This team was the first on the playing field on the 24th February. A County Division 2 League was set up. The first match was a home game with Rockwell Rovers. Kilsheelan were somewhat lucky to come out on top. Goals by Michael Mc Hugh and Shane Crotty gave Kilsheelan victory by 2-4 to 0-7.
TEAM & SCORERS: Keith Condon, Shane Corcoran, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Stuart King, Michael Foley, Shane Geoghegan,Tommy Ryan, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Eoin Ryan(K), David Hanrahan, Michael Mc Hugh 1-2, Stephen Cloona, Ian Coughlan, Niall Walsh, Shane Crotty 1-0.
SUBS: John O’Reilly 0-1, Michael O’Reilly and Eoin Ryan (B)
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
Next match was also at home to Fr Sheehy’s. Kilsheelan never got a grip on the game. Their only goal came from a penalty by Eoin Ryan (B) as the visitors went on to win by 1-9 to 1-6.
SCORERS: Eoin Ryan (B) 1-1, Stephen Cloona 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh, Jim Healy and Senan O’Halloran 0-1 each.
Clonmel Og were the opposition in the third game and quickly had 1-2 on the board. In the second half Kilsheelan fought back and they had goals from Eoin Ryan (K) and Jim Healy to give them victory on a scoreline of 2-9 to 2-4
SCORERS: Jim Healy 1-2, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Eoin Ryan (K) 1-0, Senan O’Halloran 0-2 and Stephen Cloona 0-1.
The team received a walkover form Templederry putting them through to the Final against Rockwell Rovers. This took place at Marlfield. Rockwell were much stronger on this occasion and dominated the first half and led at half time by 1-9 to 1-0.
Our goal scorer was Eoin Ryan (K). After the interval the same player had another goal while Michael Mc Hugh was also on the mark, but it was not enough as Kilsheelan were losers by 1-13 to 2-3. Defeat would have been greater if it were not for the outstanding displays of Oisin O Cuinneagain and Michael Mc Hugh.
TEAM & SCORERS: Keith Condon, David Hanrahan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Stuart King, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Michael O’Reilly, Pa Walsh, Senan O’Halloran,
Eoin Ryan (B), Jamie Byrne, Eoin Ryan (K) 2-0, Shane Crotty, Niall Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh 0-3.
SUBS: Shane Corcoran and Shane Prendergast.
This League provided the team with some competitive games in preparation for the Championship. The first match was against Ballingarry at Cloneen. Kilsheelan were behind at half time by 2-3 to 0-2. With five minutes to go they were still two goals behind. In the closing minutes goals by Jim Healy and Eoin Ryan (B) left the sides level at 2-6 each.
SCORERS: Jim Healy 1-2, Eoin Ryan (B) 1-1, Senan O’Halloran, David Hanrahan and Stephen Cloona 0-1 each.
Next up were Mullinahone in Carrick where the game was played in a downpour. Kilsheelan got on top and had goals by Eoin Ryan (K), Michael Mc Hugh and Shane Crotty to put them well ahead. In the second half the game continued in a similar vein and with the light fading fast the referee called the game to a premature end giving victory to Kilsheelan by 4-6 to 0-4.
SCORERS: Eoin Ryan (K) 2-0, Michael Mc Hugh 1-1, Shane Crotty 1-0, Niall Walsh and Eoin Ryan (B) 0-2 each and Pa Walsh 0-1.
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
A win over Swan was needed in order to qualify for the Semi-Final. The Carrick side dominated the early exchanges and went into a three point lead. They went further ahead when Thomas Croke shot to the net. The second quarter belonged to Kilsheelan but many of their attacks were snuffed out by the fine play of their full-back Pat Lanigan. Kilsheelan were rewarded with some excellent points by Michael Mc Hugh and at half time Swan led by 1-5 to 0-4. After the interval Kilsheelan had most of the play but found scores hard to get. Lack of discipline in the Swan defence led to frees which were punished by the in form Michael Mc Hugh and with ten minutes remaining the sides were level on 1-5 to 0-8. Matters went Kilsheelan’s way when two Swan players were sent to the line within minutes of each other. Kilsheelan were slow to make the numerical difference pay off. Michael Mc Hugh opened a four point lead when he got through for a goal. In the closing minutes Swan had a goal from Aaron Walsh but it proved too little too late as Kilsheelan hung on for a victory of 1-9 to 2-5.
SCORERS: Michael Mc Hugh 1-5, Pa Walsh 0-2, Barry Cloona and Eoin Ryan (K) 0-1 each.
REFEREE: Seamus Mullins (Clonmel)
The Semi-Final against Cahir took place in Clonmel. Cahir dominated the early stages and went to a three point lead. Kilsheelan began to settle down and Michael Mc Hugh from a free and Niall Walsh pointed. Cahir, who were playing against the wind added two more points from John Benny Ryan and Mark Kearney and a great point from a free from Michael Mc Hugh from 45 meters out left the half time score at 0-5 to 0-3.
The second half Kilsheelan were a revelation. They threw everything at Cahir and Michael McHugh pointed a free. Following the kickout Jim Healy was straight through but David Coffey in the Cahir goal made a great save. Kilsheelan sustained pressure yielded a penalty but Michael Mc Hugh’s shot was saved brilliantly by David Coffey.
Kilsheelan refused to panic and raced back into the attack and Stephen Cloona’s ground shot went all the way to the net. Cahir won a sideline ball and the delivery was knocked to the net by Barry Mc Cormack. Kilsheelan moved quickly upfield and a great passing movement between Michael Mc Hugh, Pa Walsh and Jim Healy which saw the latter through for a great goal. Cahir then had points from John Devereux and a long distance free from Mc Cormack to leave one point separating the sides. The excitement moved to fever pitch amongst the rival supporters as the game hung in the balance. As the minutes ticked away Benny Ryan worked his way through for a Cahir goal. Kilsheelan made one last assault on the Cahir goal and a penalty was conceded. Again, David Coffey was the hero in the Cahir goal as he saved from Eoin Ryan’s (K) shot and Cahir went on to win by 2-7 to 2-5. This ended a great game thoroughly enjoyed by all.
KILSHEELAN: Keith Condon, David Hanrahan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Shane Corcoran, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Shane Geoghegan, Pa Walsh, Senan O’Halloran, Stephen Cloona 1-0, Eoin Ryan (B), Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Eoin Ryan (K), Jim Healy 1-0 and Niall Walsh 0-1.
CAHIR: David Coffey, John Cantwell, Kevin Queeney , Mark Jenkins, Liam O’Gorman, Jason Grant, Chris Kendrick, Mark Kearney 0-1, Anthony Burke, John Devereux 0-2, Packie O’Dwyer 0-1, John Benny Ryan 1-2, Keith Maguire ,Eric Flannery and Barry Mc Cormack 1-1
CAPTAIN: Oisin O Cuinneagian
SELECTORS: Michael Ryan (Manager), Jim Healy, Johnny Fitzpatrick and Liam Corcoran
Once again Kilsheelan fielded in the “B”grade. At Fethard on St Patrick’s Day they were opposed by Clonmel Og. Kilsheelan adapted well to the poor ground conditions. With Pierce Larkin and Adrian Walsh finding the target they built up a half time lead of 0-9 to 0-1. After the interval a goal by Michael Mc Hugh put them well ahead. However, our defence came under pressure and conceded three goals. Kilsheelan regained the initiative and a further goal by Trevor Cloona helped us to a victory on a scoreline of 2-14 to 3-4.
KILSHEELAN: Keith Condon, John Doolan, John Walsh, John Cahill, Christy Ryan, Aidan Slattery, Edmond Sweeney, Edmond Walsh, Jim Ryan, Graham Loughman 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-5, Brian Ahearne 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 1-2, David Power and Pierce Larkin 0-3..
