Preparation for this competition was the responsibility of John Ryan. The opening match was at Monroe against Clonmel Og.
The Clonmel side were the better balanced team. They were very strong down the middle. Aidan Rouse led the way in defence. They also had the best forward in view in the name of Paul Deady.
Despite losing out Kilsheelan pressed all the way and were in with a chance until the winners had their second goal.
Dwane Byrne got the winners off the mark with a point only for Ross Larkin to level for Kilsheelan.
A similar pattern followed when Jason Delahunty and Frank Strang exchanged points while Seamus Shannon and Padraic Hickey did likewise. Clonmel Og again hit the front when Paul Deady pointed a free and also added a point from play. Lorcan Ryan kept Kilsheelan in touch with a point from a ’65. Again points were swopped and on this occasion it was P J Fahy and Barry Cloona who were the scorers. Just before the break Aidan Rouse made it 0-7 to 0-5 when he pointed a long range free.
On the resumption the winners were having the greater share of the play as Paul Deady pointed a free and Shane Kearney added another. The first goal arrived when Paul Deady slammed to the net to give his side a lead of 1-9 to 0-5 after ten minutes and they looked pulling away. However, Kilsheelan stuck to their task and were not going to go down easily. Ross Larkin had two points in quick succession and after some goalmouth pressure Tommy Ryan goaled. After a period of stalemate Shane Kearney and Jason Delahunty had further Clonmel Og points. Kilsheelan again hit back. Pádraic Hickey pointed and Lorcan Ryan pointed a ’65. The lead was now done to two points going into the last five minutes as Kilsheelan fought hard to get closer but it was Clonmel Og who broke upfield and Willie Darmody got through for a goal. After that Kilsheelan never looked like catching up as Clonmel Og ran out worthy winners by 2-11 to 1-9.
CLONMEL OG: Greg Carroll, Gerry Cunningham, Aaron Cunningham, Gary O’Shea, Barry Burke, Aidan Rouse 0-1, John Cagney, Shane Kearney 0-2, Dwane Byrne 0-1, Killian Rouse, Seamus Shannon 0-1, Paul Deady 1-3, Jason Delahunty 0-2, P J Fahy 0-1 and Willie Darmody 1-0.
SUBS: Kevin Landers for Killian Rouse and Pa Hogan for Gary O’Shea.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Kieran White, George Stewart, Lorcan Ryan 0-2, Eoin Twohig, Daire Corcoran, Eoin Ryan, Pádraic Hickey 0-2, Tommy Ryan 1-0, Ross Larkin 0-3, Paul Denn, Barry Cloona 0-1 and Frank Strang 0-1.
REFEREE: Brian White (Clonmel)
The second match at Monroe was against St Mary’s. This was a very even contest all through with the lead changing on several occasions. The winners led by a point at the interval. On the resumption Kilsheelan regained the lead. Midway through the half the defining moment came when Kilsheelan’s No 6 Tommy Ryan, who was arguably the best player on view, received a facial injury and had to leave the field. The Clonmel side got on top and looked likely winners before the match reached its conclusion.
Kilsheelan got off to a great start when Ross Larkin goaled after twenty seconds. St Mary’s reply was swift as Michael Mc Carthy pointed two frees. Kilsheelan’s Michael Mc Hugh then pointed from an acute angle. St Mary’s fought back when Michael Mc Carthy struck the ball into the goal area and David Burke pulled overhead for an opportunist goal. They extended their lead further when Michael Mc Carthy found the net from a twenty metre free to leave his side ahead by 2-2 to 1-1. Kilsheelan finished the half well. Tommy Ryan pointed. Pádraic Hickey did likewise from out near the sideline. They had a great chance of going ahead when Michael Mc Hugh knifed through the St Mary’s defence and unfortunately for him, his shot came back off the upright but in the ensuing play James Geraghty pointed to leave St Mary’s ahead at the interval by 2-2 to 1-4.
When play resumed Kilsheelan went ahead with points by Barry Cloona and Tommy Ryan, from a long distance free. For the next ten minutes both sides had chances but the score remained the same. Kilsheelan’s Tommy Ryan’s injury had a very unsettling effect on the losers and the Clonmel side took full advantage. They missed a couple of scoreable frees before Mc Carthy was on the mark for their first score of the half after 19 minutes. Diarmuid Bolger had another. They were in the driving seat when Ronan Peters worked his way in for a goal. The losers had a number of chances but their only reward was an Eoin Ryan point. St Mary’s had the last say when Mc Carthy pointed a close in free to leave his side winners by 3-5 to 1-7.
ST MARY’S: Mark Tobin, John Tobin, Niall O’Brien, Brian Mc Donnell, Sean Ward, Ciaran O’Connell, Tony Cahill, John O’Mahony, Michael Freaney, Ronan Peters 1-0, Michael Mc Carthy 1-4, Liam O’Donoghue, David Burke 1-0, Con Power and Diarmuid Bolger 0-1.
SUBS: Kevin O’Callaghan for Con Power and Tadgh Ryan for Liam O’Donoghue.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Kieran White, George Stewart, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Daire Corcoran, Michael Mc Hugh 0-1, Frank Strang, Ross Larkin 1-0, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Barry Cloona 0-1 and James Geraghty 0-1.
SUBS: Brian Richards for Ross Larkin, Paul Denn for Frank Strang and Frank Strang for Tommy Ryan.
REFEREE: Charlie Boland (Moyle Rovers)
The final match was against Mullinahone and was scheduled for Davin Park. We were already out of contention and were unable to field a team. This brought the minors programme to an unsatisfactory conclusion.
Kilsheelan were again graded “B” and were paired with last year’s County “C” champions Ballyneale in the first round..
The heavy overnight rain made ground conditions difficult for hurling and as a result the game never reached any great heights. However, both sides showed an appetite for the game as they went about their task in a determined fashion.
Over the 60 minutes Ballyneale just about deserved their win. Despite a number of bad wides they were the better side at notching up the scores. They also had a trump card in midfielder Peter Downey who was the launching pad for most for their scores.
Kilsheelan could also point to the fact that they had the greater share of the play, their forwards saw a lot of the ball but lacked the cutting edge to pierce an excellent Ballyneale defence.
Kilsheelan applied the early pressure and had the opening score after three minutes when Tommy Ryan pointed a ’65. Ballyneale were soon on level terms when Peter Downey had a delightful point from a sideline cut. The same player was again on target this time from a ’65. Kilsheelan’s chances received a boost when David Hanrahan careered through the Ballyneale defence for a well taken goal. Tom Kennedy reduced the leeway to the minimum when he sent the ball over the bar.
Ballyneale went on to force a ’65. Peter Downey’s effort dropped short and in the ensuing melee Jim O’Shea forced the ball over the line. The Kilsheelan attack had alot of possession but were unable to add to their total. In the closing stages of the half Senan O’Halloran and Peter Downey exchanged points to leave the interval score at 1-4 to 1-2 in favour of the winners.
After the break Ballyneale full forward Tom Kennedy gathered a long delivery and he outpaced the Kilsheelan defence for a well taken goal. Peter Downey added a further point to put his side six points clear and they were looking good for victory. With ten minutes to go Kilsheelan’s Tommy Ryan made his way up from defence for a point. The same player went on to point a free and a ’65 and a grand stand finish looked in prospect. However, Ballyneale had the final say when Enda Fogarty pointed and they won by 2-6 to 1-5.
BALLYNEALE: Darren Power, Paul Mc Andrew, Robert Murphy, Edmond Hearne, William Lambe, J P Wallace, John Mc Andrew, Peter Downey 0-4, Barry Hanrahan, Robert Ryan, Theo English, Darren O’Connell, Jim O’Shea 1-0, Tom Kennedy 1-1 and Enda Fogarty 0-1.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Shane Prendergast, Niall Walsh, Shane Corcoran, Keith Condon, Tommy Ryan 0-4, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan (B), Eoin Ryan (K) Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Anthony Walsh, David Hanrahan 1-0, Daire Corcoran, David Power and Barry Cloona.
SUB: Karl Gibbs.
Referee: Micael Mc Cormack (Fethard)
In a match for first round losers Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on Fr Sheehy’s at Ned Hall Park.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash put down a marker in the early stages and the Clogheen goalkeeper was called on to clear his lines on a number of occasions. Fr Sheehy’s were first off the mark when Eoin Halley pointed a free. The winners continued to press and were finally rewarded when Tommy Ryan pointed a ’65. John Sheehan restored the Fr Sheehy’s lead when he pointed and Eoin Halley added another from a long distance free out near the sideline. Kilsheelan narrowed the gap when David Hanrahan pointed and Tommy Ryan levelled again from a free. Both sides continued having chances but defences were on top and after a lull in the scoring Kilsheelan were rewarded for their efforts when Anthony Walsh pointed. In their next attack the game took a decisive turn in the Kilsheelan’s favour when Anthony Walsh was on hand for the game’s only goal from close range. Fr Sheehy’s replied with a point from John Sheehan but just before the short whistle Tommy Ryan pointed a free to give his side a lead of 1-5 to 0-4.
On the turnover the above mentioned was again on the mark from a free. Kilsheelan were again doing most of the pressing and were awarded a ’65. The quick thinking Tommy Ryan found Anthony Walsh and he put the ball over the bar. Senan O’Halloran from an acute angle extended Kilsheelan’s lead with a pointed free. Their lead was increased to seven points when Tommy Ryan pointed from inside his own 65 metre line. Following this score Fr Sheehy’s enjoyed a greater share of the play but their way to goal proved fruitless against a vigilant Kilsheelan defence while it could also be said that they did not have any great luck in the goal area. A pointed free from Eoin Halley was poor reward for their efforts. In the closing stages Kilsheelan had further points from Pa Walsh and Tommy Ryan from a long range free. With time almost up Eoin Halley had the final say when he pointed for Fr Sheehy’s to leave Kilsheelan winners by 1-11 to 0-6.
Best for Kilsheelan were Keith Condon., Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Anthony Walsh, David Hanrahan and Barry Cloona.
For Fr Sheehy’s Alan Mc Grath kept a sound goal while Ger Norris, Eoin Halley, Michael Cuddihy and John Sheehan were best on view.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, George Stewart, Niall Walsh, Shane Corcoran, Keith Condon. Tommy Ryan 0-6, Shane Geoghegan, Pa Walsh 0-1, Eoin Ryan (Ballyglasheen), Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Anthony Walsh 1-2, David Hanrahan 0-1, Kieran Gibbs, David Power and Barry Cloona.
SUB: Shane Crotty.
FR SHEEHY’S: Alan Mc Grath, Pat Mulcahy, Ger Norris, Patrick Moran, John O’Connor, John O’ Donnell, Bobby Platt, Eoin Halley 0-4, Michael Myles, Killian Casey, Michael Cuddihy, John Sheehan 0-2, Thomas O’Donnell, John Fitpatrick and Sean Fitzgerald.
REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)
In the next game Kilsheelan won the toss for home venue against Fethard. This was a very evenly contested game. Kilsheelan started this game at great pace and raced into 0-5 to no score after ten minutes – David Hanrahan 0-2, Senan O Halloran 0-1, Barry Cloona 0-1 and Anthony Walsh 0-1 who was the best player for Kilsheelan on the night. Fethard slowly took control and prevented Kilsheelan from scoring in the remainder of the first half adding 0-5 from Michael Dillon 0-3 (f) , Eoin Doyle 0-1f , Paul Kendrick 0-1 to leave the half time score all square at five points each. Both teams also had five wides each so a draw was a fair reflection off a very enjoyable half with slippery under foot conditions.
Fethard took up where they had left off and added two points Ml Dillon 0-2 (1f) to go in front for the first time. After 10 minutes David Hanrahan hit a tame shot which the goalie failed to hold ending in the net to put Kilsheelan back in front with their first score in 30 minutes. Fethard did fight back to level with a Michael Dillon free after 15 minutes but the goal gave Kilsheelan a wake up call and having two wides and two points from David Hanrahan and Senan O Halloran to go two points up. Fethard fought back with two wides and two points from Ml Dillon (free) and John Leahy to draw level again after 24 Minutes . Kilsheelan’s Senan O Halloran and Anthony Walsh added points and within a minute the match was over when the Fethard goalie misread a ball going wide to deflect into his own net so Kilsheelan were five up with two minutes to go Fethard did add 0-1 from Michael Dillon (f) to leave the final score Kilsheelan 2-9 Fethard 0-11.
Best for Kilsheelan were Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Shane Geoghegan in defence, Senan O Halloran, Anthony Walsh, David Hanrahan and Barry Cloona in attack. Fethard’s best were Ian Kendrick, Eoin Doyle,William Harrington in defence Ml Dillon was Fethard’s best on the night .
Kilsheelan: Ian Coughlan, Eoin Ryan (K), Niall Walsh, George Stewart, Keith Condon, Tomas Ryan, Shane Geoghegan, Patrick Walsh, Eoin Ryan (B), Senan O Halloran 0-3 (1f), Anthony Walsh 0-2, David Hanrahan 1-3, Karl Gibbs, David Power and Barry Cloona 1-1. Subs: Shane Crotty and Frank Strang.
Fethard: Paddy Cooney, Mike Kelly, Ian Kendrick, James Smyth, William O Brien, Eoin Doyle 0-1(f), William Harrington, Jamie McCormack, Ml Dillon 0-8 (7f), John Leahy 0-1, Ronan Maher, John Noonan, John Hanrahan, P J Morrissey and Paul Kendrick 0-1. Sub: Owen Maher.
Following this result Kilsheelan drew the short straw and had to play Carrick Davins next and this match took place at Monroe. Both sides availed of the ideal conditions to put on a fine hours hurling. Apart from the closing stages scores were close. Two fully committed teams gave their all and a fine sporting contest made referee Pa Shelly’s task an easy one (surely a message there) while it could also be said that the fare on offer deserved a bigger audience.
From the outset Kilsheelan took the game to the championship favourites and gave as good as they got. They were on top at midfield where Eoin Ryan kept a tight rein on county minor captain Ritchie Mc Grath. In the period coming up to half time they had their only goal and they led at half time by two points and an upset looked a possibility. After the interval Davins moved inter county minor Ritchie Mc Grath into attack and they gradually got on top and when they hit their second goal they never looked back.
Kilsheelan had the opening score after four minutes when David Hanrahan pointed. Davins were soon on level terms when Alan Redmond raced away from his opponent to shoot over the bar. They went ahead when the Kilsheelan defence under pressure conceded a ’65 and Michael Cronin pointed.
