up for the task that faced them.
For a disappointing Kilsheelan side, who had to start without a number of players and the group last got together four months ago when they won their first round tie. While most of them would have been playing other grades they lacked the togetherness that the winners had.
Kilsheelan had the opening point, after two minutes, from David Columby. After missing a number of frees Conor Sweeney put his side level. Minutes later they had their opening goal when a Glen Walsh delivery resulted in Danny Barrett driving a ground shot to the net. This followed with a succession of points by Shane Lynch, Micky and Tommy Sweeney. Kilsheelan were making very little headway in defence where Seamus Callinan, John O’Callaghan and Liam Mc Eniry led the way. Kilsheelan had to wait until the twenty second minute for their next score when Bill Maher, easily his side’s best attacker despite carrying an injury, pointed. The winners tacked on further points. Coming up to half time Kilsheelan were awarded a close in free. The quick thinking Bill Maher ceased the opportunity to drive the ball through a static Skeheen defence and at the interval the winners led by 1-8 to 1-2.
When play resumed any chance of a Kilsheelan comeback evaporated within twenty seconds when Mikey Sweeney had his side’s second goal. They continued well on top despite the best efforts of Kevin Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan and David Corcoran in the Kilsheelan defence. The outstanding Tommy Sweeney added a number of points while Glen Walsh, Mikey Sweeney and Anthony Crotty also added to their total. For a disappointing Kilsheelan side their only second half scores came from John Kehoe and sub Colin Gleeson.
SKEHEENARINKY: Jack English, Kevin Carey, Seamus Callinan, Eoin Morrissey, John O’Callaghan, Liam Mc Eniry, Michael O’Neill, Conor Sweeney 0-3, John Martin, Shane Lynch 0-1, Glen Walsh 0-2, Tommy Sweeney 0-5, Mikey Sweeney 1-3, Danny Barrett 1-0 and Anthony Crotty 0-2.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Alex Harte, John Ormonde, David Corcoran, Kevin O’Donovan, Kevin Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan, Miceal Corcoran, Conor Davin Murphy, Shane Columby, David Columby 0-1, Donnchadh Corcoran, Ruairi Doyle, Bill Maher 1-1, John Kehoe 0-2 and Declan Cashman.
SUBS: Colin Gleeson 0-1.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
JUNIOR “A” HURLING
It was decided not to enter a team in the County League and instead arranged a number of challenge matches at appropriate times. Our team were invited into a Tournament at Clonea Power. The sponsors were Suir Tyre Centre and the prize was a set of jerseys to the winners.
9/4/11: Recorded a 2-18 to 2-15 victory over Dungarvan.
14/5/11: In the first round it was back to Clonea to take on Butlerstown in the Semi Final. Kilsheelan-Kilcash started with wind advantage but it was the Waterford side who had the better start as they had a goal in the opening minutes. Kilsheelan went on to add a number of points. They were then awarded a close in free. John Kehoe elected to go for goal and he managed to breach the Butlerstown goal line. Following this boost Kilsheelan went on to play some excellent hurling and their use of the hand pass proved to be very effective. Tommy Ryan was outstanding when running at the Butlerstown defence. Late in the half Kilsheelan had a further goal when Colm Sweeney drove a ground shot to the back of the net. At half time it was looking good for Kilsheelan as they led by 2-9 to 1-4.
On the restart Butlerstown stepped up the pace. The Kilsheelan defence were under constant pressure and they began to concede scores. Eleven minutes into the half Butlerstown had a further goal and it wasn’t looking good for Kilsheelan as they held a two point lead. However, they began to enjoy a greater share of possession and this took the pressure off the defence. Going into injury time they held a two point lead, Butlerstown bombarded Kilsheelan as they went in search of the illusive goal. Kilsheelan defence held firm and after three minutes of injury time they were relieved to hear the full time whistle as they won by 2-12 to 2-11.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Johnny Cahill, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, Senan O’Halloran, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Colm Sweeney 1-1, Tommy Ryan 0-3, Pakie Larkin 0-1, John Kehoe 1-5, Fintan O’Shea 0-1 and Edward Sweeney.
SUBS: John Noonan for Edward Sweeney, Donnacha Lonergan for Colm Sweeney and Niall Cloona for Senan O’Halloran.
3/6/11: In a match that looked to be slipping from their grasp, two goals by Kilsheelan midway through the second half was to be the decisive factor in their four point win in the Clonea Junior Hurling Tournament Final in Cloneapower. In doing so they took home their first silverware of the year and also a set of jerseys provided by the sponsors Suir Tyre Centre.
As these two clubs are some 40 miles apart and in two different counties, it’s hardly surprising that they have never crossed paths before. Credit to the local Club who provided top class facilities for this encounter, in a wonderful setting on a lovely summers evening. While one could say the hurling was not out of the top drawer, nevertheless, it proved an interesting tussle all through.
