MINOR FOOTBALL – LEAGUE
In the County Minor Football League Kilsheelan took on J K Brackens in Fethard. They had a pre match setback as a number of players were unavailable. Despite this they put up a good battle for the first twenty minutes and with for good goal keeping by Colm Sweeney we were only 1-3 to 0-3 in arrears at half time. In the second half Brackens got well on top and in the end we were beaten by 4-7 to 0-5.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Shane Collumby, Matthew Hantz, Miceal Corcoran, Ritchie Doyle, Paul Kennedy, Riain O Cuinneagain, David Ryan (Kilcash X), Darren Mc Carthy 0-2, Donnchadh Corcoran, James Geraghty 0-3, Ross Larkin, Damien Mc Carthy, Naoise O’Cuinneagain and Danny Harte.
In the next round Kilsheelan played Cahir-Ballylooby in Cahir. They got the best possible start when a Ross Larkin cross was gathered by James Geraghty and he made no mistake for a goal.
Cahir were well on top in the closing stages of the half and led by 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval. In the second half they went further ahead. Kilsheelan had a second goal when Danny Harte stole in behind the home defence. With ten minutes to go Cahir led by 0-12 to 2-3. Kilsheelan finished strongly with three points from frees by Damien Mc Carthy to leave the scores level at 0-13 to 2-7. Kilsheelan had two chances just before the whistle but failed to avail of them.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Miceal Corcoran, Paul Kennedy, Matthew Hantz, Ken Hogan, Pádraic Hickey, Naoise O Cuineagain, Paul Denn, David Ryan (Kilcash X) 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 0-4, Darren Mc Carthy, Riain O Cuinneagain, Ross Larkin 0-1, James Geraghty 1-1 and Danny Harte 1-0.
SUB: Donnchadh Corcoran
There were no further matches played in this competition.
In the opening round of the championship Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on St Patrick’s at Monroe. The standard of football never reached any great heights. The damp conditions made ball control difficult, misplaced passes and poor shooting were the order of the day. However, the closeness of the scoring kept it interesting to the end.
In a low scoring game the Drangan side lead nearly all the way through the opening half but were too dependent on Damien Mc Cormack for their scores. They had chances of goals but Kilsheelan’s Colm Sweeney had to be very alert to keep his goal intact. The winners finished the half well but woeful shooting left them in arrears by 0-3 to 0-2 at half time.
After the break the sides exchanged points with scoring at a premium. A goal to either side would have been the likely deciding factor. It came after thirty nine minutes when Damien Mc Carthy grabbed a loose ball and planted it into the net. St Pat’s replied with a point to leave the score 1-3 to 0-5. They went in search of further scores and again Colm Sweeney came to the rescue in the goal but it’s the winners who struck the decisive blow. Ross Larkin, who was off target previously, found the net with a ground shot. They were now in the driving seat and could afford the luxury of a missed penalty before running out winners by 2-7 to 0-7.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Robert Henebry, Paul Kennedy, Michael Geraghty, Lorcan Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Ken Hogan, Paul Denn 0-2, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Ross Larkin 1-0. David Ryan (K), Damien Mc Carthy 1-0, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, James Geraghty 0-2 and Danny Harte.
SUBS: Miceal Corcoran for Ken Hogan and Riain O Cuinneagain for David Ryan.
ST PATRICK’S: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Colm Dunne, Gerry Mullally, Jason Hayes, Sam Morrissey, Damien Barry, Robert Mc Cormack, Paul Horan 0-1, Damien Mc Cormack 0-4, Patrick Moroney, Shane Gorey, John Moroney, Eoin Mc Cormack and William Power.
SUB: Aaron Cronin for William Power.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
Next game at Grangemockler was against Mullinahone. From the start the winners played the better football and the Kilsheelan defence came under lots of pressure. However, their excellent approach work was often spoiled by faulty shooting especially in the first half.
From the losers point of view their attacking force left a lot to be desired, had they clicked they might have pushed Mullinahone all the way. Mullinahone set the early pace and got off to the ideal start. Midfielder Tom Collins took a ’45, his drive towards goal evaded all to find the back of the net. Kilsheelan responded with a point from James Geraghty after a 50 metre run. As stated went on to squander many chances before Niall O’Brien twice sent over the bar. Shortly before the break Paul Denn had a Kilsheelan point to leave the half time score 1-2 to 0-2 in favour of the winners.
On the restart the losers did the early pressing and defender Lorcan Ryan scored a fine point from near the sideline. With his sides attack making little impression they were unable to build on it. In the last twenty minutes the Mullinahone attack finally found their shooting boots. They had points by Niall O’Brien, Donal Coady, sub Kevin Waltzer and Sean Curran to give them a lead of 1-6 to 0-3 after forty eight minutes. Kilsheelan then enjoyed a good spell and they were rewarded with points from Donnacha Lonergan and Damien Mc Carthy from frees. At the other end James Mockler pointed twice, the first effort when he had a goal chance. Just before the end Ross Larkin and Kevin Waltzer had points to leave Mullinahone worthy winners by 1-9 to 0-6.
Best for Mullinahone Niall Cronin, Sean Quirke, Tom Collins, Niall O’Brien and Sean Curran. For Kilsheelan Robert Henebry, Paul Kennedy, Pádraic Hickey, Paul Denn and James Geraghty did best.
MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Richard Morrissey, Joey O’Meara, Niall Cronin, Edward Tobin, Sean Quirke, Niall Mullally, Edmond Phelan, Tom Collins 1-0, Donal Coady 0-1, Eoin Egan, Niall O’Brien 0-3, Michael Hicks, James Mockler 0-2 and Sean Curran 0-1.
SUB: Kevin Waltzer 0-2, Brian Treacy and Michael Lonergan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Robert Henebry, Paul Kennedy, William Mc Guire, Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Pádraic Hickey, Michael Geraghty, Paul Denn 0-1, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Damien Mc Carthy 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, James Geraghty 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-1 and Danny Harte.
SUB: Riain O Cuinneagain
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)
Despite conceding two goals late in the first half Ballingarry emerged worthy winners over Kilsheelan-Kilcash at Cloneen. In an overall context, the winners should have been further ahead at the end. They were slow to settle down but once they found their rhythm they went on to pick off some well taken points. They also had the best player on view in James Logue. Each time he got possession it spelt danger for the Kilsheelan defence.
For Kilsheelan, last time out it was their attack that did not function but this time it was their defence that was the Achilles heel especially in the first half and the closing stages and in an overall context they lacked the balance of their opponents.
Ballingarry had first use of a slight breeze but it was Kilsheelan who started off in style with early points from Paul Denn and Ross Larkin while Gerry Fitzgerald opened Ballingarry’s account. It was looking good for Kilsheelan when James Geraghty and Riain O Cuinneagain had further points. The winners then hit a further patch. They had further points by Adrian Cleere, James Maher, five points by the impressive James Logue and another from Cleere to give them a lead of 0-10 to 0-4 after twenty nine minutes and them seemed to be coasting.
Kilsheelan attacked and a quick passing movement resulted in a goal by Donnacha Lonergan. From the kickout they attacked again and Damien Mc Carthy found a gap for a further goal. At half time the sides were on level terms 0-10 to 2-4.
On resumption Kilsheelan again hit the front when Darren Mc Carthy pointed. His brother Damien did likewise when he pointed a free after forty minutes. In a game where fouls were at a minimum this was the first score from a free. James Logue reduced the leeway with a point. Darren Mc Carthy again found the target for Kilsheelan after forty five minutes and this was to be their last score.
In the last ten minutes it was all Ballingarry. James Logue was on the mark from a free and Michael Ivors had the levelling score. Kilsheelan tried hard to get the ball upfield but the greater fitness of the winners told in the end. Ballingarry missed some gilt edged chances before James Logue shot the winning point for a victory of 0-14 to 2-7.
BALLINGARRY: Kevin Croke, Danny Fitzgerald, Tom Butler, Jack Fennelly, Matt Treacy, Thomas Donovan, Kevin Fitzgerald, Karl Rotterham, James Maher 0-1, Gerry Fitzgerald 0-1, James Logue 0-8, Kieran Shelly, Michael Ivors 0-2, Billy Horan and Adrian Cleere 0-2.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Michael Geraghty, Paul Kennedy, William Mc Guire, Robert Henebry, Lorcan Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey,
Donnacha Lonergan 1-0, Darren Mc Carthy 0-2, James Geraghty 0-1, Riain O Cuinneagian 0-1, Ross Larkin 0-1 and Damien Mc Carthy 1-1.
SUB: David Ryan(Kilcash X)
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangmockler)
U/21 “B” FOOTBALL
In the opening round Kilsheelan were paired with last year’s champions Clonmel Og. To make matters more difficult Kilsheelan had to field understrength.
Despite the shortcomings of the opposition the Clonmel side looked the team of all the talents. Their quick fire inter passing always had Kilsheelan on the back foot. Whenever they got possession they always seemed to be able to create a loose man to support the move. They were on top at centre field where they had the man of the match in Dwayne Burns. Each time he got possession he spelt danger for the losers and his prompting resulted in many scores. Their defence was very sound where Colm Morrissey was their leading light.
For Kilsheelan it was frustrating afternoon. In defence they were often at full stretch to contain their markers. Eoin Ryan (B) tried hard in the middle of the field but those around him failed to respond to his promptings while up front they made little impression.
Clonmel Og opened the scoring in the second minute when Dwane Burns, with the strong wind behind him, sent over from a ’45. Moment s later Kevin O’Keeffe had the best point of the game when he found the target from a difficult angle. Christopher Aylward soloed through the Kilsheelan defence only for his great drive was brilliantly saved by Colm Sweeney in the Kilsheelan goal. However, the inevitable goal arrived a short time later when a Dwayne Byrne’s effort from a free escaped the clutches of one and all as the ball dipped just under the crossbar.
Burns and O’Keeffe added further points while Colm Morrissey, from long range, added to Kilsheelan’s misery. Kilsheelan had a number of promising attacks but were unable to turn them into scores. There only first half score was a pointed free by Eoin Ryan (K) and at half time Clonmel Og led by 1-9 to 0-1.
After the interval Kilsheelan continued to play second fiddle. Their task was made even more difficult when the wind lost much of its velocity. They desperately needed a few scores but it was not to be and Clonmel Og stretched their lead further. Patrick O’Donnell who was introduced in the second half for the town side staked his claim for a starting place next time when he had a brace of points and a well taken goal after 52 minutes. Kilsheelan’s only reply were points from a free by Eoin Ryan and sub Ross Larkin. Clonmel Og continued their impressive run right to the end and won on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-3.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Landers, Gerry Cunningham, Aidan Rouse, Colin O’Mahony, Kevin Mc Grath, Colin Morrissey 0-1, Conor Horgan, Shane Kearney, Dwayne Burns 1-5, Kevin O’Keeffe 0-3, John Cagney, Gino Lonergan, Paul Deady, Christopher Aylward 0-2 and Declan Rix 0-1.
SUBS: Patrick O’Donnell 1-2, Alan O’Reilly 0-1, Andy Ryan and Kieran Mc Cormack.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Keith Condon. Shane Prendergast, Paul Kennedy, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Eoin Ryan (B) Senan O’Halloran, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Ken Hogan, Ian Coughlan, Eoin Ryan (K) 0-2 and James Geraghty.
SUBS: David Hanrahan, Ciaran Gibbs, Donnacha Lonergan, Darren Mc Carthy and Ross Larkin 0-1.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan)
At sunny Kilsheelan the home side took on Newcastle. The previous week both sides were well beaten in their respective opening rounds but it was Kilsheelan who made the most of the second chance. Despite playing against a slight breeze Newcastle gave as good as they got in the opening ten minutes. Once Kilsheelan got their act together they applied the killer instinct and in the process they picked off some delightful points especially in the first half. They never looked in any danger after the interval. Newcastle’s problems were further compounded by virtue of the fact that the wind had now virtually disappeared. They kept plugging and were worthy of a few more scores.
Newcastle got the best possible start. After three minutes Brian Sweeney took a sideline kick and his high delivery went off a Kilsheelan defender to the net. Michael Mc Hugh got the winners off the mark from a free and Senan O’Halloran added another. Newcastle were going well at his stage and they had points from Johnny Lonergan and two from Conor Grant. After 21 minutes Kilsheelan were on level terms when they had points from Michael Mc Hugh (2), Senan O’Halloran, Eoin Ryan (B) and Eoin Ryan (K). They finished the half strongly with further points from James Geraghty, Michael Mc Hugh, Eoin Ryan (K) and Keith Condon. When half time arrived they were 0-12 to 1-3 in the ascendancy.
After the interval Kilsheelan again took up the running. They had points from David Hanrahan and James Geraghty. Ross Larkin availed of slack marking to score his side’s only goal to make the score 1-14 to 1-3 after 39 minutes. Jordan Corbett had Newcastle lone second half point when he found the target from a very difficult angle. They had further chances but the Kilsheelan defence now growing in confidence held firm. In the remaining time Kilsheelan had further points from Senan O’Halloran (2), Eoin Ryan (B) after a 60 metre run, Tommy Ryan and James Geraghty to leave them comfortable winners by 1-19 to 1-4.
Best for Kilsheelan were Tommy Ryan and Pádraic Hickey in defence, the two Eoin Ryan’s at midfield, in an attack that showed few weak links, Keith Condon, Michael Mc Hugh and James Geraghty accounted for most of the scores.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Shane Prendergast, Lorcan Ryan, Michael Foley, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Pádraic Hickey, Eoin Ryan (B) 0-2, Eoin Ryan (K) 0-2, Senan O’Halloran 0-3, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Keith Condon 0-1, Ross Larkin 1-0, Michel Mc Hugh 0-6 and James Geraghty 0-3
SUBS: Ciaran Gibbs for Shane Prendergast, David Hanrahan 0-1 for Michael Mc Hugh, Ian Coughlan for Ross Larkin and Shane Geoghegan for Paul Kennedy.
NEWCASTLE: David Freaney, Thomas Lonergan, Johnny Hallinan, Caoimhin Mc Grath, Riain Corbett, Shane Hickey, Lorcan Mc Carra, Jordan Corbett 0-1, Brian Sweeney 1-0, Conor Grant 0-2, John Lonergan 0-1, Liam Kelly, Johnny Kelly, John T Egan and Michael Grant.
SUB: Andrew Fitzgerald for Michael Grant.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
When the draw for the Semi Finals were made Kilsheelan were again paired with Clonmel Og.
When those sides met some weeks ago Clonmel Og had fifteen points to spare over an understrength Kilsheelan side. This time a much closer contest was anticipated and this is what it turned out to be.