They went further ahead when Patrick O’Keeffe had another point. Undeterred by this, Kilsheelan hit back with points from Karl Gibbs and Keith Condon. The Carrick side again led when Stephen Cronin shot over the bar. Kilsheelan went on to enjoy their best period after this Senan O’Halloran from a side line cut found the unmarked Keith Condon, his speculative lob was doubled on in the air by David Power for a goal. Despite both sides missing a number of chances Kilsheelan deserved their half time lead of 1-3 to 0-4.
On the restart the winners upped the pace. They regained a lead they never lost when Willie Waters gathered the ball, powered his way through and gave the Kilsheelan goalkeeper no chance. Michel Cronin form a ’65 further increased their lead. Kilsheelan had their chances but were now up against a Davins defence that had tightened up considerably and their only reward was a pointed free by Tommy Ryan. This was cancelled out be a Michael Cronin pointed free for Davins. Keith Condon who was going well in the middle of the field replied with a long range point from out near the sideline. The Carrick side then hit a purple patch. Michael Hackett shot a point, Ritchie Mc Grath moving on to a long range ball gathered and made ground and from outside the 20 meter line placed a low hard drive to the corner of the net. They went six points up when Willie Waters was again on target. Kilsheelan did not give up but never looked like piercing the Carrick defence. Senan O’Halloran was on the mark with a point form a free but this was quickly cancelled out with a point from Ritchie Mc Grath at the other end. Kilsheelan’s last score came from Tommy Ryan when he pointed a free from midfield. Davins were now in command and they had the last three points from Stephen Cronin, Alan Redmond and sub Shane Butler to win by 2-12 to 1-7.
Best for Carrick Davins were John Paul Mc Grath, Michael Cronin, Michael Ryan, Ritchie Mc Grath, Alan Redmond and Stephen Cronin.
For Kilsheelan Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran and David Hanrahan were best.
CARRICK DAVINS: Liam Murphy, Willie O’Dwyer, John Paul Mc Grath, Cronin, Michael Cronin 0-3, Michael Ryan, Colm Smith, Ritchie Mc Grath 1-1, Gerry Robinson, Alan Redmond 0-2, Michael Hackett 0-1, Stephen Cronin 0-2, Willie Waters 1-1, Luke Foran and Patrick O’Keeffe 0-1.
SUBS: Shane Butler 0-1 and John Murphy.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, George Stewart, Niall Walsh, Shane Corcoran, Shane Geoghegan, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Shane Prendergast, Eoin Ryan, Keith Condon 0-2, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Anthony Walsh, Christy Ryan, Karl Gibbs 0-1, David Power 1-0 and David Hanrahan 0-1.
SUB: Oisin O Cuinneagain
REFEREE: Pa Shelly Killenaule)
The feasibility of entering a Junior Hurling team was discussed at length. To do so would cost €650. It was decided to go ahead as it gave a chance to ex Intermediate players to get a number of games. A good effort was made to get a panel of players together and 26 players made themselves available for the opening match against Ballybacon in Clonmel. Ballybacon went into this game as favourites.
It was a close and very entertaining game all through, Kilsheelan-Kilcash upset the form book when they came from behind to score a one point win. The first half was very low scoring. After the interval the goals started to go in and at one stage Ballybacon looked to be in the driving seat only for Kilsheelan to hit back.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring with three successive points by Joe Ryan. A goal by Ballybacon’s Kieran O’Brien levelled the match. His side were having the better of the play but wasted a number of chances when they drove wide and the half time score was 1-4 to 0-4 in favour of the losers.
At the start of the second half Joe Ryan goaled for Kilsheelan. Some minutes later Aidan Walsh added another. Both sides were now playing some excellent hurling and it was real end to end stuff.
It was now Ballybacon’s turn to get on top as Kieran O’Brien drove home a goal and Michael Kennedy added another to open up a five point gap. At the other end Kilsheelan’s sub Shane Geoghegan shot to the net and his side drew level with ten minutes remaining. From then on neither side was able to find the target and as the game approached injury time Kilsheelan were awarded a free 50 metres out and Keith Robinson made no mistake to bring the game to its conclusion as his side won by 3-8 to 3-7.
Best for Kilsheelan were Paddy Nugent, Niall Walsh, Keith Robinson, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Edward Sweeney, Aidan Walsh and Joe Ryan.
For Ballybacon David, P J, Alan & Brian Lonergan, Thomas O’Mahony, Kieran O’Brien and Michael Kennedy were best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Nicky Coughlan, Keith O’Brien, Paddy Nugent, George Stewart, Eoin Ryan, Niall Walsh, Peter O’Connell, Keith Robinson 0-1, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Aidan Walsh 1-1, Joe Ryan 1-4, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Karl Gibbs, John Larkin and David Power.
SUBS: Shane Geoghegan 1-0 for David Power and Frank Strang for Carl Gibbs.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: David Lonergan, Thomas Walsh, P J Lonergan, Alan J Lonergan, Thomas O’Mahony 0-1, Brian Lonergan, Sean Phelan, Paul Hennessy 0-2, Kieran O’Brien 2-0, Declan Ryan, Michael Kennedy 1-1, John Darmody, Alan Ryan, Francis O’Neill and Colm Darmody 0-3.
SUBS: Ollie O’Brien for Francis O’Neill and John Cussens for Sean Phelan
REFEREE: Charlie Boland (Moyle Rovers)
Following this surprise win, there was an air of expectancy of doing well in this competition if the players put in the effort. However, that was as good as it got. Kilsheelan’s next match was against Ballingarry but they conceded a walkover and later Skeheenarinky and Newcastle did likewise. After playing only one match we were through to the Semi-Finals and we were paired with Cahir at Ned Hall Park. Preparation for this match was not satisfactory as six of our best players were lost to the Intermediate team while the lack of competitive games did not help either.
After a close first half, Cahir aided by the wind, piled on the scores after the interval to run out deserving winners.
Cahir opened with a Robbie Costigan goal after five minutes as Kilsheelan goalkeeper Ian Coughlan was injured in the process and had to be replaced. Both sides had a number of points before Oisin O Cuinneagain had the best score of the match. He powered his way past a number of defenders to drive to the net. Almost immediately Cahir with some very good approach work replied with a Matty Commins goal. At half time the score read 2-4 to 1-4 in Cahir’s favour.
On the restart, Robbie Costigan goaled again and over the next ten minutes both sides exchanged points and at the three quarter stage the score was 3-7 to 1-7. Cahir took over after that. They had further goals from Robbie Costigan, James Brennan and Ger O’Gorman. Despite playing second fiddle Kilsheelan continued to press but were unable to match a strong Cahir team by 6-9 to 1-8.
Best for Cahir were Alan Kennedy, John B O’Brien, Tom O’Gorman, Matty Commins and Robbie Costigan. For Kilsheelan Shane Geoghegan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Anthony Walsh and David Hanrahan did best. While an 18 point defeat was our lot, the team did reasonably well in the circumstances.
CAHIR: Anthony Burke, Alan Kennedy, John Gutherie, Colm Kennedy, Aidan Burke, John B O’Brien, Noel O’Gorman, Paddy O’ Flaherty 0-1, Tom O’Gorman 0-2, Mark Kearney 0-2, Noel Cotter, Matty Commins 1-3, Ger O’Gorman 1-0, Robbie Costigan 3-1 and James Brennan 1-0.
SUBS: Michael Lonergan, Liam O’Gorman and Eric Flannery.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, John Larkin, Niall Walsh, Shane Corcoran, Shane Geoghegan, Shane Prendergast, George Stewart, Peter O’Connell, Oisin O Cuinneagain 1-0, Senan O’Halloran 0-3, Anthony Walsh 0-2, Edward Sweeney 0-1, Shane Crotty, David Power and David Hanrahan 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Mc Hugh 0-1, Jerry Kehoe, Eddie O’Connell, Karl Gibbs and Roger Doyle.
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
This team was again under the management of Liam Stokes. Apart from the training the team used the County League to get in some match practise together with some challenge matches.
In the first County League match we were at home to Gortnahoe /Glengoole. With very little hurling done to date it was no surprise when we went down on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Nicky Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jim Ryan, Martin Larkin, William Larkin 0-1, Keith Condon, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Tony Walsh, Eoin Ryan, Paddy Nugent, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Keith Robinson, Joe Ryan 1-0 and Sean Nugent 0-2.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Pierce Larkin, Edmond Sweeney and Niall Cloona.
In the next game we were scheduled to travel to Emly but we were unable to fulfil the fixture and had to concede a walkover.
In the 3rd game of the League the team were away to St Mary’s. The home side adapted better to the heavy going and were always on top. Our forwards got plenty of possession but failed to turn it into scores and we went down on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-6.
SCORERS: Sean Nugent 0-4, William Larkin 0-1 and Willie Ryan 0-1.
The only other match was against Rockwell Rovers – it was not played as both were out of contention.
Kilsheelan got their Championship campaign off with a game against Carrick Davins at Monroe. This being their first match we did not know what kind of display to expect but on form we were carrying the favourites tag. Davins opened the scoring with a Paul Tobin point. Kilsheelan hit back and Sean Nugent was twice on target from frees. The sides were all square after ten minutes when Stephen Cronin pointed for the Carrick side. Kilsheelan again hit the front with points from Niall Cloona, John Roche and Sean Nugent in quick succession but Davins were back on track when corner forward Paul Tobin latched onto a Michael Hackett pass for the opening goal. Davins were now conceding a lot of frees due to their indiscipline and who better than Sean Nugent to make them suffer the consequences. The better balanced Kilsheelan team then went clear with a flurry of scores from freetaker Nugent (2) and Cloona (2) to put them four points clear. They went further ahead when Cloona finished off a long range William Larkin free to the Carrick net to leave Kilsheelan leaders at half time by 1-9 to 1-2. It should also be noted that all the Kilsheelan scores came from the full forward line.
When play resumed the Davins were first off the mark with a Gerry Robinson point. Sean Nugent restored Kilsheelan’s advantage with his fifth pointed free and his side tightened their grip further with points from John Roche and Nugent again to put them nine points clear going into the last quarter. Philly Murphy had a point for the Davins and Sean Nugent added a further point. Murphy and Alan Redmond, from Frees, narrowed the gap to seven points. While the Carrick argued amongst themselves Kilsheelan held their concentration. After the impressive William Larkin pointed a long range free for Kilsheelan Davins were down to fourteen men when Stephen Cronin was sent off. In the closing stages the tempo of the game dropped and in the final minute Kilsheelan substitute Tom Sheil landed the final score to leave Davins nine points adrift on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-6. Best for Kilsheelan were William Larkin, Dan O’Connor, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Sean Nugent, John Roche and Niall Cloona.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jmmy Ryan, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan, William Larkin 0-1, Tony Walsh, Martin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Pakie Larkin, Sean Nugent 0-8, John Roche 0-2 and Niall Cloona 1-3.
SUBS: Tom Sheil 0-1 for Tony Walsh and Eoin Ryan for Tommy Ryan.
CARRICK DAVINS: Robert Moloney, Eoin Power, John P Mc Grath, A J Cronin, Michael Ryan, Mickey Whelan, Eddie Mc Grath, Brendan Butler, Philip Murphy 0-2, Stephen Cronin 0-1, Ritchie Mc Grath, Michael Hackett, Shane Butler, Gerry Robinson 0-1 and Paul Tobin 1-1.
SUBS: Alan Redmond 0-1 for Brendan Butler and Seamus Harris for Eddie Mc Grath.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
In the second match we travelled to Clonmel to take on Moyle Rovers. Willie Ryan held the Moyle Rovers danger man Declan Browne scoreless from play until the closing minutes when he shot the losers second goal. In fairness to Browne, it should be noted that he seemed to be carrying an injury. At the other end Kilsheelan had an outstanding freetaker in Sean Nugent as he pointed frees from all angles and finished with a tally of 1-9. Kilsheelan did not have it all their own way. Moyle Rovers were the better side early on as Kilsheelan made little headway against a tight marking Rovers defence.
In the opening minutes Sean Nugent and Declan Browne pointed frees. T J Wall gave an early indication of his skill when he pointed out at the sideline. Again, Browne and Nugent exchanged points from frees. The first goal of the match came after ten minutes when Ronan Desmond sent in a probing ball which was met by a hesitant Kilsheelan defence and T J Wall reacted quickest to flick the ball to the net. At the other end Kilsheelan had a great chance of a goal. Niall Cloona did the spadework only for Sean Nugent to shoot over from close range. Moyle Rovers continued to press and forced a ’65 which Ronan Desmond pointed. Sean Nugent was again on the mark from a free. This was followed by a Martin Larkin point following some excellent teamwork. In their next attack the winners hit the front when Sean Nugent took advantage of a breaking ball in the Rovers goalmouth and shot first time to the net. Declan Browne, from a long range free put the sides level. Kilsheelan introduced Tom Sheil and he quickly made his presence felt with a point from a difficult angle. In the closing stages Kevin Condon and Sean Nugent exchanged points. On the stroke of half time Pakie Larkin pointed for Kilsheelan to leave them ahead by 1-8 to 1-7.
On the resumption Kevin Condon put the sides level for the sixth time. The game then took a giant step in Kilsheelan’s favour. Now playing their best hurling along with some excellent team work they had six points without reply in a ten minute spell. Marksmen were Tommy Ryan (2), Sean Nugent (2), John Roche and Tom Sheil. Kevin Condon broke the sequence with a point. Sean Nugent (free) and Adrian Walsh had further points to leave the score 1-17 to 1-9. Moyle Rovers pressed in the closing stages and there was always the possibility of a grand stand finish with Declan Browne on the edge of the square. Pat Condon came upfield to put over the bar and Declan Browne to evaded the shackles of Willie Ryan and shot to the net. However, Kilsheelan held firm and were deserving winners by 1-17 to 2-10.
Kilsheelan best players were Willie Ryan, William, Martin and Pakie Larkin, Tom Sheil and Sean Nugent. For Moyle Rovers Mick Mc Grath, Pat & Kevin Condon, Noel Wall & T J Wall and Ronan Desmond were their best players.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Jim Ryan, Willie Ryan, Noel Ryan, Keith Condon, Dan O’Connor, William Larkin, Tony Walsh, Martin Larkin 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Sean Nugent 1-9, John Roche 0-1 and Niall Cloona.
SUBS: Tom Sheil 0-2 for Tony Walsh, Eoin Ryan for Tommy Ryan, Johnny Cahill for Noel Ryan.