Kilsheelan got off to a fine start when they had points from John Roche and Fintan O’Shea. Ballysaggart came more and more into the game. They had points from Kenneth Cashel and a Tom Landers effort, from a free. They took the lead for the first time in the eight minute when Barry Murphy was on the mark from a free sixty five metres out. Moments later Kilsheelan had a goal chance but John Kehoe’s shot brought a great save from Ballysaggart’s goalkeeper Mattie Maher. Kilsheelan went on to enjoy a fair share of possession but unfortunately for them their first touch often left them down. They were on level terms after fourteen minutes when Pakie Larkin put John Kehoe through for a point. In their next attack John Kehoe was the provider when he passed to Tommy Ryan to put Kilsheelan 0-4 to 0-3 ahead after seventeen minutes. Moments later Tommy Ryan again sent over the bar for the winners. Tom Landers was off target for Ballysaggart but he quickly made amends with a point. In the twenty eight minute Kilsheelan’s lead was extended with a point from Pakie Larkin and a further point from a John Roche ’65 left them leading at the interval by 0-7 to 0-4 in a match where goal chances were few and far between.
When play resumed Ballysaggart looked to be much the better side. Their best forward Kenneth Cashel was now operating in the half forward line to good effect. Ronan Walsh reduced the leeway with a point and after thirty eight minutes they were on level terms when Kenneth Cashel pointed twice. Again Kilsheelan’s attack had chances but a lack of penetration in this area was evident. Ballysaggart went ahead for the second time in the game when Kenneth Cashel sent over the bar.
All was to change after forty four minutes when Kilsheelan’s Colm Sweeney bearing down on goal was fouled and his side were awarded a penalty. John Roche’s shot for goal was blocked out and Pakie Larkin, who was now operating in the full forward line, reacted quickest to drive a ground shot to the net. Inspired by this boost Kilsheelan stepped up several notches. The defence tightened up and they began to get a grip at centre field also where Eoin Ryan was very prominent. They increased their lead further with a John Roche point. They were very much in the deriving seat with five minutes left to play when good work by Tommy Ryan resulted in a further goal by Pakie Larkin. With time running out Kilsheelan looked to be well in control but in these closing stages they still had a lot of defending to do. Kenneth Cashel got possession around the half way line and his speculative shot eluded backs and forwards to go all the way to the net. Ballysaggart went on to add a further point courtesy of Eugene O’Brien and one wondered if they were going to pull the game out of the fire. However, it was not to be. A well directed clearance by Senan O’Halloran went to the now rampant Tommy Ryan and he made no mistake to leave his side four point winners by 2-10 to 1-9.
For Ballysaggart, despite losing the game, it was a unique occasion for the Maher family as seventeen year old Darren operated in the half forward line and during the course of the game his father aged 42 entered the fray
After the match Tommy Ryan was presented with the trophy by the sponsoring Club much to the delight of his teammates and loyal supporters.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Johnny Cahill, Senan O’Halloran, Shane Prendergast, Donnacha Lonergan, Eoin Ryan, Pakie Larkin 2-1, Colm Sweeney, Tommy Ryan 0-4, John Roche 0-3, John Kehoe 0-1, Fintan O’Shea 0-1 and Edward Sweeney.
SUB: Dan O’Connor for Edward Sweeney
BALLYSAGGART: Mattie Maher, Kevin Murphy, Brian Walsh, Michael Kearney, Kieran Fennessy, Barry Murphy 0-1, Robert Ryan, Eugene O’Brien 0-1, Tom Landers 0-2, Darren Maher, Ronan Walsh 0-1, Richard Whelan, Kieran Bennett, Fergal Maher and Kenneth Cashel 1-4.
SUBS: Adrian Maher for Richard Whelan and Seamus Kearney for Kieran Bennett.
REFEREE: Robbie Dunne (St Mollerans)
20/5/11: In the opening round of the championship, scores were close throughout, but it was Kilsheelan-Kilcash who ended winners by the minimum, over last year’s beaten finalists, Ballylooby at Goatenbridge.
Bryan Fitzgerald opened the scoring for Ballylooby when he pointed after two minutes. The winners had a number of wides before John Roche put the side’s level. Kilsheelan were having difficulty coping with full forward Fitzgerald. After six minutes he careered through their defence and shot to the net. His side went further ahead when Luke Murphy was on the mark to put them four points clear. For the remainder of the half it was very much score for score. John Kehoe reduced the leeway with a point from a free. Kilsheelan went on a further attack but a pass was intercepted by Johnny Cooney and he sent over the bar for Ballylooby. Bryan Fitzgerald stretched his side’s lead with a further point. John Kehoe’s excellent free-taking was keeping Kilsheelan in the game as he pointed another. There was no score for nine minutes until John Kehoe sent over the bar from a free. Kilsheelan had a number of wides but it was Ballylooby who were next to score courtesy of John Whelan, from a free. Again John Kehoe had a pointed free and at the interval it was Ballylooby who led by 1-5 to 0-5.