This might not have looked like materialising in the opening quarter when the Clonmel side were completely in command and were much the sharper side. Shane Kearney and Dwayne Burns were on top at midfield and they linked up well with those upfront. An under pressure Kilsheelan were forced into conceding frees and with dead ball specialists Dwayne Burns and Patrick O’Donnell around they made Kilsheelan pay the penalty. As the half wore on the Kilsheelan defence tightened up and started to show belief in themselves. Full back Oisin O Cuinneagain led by example with good support coming from Lorcan Ryan. Their attack were now enjoying a greater share of possession but were unable to penetrate a solid Clonmel Og defence well marshalled by Colm Morrissey while Aidan Rouse kept a tight rein on danger man Michael Mc Hugh. Indeed, one could say that the latter could have been given a role further afield given the trend of the game.
In the second half the winners continued to press. Kilsheelan did get within a point but their shortcomings in attack meant it was always going to be an uphill battle. With Eoin Ryan (B) now operating at midfield he improved matters in this area but his efforts lacked the support they would have deserved.
In the last ten minutes Clonmel Og were the superior side without being over impressive. Full marks to Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney who made four top class saves and could hold his head high but in the end there was little doubt that Clonmel Og were deserving winners.
Clonmel Og opened the scoring after two minutes when Dwayne Burns pointed a free. An indisciplined Kilsheelan defence conceded further frees. Patrick O’Donnell pointed a free from close in while Dwayne Burns had two more which left Clonmel Og leading by 0-4 after fourteen minutes while Kilsheelan had still to open their account.
After the early onslaught the Kilsheelan attack were seeing more of the ball. The game’s only goal arrived after eighteen minutes. Eoin Ryan ‘s (B) long range free dropped into the goal area, James Geraghty reacted quickest to the breaking ball and promptly fisted to the net. They could have drawn level but they lacked the know how to create openings. Clonmel Og finished the stronger and had their first score form play when Dwayne Burns pointed from far out. On the stroke of half time a goal looked on but for Colm Sweeney’s timely intervention. At half time it was Clonmel Og 0-5 to Kilsheelan’s 1-0.
On the turnover, the inevitable rain arrived and made ball control more difficult. Clonmel Og extended their lead when sub Alan O’Reilly made his presence felt with a point. Kilsheelan responded when Eoin Ryan (B) linked up with his attack, taking a return pass, he drove over the bar. Minutes later Kilsheelan forced a ’45. It was quickly taken and Eoin Ryan was again on the mark with a point off his left foot from a difficult angle. After thirty eight minutes it was 0-6 to 1-2 and it looked to be anyone’s game but in truth the winners never looked like surrendering their lead and they had further points from Declan Rix, Patrick O’Donnell (free) and a long range point from Dwayne Burns from play to leave the score at 0-9 to 1-2 after fifty minutes. Kilsheelan tried hard in the closing stages but the Clonmel defence were in no mood to concede. At the other end Colm Sweeney came to Kilsheelan’s rescue with two great saves. The last score fell to Patrick O’Donnell to leave his side worthy winners by 0-10 to 1-2.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Landers, Gerry Cunninghman, Aidan Rouse, Colin O’Mahony, Kieran Mc Grath, Conor Morrissey, Conor Hogan, Dwayne Burns 0-5, Shane Kearney, Andy Ryan, John Cagney, Kevin O’Keeffe, Declan Rix 0-1, Christopher Aylward and Patrick O’Donnell 0-3.
SUBS: Alan O’Reilly 0-1 for Christopher Aylward and Darren Boland for Declan Rix.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Oisin O Cuinneagian, Michael Foley, Lorcan, Ryan, Tommy Ryan, Padraic Hickey, Keith Condon, Eoin Ryan (K), David Hanrahan, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Senan O’Halloran, Ross Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh and James Geraghty 1-0.
SUBS: Ian Coughlan for David Hanrahan and Ciaran Gibbs for Ross Larkin.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
At Cloneen, Kilsheelan-Kilcash took on Fethard in the first game of the championship. The match was played under excellent conditions. As one would expect at this level it was played at a leisurely pace. Fethard made the better start when their best player Paul Kenrick pointed three times. Kilsheelan’s chances received a further blow in the sixth minute when defender Martin Ormonde was sidelined. The turning point came after ten minutes when a move initiated by William Larkin in defence resulted in Sean Nugent scoring the only goal of the game. The winners continued to enjoy a good spell. The Fethard defence were forced into conceding frees and Ross Larkin was on the mark three times. Paul Kenrick and David Flanagan kept Fethard in touch with points to make it 1-3 to 0-5 after twenty one minutes. Kilsheelan again had the upper hand and Ross Larkin sent over the bar three times. Just before the break Paul Kenrick pointed a free to leave the score 1-6 to 0-6 in favour of the winners.
On the resumption Kilsheelan stretched their lead further when Ian Coughlan, Richard Crotty and Eddie O’Connell (2) were on the mark. Despite playing with an extra player Fethard were unable to capitalise on it. However, it should also be pointed out that they were fielding their third best side. While they fought hard they were unable to contain a Kilsheelan side gaining in confidence as the game wore on.
In the Final quarter Kilsheelan were off target a number of times including some goal chances. They finished with points by Ian Coughlan (2) and Sean Nugent and were worthy winners in the end on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Colm Sweeney, John Larkin, Michael Foley, Martin Ormonde, Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Richard Crotty 0-1, Eoin Ryan (K), Graham Loughman, Eddie O’Connell 0-2, Ciaran Gibbs, Ian Coughlan 0-3, Sean Nugent 1-1 and Ross Larkin 0-6.
SUBS: Roger Doyle for William Larkin and John Geraghty for Ciaran Gibbs
FETHARD: Paul Kenny, David Kelly, Tommy Gahan, Mike Kelly, Willie Harrington, Diarmuid Burke, M J Croke, John Hanrahan, Shay Ryan, Paul Kenrick 0-5, Patrick Ahearne, David Flanagan 0-1, Paddy Cooney, Michael O’Riordan and Gerry Ahearne.
REFEREE: Victor Direen (Mullinahone)
In the next match Commercials travelled to Kilsheelan. The Clonmel side dominated the early stages. They made the best possible start when they had their goal in the first minute. A Kilsheelan defender was dispossessed and Jamie Power found the net from close range. They had points from Franny Kelly and James Power and they looked to be on their way to victory, Kilsheelan had to wait ten minutes for their first score when Graham Loughman pointed. As the half wore on further points by Ciaran Gibbs, Ross Larkin, Roger Doyle, from a ’45 and also from play, left the scores level at 1-2 to 0-5 at half time.
Kilsheelan should have felt the happier as Commercials could easily have been ahead on the run of play.
When the second half resumed Graham Loughman put the home side ahead for the first time with a point. The lead changed hands again when Paul Scully, Franny Kelly from a ‘45 and sub Brendan O’Sullivan (2) had points. In the final quarter the tempo increased as the winners went on to dominate but were unable to capitalise on their chances many of which were wides from scoreable positions. Ross Larkin reduced the leeway for Kilsheelan with a point to leave the score 1-7 to 0-8. With time running out they got the vital break when Sean Nugent gathered a high ball in a crowded goalmouth and shot to the net. There was little chance of a Commercials fight back and that was the way it ended on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-7.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Edward Colum, Aidan Slattery, Colm Sweeney, Michael Foley, Noel Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Richard Crotty, Eoin Ryan (K), Graham Loughman 0-3, Eddie O’Connell, Ciaran Gibbs 0-1, Ian Coughlan, Roger Doyle 0-2 and Ross Larkin 0-2.
SUBS: Sean Nugent 1-0 for Ian Coughlan, Christian Healy for Ciaran Gibbs, Keith Condon for Aidan Slattery and George Stewart for Eddie O’Connell.
CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Simon Scully, Jason Parker, Stephen Flynn, Kevin Ryan, Liam O’Donoghue, Seanie O’Loughlin, Luke Moore, Ger Deeley, Paul Scully 0-1, Jamie Power 1-0, James Power 0-1, Christopher Sheehan, Keith Power, Franny Kelly 0-3 and Glen Conway.
SUBS: Eddie Hewitt for Christopher Sheehan, Caoimhin Daly for Kevin Ryan and Brian Sullivan 0-2 for Keith Power.
REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)
Grangemockler were our next opponents in Carrick. In the early stages it was looking good for Grangemockler when they had two quick points courtesy of veterans Michael Freaney and Jim O’Meara. Kilsheelan got over this early setback and Ciaran Gibbs opened their account with a point and Roger Doyle did likewise from a 40 metre free. They continued to dictate the play and the winners defence was somewhat shaky at times. In a further attack Kilsheelan had their only goal when Eddie O’Connell passed to Ian Coughlan who found the corner of the net. The same player then had a further point. The winners responded with a point from Jim O’Meara. Tom Kennedy also pointed following a long solo run by Michael Freaney. This left the score at 1-4 to 0-4 after eighteen minutes. Kilsheelan went on to enjoy more of the action and had further points from Eddie O’Connell, Ross Larkin and Roger Doyle. In the closing stages of the half some chances went abegging. In a breakaway move Edmond Hearne had a point and Tom Kennedy added to his total on the stroke of half time to leave the score 1-6 to 0-6.
On the turnover Grangemockler were aided by a slight wind but it was Kilsheelan who scored first when sub Christian Healy pointed while Ian Coughlan added another. Grangemockler began to get a grip on the game but a number of chances were wasted before Jim O’Meara sent over the bar. The game then took a decisive turn in his side’s favour when Robbie Ryan, who had moved up from defence, found the back of the net.
In the last quarter the winners, who had a decided advantage in physique began to put it to good effect. Their high fielding and greater fitness was also proving effective. Two points by Michael Freaney, Tom Kennedy from a long distance free, Edna Fogarty and Kennedy again left a four point gap as Kilsheelan wilted under pressure. They did have the last word when Ian Coughlan pointed to leave the final score 1-12 to 1-9 in favour of Grangemockler.
Best for Grangemockler were Kevin Freaney, Liam Walsh, Tom Kennedy, Jim O’Meara, Michael Freaney and Enda Fogarty.
For Kilsheelan Colm Sweeney, Michael Foley, Richard Crotty, Eddie O’Connell, Ian Coughlan and Roger Doyle faired best.
GRANGEMOCKLER: Dean Madden, Michael Houlihan, Kevin Freaney, Declan Blanchfield, Kevin O’Shea, Liam Walsh, Robbie Ryan 1-0, Tom Kennedy 0-4, Peter Lyons, Jim O’Meara 0-3, Michael Freaney 0-3, Enda Fogarty 0-1, Edmond Hearne 0-1, Eamon O’Meara and Danny Lambe.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Colm Sweeney, Peter O’Connell, Michael Foley, Edward Colum, Noel Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Richard Crotty, Eoin Ryan (K), Keith Condon, Eddie O’Connell 0-1, Ciaran Gibbs 0-1, Ian Coughlan 1-3 Roger Doyle 0-2 and Ross Larkin 0-1.
SUBS: Christian Healy 0-1, Sean Nugent, Liam Robinson and John Geraghty.
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
Cloneen was the venue for the final league match against Killenaule. A win was needed if Kilsheelan were to get through to the Semi Finals.
Killenaule were undoubtedly the better side in a game that never reached any great heights. They were the sharper and more confident side going forward and were more adept at taking their points. In contrast Kilsheelan’s approach work was laboured and promising moves often ended in failure. However, one must point out that their defence performed well.
Killenaule had wind advantage and had the better chances but it was Kilsheelan who opened the scoring after four minutes with a Keith Condon point. Killenaule’s Tony Shelly soon had the sides on level terms. Kilsheelan again hit the front when Graham Loughman pointed.
Fourteen minutes had elapsed when Killenaule had their only goal. The unfortunate Peter O’Connell who was one of Kilsheelan’s best players was back tracking and he inadvertently put the ball past his own goalkeeper. Killenaule continued to have the upper hand. Tony Shelly who was a constant thorn in the Kilsheelan defence had two points while Paul O’Dwyer added another. Kilsheelan had a let off when the woodwork prevented a certain Killenaule goal.
Kilsheelan were given a glimmer of hope after twenty four minutes when Ian Coughlan’s deft touch turned the ball into the net. Killenaule made light of this setback and had further points from P J Hayes and Tony Shelly and their side went on to lead at half time by 1-5 to 1-2.
After the break Kilsheelan had the use of the wind but failed to take advantage as they shot a number of costly wides. Michael Farrell increased Killenaule’s lead with a point. Kilsheelan were given a further lifeline. They forced a ’45 and Roger Doyle’s delivery was punched to the net by Keith Condon. Colm Sweeney, who benefited from a role further outfield, helped to launch further attacks but they had nothing to show for it. In the closing stages Killenaule never looked in danger of defeat and they had further points from Michael McGrath and Michael Farrell to finish convincing winners by 1-10 to 2-2.
Following this defeat Kilsheelan are now out of the running. Their best players were Peter O’Connell, Michael Foley, Colm Sweeney, Noel Ryan, Roger Doyle and Keith Condon.
KILLENAULE: Jonathon Berry, John Cleary, Patrick Bolger, Brendan Fanning, Michael O’Connor, Pakie Ryan, Anthony Guinan, Ritchie Maher, T J Maher, Michael McGrath 0-1, Michael Farrell 0-2, Tony Shelly 0-4, Paul O’Dwyer 0-2, P J Hayes 0-1 and Aidan Walsh.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Michael Dempsey, Michael Foley, Peter O’Connell, Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Noel Ryan, Eddie O’Connell, Richard Crotty, Eoin Ryan (K), Keith Condon 1-1, Christian Healy, Graham Loughman 0-1, Ian Coughlan 1-0, Roger Doyle and Ross Larkin.
SUBS: Senan O’Halloran, Sean Nugent, John Geraghty and Donnacha Lonergan.
REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (Mullinahone)
INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL – LEAGUE
In the opening round of the Division 2 County Adult Football League Kilsheelan travelled to Newport to take on the home side. We were very much understrength and the team had only six players from last year’s team. Captain Adrian Walsh led by example and was responsible for all the scores. He had good support from Eoin Ryan and Paul Kennedy and at half time the score was 1-5 each. In the second half the home side got the scores that mattered and went on to win by 3-8 to 1-8.
TEAM: Roger Doyle, Paul Kennedy, John Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Graham Loughman, Jimmy Ryan, Michael Foley, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Martin Ormonde, Eddie Sweeney, Ross Larkin, John Geraghty, David Power and Ciaran Gibbs.