MOYLE ROVERS: Ian Browne, Anthony Keane, Mick Mc Grath, Padraig Kelly, Pat Condon 0-1, Noel Wall, John Mc Grath, James Williams, Ronan Desmond 0-1, Paul Johnson, Seamus Delahunty, T J Wall 1-2, Kevin Condon 0-3, Declan Browne 1-3 and Morgan Lyons.
SUBS: Morgan Ryan for Anthony Keane, Martin Dunne for Morgan Lyons, Michael Mulcahy for Padraig Kelly and Daniel Lyne for Seamus Delahunty.
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
For their third match St Mary’s agreed to come to Kilsheelan. This was a tough physical game all through. Referee Michael Cahill left the game flow. Neither side were able to get on top as scores were very close throughout. Fergal Condon got St Mary’s off the mark in the first minute. However, Kilsheelan’s first attack resulted in a John Roche point and Sean Nugent put them ahead from a pointed free. This lead was short lived when St Mary’s attacked and the ball broke to Kieran O’Reilly and he shot a goal from close range. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Sean Nugent (free) and John Roche had points. As the game approached the fifteenth minute James Keating from St Mary’s and Sean Nugent (free) exchanged points. Kilsheelan’s Tom Sheil then left his mark when he pointed twice within a minute. St Mary’s were quickly on level terms when Brian Carroll pointed and Mick O’Mahony did likewise from far out. They went ahead when Brian Carroll shot a great point from near the sideline. Again Sean Nugent came to Kilsheelan’s rescue with a pointed free. In the 24th minute disaster struck for Kilsheelan when one of their defenders played safe by kicking the ball back to the goalkeeper only for it to end up in the net. Just before half time Kilsheelan reduced the lead to the minimum as the Larkin brothers Pakie and Martin had points.
On the turnover Sean Nugent pointed again for Kilsheelan. St Mary’s hit the front again when James Keating and sub, Niall Kelly had points. The Kilsheelan attack were enjoying a fair share of possession in this half but they were making little impression on a strong St Mary’s defence and depended mostly on scores from Sean Nugent’s frees. St Mary’s again opened a gap when Mick Connolly pointed a ’65. Kilsheelan worked the ball upfield and after some good teamwork Tommy Ryan got his name on the score sheet. St Mary’s looked to be in the driving seat when Mick O’Mahony had his second point. The game was now entering the closing stages as both teams fought tooth and nail and exchanges became somewhat robust at times but wiser heads prevailed. Sean Nugent (free) and another from a ’65 had the sides level for the sixth time. St Mary’s were awarded a free in the middle of the field and Mick Connolly made no mistake. As the game went in to injury time their last chance of an equaliser fell to defender Willie Ryan and he made no mistake and that’s the way the game ended Kilsheelan 0-16 to St Mary’s 2-10.
For Kilsheelan despite conceding two goals Liam Robinson cleared his lines well. Willie Ryan, William & Martin Larkin, Tom Sheil and Sean Nugent did best.
ST MARY’S: Paul Wynne, John Trehy, Paul Trehy, Declan Power, Tadgh Ryan, Donnacha Fahey, Mick Connolly 0-2, Fergal Condon 0-1, Noel O’Mahony, James Keating 0-2, Mick O’Mahony 0-2, Kieran O’Reilly 1-0, David Connolly, Brian Carroll 0-2 and Alan Early.
SUBS: Niall Kelly 0-1 for Fergal Condon, Paul Mullins for David Connolly.
St Marys’ second goal was an OG.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jim Ryan, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan, William Larkin 0-1, Martin Larkin 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-2, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh, Tom Sheil 0-2, Sean Nugent 0-7, John Roche 0-2 and Niall Cloona.
SUB: Eoin Ryan for Niall Cloona.
REFEREE: Michael Cahill ( Kilruane-Mc Donaghs)
Kilsheelan then took their unbeaten record to Clonmel where they met old rivals Cahir. The opening exchanges were even. Kilsheelan pressed early on but it was Cahir who were first off the mark when Paul Tuohy pointed a free. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Sean Nugent did likewise. John Roche, from a Sean Nugent pass, put Kilsheelan ahead for the only time. Again Paul Tuohy, who was giving Willie Ryan a busy time put Cahir level. The winners opening goal came when Liam Kiely’s sideline cut was missed by a Kilsheelan defender Paul Whelan gathered and gave Liam Robinson no chance in the Kilsheelan goal. Kilsheelan enjoyed a good spell but lacked the cutting edge of their opponents. However, they did reduce the lead to the minimum when Sean Nugent (free) and Pakie Larkin after a long solo run yielded points. Cahir hit back again when the ball found the unmarked Liam Kiely who shot a point from long range and Derek Davis pointed another from behind his own 65 metre line to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-4. Again Kilsheelan replied when John Roche pointed from an acute angle and Sean Nugent from a free after Pakie Larkin was upended. They had chances to get on level terms but a no nonsense Cahir defence prevented them from doing so. Cahir took their chances when Michael Moloney and Paul Tuohy (free) pointed. Sean Nugent responded with a pointed free for the losers. Padraig Whelan restored Cahir’s three point advantage with a point. This lead was doubled when Benny Hickey dispossessed a Kilsheelan defender and he soloed 40 yards unopposed for an opportunist goal. Kilsheelan had a great chance just before the interval when Adrian Walsh was grounded and they were awarded a penalty. John Roche’s rising shot went over the bar and they had to be satisfied with a point leaving the half time score at 2-7 to 0-8 in the winners favour.
In the opening minutes of the second half Cahir quickly put the game out of Kilsheelan’s reach. Benny Hickey pointed after 20 seconds, Paul Tuohy added one from a free and one from play, Benny Hickey added another. Again the Kilsheelan defence were unable to clear their lines and Padraig Whelan’s shot had just enough momentum to carry over the goal line. A Paul Tuohy point from a free put the score at 3-13 to 0-8. Kilsheelan’s only reward was a point by Niall Cloona. Derek Davis again pointed from far out. The remainder of the game was only academic interest. Kilsheelan had points from Sean Nugent (free) and Martin Larkin. Paul Frazer had a great chance of a goal for Cahir but shot over the bar and the final score inevitably fell to Paul Tuohy to leave Cahir winners by 3-15 to 0-11.
As stated already this Cahir performance was essentially a team effort. Derek Davis was outstanding at centre half back also Davy O’Gorman, Liam Kiely, Benny Hickey, Padraig Whelan and Paul Tuohy. For Kilsheelan Willie, Pakie and Martin Larkin, Niall Cloona and Sean Nugent for his free-taking ability did best.
CAHIR: Sean Cummins, Eamon Hally, Davy O’Gorman, Andrew Hyland, James Hyland, Derek Davis 0-2, Padraig Hyland, Garvan Queeny, Liam Kiely 0-1, James Mc Grath, Paul Frazer 0-1, Benny Hickey 1-2, Padraig Whelan 2-1, Paul Tuohy 0-7 and Michael Moloney 0-1.
SUB: Paul Lonergan for Michael Moloney.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Willie Ryan, Jim Ryan, Keith Condon, William Larkin, Martin Larkin 0-1, Tommy Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Tom Sheil, Sean Nugent 0-5, John Roche 0-3 and Niall Cloona 0-1.
SUBS: Paddy Nugent for Keith Condon and Tony Ryan for Eoin Ryan.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
In our next outing at Clonmel against Skeheenarinky Kilsheelan had the opportunity of getting back on the winning trail. The game was played in ideal conditions but the standard of hurling left a lot to be desired at times but the closeness of the scores kept it interesting right to the end. So close in fact that there was never more than two points between the sides except for the opening and closing minutes.
Kilsheelan were first off the mark when John Roche pointed after a minute. Moments later Sean Nugent was fouled and he pointed the resulting free. The winners again worked the ball forward, some good teamwork resulted in Sean Nugent driving over the bar. Skeheenarinky finally got off the mark after eight minutes when Brendan Finn pointed. Kilsheelan restored their three point advantage when Tommy Ryan under pressure found the unmarked Niall Cloona who drove over the bar. The losers pulled one back when the Kilsheelan goalkeeper in an attempt to find a team mate with a clearance failed to do so and the unmarked Eamon Maher obliged. Kilsheelan went on to waste a number of chances. Skeheenarinky took heart from this and gradually came more into the game. Paul Maher made it 0-4 to 0-3 when he pointed but like the winners they were off target as well. Pakie Larkin initiated a Kilsheelan attack when he soloed through and laid off to Adrian Walsh who pointed. Skeheen drew level for the first time when Eamon Maher pointed from a free and also one from play. Kilsheelan again hit the front when Tom Sheil drove over the bar to leave the score to 0-6 to 0-5 in Kilsheelan’s favour.
Two minutes into the second half that lead was doubled when Tommy Ryan was on target. The Kilsheelan defence which looked suspect for some time previous was finally breached when Eamon Maher shot a goal from a Willie Cahill pass. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Adrian Walsh pointed and they were back in the lead when Sean Nugent converted a free. They were again pegged back when Eamon Maher split the posts. Over the next ten minutes Sean Nugent pointed two frees and a ’65 while in between Eamon Maher (free) and Fergal Mc Gloughlin from a ’65 left the score a t 1-9 to 0-12. Jer Fox from a free beyond the ’65 out Skeheen in the ascendancy again. The pace of the game stepped up again as both sides fought for supremacy. John Roche made the most of whatever wind was there when he pointed a free from his own ’65 to level.
In the closing minutes the game took a decisive turn in Kilsheelan’s favour. Tom Sheil pointed. In a goalmouth tussle sub Eoin Ryan drove a ground shot to the net. In the next attack the same player pointed and Sean Nugent pointed from play to leave the score at 1-16 to 1-10. Skeheen attacked again and were awarded a close in free. Eamon Maher had no option but to go for goal but the ball was cleared by the Kilsheelan defence. With the game in injury time, Kilsheelan were in control Skeheen in one last attack found the Kilsheelan defence ball watching and Eamon Maher flicked the ball to the net. Kilsheelan will be pleased with their win but not with their performance as they ran out winners by 1-16 to 2-10.
Best for Kilsheelan were Noel Ryan, Martin & Pakie Larkin, Adrian Walsh and Sean Nugent.
For Skeheearinky Michael Kenneally, Feral Mc Gloughlin, Jer Fox, Brendan Finn and Eamon Maher were best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jimmy Ryan, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, John Roche 0-2, Pakie Larkin, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Tony Walsh, Tom Sheil 0-2, Sean Nugent 0-7 and Niall Cloona 0-1.
SUBS: Eoin Ryan 1-1 for Tony Walsh and Paddy Nugent for Dan O’Connor
SKEHEENARINKY: Ian O’Donnell, Conor O’Farrell, Tom Maher, Kieran Mc Grath, Michael Kenneally, Fergal Mc Gloughlin 0-1, Michael O’ Farrell, Jer Fox 0-1, Brendan Finn 0-1, Darragh Lyons, Eamon Maher 2-6, Eoin Kearney, Tom Hickey, Willie Cahill and Paul Maher 0-1.
SUBS: Rory O’Farrell for Conor O’Farrell and Paul Hennessy for Tom Hickey.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
For the next game the venue remained the same as we took on championship favourites Ballybacon-Grange. This was a most disappointing display by Kilsheelan. Their goalkeeper and defence were under constant pressure. While they lived dangerously at times, they did reasonably well in an overall context. At centre field they were always struggling despite the best efforts of Martin Larkin. Their main problems were in attack where they were always playing second fiddle.
Scoring only six points over the hour with three of them from frees tells its own story and this can also be exemplified by the fact that Brendan Cummins got nothing to do in goal. The only ones to play up to form were Tom Sheil and Adrian Walsh.
Kilsheelan were first off the mark when Tony Walsh pointed after two minutes. In the next minute Peter Halley had Ballybacon on level terms and they hit the front when Shane Sweeney drove over the bar. The winners went on to miss some easy chances before Sean Nugent equalised from a free. Ballybacon went on to regain the lead, one that they never looked like losing, when Alan O’Gorman and Shane Sweeney (free) left it 0-4 to 0-2. Kilsheelan then pulled one back, after good approach work by Tom Sheil he laid off to Eoin Ryan who pointed. Ballybacon continued their squander mania in front of goal and Brendan Cummins was just wide from a free from 100 metres out. The best score of the game fell to the winners when Thomas Maher under pressure and out near the sideline sent over the bar to leave the interval score at 0-5 to 0-3 in favour of the winners.
On the resumption Kilsheelan were unable to clear and Martin Ryan was in the right place to kick the ball to the net for the game’s only goal. The second half was now following in a similar pattern with Kilsheelan making little headway up front and their next score was a pointed free from Sean Nugent. The impressive James Nugent was rewarded for his efforts with an excellent point from out near the sideline. Kilsheelan defender William Larkin showed great determination in driving upfield a number of times but the Kilsheelan attack were unable to capitalise on it. Shane Sweeney put Ballybacon further ahead with two points. Kilsheelan pulled one back when Tommy Ryan pointed a free from a narrow angle and Adrian Walsh had his side’s last point after twenty minutes. The winners went on to register a number of wides but in the closing six minutes they had further points from sub Declan Ryan, Brendan Cummins from a free on his own 65 metre line, Shane Sweeney and Alan O’Gorman from a free to leave Ballybacon winners by 1-12 to 0-6.
Ballybacon are through to the Semi-Finals while Kilsheelan will need to win at least one of their two remaining games if they hope to reach the knockout stages.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: Brendan Cummins 0-1, Barry O’Gorman, Albert Keating, Michael Phelan, Nigel Carrigan, Brian Condon, James Nugent 0-1, Craig Carrigan, Thomas Maher 0-1, John English, Shane Sweeney 0-5, Peter Halley 0-1, Martin Ryan 1-0, James Hackett and Alan O’Gorman 0-2.
SUBS: Declan Ryan 0-1 for John English and Paudie O’Shea for Peter Halley.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jimmy Ryan, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Martin Larkin, Tony Walsh 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Tom Sheil, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-2 and Niall Cloona.
SUBS: Johnny Cahill for Sean Nugent and Paddy Nugent for Tony Walsh.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield)
At Ned Hall Park Fr Sheehy’s looked like causing the upset of the Championship until Kilsheelan-Kilcash scored 1-2 in the closing minutes to strengthen their bid for a Semi-Final spot. For Fr Sheehy’s it was contrasting fortunes as they suffered the heartbreak of conceding vital goals in the closing stages of successive matches. Kilsheelan opened the scoring in the second minute when John Roche pointed and Sean Nugent quickly followed with another. Fr Sheehy’s waited six minutes for their opening score when Eoin Myers pointed a free. John Roche, Pakie Larkin and Sean Nugent (free) put Kilsheelan four up. Ricky Mc Grath got one back for Fr Sheehy’s. Within seconds John Roche hit back with a Kilsheelan point and Adrian Walsh added a point from long range. Despite their superiority, Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper was called on a number of times to clear his lines. Eoin Myers pointed for Fr Sheehy’s. The Kilsheelan defenders were not heeding those warning signs and they failed to clear their lines as Kevin Dowling was on hand to strike a ground ball over the line. In their next attack Liam O’Connor levelled from a free. The winners regained their composure. Adrian Walsh and Sean Nugent were on the mark with points. The latter worked his way towards goal where he laid off to Adrian Walsh for a goal. Tommy Ryan also pointed to leave the half time score at 1-10 to 1-4.