SUBS: Trevor Cloona 1-1, Niall Walsh 0-1, David Hanrahan and Peter O’Connell
CLONMEL OG: Keith Madigan, Chris Gallagher, Liam Morrissey, Declan Fahy, Ian Purcell, Simon Rouse, Des Morrissey, Owen Fallon 0-1, Mark Murray, Jonathon O’Donoghue 2-3, Eoin Aylward, Karl Kearney, James Barron, Dean Madigan and Paul Cagney.
SUB: Sean Kearney 1-0.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack
In the Semi-Final at Goatenbridge Kilsheelan took on Ballyporeen. Despite the poor weather underground conditions were good and both sides took the opportunity to produce a high standard of football. Some excellent passes were put together as the two sides enjoyed periods of supremacy. Ballyporeen got a dream start when Michael Meaney shot to the net. Kilsheelan responded with two points by Michael Mc Hugh from difficult angles and Adrian Walsh levelled from a free. Dave Hyland and John Doolan exchanged points before the pendulum swung Bally’s way. Points by Dave Hyland, Paul Maher, Darragh Lyons and Thomas Maher put them in a commanding position.
Kilsheelan were not found wanting when Adrian Walsh put over two frees. Brian Ahearne added another and they hit the front for the first and only time when Michael Mc Hugh shot for a fine goal to leave his side ahead at the break by 1-07 to 1-6. After the interval Adrian Walsh pointed. Ballyporeen regained the initiative when County Minor panellist led the way with three points and one from Paul Maher to give them a two point cushion. Kilsheelan pressed again when their No 2 Graham Loughman worked his way down field and sent over the bar from near the sideline. The sides were level again when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. Ballyporeen sub, Kevin Lynch and Adrian Walsh from a free exchanged points. The closing stages were hard fought as both sides tried to get the elusive score to win the game. Ballyporeen went forward again. Centre back, Thomas Meaney found the target to the delight of their followers. The game then went to injury time – Kilsheelan made one last effort – they were awarded a free some 45 meters out and Adrian Walsh took the pressure kick and maintained his 100% record from frees when he shot unerringly between the posts. The final whistle arrived with the kickout and it is fair to say that both sides were happy to get another chance as the sides ended level at 1-12 each. Best for Kilsheelan were Graham Loughman, John Walsh, Brian Ahearne, Adrian Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh.
SCORERS BALLYPOREEN: Darragh Lyons 0-4, Thomas Maher 0 -3, Michael Meany 1-0, Dave Hyland 0-2, Thomas Molan, Thomas Meany and Kevin Lynch 0-1 each.
SCORERS KILSHEELAN: Adrian Walsh 0-6, Michael Mc Hugh 1-3, Graham Loughman, Brian Ahearne and John Doolan 0-1 each.
REFEREE: Brian White (Clonmel)
It was back to Goatenbridge for the replay. Ballyporeen got the ideal start when David Hyland’s shot went all the way to the net as the goalkeeper was unfortunate to slip. Ballyporeen were clearly the better side in the opening quarter and it took Kilsheelan six minutes to register their first score – a point from Adrian Walsh. Michael Meaney added two further points for Ballyporeen before Trevor Cloona and Dave Hyland exchanged points. Kilsheelan were now having the greater share of the play. Points by Brian Ahearne, Adrian Walsh 0-2 (from frees) had the sides level. Both sides had points from John O’Gorman and Michael Mc Hugh to leave the score 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.
After the interval Kilsheelan’s chief scorer Adrian Walsh was injured and despite carrying on his efforts were subdued for the remainder of the game. Kilsheelan had the upper hand but missed some relatively easy chances. It was point for point until ten minutes to go when the game turned Bally’s way. A kickout was intercepted and Paul Maher shot to the net. The same player also added a point. Michael Mc Hugh kept Kilsheelan in touch with a point but his side were left with a mountain to climb when the defence failed to clear and Paul Maher again found the back of the net. This left Bally leading by 3-7 to 0-11 and the lead was increased to six points when David Hyland pointed. With five minutes to go Kilsheelan attacked and sub Eoin Ryan (K) booted to the net form close range. Kilsheelan pressed hard in the remaining minutes and could not find a way through as Ballyporeen went on to win by 3-8 to 1-11. Best for Kilsheelan were Michael Mc Hugh, John Walsh, Brian Ahearne, Jim Ryan and Adrian Walsh.
BALLYPOREEN: Michael Finn, Jamie Cahill, David Russell, Paul Mc Carthy, Pat O’Donoghue, Tom Molan 0-1, Kieran Mc Grath, Tom Mee, Eoin Kearney, Paul Maher 2-2, Frances Martin, David Hyland 1-2, Kevin Lynch, John O’Gorman and Michael Meaney 0-1.
SUB: Stanley English
KILSHEELAN: David Power, Graham Loughman, John Walsh, John Cahill, Keith Condon, Jim Ryan, Christy Ryan, Aidan Slattery, Brian Ahearne 0-2, Edmond Walsh, Adrian Walsh 0-4, Edmond Sweeney, Trevor Cloona 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3 and John Doolan.
SUBS: Pierce Larkin 0-1, Eoin Ryan (K) 1-0 and Niall Walsh
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
The team lined out in the “B” grade and made their first appearance when they were at home to Carrick Swan. A goal by Anthony Roche helped Kilsheelan into an early lead. Swan fought back and it was 1-6 each at half time. Swan had two further goals in the second period. Kilsheelan failed to respond and were beaten by 3-8 to 1-9.
It was ironic that former player Damien Cahill lined out with the Carrick side and scored 2-1.
KILSHEELAN: Michael Dempsey, Richard Crotty, John Larkin, Nicky Coughlan, Aidan Walsh, Noel Ryan, John Cahill, Aidan Slattery 0-1, Martin Ormonde, Liam Robinson 0-4, David Power 0-1, Benny Condon, Anthony Roche 1-0, Jim Healy and Senan O’Halloran 0-2.
SUBS: Trevor Cloona 0-1, Eddie O’Connell, Christian Healy, Brian Connolly and Noel Walsh.
A much changed team took on Carrick Davins at Grangemockler. At half time they looked set for a heavy defeat. In the second half they put up a spirited performance but it was not enough and they lost by 5-9 to 2-10.
KILSHEELAN: Michael Dempsey, Aidan Walsh, John Larkin, David Hanrahan, Keith Condon, Noel Ryan, John Cahill, Jim Healy, Eddie O’Connell 0-1, Niall Walsh 1-0, Christian Healy 0-1, Anthony Roche, Liam Robinson 0-4, Brian Connolly 1-2 and Trevor Cloona 0-1. SUB: Seamus Roche 0-1.
Next time round they travelled to Carrick to play Mullinahone. They were totally outclassed and lost by 2-11 to 0-3.
SCORERS: Noel Walsh 0-2 and Martin Ormonde 0-1.
In view of the poor performance of this team, a decision was taken by the selectors to withdraw from the remainder of this competition.
SELECTORS: Seamus Roche (Mgr), Brian Connolly, Martin Ormonde & Sonny Kennedy.
CAPTAIN: Anthony Roche
The team competed in the South League and were none too impressive when losing to Moyle Rovers by 3-7 to 1-9.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Edward Colum, Martin Larkin, Edmond Sweeney, Graham Loughman, William Larkin, Keith O’Brien 0-1, Willie Ryan, Brian Ahearne 0-1, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Adrian Walsh 0-6, John Cahill 0-1, Sean Nugent, Jimmy Ryan, and Keith Robinson.