Next time round Kilsheelan were at home to Rockwell Rovers in the second match. A Jim Healy goal in the early minutes gave us the perfect start. We failed to build on it and the visitors led by 0-7 to 1-3 at half time. After the interval we never looked like getting back into the back and were beaten by 0-14 to 1-3.
TEAM: David Power, Graham Loughman, Dan O’Connor, Peter O’Connell, Michael Foley, Jimmy Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Keith Robinson, Martin Ormonde, Pierce Larkin, Niall Cloona, Roger Doyle, Jim Healy 1-0 and Liam Robinson.
SUBS: Keith O’Brien, Colm Sweeney, Ross Larkin and Ian Coughlan.
In the next game a very understrength side went down by 1-7 to 0-9 to Boherlahan at home. In the opening round of the championship Kilsheelan played Fr Sheehy’s in Clonmel. In the first twenty minutes the Clogheen side looked the team of all the talents as they brushed their opponents aside. Their defence easily dealt with what an inept Kilsheelan attack had to offer. Thomas Conway and Declan English were the masters at midfield. This paid dividends upfront when they had three goals against an out of sorts Kilsheelan defence. With 3-6 on the board Kilsheelan looked to be heading for a comprehensive defeat.
In the closing ten minutes of the half Kilsheelan gave a glimpse of what they were capable of. Inspired by Eoin Ryan, their forwards were beginning to assert themselves. They did get a goal but this would appear to be a case of damaged limitation. They were hit with a further blow when Dan O’Connor was red carded and they went in at the interval nine points down.
Whatever was said to Kilsheelan they came out a transpired side and gradually whittled away at the deficit. By the end of the third quarter they hit the front and there was no stopping them afterwards.
Fr Sheehy’s got off to a lively start when they had two points from John Sheehan and one from John D Sweeney. They continued to press. Kilsheelan’s David Power made a good save but Declan English made no mistake at the second time of asking. The Kilsheelan defence were again caught out of position and Liam O’Connor raced in unopposed for another goal to leave the score at 2-3 with Kilsheelan still to register. They did get a couple of chances which were wasted. For Fr Sheehy’s things got even better when Philly Ryan pointed twice and Liam O’Connor added another. The Kilsheelan goalkeeper was again left stranded. A slick Fr Sheehy’s passing move started in defence, nobody picked up midfielder Declan English as he raced in to gather and score his second goal.
Kilsheelan finally got off the mark after twenty minutes when Keith Robinson pointed a free.
Eoin Ryan shot a point from long distance while John Roche and Adrian Walsh added one each. They were given a glimmer of hope when John Roche found the net from close range. The fight back looked doomed when Liam O’Connor pointed for Fr Sheehy’s and Kilsheelan were down to fourteen men to leave the interval score at 3-7 to 1-4.
On the resumption Pierce Larkin pointed. Fr Sheehy’s countered this with a John Sheehan point from a free. Little did anyone know at this stage that they would remain scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Making light of their numerical disadvantage, the winners set about their task. Points from Adrian Walsh, Keith Robinson, Edward Sweeney and a further point from Walsh, from a free, left the score at 3-8 to 1-9 after thirty nine minutes. Fr Sheehy’s were now making little headway. Kilsheelan mentors who made a number of positional switches in defence late in the first half were having the desired effect. John Roche and Adrian Walsh were ruling midfield.
In the 40th minute Edward Sweeney, in attempting a shot at goal, was fouled and a penalty was awarded. Adrian Walsh drove the resultant kick to the corner of the net and the lead was down to a manageable two points. The game took another dramatic turn moments later when Michael Ryan goaled from close range and the winners were ahead for the first time. They now had the initiative and there was little that the Clogheen side could do to counteract it. With ten minutes to go Kilsheelan introduced Michael Mc Hugh who got his name of the score sheet with a point.
Kilsheelan continued to press in the closing stages and the Fr Sheehy defence were forced in to conceding frees. Mc Hugh now had the freetaking duties and three times he made no mistake and ended winners by 3-13 to 3-8
For Fr Sheehy’s it was the ecstasy to the agony. Sitting on a big lead proved to be fatal and they should learn from the experience.
Kilsheelan can take heart from their second half performance but they cannot always expect to be first over the finishing line if they start as they did on this occasion.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Niall Walsh, Jim Ryan, Dan O’Connor, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Christy Ryan, Adrian Walsh 1-3, Tommy Ryan, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Keith Robinson 0-2, John Roche 1-1, Michael Ryan 1-0 and Edward Sweeney 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Mc Hugh 0-4 for Edward Sweeney and Edward Sweeney for Keith Robinson.
FR SHEEHY’S: Owen Myers, Pat Mulcahy, Alan Mc Grath, Michael Myles, Patrick Ryan, John Corbett, Ricky Mc Grath, Thomas Conway, Declan English 2-0, Philly Ryan 0-2, Michael Maher, Patrick Fitzgerald, John D Sweeny 0-1, Liam O’Connor 1-2 and John Sheehan 0-3.
SUB: Henry O’Grady for Alan Mc Grath.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
Following their hard earned two point win over Ballyporeen Kilsheelan met Ballyporeen at Ardfinnan. From the outset the game was played at high tempo with neither side able to dominate. The low scoring would suggest that it was a case of defences on top, no so, the tactics up front on many occasions left a lot to be desired. One could say that the final pass often did not reach its intended target and it gave the defences the easy task of setting up a counter attack. Ballyporeen shaded the early exchanges as it took the winners fourteen minutes to register their first score. From then on they began to assert themselves more and deserved to be on level terms at the break.
Early in the second half Kilsheelan got a grip on the game. Midfielder Eoin Ryan, who gave a Man of The Match performance, was the instigator of many of their attacks which resulted in scores.
Entering the third quarter they looked to be coasting, Ballyporeen got a new lease of life and reduced the deficit to two points and in the end the winners were glad to hear the final whistle.
Ballyporeen opened the scoring in the first minute when Michael John Meaney sent over the bar. They tacked on a further point when Michael Hanrahan, while making use of his height, out fielded his opponent to double his sides tally. Kilsheelan made a number of promising moves into enemy territory but had nothing to show for it. They finally got off the mark when Michael Mc Hugh pointed from a free. Following this score they had a chance of a goal. John Roche picked out Edward Sweeney but he shot into the side netting. Ballyporeen went further ahead when Paul Hyland was fouled and Darragh Lyons pointed the resulting free. Kilsheelan had strong claims for a free but Ballyporeen got back possession and broke upfield resulting in a point by Willie Cahill. Kilsheelan had to wait until the twenty fifth minute for their next score when Pierce Larkin pointed from forty metres. His side went on to have most of the play in the closing stages of the half. Michael Ryan reduced the leeway to the minimum with a point. They levelled when Jimmy Ryan, moving up from defence, sent over the bar to make it 0-4 each. Kilsheelan had a further chance of a goal but Ed Sweeney’s attempt was well smothered by Ballyporeen goalkeeper Paul Hennessy.
When play resumed the Colin Corkery coached Ballyporeen side were the more guilty ones in front of goal. From then on Kilsheelan pressed home their territorial advantage. John Roche
put them ahead for the first time and within a minute added another. They continued to press forward. Keith Robinson got possession out near the sideline and his shot was on target for the best score of the game. Ed Sweeney had a further point as he prevented the ball from going wide he eluded a number of would be tackles to fist the ball over the bar. An easy win now looked on the cards. A quickly taken free by Adrian Walsh to Michael Mc Hugh made the score 0-9 to 0-4 after forty eight minutes. Kilsheelan went on to waste a number of chances but full credit to Ballyporeen for their fight back. Not having scored for twenty two minutes Eamon Maher who was brought on as a sub, pointed a difficult free. After sustained pressure where Darragh Lyons was most prominent, Kevin Lynch shot an excellent point. At this stage Kilsheelan were reduced to fourteen players for an off the ball incident. With four minutes remaining Michael John Meaney pointed to reduce the leeway to two points. The winners defence were now living on their nerves and a late Ballyporeen goal was always a possibility but in the end they held firm.
In an overall context Kilsheelan were well deserving winners by 0-9 to 0-7.
Best for Kilsheelan were Willie, Jimmy and Eoin Ryan, Martin Larkin, John Roche and Adrian Walsh. Those who caught the eye for Ballyporeen were: Fergal Mc Loughlin, Paul Hyland, Brendan Finn, Eoin Kearney, Darragh Lyons and Michael John Meaney.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Aidan Slattery, Christy Ryan., Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-2, Eoin Ryan, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Adrian Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh 0-2, Edward Sweeney 0-1, Michael Ryan 0-1 and Keith Robinson 0-1.
BALLYPOREEN: Paul Hennessy, Rory O’Farrell, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Kevin Kenneally, Paul Hyland, Brendan Finn, Michael Kenneally, Eoin Kearney, Michael Hanrahan 0-1, Dave Hyland, Darragh Lyons 0-1, Kevin Lynch 0-1, Johnny O’Gorman, Willie Cahill 0-1 and Michael John Meaney 0-2.
SUBS: Eamon Maher 0-1 for Johnny O’Gorman and Noel O’Gorman for Michael Hanrahan.
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)
Next game was at Carrick where Mullinahone were the opposition. Playing with an influential wind in the first half, the lads from Kickham country were the dominant ones early on in a match that was lack lustre to say the least. Brian O’Meara and Alan Curran were winning the midfield battle and whenever the Kilsheelan defence breached the rules Mullinahone had a very reliable freetaker in Edwin O’Meara.
As the half progressed Kilsheelan came more into the game and one felt with the aid of the elements after the interval they might press home their advantage. Shortly before half time Mullinahone had their first goal and victory looked to be within their sights.
When play resumed the holders grew in stature as their defence dealt capably with whatever Kilsheelan had to offer. The losers suffered a further blow when Pakie Larkin was rather harshly sidelined. On the night they had few stars. Eoin Ryan at midfield was their best player and despite his second half urgings his side failed to respond and victory was well out of reach before the final whistle.
The winners opened the scoring after two minutes when Vinny Doheny pointed. They doubled their tally when Edwin O’Meara pointed a free. John Roche opened Kilsheelan’s account when he broke up a Mullinahone move out of defence to send over the bar. Mullinahone continued to press forward and Edwin O’Meara pointed two further frees for them. Kilsheelan’s Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free to leave the score 0-4 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes. Edwin O’Meara was again on the mark from a placed ball while Noel Leahy had a point from play. Indiscipline by Kilsheelan was costing them dearly when frees were awarded against them the ball was brought forward several times for dissent which made Edwin O’Meara’s task easier. In the closing stages Kilsheelan got plenty of possession but failed to profit from it. Just before half time the game took a decisive turn in Mullinahone’s favour. Mark O’Brien seemed to be in a position to take a point but instead his cross found the unmarked Declan Mc Namara and he gave the Kilsheelan goalkeeper no chance for a goal. As a result Mullinahone led by 1-7 to 0-3 at the interval.
On the restart the wind had now disappeared. Kilsheelan were left with a mountain to climb when straight from the throw in Mullinahone pushed forward. Brian O’Meara passed to Vinny Doheny for a goal after only fifteen seconds. Mc Hugh and O’Meara then went on to exchange points from frees. Kilsheelan were again on the mark when Eoin Ryan’s determined run was rewarded when he sent over the bar. The leeway was reduced further when Keith O’Brien had a point from a free. Brian O’Meara again soloed through the Kilsheelan defence for a point. Kilsheelan rallied somewhat with points from Keith O’Brien (free), Keith Robinson, Michael Mc Hugh and another from Keith O’Brien to leave the score at 2-19 to 0-10 after seventeen minutes and hopes of a Kilsheelan recovery began to surface. However, this was soon nipped in the bud when a Mullinahone passing movement reached Mark O’Brien and he had his side’s third goal. It was all academic in the closing stages as Vinny Doheny and Noel Leahy tacked on further points for an emphatic victory by 3-11 to 0-10.
MULLINAHONE: Michael Cahill, Noel O’Shea, Niall Curran, Shane Collins, Adrian Doheny, Ky Vaughan, Philip O’Shea, Brian O’Meara 0-1, Alan Curran, Edwin O’Meara 0-6, Vinny Doheny 1-2, Kevin Waters, Mark O’Brien 1-0, Noel Leahy 0-2 and Declan Mc Namara 1-0.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Dan O’Connor, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Pakie Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Pierce Larkin, Keith Robinson 0-1, Edward Sweeney, Keith O’Brien 0-3, Michael Ryan and Michael Mc Hugh 0-3.
SUBS: Peter O’Connell for Edward Sweeney.
REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (St Mary’s)
Kilsheelan’s next outing was against Clonmel Og who fully deserved their success, indeed one could say, they should have had the issue sown up well before the finish. They had to face the wind at the outset but made light of this handicap and were the dominant side for most of the half. One could say that their success could be attributed to a team effort rather than any star performers. Their defence easily dealt with whatever Kilsheelan had to offer.
In the second half they seemed to be coasting until Kilsheelan had the only goal of the game. They recovered from this setback and were the side doing most of the pressing in the closing stages.
Kilsheelan were a big disappointment to their followers and could never get to grips with a side that showed the greater hunger. For a while they upped their game when they had a goal but were never able to sustain the effort. However, all is not lost for them as they now enter into a three way play off with Clonmel Og and Ballyporeen for a Semi Final spot.
From the throw-in the Clonmel attack got plenty of possession. Midfielders John Crotty and Shane Kearney who was listed at full forward, played a big part being the origins of many of their attacks. They had to wait nine minutes for their opening score when Paul Cagney pointed. In their next attack the same player again pointed this time from a free. The Kilsheelan attack failed to function whenever they did move forward. Eventually after eighteen minutes they had their lone first half score when defender Jimmy Ryan showed the way with a point. The winners maintained a grip on the game but scores were slow to come. Christy Aylward was next on the mark when he pointed from a difficult angle. After twenty eight minutes Ian Purcell added a further point to leave the half time score at 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of the town side.
When play resumed Clonmel Og with wind advantage looked to be well on course for victory. This was further reinforced when Paul Cagney pointed a free. In the eight minute Kilsheelan were right back in contention. John Roche passed to Pierce Larkin. An attempted point seemed to be the likely option, instead he made his way to the twenty metre line, found an opening and he drove the ball to the net for a brilliant goal.
This gave Kilsheelan renewed hope and a greater urgency came in to their play. They were soon on level terms when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. Shane Kearney regained the lead for the winners when he out-fielded the Kilsheelan defence in front of goal and sent over the bar. Eoin Ryan, who was coming and more into the game in the middle of the field, shot a fine point. Minutes later the same player put Kilsheelan ahead for the first time after forty nine minutes.