On the resumption, Eoin Myers who was one of the most effective players on the field pointed a free from halfway and followed with another from closer in. There was a lull in the scoring before Liam O’Connor pointed. Fr Sheehy’s Eoin Myers took a line ball and his well placed delivery was flicked to the net by Michael Maher. They now had the initiative and Kilsheelan had no answer to it. Myers continued his scoring exploits when he pointed two further frees and also had one from play to leave his side ahead by 2-10 to 1-10 with nine minutes remaining. Kilsheelan now had defeat staring them in the face. In defence Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor and Bill Larkin helped to raise the siege for a hectic last ten minutes when tempers became somewhat frayed at times. They then went on to bombard the Clogheen defence where John Corbett, Liam Fleming and Henry O’Grady were outstanding. John Roche had a chance of an equalising goal but only for Brendan Walsh to make a fine save. With three minutes to go Pakie Larkin had the first score of the half, his brother William in one of his many drives upfield added another to reduce the leeway to the minimum. The game now moved into injury time. Kilsheelan in one last desperate attack had the ball cleared off the line only for the ball to rebound to Adrian Walsh who promptly slammed a ground shot to the back of the net much to the delight of the Kilsheelan followers. From the puck out Fr Sheehy’s had one last chance to attack but were unable to pierce the winners defence. The final whistle was greeted with delight by the Kilsheelan players as they ran out winners by 2-12 to 2-10 but for Clogheen it was poor reward for their efforts.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Robinson, Noel Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Jimmy Ryan, Keith Condon, Willie Ryan 0-1, William Larkin 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-2, Martin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh 2-2, John Roche 0-3, Johnny Cahill, Sean Nugent 0-3 and Eoin Ryan.
FR SHEEHY’S: Brendan Walsh, Michael Myers, John Corbett, Seamus Murphy, P J Myles, Liam Fleming, Henry O’Grady, Tom Conway, Rickey Mc Grath 0-2, John Sheehan, Eoin Myers 0-6, Liam Condon, Liam O’Connor 0-2, Michael Maher 1-0 and Kevin Dowling 1-0.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
Monroe was the venue for our final game in the league section against Fethard. A win was needed if we were to go through to the knockout stages. All through the game there was never more than a few points between the sides. Whatever it lacked in quality both sides gave it all and the result was in doubt right to the last whistle. While exchanges were tough at times it was played in a sporting manner and a yellow card never saw the light of day.
When Kilsheelan arrived at the dressing-room a number of players failed to turn up and many Junior players had to be drafted in. Kilsheelan had first use of a slight breeze and were off the mark when John Roche pointed a free from beyond half way after two minutes. Fethard were quickly on level terms when Aidan Fitzgerald pointed. The winners were awarded a close in free Kieran Treacy’s goal bound effort was deflected for a ’65 and this time he found the target with a point. After seven minutes Sean Nugent again tied up the scores with a pointed free. The stalemate continued when Kieran Treacy, from a free, and a John Roche ’65 left the score at three points each. The Kilsheelan attack then went on to enjoy a good share of possession and they responded with points by Niall Cloona and Johnny Cahill. Alan Phelan reduced Kilsheelan’s lead to the minimum when he pointed. The tit for tat continued when Niall Cloona collected a Sean Nugent pass and drove over the bar. Some minutes later parity was again restored when Kieran Treacy from a’65 and a long range free by Tomas Keane left the sides at six points each. Up to the 22nd minute neither goal came under any great threat but this quickly changed when Alan Phelan availed of hesitancy in the Kilsheelan defence and his shot gave the Kilsheelan goalkeeper no chance. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms. John Roche pointed a free, Tommy Ryan added another and Sean Nugent was on target from a placed ball. Just before the break Fethard again hit the front when Kieran Treacy showed his skill as he pointed twice from out near the sideline to leave his side 1-8 to 0-9 ahead.
On resumption the same player again found the target and the game seemed to be slipping away from Kilsheelan. Led by Willie Ryan and William Larkin their half back line were now repulsing Fethard attacks and this paid dividends at the other end. Following a goalmouth struggle Adrian Walsh shot a goal and Niall Cloona put his side ahead with a point while a number of chances also went abegging. This lead was short lived when Alan Phelan pounced for a goal as Kilsheelan defence failed to clear their lines. Fethard went three points up when Brian Coen got off the mark. With the closeness of the scores it was inevitable that Kilsheelan would register the next point which came from John Roche pointed.
Fethard’s danger man Michael Spillane finally escaped the clutches of the tight marking Dan O’Connor to send over the bar. Fethard’s position was strengthened further when Kieran Treacy increased his personal tally with a pointed free. As the game reached the closing stages Kilsheelan needed a goal but this never looked likely against a tight marking Fethard defence where Michael Ryan and Michael Ahearne were the shining lights. Kilsheelan were not going to give up without a fight. Pakie Larkin forced his way through and with no need to swing his hurley he kicked over the bar and Sean Nugent went on to add another point from play. Last week Kilsheelan had to rely on an injury time goal for victory but on this occasion there was to be no reprieve as Fethard held out for a narrow win on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-13.
Best for the winners were Michael Ryan, Tomas Keane, Michael Ahearne, John Paul Looby, Alan Phelan and Kieran Treacy.
For Kilsheelan Dan O’Connor, Willie Ryan, William & Martin Larkin, John Roche and Niall Cloona were best.
FETHARD: Paul Fitzgerald, Tommy Gahan, Michael Ryan, Michael Carroll, Tomas Keane 0-1, Michael Ahearne, Karl Gahan, Eoin Doyle, John Paul Looby, Brian Coen 0-1, Aidan Fitzgerald 0-1, Kieran Treacy 0-7, Alan Phelan 2-1, Michael Spillane 0-1 and Kenneth O’Donnell.
SUB: P J Ahearne for Eoin Doyle.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Nicky Coughlan, Keith Robinson, Dan O’Connor, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-1, John Roche 0-4, Adrian Walsh 1-0, Eoin Ryan, Johnny Cahill 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-3 and Niall Cloona 0-3.
SUB: Joe Ryan for Johnny Cahill
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
Defeat against Fethard left Kilsheelan in a three way play-off. Following the draw they were paired with Carrick Davins. In the brilliant autumn sunshine at Clonmel this was a well contested match and with neither side prepared to play second fiddle exchanges were fairly hectic at times. Apart from a few wide pulls it was played in a sporting manner and made referee Brian White’s job an easy one.
In the opening half scores were very slow to come but it was Kilsheelan who missed the greater chances. Instead of stalemate at half time they should have had a number of points on hand something they were to regret at the end. After the break the Carrick side had Paul Tobin operating at midfield giving his side a decided advantage and they grew in confidence as the game wore on and were worthy winners in the end. From a Kilsheelan viewpoint the writing was on the wall from the three quarter stage – the forwards were making little impression and Pakie Larkin’s late goal was little consolation as they fought valiantly with a weakened side.
Davins opened the scoring after three minutes when Noel Butler pointed. Some minutes later Joe Ryan had Kilsheelan on level terms. Kilsheelan were now going well, good approach work by William Larkin and John Roche was spoiled by poor marksmanship upfront. The next score did not arrive until the 15th minute when Johnny Cahill found the target and John Roche pointed a free after twenty three minutes. Despite having the greater share of the play Nicky Coughlan in the Kilsheelan goal was the busier and he had to be alert to keep his lines intact.
In the remaining minutes the scoring rate improved. Davins were soon on level terms when Jimmy Kelly from inside his own half and Shane Butler levelled moments later. Joe Ryan restored Kilsheelan’s lead with a point. This was pegged back by a Paul Tobin point. Kilsheelan edged ahead again when Niall Cloona was on the mark. Just on half time Paul Tobin pointed from halfway to leave the score at 0-5 each.
When play resumed Kilsheelan were unable to avail of chances to go ahead. Davins set the trend for the second half. A Gerry Robinson’s delivery was gathered by Michael Hackett, now operating at full forward, and he pointed. Noel Butler was also on the mark. Sub, Michael Ryan who had just come on the field also found the target and Noel Butler did likewise. Paul Tobin went on to make it double scores when he sent over the bar. The Carrick side’s sequence of scores was briefly interrupted when John Roche pointed after fifteen minutes. Paul Tobin (free) and a further from play left the score 0-12 to 0-6. They went on to make it a bakers dozen when Eddie Mc Grath came from defence to put the ball over the bar. The inevitable Paul Tobin was again on the mark from a ’65. As the game moved into the last five minutes Kilsheelan staged a late rally. They were awarded a free twenty five metres out from the goal and some twenty metres in from the sideline.
John Roche went for goal and his low hard shot was stopped and from just outside the twenty metre line Pakie Larkin sent a powerful drive to the net for the game’s only goal. They again went in search of a further goal and in a quick fire passing movement the ball reached Johnny Cahill and he blazed over the bar. When the final whistle blew it meant that Kilsheelan were out and the Carrick side were winners by 0-14 to 1-7.
Best for Carrick Davins were A J Cronin, Ritchie Mc Grath, Michael Hackett, Paul Tobin, Shane & Noel Butler.
For Kilsheelan-Kilcash Nicky Coughlan, Dan O’Connor, William Larkin, Aidan Walsh, Pakie Larkin and John Roche.
CARRICK DAVINS: Robert Moloney, Michael Cronin, John Paul Mc Grath, A J Cronin, Eddie Mc Grath 0-1, Ritchie Mc Grath, Jimmy Kelly 0-1, Michael Hackett 0-1, Gerry Robinson, Shane Butler 0-1, Michael Whelan, Eoin Power, Seamus Harris, Paul Tobin 0-6 and Noel Butler 0-3.
SUB: Michael Ryan 0-1 for Seamus Harris
KISHEELAN-KILCASH: Nicky Coughlan, Keith Robinson, Dan O’Connor, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Michael Ryan, Aidan Walsh, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, John Roche 0-2, Niall Cloona 0-1, Joe Ryan 0-2 and Johnny Cahill 0-2.
SUBS: Edmond Sweeney for Niall Cloona, Paddy Nugent for Adrian Walsh and Liam Stokes for Joe Ryan.
REFEREE: Brian White (Clonmel)
Preparation for this competition began with a number of challenge matches and in the opening round of the championship we played Mullinahone in Davin Park.
The match was played in ideal conditions and Kilsheelan had first use of whatever breeze there was Apart from a number of excellent performers on view the standard never reached any great heights and both sides will need to make considerable improvement if they hope to achieve honours. We dominated the early stages. After hitting four wides we finally got off the mark with a Barry Cloona point. They added to their total when the best player on view, midfielder Eoin Ryan shot two points from long range. Mullinahone did not register a wide until the 18th minute. They went on to have a good share of possession in attack but failed to capitalise on it. Michael Mc Hugh, from a ’45 got the winners back on track and he also added two from play to give Kilsheelan a lead of 0-5 to no score for Mullinahone.
On the resumption Mullinahone upped their game and they had points from Adrian Doheny and Alan Cronin. Colm Sweeney had to be alert in the Kilsheelan goal to keep his line intact. Kilsheelan recovered and they had further points from Ross Larkin and Eoin Ryan. As the half wore on they increased their lead further with points from Michael Mc Hugh and Eoin Ryan.
Mullinahone’s best player Alan Cronin was moved into their attack and he added two points – one a fine effort form long range. Their youngest player Kevin Waltzer also found the target and Alan Cronin again drove over the bar but time ran out and Kilsheelan were deserving winners by 1-9 to 0-6.
Best for Kilsheelan were Colm Sweeny, Shane Prendergast, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh and sub Ken Hogan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Prendergast, Brian Richards, George Stewart, Tommy Ryan, Michael O’Reilly, Daire Corcoran, Eoin Ryan 0-4, Willie Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Kieran Gibbs, Ian Coughlan, Barra Cloona 0-1 and Ross Larkin 0-1.
SUB: Ken Hogan.
MULLINAHONE: John Murphy, Kevin Quirke, Andy Lonergan, Michael O’Brien, Ned Tobin, Alan Cronin 0-4, Shane Collins, Kevin Bolger 0-1, Peter Halley, Donal Coady, Adrian Doheny 0-1, David Hennessy, Kevin Waltzer, Michael Egan and Richard Neary.
SUBS: Don Hickey and Val Needham
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)
At Marlfield Kilsheelan played Cloneml Og in their next outing. Conditions for the game were perfect and both sides served up a good hours football with frees at a minimum the game provided good entertainment for those who witnessed it. The Clonmel side may have created the greater number of chances – the difference being that Kilsheelan were more economical in turning their opportunities into scores. They also had a trump card in Michael Mc Hugh. Each time he got the ball the Clonmel defence were at full stretch as he went on many of his incisive runs.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash opened the scoring in the first minute when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Led by midfielders Shane Kearney and Dwane Byrne the Clonmel Óg’s attack enjoyed plenty of possession but all they had to offer was a number of wides. Michael Mc Hugh and James Geraghty extended the lead further. Shane Kearney finally got Clonmel Óg off the mark with a point when he might have gone for goal. Eoin Ryan shot a long range point for Kilsheelan and Andy Ryan from a free kept Clonmel Og in touch. The Clonmel side then got the reward they deserved when the ball was delivered in to the goal area. Declan Rix reacted quickest fisting the ball to the net. Kilsheelan’s defence was now kept busy. Seamus Shannon sidestepped two defenders and again found the back of the net. They had a further point from Dwane Byrne to give them a five point cushion after twenty five minutes. Coming up to the interval the winners got a boost when Michael Mc Hugh’s long range effort for a point dropped short and Frank Strang first timed the breaking ball to the net leaving Clonmel Og with an interval lead of 2-3 to 1-4.
On the resumption, Clonmel Og had a further point from Shane Kearney and his side looked the likely ones to come out on top. In the remaining twenty minutes the picture changed. Kilsheelan applied the pressure. Michael Mc Hugh from a ’45 was wide. Minutes later he pointed a little nearer to goal. The turning point came when Pa Walsh split the losers defence with a pass to Michael Mc Hugh, now operating at full forward, a point looked the likely option but instead he found a gap for a goal. They were now in the driving seat and had further points from Eoin Ryan and Michael Mc Hugh (2). When Clonmel Og went forward they were unable to penetrate the
Kilsheelan defence that grew in stature as the half progressed. In the closing minutes, Shane Kearney from a narrow angle and Michael Mc Hugh exchanged points as the winners never looked like relinquishing their lead and won by 2-9 to 2-5.
Best for Kilsheelan were Shane Prendergast, Brian Richards, Eoin Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh, Pa Walsh and Frank Strang.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Prendergast, Kieran White, Stewart George, Brian Richards, Daire Corcoran, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Paul Denn, Michael Mc Hugh 1-6, Ciaran Gibbs, Frank Strang 1-0, Pa Walsh and James Geraghty 0-1.
SUB: Eoin Twohig
CLONMEL OG: John Butler, John Gallagher, Kieran Mc Cormack, Garry O’Shea, Killian Rouse, Aidan Rouse, Christopher Aylward, Shane Kearney 0-3, Dwane Byrne 0-1, John Cagney, Andy Ryan 0-1, Seamus Shannon 1-0, P J Fahy, Michael Strickland and Declan Rix 1-0.
SUB: Stephen Meaney
REFEREE: Padraig Ryan (Cahir)
Next round Kilsheelan travelled to Fethard and were in search of a hat trick on victories when they took on Ballingarry.The match was played under ideal conditions and both sides served up an entertaining and sporting game. It produced some fine passages of football despite only one goal being scored there were plenty of goalmouth thrills while the wood work intervened on a number of occasions.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash opened the scoring after thirty seconds when Michael Mc Hugh soloed his way through for a point. Ballingarry then gained the upperhand. Thomas Hanrahan got them off the mark with a point. The Kilsheelan defence soon found out how costly it was to be giving away frees. Richard Butler gave an outstanding display of free taking when he landed points from all angles. He had three points in quick succession before Frank Strang pointed for Kilsheelan. The losers again had points from Alan Cooney and Richard Butler. Kilsheelan had a goal chance when Pa Walsh did well to work his way towards goal only for his shot to come back off the upright to a grateful defender. The play swung upfield where Matt Rotterham pointed. This was followed by further points from Sean Cahill and a Richard Butler free. Just on the break Frank Strang pointed for Kilsheelan but it was Ballingarry who led by 0-10 to 0-3.
On the resumption Kilsheelan had points by Eoin Ryan, Frank Strang and Michael Mc Hugh. Ballingarry looked to be still in control when Richard Butler pointed a free from a difficult angle. After this score the game turned in Kilsheelan’s favour. Michael Mc Hugh’s long range effort looked like going over the bar but to the delight of the Kilsheelan supporters the ball escaped the clutches of the Ballingarry goalkeeper for a goal. The same player quickly followed up with a point. Having lost the initiative Ballingarry were now on the back foot. Sub, Ian Coughlan levelled and they had further points from Michael Mc Hugh, Eoin Ryan and Daire Corcoran to leave the score at 1-11 to 0-11. Ian Coughlan went on to add what looked like the insurance point. Ballingarry were not finished yet. Richard Butler pointed a free with time almost up. They went in search of a goal. Alan Cooney was put through only to see his shot canon off the crossbar. They were awarded a free about twenty metres out and Richard Butler had to go for broke but his well struck shot rebounded off the crossbar and a Kilsheelan defender cleared to safety to bring a fine match to its conclusion on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-12.
Their best players were Shane Prendergast, Brian Richards, Eoin Ryan, Frank Strang, Michael Mc Hugh and Pa Walsh.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Prendergast, Kieran White, George Stewart, Brian Richards, Michael O’Reilly, Daire Corcoran 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Frank Strang 0-3, Michael Mc Hugh 1-4, Kieran Gibbs, Conor Horgan. Pa Walsh and Eoin Twohig.
SUB: Ian Coughlan 0-2.
BALLINGARRY: James Maher, Kevin Fitzgerald, Gary Fitzgerald, Damien Fitzgerald, Thomas Maher, Thomas Cleere, Thomas Donovan, Michael Fogarty, Alan Cooney 0-1, Richard Butler 0-7, Sean Cahill 0-2, Matthew Treacy, Thomas Hanrahan 0-1, Declan O’Connell and Matt Rotherham 0-1.
SUBS: James Logue
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
In the final group match Kilsheelan met Carrick Davins in Fethard. Since their previous match the minor hurling championship had commenced and there was a long delay before this match. After play began it was obvious that the team had lost its momentum. The Carrick side started in decisive fashion and their best player John Murphy was causing havoc in the Kilsheelan defence and before the game was two minutes old he had two points on the board. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, had Kilsheelan’s only point of the half. The next score did not come until the 17th minute when Michael Coady worked his way through for Davin’s first goal. Despite the best efforts of Eoin Ryan the Davin’s pairing of Michael Cronin and Michael Coady were on top at midfield. The Davin’s went on to add further points from John Murphy and Michael Cronin. Kilsheelan had their chances but were too dependant on an off target Michael Mc Hugh for getting scores and at half time the Carrick side led by 1-4 to 0-1.
On the restart Kilsheelan set about reducing the deficit with points from Michael Mc Hugh and Eoin Ryan which was their first score from play. Their comeback was short lived when Davin’s sub Eddie Maher fisted to the net. Kilsheelan had chances but they lacked ideas upfront. Shane Butler pointed again for the Carrick side while Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark twice from frees for Kilsheelan. Davin’s again hit back with points from Michael Coady and two from Shane Butler. They put the game out of Kilsheelan’s reach when John Murphy shot another goal. The same player added a point while Michael Cronin was also on the mark. Kilsheelan replied with a Michael Mc Hugh point to leave the score 3-9 to 0-6. In the 23rd minute Kilsheelan were awarded a penalty and Michael Mc Hugh expertly planted the ball in the corner of the net. They went on to register a further goal when Eoin Ryan found Niall Gibbs and he took his chance well. As the game entered the final minutes Kilsheelan were awarded a second penalty and Michael Mc Hugh’s effort was a carbon copy of the first one. Davin’s had the last word when Michael Coady pointed a free to leave his side deserving winners by 3-10 to 3-6.
CARRICK DAVINS: Jonathan Coady, Patrick Lowe, Luke Foran, Liam Mackey, Ian Mullins, William O’Dwyer, Pa Harris, Michael Cronin 0-2, Michael Coady 1-2, John Murphy 1-4, A J Cronin, Jamie Waters, Shane Butler 0-2, Trevor Mc Carthy and Stephen Harris.
SUBS: Eamon Maher 1-0, Jer Crowe and Jim Walsh.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Prendergast, Ken Hogan, James Geraghty, Brian Richards, Ciaran Gibbs, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Pa Walsh, Ian Coughlan, Daire Corcoran, Frank Strang, Conror Horgan, Michael Mc Hugh 2-4 and Robert Henerbry.
SUBS: Niall Gibbs 1-0 and Ross Larkin.
REFEREE: Padraig Ryan (Cahir)
Despite defeat in their last match Kisheelan still qualified for the Semi Final when they met Fethard at Monroe. The match was played under ideal conditions on Moyle Rover’s well manicured pitch. The only fault would be the absence of a score board operator for a match of this importance.
The standard of football left a lot to be desired at times as both sets of forwards were found wanting in the art of scoring as most of the points came from placed balls. Fethard had the better of matters in the first half. Their defence was sound and their midfield were on top. However, the second half painted a different picture. Kilsheelan forwards enjoyed a large amount of possession but were too dependent on Michael Mc Hugh.
Fethard were first off the mark when Paul Kenrick pointed a free after two minutes. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Michael Mc Hugh also pointed a free. Both Kenrick and Mc Hugh were having a personal dual in the art of free taking and were responsible for most of the scores. The latter was again on the mark when he pointed two frees. They went further ahead when Shane Walsh was on the mark. Kilsheelan had their chances but their only reward was a Michael Mc Hugh point (free) and one from play to reduce the lead to the minimum. The last ten minutes of the half belonged to Fethard as Kenrick had two pointed frees and one from play. The game’s only goal arrived a few minutes before the interval. Fethard made the most of an error by a Kilsheelan player who left his defence at full stretch. The ball was played into William O’Brien who moved upfield and he made no mistake to give his side a lead of 1-7 to 0-3 at the break.
The task facing Kilsheelan in the second half was a major one but they went about it in a determined fashion. Frank Strang shot a point and Michael Mc Hugh had two more from frees and one from play and an exciting last ten minutes looked in prospect. Both sides had chances of increasing their total but a combination of poor marksmanship and good defence slowed down the scoring rate. Fethard came nearest to getting a goal and only a good save by the Kilsheelan goalkeeper kept them at bay. Michael Mc Hugh again pointed a free to leave a goal between the sides. The winners had to wait for twenty two minutes for their only second half score when Paul Kenrick pointed a free. Kilsheelan pressed hard in the closing stages but never looked like piercing the Fethard goal. Just before the end Fethard were reduced in numbers when Ronan O’Meara got a second yellow card but it made no difference as Fethard ran out 1-8 to 0-7 winners.
FETHARD: Glen O’Meara, Michael Kelly, James Smith, Darragh Corbett, Niall Hayes, Richard Gorey, Connie Flynn, William O’Brien 1-0, P J Morrissey, David O’Sullivan, Ronan O’Meara, Shane Walsh 0-1, Peter Gough, Paul Kenrick 0-7 and John Leahy.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Prendergast, Kieran White, Brian Richards, Tommy Ryan, Ken Hogan, Daire Corcoran, Eoin Ryan, Ciaran Gibbs, Michael Mc Hugh 0-6, Frank Strang 0-1, James Geraghty, Pa Walsh and Ian Coughlan.
SUBS: Pádraic Hickey for Stephen O’Brien, Niall Gibbs for Frank Strang and Ross Larkin for Ciaran Gibbs.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
Having won the 2003 Title we had to compete in the “A” grade this year. The draw was not kind to us as we were drawn against last year’s “A” finalists Killenaule. From the start Killenaule got on top and their quick passing movements had the Kilsheelan defence under constant pressure throughout. Indeed only for the vigilance of Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper Stephen Mc Grath their scoreline could have been much higher.
Killenaule were quickly off the mark with points by Kieran Bergin and Mark Murphy. Michael Mc Hugh got Kilsheelan off the mark from a free. Killenaule quickly replied with points by Keith Kennedy and two from Joe Caeser. Kilsheelan had a major setback when they had a defender red carded. Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free to leave the score 0-5 to 0-2. The losers were now enjoying a good share of possession but failed to convert it into scores. Just before half time Killenaule added to their total when Ritchie Maher pointed and Kieran Bergin shot a goal. Kilsheelan’s reply was a Michael Mc Hugh pointed free to leave the interval score 1-6 to 0-3.
After the break Mc Hugh again pointed a free but any kind of comeback never looked on the cards. The winners had further points from Joe Caeser (2) and another from Kieran Bergin. Inevitably it was Michael Mc Hugh who pointed again for Kilsheelan. Killenaule with numeric advantage were now well on top. They had further points from Joe Caeser and Niall Berry while Kieran Bergin shot his second goal. Michael Mc Hugh had his sixth point for Kilsheelan only for Kieran Bergin to have the last say when he pointed for Killenaule to leave his side worthy winners by 2-12 to 0-6.
KILLENAULE: Jonathan Berry, Brendan Fanning, Ian Murphy, Martin Shelly, Vinny Hannigan, Jonathan O’Dwyer, Jonathan Gleeson, Ritchie Maher 0-1, Jerry Kennedy, Niall Berry 0-1, Mark Murphy 0-1, Keith Kennedy 0-1, Stephen Brennan , Kieran Bergin 2-3 and Joe Caeser 0-5.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Stephen Mc Grath, David Hanrahan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Michael Foley, Christy Ryan, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Anthony Walsh, Eoin Ryan (B), Kieran Gibbs, Senan O’Halloran, Michael Mc Hugh 0-6, Eoin Ryan (K), David Power and Shane Corcoran.
SUBS: George Stewart and Kieran White.
REFEREE: Padraig Ryan (Cahir)
Having lost the opening round Kilsheelan had a second chance through the losers section. On this occasion they were paired with Ardfinnan and the match took place at Monroe.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring when midfielder pointed and some minutes late Michael Mc Hugh put David Power through to put Kilsheelan two points up. Despite a number of missed chances Kilsheelan were doing well to keep the favourites scoreless in the first quarter. Ardfinnan did have their first score after eighteen minutes when wing back Thomas O’Mahony came upfield to score a point. In the closing minutes of the half Ardfinnan began to find the range with points from Pa Ryan and Thomas Maher to give their side a one point lead at the interval.
In that opening half Kilsheelan missed two chances of goals. The best chance fell to corner forward George Stewart whose fisted effort skimmed the upright.
Within a minute of the restart Michael Mc Hugh tied the game with a well taken free and four minutes later Philip Lambert regained the lead for Ardfinnan. Some minutes later Ryan again pointed a free and Thomas O’Mahony did likewise. In the 40th minute the game took a decisive turn in favour of Ardfinnan when Pa Ryan finished off a slick passing movement to give his side a lead of 1-6 to 0-3. However, some minutes later Kilsheelan’s chances received a boost when Jonathon Browne of Ardfinnan received a second yellow card and almost immediately Eoin Ryan (B) had a long range point for Kilsheelan. Philip Lambert and Michael Mc Hugh then went on to swap points and another Mc Hugh free left it 1-7 to 0-5. With the numerical advantage Kilsheelan were enjoying a greater share of the play but they lacked sufficient drive up front to convert into scores. Two more points from Mc Hugh reduced the leeway to three points with two minutes of normal time remaining. In the hectic closing minutes of injury time Martin Ryan and Thomas O’ Mahony had further points for Ardfinnan and Kilsheelan’s only reply was a point from Senan O’Halloran and when the final whistle sounded Ardfinnan were ahead by 1-9 to 0-8. Best for Kilsheelan were Oisin O Cunneagain , Tommy Ryan, Niall Walsh, Eoin Ryan (B), Anthony Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh and David Power.
ARDFINNAN: Niall Hickey, Tony Ryan, Marcus O’Sullivan, Liam Murphy, Thomas O’Mahony 0-3, John R Murphy, Lorcan Bannon, Thomas Maher 0-1, Jonathon Browne, Philip Lambert 0-2, Pa Ryan 1-2, Barry O ‘Gorman, Craig Carrigan, Travis Ryan and Martin Ryan 0-1.
SUB: Sean Phelan
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Stephen Mc Grath, David Hanrahan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Niall Walsh, Eoin Ryan (K), Eoin Ryan (B), Anthony Walsh 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Pa Walsh, George Stewart, David Power 0-1 and Ciaran Gibbs.
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave(Marlfield)
In the opening round Kilsheelan played Ballyporeen at Marlfield. Kilsheelan started with the wind behind their backs and after ten minutes they had a goal by Joe Ryan. Kilsheelan suffered a blow when top scorer Michael Ryan had to go off with a leg injury. Despite the elements Ballyporeen enjoyed plenty of possession and kept in touch. Just before the interval they had a goal by Paul Hennessy as Kilsheelan went in with a lead of 1-4 to 1-3.
After the break Ballyporeen levelled and looked like pulling away. Kilsheelan lifted their game and stayed in touch until the closing stages. Ballyporeen hit the front with a second goal from Paul Hennessy and they never looked back winning by 2-8 to 1-7.
BALLYPOREEN: Michael Flynn, Tadgh O’Brien, Rory Mc Loughlin, Michael Guiry, Tom Hickey, Billy Macken, Eamon O’Brien, Tom Macken 0-1, Jamie Cahill, Francis Martin, Ian O’Donnell, Paul Hennessy 2-1, M J Meaney 0-1, Willie Cahill 0-4 and Paul Mc Grath.
SUB: Harry English for Paul Mc Grath.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Dan O’Connor, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Johnny Cahill, Niall Walsh, Graham Loughman, Tony Walsh, Daire Corcoran 0-1, Patrick Walsh 0-1, Niall Cloona, Jim Healy, Joe Ryan 1-0, Michael Ryan 0-3 and Eoin Ryan.
SUBS: Nigel Fogarty 0-1 for Michael Ryan and Shane Geoghegan for Daire Corcoran.
In the second match Kilsheelan got back on the winning trail when they had St Martin’s as their opponents at Ned Hall Park. Kilsheelan had little difficulty in taking the honours. The winners dominated from the start but initially they found scores hard to come by. Goals by Joe & Michael Ryan helped them to a half time lead of 2-5 to 0-0. The second half proved much more competitive. St Martin’s urged on by their best player Brian Morrissey succeeded in getting seven points on the board. The winners had further goals from Michael Ryan and Edmond Walsh and never looked like losing their grip as they ran out comfortable winners on a score 4-13 to 0-7.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Shane Prendergast, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Niall Walsh, Dan O’Connor, Eoin Ryan (Kilcash), Oisin O Cuinneagain 0-2, Liam Stokes 0-3, Johnny Cahill 0-1, Pa Walsh, Edmond Walsh 1-0, Brian Connolly 0-2, Michael Ryan 2-0 and Joe Ryan 1-3.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran 0-2, Shane Corcoran, Tony Walsh and Shane Geoghegan.
ST MARTINS: David Cosgrove, Brendan Ferris, Hughie Meehan, Eoin Burke, Kevin Mc Grath, Brian Morrissey 0-3, Darren Boland, Bill Morrissey, Gearoid Collins, Jino Lonergan 0-3, David Fox 0-1, Paudie Quinlivan, Peter Kiely, Ronan Collins and Philly Hennessy.
SUB: Garry Condon.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (St Mary’s)
At Kilsheelan, the home side looked the likely winners for long periods only for Clonmel Og to stage a dramatic finish to snatch victory by the narrowest of margins. This was the last match in the league section for both sides and it was a case of “winner take all” while a draw would have been sufficient for Clonmel Og.
Kilsheelan dominated this game for long periods but their excellent approach work was often spoiled by wayward shooting. It could also be said that Clonmel Og missed some chances but in the end Kilsheelan were to pay dearly for their failure to register a greater total. Clonmel Og opened the scoring with a pointed free from Paul Cagney who was their most impressive player all through. Michael Ryan opened Kilsheelan’s account when he shot a point. The tit for tat continued when Paul Cagney again pointed a free only for Joe Ryan to equalise. In the 12th minute Paul Cagney was again on the mark. The game then took a decisive turn in Kilsheelan’s favour when, one of their best players Michael Ryan had his delivery blocked out and Eoin Ryan gathered and shot to the net. The game was typical Junior “B” standard, inaccurate kicking and misplaced passes were very much in evidence. With ten minutes of the half to go Kilsheelan hit a purple patch when they had two points from Michael Ryan and one from Oisin O Cuinneagain and at half time they were sitting comfortably on a 1-5 to 0-3 score line.
Five minutes into the second half the game turned in Clonmel Og’s favour. A shot by Shane Kearney was deflected into the net by a Kilsheelan defender and five minutes later the Clonmel side hit the front when James Cleary reacted quickest to drive the ball to the Kilsheelan net to give his side a one point lead. Kilsheelan continued to create the greater number of chances and they were rewarded with a point by Liam Stokes. Oisin O Cuinneagain added another and they seemed to have weathered the storm when Niall Walsh moved up from defence, collected a pass and soloed through for a point. The game was now entering the closing stages. Kilsheelan lost William Larkin one of their most influential players through injury. With three minutes to go Clonmel Og won a line ball. The ball was driven into the Kilsheelan goal area where Andy Ryan fisted to the net to give his side a one point lead. In one final drive Kilsheelan went for broke and were nearly through but the Clonmel Og defence stood firm. In injury time Clonmel Og had a couple of chances which went abegging but they did not mind as the final whistle sounded and they were winners by 3-3 to 1-8.
CLONMEL OG: Andrew Laste, Liam Morrissey, Jack O’Connor, Jackie Landers, Andy Ryan 1-0, David Peters, Shane Kearney 1-0, Paul Cagney 0-3, Johnny Walsh, Paddy O’Donnell, Vincent O’Meara, Christy Aylward, Stephen Aylward, Joe Barrett and James Cleary 1-0 while the remaining goal was an O.G.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Shane Geoghegan, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, William Larkin, Dan O’Connor, Niall Walsh 0-1, Oisin O Cuinneagain 0-1, Liam Stokes 0-1, Johnny Cahill, Jim Healy 0-1, Eoin Ryan (K) 1-0, Martin Ormonde, Michael Ryan 0-3 and Joe Ryan 0-1.
SUBS: Graham Loughman for Martin Ormonde, Shane Prendergast for Shane Geoghegan, Nicky Coughlan for Joe Ryan and Stephen Mc Grath for William Larkin (inj)
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)
Training started in January under the same management. Besides the County League we also entered a team in Munster Intermediate League. With the big panel of players on hand Munster matches were played on Saturdays and County Leagues on Sundays thus giving every player a chance of a game. When the leagues were over challenge matches were used to fill the void.
In the Munster league we travelled to Bushy Park in Dungarvan to play Brickey Rangers. Aided by the strong wind we led at the interval by 1-4 to 0-3. In the second half the lead was not enough and we went down by 1-8 to 1-6.
TEAM: David Power, Martin Larkin, Jim Ryan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Aidan Slattery, Willie Ryan, Christy Ryan, John Roche, Eoin Ryan (B), Michael Mc Hugh, Edmond Sweeney 0-1, Anthony Walsh, Pierce Larkin 0-2, Adrian Walsh 1-2 and Keith O’Brien 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Ryan, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan and Graham Loughman.
A week later we were at home to St Vincent’s from Cork. A very even first half left the scores level at 0-4 each. The Cork side’s superior fitness told in the last quarter and they went on to win by 0-13 to 0-6.
SCORERS: John Roche & Keith O’Brien 0-2 each, Adrian & Anthony Walsh 0-1 each.
The following Saturday we travelled to Ballygiblin to play Killavullen who were the strongest side we met to date. This quickly became evident and at the interval they led by 2-5 to 1-2. The second half was no better and we lost by 4-12 to 1-7.
SCORERS: Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Graham Loughman 1-0, Keith Robinson, Pierce Larkin and Joe Ryan 0-1 each.
Due to domestic commitments it was late July when we went to Kilgobinet to take on the home side. Kilsheelan were much the better side from the start and led at the interval by 2-9 to 0-3. The second half was much more competitive but it was Kilsheelan’s night on a 5-15 to 2-132 scoreline.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 3-3, Edward Sweeney 1-2, Pierce Larkin 0-5, Aidan Walsh 1-0, Johnny Cahill 0-3 and Keith Robinson 0-2.
In our last league game we travelled to Knockanore to play the local Shamrocks. Again Kilsheelan dominated the opening half and led by 1-7 to 0-0 at the interval. On the resumption there was no let up as we coasted to victory on a 4-15 to 0-2 scoreline.
TEAM: Roger Doyle, Niall Walsh, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Keith O’Brien, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Noel Ryan 0-1, Martin Larkin, Adrian Walsh 1-2, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Anthony Walsh 1-0, Pierce Larkin 1-1, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Johnny Cahill 0-1, John Roche 0-4 and Keith Robinson 1-2.
SUBS: Peter O’Connell and Jim Healy.
In the County League we played Boherlahan at home and were well on top but scores were slow to come and at half time we led by 0-7 to 0-3. In a poor second half both sides missed many easy chances. Kilsheelan always looked like winners and did so on a score line of 0-10 to 0-6.
TEAM: David Power, Shane Corcoran, Noel Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Niall Walsh, Jim Ryan, Edward Colum, Eoin Ryan (B), Eddie O’Connell 0-3, Jim Healy 0-1, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Tommy Ryan, Patrick Walsh, Sean Nugent 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-4.
SUBS: EdwardSweeney, David Hanrahan and Graham Loughman
Next game was at home to Ballylooby. This match took place on the day after our Social and nine of the players had played the previous day. Kilsheelan started well but Ballylooby took over leading at one stage by seven points. By half time we had reduced the margin to two. In the second half Ballylooby hit 1-5 without reply. Kilsheelan staged a late rally and with almost the last kick of the match Christy Ryan shot a goal to give us victory by 2-13 to 3-9.
SCORERS: Adrian Walsh 1-3, Christy Ryan 1-2, John Roche & Tommy Ryan 0-3 each and Keith O’Brien 0-2.
In the next match we were down to play away to Moyle Rovers. Many of the panel had played on the Saturday and on Sunday morning we were unable to field a team and we had to concede a walkover.
In the fourth match we were to travel to Rosegreen and this time they were unable to field and we were awarded the points.
Next stop was Rockwell Rovers and we were at home on this occasion. The first half was well contested and just before half time we had a goal to leave us ahead by 1-7 to 0-6. After the interval Kilsheelan upped the pace shooting five points without reply and went on to win by 1-15 to 0-7.
SCORERS: Anthony Walsh 1-1, Adrian Walsh 0-4, Christy Ryan 0-3, Liam Robinson 0-2, Aidan Slattery, Sean Nugent, Pierce Larkin, Keith Robinson and Martin Larkin 0-1 each.
With an under strength team we travelled to Emly to take on the home side. Kilsheelan gave one of their worst performances and never threatened to overtake the opposition and were beaten by 3-9 to 0-9.
SCORERS: Keith O’Brien 0-3, Adrian Walsh & John Roche 0-2 each, Pierce Larkin & Tommy Ryan 0-1 each.
In the last match we needed a win over Clonmel Og to reach the Semi-Final. Kilsheelan started poorly but a goal late in the half left us ahead by 1-7 to 1-4. In the second half we were well on top but our defence got caught out a number of times for goals. However, in the end we ran out winners by 3-11 to 3-6.
SCORERS: Edward Sweeney & Anthony Walsh 1-1 each, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Eoin Ryan (B) 0-2, Pierce Larkin, Keith Robinson, Willie Ryan and John Roche 0-1 each.
This result put Kilshelan through to the Semi final when they met Moyle Rovers at Ned Hall Park..
The match was played on a perfect sod on a warm sunny day. To say that this game was a ten goal thriller would be an overstatement as it was played at a leisurely pace all through. Both sets of mentors will be concerned at the number of goals conceded and in fact a few more could have been recorded. Moyle Rovers were first off the mark with a Ronan Desmond point after 30 seconds. His side continued to attack and the Kilsheelan defence found Morgan Lyons more than a handful near goal. In a quick counter attack Kilsheelan moved upfield and Adrian Walsh found Eoin Ryan in space for a Kilsheelan goal. Moyle Rovers swept down field and Morgan Lyons shot a fine point from 30 metres and the same player within moments repeated this feat. The winners again hit the front when Adrian Walsh had a point. Kilsheelan were now enjoying the greater possession. Goal maker Adrian Walsh was again to the fore and this time he put Pierce Larkin through for a goal. They had further points from John Roche and Michael Mc Hugh (2) to give them a 2-4 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. They again pushed forward and Seamus Delahunty made a great stop from Eoin Ryan but Anthony Walsh followed up for Kilsheelan’s third goal. Moyle Rovers replied with a Kevin Condon point. David Power saved well in the Kilsheelan goal but Eamon Cahill following up hit the rebound to the net. They had a great chance of a second goal when they were awarded a penalty. Kevin Condon goaled but they were pulled back for an infringement only for the retaken penalty to be sent wide. Kilsheelan finished the half well when John Roche pointed from 45 metres and the Rovers defence was caught out again when Pierce Larkin goaled to leave the half time score 4-5 to 1-4.
On the resumption Moyle Rovers struck first when Padraig Kelly worked his way through for a goal. Kilsheelan replied as Michael Mc Hugh pointed two frees. The Rovers defence was again caught too far out as Pakie Larkin found the unmarked Pierce Larkin to register Kilsheelan’s fifth goal. Adrian Walsh went on to add a point. Moyle Rovers then enjoyed a good period as Kevin Condon had a pointed free. They introduced Martin Dunne as a substitute and he shot two points. Kilsheelan were awarded a close in free which was quickly taken by Adrian Walsh to Pakie Larkin for a goal to leave the score 6-8 to 2-7. Martin Dunne again pointed for the Rovers. Midfielder, Padraig Kelly soloed through a shaky Kilsheelan defence for their third goal. Anthony Walsh replied with a Kilsheelan point. The last score of the game fell to Anthony Burke when he had Moyle Rovers fourth goal but time ran out as the more experienced Kilsheelan side ran out deserving winners by 6-9 to 4-8.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Eddie O’Connell, Noel Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Aidan Slattery, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, John Roche 0-2, Simon Mc Gowan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Anthony Walsh 1-1, Pierce Larkin 3-0, Pakie Larkin 1-0 and Eoin Ryan 1-0.