A much changed team were at home to Killenaule. The opposition led all the way. An Adrian Walsh goal failed to change the course of the game and they lost 1-11 to 1-10.
SCORERS: John Roche 0-5, Adrian Walsh 1-1,Pakie Larkin, Pat Hickey, Anthony Roche and Senan O’Halloran 0-1 each.
A 0-12 to 1-5 win over Fethard put them into a play off with Moyle Rovers. This match (v Fethard) also doubled as a South Intermediate Football Championship match (see South Championship match report).
Against Moyle Rovers Kilsheelan dominated the first half and led at half time to 0-8 to 0-2 and looked set for an easy victory. Over confidence in the second half was instrumental in their 2-8 to 0-12 defeat which ended their interest in this League.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Dan O’Connor, John Walsh, William Larkin, Christy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Martin Larkin 0-1, John Roche 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Christian Healy 0-1, Edward Sweeney 0-1, Niall Cloona 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-6 and Pakie Larkin.
SUBS: Brian Ahearne and David Power
The first match was at home to Commercials. With four minutes to go Adrian Walsh got the decisive goal and Kilsheelan went on to win on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-10.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 1-3, Pakie Larkin 0-3, Sean Nugent, Pierce Larkin and Graham Loughman 0-1 each.
On Easter Monday we were visitors to Ballyneale. A much changed team emerged winners by 1-15 to 0-5.
SCORERS: John Roche and Adrian Walsh 0-4 each, Paddy Nugent 1-0, Willie Ryan and Sean Nugent 0-2, Keith O’Brien, Tom Shields and David Power 0-1 each.
The trend of much changed teams continued when they were at home to Ballyporeen. They were well behind at one stage. The only time Kilsheelan led was in the last minute when Adrian Walsh scored a goal from a penalty to win by 1-9 to 1-8.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 1-1, Brian Ahearne and Liam Robinson 0-2 each, William Larkin, John Roche, Edmond Sweeney and Anthony Roche 0-1 each.
Fielding a full strength side in the next round at home, Kilsheelan defeated an under strength Lattin-Cullen side and were never in trouble as they won by 4-19 to 1-3.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Dan O’Connor, John Walsh, William Larkin, Christy Ryan 0-1, Aidan Slattery, Keith O’Brien, John Roche 0-7, Willie Ryan 0-1, Edmond Sweeney, Adrian Walsh 1-2, Martin Larkin 0-2, Sean Nugent 0-1, Keith Robinson 1-2 and Senan O’Halloran 1-3.
SUBS: Pat Hickey 1-0, Graham Loughman, John Cahill, Edward Colum and Anthony Roche.
Kilsheelan travelled to Killenaule for the next match and gave one of their better performances to win by 1-11 to 0-8.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh, Sean Nugent and Niall Cloona 0-3 each, Keith Robinson 1-0, Willie Ryan and David Power 0-1 each.
In their sixth match they were away to Clonmel Og. They were in control all through and won by 2-11 to 1-6.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 1-2, Pakie Larkin 1-1, Niall Cloona, Sean Nugent and Keith Robinson 0-2 each, Willie Ryan and Jimmy Ryan 0-1 each.
The team travelled to Tipperary town next to play Arravale Rovers. An early goal by Senan O’Halloran sent them on their way and they won by 1-9 to 1-5.
They received a walkover from Fr Sheehy’s which meant that they topped the table and were through to the Semi-Final.
In this game they took on Grangemockler at Davin Park where conditions were hardly conductive to good football. Despite playing against the elements Kilsheelan made the better start and led for the first quarter. Kilsheelan had a somewhat fortuitous goal and after twenty minutes led by 1-4 to 0-3. In the closing stages Grangemockler took over and led by 2-6 to 1-4 at the interval.
This was Kilsheelan’s first competitive match in nearly four months. This looked very obvious in the second half as they failed to match their opponents and lost by 3-11 to 1-5.
KILSHEELAN: John Larkin, Edmond Colum, John Walsh, Noel Ryan, Martin Larkin, Dan O’Connor, William Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-1, John Roche 0-1, Keith O’Brien 0-1, Pat Hickey, Jim Ryan, Sean Nugent, Adrian Walsh 1-2 and David Power.
SUBS: Pierce Larkin, Christy Ryan, Niall Cloona and Liam Robinson.
REFEREE: Brian White (Clonmel)
Kilsheelan were drawn against Fethard in Clonmel. Kilsheelan dominated for long periods, but their short passing moves usually broke down when within scoring range. In Fethard’s case their problem was in faulty shooting.
Kilsheelan who were never led, had the first score when after a minute John Roche pointed a 45. Niall Cloona had another point. Fethard enjoyed a good spell but failed to get off the mark. Pakie Larkin and John Roche added to the winners tally, the latter after a fine passing movement. Fethard opened their account when Michael O’Riordan pointed. This was cancelled out by a Keith Robinson point. Seven minutes went without a score before John Roche pointed a free to leave the half time score 0-6 to 0-1 in Kilsheelan’s favour.
After the interval a similar period elapsed before Willie Ryan and Niall Cloona had points for the winners. Following these scores Fethard enjoyed their best period. In one of their attacks Martin Coen got the game’s only goal. The same player followed with two points. The game looked set for an exciting finish when Owen Doyle reduced the lead to the minimum. This was a wake up call for Kilsheelan and new comer Senan O’Halloran pointed a free. John Roche from a 45 stretched their lead. Fethard broke upfield and Johnny Neville pointed to give Kilsheelan a “dangerous” 0-10 to 1-5 lead. In the closing stages Fethard never threatened as the Larkin brothers Martin and Pakie had points to give Kilsheelan a comfortable but unimpressive win by 0-12 to 1-5. Best for Kilsheelan were John Walsh, Keith O’Brien, John Roche, Willie Ryan, Edward Sweeney and Pakie Larkin.
KILSHEELAN – KILCASH: David Power, Edward Colum, John Walsh, Dan O’Connor, Christy Ryan, William Larkin, Keith O’Brien, John Roche 0-4, Willie Ryan 0-1, Edward Sweeney, Martin Larkin 0-1, Niall Cloona 0-2, Keith Robinson 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-2 and Senan O’Halloran 0-1.
SUB: Michael Mc Hugh.
FETHARD: Tommy Gahan, Nicky Murphy, Michael Ryan, Philly Prout, Ian Kenrick, Shane Ryan, Philly Croke, Kevin O’Donnell, Owen Doyle 0-1, Martin Coen 1-2, John Hurley, Chris Coen, Johnny Neville 0-1, Michael O’ Riordan 0-1 and Brendan Brett.
REFEREE: Sean Quirke (Clonmel Og)
In the next round Kilsheelan took on Killenaule at Monroe. Kilsheelan went into the match as strong favourites. While the attack missed some easy opportunities their main problem was in defence where they were exposed time and time again. In the opening minutes Adrian Walsh and Paul Shelly exchanged points from frees. Killenaule missed a great chance of a goal. They again breached the Kilsheelan defence only for Roger Doyle making a great save. One minute later he could do nothing as Paul Shelly goaled. Eddie o’Brien added a point as Sean Nugent did likewise at the other end. Kilsheelan missed many chances before Killenaule broke up field for Keith Kennedy to point. Two points from Adrian Walsh and one from Sean Nugent left the minimum between the sides. Michael Farrell extended the lead for Killenaule only for Jim Ryan to do likewise for Kilsheelan and at half time Killenaule led by 1-4 to 0-6.