Rather than dwell on their costly misses Clonmel Og set about regaining their earlier superiority. Shane Kearney soon had them on level terms with a point. There was only five minutes left when Paul Cagney pointed a free from forty five metres out. With the game in injury time they forced a ’45 and again Cagney made no mistake to win by 0-9 to 1-4.
CLONMEL OG: Keith Landers, Brian Gentles, Conor Morrissey, Mark Gregory, Michael Condon, Noel Walsh, Johnny Cagney, John Crotty, Malcolm O’Connor, Christy Aylward 0-1, Jonathon O’Donoghue, Ian Purcell 0-1, Robbie Hickey, Shane Kearney 0-2 and Paul Cagney 0-5.
SUBS: Karl Kearney for Jonathon O’Donoghue and Aidan Fox for Michael Condon.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Colm Sweeney, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Christy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, John Roche, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Pierce Larkin 1-0, Adrian Walsh, Keith Robinson, Donnacha Lonergan, Edward Sweeney and Michael Mc Hugh 0-1.
SUB: Michael Ryan for Edward Sweeney and Niall Cloona for Keith Robinson.
REFEREE: Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen)
Our next game was the Semi Final against Ballyporeen in Ardfinnan. The match took place in heavy rain all through and made good football impossible. It was a test of stamina rather than a test of skill as players tried to control a wet ball. However, full marks to the players on both sides. Their commitment was whole hearted and there was not even a yellow card to be seen. Both teams enjoyed periods of superiority and scores were hard to come by due to the greasy conditions. Kilsheelan did open up a three point gap only for Ballyporeen to respond and peg them back to the minimum. As stated Kilsheelan finished the stronger and were worthy winners in the end but from a Ballyporeen point of view a number of goal scoring chances went abegging.
Kilsheelan were first out of blocks. They forced a ’45 and John Roche put them ahead with a point. They quickly relinquished their lead when Ballyporeen’s Kevin Lynch levelled. Later the same player gathered a breaking ball and sent over the bar. This put Ballyporeen ahead for the first and only time. It was now end to end stuff but many promising moves were ended as players tried to master the elements. Kilsheelan again hit the front when Michael Mc Hugh pointed two frees from forty metres out. The tit for tat continued when Darragh Lyons had the side’s level. This was followed by an excellent passing movement by the winners. Defender Jimmy Ryan moved up to receive the final pass and sent over the bar for a 0-4 to 0-3 lead after eighteen minutes. Ballyporeen again attacked and Darragh Lyons took a snap shot from twenty five metres out only for his effort to hit the upright and was cleared to safety. At the other end Eoin Ryan forced his way through to double his sides lead with a point. Coming up to the break Ballyporeen’s Joe English shot right from a goal scoring position and at half time Kilsheelan led by 0-5 to 0-3.
When play resumed Ballyporeen were doing most of the attacking. Their defence was on top, midfielders Eoin Kearney and Brendan Finn ensured that their attack got plenty of possession. Kilsheelan were forced to defend in numbers and worked well as a unit and as a result Ballyporeen had nothing to show on the scoreboard for their efforts. Eoin Ryan and Darragh Lyons were the best players on view and they went on to exchange points, the latter from a free. John Roche was coming more into the game for Kilsheelan and was also prepared to lend a helping hand in defence. Lyons was again on the mark from far out for Ballyporeen. Kilsheelan kept their noses in front when Adrian Walsh had a point while Michael Mc Hugh extended Kilsheelan’s lead to three points for the first time when he pointed a free. Darragh Lyons made it 0-8 to 0-6 when he pointed from long range after nineteen minutes.
Kilsheelan were gradually getting on top. Their attack was getting plenty of possession but did not make the best use of it. A Michael Mc Hugh point, from a free, left Kilsheelan looking good. They opened up a four point gap when Adrian Walsh pointed and were still on the attack when the final whistle sounded on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Michael McHugh 0-4, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Richard Crotty, Keith O’Brien, Edward Sweeney and Donnacha Lonergan.
BALLYPOREEN: Dan English, Patrick Quinlan, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Rory O’Farrell, Paul Hyland, Joe English, Michael Kenneally, Eoin Kearney, Brendan Finn, Davy Hyland, Michael Hanrahan, Noel O’Gorman, Kevin Lynch 0-2, Eamon Maher and Darragh Lyons 0-4.
SUBS: ShaneMolan for Eamon Maher inj. and M J Meaney for Noel O’Gorman.
REFEREE: Ger O’Riordan (Solohead)
The Final was against Mullinahone and this took place in Fethard. When these sides met sometime back Mullinahone triumphed by 3-11 to 0-10. In the natural order of things Mullinahone would be expected to repeat this feat. However, Finals can be different as when two teams reach this stage it is all to play for. In an overall context the match never reached any great heights for the average sized attendance. Promising moves often broke down through basic errors or faulty shooting. The winners had a trump card in Willie Ryan. His excellent reading of the game was instrumental in breaking up many Mullinahone attacks. Upfront Adrian Walsh was outstanding especially in the first half and finished with a tally of 2-2.
In Kilsheelan’s favour was the fact that Mullinahone might be suffering the effects of last week’s hurling defeat coupled with the fact that they may not have had sufficient preparations for a match of this mature.
Mullinahone drew first blood when Edwin O’Meara pointed a thirty metre free after two minutes. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms as Michael Mc Hugh put Adrian Walsh through for a point. Mullinahone went on to enjoy the greater possession but had nothing to show for it. Kilsheelan upped the pace and Edward Sweeney put them ahead with a point. Keith O’Brien added to the total with a pointed free. Good work by Eoin Ryan resulted in a point by Adrian Walsh. After nineteen minutes they hit a decisive blow. A quick passing movement ended with Adrian Walsh’s drive to the top corner of the net.
In an attempt to curb Walsh’s dominance Mullinahone switched Paul Curran on to him. Following a lull in scoring Keith O’Brien made it 1-5 to 0-1 when he pointed a free. Coming up to half time Mullinahone were hit a hammer blow when Brian O’Meara was dismissed for a second yellow card. They made light of this setback and finished the half well but their only score was a point by veteran Noel Leahy leaving Kilsheelan leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the break.
When play resumed Kilsheelan looked like putting the game beyond redemption. Eoin Ryan powered through the Mullinahone defence, parted to that man Walsh, and he had the ball in the net before a minute had elapsed. As so often happens when a team is a man down they rise to the occasion and true to form Mullinahone accepted the challenge. James Connolly shot a point for them. Minutes later the Kilsheelan defence failed to deal with a high ball and James Connolly gathered and found the back of the net. They went forward again and Kilsheelan were lucky when a goal was disallowed for a square infringement. From Kilsheelan’s point of view Edward Sweeney had a badly needed point to stymie the Mullinahone comeback. The losers now had Niall Curran operating at midfield and his good work gave them a greater share of the play. James Connolly pointed again to leave the score 2-6 to 1-4 after thirty eight minutes. Kilsheelan got one back when Richard Crotty found Keith O’Brien and he pointed under pressure. Mullinahone kept plugging away. Edwin O’Meara pointed a free. Edward O’Brien, who was one of Mullinahone’s best players, moved up from defence and pointed. With seven minutes left Kilsheelan led by 2-7 to 1-6. Kilsheelan were struggling somewhat but John Roche rose to the occasion and following a solo run found the target. Mullinahone were not finished yet. Vincent Doheny pointed a free, Niall Curran pointed to make it 2-8 to 1-8 with a couple of minutes remaining. They now had to go for broke in search of the elusive goal as Kilsheelan supporters were living on their nerves. Kilsheelan again broke upfield. Eoin Ryan made a determined run through the middle and was rewarded with a point for his excellent work all through. Following the kick out the final whistle sounded and Kilsheelan were champions after a lapse of three years on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8.
Following the match Miceal Mc Cormack Chairman of the South Board presented the appropriately named Johnny Kehoe Cup to the victorious captain Adrian Walsh.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Richard Crotty, Adrian Walsh 2-2, Michael Mc Hugh, Keith O’Brien 0-3, Edward Sweeney 0-2 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUBS: Pierce Larkin for Keith O’Brien and Christy Ryan for Colm Sweeney.
MULLINAHONE: Michael Cahill, Noel O’Shea, Niall Curran 0-1, Shane Collins, Edward O’Brien 0-1, Ky Vaughan, Philip O’Shea, Alan Curran, Brian O’Meara, Paul Curran, Vincent Doheny 0-1, James Connolly 1-2, Mark O’Brien, Noel Leahy 0-1 and Edwin O’Meara 0-2.
SUBS: Shane O’Brien for Mark O’Brien and Kevin Waltzer for Noel Leahy.
REFEREE: Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen)
By now the teams; performance was catching the imagination of the Parish and ever increasing numbers came out to support them. As stated earlier the team an understrength team were well beaten by Rockwell in the County League but this time it was going to be different.
A superb third quarter performance by Kilsheelan was the platform for their three point win over Rockwell Rovers at Fethard. It was a perfect afternoon for football. Despite the recent heavy rains underfoot conditions could not have been better. Both sides availed of the occasion to give a high quality game.
There were some excellent bouts of play. High fielding was also a feature of the game together with some nice short passing movements which often resulted in some very well executed points. The westerners were first to score when Colm Heaney pointed in the opening minute. Kilsheelan in their first attack, forced a ’45, but John Roche’s effort came back off the crossbar. Rockwell made the most of the rebound, quickly getting the ball upfield where Pat Prendergast gathered thirty metres out. He raced through a hesitant Kilsheelan defence to shoot the only goal of the game. Kilsheelan began to settle down and Eoin Ryan opened their account with a point. They continued to press but shot a number of wides. Rockwell again went on the offensive when David Burns had a point. Over the next ten minutes it must have been worrying for Kilsheelan as Rockwell were finding plenty of gaps in their attack spearheaded by Pat Prendergast. Rockwell had a further goal opportunity when Prendergast was through on goal drawing a fine save from Kilsheelan goalkeeper David Power. He made amends somewhat when he pointed the resultant ’45. Kilsheelan weathered the storm and had points from John Roche, Edward Sweeney, Adrian Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh (free) to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-5 after nineteen minutes. Rockwell again hit back. Prendergast beat his marker to shoot a point and Michael Fahy added another. In the closing stages both sides shared four, Sweeney and Mc Hugh for Kilsheelan and Colm Heaney and Prendergast for Rockwell to leave the interval score 1-7 to 0-7 in favour of Rockwell.
On the restart Rockwell switched Pat Prendergast to midfield. In hindsight it turned out that their attack was less effective in his absence. John Roche and Eoin Ryan got a grip at midfield which soon paid dividends upfront. Richard Crotty reduced the leeway with a point which was cancelled with another from Michael Fahy at the other end. Kilsheelan went on to play some great football and their quick fire passing movements had the Rockwell defence under continuous pressure. They went ahead for the first time after forty five minutes when Richard Crotty pointed. Their defence was now watertight and were on top in all areas. They had further points from Adrian Walsh, Pierce Larkin and Man of the Match Eoin Ryan to put them 0-15 to 1-8 ahead with nine minutes remaining and victory looked in sight.
Rockwell staged a late rally. Michael Fahy was wide from an easy free. However, the next chance he got he made no mistake. It was now a rearguard battle for Kilsheelan as their defence came under lots of pressure. With only one score between the sides an exciting finish was in prospect and that’s exactly what we got as Rockwell went in search of that elusive goal. With the match going in to injury time shades of extra time suddenly appeared on the horizon. Sub Alan Moloney turned his marker and headed for goal. The advancing David Power made a point blank save at the expense of a ’45. A point was of no value as Pat Prendergast dropped the ball to the square where John Roche’s brilliant catch saved the day and the losers last chance went with it as Kilsheelan won by 0-15 to 1-9.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Christy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-2, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Richard Crotty 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Keith O’Brien, Edward Sweeny 0-2 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUB: Pierce Larkin 0-2 for Christy Ryan.
ROCKWELL ROVERS: James Dudley, Richard O’Halloran, Kevin Halley, Stephen Quirke, John Heaney, Pat Halley, Thomas Flynn, Oliver Halley, David Burns 0-1, Pat Prendergast 1-3,
Eoin Shine, Colm Heaney 0-2, Kevin Heaney, Michael Fahy 0-3 and James O’Halloran.
SUB: Alan Moloney for Tommy Flynn.
REFEREE: Ger O’Riordan (Solohead)
Forty eight hours later, on October Bank Holiday Monday, the team had to take on Thurles Sarsfields in the Semi Final in Fethard. In order to refresh tired bodies the panel availed of the Hotel Minella Fitness Centre facilities after the last game to get themselves right for this one.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash staged their own version of fireworks. The match was only six minutes old and they already had 2-2 on the board before the mid side got the ball past midfield. Under excellent conditions the winners made a whirlwind start. Despite playing against the wind an easy win looked to be on the cards but that’s not the way it turned out. Sarsfields went on to enjoy a good share of the play for the remainder of the half. For the second half Sarsfields made several switches and were a much improved side. One could say, had they a sharper forward line, they could have made things more difficult for the winners.
Kilsheelan were off the mark in the first minute when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. One minute later it was looking ominous for the Thurles side. Pierce Larkin raced through, laid off the ball to Michael Mc Hugh and his overhead kick beat the advancing goalkeeper. Mc Hugh again beat his marker this time to shoot over the bar. There was no stopping the winners at this early stage. The ball was played in to the square where Edward Sweeney was fouled and Adrian Walsh sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with the resultant penalty.
Sarsfields recovered from this shock and Eoin Costello opened their account with a point while Gareth Foxton and their best forward Johnny Enright had further points. Sarsfields had a number of wides and were held scoreless for the remainder of the half. John Roche from a forty metre free left his side leading by 2-3 to 0-3 after eighteen minutes. Kilsheelan’s Eoin Ryan and
John Roche were dominant at centre field. Ryan made a determined drive towards the Thurles goal and laid off to Edward Sweeney for a point. Kilsheelan forced a ’45 which John Roche took quickly to Richard Crotty and he pointed. Minutes later Roche’s quick thinking this time found the unmarked Adrian Walsh for a point. Kilsheelan again pushed forward and after putting about ten quick passes together Adrian Walsh obliged with a point. This left Kilsheelan in command at half time by 2-7 to 0-3.
When play resumed Sarsfields were in more determined mood and were the dominant side. However, Kilsheelan defended well and each time a Sarsfield player got the ball he was always put under pressure. Their only benefit was two pointed frees by Eoin Costello. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, extended his sides lead to 2-8 to 0-5 after twelve minutes.