SUBS: Michael Ryan for Simon Mc Gowan, Roger Doyle for Michael Mc Hugh. Keith Robinson for John Roche.
MOYLE ROVERS: Seamus Delahunty, David Conway, Pat Condon, Aaron Kelly, Michael Mulcahy (Orchardstown), Paul Fanning, Michael Mulcahy (Grange), Padraig Kelly 2-0, Ronan Desmond 0-1, Eamon Cahill 1-0, Aidan Foley, Kevin Condon 0-2, Morgan Ryan, Morgan Lyons 0-2 and Ross Maher.
SUBS: Martin Dunne 0-3 for Paul Fanning, Anthony Burke 1-0 for Pat Condon, Shane Doolan for Morgan Ryan and Conal Crosse for Michael Mulcahy (G)
REFEREE: Sean Bradshaw (Knockavilla Kickhams)
Kilsheelan were now through to the Final and Emly were their opponents at New Inn. Having lost to Emly early on a battle royal looked in store. From the start Kilsheelan were the masters, whenever Emly threatened the Kilsheelan defence where Eddie O’Connell and Willie Ryan were outstanding quickly set up counter attacks and their superior team work was put to good effect and the Emly defence could do little about it. Emly did well in the middle of the field early on but their forwards were unable to avail of a number of chances and must have been very disappointing to their followers that all their scores came from frees in the first half from David Byrne. At the other end Kilsheelan’s attack was on song and it is best exemplified by the fact that all their forwards had got on the scoresheet by the 42nd minute.
Emly were first to score when David Byrne was on target from a long range free. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Pierce Larkin pointed. Kilsheelan continued to attack and registered four wides before John Roche pointed. They again broke from defence and a fine passing movement resulted in an Adrian Walsh point. The game’s only goal arrived when Edward Sweeney found John Roche unmarked and his left footed drive from 20 metres found the corner of the net. Emly had a number of chances and their only reward was when David Byrne was on the mark from a free. This was only a temporary respite as Kilsheelan went forward again – another good move resulted in an Adrian Walsh point. Pierce Larkin showed a great turn of speed when he soloed fifty metres and again found the target. Emly’s David Byrne’s unerring accuracy from frees was again seen when he pointed a difficult free. Adrian Walsh had the last word when he pointed to give his side a lead of 1-6 to 0-3 at half time.
After the interval, there was no respite for Emly. They wasted a chance before Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free for the winners. Though they tried hard Emly failed to stem the tide. Pierce Larkin was again put through for a point and he repeated the effort in the next attack. Adrian Walsh added to his total with another point. Edward Sweeney got off the mark with a point and he quickly added another. Late in the game Emly got chances but lacked ideas to capitalise. In the closing stages the pace dropped before Michael Mc Hugh pointed two frees to leave the title holders easy winners by 1-15 to 0-2.
After the game, the Chairman of the football board Mick Frawley (an Emly man himself) presented the trophy to the victorious captain John Roche. The Chairman went on to say that he hoped this win would be the springboard for Kilsheelan to return to senior ranks.
For Kilsheelan, while it was a great team effort, their best players were Eddie O’Connell, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Adrian Walsh, Pierce Larkin and Edward Sweeney.
Best for Emly were David Hennessy, Michael Ryan, Michael Burke, Donal Condon and David Byrne.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jim Ryan, Noel Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Adrian Walsh 0-4, Eoin Ryan, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Pierce Larkin 0-3, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Anthony Walsh 0-1, John Roche 1-1 and Christy Ryan 0-1
SUBS: Sean Nugent for Christy Ryan, Keith Robinson for Anthony Walsh, Aidan Walsh for Noel Ryan and Tommy Ryan for Michael Mc Hugh.
EMLY: Alan O’Brien, John Purcell, Karl Burke, David Hennessy, Sean Hennessy, Michael Ryan, Adrian Hennessy, Michael Burke, Denis Heelan, Donal Carolan, David Byrne 0-3, Philly Purcell, Owen Buckley, Pat Buckley and Gerard Dawson.
SUBS: Kieran Lees for Denis Heelan, Oliver Murphy for Philly Purcell, Michael O’Donnell for Ger Dawson and Paul Cramer for Ollie Murphy.
REFEREE: John Kelly (Rahealty)
In the first round Kilsheelan met Killenaule at Fethard. In the early stages neither side was able to get a grip on the game and scores were slow to come by as defences were on top. As the half wore on Kilsheelan-Kilcash got on top in all departments. Their slick passing movements often had the Killenaule defence in a tangle. This all changed in the second half as Killenaule set down an early marker with two well worked points and continued to set the pace and often had the Kilsheelan in difficulty in an effort to keep them at bay.
Killenaule opened the scoring in the first minute when Kenneth Browne pointed. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when Eoin Ryan did likewise. The winners received a blow when Martin Larkin had to leave the field with an injury. Both sides squandered chances before Edward Sweeney pointed from a long range for the winners. His side then hit a purple patch. Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free and Pierce Larkin shot a point when he should have found the net. Following some good approach play they were rewarded with further points from Edward Sweeney, Michael Mc Hugh (free) and Pierce Larkin. Tony Doyle broke the Kilsheelan dominance with a pointed free and almost immediately Michael Farrell struck for another point. In the 21st minute Kilsheelan had their only goal. A good passing movement upfield ended with John Roche finding the unmarked Christy Ryan and he shot to the corner of the net. Sweeney and Mc Hugh went on to add further points to leave the score at 1-9 to 0-4 at half time.
After the break the pendulum swung the other way as Killenaule moved forward with greater purpose. Midfielder Peter Kennedy, making the best catch of the evening, put Michael Farrell through for a point and this was quickly followed by another from Kenneth Browne. Kilsheelan broke upfield and the lively Michael Mc Hugh gathered and put over the bar. Tony Doyle edged Killenaule ever closer with two points from frees. Play switched to the other end as Anthony Walsh fisted over and midfielder Adrian Walsh after eighteen minutes. At this stage all the winners forwards and midfielders were on the score sheet. Kilsheelan were now indulging in some petty fouling and in one instance Killenaule were awarded a close in free. While the Kilsheelan defence were debating as to where it should be taken from the quick thinking Tony Doyle picked up the ball and shot unopposed to the corner of the net. The lead was now down to three points which made for a very interesting finish as Kilsheelan struggled to hold out. They were relieved somewhat when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. In the closing minutes Kilsheelan were reduced in number when Pakie Larkin received a second yellow card. Kenneth Cleary moved up from defence and pointed for Killenaule. Despite their numerical advantage Killenaule were unable to make any further progress as Kilsheelan finished with points from John Roche and Michael Mc Hugh (free).
This result puts Kilsheelan through to the Semi-Finals on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-10.
Best for Kilsheelan were Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Adrian Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh and Edward Sweeney. For Killenaule their best players were Darren Kelly, Jonathon O’Dwyer, Peter Kennedy, Tony Doyle and Kenneth Browne.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 0-5, Pierce Larkin 0-2, Edward Sweeney 0-3, Anthony Walsh 0-1, John Roche 0-2 and Christy Ryan 1-0.
SUBS: Tommy Ryan for Martin Larkin and Aidan Walsh for Pierce Larkin.
KILLENAULE: Conor O’Donnell, Darren Kelly, Michael Brennan, Jonathon O’Dwyer, Declan Ryan, Michael Fitzgerald, Kenneth Cleary 0-1, Peter Kennedy, Michael Blake 0-1, Tony Doyle 1-4, Keith Kennedy, Joe Caeser, Michael Doyle, Kenneth Browne 0-2 and Michael Farrell 0-2.
SUBS: Vinny Hannigan for Michael Brennan and Patrick Fennelly for Michael Farrell.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Clonmel)
The Semi Final was against Ballyporeen and it took place in Clonmel. The swirling wind made it difficult with many passes not reaching their intended target. Despite playing against a strong wind in the first half the physically stronger Ballyporeen side were always in touch. Fergal Mc Loughlin was sound in front of goal. They enjoyed a much greater share of possession in midfield where Eoin Kearney was a tower of strength. Upfront Darragh Lyons and Paul Maher ensured that the Kilsheelan defence had their hands full. In defence Willie Ryan was outstanding but their attack made little headway as they had first use of the elements when playing into the town goal.
Scores were slow to come and they were too dependant on the speedy Michael Mc Hugh for their first half tally. In the second half they were holding their own but in the last ten minutes it was a rearguard battle and they were unable to prevent the winners from getting the vital scores.
Kilsheelan got the best possible start when Adrian Walsh raced through from midfield to put over the bar after thirty seconds and they went further ahead when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Ballyporeen had to wait six minutes for their opening score when Paul Maher took a quick free to Darragh Lyons who pointed. Kilsheelan’s reply was immediate. Michael Mc Hugh gathered the ball far out, lost his marker and raced fifty metres for a well taken point. In their next attack Ballyporeen’s chances received a boost. The Kilsheelan goal seemed to be in no immediate danger when the ball was played to Darragh Lyons near the sideline, he made ground and picked out the unmarked David Hyland who shot over the advancing goalkeeper to find the back of the net to put his side ahead. Almost immediately Kilsheelan had a great chance of a goal. Michael Mc Hugh’s shot for the corner was stopped by the goalkeeper but from the rebound Keith O’Brien’s shot skimmed over the bar. Ballyporeen’s attack were now enjoying a lot of possession which they wasted with wayward shooting. They hit the target when Darragh Lyons and Eamon Maher (free) pointed. Michael Mc Hugh was causing havoc in the Ballyporeen defence and was again on the mark with a breakaway point. The same player then sent a delivery into the Ballyporeen goal – the ball was blocked out by the goalkeeper and in the ensuing play Pierce Larkin shot to the net. Coming up to the break Adrian Walsh found Mc Hugh and he was again on target. This left Kilsheelan 1-6 to 1-4 ahead at the break.
On the resumption Adrian Walsh increased his sides total with a point and this was quickly followed by another from Mc Hugh. Kilsheelan went forward again but a promising attack broke down and the ball reached Eamon Maher who reduced the leeway for Ballyporeen. The lead was reduced still further when Paul O’Gorman hit over the bar. For the next ten minutes both sides swopped points. Eoin Ryan restored Kilsheelan’s three lead when he was on target while David Hyland responded for Ballyporeen. John Roche then shot his first point which also turned out to be his sides last score. Ballyporeen were now taking advantage of the elements and it began to pay dividends. Eamon Maher shot two points to reduce the lead to the minimum and Darragh Lyons put the sides level. With about two minutes remaining Ballyporeen got the decisive score when the ever threatening Darragh Lyons again pointed. As the game went into injury time the losers were unable to get the ball upfield and Ballyporeen held out for a win by 1-11 to 1-10.
BALLYPOREEN: Paul Maher, Kevin Kenneally, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Rory O’Farrell, Shane Molan, Michael O’Farrell, Brendan Finn, Eoin Kearney, Michael Hanrahan, Paul O’Gorman 0-1, Joe English, Thomas Molan, David Hyland 1-1, Eamon Maher 0-5 and Darragh Lyons 0-4.
SUB: Paul Mc Grath for Rory O’Farrell
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jim Ryan, Noel Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 0-5, Pierce Larkin 1-0, Edward Sweeney, Keith O’Brien 0-1, John Roche 0-1 and Aidan Walsh.
SUBS: Keith Robinson for Edward Sweeney and Anthony Walsh for Keith O’Brien.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)
Having lost all interest in the South championship Kilsheelan now turn their attention to the county Competition and were paired with Fr Sheehy’s and the game took place in Ardfinnan. The perfect conditions gave both sides the opportunity to provide a very entertaining game.
It started at a frantic pace and was real end to end stuff as both teams indulged in quick fire passing movements. In the early stages the Clogheen side were on top at centre field where Ger Norris and Tom Conway were prominent and Kilsheelan can thank full back Jimmy Ryan for coming to the rescue a number of times. However, Kilsheelan gradually seized the initiative and apart from the early minutes of both halves they always looked like winners.
Fr Sheehy’s were first off the mark when Liam Fleming pointed after three minutes. Kilsheelan missed some easy chances before chalking their first point after eight minutes when Anthony Walsh soloed through and found the target. On the kick out they launched another attack and a well worked move resulted in a point by Adrian Walsh. They went further ahead when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free and a John Roche point from forty metres made the score 0-4 to 0-1.
Fr Sheehy’s did enjoy some good possession but were lacking ideas up front to avail of it and their only reward was a point by Liam Fleming. This was only a temporary respite as Anthony Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh, from a narrow angle, increased the winners lead. Coming up to the break Fr Sheehy’s Ger Norris pointed but Kilsheelan had last word when Eoin Ryan did likewise to leave the scores 0-7 to 0-3 at half time.
On the resumption Fr Sheehy’s best attacker John Sheehan pointed a free. One minute later the same player again pointed and a close second half looked in prospect but this failed to materialise when the quick thinking Michael Mc Hugh found Pierce Larkin in open space, he soloed through unopposed and gave the Clogheen goalkeeper no chance. With centre half back Willie Ryan outstanding Kilsheelan continued to attack and had a point from Adrian Walsh and when Sean Nugent pointed it meant that all their attackers had got on the score sheet. After twenty minutes John Sheehan had a point from a free for Fr Sheehy’s. In the remaining ten minutes the pace of the game slowed down and surprisingly there was no further scores in that period as Kilsheelan go marching on to the next round on a score line of 1-11 to 0-6.
For Kilsheelan Jimmy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh, Anthony Walsh, Adrian Walsh and Eoin Ryan were best. Fr Sheehy’s were best served by Eoin Myers for his long distance kick outs, John Corbett, John Sweeney, Tom Conway, Ger Norris and John Sheehan in attack that threatened more than they delivered.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Eddie O’Connell, Jimmy Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Aidan Slattery, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, John Roche 0-1, Simon Mc Gowan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Anthony Walsh 0-2, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-1 and Pierce Larkin 1-0.
SUB: Edmond Sweeney for Anthony Walsh
FR SHEEHY’S: Eoin Myers, Patrick Ryan, John Corbett, Pat Kelly, John Sweeney, Alan Mc Grath, Henry O’Grady, Tom Conway, Ger Norris 0-1, Ritchie Mc Grath , Brendan English, Michael Myles, John Sheehan 0-3, Liam Fleming 0-2 and Liam Condon
SUB: Seamus Murphy for Patrick Kelly.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
In this second round tie we played Upperchurch/Drombane at Boherlahan. Coming from a football stronghold the South Title holders came into this match with the favourites tag.