After the interval Paul Shelly and Adrian Walsh exchanged points. Kilsheelan were now on top in the centre of the field and it began to pay dividends up front. Sean Nugent levelled matters with a point. They went ahead for the first time when Adrian Walsh and Niall Cloona pointed to give Kilsheelan a lead of 0-10 to 1-5. Killenaule again exposed the Kilsheelan defence and Eddie O’Brien got through for a goal. Sharp shooter Adrian Walsh was on the mark with a point. In the next attack the same player was on hand to fist home a goal following sub, Senan O’Halloran’s cross. The initiative was now with Kilsheelan as they held a three point lead moving into the closing stages. Killenaule again pushed forward and Paul Shelly burst through for the equalising goal. The game was in a “next score win” scenario, it fell to Killenaule when Eddie O’Brien made no mistake with a point to give Killenaule victory by 3-6 to 1-11.
KILLENAULE: Michael Bolger, Martin Shelly, Conor O’Donnell, Michael Shelly, Kenneth Cleary, Declan Fanning, Noel O’Grady, T.J. Maher, Patrick Bolger, Michael Farrell 0-1, Keith Kennedy 0-1, Peter Kennedy, Paul Shelly 2-2, Eddie O’Brien 1-2 and Michael Blake.
SUB: Joe Caeser
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Edward Colum, John Walsh, Dan O’ Connor, Christy Ryan, William Larkin Keith O’ Brien, John Roche 0-1, Willie Ryan, Eddie Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Jim Ryan 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-2, Adrian Walsh 1-6 and Niall Cloona 0-1.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran and Pakie Larkin.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell ( St Mary’s)
This result meant elimination from the Championship and the only remaining chance of honours was in the County Championship. In the first round Kilsheelan took on Thurles Sarsfields as Cashel. Kilsheelan were very much more adept in dealing with the conditions and their superior teamwork had the Sarsfields defence under constant pressure. Kilsheelan opened with a point from Adrian Walsh in the first minute. They quickly made their intentions known when Brian Ahearn found Sean Nugent with an inch perfect pass giving the goalkeeper no chance. With captain Keith O’Brien, leading by example from defence Kilsheelan piled on the points and at half time they led by 1-11 to 0-0. After the interval Sarsfields were unable to take advantage of the elements as Kilsheelan continued to add to their total. They tagged on a further goal when Adrian Walsh flicked the ball to the net from a long range free. Sarsfields had their first point after 39 minutes and this was followed by another couple of points. In the closing stages Eoin Costello illuminated the fading light with a brilliant goal for Sarsfields. It was too little too late as Kilsheelan went on to win by 2-17 to 1-4. For Kilsheelan William Larkin and Keith O’Brien were best in a defence that got little to do. Willie Ryan and John Roche were well on top in the middle and Adrian Walsh and Pakie Larkin were best up front.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Martin Larkin, Dan O’Connor, Edward Colum, Graham Loughman, William Larkin, Keith O’Brien 0-3, John Roche 0-3, Willie Ryan, Eddie Sweeney, Adrian Walsh 1-6, Brian Ahearn, Sean Nugent 1-1, Jim Ryan 0-3 and Pakie Larkin 0-1.
SUBS: Pat Hickey and John Walsh.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (St Marys)
In the next round at Dr Morris Park in Thurles Kilsheelan took on Kildangan. Aided by the strong breeze Kilsheelan dominated from the start. Their quick passing movements had the Kildangan defence at full stretch and resulted in some well taken scores. With John Roche in top scoring form at midfield and the attack also getting in on the act they built up a 1-9 to 0-3 lead at half time. The goal came from Adrian Walsh midway through the first half. In the second half Kilsheelan remained in control. Late in the game Kildangan began to find the target as our defence became unsettled. In the last minute Kildangan were awarded a penalty with Sean Kelly making no mistake from the spot as Kilsheelan went on to win by 1-13 to 1-9.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Edward Colum, Dan O’Connor, William Larkin, Christy Ryan, Jim Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Willie Ryan, John Roche 0-6, Martin Larkin 0-1, Adrian Walsh 1-1, Niall Cloona, Sean Nugent 0-3, Keith Robinson 0-1 and Pakie Larkin 0-1.
SUB: Brian Ahearn
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
Kilsheelan’s next game was against Emily at New Inn. Having first use of the wind Kilsheelan dominated the first half. Midfielder John Roche was outstanding and along with Adrian Walsh and Sean Nugent they scored some delightful points. At the other end Keith O’Brien played a captain’s part in the defence to snuff out any danger. When half time arrived Kilsheelan had chalked up 14 points while Emily replied with three.
After the interval Emily came to life. They had five unanswered points while a number of substitutions also brought an improvement. Kilsheelan had their moments but had a number of wides. However, their first half match winning performance ensured that their lead was never threatened as they went on to victory on a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-10. Top performers on this occasion were John Walsh and Keith O’Brien in defence. At midfield John Roche and Willie Ryan had the edge and in attack Adrian Walsh and Sean Nugent were the most accomplished up front.
KILSHEELAN: Roger Doyle, Edward Colum, John Walsh, Dan O’Connor, Christy Ryan, Martin Larkin, Keith O’Brien, John Roche 0-5, Willie Ryan, Eddie Sweeney 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-6, Keith Robinson 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-4, Jim Ryan and Niall Cloona.
SUBS: Graham Loughman and Brian Ahearn
REFEREE: John Ryan (Cashel)
In the quarter final Kilsheelan took on Newport at Boherlahan. This match did not take place until the first week of January and it could be said that many of our players were gone off the boil after a long year. Newport had a decided advantage due to the success of their hurling team and looked much fitter and sharper than Kilsheelan.
A Keith O’Brien point within 20 seconds was the ideal start for Kilsheelan but it was Newport who took early control. With Co Football Manager Tom Mc Glinchey at full-forward they exposed gaps in the Kilsheelan defence. They had to wait 9 minutes for Shane Ryan to level from a free. Despite less of the play John Roche put Kilsheelan ahead again. However, it was short lived as Vinny Moloney found the target a couple of minutes later. Kilsheelan again took the lead when Adrian Walsh worked himself into a scoring position for a point. Newport again tied the scores when Patrick Jones pointed to leave it 0-3 each at half time. Kilsheelan enjoyed a good start to the second half when Jimmy Ryan restored their lead only for Shane Ryan of Newport to draw level again. The former U/17 compromise rules star Ryan was to be the pivotal figure in the second half as he orchestrated all Newport’s best moves and also proved to be their top finisher. Keith O’Brien from a free put Kilsheelan ahead again but it was the last time that they led as by the end of the third quarter Newport had gone in front for the first time with Ryan pointing from a free and from play. The free followed a late tackle on Tom Moylan by Dan O’Connor for which he was cautioned and when he picked up a second yellow card he was sent to the line by Solohead referee Ger O’Riordan. Kilsheelan introduced the youthful Michael Mc Hugh and he made his presence felt with a point to tie the scores again. This was to be Kilsheelan’s last score. Shane Ryan had his fifth point and for once a 14 man Kilsheelan had no comeback. With time running out they went in search of the equaliser, Newport counter attacked and it ended with David O’Gorman placing the ball in the Kilsheelan net. Despite leaving it late Newport were deserving winners on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-6. Kilsheelan’s top performers were Johnny Walsh and Noel Ryan in defence, John Roche was in superb form at midfield, while in attack Keith O’Brien , Jimmy Ryan and Adrian Walsh worked hard.
NEWPORT: Eoin Larkin, Mick Coffey, Liam Jones, Richard Brennan, Andrew Hickey, Martin Mc Cabe, Mike Ryan (B), Tom Moylan, Thomas Jones, David Hickey, Shane Ryan 0-5, Vinny Moloney 0-1, Eoin Bonfield, Tom Mc Glinchey and Patrick Jones 0-1.