When play resumed the winners got a grip on the game. They shot three wides in quick succession before John Kehoe broke the sequence from a free. The lead was down to the minimum when Fintan O’Shea found the unmarked Pakie Larkin who sent over the bar. Bryan Fitzgerald added a point for Ballylooby and once again this was cancelled out with a John Kehoe effort, from a free.
The decisive score came in the thirty ninth minute when the winners hit the front for the first time. Fintan O’Shea picked up a breaking ball and shot a goal from close range. Ballylooby kept in touch when Bryan Fitzgerald sent over the bar. Pakie Larkin, from inside his own half, once again put Kilsheelan two points in the ascendancy. The winners looked the better side at this stage and looked the more likely to succeed. However, Ballylooby had other ideas. John Whelan shot a fine point from close to the sideline to leave the score 1-9 to 1-8 with thirteen minutes remaining. Moments later they were on level terms when Johnny Cooney laid off to Luke Murphy who sent over the bar. The winners again edged in front when John Roche pointed a free from half way. Kilsheelan introduced County Minor player Bill Maher at the interval, and he made his presence felt when he pointed from an acute angle. Ballylooby should have reduced the arrears but missed an easy free. Johnny Cooney again put the minimum between the sides in the fifty sixth minute. In the closing stages Ballylooby were awarded a long distance free. As the ball was played into the goalmouth the Kilsheelan defence had to defend heroically to preserve their lead and when the ball was cleared outfield Willie Barrett brought the game to a conclusion on 1-11 to 1-10.
Best for Kilsheelan were Johnny Cahill, Willie Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin and John Kehoe for his free-taking.
Ballylooby were best served by Kieran O’Donnell, Jamie Myles, Johnny Cooney who was the best midfielder on view, John Whelan and Bryan Fitzgerald.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Johnny Cahill, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, Senan O’Halloran, Eoin Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-2, John Kehoe 0-6, Fintan O’Shea 1-0 and John Roche 0-2.
SUBS: Bill Maher 0-1 for Colm Sweeney and Donnacha Lonergan for Senan O’Halloran.
BALLYLOOBY-CASTLEGRACE: Alan Kennedy, Paul Darcy, Kieran O’Donnell, Stephen Morgan, Colm Flynn, Jamie Myles, Ger Beary, Luke Murphy 0-2, Johnny Cooney 0-2, Ronan O’ Dwyer, Pat Morrissey, John Whelan 0-2, Danny Morgan, Bryan Fitzgerald 1-4 and Eamon Ryan.
SUBS: Derek Coffey for Eamon Ryan and Martin Burke for Luke Murphy.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
11/6/11: In this top of the table clash at Monroe, Kilsheelan had a rather flattering nine point victory over last year’s South champions and Munster finalists St Patricks and in doing so they look likely to reach the knockout stages.
Underfoot conditions were excellent despite the heavy rain throughout the day. This was a rather lack lustre game with both sides guilty of some poor shooting. However, the winners will not mind. They were the more adept at taking their chances and over the hour shot 1-7 from play. St Pats never reached the lofty heights that they achieved last year. Their normally reliable freetaker Tony O Brien was off the mark on a number of occasions. However, he cannot be held culpable for this defeat. Their attack got plenty of possession over the hour but failed to raise a flag from play.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring after ninety seconds when John Kehoe pointed. St Pats were on top for a short while but it was Kilsheelan who stretched their lead with a John Kehoe point from a free.
Tommy Ryan added a further point from halfway to put them three points up after thirteen minutes. Liam Brett went on to make a determined drive through the Kilsheelan defence but his shot brought a brilliant save from Kilsheelan goalkeeper Ian Coughlan resulting in a ’65 which Tony O’Brien shot wide. St Patricks got off the mark after sixteen minutes when Dermot Molloy put midfielder Shane Gorey through for a point. Two minutes later Gorey was again on the mark from play. The winners again extended their lead with a Fintan O’Shea point. This was cancelled out by a pointed free from Tony O’Brien. Kilsheelan had the better of the closing stages. Again John Kehoe pointed a free while John Roche did likewise from a ’65 close to the sideline and at half time it was the blue and gold side who led by 0-6 to 0-3.
When play resumed Fintan O’Shea stretched the winners lead with a further point. John Kehoe went on to gain possession but while under pressure, he shot an excellent point from over his shoulder. St Pats continued to be off target from frees. Nicky Kearney took over this duty and he was on the mark twice in quick succession. This was to be his side’s last score until the closing stages. Pakie Larkin added to their woes with a further point. St Pat’s goalkeeper Johnny Moroney, under great pressure, was forced to over carry and John Kehoe pointed the resultant free. Kehoe was again on the mark when he took a pass from Fintan O’Shea to send over the bar to leave his side 0-11 to 0-5 after forty four minutes. The winners looked to be well on the way to victory at this stage. Their defence remained solid against a St Pats side that showed little penetration in this area. With six minutes left to play the game looked like remaining goalless. However, this was all to change when Tommy Ryan gathered the ball close to the sideline, sent it across the goal, where John Kehoe drove to the net from close range. Kehoe who could feel very happy with his 1-6 tally added a further point from a free. With time nearly up, wing back Eoin Mc Cormack, had the final score of the match when he pointed a free to leave the score 1-12 to 0-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Senan O’Halloran, Willie Ryan, Donnacha Lonergan, Bill Maher, Eoin Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1, John Roche 0-2, John Kehoe 1-6, Fintan O’Shea 0-2 and Colm Sweeney.