Despite being short a number of players this was a low key performance by Kilsheelan. They enjoyed a much greater share of the possession, their superior teamwork was very obvious but overuse of the hand pass often resulted in the loss of possession and cost them scores. The attack were also found wanting in the art of picking off their points and had a large number of wides to show for their efforts. With a display like this they can thank midfielder Willie Ryan for his efforts. He was a dominant force for the entire game and he gave a lesson to his forwards on how to pick off scores
Upperchurch who would be more at home with the smaller ball acquitted themselves well. Had they more players of the calibre of Brian Phelan they may have caused an upset. When they reduced the leeway to two points in the closing stages there was always the chance of a further goal but unfortunately for them it was not to be.
Michael Mc Hugh put the winners ahead after two minutes with a pointed free. In their first real attack Upperchurch breached the Kilsheelan defence – the ball was delivered into the goal and blocked out to Eoin Shortt who promptly dispatched to the net. Brian Phelan put them four points ahead when he pointed. The Kilsheelan forwards were getting plenty of ball. Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Willie Ryan and Pierce Larkin put the sides on level terms. Michael Mc Hugh, with another point put Kilsheelan ahead. It should also be noted that Mc Hugh often had the losers defence at full stretch with his turn of speed. Kilsheelan had an equally fortuitous goal when Willie Ryan’s shot dropped short and the goalkeeper mishandled the ball over the line. The same player and Michael Mc Hugh had further points. The losers responded with a Brian Phelan point to leave the half time score 1-6 to 1-2.
After the interval Mc Hugh and Ryan were again on the mark and an easy win looked on the cards. Brian Phelan then had the best point of the game for Upperchurch. From then on the standard of football dropped and scores were slow to come. Willie Ryan again pointed for the South men and Brian Phelan did likewise for the “Church”. They pressurised the Kilsheelan defence again and Donal Carey sent the breaking ball to the net. With just two points in it the winners had some anxious moments. They again moved upfield and Michael Mc Hugh got through for a point. In the closing stages Sean Nugent found Anthony Walsh with a defence splitting pass and a goal looked on but he shot over the bar. In the last minute the same player added another point to leave Kilsheelan deserving winners by 1-12 to 2-4.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Eddie O’Connell, Jim Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Pakie Larkin, Aidan Slattery, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 1-3, Anthony Walsh 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh 0-5, Pierce Larkin 0-2, Ed Sweeney, Eoin Ryan, Sean Nugent and Keith Robinson.
SUBS: Christy Ryan for Eoin Ryan, Aidan Walsh for Aidan Slattery.
UPPERSCHURCH-DROMBANE: David Carey, Michael O’Dwyer, Seamus Griffin, Padraig Stapleton, L T Ryan, Donal Carey 1-0, L J Ryan, Conor O’Dwyer, John Carey, Brian Phelan 0-4, Pat Shortt, Jerry Quinn, Eoin Shortt 1-0, John Ryan and Jack Ryan.
REFEREE: David Grogan (Aherlow).
Following this win we were through to the quarter finals when we played North Champions Ballina at Holycross on 24th October. Despite the recent heavy rain the pitch was in fine condition. The breeze was blowing in a diagonal fashion and was no great advantage to either side. The standard of football displayed was far from top drawer stuff and both sides were guilty of many stray passes and wayward shooting.
Ballina received a setback before the game as they had to line out without Aaron Devane and Shane O’Brien but despite winning their divisional Title the previous Sunday Kilsheelan-Kilcash went into this contest as favourites. From the throw in they dominated early on but were unable to capitalise with scores. Ballina did make a number of advances up field and looked dangerous at times and Roger Doyle in the Kilsheelan goal had to alert on a number of occasions. Kilsheelan had a match winner in Michael Mc Hugh whose turn of speed often had the Ballina defence in disarray and his unerring accuracy from frees was a major plus for the winners. Ballina had no one of his calibre up front and they were dependent on David Hickey’s free taking for their scores. As the game wore on Kilsheelan never looked like being overtaken but had they been up against a more threatening attack they would have endured more anxious moments.
Kilsheelan were first off the mark when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free after nine minutes and the same player did likewise moments later. Ballina pressed a number of times but were unable to penetrate the Kilsheelan defence. Kilsheelan again moved forward and the ball was delivered in to full forward John Roche who shot over the bar. Ballina had to wait sixteen minutes for their opening score when David Hickey pointed a free. The same player then gained possession out near the sideline and raced forty metres before finding the range from an acute angle. As the half drew to a close Michael Mc Hugh pointed a close in free to leave his side ahead 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.
On the turnover sustained pressure by Ballina resulted in a ’45 which David Hickey pointed. The winners went on to have some anxious moments as they tried to hold on to their slender lead. They weathered this storm and began to put their passes together in better fashion. One of these moves resulted in the games decisive score. John Roche, from out near the sideline found the unmarked
Eoin Ryan with a cross field pass and with only the goalkeeper to beat he was brought down for a penalty. Michael Mc Hugh took the resulting kick and put his shot well out of the goalkeepers reach. The same player went on to add to his tally with another pointed free. After a lull in the scoring Hughie Molloy had a Ballina point to leave the score at 1-5 to 0-4. Kilsheelan attacked again as Willie Ryan soloed up field and was “grounded” and again Michael Mc Hugh made no mistake. At the other end Hughie Molloy was fouled in possession and David Hickey pointed the resultant free. With seven minutes to go Eoin Ryan, who had moved in to full forward had Kilsheelan’s last score. In the closing minutes Ballina pressed hard but never looked like piercing the Kilsheelan defence for a badly needed goal and their only reward was a point from a free by David Hickey. On the kickout, the referee sounded the final whistle and Kilsheelan were winners on a score of 1-7 to 0-6. Their best players were Eddie O’Connell, Noel Ryan and William Larkin in a defence that played well as a unit, Willie Ryan did well at midfield while in attack Michael Mc Hugh was easily the best with most support coming from Adrian Walsh. For Ballina Patrick Cosgrave and Peter King were their best defenders. In the middle of the field Stephen Stritch was their most effective player and up front David Hickey and Hughie Molloy were most impressive.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jim Ryan, Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Martin Larkin, Willlie Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 1-5, Adrian Walsh, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Eddie Sweeney, John Roche 0-1 and Pierce Larkin.
SUBS: Aidan Walsh for Oisin O Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan for Pierce Larkin and David Power for Eoin Ryan.
BALLINA: Martin Mc Keogh, Christopher O’Meara, Patrick Cosgrave, Diarmuid Healy, Brendan Mc Keogh, Peter King, Rody Kennedy, Noel Moroney, Stephen Stritch, Hughie Molloy 0-1, Thomas Collins, David Hickey 0-5, Kevin Cosgrave, Eamon O’Sullivan and Adrian Ring.
REFEREE: Ger O’Riordan (Solohead)
Kilsheelan were through to the Semi Final and there opponents were Moyne-Templetuohy and the match took place in Cashel. The last time Kilsheelan were in an Intermediate Final was in 1994 and hopes were high of breaking this sequence.
On an excellent day for football, ground conditions were perfect and Kilsheelan were the dominant side from the start. In the opening minute Pierce Larkin was in a goal scoring position but opted for a point only for the ball to go wide. Kilsheelan did off the mark moments later when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. The squander mania continued until Adrian Walsh broke the deadlock with a point. After fifteen minutes Pierce Larkin added a further point. Moyne eventually got off the mark coming up to half time when Tom Guilfoyle pointed. Kilsheelan quickly turned defence into attack which eventually paid off when Pierce Larkin shot through a crowded goal mouth for a goal. This was quickly followed by a Michael Mc Hugh point. It should also be said that Moyne-Templetuohy missed a number of chances and at half time we should have led by more than the 1-4 to 0-1 score suggests.
On the restart Kilsheelan looked as if they were going to finish the job they started in the first half. The game was barely a minute old when Michael Mc Hugh broke through the Moyne defence and with only the goalkeeper to beat blasted the ball wide. Seeing this as a let off Moyne finally began to press and Joe Leahy opened the second half scoring with a point and Kevin Fogarty added to this with a 21yard free. Four points now separated the sides. Adrian Walsh widened the gap again when he pointed in the 49th minute. Kilsheelan continued to pile on the pressure but again they over elaborated. The mid Tipp side were now coming more and more in to the game. Hugh
Coughlan pointed a free. Michael Mc Hugh replied at the opposite end. Further points form Edward Sweeney and Willie Ryan left seven points between the sides. Any chances that Kilsheelan thought that they were going to pull away were quickly dashed as Simon Everard took on the Kilsheelan to score a fantastic point from play. They continued to press and they were rewarded with two pointed frees from Kevin Fogarty. With seven minutes left on the clock the score was 1-8 to 0-07 in favour of the Southsiders. An exciting finished now looked in prospect when Kevin Fogarty reduced the leeway to a goal. With just one minute left Kilsheelan launched a further attack and Edward Sweeney drove over the bar for the insurance point. The game was now in injury time and Kevin Fogarty again pointed a free for Moyne but time ran out and Kilsheelan were deserving winners by 1-9 to 0-9. Over the hour the Kilsheelan defence played well. When the chips were down in the second half our best players in defence were Eddie O’Connell, William & Pakie Larkin and further afield Willie Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh, John Roche and Adrian Walsh were best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, John Roche, Tommy Ryan, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-2 and Pierce Larkin 1-1.
SUBS: Keith O’Brien for Tommy Ryan, Dan O’Connor for Eoin Ryan and Aidan Walsh for Pierce Larkin.
MOYNE-TEMPLETUOHY: Pat Meade, Tim Bergin, Cathal Ely, Michael Esmonde, Damien Bergin, Colm Everard, Ronan Ely, Thomas Costigan, Tom Guilfoyle, Martin Costigan, John Hassett, Kevin Fogarty 0-5, Sean Everrard 0-1, Hugh Coughlan 0-1 and Joe Leahy 0-1.
SUBS: Simon Everard 0-1 for T Costigan and Danny Egan for J Leahy.
REFEREE: Ger O’Riordan (Solohead)
Kilsheelan had Killenaule as their opponents in the Final at Clonmel and surprisingly both sides were bidding for their first Intermediate Title. On the days leading up to it – it was the main topic for discussion in the parish. The selectors had everything in apple pie order and everyone in the camp was quietly confident that history could be made. The match took place in Clonmel on Sunday 14th November on an ideal day for football.
The game was only in its infancy and everyone quickly realised that Kilsheelan had a mammoth task in hand. The team did not play to anything like its full potential. Killenaule were much sharper
and seemed to be nearly always first to the ball. They had an outstanding full back in Declan Fanning and this was the launching pad for one of their many attacks, indeed in could be said that all the Killenaule defence were heros as they kept the Kilsheelan attack in a stranglehold. The course of the game was evident from early on. Killenaule, playing with the aid of a strong breeze established a lead they never relinquished. They opened the scoring in the third minute with a Tony Doyle point and the same player did likewise some minutes later. Kilsheelan finally got off the mark after eleven minutes when Keith O’Brien pointed. Any hopes of gaining parity were quickly dashed when they had further points by Joe Caesar from a Ken Browne pass. Tony Doyle from a free pointed and one minute later Peter Kennedy cut through the Kilsheelan defence for another point. Kilsheelan were finding it difficult to make any headway but their main target men John Roche, Michael Mc Hugh and Keith O’Brien were beginning to make their presence felt and O’Brien again pointed from an Eoin Ryan delivery. This was quickly followed by a point from John Roche to leave the score at 0-5 to 0-3 approaching half time but that was as good as it got. Another pointed free from Tony Doyle gave Killenaule a three point cushion at half time.
With the breeze at their backs in the second half Kilsheelan needed a good start but it was Killenaule who took an even firmer grip. Midfielder Peter Kennedy became one of the dominant figures. In a replica of his first half effort he careered through the Kilsheelan defence for a lovely point. In the next ten minutes Kilsheelan had the opportunities but they kicked a number of bad wides from scoreable positions while Michael Mc Hugh was also off target from frees. Killenaule regained the initiative as Tony Doyle was fouled and he pointed the resultant free. Some minutes he found the unmarked Joe Caesar for another point. Kilsheelan had to wait for the 17th minute for their opening second half score when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Kilsheelan again pushed forward and Mc Hugh was again on the mark from a free and the same player also had a crucial miss from in front of the goal some moments later. With twenty five minutes gone it was looking good for Killenaule as they led by 0-9 to 0-5. With defeat staring them in the face Kilsheelan made a number of determined drives towards the Killenaule goal but they never looked like breaking down a solid defence. In the closing minutes Doyle and Mc Hugh exchanged points from frees. With the game now in injury time the outstanding Joe Caesar scored the best point of the match from out near the sideline. This ended Kilsheelan’s ambitions as Killenaule ran out winners by 0-11 to 0-6.
It capped a wonderful display by Killenaule. They were the more focused side from the start and appeared to have the greater hunger for victory. Kilsheelan will be disappointed with their performance as they never rose to the level needed to win a County crown and their return to Senior ranks for the first time in 32 years must be put on hold for another year at least.
Roger Doyle in goal played sound all through. The defence played well as a unit. Further afield their best players were Willie Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh, John Roche and Keith O’Brien proving the greatest threat.
KILLENAULE: Conor O’Donnell, Jonathon O’Dwyer, Ian Murphy, Declan Ryan, Darren Kelly, Declan Fanning, John Grace, Peter Kennedy 0-2, Philip Blake, Keith Kennedy, Kenneth Browne, Michael Doyle, Joe Caesar 0-3, Michael Brennan and Tony Doyle 0-6.
SUBS: T J Maher for Michael Doyle and Tony Shelly for T J Maher.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Jimmy Ryan, Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, John Roche 0-1, Edward Sweeney, Keith O’Brien 0-2, Adrian Walsh and Pierce Larkin.
SUBS: Tommy Ryan for Eoin Ryan, Aidan Walsh for Pierce Larkin and Michael Ryan for Keith O’Brien.
REFEREE: Ger O’Riordan (Solohead)
This brought the curtain down on the years activities on the field of play.
Membership totalled 124 which was an increase of 13 on the previous year.
The County Board had a new initiative this year i.e the Sean Gael Award which honoured members who gave a lifetime of service to the G.A.A. It was a proud moment for the Club when President Jimmy Prendergast was a recipient. This took place at a function in Bru Boru.
After 11 years as Chairman Billy Stokes decided it was time to hand over the reins. From his juvenile days Billy was always closely associated with the Club in many ways and it was inevitable that one day he would become Chairman. Like all tasks, it is not how much work is involved but how much you are prepared to put into it. Often when he was engrossed in farm activities, things had to take a back seat if G.A.A. matters needed attention. Having retired from the post we can rest assured that he will continue to help out any time.