SUBS: Conor O’Mahoney 0-1, Paddy Ryan, Pat Moroney, David O’Gorman 1-0 and Darren Quinlan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Edward Colum, Johnny Walsh, Noel Ryan, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Dan O’Connor, John Roche 0-1, Keith O’Brien 0-2, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Niall Cloona, Sean Nugent, Adrian Walsh 0-1 and David Power.
SUBS: Michael Mc Hugh 0-1, John Larkin, Pierce Larkin and Seamus Roche.
SELECTORS: Seamus Roche (Manager), Brian Connolly and Sonny Kennedy.
CAPTAIN: Keith O’Brien
Kilsheelan again fielded in the “B” competition and like its football counterpart it was played on a League basis. In the opening match they took on Carrick Davins in Clonmel. It was an onerous task as the Carrick side fielded seven of their Intermediate players. Davins set the early pace and led by 1-7 to 0-4. Just before half time Jim Healy goaled for Kilsheelan. A goal by Shane Corcoran with ten minutes to go left Kilsheelan just three points adrift. A flurry of Davins scores left them winners by 4-10 to 2-5.
KILSHEELAN/ KILCASH: David Hanrahan, Stuart King, Niall Walsh, Shane Geoghegan, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Keith Condon, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Patrick Walsh 0-1, Eoin Ryan (Ballyglasheen), Eoin Ryan (Kilcash), Barry Cloona 0-2, Shane Crotty, Shane Corcoran 1-0 and Jim Healy 1-1.
SUB: Daire Corcoran
Next on the list was Newcastle at Ned Hall Park. Additional players on this occasion were Oisin O’Cuinneagain and William Walsh. Kilsheelan were well on top. Goals by Eoin Ryan (K), Barry Cloona and Jim Healy gave them a half time lead of 3-7 to 0-2.
In the second half Kilsheelan remained in command. Oisin O’Cuinneagain left his mark with a hat-trick of goals as Kilsheelan went on to win by 6-11 to 0-5.
SCORERS: Oisin O’Cuinneagain 3-0, Senan O’Halloran 0-6, Eoin Ryan(K) 1-3, Jim Healy 1-1, Barry Cloona 1-0 and Eoin Ryan (B) 0-1.
At Monroe Cahir were Kilsheelan’s next opponents. Cahir got on top early on but failed to score in the first half. A goal by Jim Healy helped his side to a 1-4 to 0-0 lead at the break. Cahir got a goal early in the second half but their hopes were short lived as Anthony Walsh had two goals within a minute. A further goal by Eoin Ryan (B) left Kilsheelan winners on a scoreline of 4-5 to 1-2.
SCORERS: Anthony Walsh 2-0, Senan O’Halloran 0-4, Eoin Ryan(B) and Jim Healy 1-0 each and Michael Mc Hugh 0-1.
In the next game Kilsheelan were favourites to beat Fethard. Kilsheelan made the early running but found scores difficult to come by. Fethard finished the first half well and led at the interval by 1-4 to 0-3. After the break, Kilsheelan failed to come to terms with the favourites tag as Fethard availed of their opportunities. Despite a goal by Anthony Walsh, Kilsheelan failed to sustain the effort and lost by 4-8 to 1-7.
SCORERS: Anthony Walsh 1-1, Tommy Ryan and Senan O’Halloran 0-2 each and Eoin Ryan (B) and Keith Condon 0-1 each.
The result of this match meant a three way play-off between with Fethard and Cahir.
When the draw was made Kilsheelan and Fethard were paired together. Jim Healy went into goal with David Hanrahan going to No 2. Fethard were first off the mark with a goal
from a long range free. However, Kilsheelan had a different attitude to this game and quickly drew level and a goal by Michael Mc Hugh gave them a 1-7 to 2-1 half time lead. In a low scoring second half Kilsheelan remained in control and won by 1-10 to 2-3.
SCORERS: Senan O’Halloran 0-6, Michael Mc Hugh 1-0, Eoin Ryan(K) 0-2, Keith Condon and Oisin O Cuinneagain 0-1 each.
In the play-off with Cahir, Kilsheelan were always in the driving seat. Senan O’Halloran picked off some great points and a goal by the same player put his side in a commanding position and they led at the break by 1-8 to 1-4. Whenever Cahir pressed they were met with a solid Kilsheelan defence. A further goal by Michael Mc Hugh in the second half put them on their way to a 2-16 to 1-6 victory.
SCORERS: Senan O’Halloran 1-7, Michael Mc Hugh 1-1, Anthony Walsh, Oisin O’Cuinneagain and Eoin Ryan (B) 0-2 each, Eoin Ryan (K) and Daire Corcoran 0-1 each.
In the Semi-Final they met Moyle Rovers in Clonmel. Moyle Rovers were the better side early on but Kilsheelan fought back and goals by Oisin O’Cuinneagain and Eoin Ryan (B) helped them to a half time lead of 2-4 to 1-5. After the interval goals by Daire Corcoran, Oisin O’Cuinneagain and Patrick Walsh made matters safe for Kilsheelan as they went on to win by 5-8 to 2-9.
SCORERS: Oisin O’Cuinneagain 2-1, Senan O’Halloran 0-4, Eoin Ryan (B) 1-1, Daire Corcoran and Patrick Walsh 1-0 each, Eoin Ryan (K) and Anthony Walsh 0-1 each.
The team were through to the final against Carrick Davins at Fethard. Having already played seven matches there was a big improvement in skills and a good team spirit was evident. This team exceeded all expectations and this was exemplified by the large number of supporters who came to cheer them on.
Before a ball was struck Davins were hot favourites in this competition. However Kilsheelan hit the front when Eoin Ryan (K) had a point. Davins response was instant. They had three points from Ritchie Mc Grath and a goal from Luke Foran. In the next Kilsheelan attack Michael Mc Hugh gathered in great style and shot to the net. Davins replied with a number of points to lead by 2-6 to 1-1. The Carrick side were very strong down the middle and increased their lead from 2-11 to 1-4. Early in the second half, Kilsheelan’s hopes were raised when Michael McHugh got through for another goal and we had a number of chances for goals but failed to capitalise on them. Two points from frees by Senan O’Halloran narrowed the gap further. Davins again extended their lead but Senan O’Halloran again replied with two points from frees. Kilsheelan put in a big effort but were unable to get any closer. Davins had a number of points and a goal in the final minute to give them victory by 3-15 to 2-8. This scoreline did not do justice to the Kilsheelan players. For Kilsheelan Jim Healy had an excellent game in goal, while Niall Walsh, David Hanrahan and Tommy Ryan stood out in defence. Further afield Senan O’Halloran , Eoin Ryan (K) and Michael Mc Hugh were best. The Kilsheelan performance can be put into perspective as Davins were only narrowly beaten in the County final.
CARRICK DAVINS: Shane Butler, Micky Cronin, Paul Coady, Philip Cronin, A J Cronin, Jer Robinson 0-2, Colin Smith, Ritchie Mc Grath 1-7, Stephen Cronin 0-3, Martin Duggan, Michael Ryan 0-2, Dean Gates 1-0, Luke Foran 1-0, Alan Redmond 0-1 and Nigel O’Sullivan.
SUB: Benny Ahearn
KILSHEELAN: Jim Healy (Capt.), David Hanrahan, Niall Walsh, Shane Geoghegan, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Keith Condon, Senan O’Halloran 0-4, Eoin Ryan (K) 0-2, Daire Corcoran, Eoin Ryan (B), Anthony Walsh 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 2-1, Oisin O’Cuinneagain and Patrick Walsh.