Sarsfields again enjoyed a good spell as Johnny Enright and John Lillis had points to leave them 2-8 to 0-7 in arrears after fifty minutes. While full credit to Sarsfields for not giving up,for Kilsheelan there could be mitigating circumstances for this as they had come through a hard encounter some forty eight hours earlier and the possibility of fatigue was going to be a factor. They came good again in the closing stages. Their policy of getting the quick ball to the attack paid dividends. Edward Sweeney and Michael Mc Hugh tacked on points. Johnny Enright had Sarsfields final score. Kilsheelan remained in control and Edward Sweeney had their third goal and Michael Mc Hugh, who had the opening score, also closed the scoring with a point to leave his side winners on a scoreline 3-11 to 0-8.
Best for Kilsheelan were David Power who cleared his lines well when called upon, Keith O’Brien and Tommy Ryan in defence, John Roche and Eoin Ryan at midfield apart from a spell in the second half while upfront Adrian Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh and Edward Sweeney.
For Thurles Sarsfields John Lillis was their best defender where he got good support from Brian White. Stephen Mason was their best midfield player while in attack Johnny Enright, Eoin Costello and Aidan Dundon did best.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Keith O’Brien, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Richard Crotty 0-1, Adrian Walsh 1-2, Michael Mc Hugh 1-5, Pierce Larkin, Edward Sweeney 1-2 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUBS: Colm Sweeney for Richard Crotty and Niall Cloona for Donnacha Lonergan.
THURLES SARSFIELDS: David Condon, Tom King, Lenny Philips, Brian White, Gerry Spain, John Lillis 0-1, Tom Dorney, Stephen Mason, John Connors, Aidan Dundon, Johnny Enright 0-3, Eoin Costello 0-3, Ritchie O’Gorman, Gareth Foxton 0-1 and Cian Gleeson.
SUBS: Michael Callinan for Gerry Spain, Ger (Redser) O’Grady for Richard O’Gorman, Jamie Barrett for Gareth Foxton, David O’Riordan for Tom King and Jim Corbett for Cian Gleeson.
REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)
The County Final was against Mullinahone at Fethard six days later on the 5th November. Manager Michael Power together with his Selectors Jim Healy and Tommy Lonergan left no stone unturned in their efforts to bring this title to the Club for the first time.
It was a perfect day for football and once again the Kilsheelan followers turned up in even larger numbers. Hopes were high that the team would repeat their South Title victory over the same opposition. When they took the field they were greeted to loud cheers of encouragement.
In an absorbing contest a goal for Mullinahone on the stroke of half time proved to be the crucial score. On a perfect surface both sides produced some fine passages of play and many nice passing movements resulted in well taken scores.
This was a close contest all through but Kilsheelan were never able to prise open the Mullinahone defence. They enjoyed plenty of possession but the attack never functioned as a unit. When chances were created over elaboration or loss of control proved costly in the end. While Kilsheelan could say they had enough of chances to win the match, the other side to the story is that the scoreline could have been worse at half time. In the first minute David Power made a point blank save from Brian O’Meara. For sometime after that the Kilsheelan defence appeared to be somewhat shaky. David Power did even better later on. Paul Kelly looked certain to score a goal but Power smothered his shot and had to do likewise when another Mullinahone attacker got the ball and he had to make another point blank save.
Brian O’Meara opened the scoring with a point after four minutes. Two minutes later Pat Croke added a further point. Eleven minutes had elapsed before Kilsheelan opened their scoring with a Michael Mc Hugh pointed free. After a slow start they began to settle down. Their only goal scoring chance came when Pierce Larkin hit the crossbar, from the rebound Adrian Walsh put the sides level with a point. They went ahead for the first time, Jimmy Ryan came up from defence to take a pass and shot over the bar. This left the score 0-3 to 0-2 in Kilsheelan’s favour after fifteen minutes. Pat Croke made it level pegging again when he pointed for Mullinahone. Kilsheelan again went ahead when John Roche received a pass from Tommy Ryan and he made no mistake with a point. In the closing stages Mullinahone got a grip on the game. Brian O’Meara moved to midfield to partner Alan Curran and Kilsheelan had difficulty in containing them. They profited from this move when the ball was fed to Paul Kelly who worked his way through for a point to put the side’s level and Brian O’Meara had a further point. They were almost through for a goal but good defending by Willie Ryan stopped the ball from going over the line. The goal which was a long time coming arrived at the right psychological moment for Mullinahone when the ball was fed to Brian O’Meara who worked his way through and gave David Power no chance. Mullinahone went on to lead at half time by 1-5 to 0-4.
When play resumed Kilsheelan were on top but a number of chances went abegging. In the middle of the field Mullinahone’s ploy of breaking the ball down to a teammate was paying dividends for them. After thirty five minutes Edwin O’Meara put Mullinahone further ahead with a pointed free and they also missed a couple of other chances. Kilsheelan went on to enjoy a good spell, the defence was winning more ball but unfortunately the inside line of attack were unable to capitalise on the chances afforded to them. They continued to apply pressure forcing the Mullinahone defence into fouling. Michael Mc Hugh pointed two frees and he also had one from play to leave the score 1-6 to 0-7 after fifty one minutes. Mullinahone, thanks to the efforts of Paul & Alan Curran outfield, hit back and Kilsheelan defence had to be alert to prevent danger. O’Meara again pointed for them while Mc Hugh pointed a free for Kilsheelan. When Pierce Larkin added a further point excitement mounted for the large attendance. Mullinahone again opened up the Kilsheelan defence in the closing stages and this paid dividends with points by Paul Kelly and Pat Croke. Kilsheelan were still there with a shout and about five minutes injury time to be played. Michael Mc Hugh again put two points between the sides when he drove over the bar from a free. Midfielders John Roche and Eoin Ryan made determined runs at the Mullinahone goal but the attack were unable to make it pay. Two chances of points were lost when the ball drifted wide. When the final whistle sounded Mullinahone were winners by two points on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-10.
Once again it was disappointment all round – a case of so near and yet so far. At the after match meal there was no talk of retirements but rather get back there again next year and achieve the honours.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Keith O’Brien, Willie Ryan, Martin Larkin, Keith Robinson, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Michael Mc Hugh 0-6, Richard Crotty, Edward Sweeney and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUB: Niall Cloona for Richard Crotty.
MULLINAHONE: Scorers were: Brian O’Meara 1-3, Pat Croke 0-3, Paul Kelly 0-2, Edwin O’Meara 0-1.
REFEREE: Ger Riordan (Solohead)
In the opening round of the championship at Ned Hall Park Kilsheelan played Skeheenarinky. When these sides met in the corresponding game last year Skeeheenarinky won a goal-less game by a narrow margin. On this occasion there was no shortage of three pointers with five of them coming in the first half.
Skeheenarinky were first off the mark when Michael Hickey pointed. The winners hit back in decisive fashion. Donnacha Lonergan shot from a distance to beat the goalkeeper. They had a further goal when Matthew Hantz found the unmarked Darren Mc Carthy and he made no mistake. Skeheenarinky’s hopes were revived when Conor Sweeney availed of slack marking in the Kilsheelan defence for his side’s only goal. From then on Kilsheelan grew in confidence with Donnacha Lonergan leading the way with some well taken points while Skeheenarinky were too dependent on Michael Hickey and Conor Sweeney for their scores. Kilsheelan again were seen to telling effect in the closing stages of the half. Damien Mc Carthy raced through for a goal. They had another when Lorcan Ryan found the net, having received from Donnacha Lonergan. At half time Kilsheelan led by 4-8 to 1-5.
When play resumed scorers in chief Donnacha Lonergan and Conor Sweeney were on target. The second half was more competitive as Skeheenarinky put in a greater effort but the wide margin put the game out of their reach. There cause was not helped as their danger man Michael Hickey was closely marked. After fifty minutes the score stood at 4-14 to 1-8. Skeheenarinky added further points but Kilsheelan remained in control as Lorcan Ryan added two further goals to win by 6-14 to 1-11.
Best for Kilsheelan were Paul Kennedy, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Colm Sweeney, Pádraic Hickey, Darren Mc Carthy and Lorcan Ryan. For Skeheenarinky Enna Meaney, Eamon Hickey, Michael Hickey, Paudie Fitzgerald and Conor Sweeney did best.
For their efforts the eighteen point margin hardly did justice to Skeheenarinky. In an overall context both sides will need to improve for the more difficult tests that lie ahead.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Donnchadh Corcoran, Miceal Corcoran, Paul Kennedy, David Guiry, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Colm Sweeney, Robert Henebry, Pádraic Hickey 0-3, Ross Larkin, Darren Mc Carthy 1-2, Donnacha Lonergan 1-6, Riain O Cuinneagain 0-1, Lorcan Ryan 3-1, Damien Mc Carthy 1-1 and Matthew Hantz.
SUBS: William Mc Guire for Matthew Hantz and Shane Columby for Donnacha Lonergan.
SKEHEENARINKY: Michael O’Gorman, Paul Quinlan, Enna Meaney, Jack English, Robert Duggan, Thomas Martin, Eamon Hickey 0-1, Danny Hannon, Kenneth English, Michael Hickey 0-6, Paudie Fitzgerald, Conor Sweeney 0-4, Kevin Crotty 1-0, Dave Farrell and Cian Duggan.
SUBS: Gerard Clancy for Jack English.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
Next game was against Clonmel Og in Marlfield. The standard of hurling was rather moderate and both sides will need to up the tempo future engagements.
Clonmel Og were the more accomplished side. They were more adept at taking their points and indeed could have had a larger total in the end. Kilsheelan played below par in the first quarter but played their best hurling in the period before half time. The second half continued to be close but Clonmel finished stronger and were deserving winners.
Clonmel Og opened the scoring with a Kieran Wall point after only fifteen seconds. Dwayne Burns added another. They looked to be on their way to an easy victory when Kieran Wall goaled in the fifth minute while Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper Donnchadh Corcoran was kept on his toes to keep his lines clear. His side were given a rare of hope when Damien Mc Carthy caught a high ball and drove to the net. The winners had a number of points – the highlight being a Paul Deady effort far out near the sideline. County minor football player Christopher Aylward used his football ability to score a further point. The game then took a dramatic turn in Kilsheelan’s favour. Ross Larkin was first to react to a breaking ball and he lashed to the net. Some minutes later Donnacha Lonergan again breached the Clonmel defence when his ground shot went all the way. At half time Kilsheelan were somewhat fortunate to lead by 3-2 to 1-7.
On the turnover Clonmel Og drew level with a Paul Deady point. Kilsheelan held the lead for the next ten minutes. They exerted a lot of pressure on the Clonmel Og defence but were unable to add to their total. They did force a number of ‘65’s and Lorcan Ryan pointed two of them. Christopher Aylward again pointed for Clonmel Og. Paul Deady, from half way, again put the sides level. Clonmel Og began to get on top and they were rewarded when Christopher Aylward worked his way past a number of defenders for a goal. Paul Deady, who was very influential in the closing stages, added a number of points to give his side victory by 2-12 to 3-4.
CLONMEL OG: Paul Landers, Aidan O’Mahony, Darren Boland, Ritchie Madden, Greg Carroll, Gerry Cunningham, Jason Coburn, Dwayne Burns 0-2, Johnny Cagney, Ross Morrissey, Gino Lonergan, Keith Landers, Christopher Aylward 1-2, Kieran Wall 1-1 and Paul Deady 0-7.
SUBS: Colin O’Mahony for Ross Morrissey, Thomas O’Leary for Keith Landers and Kevin Mc Grath for Ritchie Madden
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Donnchadh Corcoran, David Guiry, Paul Kennedy, Miceal Corcoran, Michael Geraghty, Colm Sweeney, Robert Henebry, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Ross Larkin 1-0, Lorcan Ryan 0-3, Donnacha Lonergan 1-0, Darren Mc Carthy, Shane Columby, Damien Mc Carthy 1-0 and Ken Hogan.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
Kilsheelan travelled to Newcastle to play the home side in their next outing. They would have been regarded as slight favourites for this encounter but from an early stage it looked like they were going to have a fight on their hands and that’s the way it turned out. In the first quarter the winners stayed in touch with their rivals and as the half wore on they grew in confidence and at half time led by seven points. Despite a Kilsheelan come back after the interval they again regained the initiative and were deserving winners.
From Kilsheelan’s point of view they never got going in the first half. Their attack got a fair amount of possession but were unable to make any headway against a very determined Newcastle defence and in the end there could be no complaints about the outcome.
Conor Grant opened the scoring for Newcastle after four minutes with a pointed free. Kilsheelan’s Pádraic Hickey went on to level from out near the sideline. Conor Grant again put Newcastle ahead with a point from a long range free. The same player also missed a couple of easier efforts. After sustained pressure Lorcan Ryan again put the sides level. In the sixteenth minute Donnacha Lonergan put Kilsheelan ahead for the first and only time and this was his sides last score of the half. For the remainder of the half Newcastle made the most of their chances and had points from Caoimhin Mc Grath, Lorcan Mc Carra, Conor Grant and one from a free by Andrew Fitzpatrick. Coming up to the break a long delivery broke to Caoimhin Mc Grath and he made no mistake with a goal. This was followed by a Kevin O’Donnell point to leave Newcastle leading by 1-7 to 0-3 at half time.
After the interval Kilsheelan started in spirited fashion and within five minutes had drawn level. They had points from Lorcan Ryan, Ross Larkin, Pádraic Hickey (free) and Donnacha Lonergan. Their goal followed when Pádraic Hickey made a determined run through the Newcastle defence and shot to the net. It looked as if they could go on to win it from here. However, Newcastle had other ideas. Andrew Fitzpatrick took over the free-taking duties and put them ahead once more. Lorcan Ryan replied with a point from a ’65 for Kilsheelan. Andrew Fitzpatrick again restored Newcastle’s lead with two pointed frees. By the end of the third quarter the home side were back in the driving seat when Thomas Lonergan shot to the net. Fouls were now proving costly for the losers and Fitzpatrick pointed frees in quick succession to make it 2-12 to 1-8 after twenty two minutes. Kilsheelan applied some pressure around goal and Lorcan Ryan was on the mark from a ’65. This was followed by a Pádraic Hickey point from a free. In the closing minutes Andrew Fitzpatrick from a ’65 and Kilsheelan’s Danny Harte exchanged points to leave the final score at 2-13 to 1-11.
For Newcastle this win will come as a boost and also an inspiration to notch up further wins to reach the Semi-Final. For Kilsheelan its now going to be an uphill battle and major improvement is required if they want to stay in the competition.