SUBS: Dan O’Connor for Colm Sweeney, Shane Columby for Donnacha Lonergan and Niall Cloona for John Roche
ST PATRICKS: John Moroney, Richie Needham, Colm Dunne, Darren Meagher, Jason Hayes, Conor Barry, Eoin Mc Cormack 0-1, Shane Gorey 0-2, Pat Moroney, Dermot Molloy, Liam Brett, Neil Gleeson, Damien Barry, Tony O’Brien 0-1 and Nicky Kearney 0-2.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
3/7/11: In a rather lack lustre match at Cloneen, Kilsheelan-Kilcash had a flattering eight point win over Carrick Swan and it was only in the closing stages that they pulled away.
Kilsheelan are assured of reaching the knockout stages. Fielding against what was Swan’s second string side, they made heavy work of shaking off their opponents. Only for Ian Coughlan in goal, their unbeaten record would surely have come to an end. Time and again he was called on to save what looked like certain goals.
The Carrick side put in a very determined effort and on a number of occasions they worked their way back into contention and it was only in the final ten minutes that they lost touch.
Kilsheelan applied the early pressure and John Roche was on the mark twice from ‘65s. Swan had to wait until the eight minute for their opening score when Darren Murphy obliged. Kilsheelan stretched their lead with points from Edward Sweeney and John Roche. Jamie Kennedy pegged Kilsheelan back when he pointed for Swan. Kilsheelan hit three points in a row. Tommy Ryan had two of them, one after an excellent solo run, and another from Colm Sweeney to leave his side 0-7 to 0-2 after fourteen minutes. Swan were enjoying plenty of possession around the middle of the field and they had points by Dean Murphy, from out near the sideline, Darren Waters and Ray Dunne from a free and it took a brilliant save by Coughlan in the Kilsheelan goal to prevent them from going ahead.The winners, who had not scored for sometime, rectified this with two points by Senan O’Halloran and at half time they led by 0-9 to 0-5.
When play resumed Colm Sweeney and Tommy Ryan had points for the winners. Swan then went on to hit a purple patch. They had two points from Ray Dunne, one from a free and one from an acute angle. Barry Walsh and Michael Loughman, from half way, added a further brace. They finally breached the Kilsheelan defence after forty two minutes when Daryl Whitty hit a speculative shot from near the sideline and the ball went all the way to the net to put his side ahead for the first time. One wondered now if a surprise was on the cards. Pakie Larkin put the side’s level with a point. Again Swan hit the front with points from Darren Murphy and Martin Griffin to lead by 1-11 to 0-12 with eleven minutes remaining. Kilsheelan introduced Padraic Hickey and he obliged with a point. Minutes later they again hit the front. Willie Ryan dropped a free into the goal area and Pakie Larkin got the vital touch to put the ball in the net. It was all Kilsheelan now. They had further points from Willie Ryan, from a ’65, Padraic Hickey and John Roche. The Carrick side were now pushing forward and were leaving gaps in the defence. John Roche raced through and unselfishly laid off to Pakie Larkin for his side’s second goal. In the game’s final attack Swan were awarded a close in free but Darren Whitty’s effort for a goal was blocked to leave his side losers by 2-16 to 1-11.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Willie Ryan 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Senan O’Halloran 0-2, Pakie Larkin 2-1, Tommy Ryan 0-3, John Roche 0-4, Colm Sweeney 0-2, Fintan O’Shea and Edward Sweeney 0-1.
SUBS: Ross Larkin for Fintan O’Shea and Padraic Hickey 0-2 for Naoise O’Cuinneagain.
CARRICK SWAN: Derek Reade, John Joe Ryan, James Barrett, Joe Ivors, Daryl Whitty 1-0, James Waters, Aaron Harrigan, Dean Murphy 0-3, Michael Loughman 0-1, Martin Griffin 0-1, Darren Waters 0-1, Barry Walsh 0-1, Ray Dunne 0-3, Damien Mc Carthy and Jamie Kennedy 0-1.
SUBS: Colm Loughman for Damien Mc Carthy and Evan Hogan for Barry Walsh.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
30/7/11: Unbeaten after three matches in the championship, Kilsheelan-Kilcash lost no time in maintaining this record when they shot three first half goals against a Ballingarry side that never really threatened. To be fair to them, this was their second string side and they were always going to be up against it. The winners were on top in all departments, however, the scoreline might look somewhat flattering as Ballingarry did create some goal chances and were often off target when points were there for the taking.
The winners started with the advantage of a slight breeze and quickly made their intentions known. In the first minute they were awarded a close in free following a hard tackle on one of their forwards. John Kehoe went for goal only for his shot to be blocked but at the second time of asking Kehoe drove the ball to the net. It was all one way traffic in the opening thirteen minutes. The winners had further points from Willie Ryan and John Kehoe, from a free, while Edward Sweeney drove a ground shot to the net. Ballingarry had their opening score two minutes later when Sean Doheny converted a free. However, this was only a brief respite as the winners had further points from William Larkin from a long range free, Tommy Ryan and Colm Sweeney. In the eighteenth minute they had another goal. Ballingarry’s keeper Patsy Walsh made a good save but John Kehoe following up again breached the Ballingarry goal-line. In the remainder of the half John Kehoe shot a further three points while William Larkin, again showed his expertise, from a free while Don Lyons had Ballingarry’s sole point from play in the half to leave Kilsheelan ahead at the interval by 3-10 to 0-2.
The second half proved to be more competitive. While one could say the winners took the foot off the pedal, Ballingarry made a determined effort to reduce the deficit. On resumption Adrian Cleere pointed. The winners went on to add four points without reply, two from Tommy Ryan and one each from sub Adrian Walsh and John Kehoe, from a free. Ballingarry enjoyed a very good spell thereafter with points from Don Lyons and Sean Doheny (free). They had a number of goal chances but they found Kilsheelan goalkeeper Ian Coughlan in inspired form when bringing off four excellent saves. Kilsheelan sub Niall Cloona went on to add his name to the scoresheet. Adrian Cleere had a further point for Ballingarry. Kilsheelan put in a strong finish and had points from John Kehoe, twice from frees, and Adrian Walsh to run out clear winners by 3-18 to 0-6.
Best for the winners were Ian Coughlan, Johnny Cahill, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Tommy Ryan and John Kehoe while the losers were best served by Kevin O’Connell, Dara Ivors, Matthew Butler, Adrian Cleere and Don Lyons.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Johnny Cahill, Bill Larkin 0-2, Shane Prendergast, Donnacha Lonergan, Willie Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Colm Sweeney 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-3, Pakie Larkin, John Kehoe 2-8, Dan O’Connor and Edward Sweeney 1-0.
SUBS; Niall Cloona 0-1 for Colm Sweeney, Adrian Walsh 0-2 for Dan O’Connor, Shane Columby for Noel Ryan, Kevin Larkin for Eoin Ryan and Keith Robinson for Edward Sweeney.
BALLINGARRY: Patsy Walsh, Morgan Ivors, Kevin O’Connell, Sean Maher, Ricky Cashin, Dara Ivors, John Edward Molloy, Matthew Butler, Gary Ivors, John Pollard, Adrian Cleere 0-2, Kieran Power, Sean Doheny 0-2, Don Lyons 0-2 and Noel Walsh.
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
6/8/11: Following their easy win over Killenaule, Kilsheelan-Kilcash were through to the Semi Finals unbeaten in their group. On this occasion the result was never in doubt as the attack scored at will. For Killenaule they were facing an uphill battle as they were short many regulars and were already out of contention.
It was all one way traffic from the opening minute with most of the forward line getting on the scoresheet. Kilsheelan had to wait until the twenty fourth minute to get their opening goal when Fintan O’Shea put Adrian Walsh through and he made no mistake. At half time Kilsheelan led by 1-8 to 0-1.
Against weak opposition it was hard for the players to be motivated. In the half time pep talk the team were given some home truths resulting in a much improved second half display.
Willie Ryan put Adrian Walsh through for a further goal. Walsh was again instrumental in the next score when he delivered to Pakie Larkin for another goal. Sub Niall Cloona added to the goals tally when he scored after forty two minutes. Three minutes later Fintan O’Shea had a further goal. Throughout the half the team had a variety of scorers. In the closing stages O Shea completed their six goal tally as they went on to win by 6-18 to 0-3.
On a night when they were on top in all departments it was very much a team effort. Despite the scoreline Ian Coughlan got plenty to do and did it efficiently. William Larkin and Donnacha Lonergan stood out in defence, while the returning Naoise O’Cuinneagain had a fine second half. In attack veteran Fintan O’Shea put on a vintage performance, while Adrian Walsh, who had just returned to the panel, stood out in the full forward line. The mentors also took the opportunity to give five of the substitutes a chance to show their talents.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Shane Prendergast, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Willie Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Keith Robinson, Fintan O’Shea 2-4, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Adrian Walsh 2-4 and John Roche 0-2.
SUBS: Niall Cloona 1-0 for Edward Sweeney, Tommy Ryan 0-2 for Eoin Ryan, Colm Sweeney 0-1 for Keith Robinson, Dan O’Connor for John Roche and Niall Walsh for Jimmy Ryan.
KILLENAULE: Stephen Ryan, James O’Dwyer, Stephen Hannigan, Aidan Leahy, Alan Burke, Pat O’Connor, Thomas Keaveney, Anthony Guinan 0-1, Rory Loughman, James Shelly, Jack O’Connell 0-1, Jonathon Berry, Tom Shelly, John Cleary 0-1 and Conor Van Dickenberg.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
24/9/11: Pre match favourites Kilsheelan-Kilcash had to call on all their guile and experience before overcoming a very determined Clonmel side in the Semi Final at Monroe. In doing so they are now through to the Final against St Patricks.
In the opening minutes the winners applied a lot of pressure but a no-nonsense Clonmel defence held firm. Having weathered this storm they were first off the mark with a point from Matthew Norris. In their next attack the same player doubled his side’s tally. Adrian Walsh got Kilsheelan on the scoreboard when he sent over the bar and they were soon on level terms when Pakie Larkin obliged. Shane Kearney, who caused lots of problems for the Kilsheelan defence, was on the mark with a point while Paul Deady did likewise, from a free. Once again the winners were on level terms when John Kehoe was twice o the mark from frees, one of them from a difficult angle. Kilsheelan went ahead for the first time after thirteen minutes when Pakie Larkin, who was his side’s best forward, found the unmarked Adrian Walsh to send over the bar.
The winners were now beginning to dominate. William Larkin took a free from his own 45 metre line, wind assisted it carried all the way into the goalmouth where John Roche deflected the ball to the net. They stretched their lead to five points when Naoise O’Cuinneagain was on the mark. Credit to the Clonmel side who dug deep. Twice Paul Deady from frees left just three points between the sides after twenty four minutes. In their next attack they had a chance of drawing level only for Senan O’Halloran to clear the ball off the line. Pakie Larkin and Shane Kearney went on to exchange points. Paul Deady pointed to reduce the margin to two. Kilsheelan’s Fintan O’Shea had the final score of the half to leave his side leading by 1-8 to 0-8. Clonmel Og would be reasonably happy with this deficit given that they would have wind advantage in the second half.
When play resumed John Kehoe pointed for Kilsheelan. Minutes later they looked to be in the driving seat when a long delivery was blocked out invitingly to John Roche and he drove the ground ball to the net. They went eight points clear when Fintan O’Shea pointed. However, the Clonmel side were not going to give up without giving their best shot. Paul Deady was twice on the mark from frees. These were cancelled out as John Kehoe did likewise at the other end to leave his side leading 2-12 to 0-10 after forty seven minutes. Clonmel Og were awarded a close in free, a goal was badly needed to get back into the game, but Shane Kearney’s drove was stopped by Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper Ian Coughlan at the expense of a ’65 which Paul Deady pointed. The winners went nine points clear when Fintan O’Shea and Adrian Walsh found the range. With Paul Deady substituted Dean Kelleher took over the free taking duties and he had a point.
Clonmel Og finally breached the Kilsheelan goal line when Brian Gentles long distance free went all the way to the net. John Kehoe and sub Conor Davin Murphy had further Kilsheelan points. The game was now into the last five minutes. Karl Kearney was on the mark for Clonmel Og. Sub Bill Maher excelled in the last ten minutes and made his presence felt with a point. Once again Clonmel Og were awarded a close in free and Shane Kearney drove through a packed defence. John Kehoe from a free and Bill Maher added points for Kilsheelan. Clonmel Og reduced the leeway to three points while Matthew Norris goaled from close range. Kilsheelan had the final say when Pakie Larkin sent over the bar for victory for his side by 2-20 to 3-13.
Best for Kilsheelan were Willie Ryan, Johnny Cahill, Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Pakie Larkin and John Kehoe for his freetaking.
For Clonmel Og Graham Quinn was outstanding at full back and Brian Gentles, Eoin Fallon, Shane Kearney, Matthew Norris and Paul Deady for his marksmanship from frees
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Johnny Cahill, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan, Willie Ryan, Senan O’Halloran, Eoin Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-3, Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Fintan O’Shea 0-3, John Roche 2-0 and John Kehoe 0-7.
SUBS: Bill Maher 0-2 for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Shane Prendergast for Donnacha Lonergan, Colm Sweeney for Fintan O’Shea and Conor Davin Murphy 0-1 for John Roche.
CLONMEL OG: Dean Horton, Marc Ahearne, Graham Quinn, Colin O’Mahony, Brian Gentles 1-0, Adrian Shinners, Aiden Fox, Darragh Kearney, Shane Kearney 1-2, Eoin Fallon, Robert Hickey, Matthew Norris 1-2, Dean Kelleher 0-1, Karl Kearney 0-1 and Paul Deady 0-7.
SUBS: Jocky Landers for Adrian Shinners, Colm O’Connell for Aiden Fox and Jason Cockburn for Paul Deady.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
2/10/11: A goal by Adrian Walsh in the forty first minute put Kilsheelan-Kilcash ahead for the first time as his side held out for a four point victory over last year’s champions St Patricks in this game in Monroe.
The first half was a rather drab affair with a number of stops for minor injuries and many chances drifted wide of the uprights. The pace quickened in the second half, stepping up a further gear in the last ten minutes as both sides fought for supremacy but one would have to say that two teams will need a major improvement when they face Mid opposition in the County Quarter Finals.
The winners had an excellent goalkeeper in Ian Coughlan who kept his lines intact. In defence William Larkin and Willie Ryan often stemmed many promising attacks by St Pats. The introduction of county minor Bill Maher after the interval was a major plus and he was often the playmaker in setting up attacks on the St Pats goal. Further afield Tommy Ryan played a captains part and was a most deserving winner of the Man of the Match award. One could also say that St Pat’s Robert Mc Cormack would have come into the reckoning for this honour. The attack made little impact. John Roche did well when he came outfield in the second half and John Kehoe’s points from frees were vital to his side.
St Pats went into this game without the suspended Tony O’Brien. They made light of this handicap and for long periods took the game to their opponents. Defensively they were very sound with major contributions coming from Liam Brett, Colm Dunne and Eoghan Mc Cormack. Paul Horan had a solid game at midfield. More often than not their attack came off second best and were too dependant on Robert Mc Cormack for their scores. Eight of his total came from frees.
The winners went ahead after three minutes when Tommy Ryan pointed following a pass from John Roche. Robert Mc Cormack put the sides on level terms, from a free. The stalemate continued with a long distance effort, from a free, by John Kehoe and a Paul Horan point for St Pats. There was no score for a further seven minutes before Robert Mc Cormack pointed a free for St Pats and another from Paul Horan, close to the sideline. Again the sides were back on level terms when John Kehoe had a brace of points from frees. That man Mc Cormack again pointed a free to put his side ahead only for John Kehoe to level matters with a point from a ’65. St Pats had the better of matters in the closing stages of the half and had points from Robert Mc Cormack and Neil Gleeson. The only goal chance of the half fell to St Pats when Dermot Molloy laid off to Aaron Cronin only for Kilsheelan goalkeeper to bring off a fine save at the expense of a ’65 which Robert Mc Cormack pointed. The game was now in injury time and John Roche reduced the leeway with a point leaving St Pats ahead at the interval by 0-8 to 0-6.
When play resumed Tommy Ryan put Adrian Walsh through for a point. Bill Maher quickly had the sides on level terms with a point. Once again Robert Mc Cormack had the side’s level from a pointed free. The game’s only goal arrived after forty one minutes. Following a throw in on the twenty metre line, the ball was played into the path of Adrian Walsh who drove a ground shot to the net and a further Bill Maher point left the winners three points ahead. Whatever the game lacked up to this was now increasing in intensity. Robert Mc Cormack reduced the leeway with two points from frees. John Kehoe had a pointed free for the winners. Moments later Bill Maher shot the best point of the match. Gathering the ball in his own half of the field, he brushed past a number of defenders and he shot a picture point off his hurl from close to the sideline, a feat that drew applause from the attendance. Robert Mc Cormack, from a free, left the score 1-11 to 0-12 with six minutes left to play. A further point from Kehoe and a Mc Cormack point from play left two points between the sides. Points by John Roche and sub Fintan O’Shea left four points between the sides for the first time in the match. The game was now in injury time and St Pats were awarded a twenty metre free and Robert Mc Cormack had no option but to go for goal but his drive was stopped by Ian Coughlan for a ’65 which proved fruitless and Kilsheelan held out for their four point win on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-13.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, William Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Johnny Cahill, Conor Davin Murphy, Willie Ryan, Donnacha Lonergan, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Pakie Larkin, John Kehoe 0-6, Adrian Walsh 1-1 and John Roche 0-2.
SUBS: Shane Prendergast for Johnny Cahill, Fintan O’Shea 0-1 for Eoin Ryan, Bill Maher 0-3 for Donnacha Lonergan, Noel Ryan for Senan O’Halloran and Niall Cloona for Naoise O’Cuinneagain.
ST PATRICK’S: John Moroney, Richard Needham, Colm Dunne, Darren Meagher, Jason Hayes, Liam Brett, Eoghan Mc Cormack, Shane Gorey, Paul Horan 0-2, Aaron Cronin, Conor Barry, Dermot Molloy, Nicky Kearney, Robert Mc Cormack 0-10 and Neil Gleeson 0-1.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
29/10/11: Thurles Sarsfields were our opponents in the county Quarter Final which was played in Golden. This was a most entertaining contest all through and players made light of the rather greasy sod and there was never any more than a couple of points between the sides and in fact they were level on six occasions. Throughout the game neither side could create a goal chance and it was an easy afternoon for the “keepers” and only Ian Coughlan in the Kilsheelan goal had anything to deal with. A large number of the scores came from frees, however, one would have to say it was a clean contest all through. Referee John O’Brien was very strict on players over carrying. Some of his decisions were rather harsh but one would have to say he was consistent for both sides. One could also say that the umpire at the top goal could do with a crash course in speeding up his decisions, some of them painfully slow.
This was a game of contrasting styles. The very experienced Kilsheelan side’s game was very much one of hard graft and played with a controlled aggression. For Thurles, they were very adept at flicking the ball away from their opponents and whenever one of their players was under pressure they were able to hand pass to an unmarked colleague with telling effect.
Thurles were very strong in centre of defence. David Kearns protected his goalkeeper well while Alan Ryan outside him made many fine clearances. Upfront, particularly in the early stages, David O’Dwyer was a real thorn in the Kilsheelan defence, while half forwards J P Dwan and Jim Mackey were also very effective.
For Kilsheelan, the star of a defence that was sound rather than spectacular was Willie Ryan, while the arrival of sub Donnacha Lonergan also helped their cause. They had a brilliant midfielder in Tommy Ryan who often made great strides through the Thurles defence and was always prepared to lay off to a better placed opponent. Bill Maher often showed nice touches but was well marshalled by the Thurles defence. John Roche had a fine first half and showed great accuracy from frees but faded somewhat in the closing stages.
Sarsfields hit the front after one minute with a point by David O’Dwyer. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when John Roche did likewise. O’Dwyer again mad his presence felt when he pointed close to the sideline and moments later extended his side’s lead with a further point. Kilsheelan went on to miss three scoreable frees. They then forced a ’65 where John Roche took a quick shot to Tommy Ryan who pointed. It was now Thurles’s turn to miss the target while John Roche went on to put the side’s level with a pointed free. Thurles regained the lead with two points from J P Dwan, one a fine effort from far out and close to the sideline. Again the sides were level after twenty five minutes when they had points from John Roche far out and close to the sideline, and also from a free. They went ahead for the first time when Fintan O’Shea sent over the bar and Tommy Ryan’s excellent approach resulted in a point from the middle of the field. Thurles reduced the leeway with a point from Jim Mackey and they had a chance to draw level before the break but Alan Ryan was wide of the mark. At half time it was the Southern standard bearers who led by 0-7 to 0-6.
When play resumed good persistence by Tommy Ryan earned a free and John Roche duly pointed. Thurles had their first score of the half when David O’Dwyer pointed following a John Connors pass. John Roche extended Kilsheelan’s lead with a point. For the first time in the game there was three points between the sides. Following good combination play by John Roche and Pakie Larkin the result was a point by Adrian Walsh. Once again Thurles reduced the leeway when David Shanahan pointed from halfway. The lead was down to the minimum when David O’Dwyer made no mistake with a free. For once, Bill Maher escaped the clutches of the Thurles defence, soloed his way forward and picked off a lovely point. Jim Mackey hit back for Thurles with a point and the sides were level after forty three minutes when that man O’Dwyer again found the target from a free. Kilsheelan went on to score a fine point. Tommy Ryan started the move, laid off to John Roche, who in turn found Niall Cloona who put Pakie Larkin through. Inevitably Thurles hit back. David O’Dwyer, from a free, and J P Dwan under great pressure did the necessary.
The game was now entering the last ten minutes. Both sides upped the ante as they battled for supremacy. The Blues again nudged ahead when David O’Dwyer found the unmarked Jim Mackey and he pointed. Once again Kilsheelan showed a fine bit of combination play, involved were Bill Maher, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin and Fintan O’Shea to put the side’s level after fifty seven minutes. Kilsheelan were awarded a free from far out and John Roche made no mistake. From a Kilsheelan point of view, the question was would they be able to hold on to this slender lead. This theory was quickly put aside when David O’Dwyer pointed a free. It was all to play for as the game went into injury time. It was the Thurles side who broke the deadlock when David Shanahan pointed a long distance free and any chance Kilsheelan had of hitting back were quickly dispelled when Jim Mackey put two points between the sides. Time ran out for a gallant Kilsheelan side and it is Thurles who move forward to the penultimate stage on scoreline of 0-17 to 0-15.
THURLES SARSFIELDS: Kevin Smith, Conor Stapleton, David Kearns, Peter Maher, Ian Maher, Alan Ryan, Stephen Fewer, David Shanahan 0-2, Jamie Stapleton, J P Dwan 0-3, Jim Mackey 0-4, Conor Moloney, Mark Lanigan, John Connors and David O’Dwyer 0-8.
SUBS: T J O’Dwyer for Jamie Stapleton, Kevin O’Halloran for Stephen Fewer and Tom Collins for John Connors.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, William Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Conor Davin Murphy, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Senan O’Halloran, Bill Maher 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Fintan O’Shea 0-2, John Kehoe, Pakie Larkin 0-1 and John Roche 0-8.
SUBS: Donnacha Lonergan for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona for John Kehoe.
REFEREE: JOHN O’BRIEN (Arravale Rovers)