SUB: Barry Cloona
REFEREE: Ritchie O’Connor (Arravale Rovers)
Once again we entered for the “B” Competition. In the first round we were drawn against St Mary’s and this game was played at Monroe. Despite their dominance in the first quarter St Mary’s had only three points to show for their efforts. Our forwards made little or no impact on the St Mary’s defence and failed to raise a flag in the first half while St Mary’s scored six points. In the second half, despite wind advantage Kilsheelan never looked like coming to terms with the task on hand. Goalkeeper, David Power came to the rescue on several occasions and it was not his fault that four goals passed him. St Mary’s also scored seven points while Kilsheelan’s solitary point was scored by John Walsh.
KILSHEELAN: David Power, John Cahill, Jim Ryan, Eoin Ryan(K), Christy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, Keith Condon, Senan O’Halloran, Niall Walsh, Edward Sweeney, Adrian Walsh, Eoin Ryan (B), John Doolan, John Walsh and David Hanrahan,
SUBS: Graham Loughman, Brian Ahearn, Trevor Cloona and Peter O’Connell
We were again placed in the “B” grade. In the first game we played Skeheenarinky at Marlfield. Led by scorer-in-chief Adrian Walsh Kilsheelan dominated the first half. Just before the interval Pakie Larkin shot to the net to give us a half time lead of 1-9 to 0-3. In a low scoring second half Kilsheelan remained in control. Edward Sweeney added another goal to leave Kilsheelan winners by 2-11 to 0-6.
KILSHEELAN: Nicky Coughlan, John Larkin, Noel Ryan, Roger Doyle, Christy Ryan, Aidan Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin 1-1, Senan O’Halloran, Edward Sweeney 1-0, Adrian Walsh 0-7, Eoin Ryan (B), John Doolan, J J Keyes 0-2 and David Hanrahan.
SUBS: David Power 0-1 and Trevor Cloona.
Next up were Fr Sheehy’s at Marlfield. Additions to the side were Noel Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Tony Walsh and John Larkin while Nigel Fogarty, Brendan Shaw and Glenn Spillane came on as subs. Some well taken points by Adrian Walsh and a goal by J J Keyes helped Kilsheelan to a half time lead of 1-5 to 1-3. In a close second half Kilsheelan led by three points with time almost up when Fr Sheehy’s shot a goal to leave the sides all square on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-8.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 0-5, J J Keyes 1-1, Nigel Fogarty 0-2, Aidan Walsh, Eoin Ryan (B) and Brendan Shaw 0-1 each.
Fethard were our next opponents at Ned Hall Park. Fethard led 1-2 to 0-0 after fifteen minutes. A goal by Brendan Shaw and two points by J J Keyes left us behind by 1-3 to 1-2 at half time. Kilsheelan dominated the second half but found scores hard to come by but two late points secured victory by 1-6 to 1-4.
KILSHEELAN: Nicky Coughlan, Eoin Ryan (K), Noel Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Christy Ryan, Aidan Walsh, Senan O’Halloran, Tony Walsh 0-1, Nigel Fogarty, Edward Sweeney, J J Keyes 0-3, Eoin Ryan (B) 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Brendan Shaw 1-0 and David Hanrahan.
SUBS: Jim Healy and Brian Ahearn
Kilsheelan met Newcastle at Ned Hall Park. Newcastle had 2-3 up before Kilsheelan got on the score sheet. Some well taken points by Brendan Shaw and a goal by Tommy Ryan left Newcastle ahead by 2-3 to 1-3. In the second half another Tommy Ryan goal put Kilsheelan level. With ten minutes remaining Newcastle goaled again. Two points out of the top drawer by Senan O’Halloran left the score Newcastle 3-7 Kilsheelan 2-10.
SCORERS: Tommy Ryan 2-0, Brendan Shaw 0-4, Senan O’Halloran 0-3, Edward Sweeney , Eoin Ryan (B) and John Doolan 0-1 each.
At Clonmel, Kilsheelan’s opponents were St Mary’s. Adrian Walsh was our top scorer but St Mary’s left at the interval by 1-5 to 0-5. A goal by Senan O’Halloran put Kilsheelan on level terms and they then went three points ahead but St Marys’s drew level in the closing minutes to leave the sides at 1-8 each.
SCORERS: Senan O’Halloran 1-1, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Eoin Ryan (B) 0-2, Ed Sweeney & J J Keyes 0-1 each.
After the five group matches we won two and drew three games. This forced us into a play-off with St Mary’s which took place in Kilsheelan. At this stage we had lost Adrian Walsh, Noel Ryan and Pakie Larkin to the Intermediate team. On this occasion St Mary’s were the better side and led at the interval by 1-5 to 0-4. They pulled further ahead in the second half. Kilsheelan rallied with late goals by Jim Healy and John Doolan but St Mary’s went on to win by 1-13 to 2-5.
KILSHEELAN: Nicky Coughlan, Eoin Ryan (K), Michael Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Christy Ryan, John Larkin,Tommy Ryan, Senan O’Halloran 0-2, Aidan Walsh, Edward Sweeney, J J Keyes 0-1, Eoin Ryan (B), David Hanrahan 0-1, David Power and John Doolan 1-1.
SUBS: Jim Healy 1-0, Tony Walsh and Niall Walsh
The early activity was the County League. The date for the first match against
Annacarty did not suit us and eventually we conceded a walkover. The next match was away to Moyne/Templetuohy. Kilsheelan led for most of the first half but gradually lost their grip and were beaten by 3-10 to 2-8.
KILSHEELAN: Nicky Coughlan, John Cahill, Dan O’Connor, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Aidan Walsh, John Roche 0-1, Keith Robinson, Sean Nugent 0-6, Tom Shields, Joe Ryan 1-0, John Walsh 1-1, Pat Clarke and Jim Ryan.
SUBS: Tommy and Eoin Ryan (B).
In the next match we received a walkover to Borrisokane.
For our second outing we travelled to Fethard to take on the home side. A goal by John Walsh sent Kilsheelan on their way. They relinquished the lead after the interval but an inspired display by William Larkin helped them to a 2-12 to 2-9 win.
SCORERS: John Walsh 2-2, John Roche 0-4, William Larkin & Liam Stokes 0-2 each and Pakie Larkin and Adrian Walsh 0-1 each.
Our next game was at home to Arravale Rovers where a win was needed if we were to remain in contention. However, a below par performance ensured it was not going to happen. We drew level in the closing stages to leave the scores Arravale Rovers 1-11 to 0-14 for Kilsheelan.
SCORERS: Sean Nugent 0-5, Liam Stokes 0-3, Willie Ryan and John Roche 0-2 each, William and Martin Larkin 0-1 each.
The League proved a useful exercise giving the mentors an opportunity to try out a large number of players at a competitive level.
In the opening round of the Intermediate Championship which was played on a League basis Kilsheelan took on Moyle Rovers at Clonmel. Heavy rain preceding the match made underfoot conditions slippery and it often proved hazardous for the players. Both sides were fully committed in getting their campaign off to a winning start. The match saw the return of former all star Declan Browne after a long lay-off. Playing at Full-forward he was razor sharp in his movements. His shooting was not up to his usual high standards both from frees and from play. While Kilsheelan full back Willie Ryan could feel pleased in his work in keeping him in check. The occasion also saw the return of veteran Liam Stokes to the Kilsheelan colours. His contribution could have been greater but like the rest of his forwards he missed some easy chances.