NEWCASTLE: John Kelly, Karl Ryan, Conor Devaney, Niall Hyland, Liam Devaney, Shane Hickey, Kieran Mc Carra, Lorcan Mc Carra 0-1, Conor Grant 0-3, Paul Power, Ger O’Donnell, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Andrew Fitzpatrick 0-7, Caoimhin Mc Grath 1-1 and Thomas Lonergan 1-0.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Donnchadh Corcoran,David Guiry, Paul Kennedy, Miceal Corcoran, Michael Geraghty, Colm Sweeney, Robert Henebry, Pádraic Hickey 1-3, Ross Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Lorcan Ryan 0-4, Darren Mc Carthy, Shane Columby, Damien Mc Carthy and Ken Hogan.
SUBS: David Ryan (Kilcash X), Danny Harte 0-1, Paul Denn and William Mc Guire.
REFEREE: Christy Aylward (Clonmel Og)
Kilsheelan went to Carrick to play St Mary’s in their next game. Credit to them for making the second half more competitive while fielding understrength did not help their cause. They would need to win their remaining matches if they are to have any chance of progressing further.
St Mary’s had points from Darragh Ryan and Tony Cahill in the opening minutes. In Kilsheelan’s first meaningful attack Pádraic Hickey’s determined run was rewarded with a point. This was only a brief respite. Points by Johnny O’Mahony from a ’65, Michael Feeney from half way and Stephen Buckley (free) gave the town side a four point lead after eighteen minutes. Ross Larkin had Kilsheelan’s second point before St Mary’s struck for their goal. Darragh Ryan gathered in a crowded goalmouth and he shot to the net.
Kilsheelan had a number of chances that were off target while on other occasions their attack lacked the know-how to prise open the winners defence. Their short comings in this area can be best exemplified by the fact that they only got one point from play in this area. Johnny O’Mahony, from a long distance free, increased St Mary’s lead. Pádraic Hickey from a free broke the sequence only for David Hynes to point for St Marys’ to give them a half time lead of 1-9 to 0-3.
When play resumed Kilsheelan pressed. Pádraic Hickey had a point from a free. Their goal arrived when Darren Mc Carthy worked his way in from the sideline. When he crossed the ball into the centre nobody picked up Naoise O Cuinneagian moving up from defence and he first timed a ground shot to the net. St Mary’s hit back with points from a Stephen Buckley free and one from Tony Cahill to make it 1-11 to 1-4 after forty minutes. Ross Larkin struck for Kilsheelan with two points, one a delightful effort from half way and out near the sideline.
With ten minutes to go Kilsheelan full back Colm Sweeney received a leg injury and went in to goal and made his presence felt with a number of brilliant saves. St Mary’s ensured that there was no way back for Kilsheelan when Stephen Buckley pointed a free. Darragh Ryan sent over two points, one while on the run near the sideline arguably the best point of the game. This let his side ahead by 1-14 to 1-6. In the closing stages Donnacha Lonergan and Brian O’Hara exchanged points as St Mary’s ran out convincing winners by 1-15 to 1-7.
Best for St Mary’s were Johnny O’Mahony, Brendan Costello, Michael Feeney, Stephen Buckley, Tony Cahill and Darragh Ryan. For Kilsheelan Colm Sweeney, Naoise O’Cuinneagian, Lorcan Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Ross Larkin and Darren Mc Carthy were best.
ST MARY’S: Conor Walsh, James Mc Grath, Johnny O’Mahony 0-2, Denis Walsh, Eoin Carey, Brendan Costello, Colm Nolan, Brian O’Sullivan, Michael Feeney 0-1, Stephen Buckley 0-3, Tony Cahill 0-3, David Hynes 0-1, Ian Mullins 0-1, Darragh Ryan 1-3 and Luke Moore.
SUBS: Colm Mullins for Colm Nolan, David Conway for Brian O’Sullivan and Brian O’Hara 0-1 for Darragh Ryan.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Donnchadh Corcoran, David Ryan, Colm Sweeney, Miceal Corcoran, Naoise O Cuinneagain 1-0, Lorcan Ryan, Robert Henebry, Pádraic Hickey 0-3, Ross Larkin 0-3, Riain O Cuinneagain, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Danny Harte, Damien Mc Carthy and John Kehoe.
REFEREE: Miceal Mc Cormack (Fethard)
At Marlfield Kilsheelan were next in action against Cahir-Ballylooby. They opened the scoring in the second minute when Damien Mc Carthy pointed. Donnacha Lonergan had a point from play and also one from a free to extend their lead further. Kilsheelan looked well in command when Ross Larkin was on the mark twice in quick succession. The Combo- exerted some pressure forcing a ’65 and Shane Casey’s shot was straight and true. This was followed by a further point from John Mc Carthy. The winners remained in control as Lonergan and Mc Carthy again hit the target. They had a great goal chance when Damien Mc Carthy’s shot was brilliantly saved by Matthew O’Sullivan. Shane Casey again replied with a point to make the score 0-7 to 0-3 after twenty-one minutes. The industrious Naoise O Cuinneagain countered this with a Kilsheelan point. For the remainder of the half there was little between the sides, the only score being a point from a difficult angle by Eddie Kendrick leaving his side in arrears at the break by 0-8 to 0-4.
When play resumed the Kilsheelan attack got plenty of possession but the losers defence held firm. The long threatening goal came when Damien Mc Carthy gave the goalkeeper no chance. The winners pressed home their advantage with a further goal by Donnacha Lonergan. Shane Fahey, from a free, pointed for the losers after forty two minutes. The winners continued to be dominant upfront. They forced a number of ‘65’s, one of which Lorcan Ryan pointed.
With ten minutes to go the Combo- eventually breached the Kilsheelan defence when Eddie Kendrick had a goal. Any hope of a comeback was shortlived when Donnacha Lonergan goaled at the other end. In the closing minutes the same player and Shane Casey exchanged points from frees as Kilsheelan took the honours by 3-10 to 1-6.
Best for Kilsheelan were Colm Sweeney, Darren Mc Carthy, Lorcan Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagian, Donnacha Lonergan and Damien Mc Carthy. For Cahir Matthew O’Sullivan, Brian O’Donnell, Liam Meehan, Ger Halley, John Mc Carthy and Shane Casey did best
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Robert Henebry, David Guiry, Colm Sweeney, Miceal Corcoran, Darren Mc Carthy, Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Paul Kennedy, Padraic Hickey, Naoise O Cuinneagain 0-1, Riain O’Cuinneagain, Ross Larkin 0-2, Donnacha Lonergan 2-4, Shane Columby, Damien Mc Carthy 1-2 and Matthew Hantz.
CAHIR-BALLYLOOBY: Matthew O’Sullivan, Niall O’Donnell, Brian O’Donnell, Eddie Meehan, Liam Meehan, Emmet Saunders, John O’Donnell, Fintan Morgan, Ger Halley, John Mc Carthy 0-1, Shane Fahey 0-1, Eddie Kendrick 1-1, Joe Mc Eniry, Shane Casey 0-3 and Brendan Hunter.
SUB: Kevin O’Donnell
REFEREE: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield)
At Monroe Ballybacon-Grange were Kilsheelan’s next opponents. Ballybacon had the better of the early exchanges but the second quarter belonged to Kilsheelan-Kilcash when they had their two goals. Despite having wind advantage they should have felt happy with their six point lead.
In the second half Ballybacon were a transformed side. When Kilsheelan went forward they were met by a Ballybacon defence that was growing in confidence where Brendan Walsh and Brian Dillon were to the fore. Led by their No 10 Darren Sweeney, who scored eight points from both play and frees. They were the dominant side and Kilsheelan had no answer to them.
Kilsheelan were first to score when Donnacha Lonergan pointed a free some forty metres out near the sideline. Two minutes later the same player repeated the act from a similar position. Ballybacon were soon on level terms when Brian Dillon pointed a ’65 and Darren Sweeney did likewise from a free. As the half wore on, Kilsheelan with Colm Sweeney, Lorcan Ryan and Pádraic Hickey leading the way enjoyed the greater possession. Robert Henebry put them ahead with a point after eighteen minutes. Their first goal came when Donnacha Lonergan grabbed the ball and from thirty metres drove a piledriver to the net. Their second goal came a few minutes later when goalkeeper Donnchadh Corcoran found the unmarked Darren Mc Carthy with his puck out. His delivery found Donnacha Lonergan who in turn hand passed to James Geraghty and he gave the goalkeeper no chance.
Kilsheelan also wasted a number of point chances before Ballybacon’s Darren Sweeney pointed a free. Coming up to the interval Naoise O Cuinneagain pointed for Kilsheelan. Brian Dillon replied with a point to leave the score at the break at 2-4 to 0-4.
On the turnover Ballybacon had things their own way and within ten minutes they had gone ahead. Darren Sweeney had a point from a free while Diarmuid O’Sullivan added another. In the 37th minute they had their goal. Pakie Heaphy showed his opportunism when Kilsheelan failed to clear their lines and he sent a ground shot to the net. Brian Dillon had the side’s level when he pointed a long distance free. With Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Owen Walsh on top at midfield they went ahead for the first time when Darren Sweeney had three points, two of them coming from frees. They were now in the driving seat and Kilsheelan were unable to stem the tide. Further points by Owen Walsh and two from Sweeney left the winners ahead by 1-13 to 2-4 after fifty three minutes. Kilsheelan made some positional switches to good effect. They bombarded the Ballybacon goal but were repulsed. Just before the end Donnacha Lonergan got through for a goal. They never looked like getting an equaliser as Ballybacon held out for a deserved win by 1-13 to 3-4.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: David Rencontre, Ger Bannon, Brendan Walsh, Owen Mc Donagh, Alex Kirwan, Brian Dillon 0-3, Noel Fitzgerald, Diarmuid O’Sullivan 0-1, Owen Walsh 0-1, Darren Sweeney 0-8, Andrew Heffernan, Fergus Nugent, Joseph O’Connor, Pakie Heaphy 1-0 and John Bergin.
SUB: Michael O’Sullivan for John Bergin
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Donnchadh Corcoran, David Guiry, Colm Sweeney, Miceal Corcoran, Darren Mc Carthy, Lorcan Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Pádraic Hickey, Naoise O Cuinneagain 0-1, Riain O Cuinneagain, James Geraghty 1-0, Donnacha Lonergan 2-2, Shane Columby, Damien Mc Carthy and Robert Henebry 0-1.
SUB: Danny Harte for Shane Columby
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
This result put Kilsheelan out of the competition. They still had to play Fethard but were unable to field a team and had to concede the points.
Moyle Rovers were Kilsheelan’s opponents in the first round of the championship at Ned Hall Park.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring with a point from Keith Condon in the first minute but Moyle Rovers responded with points from Paul Johnson Ian Browne and Martin Dunne (free)to lead by 0-3 to 0-1 after fifteen minutes.
A long range free from the centre of the field from the Kilsheelan Kilcash centre back Thomas Ryan deceived the Rovers goalie and ended up in the back of the net to give them a 1-1 to 0-3 lead.
The Moyle Rovers response was swift and a long clearance out of defence by Barry Whelan was gathered by Sean Carey who duly turned and rifled the ball to the back of the net for Rovers to regain the lead. This was quickly followed by a Sean Keating point and the impressive Martin Dunne who was beginning to dominate at midfield added three more points to see Rovers race into a 1-7 to 1-1 lead approaching half time. Sean Carey added another point for Moyle Rovers before Padraic Hickey closed the first half scoring with a pointed free to leave his side trailing by 1-8 to 1-2 at the break.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash should have been closer to Rovers at the break were it not for their inaccuracy in front of goal. This was to prove their downfall also in the second half in which they dominated the early stages but failed to turn the possession into scores. Eoin Ryan pointed after forty minutes to reduce the deficit and when Padraic Hickey Pointed a free to leave only four points between the sides with fifteen minutes remaining things were starting to look good for them.
Sean Carey scored a great point from play to bring Moyle Rovers back into it. Padraic Hickey pointed two frees for Kilsheelan with Martin Dunne and Ian Browne replying with points for Moyle Rovers to leave the score at 1-11 to 1-6 with five minutes remaining. Further points from Martin Dunne and Ian Browne ended the scoring and Moyle Rovers ran out deserving winners by 1-13 to 1-6
Best for Moyle Rovers on the night were Barry Whelan, Padraigh Kelly and Michael Griffin in defence. Martin Dunne was outstanding at midfield while Sean Carey, Paul Johnson, Ian Brown and the hard working Eoin Fogarty were the pick of the forwards.
Ian Coughlan had a fine game in goal for Kilsheelan-Kilcash and he was well supported by defenders Shane Prendergast, Thomas Ryan and Colm Sweeney. Keith Condon and Eoin Ryan (B) did well at midfield while Padraic Hickey, Senan O Halloran and Eoin Ryan figured well in the forward line.
MOYLEROVERS:P.Burke,L.Redmond,M.Mulcahy,M.Griffin,K.Harte,P.Kelly,B.Whelan, M.Dunne(0-6),S.Keating(0-1),B.Mulvihill,I.Browne(0-2),P.Johnson(0-2),S.Carey(1-3),S Kennedy and E.Fogarty.Subs:D.Foley for S.Kennedy.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Michael Foley, Shane Prendergast, Shane Geoghegan, Lorcan Ryan, Tommy Ryan 1-0, Colm Sweeney, Keith Condon 0-1, Eoin Ryan (B) 0-1, Padraic Hickey 0-4, Eoin Ryan (K), Senan O’Halloran, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Michael Mc Hugh and David Hanrahan.
SUBS: Matthew Hantz for Shane Geoghegan, Donnacha Lonergan for Naoise O Cuinneagain and Pa Walsh for Eoin Ryan(K)
Referee: Andy Moloney.
Having lost the first match Kilsheelan had a further chance through the losers section. Having lost to Moyle Rovers on a Friday evening they had to lift themselves again to play Mullinahone just two days later. The game took place in Cloneen. It was a splendid evening for hurling when Paddy Ivors set the game in motion. After four minutes Mullinahone had a penalty blocked out but in the tenth minute they took the lead as Niall Kelly, playing at center forward, placed Kevin Bolger for a good goal. This was followed up by two long range points by Donal Coady who at this stage was striking plenty of ball and was the dominant player at midfield. The principal difference between the teams was that the Mullinahone players were quicker, crisper strikers and were seeing more of the ball upfront. There was a flurry of four points, three of which went to Kilsheelan, courtesy of Padraic Hickey frees while Niall Doheny replied for Mulllinahone. However, Mullinahone were quickly back in the driving seat when they had a further goal and had further points from Donal Coady and Kevin Bolger while Kilsheelan’s only reply was a point by Tommy Ryan. This left Mullinahone leading at half time by 2-7 to 0-4.
The tempo dropped in the second half but a Kevin Bolger point in the first minute blunted hopes of an immediate Kilsheelan revival. However, the losers did reply with a point by Keith Condon. In the tenth minute a bout of robust play resulted in a player from each side being sent to the line. Following this incident Kevin Bolger added another point, from a free, to the Mullinahone tally.
After Michael Foley came on for Kilsheelan Mullinahone brought on Niall O’Brien and his introduction was to sharpen up the attack and he notched three points before the end of the game. David Hanrahan and Lorcan Ryan pointed for Kilsheelan to reduce the leeway but the roof fell in on them when Niall Doheny goaled after twenty minutes. Two minutes later Niall Kelly pointed a free. However, the closing minutes saw no further score as Mullinahone came through for victory on a 3-13 to 0-8 scoreline.
For Mullinahone John Murphy, Donal Coady, Kevin Bolger, Niall Kelly and sub Niall O’Brien did best. Best for Kilsheelan were Lorcan Ryan, Keith Condon, Eoin Ryan and Padraic Hickey.
MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Joseph O’Meara, John Murphy, Andy Lonergan, Kevin Waltzer, Alan Curran, Stephen O’Brien, Shane Collins, Adrian Doheny, Donal Coady 0-3, Niall Kelly 0-2, Kevin Bolger 1-4, Michael O’Brien, Niall Doheny 1-1, and Richard Neary.
SUBS: Niall O’Brien 0-3, Niall Mullally and Michael Hicks.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Matthew Hantz, Shane Prendergast, Colm
Sweeney, Eoin Ryan (K), Eoin Ryan (B), Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Keith Condon 0-1, Padraic Hickey 0-4, Senan O’Halloran, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Naoise O Cuinneagain, David Hanrahan 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1 and Donnacha Lonergan.
SUB: Michael Foley
REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)
CAPTAIN: Michael Foley.
In the opening round Kilsheelan played Fethard at Cloneen. As one would expect at this level, both sides had a blend of youth and experience. From the outset Kilsheelan were the dominant force. The main difference between the sides was that Kilsheelan had a trump card in full-forward Sean Nugent who finished with a personal tally of 2-9. Also full credit is due to those around him for helping him to compile this total. Fethard enjoyed their best period at the end of each half. While they stuck to their task well the game looked to be beyond them from an early stage.
Sean Nugent was quickly into his stride when he scored 1-3, the goal coming after good work by Joe Ryan. Fethard were hit with injuries in the early stages and a number of players had to be replaced. There was then a lull in the scoring. A long delivery by Adrian Walsh found Eddie Sweeney and he goaled to leave the score 2-3 to no score after eighteen minutes. Some minutes later Dan Lonergan opened Fethard’s account while Gabriel Horan also found the target from a free. Further points by Sean Nugent, Adrian Walsh and Richard Crotty left the score 2-8 to 0-2 at the interval.
On the restart it was inevitable that Nugent was again on the mark with a point while Dan Lonergan and Philly Croke added points for Fethard. Kilsheelan were then awarded a penalty and again Nugent made no mistake when he found the back of the net. Kevin O’Donnell and Joe Ryan went on to exchange points. It was all now going wrong for Fethard when Adrian Walsh’s speculative shot went all the way to the net. Full credit to Fethard who battled all the way and were now enjoying more possession upfront and had goals from Paddy Cooney and Gavin Ahearne and a further point by Paul Kenrick while Nugent had a further two points for the winners to close the scoring at 4-12 to 2-6.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Paddy Nugent, John Larkin, Shane Prendergast, John Nolan, Dan O’Connor, Keith Robinson, Eoin Ryan (K), John Geraghty, Adrian Walsh 1-1, Richard Crotty 0-1, Edward Sweeney 2-0, John Doolan, Sean Nugent 2-9 and Joe Ryan 0-1.
SUBS: Michael Dempsey for John Geraghty, George Stewart for John Larkin and Derek Kennedy for John Doolan.
FETHARD: Michael Kelly, Connie Flynn, Ian Kenrick, Gavin Ahearne 1-0, Pat Ahearne, Paul Hackett, Glenn O’Meara, Philly Croke 0-1, Gabriel Horan 0-1, Ronan Maher, Kevin O’Donnell 0-1, Dan Lonergan 0-2, Paul Kenrick 0-1, Tommy Gahan and M J Croke.
SUBS: David Kelly for Tommy Gahan, John Hanrahan for Ronan Maher, Paddy Cooney 1-0 for Pat Ahearne, Michael Lawrence for Dan Lonergan and David Flanagan for M J Croke
REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (Mullinahone)
Clerihan who affiliated in hurling for the first time played Kilsheelan at Marlfield. This was also an historic occasion as these sides never met in a hurling competition before. They met in Junior Football when Clerihan affiliated in the ‘60’s, the latter won on that occasion but from the outset a repeat never looked likely.
Kilsheelan with virtually a full strength side were on top from the start and scored at will. Unfortunately, for Clerihan they were short a number of players. They had a number of goal chances but were unable to take advantage of them as Kilsheelan coasted to a 6-22 to 0-1 victory.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Paddy Nugent, John Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Dan O’Connor, Michael Ryan, Keith Robinson, John Nolan, Edward Sweeney 1-2, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Richard Crotty 0-1, Naoise O Cuinneagain 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 2-1, Sean Nugent 2-4 and Joe Ryan 0-6.
SUBS: Ross Larkin 0-3, Michael Dempsey, Derek Kennedy 0-1, Jack Doolan and Liam Robinson 1-0.
CLERIHAN: Tommy Walsh, Stephen Byrne, Donal Cummins, Darren Weir, Alex Sheehan, Brian O’Donnell, Fergal Condon, Joe Hill, Morgan Ryan, Christian Browne, Stephen Ryan 0-1, Paul Moloney, Tadgh O’Sullivan, Bernard O’Shea and Paddy Mulcahy.
REFEREE: P J Hassett (Marlfield)
In the third match Ned Hall Park was the venue for Kilsheelan’s game with Marlfield. Marlfield had first use of a fairly strong wind. Bill Morrissey got them off to a good start with two points. Kilsheelan, in their first serious attack, Sean Nugent wiped out this lead with a goal. A further goal by Donnacha Lonergan gave his side a lead of 2-2 to 0-3 after nineteen minutes. At half time Kilsheelan led by 2-4 to 0-4.
Had Marlfield taken advantage of their many scoring chances they would have been ahead. A number of their wides were from relatively easy positions and should have been turned into scores.
With wind advantage Kilsheelan did not have things all their own way but at the same time they never looked in any danger. A further goal by Donnacha Lonergan after forty eight minutes left them ahead by 2-8 to 0-6. Minutes later Joe Ryan added a further goal.
In the last five minutes Marlfield laid siege on the Kilsheelan goal but could not get a consolation goal that they would have deserved for their efforts. Their only reward was a point by Barry O’Brien but it was Kilsheelan’s night on a scoreline of 4-9 to 0-7.
KISHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Paddy Nugent, John Larkin, Michael Dempsey, Dan O’Connor, Michael Ryan, Keith Robinson, John Nolan 0-1, Shane Prendergast 0-1, Ed Sweeney, John Geraghty, Joe Ryan 1-1, Donnacha Lonergan 2-1, Sean Nugent 1-4 and Derek Kennedy 0-1.
MARLFIELD: Wayne Browne, David Cahill, Joe O’Donoghue, Lorcan O’Neill, Zac Guidera, Brendan Ferris, David Cosgrave, Frankie Fennessy 0-1, Barry O’Brien 0-1, Gearoid Collins, Kevin Dahill, Barry Hennessey, Tommy O’Donoghue, Bill Morrissey 0-4 and Brendan O’Meara.
SUBS: Denis Kiely 0-1 for Brendan O’Meara, Brian Morrissey for David Cahill and Shane O’Connell for Lorcan O’Neill.
REFEREE: Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan).
This result put Kilsheelan through to the Semi Final where they met St Mary’s at Ned Hall Park. Preparations for this match were minimal as it was difficult as it was difficult to get the players to train. Kilsheelan were reluctant to play this match as they had played the Intermediate Football Final the previous day and six players of these players were also involved in the hurling.
As one would expect in this grade the standard of hurling was not out of the top drawer, nevertheless, this Europlan sponsored match proved good entertainment for the good sized attendance.
When St Mary’s hit the front in the fourteenth minute they were never in arrears after that. It looked to be anybody’s game until the town side shot their second goal at the three quarter stage. Despite a strong finish by the losers they never looked like overtaking their opponents.
In the first half St Mary’s were wind assisted but it was Kilsheelan who opened the scoring when Joe Ryan grabbed a high ball to shoot over the bar. However, his side were quickly on the offensive in a goalmouth tussle Diarmuid Bolger slammed the ball to the net. Fergal Mc Grath put them further ahead when he pointed a free. Despite the elements Kilsheelan were hurling well. Sean Nugent pointed a ’65 they went in front when Donnacha Lonergan showed excellent ball control before crashing the ball to the corner of the net. St Mary’s Fergal Mc Grath pointed a free to put the side’s level. They continued to have a good share of the play but faulty shooting prevented them from extending their lead. Kilsheelan again led when Adrian Walsh went on a fifty metre solo run, under pressure he shot the best point of the match after nineteen minutes.
As the half wore on St Mary’s were enjoying more of the play with points from Fergal Mc Grath (free), Brendan Costello from a Ger Deeley pass, Michael Mahony and Ger Deeley to lead by 1-7 to 1-3. Kilsheelan, who had not scored for some time had a point from a free by Sean Nugent. This left St Mary’s leading by 1-7 to 1-4 at the interval.
Five minutes into the second half Sean Nugent reduced the deficit with a point. St Mary’s attacked again and Michael Mahony forced a great save from goalkeeper David Power. In the ensuing play Diarmuid Bolger shot over the bar. The game took a decisive turn in St Mary’s favour when in a goalmouth melee Diarmuid Bolger found the net. After forty three minutes Sean Nugent had a point from a ’65 to make the score 2-8 to 1-6. Moments later he repeated the effort from a free. At the other end Michael Mc Carthy got his name on the scoresheet as did sub Alan Lonergan.
Kilsheelan put on lots of pressure in the last seven minutes but the game looked to be out of their reach. They forced a number of ‘65’s. This yielded just one point by Sean Nugent as they went in search of goals. In the end St Mary’s deserved to qualify for the Final on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8 when they will meet Killenaule.
While one would be reluctant to criticise facilities on match day, two things stood out the length of the grass especially for hurling and the absence of lines.
Best for St Mary’s were Tom O’Dwyer, Brendan Costello, Kevin Ryan, Ger Deeley, Diarmuid Bolger, subs Michael Feeney and Alan Lonergan.
For Kilsheelan David Power, John Larkin, Dan O’Connor, Jason Fogarty, John Nolan, Sean Nugent and Adrian Walsh did best.
ST MARY’S: Mark Tobin, J J English, Tom O’Dwyer, James O’Brien, Kieran O’Connell, Brendan Costello 0-1, James Herbert, Kevin Ryan, Tom Boucher, Ger Deeley 0-1, Fergal Mc Grath 0-3, Michael Mc Carthy 0-1, Diaruid Bolger 2-1, Ronan Peters and Michael O’Mahony 0-2.
SUBS: Michael Feeney for Tom Boucher, Alan Lonergan 0-1 for Fergal Mc Grath, Chris Flaherty for Ronan Peters and Paudie Leahy for Kieran O’Connell.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Paddy Nugent, John Larkin, Michael Dempsey, Dan O’Connor, Michael Ryan, Jason Fogarty, John Nolan, John Geraghty, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Richard Crotty, Edward Sweeney, Sean Nugent 0-6, Joe Ryan 0-1 and Donnacha Lonergan 1-0.
SUBS: Naoise O Cuinneagain for Michael Dempsey, Derek Kennedy for John Geraghty, Keith Robinson for Edward Sweeney and Ross Larkin for Richard Crotty.
REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)
SELECTORS: Sean Nugent (Manager), Liam Corcoran and Tommy Ryan.
CAPTAIN: Keith Robinson
In the opening round of the championship at Monroe Kilsheelan had Carrick Davins as their opponents.
As a contest the game never reached any great heights, however full marks to both sides for their endeavour. The pitch was in ideal condition, the scorching sun had abated making it easier for the players to cope but from a spectators point of view the use of a scoreboard would have been a great benefit as the scoreline often caused confusion.
From the outset the Carrick side were the more accomplished team. Their defence dealt capably with whatever the losers attack had to offer. Indeed, one could say the writing was on the wall for Kilsheelan from the early stages. Midfielders Conor Arrigan and Philip Murphy were getting plenty of possession thus ensuring their attack had many chances. Their good approach work was often spoiled by poor striking and faulty marksmanship thus ensuring that scores were kept to a minimum.
On the changeover Kilsheelan enjoyed a fair amount of possession but their forwards made very little penetration and never threatened to go gain parity. Davins were again off target in this period. However, it all came right for them after that and they scored at will.
As stated Davins did the early pressing while but it was Kilsheelan who opened the scoring. In the third minute defender William Larkin beat a number of would be tackles. He made his way into space and sent over the bar from long range and out near the sideline. However this lead was shortlived when Paul Tobin pointed from a Philly Murphy pass. They went ahead with points by Noel Butler (2) and Conor Arrigan. Kilsheelan’s John Roche pointed from the middle of the field to leave the score at 0-4 to 0-2 after fourteen minutes. Lee Mackey with a point from a free behind his own ’65 had Davins fifth point. At this stage Kilsheelan’s Peter O’Connell and Davins Shane Butler went off injured. Willie Ryan, who was Kilsheelan’s best forward pointed after good work by John Roche.
Davins finished the half strongly with points from Michael Cronin, sub Micky Whelan and noel Butler while Kilsheelan’s only response was a pointed free from John Roche. Just before the interval Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper Ian Coughlan had to be at his best to keep his lines intact. Indeed on more than one occasion he came to his sides rescue.
When play resumed Pádraic Hickey made his appearance. He soon made his presence felt when he pointed from out near the sideline despite pressure from his opponent. A close contest was anticipated but unfortunately it did not work that way as the losers failed to score again until the closing stsages. However, the Carrick side’s response was swift. Lee Mackey pointed a ’65. This was followed by a lull in the scoring until the winners struck the decisive blow. Gerry Robison drove forward, passed to Paul Tobin, and he drove to the net for the games opening goal. Minutes later they struck for their second goal when Noel Butler expertly placed the ball to the corner of the net. This left the winners ahead by 2-9 to 0-5 after sixteen minutes. There was little Kilsheelan could do to prevent the Carrick onslaught. They had further points from Michael Cronin and two Lee Mackey frees. The winners introduced County Minor player Willie O’Dwyer and he responded with two further points while Noel Butler added another. Kilsheelan replied with a consolation goal when Willie Ryan’s long drive was flicked to the net by sub Niall Cloona. Davins had the last two scores of the game when Paul Tobin pointed from out near the sideline while Conor Arrigan added another to leave the final score 2-17 to 1-5.
Having reached last years final Carrick Davins will be hoping to go one better. Despite the scoreline they will need to improve further. For Kilsheelan, who introduced a number of newcomers, will need more scoring forwards if they hope to make an impression later in this competition.
CARRICK DAVINS: Alan Waters, Jonathon Coady, John Paul Mc Grath, A J Cronin, Stephen Cronin, Gerry Robinson, Lee Mackey 0-4, Philip Murphy, Conor Arrigan 0-2, Shane Butler, Paul Tobin 1-2, Noel Butler 1-4, Michael Cronin 0-2, Michael Hackett and Patrick Harris,
SUBS: Michael Whelan 0-1 for Shane Butler, Willie O’Dwyer 0-2 for Michael Hackett, Luke Foran for Michael Cronin and Eoin Power for Philly Murphy.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jim Ryan, Bill Larkin 0-1, Lorcan Ryan, Niall Walsh, Peter O’Connell, Eoin Ryan, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan 0-1, John Roche 0-2, Colm Sweeney, David Hanrahan, Tommy Ryan and Keith Condon.
SUBS: Michael Foley for Peter O’Connell, Pádraic Hickey 0-1 for Keith Condon and Niall Cloona 1-0 for Colm Sweeney.
REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)
Kilsheelan took on Fr. Sheehy’s in Clonmel in their next outing. As they had lost their first round matches this was a must win game for both teams and the attendance came along expecting to see a good, well contested game of championship hurling. Unfortunately, that only materialised for twenty minutes before the Fr. Sheehy challenge began to wilt leaving Kilsheelan Kilcash an easier test than they might have expected.
Fr Sheehy’s started brightly and led 0-3 to 0-1 after seven minutes, their three points coming from Liam O’Connor frees, in reply to a pointed free from Tommy Ryan in the first minute, but they couldn’t capitalise on this period of early dominance when they were playing well and had plenty of good possession. They failed to get the scores that their play deserved.
Gradually Kilsheelan Kilcash began to settle and over the next fifteen minutes we were treated to a fine match of end to end hurling. But that I’m afraid is as good as this game got.
With Eoin Ryan at centre back and Tommy Ryan at centre forward along with their two midfielders Pakie Larkin and Keith Condon beginning to take control of proceedings the tide was turning in Kilsheelan’s favour and when Niall Cloona got on the end of a cross field pass to send the ball over the bar after eighteen minutes and Tommy Ryan pointed a fifty metre free a minute later the sides were level and the Fr. Sheehy challenge began to weaken as more of the Kilsheelan players came to the fore.
Martin Larkin pointed on twenty three minutes after being set up by Tommy Ryan and when Niall Cloona broke through the Fr. Sheehy defence Martin was again on hand to rifle the ball to the net to open up a four point lead 1-4 to 0-3 at half time.
Two minutes into second half Fr. Sheehy’s were dealt another hammer blow by the same Martin Larkin when he got on the end of a long delivery behind the full back line to crash the ball to the net. Now the lead was seven points and with the Kilsheelan defence on top it was hard to see a way back for Fr. Sheehy’s.
Liam O’Connor did pull one back when he pointed a twenty metre free, this was their first score in twenty eight minutes but the Kilsheelan domination continued and when Padraic Hickey pointed after eight minutes, Martin Larkin after ten and Padraic Hickey again after fifteen Kilsheelan were well on their way.
The game was as good as over when Padraic Hickey ran through the middle of the Fr. Sheehy defence to score their third goal to leave the score 3-7 to 0-4 after seventeen minutes.
Fr. Sheehy’s did mount a rally of sorts when Liam Fleming pointed after nineteen minutes and Liam O’Connor benefited from a determined run by Tom Conway to point three minutes later. When Tom Conway was fouled in the square with five minutes to go there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for Fr. Sheehy’s. That hope disappeared when the penalty was saved and cleared, and, as if to rub salt into the wound Kilsheelan were awarded a penalty of their own which Tommy Ryan scored with the last puck of the game to leave the final score 4-7 to 0-6 and Kilsheelan very deserving winners.
This match showed Kilsheelan have plenty of ability and on the night had leaders all over the field, none more so than Jimmy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Keith Condon and particularly Tommy Ryan, and a full forward line of Niall Cloona, Martin Larkin and Colm Sweeney who will cause problems for most full back lines.
For Fr. Sheehy’s its back to the drawing board. There is hope however, as was shown by the efforts of John Corbett, Declan English, John Sweeney, Emmet O’Brien and Tom Conway.
Kilsheelan Kilcash: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Niall Walsh, Eoin Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Keith Condon, Padraic Hickey (1-1, Tommy Ryan (1-2), David Hanrahan 0-1 Niall Cloona (0-1), Martin Larkin (2-2), Colm Sweeney.
Sub: Peter O’Connell for Niall Walsh (injured and Michael Foley for Noel Ryan
Fr. Sheehy’s: Brendan Walsh, Michael Myles, Frank Wyse, John Corbett, Declan English, Richie McGrath, John Sweeney, Tom Conway, Emmet O’Brien, Pat Mulcahy, Liam O’Connor (0-5), Brendan English, John Sheehan, Tom Tierney, Pat Fitzgerald.
Subs: Liam Fleming (0-1), Kevin Clarke and Mike Maher.
REFEREE: Brian White (Clonmel)
Kilsheelan’s next game was in Monroe with Ballybacon-Grange their opponents. From the outset the Ballybacon side imposed their authority on the game. They often had the Kilsheelan defence under severe pressure but when it came to scoring their good approach work was often spoiled by faulty shooting. Freetaker Shane Sweeney was also off target on many occasions from frees. In defence Albert Keating and Brian Condon were the masters where the Ballybacon defence dealt capably with whatever Kilsheelan attack had to offer.
Early in the second half Ballybacon looked to be coasting. Kilsheelan seized the initiative and took the game to their opponents. When they had their goal it lifted them further and a close finish was anticipated. In the last five minutes they were unable to sustain the effort and the better balanced Ballybacon side regained the lead and were in control at the end.
Ballybacon opened the scoring after a minute when Shane Sweeney pointed a free from sixty metres out. The same player again pointed a free in front of goal. Kilsheelan had to wait twelve minutes for their opening score when Pádraic Hickey pointed. Sweeney regained the two point lead from another free. The number of wides continued to increase. When Pakie Larkin was dragged to the ground John Roche reduced the leeway with a point. Roche was again on the mark to leave the score 0-3 each after twenty two minutes. Shane Sweeney pointed twice for the winners while Craig Carrigan had a further point from out at the sideline. At half time Ballybacon should have had a greater lead than the 0-6 to 0-3 scoreline would suggest.
On the turnover Sean Phelan got on the score sheet when he pointed and it looked like Kilsheelan were in danger of losing touch. The Kilsheelan resurgence started when John Roche pointed a free from the middle of the field. Moments later the same player faced up to a free further out. His delivery towards goal was stopped, David Hanrahan got possession and though unable to swing this hurley he kicked the ball to the net. Having hit the front for the first time Kilsheelan upped their performance. Martin Larkin shot an excellent point under pressure. They continued to press and forced a ’65 which John Roche sent over. Sub, Keith Condon broke away on a solo to put Kilsheelan ahead by 1-8 to 0-7 and shock looked a possibility.
Ballybacon fought their way back. Shane Sweeney pointed and they had a further point from Johnny English while sub Tony Ryan put the sides level after forty seven minutes. The winners then had their only goal when Shane Sweeney who was always a handful for the Kilsheelan rearguard gathered the ball some thirty metres out, his strength took him past a number of defenders and gave goalkeeper Ian Coughlan no chance.
Kilsheelan continued to make a fight of it. Martin Larkin whose work rate was very effective, pointed following a pass from John Roche, and a Keith Condon effort reduced the leeway to the minimum. John Roche again pointed from far out to make it level pegging. The Kilsheelan attack continued to get plenty of possession but were unable to convert it while at the other end Ballybacon also had their share of wides. They dominated the closing stages where the influence of Shane Sweeney was a telling factor. He put them ahead with a point from a free. Brian Lonergan also got on the score sheet. Sweeney was not to be denied and had two further points to bring a very entertaining game to its conclusion.
Best for Ballybacon were Albert Keating, Michael Phelan, Brian Condon, Johnny English, Craig Carrigan and Shane Sweeney.
For Kilsheelan Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Lorcan Ryan, Martin Larkin, John Roche and Keith Condon caught the eye.
BALLYBACON-GRANGE: Brendan Cummins, Kieran Walsh, Albert Keating, Michael Phelan, Brian Dillon, Brian Condon, Peter Halley, Thomas Maher, Johnny English 0-1, Sean Phelan 0-1, Brian Lonergan 0-1, Martin Ryan, Craig Carrigan 0-1, Alan O’Gorman and Shane Sweeney 1-11. SUBS: Tony Ryan 0-1 for Alan O’Gorman, Pa Norton for Martin Ryan, James Hackett for Sean Phelan and Nigel Carrigan for Brian Dillon inj
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Ryan (B), Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Peter O’Connell, John Roche 0-5 Tommy Ryan 0-1, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, David Hanrahan 1-0, Martin Larkin 0-2, and Colm Sweeney.
SUB Keith Condon 0-2 for Pádraic Hickey inj.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers).
Despite losing to Ballybacon Kilsheelan looked like qualifying for the quarter finals. However, other results dictated that they would have to play off with Fr Sheehy’s and this took place in Monroe.
This game was by no means a classic, as both teams relied heavily on their defences and both sets of forwards struggled to find scores but the intensity of the game and the closeness of the scores kept the sizeable crowd enthralled, especially in the second half and in extra time.
Fr. Sheehy’s took the lead when Liam O’Connor pointed inside two minutes, but that score was cancelled out a minute later as John Roche pointed a close in free. Kilsheelan took the lead in the eleventh minute when Roche pointed another free, this time from fifty metres. They quickly followed that with a point from Keith Condon after some good work from Martin Larkin and John Roche. Kilsheelan received a blow when Pakie Larkin suffered a hand injury and he was moved to the full forward line and eventually had to be replaced.
Fr. Sheehy’s thought they had retaken the lead when Conor Durack deflected the ball into the net on sixteen minutes only to have it disallowed for a “square ball”.
However they did narrow the gap in the twentieth minute when Liam O’Connor pointed a free after he was fouled thirty metres out. Conor Durack levelled the scores when he sent over a point from forty metres.
But Kilsheelan responded well and a minute later Pakie Larkin connected with a ball coming across inside the square to knock it into the net to leave the score 1-3 to 0-3 after twenty two minutes. John Roche stretched their lead to four points when he sent over a thirty metre free two minutes later. But from there to half time Fr. Sheehy’s put intense pressure on the Kilsheelan defence and were rewarded when Liam O’Connor pointed just before the break to leave the half time score 1-4 to 0-4.
If scores were hard to come by in the first half, they were even scarcer in the second. But Kilsheelan did stretch their lead on the restart when John Roche pointed after a great solo run by William Larkin. Although Fr. Sheehy’s were gaining the upper hand around midfield it took them seven minutes to register their first score of the half when Liam O’Connor tapped over a forty metre free following a foul on Tom Tierney and when O’Connor pointed another free six minutes later the deficit was down to two points.
Eventually Fr. Sheehy’s dominance was rewarded in the fourteenth minute when Tom Conway pulled first time on a Tom Tierney knock down to drive the ball to the back of the net to restore their lead 1-6 to 1-5.
Colm Sweeney levelled the scores again two minutes later and with fifteen minutes to go it seemed this game was destined to go extra time.
Brendan English did give Fr. Sheehy’s the lead again with an excellent point from almost the half way line in the twenty third minute, but that score seemed to rally Kilsheelan into greater effort and for the last five minutes of ordinary time plus the six minutes of injury time played it was nailbiting stuff as both teams pulled out all the stops in their quest for victory.
Eventually Kilsheelan got the point they needed to send the game into extra time when Willie Ryan pointed with the very last puck of injury time.
In the first period of extra time Fr. Sheehy’s got back in control and two early frees by Liam O’Connor meant that Kilsheelan were chasing the game again. But they did get the only other point of the half when William Larkin drove over the bar in the sixth minute.
The second half of extra time started with Fr. Sheehy’s one point up but this was cancelled out when John Roche pointed a free three minutes in.
But Fr. Sheehy’s responded well and they took the lead again when Liam OConnor got on the end of a long delivery from goalie Brendan Walsh to send the ball over the bar after seven minutes and two minutes later the same two combined again to put Fr. Sheehy’s two points clear and into the quarter finals on a final scoreline of 1-11 to 1-9.
This game was dominated by both sets of backs and Fr. Sheehy’s won because, to a man, their defence was rock solid and at the heart of that defence was a man of the match performance from centre back John Corbett.
Michael Myles, Frank Wyse, John D. Sweeney Emmet O’Brien and Brendan English also played very well while further up the field Declan English, Liam O’Connor and Tom Conway did well for the victors.
For Kilsheelan Shane Prendergast, Jimmy Ryan, Lorcan Ryan, Willie Ryan, William Larkin, Eoin Ryan and Martin Larkin gave everything for their cause.
FR.SHEEHY’S: Brendan Walsh, Michael Myles, Frank Wyse, John D. Sweeney, Brendan English 0-1, John Corbett, Emmet O’Brien, Declan English, Richie McGrath, Phillip Ryan, Tom Tierney, Tom Conway 1-0, Conor Durack 0-1, Liam O’Connor 0-9, Mike Maher.
SUBS: Pat Mulcahy and Pat Fitzgerald.
KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Ian Coughlan, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Lorcan Ryan, Willie Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan, William Larkin 0-1, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Keith Condon 0-1, Tommy Ryan, Padraic Hickey, David Hanrahan, John Roche 0-5 and Martin Larkin.
SUBS: Colm Sweeney 0-1 and Peter O’Connell.
REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)