Sean Nugent opened the scoring with two points while Declan Browne replied with one for Moyle Rovers. Kilsheelan were now on top and Pat Clarke’ overhead pull went to the net while Liam Stokes followed with a point. Declan Browne pointed for Moyle Rovers from play and another from a ’65. In the next Rovers attack T J Wall gathered the ball some distance out and soloed through the Kilsheelan defence for a fine individual goal. They went further ahead when Browne and Noel Wall again had points. Just before the interval Sean Nugent had a point form a John Roche pass to leave Moyle Rovers leading by 1-6 to 1-4. On th turnover Declan Browne pointed and they had another from T J Wall only for Sean Nugent to come to Kilsheelan’s rescue with two long range points. Kilsheelan missed some easy chances before Pat Clarke, Laim Stokes and Sean Nugent had points to put them one ahead. The match took another turn when Declan Browne gathered the ball some thirty meters out and his speculative shot went all the way to the net leaving his side in the lead by 2-8 to 1-9. In the closing minutes Kilsheelan sub Niall Cloona left his mark. He sent in a cross from near the sideline and was batted to the net by the in-rushing John Walsh.
Sean Nugent closed the scoring with two pointed frees to give Kilsheelan victory by 2-11 to 2-8.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Keith Robinson, Willie Ryan, John Cahill, Dan O’Connor, William Larkin, Pat Hickey, John Roche, Paddy Nugent, Joe Ryan, Martin Larkin, Sean Nugent 0-8, John Walsh 1-0, Pat Clarke 1-1 and Liam Stokes 0-2.
SUBS: Tom Power, Keith Condon and Niall Cloona.
MOYLE ROVERS: Pat Condon, Paul Norris, Mick Mc Grath, Niall Fennessy, Kevin Morrissey, Kevin O’Connor, Ger Mc Carthy, John Mc Grath, Noel Wall 0-1, Roan Desmond, M J Browne, Kevin Condon, T J Wall 1-1, Declan Browne 1-6 and Stephen Dunne.
SUBS: John O’Brien, Edmond Phelan and Conal Crosse.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell
It was back to Clonmel for the next match against Carrick Davins. Kilsheelan had a trump card in Sean Nugent whose unerring accuracy from frees and play yielded him a total of 13 points. He pointed frees from all angles and only missed one throughout the game. Kilsheelan opened the scoring with a point in the first minute from Sean Nugent. They then had a stroke of luck when the ball came off the upright and Pat Clarke shot to the net. Davins were awarded a free. Kilsheelan defenders protested. The referee brought the ball further in and Philip Murphy blasted the ball past a surprised Kilsheelan defence for a goal. Kilsheelan continued to increase their lead mainly through Sean Nugent. Coming up to the interval Kilsheelan had another goal when a long range delivery was blocked out to John Walsh who made no mistake from a close range and at half time Kilsheelan led by 2-9 t 1-2. In a low scoring second half, Sean Nugent had a further four points.
Davins were now enjoying their best spell and Philip Murphy shot a fine goal and Alan Redmond followed with a point. Martin Larkin concluded the scoring with a point to leave Kilsheelan winners by 2-14 to 2-3.
Kilsheelan had excellent defenders in Dan O’Connor and William Larkin. Paddy Nugent had a solid game in the middle. Sean Nugent was the star of the attack with most support coming form Martin Larkin.
KILSHEELAN SCORERS: Sean Nugent 0-13, John Walsh & Pat Clarke 1-0 each & Martin Larkin 0-1.
CARRICK DAVINS SCORERS: Philip Murphy 2-2 and Alan Redmond 0-1.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (St Marys)
It was to Ardfinnan for the next game against Skeheenarinky and what an exciting game it proved to be.Kilsheelan got off to a flyer. John Roche pointed in the early seconds and Sean Nugent expertly cut a sideline over the bar. Pat Clarke added a point. Joe English added two points for Skeheenarinky. Kilsheelan surged further ahead with points by Paddy Nugent, Liam Stokes and Sean Nugent from a free. However, the pendulum swung Skeheen’s way when Willie Cahill had a point. Two minutes later the sides were level when Richard Vaughan’s probing shot ended in the Kilsheelan net. Paul Maher and Sean Nugent exchanged points. Skeheen finished with two points by Eamon Maher and one form Paul Maher to give them a lead of 1-7 to 0-7 at half time.
On the resumption Eamon Maher again pointed only for Sean Nugent to follow suit to leave a one goal difference again. The Kilsheelan defence were again found wanting as Eamon Maher’s shot went to the net to give his side a six point lead. Sean Nugent had a further two points and Noel O’Gorman for Clogheen pointed also. The Kilsheelan comeback was sparked off by two long range points form John Roche with further points from Liam Stokes and Sean Nugent. Willie Ryan was switched to full-forward and he quickly found the net for a goal to leave his side ahead by 1-15 to 2-10 as Kilsheelan looked like holding out. With time just up Joe English pointed for Skeheen and in injury time Eamon Maher pointed form a free to bring a pulsating game to a finish.
Best for Kilsheelan were Dan O’Connor. Willie Ryan, William & Martin Larkin, Paddy & Sean Nugent, John Roche and Liam Stokes.
KILSHEELAN: John Walsh, John Cahill, Dan O’Connor, Jim Ryan, Willie Ryan 1-0, William Larkin, Martin Larkin, Paddy Nugent 0-1, John Roche 0-3, Sean Nugent 0-8, Liam Stokes 0-2, Joe Ryan, Niall Cloona, Pat Clarke 0-1 and Pakie Larkin.
SUB: Richard Crotty
SKEHEENARINKY: Ian O’Donnell, Conor O’Farrell, Michael Kenneally, Liam Finn, Eoin Kearney, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Michael O’Farrell, Jer Fox, Joe English 0-3, Richard Vaughan 1-0, Willie Cahill 0-1, Paul Maher 0-3, John Fox, Eamon Maher 1-4 and Thomas Hickey.
SUB: Noel O’Gorman 0-1
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
The fourth match in the League section was against Ballybacon/Grange in Clonmle. The game was won and lost in the opening 12 minutes as Ballybacon began in devasting fashion notching three early goals. The first in the opening minute proved a heartbreak for Kilsheelan as corner-back Keith Condon turned the ball into his own net when attempting to clear. Further goals by Shane Sweeney and Michael English put Ballybacon ahead by 3-4 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter and the game looked over as a contest. However, Kilsheelan fought back with great spirit and determination and refused to bow the knee. Aided by Sean Nugent’s marksmanship from frees they reduced the leeway to 3-7 to 0-8 at half time.
After the interval Sean Nugent was again to the fore and a fine goal by Pakie Larkin reduced the leeway to three points. Ten minutes to go Ballybacon reasserted themselves with some fine points. A further Shane Sweeney goal six minutes from time finally put an end to Kilsheelan’s brave challenge and they went down by 4-16 to 1-16. Outstanding for Kilsheelan were Sean Nugent who gave an exhibition of free taking notching a grand total of eleven points also Willie Ryan, Liam Stokes, Pakie and William Larkin.
BALLYBACON: Brendan Cummins, James Hackett, Albert Keating, Michael Phelan, Pa Norton, Brian Condon, James Nugent, Kieran Walsh 0-1, Jerry Ryan, Shane Sweeney 2-5, Thomas Maher, Sean Maher 0-2,Michael English 1-1, Johnny English 0-3
and Alan O’Gorman 0-4. A Kilsheelan OG.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Keith Condon. Dan O’Connor, John Cahill, Pat Hickey, William Larkin, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-3, Paddy Nugent, Joe Ryan, Liam Stokes 0-2, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Jim Ryan, John Walsh and Sean Nugent 0-11.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
Old rivals Fethard were Kilsheelan’s next opponents in Clonmel and this was the best match played in the Championship as both sets of supporters were in full voice right to the end. The tempo increased as the match progressed and it was no surprise that the exchanges became some what heated at times as both sides fought tooth and nail for victory. Fethard were first off the mark when Tomas Keane and Colin Allen pointed. John Roche who took over the freetaking duties in the absence of the injured Sean Nugent opened Kilsheelan’s account with a point. Colin Allen replied with a point from a free for Fethard. In the next attack the same player careered through the Kilsheelan defence to shoot a fine individual goal. Roche and Allen again exchanged points form frees. Kilsheelan got in the game when Niall Cloona made a brilliant catch and he went on to score a goal from a very narrow angle. The same player and John Roche had points to bring the sides level. Kieran Treacy restored Fethard’s one point lead. Niall Cloona was on the mark again with an overhead stroke that left the sides level at the interval on 1-5 each.
On the resumption John Roche, from a free, had Kilsheelan ahead for the first time. The same player and John Paul Looby again added two points each. Liam Stokes was on the mark when he pointed form an acute angle. Colin Allen and Aidan Fitzgerald restored Fethard’s two point advantage. Again Liam Stokes and John Roche levelled as excitement reached fever pitch. In the last minute Fitzgerald shot over the bar. Kilsheelan’s William Larkin gathered in mid filed and rode several tackles before scoring the equaliser. There was still time to go when Fethard were awarded a free and Colin Allen made no mistake. Kilsheelan made one last ditch effort when Niall Cloona was fouled and John Roche found the target in what was the final score with the sides all square at 1-13 each. This brought the highly entertaining game to a finish and no one could quibble with the result. For Kilsheelan Pat Hickey, Willaim and Pakie Larkin were best in defence while Willie Ryan, John Roche and Niall Cloona were the most prominent in attack.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, John Cahill, Pat Hickey, William Larkin 0-1, Martin Larkin, Paddy Nugent, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Jim Ryan, Joe Ryan, Niall Cloona 1-2, John Roche 0-8 and Liam Stokes 0-2.
FETHARD: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Ryan, Michael Ryan, Cian Maher, Kevin O’Donnell, Michael Ahearne, Michael Spillane, Stephen O’Donnell, P J Ahearne, Brian Coen, Tomas Keane 0-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-3, Kieran Treacy 0-1, John Paul Looby 0-2 and Colin Allen 1-6.
SUBS: Willie Morrissey and Owen Doyle.
REFEREE:Andy Moloney (Cahir)
Clonmel was again the venue when Kilsheelan took on Fr Sheehy’s. Kilsheelan were much the better side and led by 0-7 to 0-3 after twenty minutes. They then hit a purple patch as a Joe Ryan goal was followed by three unanswered points from Sean Nugent. The third quarter proved very tame with each side scoring just two points. Fr Sheehy’s to their credit refused to surrender. They staged a grand stand finish that yielded goals from Eoin Myers and Liam O’Connor. However, Kilsheelan held on to take two valuable points in what was a very disappointing second half as the final score was Kilsheelan 1-12 to Fr Sheehy’s 2-6. Best for Kilsheelan wer goalie Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan and William Larkin in defence, Willie Ryan and Paddy Nugent at midfield, in attack Sean Nugent and Pakie Larkin were best.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, John Cahill, Pat Hickey, William Larkin, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-1, Paddy Nugent, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Liam Stokes, John Roche 0-2, Sean Nugent 0-7, Joe Ryan 1-1 and Niall Cloona.
SUBS: Jim Ryan, Par Clarke and John Walsh.
FR SHEEHY’S: Patrick Fitzgerald, Sean Murphy, Johnny Corbett, Henry O’Grady, Emmet O’Brien, Liam Fleming, Paul Noonan, Liam O’Connor 1-0, Declan English, Eoin Myers 1-3, Thomas Conway 0-3, Brendan English, Mick Maher, Michael Fleming and Alan Mc Grath.
SUB: James Butler
REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)
In the final League match against Cahir in Clonmel a win was needed in order to ensure a Semi-Final qualification Cahir began the game in determined style and and an early goal from Benny Hickey. They maintained their lead up to the 20th minute when Joe Ryan goaled for Kilsheelan to leave the sides level. Cahir finished the half the stronger and led by 1-6 to 1-3. Kilsheelan were a transformed team in the second half and four unanswered points put them ahead 1-7 to 1-6 at the three quarter stage. Cahir levelled with a point from a free by James Looby – incidentally this proved to be their only score of the second half. Kilsheelan’s attack worked well as a team with Liam Stokes and Sean Nugent the leading scorers as they went on to win by 1-14 to 1-7.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan. Dan O’Connor, John Cahill, Pat Hickey, William Larkin 0-1, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-1, Paddy Nugent, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Jim Ryan, Joe Ryan 1-0, Liam Stokes 0-4, John Roche 0-2 and Sean Nugent 0-4.
SUBS: Niall Cloona 0-1, Adrian Walsh and Keith Condon.
CAHIR: Gary Burke, Richard Sweetman, Ritchie Quirke, Johnny Cantwell, Davy O’Gorman, James Swords, Derek Lonergan, Paddy Flaherty, Pat O’Brien 0-1, James Cantwell 0-1, James Hyland 0-1, Benny Hickey 1-0, James Looby 0-3, Larry Molan and Paul Lonergan 0-1.
SUBS: James Mc Grath, Robbie Costigan, Andrew Hyland, Jimmy Casey and David Coffey.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield).
When the draws were made for the Semi-Finals, Kilsheelan were again drawn against Cahir. Kilsheelan monopolised the opening ten minutes but all they had to show for it was two points by Sean Nugent. It took a top class save by goalie, Brian Enright to deprive Willie Ryan a goal in the third minute. Cahir were more economical availing of their chances. James Looby pointed from a free and they had further points from James Cantwell, James Hyland and James Swords. Willie Ryan kept Kilsheelan in touch when he pointed from a Liam Stokes pass.
The turning point of the game came when a long range free by Paddy O’Flaherty went all the way to the Kilsheelan net. James Hyland and Sean Nugent swopped points from frees to leave ahead at half time by 1-5 to 0-6.
Cahir extended their lead with two early second half points by James Looby while a great long range score from William Larkin kept Kilsheelan in touch. Cahir’s hopes received a major boost when Benny Hickey’s first time overhead stroke gave the Kilsheelan goalkeeper no chance. Three unanswered points gave them a ten point cushion before Kilsheelan staged a late comeback. When the ball landed near the Cahir goal, Niall Cloona was on hand to strike in to the net. This was followed by a point from Sean Nugent. In the next attack the same player found himself in space and again registered a green flag. The remaining minutes proved exciting as Kilsheelan tried to get on terms and with time nearly up they were awarded a free. Sean Nugent had no choice but to go for goal but his effort was blocked and that ended Kilsheelan’s ambitions for another year as Cahir went on to win by 2-12 to 2-9. Kilsheelan’s performance was disappointing. Having already defeated the same opposition two weeks earlier, hopes were high of repeating the feat. Best performers were William & Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan and Paddy & Sean Nugent.
CAHIR: Brian Enright, Johnny Cantwell, Richard Sweetnam, Andrew Hyland, Paddy O’Flaherty 1-0, Davy O’Gorman, Liam Cantwell, James Swords 0-1, Padraig Hyland, Dave Williams, James Hyland 0-2, James Looby 0-5, James Mc Grath, Benny Hickey 1-1 and James Cantwell 0-3.
SUBS: Pat O’Brien, Garvan Queeney and Paul Kearney.
KILSHEELAN: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, John Cahill, Pat Hickey, William Larkin 0-1, Martin Larkin, John Roche, Paddy Nugent, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Willie Ryan 0-1, Pakie Larkin, Sean Nugent 1-6, Joe Ryan and Liam Stokes.
SUBS: Niall Cloona 1-0, John Walsh and Jim Ryan.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly).