Match Reports 2010

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MINOR “B” FOOTBALL


16/4/10: The opening match in this competition was against Ballingarry in Grangemockler. Ballingarry made the early running and it looked as if Kilsheelan were going to have a fight in their hands. This was all to change in the fifth minute as Kevin Kirwan got possession in his own half of the field, sent a pin point pass to Dean Mulcahy. He made lots of ground and a shot for a point looked the likely option. However, he continued his solo run and found the back of the net for the game’s only goal. Kilsheelan were now dominating and had the Ballingarry defence at full stretch. For the remainder of the half they tacked on a further five points, and only for faulty shooting their total would have been greater, while Ballingarry failed to register a score.

The second half was much more competitive. Ballingarry finally got on the scoreboard with points from Keith Shelly and Sean Doheny. They tried hard but their attack never looked like piercing a no-nonsense Kilsheelan defence. As the game progressed it lost much of its early momentum. For all their dominance Kilsheelan could only add a further four points to run out winners by 1-9 to 0-2.

Best for Kilsheelan were Adrian Mc Guire, Johnny Ormond, Bill Maher, Kevin Larkin and Dean Mulcahy. This was Ballingarry’s third defeat and they look to be out of contention. Their best players were Sean Maher, John Molloy, Niall Walsh and Keith Shelly.

KILSHEELAN KILCASH: Colin Gleeson, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, David Columby, Ruairi Doyle, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher, Kevin Larkin 0-3, Jamie Cronin, Dean Mulcahy 1-1, Kevin Kirwan, James Murphy, John Kehoe 0-2 and Finbarr Horgan.

SUBS: David Smyth, Conor Murphy 0-2 and John Smyth.

BALLINGARRY: Miceal Teehan, William Corbett, Sean Maher, Timmy O’Donovan, John Molloy, Daire Ivors, Kieran Hayes, John Pollard, Niall Walsh, Patsy Walsh, Johnson Ivors, Ricky Cashin, Keith Shelly 0-1, Sean Doheny 0-1 and Gerard Fennelly.

REFEREE: Paul Guinan (Killenaule)

19/4/10: Playing at Fethard, Kilsheelan encountered little difficulty in overcoming a very much understrength St Patrick’s side. Kilsheelan were quickly into their stride and chalked up a number of points and also added goals by Conor Murphy and Dean Mulcahy. Undeterred by this St Pats found loopholes in the winners defence and they had two goals from Nicky Kearney and one from James Moloney and at half time Kilsheelan led by 2-14 to 3-0.

When play resumed the winners were awarded a penalty. Conor Murphy’s well placed shot brought a fine save from James Carroll in the St Pats goal. Credit to St Pats as they tried to stem the tide but unfortunately there was no respite as Kilsheelan continued to add to their total. They had further goals from Conor Murphy, James Murphy and Kevin Larkin. St Pats had a fourth goal from Stephen Coffey. The losers tried hard but unfortunately for them they came up against a Kilsheelan side who were in top form and had a 5-21 to 4-2 victory.

Best for Kilsheelan were David Columby, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy and Conor Murphy.

For St Pats their best players were James Carroll, Thomas Hayes, Robert Maher, Nicky Kearney and Marcus O’Halloran.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colin Gleeson, Martin O Dwyer, David Corcoran, David Columby 0-2, Kevin Kirwan, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Johnny Ormonde, Kevin Larkin 1-1, Bill Maher 0-2, Jamie Cronin 0-2, Dean Mulcahy 1-3, John Kehoe 0-2, James Murphy 1-0, Conor Murphy 2-6 and Finbarr Horgan 0-2.

ST PATRICKS: James Carroll, Cathal O’Donovan, Kieran Maher, James Buckley, Shane Power, Thomas Hayes, Mark Mullaly, James Moloney 1-0, Robert Maher, Nicky Kearney 2-1, Marcus O’Halloran, Stephen Coffey 1-0, Brendan Gleeson, Eamon Needham and Mark Slattery 0-1.

SUBS: William O’Brien and Kieran O’Brien.

REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)

26/4/10: Our next game was in Cloneen when a power packed last twenty minutes by Carrick Swan was instrumental in their easy win over our side that fielded without their High School contingent.

Kilsheelan had the better of the opening quarter. A goal by John Kehoe put them ahead. The Carrick side came much more into the game with some well taken points. Just before the break Eoin Wells sent an unstoppable shot to the back of the net to give his side a half time lead of 1-8 to 1-2.

When play resumed Dean Mulcahy and Kevin Larkin began to dominate for Kilsheelan and they had some well taken points. A Mulcahy goal left his side in arrears on a scoreline of 1-9 to 2-5. Swan then took over and were the dominant side for the remainder of the game. Goals by William Loughman, Ian Roche and Lee Grace put them very much in the driving seat. They also had a match winner in Bill Walsh at midfield and he finished with a total of five points as his side won by 4-19 to 2-6.

Best for Swan were Paul & Jamie Long, Declan White, Bill Walsh, Eoin Wells and Lee Grace.

For Kilsheelan David Columby, Kevin Kirwan, Kevin Larkin, Dean Mulcahy and Conor Murphy did best.

CARRICK SWAN: Darren Murphy, Jamie Torpey, James Barrett, Paul Long, Jamie Long, Declan White, Colm Loughman, Bill Walsh 0-5, Martin Griffin 0-2, William Loughman 1-3, Jack Walsh, Eoin Wells 1-2, Ian Roche 1-2, Lee Grace 1-3 and Aidan Ryan 0-1.

SUBS: Dale O’Hanlon for James Barrett and Randle Barlow 0-1 for Aidan Ryan.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Martin O’Dwyer, Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Johnny Ormonde, Kevin Kirwan, Kevin Larkin 0-2, Dean Mulcahy 1-2, Paudie O’Donovan, Conor Murphy 0-1, Jamie Cronin, James Murphy, John Kehoe 1-1 and Sean Ryan.

REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (St Patricks)

29/4/10: Fethard, were our next opponents at Ned Hall Park. On a rather damp surface Kilsheelan had first use of the elements and had points from Dean Mulcahy and Damien Dempsey from a free. Fethard had a trump card in centre forward Cathal Hurley as he shot three points to give his side a lead they never lost. After fourteen minutes an already understrength Kilsheelan team received a body blow when midfielder Kevin Larkin had to go off injured. Having just the fifteen players they had to soldier on with a man short for the rest of the game. Fethard gradually gained control with further points from Hurley. Kilsheelan responded with points from Damien Dempsey and John Kehoe and at the interval Fethard led by 0-5 to 0-4.

In the second half Kilsheelan did the early pressing but failed to turn chances into scores but it was  Fethard who showed the way with another point from Cathal Hurley. Fethard were now in control but good goalkeeping by Kilsheelan’s Colin Gleeson and also a shot that came back off the upright played a major part in keeping the game goalless. Eoin Fitzgerald, who had a fine second half for Fethard, added two more points while Kilsheelan’s Conor Murphy added his side’s only score of the half. The winners had the final say when sub Aaron Conran sent over the bar for victory on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-5.

Best for Fethard were Kieran Walsh, Eoin Dillon, Ronan & Dylan Fitzgerald, Cathal Hurley and Eoin Fitzgerald while Kilsheelan were best served by Colin Gleeson, Adrian Mc Guire, David Smyth, Kevin Larkin, Dean Mulcahy and Damien Dempsey.

FETHARD: Garrett Lawrence, Kieran O’Connell. Kieran Walsh, Eoin Dillon, Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald, Ger Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Frankie O’Donovan, Kieran O’Meara, Cathal Hurley 0-6, Matthew Fitzgerald, Mick Smyth, Eoin Fitzgerald 0-2 and Andrew Maher.

SUB: Aaron Conran 0-1 for Kieran O’Connell and Jack Devanney for Andrew Maher.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Johnny Ormonde, Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Guiry, Adrian Mc Guire, David Smyth, Conor Murphy 0-1, Kevin Larkin, Finbarr Horgan, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, John Kehoe 0-1, James Murphy, Damien Dempsey 0-2 and Paudie O’Donovan.

REFEREE: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)

In Fethard, Kilsheelan dominated the first half and should have been well ahead at the interval in this game against Mullinahone. In the end they can consider themselves fortunate to emerge one point winners. Regardless of the result both sides were already through to the Semi Finals.

Under ideal conditions Mullinahone were first off the mark with a point from Michael Dunne. Kilsheelan were on level terms when John Kehoe pointed a free. Adrian Mc Guire put Kilsheelan ahead when he had two further points. After seventeen minutes his side were very much in the driving seat, Dean Mulcahy passed to Adrian Mc Guire for a goal. The winners were well on top for the remainder of the half but failed to convert their chances into scores. There was no further score for nine minutes until Michael Dunne pointed for Mullinahone. Just before the break Mullinahone had a goal by Sean Walzer to leave the half time score at 1-3 to 1-2.

When play resumed Mullinahone hit the front when Walzer had a further goal. Kilsheelan responded with a pointed free by John Kehoe, Jamie Cronin and Damien Dempsey. If Kilsheelan thought they could go on and win it from here Mullinahone had other ideas. They had points from Garry Cronin and Cathal Horan. They went four points clear when Stephen Quirke had a goal after forty three minutes and indeed they could have gone further ahead had they taken their chances. Kilsheelan reduced the leeway with a John Kehoe point. As the game entered the closing stages it looked as if Mullinahone would hold out. This was all to change when Damien Dempsey levelled matters with a goal after fifty eight minutes. In injury time Bill Maher came up from defence to get the decisive point to leave his side winners by 2-8 to 3-4.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colin Gleeson, David Columby, Eoin Kehoe, David Smyth, Tadgh Lonergan, Bill Maher 0-1, Johnny Ormonde, Conor Murphy, Dean Mulcahy, Ruairi Doyle, Adrian Mc Guire 1-2, John Kehoe 0-3, Finbarr Horgan, Damien Dempsey 1-1 and Jamie Cronin 0-1.

SUB: Kevin Guiry for Finbarr Horgan

MULLINAHONE: Jack Mc Carthy, George Browning, James Phelan, Cillian Shorka, David Walzer, Eoin Fennelly, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Jack Shelly, Garry Cronin 0-1, Luke Mullally, Michael Dunne 0-2, Denis Connolly, Stephen Quirke 1-0, Cathal Horan 0-1 and Sean Walzer.

SUBS: Willie Croke for Luke Mullally and Richard Walsh for Sean Walzer 2-0.

REFEREE: Paul Guinan (Killenaule)

16/5/10: In their next outing in Ned Hall Park, Kilsheelan had to withstand a late Swan rally for a hard earned two point win. When these sides met some weeks earlier, the Carrick outfit had a nineteen point win over an understrength Kilsheelan side. On this occasion Kilsheelan were at near full strength as they set about turning the tables and in an overall context they can consider themselves somewhat fortunate to come out on top as Swan were the more guilty party in front of goal.

Swan had first use of a significant wind. Kilsheelan were first off the mark. Bill Maher’s sixty metre solo run earned a free which Damien Dempsey pointed. Good approach work by Dean Mulcahy doubled their tally when he pointed. Swan got off the mark with a point by Bill Walsh. One minute later they took the lead. A clearance by a Kilsheelan defender was intercepted, the ball was played into James Barrett and he goaled. Lee Byrne and Damien Dempsey exchanged points from frees. Kilsheelan drew level when they had points from Finbarr Horgan and Colin Gleeson. The Swan dominated the second quarter where Bill Walsh was instrumental in setting up many attacks. The Kilsheelan defence were forced to foul and Lee Byrne pointed three times. They had further points from Bill Walsh and Lee Byrne to give them a half time lead of 1-7 to 0-5 which should have been greater given the number of chances they created.

Kilsheelan resumed with Conor Murphy on the edge of the square and he reduced the leeway with a point. Damien Dempsey did likewise from a free. The game’s turning point came two minutes later when Kilsheelan were awarded a free in front of goal. Conor Murphy showed a fine piece of opportunism when he took a quick free to drive the ball past a static Carrick defence to put the sides level. Despite playing against the wind the Swan saw plenty of the ball and John Smyth in the Kilsheelan goal had to be alert to keep his line intact. Lee Byrne again put Swan ahead from a free only for Conor Murphy to put the side’s level again. Sustained pressure by Kilsheelan resulted in a ’45 and Damien Dempsey pointed. Sub Adrian Mc Guire had a further point for the winners. Lee Byrne, from a free, reduced the leeway. Damien Dempsey from a free restored his side’s two point advantage. Despite five minutes of injury time Kilsheelan held out for a 1-11 to 1-9 victory.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, David Corcoran, Eoin Kehoe, Ruairi Doyle, Kevin Larkin, Johnny Ormonde, Conor Murphy 1-2, Bill Maher, Jamie Cronin, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson 0-1, Damien Dempsey 0-5 and Finbarr Horgan 0-1.

SUBS: David Smyth for Finbarr Horgan and Adrian Mc Guire 0-1 for Tadgh Lonergan.

CARRICK SWAN: Stefan Benesch, Martin Griffin, Jack Walsh, Jamie Torpey, Paul Long, Jamie Long, Mikey Loughman, Lee Byrne 0-7, Colin Loughman, Eoin Wells, Bill Walsh 0-2, Declan White, Colin Waters, James Barrett 1-0 and Ian Roche.

SUBS: Dale O’Hanlon for Colin Waters.

REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Clonmel)

Kilsheelan were now through to the Final. The only time they won it was in 1946 and they were able, under a gentleman’s agreement, to call on a number of players from neighbouring Clubs.

24/7/10: When those sides met in the group stages Fethard had a narrow win over a depleted Kilsheelan side and it would have been difficult to say who would carry the favourites tag. From an early stage Kilsheelan looked to be the stronger side but found it difficult to shake off a determined Fethard side on the scoreboard and it was only in the final quarter daylight appeared between two sides who provided a very entertaining game.

Fethard started with the advantage of a strong breeze but it was Kilsheelan who opened the scoring after thirty seconds when Dean Mulcahy raced through from midfield to send over the bar. Fethard were soon on level terms when Cathal Hurley pointed a free. Kilsheelan were creating the better chances but they had to wait another eight minutes before Damien Dempsey pointed. Once again Cathal Hurley levelled matters from a free. Kilsheelan had a great chance of a goal when Bill Maher slipped with the goal at his mercy but the chance was missed. Fethard were very dependant on freetaker Cathal Hurley and he put his side ahead for the first time when he sent over. An altercation near the sideline in the twenty second minute resulted in Kilsheelan’s Ruairi Doyle and Fethard’s Dylan Fitzgerald being sidelined. Happily the game continued in a very sporting manner after that. During this half Kilsheelan forced a number of 45’s but had no return from them. Cathal Hurley’s unerring accuracy from frees again came to Fethard’s rescue and he also had a point from play. Just before the break Conor Murphy had a point for Kilsheelan but it was Fethard who went on to lead by 0-5 to 0-3. This lead did not look sufficient, having to face the elements in the second half.

This became all too apparent when play resumed as Conor Murphy pointed for the winners, Alex Harte from a free and a further Murphy point put Kilsheelan ahead again. At this stage Fethard received a blow. Cathal Hurley, who was carrying an injury into the game, could no longer continue. However, a determined Fethard side were not going to go down easily. Dion Butler put the side’s level and they went back in the lead with a well taken point by Brian Healy. Unfortunately for Fethard this was to be their last score. With the game into the last quarter Damien Dempsey, from a free, put the side’s level. Dean Mulcahy found the unmarked Bill Maher who raced through for a point. In their next attack Maher was again involved and he put sub John Kehoe through for a point. Fethard had an opportunity of a goal when sub Philip Maher raced through and brought a fine save from Kilsheelan goalkeeper John Smyth. During this half good approach work by Kilsheelan was ruined when they went in search of goals when taking their points would have been their better option. Damien Dempsey, from a free, left his side leading by 0-10 to 0-7 after fifty five minutes. They were now well in control. Dempsey again from a free together with further points from Dean Mulcahy and Jamie Cronin left them most deserving winners by 0-13 to 0-7.

Best for Kilsheelan were Eoin Kehoe, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy, Conor Murphy and Damien Dempsey.

The following players did best for Fethard Kieran Walsh, Ronan Fitzgerald, Frank O Donovan, Cathal Hurley and Eoin Fitzgerald.

After the match South Board Chairman Dick Egan presented the Cup to the victorious captain Johnny Ormonde.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Eoin Kehoe, Ruairi Doyle, Adrian Mc Guire, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-2, Kevin Kirwan, Conor Murphy 0-3, Jamie Cronin 0-1, Alex Harte 0-1, Damien Dempsey 0-4 and Finbarr Horgan.

SUBS: John Kehoe 0-1 for Finbarr Horgan, David Corcoran for Alex Harte and Tadgh Lonergan for Dean Mulcahy.

FETHARD: Garrett Lawrence, Kieran O’Connell, Kieran Walsh, Owen Dillon, Brian Delahunty, Ronan Fitzgerald, Gerard Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Frankie O’Donovan, Ciaran O’Meara, Aaron Conran, Dion Butler 0-1, Cathal Hurley 0-5 Eoin Fitzgerald and Brian Healy 0-1.

SUBS: Philip Maher for Cathal Hurley, Ger Gorey for Gerard Maher and Matthew Fitzgerald for Brian Delahunty

REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)

3/9/10: In a match that failed to ignite, all the drama was crammed into the closing stages at Dr Morris Park. Kilsheelan who were two points in arrears were pressing hard to get on terms but with five minutes to go the power failed. Referee Ritchie O’Connor waited ten minutes for power to be restored, this was not possible and the game will have to be replayed.

The score would suggest that it was defences on top but this was not the case. Both side’s attackers  lacked ideas on how to open the opposing defences while many attempts at driving the ball over the bar left alot to be desired.

Borrisokane, had the better of the opening minutes but it was Kilsheelan who were first off the mark. Dean Mulcahy passed to Damian Dempsey and he pointed after seven minutes. Borrisokane were soon on level terms when their best player Shane Dooley pointed from a free. Kilsheelan who were coming more and more into the game forced a ’45 which Damian Dempsey sent over the bar. Dempsey who was very prominent for Kilsheelan in the opening half pointed another free to leave his side two points ahead after eleven minutes. Kilsheelan continued to have the upper hand. Dean Mulcahy made several forays into the opposing defence but those promising moves failed to yield any return. Damian Dempsey again pointed from a free and also obliged from play and it was looking good for the Southern standard bearers. They had a great chance of a goal after twenty three minutes when Dempsey passed to the inrushing Jamie Cronin only for the goalkeeper to smother his shot. In the closing minutes of the half the game took a turn in favour of Borrisokane. A promising Kilsheelan move was broken up, their defence were caught too far out. David Nevin raced through and sent over the bar when he might have had a goal. They were not to be denied in their next attack. Shane Dooley made tracks towards the Kilsheelan goal, crashed the ball to the net to put the sides level and at half time at Borrisokane 1-2 Kilsheelan 0-5.

When play resumed Borrisokane did most of the pressing but it was Kilsheelan who went on to record their lone second half score. The ball was blocked out by the Borrisokane goalkeeper and Damian Dempsey deflected the ball over the bar. There was stalemate for a number of minutes as neither side could gain the upper hand but after thirty nine minutes Borrisokane went ahead for the first time. Peter McSharry raced through the Kilsheelan defence,  passed to full forward David Nevin and his shot for goal went in off the inside of the upright. Spurred on by this turn of events Borrisokane began to dominate and they were wide of the mark on a number of occasions. Whenever Kilsheelan went on the attack they were unable to penetrate a Borrisokane defence that was growing in confidence. While players on both sides lacked nothing in determination the game became somewhat ragged as stray passes were the order of the day. With defeat staring them in the face Kilsheelan pressed hard in the closing minutes however proceedings came to a halt with five minutes remaining when one of the goal areas was in semi darkness and the referee had no option but to sound the final whistle with the sides on a 2-2 to 0-6 scoreline.

Despite being only two points ahead Borrisokane probably felt that they might have held out. For the Kilsheelan side they can consider themselves lucky to get another chance.

BORRISOKANE: Jonathan Stanley, Robert Raleigh, Seamus Moriarty, Sean Hartnett, David Kennedy, Shane Nevin, Paddy Gavin, Peter Mc Sharry, Brian Davis, Shane Dooley 1-1, Enda Brennan Capt, Gary Power, Eanna Dooley, David Nevin 1-1 and Brian Donnelly.

SUB: Brian Dooley.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Johnny Ormonde, Kevin Guiry, Adrian Mc Guire, Eoin Kehoe, John Kehoe, Conor Murphy, Dean Mulcahy, Alex Harte, Kevin Kirwan, Jamie Cronin, Damian Dempsey 0-6 and David Corcoran.

SUB: Tadgh Lonergan.

REFEREE: Ritchie O’Connor (Arravale Rovers)

13/9/10: The replay took place at a wet and windy Dr Morris Park. When the sides met at the same venue ten days earlier Borrisokane led by two points going into the closing stages only for the lights to go out. However, it was the Southern standard bearers who took advantage of a second chance. In the first half they faced a strong wind and their tactic of keeping possession with their short passing was very effective. Their motto was if we cannot score Borrisokane cannot score either. When Borrisokane look back on the game they will point to the fact that they missed two penalties in the first half, had they profited from them it would have been difficult for Kilsheelan to come back.

Conditions were difficult as players toyed with the wet ball and inevitably mistakes were many. It was also going to be a test of stamina and scores were going to be hard earned.

Borrisokane had first use of the elements and they got off the mark with a pointed free by Shane Dooley after five minutes. Two minutes later Kilsheelan were on level terms when Conor Murphy pointed. Shane Dooley who was easily Borrisokane’s best attacker, again put them ahead. Sixteen minutes had elapsed when they were awarded a penalty only for Gary Power to send the ball high and wide. Four minutes later the referee again signalled a penalty and this time Davin Nevin’s shot was well saved by Kilsheelan goalkeeper John Smyth. Five minutes later Shane Dooley extended his sides lead from a free. This was quickly cancelled out by a Damien Dempsey effort from a free. Borrisokane finished the half well. Brian Davis took a quick free to the unmarked Eanna Dooley and he pointed while Gary Power added another from play to give his side and 0-5 to 0-2 interval lead.

Kilsheelan who went into this game with two long term injuries received a further blow on resumption when John Kehoe was forced to retire. Kilsheelan now had the advantage of the elements and after forty four minutes were on level terms. Conor Murphy deflected a Damien Dempsey free over the bar. Adrian Mc Guire, racing up from defence, did likewise and Dempsey put the sides level from a placed ball. On a number of occasions the ball broke loose in the Borrisokane goalmouth but Kilsheelan were unable to make it pay off. One would have expected Kilsheelan to go on and win it from there. Borrisokane were not going to concede easily and sub Sean Brennan put them ahead with a point. Kilsheelan were awarded a long distance free and Damien Dempsey’s drive eluded one and all and the ball ended up in the net to leave his side ahead by 1-5 to 0-6 with nine minutes remaining. Shane Dooley kept Borrisokane in touch with a pointed free.

Kilsheelan received a further blow when Alex Harte was injured and had to be carried off. Borrisokane again hit the front. A long drive into the Kilsheelan defence broke loose and Gary Power following up slammed the ball to the net. Kilsheelan now two points in arrears received another setback when one of their players was red-carded. As so often happens when a side is a player down they put their shoulder to the wheel. Kilsheelan dominated the closing stages and Dempsey put the sides level when he pointed frees in quick succession. With time running out he got another opportunity from a placed ball, he was equal to the pressure kick and his side were through to the Final against Golden-Kilfeacle after a victory by 1-9 to 1-8.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Kevin Guiry, Ruairi Doyle, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Johnny Ormonde, Dean Mulcahy, Eoin Kehoe, John Kehoe, Conor Murphy 0-2, Kevin Kirwan, Alex Harte, Damien Dempsey 1-6 and David Corcoran.

SUBS: Jamie Cronin for Kevin Guiry, Tadgh Lonergan for John Kehoe and Finbarr Horgan for Alex Harte.

BORRISOKANE: Jonathon Stanley, Robert Raleigh, Seamus Moriarty, Sean Hartnett, David Kennedy, Shane Nevin, Paddy Gavin, Peter Mc Sharry, Brian Davis, Shane Dooley 0-5, Enda Brennan, Gary Power 1-1, Eanna Dooley 0-1, David Nevin and Brian Donnelly.

SUB: Sean Brennan 0-1.

REFEREE: Ritchie O’Connor (Arravale Rovers)

25/9/10: The County Final took place at New Inn and a large number of followers travelled from the parish. It was surprising in the long history of both Clubs, that neither had achieved County honours in this grade to date. When it was all over Kilsheelan-Kilcash were the ones going into the record books. It was heartbreak for Golden as they also lost last year’s decider.

The opening quarter was very evenly contested and only yielded one score. After this the scoring rate improved somewhat. The second half proved much more open and scores came more freely.

Golden had a great chance of opening with a goal after three minutes when Tomas Burns shot was well smothered by Kilsheelan goalkeeper John Smyth. Inspired by attacking half backs Kevin Larkin and Adrian Mc Guire Kilsheelan went on to create the better chances but credit to Golden’s full back Aidan O’Connell who time and again cleared his lines to good effect. Many promising movements from both sides often failed to meet their intended target. One would have to say at this stage that both sides passing left a lot to be desired which is very much a symptom of football nowadays. Kilsheelan, who had to line out without the injured Bill Maher and Alex Harte, finally opened the scoring after ten minutes when Kevin Kirwan had to work hard and found an opening from an acute angle for a point. Golden had a couple of chances from frees but they were wide of the target. They eventually got off the mark after nineteen minutes when Josh Keane pointed a free from twenty metres out. One minute later they took the lead for the first time with a point from Liam Nagle.

The opening goal came after twenty two minutes. Kilsheelan defender Kevin Larkin made his way down the right wing, his high delivery looked to be drifting wide and Conor Murphy with a deft flick put the ball in the back of the net. In the closing ten minutes Golden had more of the play. Again goalkeeper Smyth made a smart save while the Westerners were off target on other occasions. They reduced the lead to the minimum when Christopher Ryan sent a crossfield kick to the unmarked Sean Hayes who sent over the bar. In injury time they were awarded a close in free and Liam Nagle made no mistake and at the break it was 1-1 to Kilsheelan and 0-4 to Golden with all to play for.

On the restart Golden were first to attack Josh Keane put his side ahead with a point from a free. Kilsheelan were soon on level terms when Conor Murphy pointed for the winners. Golden struck a decisive blow four minutes into the half. Tommy Burns height often caused difficulty for the Kilsheelan defence and with some crafty footwork this time he drove a ground shot to the net from close range to open up a three point lead. For the winners who had sent the ball over the bar only twice up to now, one wondered where the scores were going to come from. However, they were on level terms within five minutes. Damien Dempsey pointed a free from forty metres. One minute later he pointed from a similar distance but a more difficult angle. Kilsheelan went on to put a number of passes together culminating in a point by Tadgh Lonergan to leave the sides level on 1-5 each after forty two minutes. Whatever the game may have lacked the closeness of the contest kept everyone entertained. Christopher Ryan again restored Golden’s lead with a point. Damien Dempsey regained parity from a free. Once again Golden hit the front when arguably their best player Josh Keane pointed. Good work by David Columby resulting in his sending the ball to the overlapping Kevin Larkin who put the side’s level once more. Kilsheelan were enjoying the better of the exchanges now and Conor Murphy put them ahead with a point, having trailed for the previous sixteen minutes.

Once again Smyth had to be alert in the Kilsheelan goal when he saved from Burns. In the next drive upfield Liam Nagle pointed a free and again it was all square after fifty two minutes and one wondered were we going to get another day out from these two sides. Kilsheelan drove upfield where Conor Murphy secured possession and added a well taken point. In the next attack Murphy was to the fore, this time he sent a defence splitting pass to Damien Dempsey who drove to the back of the net from close range. Golden made a great effort to pull the game out of the fire. Kevin Moloney pointed after a good move. They then went in search of an equalising goal but a Kilsheelan defence growing in confidence repulsed them each time and it ended ona score of 2-9 to 1-9.

Best for Kilsheelan were John Smyth, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, Eoin Kehoe, Conor Murphy and Damien Dempsey. For Golden Aidan O’Connell, Stephen Ryan, Christopher Ryan, Kevin Moloney, Josh Keane and Ger Barlow served them best.

After the match Chairman of the County Football Board Noel Morris presented the trophy to the victorious captain Johnny Ormonde amid jubilant celebrations.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: John Smyth, David Columby, Ruairi Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin 0-1, Dean Mulcahy, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Kirwan 0-1, Conor Murphy 1-3, John Kehoe, Finbarr Horgan, Damien Dempsey 1-3 and Tadgh Lonergan 0-1.

SUBS: Colin Gleeson for Finbarr Horgan and Kevin Guiry for Tadgh Lonergan.

GOLDEN-KILFEACLE: Malacy Scott, Brian Hosford, Aidan O’Connell, Matthew Ryan, Paddy Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Kieran Butler Hallissey, Christopher Ryan 0-1, Kevin Moloney 0-1, Sean Hayes 0-1, Ger Barlow, Josh Keane 0-3, Liam Nagle 0-3, Tomas Burns 1-0 and Ian Collins.

SUBS: Shane O’Connell for Ian Collins and Alan Wade for Shane O’Connell.

REFEREE: John Kelly (Thurles Gaels).

U/21 FOOTBALL

20/2/10: Ballingarry were much too strong in this opening round encounter at Carrick. The winners looked to be a well prepared side. They were much sharper in all areas and had the Kilsheelan defence under lots of pressure with their quick fire moves. Upfront they had an outstanding marksman in Michael Ivors. He finished with a tally of 1-9, with six of the points coming from frees. For Kilsheelan it was a disappointing outing. Fielding a team, most of whom were minors, they were well off the mark and the signs were ominous from the opening minute.

Michael Ivors put down a marker when he pointed after thirty seconds. Ballingarry continued to dominate and the Kilsheelan defence were forced into fouling and Ivors pointed three frees in quick succession. Kilsheelan got off the mark with a well taken point by Damien Dempsey. That man Ivors responded with a further two points. Kilsheelan had their only other score of the half when John Kehoe pointed after seventeen minutes. Six minutes later Ballingarry had their first goal. James Logue soloed through the Kilsheelan defence and shot to the corner of the net from twenty metres. Just before the break Darragh Ivors had another goal to leave his side ahead by 2-7 to 0-2.

When play resumed Michael Ivors pointed from play and minutes later Jack Fennelly did likewise. Kilsheelan were beginning to enjoy more possession and Donnacha Lonergan shot two points and once again Ivors pointed for the winners. Damien Dempsey, who was easily Kilsheelan’s best forward, pointed and the score was 2-10 to 0-5 after twenty minutes. Kilsheelan had further chances but lacked penetration upfront to avail of them. Full back Shane Columby showed his forwards how it was done when he came upfield to send over the bar. Just before the call of time Michael Ivors shot Ballingarry’s third goal to leave his side comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-6.

Ballingarry are a well balanced side and look capable of making further progress. Their best players were Daire Fennelly, Jerry & Kevin Fitzgerald, Adrian Cleere, James Logue and Michael Ivors.

Kilsheelan have one further chance through the losers section and would need to show major improvement. Best for them were Shane Columby, Miceal Corcoran, Naoise O Cuinneagain and Damien Dempsey.

BALLINGARRY: Ricky Cashin, Sean Maher, Daire Fennelly, Brian Kelly, Matthew Butler, Jerry Fitzgerald, Kevin Fitzgerald, Jack Fennelly 0-1, Adrian Cleere, Darragh Ivors 1-0, James Logue 1-0, Karl Rotherdam, Kieran Hayes, Ian Ivors and Michael Ivors 1-9.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran, Shane Columby 0-1, Johnny Ormonde, Miceal Corcoran, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Kennedy, Donnchadh Corcoran, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Dean Mulcahy, Alex Harte, John Kehoe 0-1, Finbarr Horgan, Damien Dempsey 0-2 and Kevin O’Donovan.

REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)

Despite losing they had another opportunity of making progress in the losers group where our opponents were Killenaule. Unfortunately due to insufficient numbers we were unable to field a team and had to concede a walkover.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

23/6/10: Under excellent conditions at Carrick, Grangemockler-Ballyneale had no answer to a Kilsheelan-Kilcash side that only put their superiority on the scoreboard in the final quarter. The teams were well matched in the opening twenty minutes. Kilsheelan gradually got on top and led at the interval by 0-4 to 0-2.

Early in the second half they added three further points. They were well on top throughout and scored at will in the closing stages to run out winners by 0-13 to 0-4.

Best for Kilsheelan were Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Eddie O’Connell, Darren Mc Carthy, Ciaran O’Halloran, Alex Harte and sub Oisin O Cuinneagain. Grangemockler tried hard all through but they were too dependant on veterans Eamon O’Hanlon, John, Jim and Andrew O’Meara.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, Noel Ryan 0-1, Eddie O’Connell, David Corcoran, William Larkin, Shane Columby, Christy Ryan 0-2, Darren Mc Carthy 0-1, Ciaran O’Halloran 0-3, Keith Robinson 0-1, Declan O’Brien 0-1, Alex Harte 0-3, Dan O’Connor and Richard Crotty.

SUBS: Oisin O Cuinneagain 0-1 for Richard Crotty, Ciaran Gibbs for David Corcoran, Martin Ormonde 0-1 for Alex Harte and Stephen Hourigan for Declan O’Brien inj.

GRANGEMOCKLER-BALLYNEALE: Thomas Keating, Pa Bourke, Eamon O’Hanlon, Paul Bourke, Bobby Kennedy, John O’Meara, Tommy Coady, Andrew O’Meara, Gerry Long 0-1, Jimmy Keane, Jer Crowley, Michael Phelan, Pa Tobin, Shane Comerford 0-1 and Jim O’Meara.

SUB: Thomas Norton for Gerry Long inj.

REFEREE: Seamus Mullins (Commercials)

30/6/10: The next match played at Monroe against Commercials took many twists and turns before Kilsheelan emerged winners by the narrowest of margins. As one would expect in this grade both sides had a number of ex senior players, what they lacked in pace their experience was often shown to good effect.

Playing against the wind in the first half Commercials looked the more impressive in the early stages and they had points from Trevor Creed and James Power. Kilsheelan then went on to gain the initiative and they drew level with two points from Alex Harte and went ahead with a further point from Stephen Hourigan. In the nineteenth minute the game took a decisive turn in Kilsheelan’s favour. Ciaran O’Halloran sent a thirty metre pass to the unmarked Alex Harte and he had the opening goal. Commercials replied with a point from James Power and at the break Kilsheelan led by 1-3 to 0-3.

When the game resumed James Power and Alex Harte, from a free, exchanged points. Keith Fahey pointed twice for the town side and Trevor Creed went on to level matters. With the elements in their favour Commercials looked likely winners. They received a further boost after fifty one minutes when James Power shot to the top corner of the net. Kilsheelan put in a storming last ten minutes and Paul Nolan in the Commercials goal had to be alert as Kilsheelan went in search of a goal. With four minutes left on the clock Kilsheelan drew level. Alex Harte’s shot came back off the upright. Paul Nolan did well to stop the rebound. The ball broke free and Christy Ryan drove to the net. For the neutral a draw would seem a fair result. Kilsheelan were now well on top and Ciaran O’Halloran drove over the winning point for victory on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-7.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH:  Roger Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, Dan O’Connor, Eddie O’Connell, John Nolan, William Larkin, Ciaran Gibbs, Christy Ryan 1-0, Darren Mc Carthy, Ciaran O’Halloran 0-1, Noel Ryan, Alex Harte 1-3, Stephen Hourigan 0-1, David Power and Kevin O’Donovan.

SUBS: Martin Ormonde for Stephen Hourigan.

CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Paul Nolan, Gary Hallinan, David Harney, Kevin Ryan, Glen Conway, Dale Phillips, Michael Mc Carthy, Matthew Hynes, Shane O’Loughlin, Shane O’Gorman, Kevin Gunne, Sean O’Loughlin, James Power 1-3, Trevor Creed 0-2 and Keith Fahey 0-2.

SUBS: Liam Glendon for Sean O’Loughlin, Emmet Ryan for Shane O’Gorman, John Gibon for Micahel Mc Carthy and Joe Mc Namara for Sean O’Loughlin,

REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)

27/7/10: In a game that never reached any great heights, all the action was packed into the final quarter when Kilsheelan came from behind to snatch a one point win over Moyle Rovers. Kilsheelan started with wind advantage. They had to wait for six minutes for their opening score when Adrian Mc Guire pointed a free. Moyle Rovers looked the more impressive side but had to wait until the fifteenth minute for Mark Ryan to put the side’s level. Four minutes later they were awarded a penalty when John O’Brien was fouled. The chance went abegging when Liam Carey shot wide. They went ahead for the first time when Oliver Mc Grath sent over from long range. Another point by Adrian Mc Guire left the sides level on 0-2 each at the interval. Indeed one could say Rovers should have been ahead on chances created.

When play resumed sub Liam Mangan put them into the lead. As the score would suggest it was very much a case of defenders on top while at the same time there was also an element of forwards lacking the know-how. Moyle Rovers went further ahead with a Mark Ryan point. Michael Delahunty had another point to put them 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after forty three minutes. They continued to dominate and there appeared to be no way back for Kilsheelan. All was to change two minutes later. A quick fire passing movement ended with Eddie O’Connell passing to Ian Coughlan for the vital goal. Kilsheelan stepped up several gears as they went in search of further scores. A number of chances went abegging before Alex Harte put them ahead with a pointed free after fifty five minutes. In the closing stages Moyle Rovers pressed strongly but failed to capitalise on their chances and they lost by 1-3 to 0-5.

Best for Kilsheelan were Eddie O’Connell, Bill Larkin, John Nolan, Adrian Mc Guire and Ian Coughlan. For Moyle Rovers Pat Condon, Michael Mulcahy, Mark Ryan, Michael Delahunty and John O’Brien did best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Roger Doyle, Eddie O’Connell, Dan O’Connor, Noel Ryan, Christy Ryan, William Larkin, John Nolan, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Darren Mc Carthy, Ciaran O’Halloran, Adrian Mc Guire 0-2, Ian Coughlan 1-0, Ciaran Gibbs, Keith Robinson and Alex Harte 0-1.

SUBS: Richard Crotty for Ciaran Gibbs, Kevin O’Donovan for Darren Mc Carthy and David Power for Alex Harte

MOYLE ROVERS: James Cahill, Eoin O’Connor, Pat Condon, Daire Boland, Daniel Mulcahy, Michael Mulcahy, Morgan Ryan, Liam Redmond, Oliver Mc Grath 0-1, Mark Ryan 0-2, Morgan Lyons, Craig Condon, Michael Delahunty 0-1, John O’Brien and Liam Carey.

SUBS: Liam Mangan 0-1 for Liam Carey and Paul O’Connor for Craig Condon.

REFEREE: Paul Guinan (Killenaule)

15/9/10: Apart from the first quarter of this Semi Final game against Mullinahone, they were the better side and deservedly went on to meet Ballyporeen in the Final. Played in Cloneen, the game never reached any great heights. The above remark would just about sum up this championship as most Clubs only pay lip service to this competition. Teams usually are made up of a cross section  of ex seniors, up and coming players and a sprinkling of minors.

Mullinahone opened the scoring after four minutes when Shane Ahearne pointed a free. Two minutes later the sides were on level terms when Noel Ryan did likewise for Kilsheelan. One of the highlights of the game was Enda Mc Enery’s free-taking and he pointed from long distance. Kilsheelan had the first score from play when Noel Ryan put the side’s level. Kilsheelan went ahead for the first and only time when Keith Robinson put a free over the bar. The winners were soon on level terms when Stephen O’Brien obliged. The opening goal arrived after fourteen minutes when Kevin O’Meara first timed a loose ball to the net. After this score Mullinahone gradually got on top. Mc Enery was again on the mark from a long distance free. Kilsheelan received a boost. William Larkin took a free from far out, when the ball dropped in, Noel Ryan was quickest to react and he flicked the ball to the net after twenty minutes. Coming up to the interval Mullinahone introduced Noel Leahy, he quickly made his presence felt when receiving a pass from Shane Ahearne which he shot to the net. This gave his side a half time lead of 2-4 to 1-3.

When play resumed Dan Croke increased his side’s lead with a point. Any chance of a Kilsheelan comeback quickly evaporated when Vincent Doheny had a further goal for the winners after thirty eight minutes. Over the next nine minutes neither side could make any headway before Noel Ryan pointed a free for Kilsheelan. Unfortunately for his side, this was to be their lone second half score. Despite Mullinahone continuing to have the upperhand the Kilsheelan attack saw plenty of possession but were unable to convert it into scores. In the closing stages Mullinahone had further points from sub Bill Tobin and Noel Leahy to bring the game to a conclusion as they won by 3-7 to 1-4.

MULLINAHONE: Michael Cahill, P J Neilis, Sean O’ Meara, Richard Cahill, Noel O’Shea, Enda Mc Enery, Alan Walsh, Ned Tobin, Ky Vaughan, Vincent Doheny 1-0, Edward O’Brien, Stephen Brennan 0-1, Dan Croke 0-1, Shane Ahearne 0-1 and Kevin O’Meara 1-0.

SUBS: Noel Leahy 1-1, Declan Mc Namara and Bill Tobin.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Power, Eddie O’Connell, Dan O’Connor, Johnny Ormonde, Christy Ryan, William Larkin, David Corcoran, John Nolan, Oisin O’Cuinneagain, Ciaran O’Halloran, Keith Robinson 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan 1-3, Richard Crotty and Michael Ryan.

SUBS: Ciaran Gibbs, John Larkin, Kevin O’Donovan, Martin Ormonde and Roger Doyle.

REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)

COUNTY DIVISION 1 COUNTY LEAGUE

14/3/10: In the opening round of the League our side travelled to Cappawhite to take on the home side under lights. Kilsheelan went ahead early on. Cappawhite then hit the front and stayed there to the end winning by 3-6 to 2-5.
TEAM: Michael Dempsey, Shane Prendergast, Jimmy Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Michael Halpin 1-1, Tommy Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Ross Larkin, Eoin Ryan, Ciaran O’Halloran, Adrian Walsh 1-1, John Noonan, Dan O’Connor 0-2, Edward Sweeney 0-1 and Shane Columby.

SUBS: Niall Walsh and David Corcoran.

21/3/10: In the next outing we fielded our strongest team to date at home to Emly. Our side picked off some well taken points in the first half and led at the interval by 0-12 to 0-2. Early in the second half we conceded two soft goals. However, this was as good as it got for Emly as we went on to win by 2-18 to 2-7.
TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Willie Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Tommy Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Eoin Ryan, Niall Walsh, Ross Larkin 1-5, John Roche 0-2, Michael Halpin 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh 1-4, Donnacha Lonergan 0-4 and John Noonan 0-1.

SUBS: Johnny Ormonde, David Corcoran, Senan O’Halloran, Eddie Sweeney and Jason Fogarty.

Fr Sheehys played us in Kilsheelan in the next game. On this occasion the team secured their first league points when they won by 0-7 to 0-6. Scorers on this occasion were: John Roche 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh, Ross Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan, Ciaran O’Halloran and Edward Sweeney 0-1 each.

2/5/10: In the remaining match we were at home to Lattin Cullen. Kilsheelan got off to the perfect start as Adrian Walsh showed great vision in picking out Donnacha Lonergan who goaled after two minutes. Buoyed up by this score Kilsheelan went on to dominate the first half. Adrian Walsh had some well taken points. Credit also to debutants Conor Murphy and Dean Mulcahy who impressed and got on the scoresheet. A further goal by Donnacha Lonergan just before the interval left Kilsheelan leading by 2-11 to 0-2.

The second half was a much more even contest and at times Lattin had the upper hand and they picked off some nice points but Kilsheelan never looked in danger and went on to win by 2-18 to 0-11.
TEAM: Roger Doyle, Johnny Ormonde, Shane Prendergast, Peter O’Connell, Jason Fogarty, Niall Walsh, Michael Halpin 0-2, John Roche 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Conor Murphy 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-6, Dean Mulcahy 0-2, John Noonan 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 2-1 and Edward Sweeney 0-2.

SUBS: Pierce Larkin, Ciaran O’Halloran, Ross Larkin, Eddie O’Connell and Kevin O’Donovan.

22/6/10: The scoreline does not lie. Kilsheelan-Kilcash were most deserving winners in this Semi Final match played at Bansha which now earned them a place in the Final against Cappawhite. When the sides met in the league stages in Kilsheelan the home side ran out easy winners and therefore carried the favourites tag for this clash. Apart from the opening minute they were very much the superior side. Their quick fire short passing game often had their opponents on the back foot. Kilsheelan were a very well balanced side and this was a team effort. Pride of place goes to centre forward Adrian Walsh who was very much the engine room of the side and there was little the Lattin defence could do to stop him.

Lattin showed lots of promise in the opening stages where Timmy Byrnes led the way in the middle of the field but they had nothing to show for it. They were also short a number of players thus adding to their woes. Byrnes put his side ahead with a long range point after two minutes. The winner’s David Corcoran was then forced to leave the field after receiving a head injury. Adrian Walsh laid off to Dean Mulcahy to put the side’s level. Minutes later Timmy Byrnes fielded a Kilsheelan kick out, made ground and shot another excellent point. What was looking to be a very even contest then took a turn very much in Kilsheelan’s favour. They attacked again and seven players handled the ball before Adrian Walsh goaled and they never looked back after that. After eleven minutes Lattin were awarded a penalty when the Kilsheelan goalkeeper fouled an opponent. Timmy Byrnes was entrusted with the kick but his hard drive brought a great stop from Edward Sweeney.

Surprisingly Sweeney was the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout and cleared his lines efficiently. Kilsheelan again made inroads into Lattin territory and Adrian Walsh put Michael Mc Hugh through for another goal. Walsh again and Donnacha Lonergan had further points to leave the winners in the ascendancy by 2-3 to 0-2 after twenty minutes. One minute later Lattin had a stroke of good fortune. Defender John Breen made ground up along the sideline, sent the ball across the goal only for the misfortunate Niall Walsh turning the ball into his own goal. To be fair to the losers they had some promising attacks only for faulty shooting let them down. After twenty eight minutes Kilsheelan again unlocked the Lattin defence when Ross Larkin put Donnacha Lonergan through for another goal to give his side an interval lead of 3-3 to 1-2.

On the resumption Lattin badly needed to get early scores if they were to hit the comeback trail but it was not to be. Adrian Walsh had another point for the winners. Good work by Tommy Ryan resulted in a further point by Donnacha Lonergan. Ross Larkin also sent over the bar and Donnacha Lonergan added another. Lattin came more and more into the game and they had points from John O Heney and Brian O’Dwyer twice from frees. They never looked like getting any kind of grip on the game. Ross Larkin was again on the mark with a point. In the closing stages the winners lost Donnacha Lonergan with an angle injury. During the half they also took the opportunity to bring on their full compliment of subs.

In a match that lacked the cut and trust of a championship match the number of frees was at a minimum. For the winners 3-8 of their total came from play. With time nearly up Kilsheelan were awarded a penalty and Adrian Walsh made no mistake for his side’s fourth goal to leave his side winners by 4-8 to 1-5.

Best for Kilsheelan were Edward Sweeney, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh and Donnacha Lonergan. For Lattin their best players were Brendan Hanley, John Breen, Timmy Byrnes, John O’Heney and Brian Mc Guire.

This report would not be complete without mentioning the fact that the pitch was not lined. When Lattin were awarded their penalty we had to watch the bizarre situation as the referee had to step out the required distance to decide where the penalty would be taken. This is most unfair on match officials, in particular umpires, where instant decisions have to be made which could result in controversy. Pitches not lined seems to be on the increase and it is time that the powers that be address it.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Edward Sweeney, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, David Corcoran, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Senan O Halloran, Kevin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Adrian Walsh 2-2, Ross Larkin 0-2, Pierce Larkin, Donnacha Lonergan 1-3 and Michael Mc Hugh 1-0.

SUBS: Niall Walsh for David Corcoran inj, Michael Halpin for Donnacha Lonergan inj, Conor Murphy for Dean Mulcahy, John Noonan for Michael Mc Hugh and Christy Ryan for Niall Walsh.

LATTIN-CULLEN: Ger Ryan, Pat Power, Joe O’Dwyer, John Kiely, Brendan Hanley, Aidan Kiely, John Breen 1-0, Evan Hanley, Timmy Byrnes 0-2, Timmy Heffernan, Dermot O’Halloran, Michael Kenny, John O’Heney 0-1, Brian Mc Guire 0-2 and Roger Kiely.

SUBS: Aidan Hogan for Roger Kiely and Michael Hanley for Timmy Heffernan.

REFEREE: Michael Duffy (Arravale Rovers)

20/8/10: The Final was played in Cashel. The opening five minutes were very much end to end with neither side finding the target. Cappawhite were first off the mark when Dessie Ryan (P) pointed after six minutes. Kilsheelan were soon on level terms when John Roche pointed. The winners forced a ’45, it was taken quickly and Adrian Walsh availed of the opening to get his name on the scoresheet. Dessie Ryan, from a free, put the side’s level. Once again Cappawhite went ahead. Good work by Dessie Ryan (P) put Jim Carr through for a point. Again Kilsheelan were on level terms when Eoin Ryan was on the mark from out near the sideline. Kilsheelan, who had shaded the exchanges up to this, were now forced to defend. Jim Carr did the spadework for James Bradshaw to send over the bar. Cappawhite again went on the attack. Jim Carr raced through for a point when he might have gone for goal. This was the first time that there was more than two points between the sides. Kilsheelan finished the half the stronger side. Edward Sweeney picked out the unmarked Eoin Ryan to score from a distance. Michael Halpin went on to put the sides on level terms with a point and just on the blow of half time Michael Mc Hugh made no mistake from a free and his side led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval.

The second half was only twenty seconds old when Noel Ryan laid off to Adrian Walsh to increase Kilsheelan’s lead. They extended the lead further when sub Ian Coughlan was on the mark from a free. Kilsheelan seemed to be getting on top at this stage but Cappawhite fought their way back into the game and they had a point from midfielder Cian Creedon. They went ahead with a goal after thirty five minutes. Jim Carr put Denis Tierney through and he found the back of the net. Kilsheelan drew level with a point from Edward Sweeney. It was an inspired move by the Kilsheelan mentors when they sent Jimmy Ryan up from defence to attack. It quickly paid dividends when he put the side’s level. Cappawhite brought on sub Sean Ryan. He was only on the pitch one minute when he put his side 1-8 to 0-10 ahead with eight minutes left to play. A few minutes later all was to change when Kilsheelan had their goal. Goalkeeper Colm Sweeney once again placed his kickout beyond midfield, a number of players handled it before Jimmy Ryan laid off to John Roche, who side-stepped an opponent before driving the ball to the net. The Ryan brothers had a major influence on the closing stages, Tommy passed to Jimmy and he put three points between the sides and Kilsheelan looked to be home and dry. Cappawhite were not going to give up easily. Jim Carr sent in a long kick and sub Tom Costello took his chance well with a piledriver from close range and one wondered was extra time on the cards. From the kickout Jimmy Ryan found Michael Mc Hugh with nobody near him and he did the needful much to the delight of the Kilsheelan supporters. The game was now in injury time. Cappawhite were awarded a free and Jim Carr’s shot tailed wide. They still had time for a further attack and they forced a’45. Again Jim Carr’s effort was wide of the target and that’s the way it ended with Kilsheelan as winners by 1-12 to 2-8.

Best for Kilsheelan were Jimmy, Willie, Tommy & Eoin Ryan, John Roche and Michael Halpin. For Cappawhite their best players were Pat O’Neill, Ross Dunne, Denis Kelly, Cian Creedon, Dessie Ryan and Jim Carr.

After the match County Vice Chairman Sean Nugent presented the trophy to the victorious Captain Tommy Ryan.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Jimmy Ryan 0-2, Shane Prendergast, Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Tommy Ryan, Dean Mulcahy, Adrian Walsh 0-2, Michael Mc Hugh 0-2, Edward Sweeney 0-1, John Roche 1-1 and Michael Halpin 0-1.

SUBS: Noel Ryan for Dean Mulcahy, Ian Coughlan 0-1 for Naoise O’Cuinneagain and Senan O’Halloran for Edward Sweeney.

CAPPAWHITE: Declan Costello, Noel Ryan, Pat O’Neill, Matthew Kennedy, Ross Dunne, Denis Kelly, Timmy Cranley, Cian Creedon 0-1, Donough Heffernan, Dessie Ryan (P) 0-2, James Bradshaw 0-1, Kevin Mullins, Denis Tierney 1-0, Paddy Julian and Jim Carr 0-3.

SUBS: Sean Ryan 0-1 for Denis Tierney and Thomas Costello 1-0 for Kevin Mullins and Brendan Buckley for Timmy Cranley.

REFEREE: Donie Cahill (Ballyporeen)

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

25/4/10: An explosive start which yielded three goals in the opening four minutes set the scene for this opening tie at Carrick. Heavy rain before and during the game made the hard ground slippery thus making it difficult for the players and the game never reached any great heights. Grangemockler could not have wished for a better start when Tom Dineen had the ball in the net after thirty seconds. Two minutes later his side again carved open the winners defence when Paul Cahill careered through for a further goal and Kilsheelan looked to have an uphill battle on their hands. However, all was quickly to change when Eoin Ryan’s long range shot went all the way to the net. Kilsheelan were now the dominant side. Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark from a free, Pierce Larkin put the side’s level and their recovery was complete when John Roche found the net when the ball looked to be going over the bar. Pierce Larkin pointed for the winners and they led by 2-4 to 2-0 after thirteen minutes. Adrian Walsh increased their lead with a further point and only a great save by Michael Murphy in the Grangemockler goal prevented Pierce Larkin from finding the net. In the remaining ten minutes of the half there were no further scores as the winners held a five point lead. It was most disappointing for Grangemockler when they failed to build on their inspirational start.

When play resumed Grangemockler badly needed scores if they were to get back into the game but unfortunately for them it did not turn out that way. Tommy Ryan, racing in from centre field, took a pass and slammed to the net. Within a minute Donnacha Lonergan did likewise when receiving a pass from John Roche. Tommy Ryan, who gave a man of the match performance, added a further point and two minutes later they piled on further misery on the losers when Pierce Larkin goaled. The Grangemockler attack enjoyed a fair share of possession but they lacked ideas while their shooting was also wayward. Kilsheelan added points from Michael Mc Hugh (2), one from a free. Sub Michael Halpin got on the scoreboard to leave the score 5-9 to 2-0 after twenty one minutes. In the remaining minutes they had further points from Michael McHugh from play and one from a free. Grangemockler went on to add their only second half score when sub Enda Fogarty goaled. Inevitably Kilsheelan had the final say with points from Tommy Ryan and Adrian Walsh to run out comfortable winners by 5-13 to 3-0.

Best for Kilsheelan were Pakie Larkin, Niall Walsh,Tommy & Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh. For Grangemockler James Wallace, Peter & Jonathon Downey, Paul Cahill and Thomas Dineen.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Pakie Larkin, James Geraghty, Willie Ryan, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan 1-2, Eoin Ryan 1-0, Ross Larkin, John Roche 1-0, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Pierce Larkin 1-2, Donnacha Lonergan 1-0, and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.

SUBS: Michael Halpin 0-1 for Ross Larkin inj, Senan O’Halloran for James Geraghty, Paul Kennedy for Martin Larkin, Edward Sweeney for John Roche and John Noonan for Donnacha Lonergan.

GRANGEMOCKLER-BALLYNEALE: Michael Murphy, Declan Blanchfield, James Wallace, William Lambe, Michael Munnelly, J P Wallace, Peter Downey, Dean O’Hanlon, Jonathon Downey, Paul Cahill 1-0, Tom Kennedy 1-0, Colm O’Neill, Jamie Coady, Kieran Maguire and Thomas Dineen 1-0.

SUBS: Paul Ryan for Paul Cahill inj and Enda Fogarty 1-0 for Tom Kennedy.

REFEREE: John Mc Gonigley (Ballylooby-Castlegrace)

23/5/10: In a one sided match at a very warm Monroe Kilsheelan-Kilcash notched up a second brace of points against a Commercials side that never looked like making an impression.The winners made light of the energy sapping conditions and were in control from the off. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, and also from play quickly had them on their way. The Clonmel side then had a chance of a goal. Good work by Eoin Leahy resulted in Fergal Condon forcing a fine save from Colm Sweeney in the Kilsheelan goal. For the remainder of the half the winners were the dominant side as they pulverised the Commercials rearguard. They had a succession of points from Donnacha Lonergan, Ross & Pierce Larkin, Tommy Ryan and John Roche. When ever Commercials did go forward they met strong resistance from the winners defence while faulty shooting left them down on a number of occasions. They eventually got off the mark in the twenty third minute when Fergal Condon pointed a free. Kilsheelan continued to add to their tally and they had their only goal after twenty seven minutes when Donnacha Lonergan delivered from an Adrian Walsh pass and at half time they led by 1-15 to 0-1.

After the interval sub David Lavin reduced the arrears with a Commercials point. Kilsheelan had further points from John Roche and Ross Larkin. Good outfield work by Donnacha O Callaghan and sub David Lavin meant that Commercials did better in the second half. Emmet Ryan pointed a free for them and Paudie O Keeffe added another. Tommy Ryan, who had an outstanding second half for Kilsheelan, added a further two points. Donnacha Lonergan added another while Fergal O Callaghan had a brace of points for Commercials. Kilsheelan finished strongly with points from John Roche and Tommy and Eoin Ryan to run out emphatic winners by 1-23 to 0-6.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Shane Prendergast, Jimmy Ryan. Martin Larkin, Senan O’Halloran, Willie Ryan, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan 0-4, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Adrian Walsh, John Roche 0-2, Ross Larkin 0-5, Pierce Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 1-4 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.

SUBS: Michael Halpin for Ross Larkin, Jason Fogarty for Niall Walsh, Conor Murphy for Martin Larkin, Peter O Connell for Shane Prendergast and Dean Mulcahy for Donnacha Lonergan.

CLONMEL COMMERCIALS: Emmet Donlon, Paul Wynne, Donal Keane, Jamie Peters, Colm Nolan, Liam Phelan, Brian Carroll, Fergal O Callaghan 0-2, Kevin Harney, Emmet Ryan 0-1, Peter Powell, Martin Kennedy, Eoin Leahy, Fergal Condon 0-1 and Paudie O Keeffe 0-1.

SUBS: David Lavin 0-1 for Fergal Condon, Eoin Carey for Donal Keane and Shane Power for Martin Kennedy.

REFEREE: Andy Moloney (Cahir)

14/6/10: Two goals in a three minute spell midway through the second quarter played a major part in Kilsheelan-Kilcash’s eigth point win over Moyle Rovers at Cloneen in their next game. Both sides went into this match unbeaten after two games. Victory for Kilsheelan virtually ensures them a place in the knockout stages while the losers look a good bet to do likewise.

Kilsheelan opened the scoring after three minutes when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. One minute later Moyle Rovers went ahead. Thomas Hill gathered the ball about thirty metres out and nothing looked on. He proceeded to solo through the Kilsheelan defence for a well taken goal. Kilsheelan reduced the leeway when Tommy Ryan pointed from forty metres. Play was very even up to this and Kevin Condon and Adrian Walsh exchanged points. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, put the side’s level after sixteen minutes. Gary Moore restored Rovers lead with a point and once again Kilsheelan were level when Michael Mc Hugh was on the mark from a free. In the following minutes the game turned decisively in Kilsheelan’s favour. Kilsheelan worked the ball up the field. The Moyle Rovers full back line were drawn out from goal. Donnacha Lonergan got possession, laid off to Adrian Walsh and he shot to the corner of then net from outside the thirteen metre line. Some minutes later Donnacha Lonergan was again the provider for Pierce Larkin to score another goal and his side went on to lead by 2-5 to 1-2.

Adrian Walsh added a further point. Undaunted by this setback Moyle Rovers set about reducing the leeway. Shane Foley had a point. The same player had a goal following good work by Mark Murray and the lead was now down to three points. With the half drawing to a close the game produced its fifth goal when Adrian Walsh, who was a constant thorn in the Rovers defence, put Pierce Larkin through for a further goal and at half time Kilsheelan led by 3-6 to 2-3. The first half produced some excellent passages of play but unfortunately the second half deteriorated as the game went on with the scoring rate dropping dramatically. Gary Moore reduced the deficit with a point. The bandaged Eoin Ryan, who was having a stormer in the middle of the field, had a point for the winners. A good passing movement resulted in a further point by Michael Mc Hugh while Adrian Walsh’s work-rate was rewarded with another point and after forty five minutes his side led by 3-9 to 2-4. In the final quarter Moyle Rovers attack saw plenty of the ball. On three occasions the ball came back off the upright but they were unable to capitalise on it. Their only return was a point by substitute T J Wall. Without being impressive Kilsheelan remained in control. While Michael Mc Hugh opened the scoring he also had the final say with a pointed free for victory by

Best for Kilsheelan were Jimmy Ryan, Naoise O Cuineagain, Tommy & Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh and Michael Mc Hugh. For Moyle Rovers Eoin Morrissey, Sean Boland, Gary Moore, Shane Foley, and Mark Murray did best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Edward Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Senan O’Halloran, James Geraghty, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 1-3, John Roche, Ross Larkin, Pierce Larkin 2-0, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.

SUBS: Kevin Larkin for James Geraghty, Dean Mulcahy for Ross Larkin, Peter O’Connell for Shane Prendergast, Jason Fogarty for John Roche and Michael Halpin for Pierce Larkin. Molloy.

MOYLE ROVERS: Ian Browne, Shane Heffernan, Eoin Morrissey, Ger Mc Carthy, Barry Molloy, Sean Boland, Daniel Lyons, Jack Lonergan, Gary Moore 0-2, Shane Foley 1-1, Alan Campbell, Barry Hickey, Thomas Hill 1-0, Mark Murray and Kevin Condon 0-1.

SUBS: Dan Egan for Ger Mc Carthy, Ciaran Lorigan for Alan Campbell and T J Wall 0-1 for Barry Molloy.

REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)

1/7/10: In a match that could have gone either way, it was eventually decided with virtually the last kick of the game when Ballyporeen’s Conor Sweeney made no mistake from a free. Played under excellent conditions at Cahir both sides went into this game unbeaten and an interesting match was in prospect and that’s the way it turned out. There were never more than a few points between the sides. In an overall context Kilsheelan can have few complaints about the result. While they did enjoy periods of dominance Ballyporeen looked the better side for most of the way. Their centre forward Darragh Lyons, while contributing only one point, was a constant threat and his devastating runs often had the Kilsheelan defence at full stretch.

Kilsheelan opened the scoring after two minutes with a Michael Mc Hugh point from a free. One minute later the sides were on level terms when Conor Sweeney did likewise at the other end. His side went ahead when Darragh Lyons brushed past a number of Kilsheelan defenders to send over the bar. This was cancelled out when Edward Sweeney had a point for Kilsheelan from an acute angle. After sixteen minutes Kilsheelan had a slice of good fortune. Michael Mc Hugh passed to Ross Larkin and he raced in along the end line. Just as he reached the goal he lost possession and a Ballyporeen defender deflected into his own net for the games only goal. Almost immediately Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, put four points between the sides. The last ten minutes of the half belonged to Ballyporeen. They had points from Kevin Lynch, Conor Sweeney from a free, and M J Meaney from a difficult angle. They got on level terms when Conor Sweeney again obliged with a pointed free. Kilsheelan, who had not scored for thirteen minutes, had the last score of the half when Adrian Walsh pointed a free and they went on to lead by 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval.

When play resumed Kilsheelan had three wides which were to prove costly in the end. The half remained scoreless for nine minutes until Eoin Kearney put the side’s level. Ballyporeen worked the ball upfield again but the Kilsheelan defence were unable to deal with the situation and M J Meaney put his side ahead with a point. Conor Sweeney added another to leave Ballyporeen leading by 0-9 to 1-4 after forty one minutes.

The next nine minutes were scoreless as both sides fought hard for supremacy. Tempers became somewhat frayed and frees were the order of the day with the referee issuing a number of yellow cards. The game seemed to be going Ballyporeen’s way as Kilsheelan had not scored yet in the second half. They were not going to go down without a fight. They got the ball upfield and Eoin Ryan reduced the leeway with a well taken point from a distance. Spurred on by Eoin’s efforts Kilsheelan were awarded a free and Michael Mc Hugh put the side’s level and moments later Mc Hugh was again on the mark from a free. The question was could Kilsheelan hold out. With time nearly up M J Meaney again put the side’s level. Well into injury time Ballyporeen were awarded a close in free. The shot was well within Conor Sweeney’s compass but he was equal to the pressure and Ballyporeen were once again back in the lead and the kickout brought the final whistle on a final tally of 0-11 to 1-7

Best for Ballyporeen were Sean Sweeney, John O’Callaghan, Anthony Crotty, Eoin Kearney, Darragh Lyons and Conor Sweeney. For Kilsheelan Jimmy Ryan, Martin Larkin, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh and Edward Sweeney did best.

BALLYPOREEN: Jack English, Paul Hennessy, Sean Sweeney, Michael O’Neill, Shane Molan, John O’Callaghan, Anthony Crotty, Eoin Kearney 0-1, Paudie Fitzgerald, Frances Martin, Darragh Lyons 0-1, Kevin Lynch 0-1, M J Meaney 0-3, Conor Sweeney 0-5 and Thomas Molan.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, James Geraghty, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Martin Larkin, Niall Walsh, Senan O’Halloran, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, John Roche, Ross Larkin 1-0, Michael Mc Hugh 0-4, Edward Sweeney 0-1 and Pierce Larkin.

SUBS: Michael Halpin for Shane Prendergast and Conor Murphy for Ross Larkin.

REFEREE: John Mc Conigley (Ballylooby-Castlegrace)

26/7/10: The next match was due against Mullinahone in Ballingarry. Two hours before the game Mullinahone advised they were were unable to field and we received a walkover.

7/8/10: Fr Sheehy’s were our next opponents and both sides fielded somewhat understrength. Kilsheelan playing against a slight breeze opened the scoring after one minute when Adrian Walsh pointed. Fr Sheehy’s were quickly on level terms when Sean Flynn was on the mark from a free and they went on to hit the front with a Liam Fleming point. Kilsheelan regained parity with a Michael Halpin point. Once again the Clogheen side went ahead with a point from Paul Mc Grath. Kilsheelan were again on level terms. Good work by Tommy Ryan put John Roche through for another point. Kilsheelan went on to dominate the play for the next ten minutes. Adrian Walsh pointed a free and also had one from play after a good passing movement. John Roche put three points between the sides with a pointed free. They went further ahead following good approach work by Ross Larkin which put John Roche through for a point. They looked to be well on their way when Roche was again on the mark. In the closing minutes of the half Fr Sheehy’s had a good movement involving Liam O’Connor and Paul Mc Grath resulted in a point by Michael Maher. They had a further point from Shane Mc Grath as Kilsheelan went on to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

When play resumed Adrian Walsh pointed a free for Kilsheelan. Fr Sheehy’s received a blow five minutes One would have expected Kilsheelan to go on and win it from there but it did not quite work out that way. As so often happens the side with the reduced numbers can up the ante. Fr Sheehy’s had points from frees by Liam Fleming and Shane Flynn to put two points between the sides. After forty one minutes the only goal of the game arrived. Fr Sheehys’s were awarded a close in free. While the Kilsheelan defence were ball watching the quick thinking Shane Mc Grath sent the free kick to Liam O’Connor, the Kilsheelan defence was exposed and Paul Mc Grath rounded the goalkeeper to put his side ahead. Kilsheelan went on to bombard the Fr Sheehy’s goal area. Sub Ian Coughlan made inroads only for his shot to come back off the crossbar to safety. They eventually drew level with a pointed free by Adrian Walsh after forty eight minutes.

Despite their handicap Fr Sheehy’s went on to enjoy a good share of the play. Sean Flynn pointed a free and following a further point by Sean Mc Grath one wondered if Fr Sheehy’s could hold out. With five minutes remaining sharpshooter Adrian Walsh pointed a free. The game was now in injury time Kilsheelan won a free and Adrian Walsh was equal to the pressure kick to put the side’s level and that’s the way it ended on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-12.

FR SHEEHY’S: Michael Myles, James Mulcahy, Alan Mc Grath, Michael Norris, Patrick Ryan, Ritchie Mc Grath, Roland O’Brien, Michael Maher 0-1, Patrick Mulcahy, Sean Flynn 0-3, Shane Mc Grath 0-2, Liam Fleming 0-2, Paul Mc Grath 1-1, Liam O’Connor and Patrick Moran.

SUB: Liam Condon.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Kevin Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Martin Larkin, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Adrian Mc Guire, Niall Walsh, Tommy Ryan, Michael Halpin 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-7, Ross Larkin, Niall Cloona, John Roche 0-4 and Edward Sweeney.

SUBS: Ian Coughlan.

REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (Commercials)

12/9/10: In this Semi Final clash at Cahir, two goals by Kilsheelan-Kilcash in the opening ten minutes set the trend for the remainder of the game. The winners had to wait for their third goal after forty four minutes to put them on the road to victory. When the sides met in the group stages it was an almost identical scoreline when Kilsheelan came out on top by 3-10 to 2-5.

Coupled with this and on present form they would have carried the favourites tag into this tie. The game never reached any great heights and was played at a rather pedestrian pace throughout. Misplaced passes were a feature resulting in many promising attacks coming to nothing.

Moyle Rovers pressed in the opening minute but it was Kilsheelan who were first off the mark when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free from thirty five metres. Donnacha Lonergan went on to add a further point. They looked to be well in command when they had their opening goal after five minutes. A quick passing movement ended with Adrian Walsh putting Michael Halpin through and he made no mistake. If Kilsheelan through they were going to have it all their own way Moyle Rovers had other ideas. When Jack Lonergan sent a long drive towards goal, Liam Boland gathered and slammed the ball to the net. However, Kilsheelan’s reply was swift when they had a further goal. Adrian Walsh was again instrumental and this time he put Edward Sweeney through and he found the back of the net. The winners went further ahead when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. This was cancelled out by an Alan Campbell effort for Moyle Rovers to leave the winners ahead by 2-3 to 1-1 after nineteen minutes. Again Kilsheelan replied with a Michael Halpin point. John Shanahan, with a fine long distance effort, reduced the leeway. In a further attack Moyle Rovers had a great chance of a goal only for Kevin Condon’s fine shot brought a great save from Kilsheelan goalkeeper Colm Sweeney. Michael Mc Hugh, from a free, had a point and the next time, when the same player got possession, he showed a great turn of speed and sent over the bar and his side led at the interval by 2-6 to 1-2. Throughout the half Kilsheelan enjoyed the greater share of possession. Moyle Rovers were lacking upfront and could have done better against a Kilsheelan defence that did not always inspire confidence.

When play resumed Moyle Rovers were back in the match when Liam Boland passed to Kevin Condon and he had no difficulty in finding the back of the net. One would have expected Moyle Rovers to profit from this boost but unfortunately for them this proved to be their only second half score. There was no score for a further nine minutes before Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. At this juncture Moyle Rovers received a blow when Kevin Condon had to go off injured. In the forty fourth minute the winners had their third goal when midfielder Tommy Ryan gathered a loose ball from a melee, raced through the Moyle Rovers defence unopposed to drive home. The last ten minutes were rather featureless as the winners remained in control. Michael Mc Hugh added two further points from frees, one would have to say that Mc Hugh was on form from frees and had a 100% record while he also had the final say with a point from play to leave Kilsheelan deserving but far from impressive winners by 3-10 to 2-2. This result puts Kilsheelan through to the Final against old rivals Ballporeen.

Best for Kilsheelan were Jimmy Ryan, Michael Halpin, Tommy Ryan, Edward Sweeney and Michael Mc Hugh. For Moyle Rovers Eoin Morrissey, Edmond Burke, Jack Lonergan Kevin Condon and John Shanahan served them best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Michael Halpin 1-1, Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan 1-0, Ian Coughlan, John Roche, Adrian Walsh, Edward Sweeney 1-0, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-8.

SUBS: Niall Cloona for Ian Coughlan and Senan O’Halloran for Shane Prendergast.

MOYLE ROVERS: Ian Browne, Shane Heffernan, Eoin Morrissey, Alan Campbell, Barry Molloy, Edmond Burke, David Conway, Sean Boland, Jack Lonergan, Kevin Condon 1-1, John Shanahan 0-1, Daniel Lyons, Shane Foley, Barry Hickey and Liam Boland 1-0.

SUBS: Thomas Hill for Daniel Lyons, Gerry Mc Carthy for Alan Campbell and Ciaran Lorigan for Kevin Condon inj.

REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)

26/9/10: In a match that looked to be slipping away from them, seven unanswered points in the last twenty minutes put Kilsheelan on the road to victory in the South Final at Monroe.

Recent encounters between those sides were always close but it was Ballyporeen who had proved to be Kilsheelan’s bogey side. On this occasion, there was little doubt as to who were the better team. Apart from brief periods Kilsheelan were the dominant force and most deserving winners in the end. However, one must spare a thought for Ballyporeen who went into this match carrying a number of injuries.

It was very much stalemate until M J Meaney opened the scoring with a point for Ballyporeen. One minute later they doubled their tally when Conor Sweeney pointed. Amazingly this was his side’s last score of the half. Kilsheelan had a number of chances but were wide of the mark. Ballyporeen were the better side at this stage and their fast moving forwards were creating difficulties for Kilsheelan. The winners changed their tactics and with their midfield funnelling back in defence they curbed this threat somewhat and began to get a grip on the game. However, they had to wait fourteen minutes to get off the mark when Jimmy Ryan pointed and two minutes later they were on level terms when a good passing movement ended with an Adrian Walsh point. Kilsheelan were enjoying most of the play but credit to the Ballyporeen defence who kept them at bay. There was no score over the next ten minutes before Jimmy Ryan put Kilsheelan ahead with a point and just before half time Pakie Larkin came up from defence and put the ball over the bar to leave his side ahead by 0-4 to 0-2.

On the resumption Ballyporeen were first to show their hand when Tom Molan shot an excellent point from forty metres. Danger-man Darragh Lyons, who was allowed little room in the first half, made his mark when he sent over the bar from a Conor Sweeney pass. Kilsheelan continued to waste good possession but it was Ballyporeen who struck for the game’s only goal after thirty eight minutes when Conor Sweeney capitalised on a defensive error. He laid off to Dave Hyland and he had no trouble in finding the back of the net. Despite the best efforts of midfielder Eoin Kearney, Ballyporeen failed to take inspiration from this score and similar to the first half they failed to score for the remainder of the game. Their attack did get a fair share of possession but were unable to find a gap in a Kilsheelan defence that had now tightened up considerably.

Kilsheelan upped their game and hardworking midfielder Eoin Ryan pointed. They reduced the lead to the minimum when Jimmy Ryan pointed after a pass from Adrian Walsh. Their recovery was complete after forty eight minutes when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. Kilsheelan then introduced sub Kevin Larkin and he quickly made his presence felt to find the unmarked Edward Sweeney for a point. Ballyporeen fought hard but it was proving more and more difficult to contain the Kilsheelan attack. John Roche shot a point to leave his side leading by 0-9 to 1-4 after fifty three minutes. Kilsheelan continued to attack in waves and Michael Mc Hugh had a pointed free. Adrian Walsh had a great chance of a goal only for his shot to be well saved by the Ballyporeen goalkeeper. The game was now in injury time and Kilsheelan had one final attack. Adrian Walsh gathered the ball, and finding Jimmy Ryan free, passed to him and he made no mistake to close the scoring on 0-11 to 1-4.

Best for Kilsheelan were Martin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Jimmy Ryan and Edward Sweeney. For Ballyporeen Paul Hyland, John O’ Callaghan, Eoin Kearney, Darragh Lyons,

Conor Sweeney and Dave Hyland did best. Despite losing this encounter Ballyporeen together with Kilsheelan are now through to the County Quarter Finals.

The appropriately name Johnny Kehoe Cup was presented to the Captain Tommy Ryan by the Chairman of the South Board Dick Egan.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Naoise O’ Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Willie Ryan, Michael Halpin, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-4, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Edward Sweeney 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh 0-2.

SUBS: Kevin Larkin for Michael Halpin, Shane Prendergast for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Ross Larkin for Pakie Larkin and Ian Coughlan for John Roche.

BALLYPOREEN: Jack English, Pat Cole, Paul Hyland, Tom Drislane, Anthony Crotty, John O’Callaghan, Shane Molan, Paul Hennessy, Eoin Kearney, Paul Fitzgerald, Darragh Lyons 0-1, Dave Hyland 1-0, Conor Sweeney 0-1, Tomas Molan 0-1 and M J Meaney 0-1.

SUB: Sean Sweeney for Anthony Crotty and Larry Brophy for M J Meaney.

REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Ardfinnan)

2/10/10: The Quarter Final took place at Dundrum. From the opening minutes the Southern standard-bearers were the masters. They were on top in all sectors of the field. In defence they were led by Martin Larkin and Willie Ryan, however, their mentors will be concerned at conceding three goals to a very limited Newport attack.

Upfront Kilsheelan’s short passing game often had the Newport defence at full stretch as they scored at will throughout. In this area Adrian Walsh was outstanding, apart from notching five points himself, he was the instigator of many attacks and he contributed to many scores by his fellow forwards. Kilsheelan received a blow after fourteen minutes when midfielder Eoin Ryan had to go off injured. However, they had a very adequate replacement in Ian Coughlan who also contributed five points to his side’s total.

Prior to the game Newport had selection problems and their line out bore little resemblance to the one published. The only player to line out per programme was former Tipperary football coach Tom Mc Glinchy in the No15 position. Having lost the North Final a week previous they showed little appetite for the contest. Defender Darren Moore came out with credit while further afield Ross Mc Grath and Martin Carey did well and full forward Daire Ryan took his goal chances with aplomb.

Conditions totally militated against good football following heavy rain before the match and luckily the showers held off for the remainder of the game. Kilsheelan were quickly into their stride when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free after thirty seconds. Three minutes later they were well on their way, a quick fire passing movement resulting in Donnacha Lonergan laying off to Michael Halpin and he made no mistake for the opening goal. They went on to add further points from Adrian Walsh (2) and Donnacha Lonergan.

The Newport forward line had a number of chances but were unable to convert them. They had their opening score after thirteen minutes when Daire Ryan got possession close to goal and drove the ball to the net. The winners were now well on top and a somewhat casual approach slowed down the scoring rate. Sub Ian Coughlan quickly took centre stage with a point from play and two from frees and they led by 1-7 to 1-0 after twenty four minutes. Michael Halpin added a further point. In the closing stages they had another goal. Adrian Walsh got possession, nobody picked up defender Naoise O’Cuinneagain and he drove to the net. Further points from Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh (2) left Kilsheelan ahead by 2-11 to 1-0 at the interval.

On resumption there was no let up by Kilsheelan. Adrian Walsh pointed. Newport had their first point when Darren Moore made headway down the wing and found the target. However Kilsheelan hit back with further points from Ian Coughlan, Jimmy Ryan and Adrian Walsh. The Kilsheelan defence was then caught napping but credit to Darren Moore who drove a fine shot to the back of the net after forty one minutes. This was only a brief hiccup as Kilsheelan continued to pile on the points, this time from Donnacha Lonergan, Jimmy Ryan and Ian Coughlan. After forty nine minutes the best goal of the match came when Daire Ryan drove to the top corner of the net. Kilsheelan continued to add to their total with points from Michael Mc Hugh and Adrian Walsh (2) one from forty five metres. As the game neared its end Michael Mc Hugh passed to sub Ross Larkin for his side’s third goal. One minute later they looked like adding another one only for Michael Halpin’s shot to come back off the crossbar from point blank range. Vinny Moloney broke the sequence with a point. Michael Mc Hugh, who opened the scoring, also closed the scoring with a point to leave Kilsheelan facile winners with a scoreline of 3-22 to 3-2.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 1-0, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Michael Halpin 1-2, Jimmy Ryan 0-2, Adrian Walsh 0-5 , Edward Sweeney, Donnacha Lonergan 0-3 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.

SUBS: Ian Coughlan 0-5 for Eoin Ryan inj, Ross Larkin 1-0 for Donnacha Lonergan, Shane Prendergast for Kevin Larkin, Conor Murphy for Edward Sweeney and Senan O’Halloran for Pakie Larkin.

NEWPORT: Bobby Carroll, Michael Ahearne, Mick Coffey (Red), Kieran Doheny, Darren Moore 1-1, Paddy Jones, Eoin Shinners, Vinny Moloney 1-1, Ross Mc Grath, Martin Carey, Eoin Bonfield, Peter O’Sullivan, J C Ahearne, Darren Ryan 1-0 and Tom Mc Glinchy

REFEREE: Paddy Russell (Emly)

16/10/10: Support for the team was growing with each outing. In the Semi Final clash Kilsheelan travelled to Cahir to take on Golden-Kilfeacle thus ensuring a South/West clash in the Final.

Before the throw-in a minutes silence was observed for Kilsheelan player Michael Mc Hugh who was playing under the strain of a family bereavement. This was a most entertaining game. Both sides started at an electric pace and there was some well executed scores. When the winners got their short passing game together they looked very impressive. Wing forward Adrian Walsh was often to be found further afield and when he drove forward with the ball he caused lots of problems in the Golden defence.

Golden also had their moments. They often applied a more direct tactic driving a long ball into the Kilsheelan defence but unfortunately for them they did not always get the hoped for rewards. Also they were too dependant on their County player and captain James Tierney for scores, mainly from placed balls.

The winners were quickly into their stride when about six players handled the ball in a quick passing movement resulting in a Donnacha Lonergan point after ninety seconds. Moments later they had a further point when Edward Sweeney was on the mark. Rockwell got to grips with the game and James Tierney opened their scoring with a pointed free. After twelve minutes they were on level terms when Tierney was spot on from a free. For the next ten minutes Kilsheelan enjoyed a period of supremacy. Eoin Ryan took a pass from Donnacha Lonergan to put Kilsheelan ahead. Edward Sweeney, from an acute angle, had a further point. Donnacha Lonergan, who was doing very well at full forward, had his second point to put his side three up. Adrian Walsh was again the provider to put Kilsheelan four points up and the match looked very much to be going their way.

All was to change after twenty minutes when Golden had the game’s only goal. Tom Tierney intercepted a Kilsheelan pass, his drive towards goal was gathered by Shane Stapleton and he shot to the corner of the net. Their recovery was complete after twenty four minutes when James Tierney sent over from a free. The winners hit the front when Michael Mc Hugh found the range from forty metres. His side were unable to hold this advantage when James Tierney pegged them back with a pointed free and at half time it was 1-4 to Golden and 0-7 to Kilsheelan.

Shane Stapleton put his side ahead for the first time when he pointed after thirty two minutes and almost immediately James Hayes put them two points clear. Any chance of Golden pulling further ahead were quickly dispelled when Michael Mc Hugh made no mistake from a free. Kilsheelan sub Ross Larkin was only on the field a couple of minutes and he obliged with a point to leave the sides again on level terms. There was no score for the next seven minutes as both sides went about their task in very determined fashion. Again Golden took the lead with a James Tierney point from play and moments later he was on target from a long distance free. This proved to be his sides last score as Kilsheelan now took up the running. Michael Mc Hugh went on to point a free. Eoin Ryan, in the middle of the field, was coming more into the game and he added further impetus to the attack resulting in Adrian Walsh putting the side’s level once again. Walsh was again in the thick of things as he picked out Jimmy Ryan who sent over the bar. One minute later Kilsheelan had a great chance of wrapping up the game. Adrian Walsh put Michael Mc Hugh through only for his piledriver to come back off the crossbar. There was still four minutes left for play. The game became somewhat stop start as players had to be attended for minor injuries. The only remaining score was a pointed free from Michael Mc Hugh as Kilsheelan deservedly won by a two point margin on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-8.

Best for Kilsheelan were William Larkin, Willie Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Adrian Walsh, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh. For Golden Donnacha Carr, Aidan O’Connell, Ronan Hayes, Shane Stapleton and James Tierney were their most prominent players.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Michael Halpin, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Tommy Ryan (Capt), Ian Coughlan, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Edward Sweeney 0-2, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-5.

SUBS: Ross Larkin 0-1 for Ian Coughlan, Kevin Larkin for Michael Halpin, Shane Prendergast for Pakie Larkin.

GOLDEN-KILFEACLE: Christopher Ryan, James O’Connell, Donnacha Carr, Aidan O’Connell, Daithi Bargary, Ronan Hayes, Dermot Morrissey, Sean Carr, Tom Tierney, Shane Stapleton 1-1, James Tierney 0-6, Sean Ryan, Brendan Moloney, James Hayes 0-1 and Stephen Ryan.

SUBS: David Kelly for James Hayes, Kenneth Byrnes for Tom Tierney and Patrick Ivors for Stephen Ryan.

REFEREE: Denis Curtis (Thurles Sarsfields)

24/10/10: Having never won this Title before no stone was left unturned to set the record straight. The players put in a big effort in training and were well focused for the big day. The old saying that it was a game of two halves would best sum up this Final clash at Boherlahan. Draws usually end in an anti climax and this one was no different. However, in an overall context both sides would be happy to get another chance to show that they are capable of much better.

The scoreline would suggest that it was defences on top but this was not the case. Both attacks were lacking in ideas in finding a way through and when they did their shooting left a lot to be desired. Apart from top scorers Alan Moloney and Michael Mc Hugh only four of the points total came from outfield players.

Rockwell, who were seeking their first title since 1987, were the stronger side in the opening half in what was a very physical encounter. They dominated the middle of the field where Alan Moloney was outstanding with good support from his partner Pat Prendergast. Unfortunately his side’s good approach work they not reflect on the scoreboard. They held a two point lead at the interval which was poor reward for their efforts. Kilsheelan, in search of their first ever title in this grade, received a pre match blow when the influential midfielder Eoin Ryan was unable to take his place due to injury. This had an unsettling effect on the side. The defence led by William Larkin coped well with the incessant pressure. The attack rarely threatened despite having the game’s only goal. This was all to change in the second half as Kilsheelan upped the pace with the arrival of Eoin Ryan who broke Rockwell’s midfield dominance. They were the better team in the final quarter. On many occasions they got into scoring positions but often elected to go for the extra pass where possession was often lost against a Rockwell defence that did not stand on ceremony.

Played under ideal conditions Rockwell were quickly into their stride when Jack O’Sullivan pointed after one minute. Four minutes later Alan Moloney had a point from a free. Following the kickout Kilsheelan got the ball upfield and Michael Mc Hugh got them off the mark with a point. The western standard bearers continued to have the better of matters. Alan Moloney had a further point and after seventeen minutes they were three points ahead when Moloney again found the target. Tempers became somewhat frayed at this stage and Kilsheelan looked to be in big trouble when Edward Sweeney was sent to the line for an off the ball incident. To add to their woes Pat Prendergast added a further point from long distance. Three minutes later it was down to fourteen aside when Paul Hally was sent to the line for a foul on a Kilsheelan player. In the twenty fourth minute Kilsheelan were right back in the game. A determined Naoise O’Cuinneagain laid off to Jimmy Ryan who sent a defence splitting pass to Michael McHugh. He found the corner of the net to reduce the deficit to the minimum. The Kilsheelan defence again came under pressure, they conceded a free. For dissent the ball was brought forward and Alan Moloney had a simple tap over the bar to leave his side leading at half time by 0-6 to 1-1.

When play restarted Rockwell were awarded a free fifty metres out and close to the sideline. Alan Moloney went on to score the best point of the match when he was on target. One would have thought that this effort would have inspired his side to victory but amazingly this was to be their last score of the game.

Kilsheelan introduced Eoin Ryan in the middle of the field and this seemed to engender confidence in his teammates as they upped the ante. Michael Mc Hugh had a pointed free from forty metres out. Eoin Ryan drove forward and he added a further point to bring the lead down to the minimum. Kilsheelan defender Kevin Larkin, who had a great second half, carried the ball upfield, laid off to Eoin Ryan and he gave John Roche the chance to put the side’s level after forty three minutes. The pendulum looked to have swung Kilsheelan’s way as they attacked in waves but squandered a number of easy opportunities. It must also be noted that Rockwell had a number of promising attacks but they were all wasted. The tension increased on the sidelines as both sets of supporters urged on their sides as they went in search of a winning score but it was not to be as the game ended in stalemate on a scoreline of 0-7 to 1-4.

ROCKWELL ROVERS: Michael O’Donnell, Stephen Quirke, Barry Shortall, Paul Hally, Liam Lonergan, Pat Hally, Eoin Shine, Pat Prendergast 0-1, Alan Moloney 0-5, James Heffernan, Jack O’Sullivan 0-1, Gavin Ryan, Michael Fahey, David Byrne and Michael King.

SUBS: Kevin Heaney for Liam Lonergan, Colm Heaney for James Heffernan and John Heaney for Michael Fahey.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1 Ross Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Edward Sweeney, Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Mc Hugh 1-4.

SUBS: Eoin Ryan 0-1 for Ross Larkin, Pierce Larkin for Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Conor Murphy for Donnacha Lonergan and Michael Halpin for Kevin Larkin inj.

REFEREE: Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan)

31/10/10: It was back to Boherlahan for the replay. Despite the previous days heavy rain the pitch was in ideal condition. Kilsheelan, who lost three Intermediate Finals in the last ten years, had a burning ambition to redress this. They laid the foundation for their win when they notched seven points in the fifteen minute period after half time and in doing so all six attackers got on the scoresheet.

For Rockwell, who last won this title in 1987, gave as good as they got for most of the way ruling the roost at midfield for long periods. Upfront they lacked ideas when it came within scoring distance and from this area only registered two points.

Rockwell Rovers were quickly into their stride when Michael Fahey put them ahead with a point after thirty seconds. They continued to press and Alan Moloney put them further ahead when he pointed a free from forty five metres. The winners finally got off the mark when John Roche passed to the unmarked Tommy Ryan and he found the target. Rockwell regained their two point advantage when Moloney was again on the mark from a similar distance after the ball was brought forward for dissent.

Again Kilsheelan hit back. Donnacha Lonergan got out in front of his man and sent over the bar but this was quickly cancelled out with a point by Kevin Heaney and his side led by 0-4 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

The scoring rate slowed down at this stage and it was very much a case of defences on top. Michael Mc Hugh reduced the lead to the minimum with a pointed free. Rockwell Rovers received a major blow after twenty minutes when they lost Pat Hally through a second yellow card. As one would expect Kilsheelan were enjoying the greater share of possession but they were wide from play and from frees before Jimmy Ryan levelled matters with a point. Despite their numeric advantage Rockwell were going well and just before the break midfielder Pat Prendergast put them ahead with a point. In that first half the winners had slightly more of the play but it was Rockwell who led 0-5 to 0-4.

After the interval Kilsheelan made a very positive start. Adrian Walsh raced through for a point after twenty seconds. One minute later Michael Halpin had a further point and this was Kilsheelan’s first time to lead in the two game saga. Three minutes later Mc Hugh was again on the mark from a free. Pat Prendergast pegged them back when he sent over the bar from far out. Kilsheelan then went on to hit three points without reply. Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free from beyond the forty five metre line. He was also on the mark from play and John Roche had a further point to leave them 0-10 to 0-6 after forty two minutes. Midfielder Pat Prendergast again came to Rockwell’s rescue when he pointed a free but this was cancelled out by a fine solo effort by John Roche to leave his side in the comfortable position leading by 0-11 to 0-7 after forty five minutes.

With defeat now staring Rockwell in the face they put in a very determined last ten minutes They were awarded a free some distance out. Alan Moloney’s effort tailed wide, however, the referee ordered it to be retaken for an indiscretion and this time he made no mistake. Kilsheelan did make a few promising attacks but they could never break down a resilient Rockwell defence. The Kilsheelan defence was coming under increasing pressure. Pat Prendergast pointed a free to leave two points between the sides with six minutes left. They launched a number of further attacks as they went in search of a goal. One such effort was blocked on the double by a crowded Kilsheelan back line. Neither side were able to add to their total as Kilsheelan’s long wait was finally winning by 0-11 to 0-9 much to the delight of their large following.

For the winners William Larkin and Naoise O’Cuinneagain shone in defence while further afield Tommy Ryan, Adrian Walsh, John Roche and Michael Mc Hugh played major roles.

While defeat was their lot Rockwell can hold their heads high and were best served by Barry Shortall, John Heaney, Pat Prendergast, Alan Moloney, Eoin Shine when he moved outfield and Kevin Heaney.

After the match Vice Chairman of the County Board Sean Nugent presented the Bill Barrett Cup to the victorious captain Tommy Ryan. The large Kilsheelan-Kilcash following were in good spirits on the return journey and for those closer to the core it was a night of celebration.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin, Willie Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan 0-1 (Capt), Michael Halpin 0-1, Jimmy Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, John Roche 0-2, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-4.

SUBS: Ross Larkin for Michael Halpin and Noel Ryan for Eoin Ryan

ROCKWELL ROVERS: Michael O’Donnell, Stephen Quirke, Kevin Hally, Pat Hally (Capt), Liam Lonergan, Barry Shortall, John Heaney, Pat Prendergast 0-4, Alan Moloney 0-3, James Heffernan, Jack O’Sullivan, Gavin Ryan, Michael Fahey 0-1, Eoin Shine and Kevin Heaney 0-1.

SUB: Eoin Byrne for James Heffernan.

REFEREE: David Grogan (Aherlow)

7/11/10: In the first round of the Munster Club championship we had to travel to Lisoonvarna to take on St Breckans. Despite a magnificent second half performance, they came up short in the end as the home side ran out two point winners in Lisdoonvarna. For St Breckan’s the nucleus of their team was made up of players who helped the Club to County U/21”B” honours this year. The team showed a great turn of pace and the visitors had major problems in containing them. Each time they worked the ball out of defence they moved it quickly and this resulted in some well taken points. Also, their tactic of breaking down the ball from the kickouts paid off handsomely as there was always one of their own to pick it up. They had a real livewire in full forward Conor Cormican who caused all sorts of problems close to goal and this also applied when he moved further outfield in the second half. In the first half they looked the team of all the talents as they built up a ten point lead at the interval.

For Kilsheelan, who came up against a force superior to what they met all year, unfortunately, the damage was done in that opening half as they appeared totally at odds with the task confronting them. While they tried hard nothing seemed to go right and the task facing them in the second half looked to be insurmountable. However, at half time a number of positional switches were made which had the desired effect as the team fought tooth and nail for every ball and finally got some reward for their efforts. In doing so they allowed their opponents score only four points in that second half. While there was only two points between the sides at the end, the goal having come late in the game, Kilsheelan never looked like overhauling their opponents.

The winners had the opening score after two minutes when Conor Cormican put them ahead with a point. One minute later Kilsheelan were on level terms when John Roche laid off to Adrian Walsh for a point. The warning signs were already evident at this early stage as defender Stephen Tierney often pushed forward to good effect and was instrumental in the next score when he passed to Conor Cormican who gave no chance to Colm Sweeney in the Kilsheelan goal to put his side ahead 1-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes. Kilsheelan did get the ball to their attack on a number of occasions but they were wide of the mark. Once again St Breckans pushed forward and Sean Cormican was on the mark with a point. Kilsheelan had to wait until the eighteenth minute for their remaining first half score when Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free. The home side went on to dominate the closing twelve minutes with six points without reply. Stephen Tierney, again coming up from defence, sent over the bar. Pat Nagle from fifty metres out added to Kilsheelan’s woes. Nagle also pointed a long distance free and added one from play from a Conor Cormican pass. Nagle pointed a further free and just before the break Mikey Keating got on the scoreboard with a point to leave his side leading at the interval by 1-9 to 0-2.

As Kilsheelan came out for the second half a drubbing looked in store but they knuckled down to the task in earnest fashion and had points from Donnacha Lonergan, Michael Mc Hugh (free) and a great John Roche effort from long distance. In the process they also shot a number of wides. The home side had to wait until nine minutes into the half for their next score. Denis O’Driscoll showed great pace when he put Pat Nagle through for a point. Kilsheelan were very much in the ascendancy now as they dominated all over the field. Michael McHugh had a point from a free. John Roche passed to Pakie Larkin and he sent over the bar and the scoreline was a more respectable 1-10 to 0-7 after forty eight minutes. Stephen Tierney had a further point for the winners. Kilsheelan forced a ’45 which Michael Mc Hugh pointed. Again defender Tierney was again on the mark with his third point of the game. Michael Mc Hugh reduced arrears with a point only for midfielder Shane O’Connor to do the spadework for a further Pat Nagle point. With seven minutes left to play that was the winner’s final score. Kilsheelan continued to press strongly and Michael Mc Hugh pointed a free.

With four minutes left to play Kilsheelan had their goal. Conor Murphy, who was having a good game since coming on some time earlier, showed great persistence when sending a delivery into Adrian Walsh. With still plenty of work to do he found the net off the inside of the post. However, time ran out and their gallant effort was in vain by 1-13 to 1-11.

ST BRECKANS: Craig Flanagan, Daniel Carey, Conor Howley, Sean Howley, Sean Rouine, Darragh Considine, Stephen Tierney 0-3, John Mc Donagh, Shane O’Connor, Mikey Keating 0-1, Sean Cormican 0-1, Pat Nagle 0-6, John Stack, Conor Cormican 1-2 and Denis O’Driscoll.

SUBS: Cathal Blood for Shane O’Connor and Neil Hawes for Mikey Keating.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Colm Sweeney, Martin Larkin, William Larkin, Shane Prendergast, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Willie Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche 0-1, Jimmy Ryan, Adrian Walsh 1-1, Ian Coughlan, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1 and Michael Mc Hugh 0-7.

SUBS: Ross Larkin for Shane Prendergast, Conor Murphy for Eoin Ryan, Pierce Larkin for Ian Coughlan, Michael Halpin for Martin Larkin and Noel Ryan for Jimmy Ryan.

REFEREE: Michael Meade (Limerick)

It was a very long season for the players and their success was a fitting reward for their efforts.

When the draws are made for the Munster Club championships in the Spring, they will get only a cursory glance from GAA supporters. The draw for the Intermediate Football championship ordained that the Tipperary winners would be away to Clare in the first round. This hardly got any attention in Kilsheelan as they prepared of the South championship. Having annexed the Title and also the County Title attention turned to the outcome in Clare. It then emerged that St Breckans from Lisdoonvarna won the Title and we would have to travel to the West coast of Clare to fulfil the fixture.

For most people in our parish it is best known as the “Match-making” capital of Ireland and a festival takes place there in September and October each year. It also earned fame when singer Christy Moore had a hit with a song called Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna.

The match was fixed for the Sunday following the County Final which meant that the logistics of getting there had to be worked out quickly. Treasurer Michael Dempsey was the organiser. The team was to travel by coach and a further coach was booked to take supporters. Contact was made with St Breckans and all was in readiness for the big day.

For the players, besides the novelty factor, it was also a trip into the unknown. For supporters it was the same and there was also a social aspect for them.

The match was fixed for 2pm. The coaches left the village at 9.15am for the 104 mile journey. It should be noted that the Munster Council provided a grant for the away team. It was based on eight cars at 50c per mile and a meal allowance of €500. The team stopped at Kilfenora for limb loosening and refreshments. On arrival in Lisdoonvarna they were joined by the supporters numbering more than 100. Some came by car on the morning and others travelled the night before. It was a feel good factor for the team to have local support as they came out on the pitch. The local team had a fine setup and the match was played under ideal conditions apart from a rather wet second half.

While defeat was Kilsheelan’s lot, their second half performance was in keeping with the never say die spirit the team had in training. All in all it was a most enjoyable day for everyone involved.

MINOR “B” HURLING

4/7/10: This was very much a game of two halves as fourteen man Kilsheelan overturned a half time deficit of three points to record a four point victory in their opening championship match against Skeheenarinky at Goatenbridge.

For both sides this was their opening game and there was no known form. Skeheenarinky were first to show their hand when Anthony Crotty pointed a free after three minutes and two minutes later he repeated the feat. Alex Harte got the winners off the mark when he pointed a free. The opening goal arrived after ten minutes. Danny Barrett, who was causing problems for the Kilsheelan defence, dropped the ball into the goal area and Finonan Sullivan grabbed the ball and slammed it to the net. Kilsheelan replied with a point by Conor Murphy. Skeheen were very much on top against an out of sorts Kilsheelan side. Crotty had a further point from a free and Sullivan pointed from play to leave them ahead by 1-4 to 0-2 after eighteen minutes. Kilsheelan received a blow when John Kehoe got injured. There was nobody to replace him and they had to play the remainder of the match with fourteen players. They finished the half well with Alex Harte twice on the mark from frees. At half time the score was 1-4 to 0-4 in Skeheen’s favour.

The second half was six minutes old when Alex Harte had a point for the winners. The same player reduced the margin to the minimum with a further point. Skeheen’s Shane Lynch worked his way up the sideline and sent over the bar for a well taken point. Kilsheelan were gradually getting on top. Alex Harte pointed and after forty four minutes the score was 1-5 to 0-7. Whenever Skeheen attacked they were repulsed by a Kilsheelan defence where Bill Maher and Adrian Mc Guire were outstanding. Conor Murphy also moved to defence to great effect. Upfront Alex Harte was also outstanding. There was no score for ten minutes before Alex Harte levelled matters. Once again Skeheen took the lead with an Eoin Morrissey point. Kilsheelan led for the first time with four minutes remaining when Eoin Kehoe broke through the Skeheen defence and passed to Alex Harte who sent the ball to the net. They increased their lead further with an Adrian Mc Guire point while Michael Sweeney had Skeheen’s final point. Kilsheelan finished strongly with further points from Bill Maher and Alex Harte to leave them winners by 1-11 to 1-7

Best for Kilsheelan were Colin Gleeson, Bill Maher, Eoin Kehoe, Adrian Mc Guire, Alex Harte and Conor Murphy. For Skeheenarinky Seamus & John O’Callaghan, Shane Lynch, Danny Barrett and Anthony Crotty were best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Corcoran, Kevin Guiry, Colin Gleeson, Johnny Ormonde, Ruairi Doyle, Bill Maher 0-1, Eoin Kehoe, Adrian Mc Guire 0-1, Martin O’Dwyer, Jamie Cronin, Alex Harte 1-8, Paudie O’Donovan, James Murphy, Conor Murphy 0-1 and John Kehoe.

SKEHEENARINKY: Jason Cahill, Robert Nolan, Seamus O’Callaghan, Liam Mc Eniry, Tommy Sweeney, John O’Callaghan, Matthew Hannon, Shane Lynch 0-1, Eoin Morrissey 0-1, Noel Vaughan, Danny Barrett , Anthony Crotty 0-3, Nicholas King, Michael Sweeney 0-1 and Finonan O’Sullivan 1-1.

REFEREE: John Mc Conigley (Ballylooby-Castlegrace)

Our next game was due against Fethard in Goatenbridge but as they failed to field Kilsheelan were awarded a walkover.

12/7/10: In the third round match at Fethard, Kilsheelan had a comprehensive win over St Pats and in doing so they remain unbeaten after three games. St Patrick’s looked the better team in the opening minutes and Brendan Gleeson put them on their way with a point. In their first attack Kilsheelan had a goal when Tadgh Lonergan drove a ground shot to the net. Two minutes later he had another which was a carbon copy of the first. St Patricks got the ball upfield and their best attacker Brendan Gleeson worked his way through for a goal.

The winners then got a grip on the game and they had points from Bill Maher, Adrian Mc Guire and Dean Mulcahy. The latter had a further goal and his side led by 3-3 to 1-2 after fourteen minutes. St Pats finished the half well and had points from Nicky Kearney and Tommy Hogan. Just before the interval Kilsheelan had a further goal when Martin O’Dwyer’s long range shot went all the way to the net to leave his side leading at half time by 4-3 to 1-6. During the half they shot a large number of wides but this was offset by the fact that some of their goals were of the soft variety.

When play resumed St Pats were awarded a free. The referee advanced the ball to the twenty metre line for dissent in the Kilsheelan defence and Brendan Gleeson punished them when he drove to the net. St Pats failed to capitalise on this score. Credit also to David Corcoran in the Kilsheelan goal who was called upon a number of times to keep his goal intact. The winners took over adding a succession of points from Bill Maher, Adrian Mc Guire, Martin O’Dwyer, Tadgh Lonergan and Dean Mulcahy. They were on top all over the field and there was little St Pats could do about it. They tried hard and a total of 2-8 was a poor reward for their efforts as Kilsheelan had notched up 4-18.

Best for Kilsheelan were David Corcoran, Alex Harte, Conor Murphy, Bill Maher, Adrian Mc Guire and Tadgh Lonergan. For St Patrick’s Ciaran Maher, Marcus O’Halloran, Eamon Needham, Nicky Kearney, Robbie Meagher and Brendan Gleeson were best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Corcoran, Sean Ryan, Alex Harte, Johnny Ormonde, David Columby, Conor Murphy 0-1, Kevin Guiry, Bill Maher 0-5, Dean Mulcahy 1-2, Kevin Kirwan, Adrian Mc Guire 0-5, Tadgh Lonergan 2-2, Jamie Cronin, Martin O’Dwyer 1-3 and Paudie O’Donovan.

ST PATRICK’S: Simon Stranbridge, James Buckley, Ciaran Maher, Cathal O’Donovan, Aodain Maher, Marcus O’Halloran, Mark Mullally, Tommy Hayes 0-1, Eamon Needham, Nicky Kearney 0-3, Robbie Meagher 0-1, Tommy O’Brien, Brendan Gleeson 2-3, Stephen Coffey and James Carroll.

SUBS: Shane Power for James Carroll and James Carroll for Stephen Coffey,

REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)

19/7/10: In a match in which Kilsheelan-Kilcash looked to be on the way to an easy victory at half time, a great second half rally by Cahir just fell short and the winners were relieved to hear the final whistle at Ned Hall Park. In doing so they are unbeaten after four matches and are through to the knockout stages. All is not lost for Cahir and with two wins under their belts they look well capable of reaching the Semi Finals.

The winners opened the scoring after four minutes when Adrian Mc Guire pointed. Kilsheelan continued to enjoy the greater share of possession and they were rewarded in the sixteenth minute. Dean Mulcahy went on a solo run, laid off to Jamie Cronin who drove to the back of the net. Kilsheelan continued to have the upper hand and had two points from Kevin Kirwan and a further point from Jamie Cronin. Cahir had their chances but a combination of wayward shooting and good defensive play by the winners prevented them from scoring. They had their first score after twenty three minutes when Patrick Fitzgerald pointed. Kilsheelan went on to stretch their lead further with a well taken goal by Dean Mulcahy. They had further points by Martin O’Dwyer from a free and a long range effort from Adrian Mc Guire. Cahir closed the first half scoring with a  Cormac Crowe point and it was Kilsheelan who led at the break by 2-6 to 0-2.

When play resumed Dean Lonergan and Jamie Cronin exchanged points. Adrian Mc Guire and Bill Maher added further points for the winners.

There was then an unusual occurance when Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper David Corcoran went off injured and was replaced by Alex Harte in goal. Almost immediately a similar situation developed at the other end when Cahir’s Caolan O’Gorman swopped his goalkeeper position for an outfield slot.

Cahir hit back with points from sub Darragh O’Brien and Dean Lonergan from a ’65. They had their first goal after forty one minutes when Cormac Crowe crossed the ball to  Daniel Moloney who flicked the ball to the net. Bill Maher replied for Kilsheelan with a point from a long range free. Cahir stepped up the pace further as their best player Dean Lonergan had two points from frees to leave the score 2-10 to 1-7 after fifty minutes. With six minutes remaining Darragh O’Brien had his side’s second goal and one wondered if they could overtake their opponents. Bill Maher replied for the winners with a point from a free out near the sideline. Cahir’s Cormac Crowe closed the scoring with a point. From a Cahir point of view had they taken their chances in the first half it could have been a much closer finish that the scoreline of 2-12 to 2-8.

Best for the winners were Eoin Kehoe, Alex Harte, Conor Murphy, Bill Maher and Adrian Mc Guire. For Cahir their best players were Ciaran O’Donnell, Evan O’Dwyer, Dean Lonergan, Cormac Crowe and Darragh O’Brien.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Corcoran, Eoin Kehoe, Alex Harte, Kevin Guiry, David Columby, Conor Murphy, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher 0-3, Dean Mulcahy 1-1, Kevin Kirwan 0-2, Adrian Mc Guire 0-3, Jamie Cronin 1-2, Finbarr Horgan, Martin O’Dwyer 0-1 and Paudie O’Donovan.

SUBS: Sean Ryan for David Corcoran.

CAHIR: Caolan O’Gorman, Jer Brehony, Ciaran O’Donnell, Michael Tobin, Sean Kiernan, Evan O’Dwyer, Kieran Collins, Dean Lonergan 0-4, Eoin Doheny, Cormac Crowe 0-2, Daniel Moloney 1-0, Patrick Fitzgerald 0-1, Eoghan Quinlan, Cormac O’Donnell and John Sheehy.

SUBS; Darragh O’Brien 1-1 for Eoghan Quinlan, Liam Howard for Cormac O’Donnell, Cormac S O’Donnell for Patrick Fitzgerald and Conor Casey for Kieran Collins.

REFEREE: Gerry Ryan (Grangemockler)

2/8/10: In their next match at Monroe Carrick Swan had a comprehensive win over Kilsheelan and on this form they will be hot favourites to take the Title. The early stages were fairly even but once the Carrick side began to pile on the scores there was little Kilsheelan could do about it. Jamie Long was outstanding at centre-field and finished with a tally of nine points. Swan were very strong down the middle. They also had an excellent defenders in James Barrett and Jack Walsh while in attack Bill Walsh was also a driving force.

Kilsheelan came into this game unbeaten but on this occasion lacked the all round strength and skill of the Carrick side. Easily their best player was Alex Harte at full back ably assisted by Conor Murphy. Bill Maher did well around the middle of the field but got little support while Colin Gleeson was easily the best attacker.

Colin Gleeson pointed for Kilsheelan after thirty seconds but that was as good as it got. The Carrick side went in front with a succession of points from Jamie Long from frees and from play. They also had points from Martin Griffin and Lee Grace while Bill Maher and Colin Gleeson pointed for Kilsheelan and at half time the Carrick side led by 0-9 to 0-3.

In the second half there was no let up. After thirty nine minutes Eoin Wells goaled for Swan. Swan were now on top in all departments. They had a further goal from sub Randall Barlow and in the end ran out convincing winners by 2-17 to 0-7.

Both sides are through to the Semi Finals and could possibly meet again in the Final but the losers would need to step up considerably on this display if they are to challenge for honours.

CARRICK SWAN: Kieran Lonergan, Sean Boland, James Barrett, Dale O’Hanlon, Colin Loughman, Jack Walsh 0-1, Paul Long, Jamie Long 0-9, Declan White, Colm Waters, Bill Walsh 0-3, Lee Grace 0-1, Ian Roche, Eoin Wells 1-0 and Martin Griffin 0-1.

SUBS: Michael Loughman 0-2 for Colm Loughman, Dale O’Mahony for Martin Griffin, Lee Wall for Ian Roche, Evan Hogan for Paul Long and Ranall Barlow 1-0 for Eoin Wells.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: David Corcoran, Kevin Guiry, Alex Harte, Eoin Kehoe, David Columby, Conor Murphy, Johnny Ormonde, Bill Maher 0-3, Dean Mulcahy, Adrian Mc Guire, Martin O’Dwyer, Kevin Kirwan, Tadgh Lonergan, Colin Gleeson 0-4 and Paudie O’Donovan.

SUBS: Finbarr Horgan for Tadgh Lonergan, James Murphy for Paudie O’Donovan and Sean Ryan for David Columby.

REFEREE: Brian Tyrell (St Mary’s)

8/8/10: Skeheenarinky were the next opponents at Goatenbridge. For over forty minutes, there was never more than a few points between these two evenly matched sides, Kilsheelan eventually got on top and were deserving winners in the end and will meet the winners of Carrick Swan V Cahir in the Final. Skeheen opened the scoring after four minutes when their outstanding half back John Callaghan pointed a long range free. Kilsheelan were quickly on level terms when John Kehoe pointed a ’65. Both sides missed chances before Dean Mulcahy pointed for Kilsheelan. The same player again pointed following a Bill Maher pass. After fifteen minutes Anthony Crotty reduced the leeway with a pointed free.

In their next attack Skeeheen had their opening goal when Nicholas King pounced on a low ball and drove to the net. After twenty four minutes Kilsheelan again hit the front when John Kehoe’s long range free dropped into the goal area and Alex Harte sent a ground shot to the net. Harte was again involved in the next score as he put Conor Murphy through for a point. The winners went further ahead when Dean Mulcahy pointed from half way. Skeheen enjoyed a good period in the closing stages and Tadgh Lonergan in the Kilsheelan goal was called on a number of times to clear his lines. Alex Harte, who was a real thorn in the Skeheen defence, had a well taken point from out near the sideline. Just before the break Skeheen’s full forward Danny Barrett made an outstanding catch, but his hard shot screamed over the bar and at the interval Kilsheelan led by 1-6 to 1-4.

On the restart Alex Harte pointed for the winners while the impressive midfielder Niall Barrett pointed for Skeheen. Kilsheelan were now enjoying the greater share of possession. Conor Muprhy pointed from long range. Alex Harte did likewise from a ’65 and the same player had another point to leave his side leading by 1-11 to 1-5 after forty eight minutes. One minute later that man Harte was again on the mark from a free.

With the game seemingly slipping away from them Skeheen hit a purple patch. The ball was played into the Kilsheelan goal area and Tommy Sweeney drove first time to the back on the net. Anthony Crotty, from a free, had a further point for them. They reduced the leeway to two points when Niall Barrett pointed and one wondered if they were going to turn things around. With five minutes  remaining the ball was sent into the Skeheen goal, blocked out by a defender, gathered by  Alex Harte who blasted it to the net from twenty metres to complete his tally of 2-5. Moments later John Kehoe had a further point. In the closing minutes Skeheen pressed hard. On three occasions they were awarded close in frees and each time Anthony Crotty’s attempts were stopped by the Kilsheelan defence and there was no further scoring as it ended 2-13 to 2-7.

Best for Kilsheelan were Tadgh Lonergan, David Columby, Colin Gleeson, Eoin Kehoe, Conor Murphy and Alex Harte. For Skeheenarinky John Callaghan, Bobby Breedy, Niall Barrett, Anthony Crotty, Shane Lynch did best.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Tadgh Lonergan, David Columby, Colin Gleeson, Johnny Ormonde, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Eoin Kehoe, Bill Maher, Conor Murphy 0-3, Ruairi Doyle, Dean Mulcahy 0-3, Jamie Cronin, Martin O’Dwyer, Alex Harte 2-5 and John Kehoe 0-2.

SUBS: Kevin Guiry for David Columby (inj) and Kevin Kirwan for Martin O’Dwyer.

SKEHEENARINKY: Jason Cahill, Robert Nolan, Paddy Cole, Bobby Breedy, Noel Vaughan, John Callaghan 0-1, Liam Mc Eniry, Niall Barrett 0-2, John Martin, Tommy Sweeney 1-0, Shane Lynch, Anthony Crotty 0-3, Nicholas King 1-0, Danny Barrett 0-1 and John Carey.

REFEREE: Willie Barrett (Ardfinnan)

13/8/10: The Final took place at Monroe against Carrick Swan. The players first touch often let them down, however, full marks to both sides, whatever shortfall the game had they more than made up for it in their determination to achieve victory. Despite the close exchanges the game was played in a very sporting manner. Referee Pa Shelly had a very easy task and there was not even a yellow card to be seen.

When the sides met in the group stages Swan won by a sixteen point margin thus carrying the favourites tag. In the first half Kilsheelan did their best to upset the odds but in an overall context the Carrick side were the more impressive side.

The winners defence gave little away. They had an outstanding full back in James Barrett, however, one must give credit to Kilsheelan’s Alex Harte who provided a great tussle with him. Further afield Jack Walsh played a major part while upfront Mickey Loughman’s contribution was immense while Bill Walsh did most of his best work when moved out field. Incidentally all of the winners attack got on the scoresheet.

For Kilsheelan Colin Gleeson was his side’s best defender. Bill Maher did his best to stem the tide at midfield. The attack got plenty of possession but could never impose their authority on the game.

Jack Walsh opened the scoring when he pointed a free from his own ’65 in the first minute. Dean Mulcahy quickly levelled with an excellent point from the sideline. For the remainder of the half it was very much tit for tat in the way the scores came. Swan were now doing most of the pressing and had further points from Lee Grace and Mickey Loughman to leave them leading by two points after fifteen minutes. Dean Mulcahy and Mickey Loughman went on to exchange points. Kilsheelan had a brief chance of snatching the lead only for Swan goalkeeper Kieran Lonergan to make a great save. Alex Harte reduced the lead to the minimum with a pointed free. Swan were wide from a number of frees before Mickey Loughman pointed from a placed ball. Once again Alex Harte kept Kilsheelan in touch with a point from a free. The winners again stretched their lead courtesy of Martin Griffin and a Mickey Loughman free. In injury time Bill Maher had a point for Kilsheelan to leave the sides 0-7 to 0-5 at half time in favour of the winners.

As stated the game took a major turn in Swan’s favour when play resumed. Jack Walsh’s long distance free was grabbed by Mickey Loughman and he drove to the net. Shell shocked by this, worse was to follow for the Kilsheelan defence. Eoin Wells worked his way through, hand passed to Mickey Loughman for another goal. Kilsheelan replied with a point from Alex Harte from a free. Jack Walsh’s freetaking skills were again to the fore when he pointed from long range. Kilsheelan pressed hard as they went in search of a goal but were unable to find a way through. The winners extended their lead with further points from Martin Griffin and Jack Walsh. Alex Harte pointed a free for Kilsheelan and Conor Murphy added another but it was Swan who lead by 2-10 to 0-8 after fifty one minutes. They now began to press home their advantage with a further goal from Eoin Wells. Bill Walsh pointed from half way. Kevin Kirwan got on the scoresheet with a point for Kilsheelan. Randall Barlow, who was only on the field a minute, added to Swan’s tally with a point and just before the end they had a further point from Dean Murphy to leave them clear winners by 3-13 to 0-9.

After the match Board Secretary Noel Byrne presented the Jimmy Fennessy Cup to the victorious captain James Barrett.

Footnote: Team handouts are a valuable source in informing patrons who the players are especially for hurling when helmets were made compulsory. More often than not Clubs make wholesale changes compared to the programme. It was refreshing on this occasion as both sides had only one enforced change.

CARRICK SWAN: Kieran Lonergan, Dale O’Hanlon, James Barrett, Jamie Torpey, Paul Long, Jack Walsh 0-3, Colin Loughman, Declan White, Jamie Long, Mickey Loughman 2-4, Dean Murphy 0-1, Lee Grace 0-1, Martin Griffin 0-2, Bill Walsh 0-1 and Eoin Wells 1-1.

SUBS: Sean Boland for Jamie Torpey, Colin Waters for Paul Long, Randall Barlow for Eoin Wells 0-1 and Ian Roche for Martin Griffin.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Tadgh Lonergan, Ruairi Doyle, Colin Gleeson, Johnny Ormonde, David Columby, Adrian Mc Guire, Eoin Kehoe, Bill Maher 0-1, Conor Murphy 0-1, Kevin Kirwan 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-2, Jamie Cronin, Martin O’Dwyer, Alex Harte 0-4 and John Kehoe.

SUBS: Kevin Guiry for Jamie Cronin and James Murphy for Ruairi Doyle.

REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)

JUNIOR HURLING LEAGUE

28/3/10: In the opening game of the Junior County Hurling League our side travelled to Knockavilla Kickhams to take on the home side. The team led early on. Knockavilla then hit the front and led at half time by 1-9 to 0-7. Kilsheelan put in a spirited second half but Knockavilla notched up 1-2 in the closing stages to win by 2-15 to 0-13.
TEAM: Alex Harte, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Peter O’Connell, Johnny Ormonde, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Eoin Ryan, Tommy Ryan 0-2, John Kehoe 0-7, John Roche 0-2, Colm Sweeney, Senan O’Halloran, John Nolan and Niall Cloona 0-2.

SUB: Edward Sweeney.

3/4/10: In the County Junior Hurling League we were at home to Lattin-Cullen. It was very much point for point in the opening half. Lattin got a goal just before half time leaving them 1-7 to 0-6 ahead at the break. In the second half further lapses in front of goal cost us dearly as the Westeners went on to win by 3-12 to 0-11. Our side played much better than the scoreline would suggest. Tommy Ryan was our best player all through. A sideline cut is always delightful to watch and John Kehoe accomplished this feat when he had the last score of the game.
TEAM: Jason Fogarty, David Corcoran, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Niall Walsh, Willie Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Tommy Ryan 0-3, John Roche 0-2, John Kehoe 0-6, Eoin Ryan, Niall Cloona, Ross Larkin, Senan O’Halloran and Colm Sweeney.

SUBS: Peter O’Connell and Johnny Ormond.

21/5/10: A very much understrength Kilsheelan, were at home to St Patricks. They got off to a good start with a Senan O'Halloran point from a free. It was downhill after that as St Pats got well on top. Defensive lapses by Kilsheelan helped St Pats to a 3-13 to 0-1 lead at half time. In the second half they put in a much more spirited effort. Tommy Ryan was introduced and he was easily our best player. Kilsheelan had second half points from John Roche, Donnacha Lonergan, Senan O'Halloran, John Noonan and Tommy Ryan but it was St Pats who ran out winners by 3-18 to 0-9.
TEAM: Liam Stokes, Noel Ryan, John Nolan, David Corcoran, Kevin O’Donovan, Jimmy Ryan, Peter O'Connell, Eoin Ryan, John Roche 0-2, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Senan O'Halloran 0-3, Dean Mulcahy, Edward Sweeney, Jason Fogarty and Ross Larkin.

SUBS: Tommy Ryan 0-2, Niall Walsh and John Noonan 0-1.

JUNIOR “A” HURLING

26/5/10: In an entertaining opening round championship match at Cloneen Kilsheelan led all the way but could never feel secure of victory until the closing stages. This was a hotly contested game as both sides gave their all. While the hurling may not have been out of the top drawer it proved to be an interesting tussle to the end.

Kilsheelan were first off the mark after three minutes when Michael Mc Hugh pointed. They went on to treble their lead when Senan O’Halloran pointed twice from frees. Good work by Ky Vaughan and Edward O’Brien gave the Mullinahone attack a good supply of ball only for faulty shooting to let them down. They eventually got off the mark after thirteen minutes when O’Brien sent over the bar while veteran Brian O’Meara added another. Kilsheelan extended the lead again when John Roche pointed from halfway. His side enjoyed a good share of play in the second quarter but their only reward was two points from frees by Sean O’ Halloran. Just before the break Danny Luttrell he pointed for Mullinahone and at half time the winners led by 0-8 to 0-4.

When play resumed Mullinahone had a great chance of a goal. A penetrating run by Danny Luttrell had his shot well saved by veteran goalkeeper Liam Stokes. They reduced the leeway further when Michael Luttrell had a point from a free and they added another when James Connolly pointed from near the sideline.

At this stage tempers became somewhat frayed and a Kilsheelan player was red carded. One would have expected Mullinahone to capitalise on this but as so often happens the “wounded” side ceased the initiative with Tommy Ryan and John Roche leading by example. Entering the fourth quarter the game was more or less decided. Kilsheelan were awarded a penalty and John Roche’s shot for goal was deflected over the bar. From the puckout Senan O’Halloran got possession, he laid off to Roche, who raced through the Mullinahone defence to shoot the game’s only goal which gave Kilsheelan a six point lead with nine minutes remaining. Both sides had their opportunities but as the low scoring nature of the game suggests it was defences on top. Kevin O’Meara had Mullinahone’s last score as the game entered injury time John Roche pointed a Kilsheelan free to give his side a deserving but somewhat flattering six point win on a 1-10 to 0-7 scoreline.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Liam Stokes, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Colm Sweeney, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan, Ross Larkin, Senan O’Halloran 0-4, John Roche 1-5, Donnacha Lonergan, Michael Mc Hugh 0-1 and Niall Cloona.

SUBS: Pierce Larkin for Colm Sweeney and Niall Walsh for Niall Cloona.

MULLINAHONE: Alan Walsh, Andrew Lonergan, Noel O’Shea, Richard Cahill, Gary Cronin, Ky Vaughan, Aidan Hall, Edward O’Brien 0-1, James Connolly 0-1, Michael Cahill, Brian O’Meara 0-1, Adrian Doheny, Niall O’Brien, Michael Luttrell 0-1 and Danny Luttrell 0-1.

SUBS: Joey O’ Meara 0-1 for Aidan Hall, Kevin O’Meara 0-1 for Brian O’Meara and Edward Phelan for Michael Cahill.

REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)

20/6/10: Next opposition was Ballingarry in Ned Hall Park. Kilsheelan, having been in arrears for most of the game, had a goal five minutes from time to ensure victory. The sweltering heat was a big challenge for both sides and one must give credit to the players as they were still going strong at the finish.

The winners can thank their No 11 John Roche for this win. He had nine shots at goal from all angles from placed balls and he emerged with a 100% return. It was just as well as he was on target as his fellow forwards struggled to make an impact over the hour. Ballingarry were more adept at picking off their points from play and they looked like winners for most of the way and will be disappointed at not coming away with the points.

Ballingarry were first off the mark when Alan Cooney pointed after two minutes. Kilsheelan were off target a number of times and received a boost after seven minutes when Willie Ryan’s long delivery was blocked out and Donnacha Lonergan was on hand to whip the loose ball to the net. Ballingarry were soon on level terms when they had points from Jonathon Ivors and Alan Cooney. Minutes later Kilsheelan had a let off. A long delivery hit the post and was cleared to safety. Kilsheelan went ahead when John Roche pointed a free. Ballingarry regained the lead with points from David Cashin and Don Lyons.

Once again John Roche punished the Ballingarry defence for an indiscretion and he pointed the free. In the twenty first minute Ballingarry had their only goal. David Cashin gathered the ball about twenty metres out. A point looked to be in the offing but instead he sent a well placed shot just inside the upright for a well taken goal. Again John Roche reduced the leeway and Eoin Ryan added a further point which was Kilsheelan’s first from play. Ballingarry again stretched their lead to three points when Sean Purcell was on the mark from a free. The winners were awarded a free in front of goal. John Roche’s piledriver for a goal was turned out for a ’65 which he pointed and at the interval Ballingarry led by 1-7 to 1-5.

When play resumed Alan Cooney pointed a free. Ballingarry had introduced Patrick (Blondie) Ivors and he obliged with a point. Again Kilsheelan were awarded a close in free, just like the first half, John Roche’s effort was deflected over the end line but he was again successful from the ’65. Sean Purcell and the inevitable John Roche exchanged points from frees. Kilsheelan had a goal chance only for Ray Cashin made a great save from Donnacha Lonergan. John Roche, from a free, and Don Lyons had points. Roche again had points from frees and in between these efforts David Cashin had a Ballingarry point. With eight minutes remaining Patrick Ivors again put three points between the sides. Kilsheelan, who had introduced former Mount Sion player Fintan O’Shea, made his presence felt with a point. There was now five minutes left to play. Willie Ryan took a free from far out. John Roche made a great catch, shook off a number of defenders, only for Ray Cashin in the Ballingarry goal to make a great save. Donnacha Longergan picked up the rebound and shot to the net. The winners had a couple of further chances but were unable to add to their total as it ended 2-11 to 1-13.

Best for Kilsheelan were Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Willie Ryan, Tommy Ryan, John Roche and Donnacha Lonergan. For Ballingarry Ray Cashin, Kevin O’Connell, Tom Donovan, Alan Cooney, David Cashin and Don Lyons.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Niall Walsh, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Tommy Ryan, Eoin Ryan 0-1, Naoise O’ Cuinneagain, John Roche 0-9. Senan O’Halloran, Donnacha Lonergan 2-0, Michael Mc Hugh and Edward Sweeney.

SUBS: Fintan O’Shea 0-1 for Naoise O’ Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona for Edward Sweeney.

BALLINGARRY: Ray Cashin, Michael Ivors, Kevin O’Connell, Danny Fitzgerald, John Molloy, Tom Donovan, Darragh Ivors, Daniel Fennelly, Alan Cooney 0-3, Jonathon Ivors 0-1, David Cashin 1-2, Gary Ivors, Noel Walsh, Don Lyons 0-3 and Sean Purcell 0-2.

SUBS: Patrick (Blondie) Ivors 0-2 for Jonathon Ivors, Joseph Ivors for Alan Cooney inj and Sean Maher for Daniel Fennelly.

REFEREE: Larry Reade (Carrick Swan)

31/7/10: Ned Hall Park was the venue for our encounter with Newcastle. Two goals by Emmet Hallinan in the space of a minute just before the interval was the decisive factor in Newcastle’s win. Kilsheelan had first use of a fairly strong wind. They opened the scoring after ninety seconds when Colm Sweeney pointed. Newcastle were soon on level terms courtesy of Eanna O’Flynn. Kilsheelan regained the lead with a John Roche point. Andrew Fitzpatrick, who showed excellent marksmanship from frees in the first half, pointed a free to put the sides level. Fitzpatrick and Roche again exchanged points from frees. Roche’s wind assisted point from ninety metres put his side two points ahead. Newcastle applied pressure and Darren Mc Carthy in the Kilsheelan goal had to be alert to keep his goal intact. Once again Fitzpatrick and Roche exchanged points from frees. Dan O’Connor, from out near the sideline, pointed for Kilsheelan. Fitzpatrick had a further point from a free and one from play.

Tommy Ryan pointed to leave Kilsheelan leading by 0-8 to 0-6 after twenty six minutes. Kilsheelan would have needed further scores allowing for the strong wind in the second half but it was the winners who added to their total as Eanna O’Flynn pointed and Andrew Fitzpatrick had a pointed free. Tommy Ryan, who had an outstanding game for Kilsheelan in the middle of the field, tied the scores with a point. Newcastle’s first goal arrived when Emmet Hallinan picked up a breaking ball and shot to the net. In their next attack Andrew Fitzpatrick gathered the ball out near the sideline, crossed it into the goal area where Emmet Hallinan gathered it and shot to the net to give his side a half time lead of 2-8 to 0-8.

When play resumed Kilsheelan had a difficult task ahead of them. Darren Mc Carthy had to make a great save at the expense of a ’65 which Andrew Fitzpatrick pointed. Kilsheelan then suffered a blow when their best forward John Roche had to leave the field with an injury. Senan O’Halloran took over the freetaking duties and he was on the mark from a free. Tom Kennedy extended Newcastle’s lead with a further point. Kilsheelan then had their first goal and there was a bizarre element to it. Senan O’Halloran sent the ball past a wall of defenders. The ball came out through a hole in the net, to compound matters further there was no green flag for the umpire to confirm it was a goal of which there was little doubt. The same player had a point from a free. With just a goal between the sides one wondered were Kilsheelan on the comeback trail.

Newcastle went further ahead when sub Johnny Hallinan and Jimmy Hackett had points. Senan O’Halloran pointed a free for Kilsheelan. Newcastle had further points from Eanna O’Flynn and a long range effort from outstanding centre half back Brian Sweeney to leave them leading by 2-14 to 1-11 after forty nine minutes. Kilsheelan had the better of the exchanges in the closing stages with points from Tommy Ryan and Senan O’Halloran, from a free. With three minutes remaining Willie Ryan dropped the ball into the Newcastle goal where Dan O’Connor reacted quickest to flick an overhead shot to the net. Kilsheelan now went in search of an equaliser but the Newcastle defence held firm, they were not to be denied and they just about deserved their narrow victory by 2-14 to 2-13.

Best for Newcastle were Johnny Hallinan, Brian Sweeney, Tom Kennedy, Eanna O’Flynn, Emmet Hallinan and Andrew Fitzpatrick. For Kilsheelan Darren Mc Carthy, John Nolan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Tommy Ryan and John Roche did best.

NEWCASTLE: John Mc Carra, Teddy Prendergast, Johnny Hallinan, Paudie O’Shea, Niall Morrissey, Brian Sweeney 0-1, Lorcan Mc Carra, Tom Kennedy 0-1, Shane Hickey, Eanna O’Flynn 0-4, Emmet Hallinan 2-0, Caoimhin Mc Carra, Andrew Fitzpatrick 0-6, Jack Hallinan and Jimmy Hackett 0-1.

SUBS: John Lonergan 0-1 for Lorcan Mc Carra and Cormac O’Flynn for Caoimhin Mc Carra.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Tommy Ryan 0-3, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran 1-3, John Roche 0-5, Fintan O’Shea, Colm Sweeney 0-1, Dan O’Connor 1-1 and Edward Sweeney.

SUBS: Pakie Larkin for Edward Sweeney, Ross Larkin for John Roche and Alex Harte for Colm Sweeney.

REFEREE: John Mc Conigley (Ballylooby-Castlegrace)

14/8/10: At Monroe Kilsheelan took on St Patricks next. There was never more than three points between the sides until the closing stages. One of the highlights was a shoot out between John Roche Kilsheelan (0-9) and St Patrick’s Tony O’Brien (0-8).

A win for St Pats would have put them into the Semi Finals. They started well with two points from frees by Tony O’Brien. Kilsheelan had to wait until the tenth minute for their opening score when John Roche pointed a free. A free for all then broke out. When order was restored referee John Mc Conigley red carded St Patrick’s Jason Hayes. Indeed, one could say, others were lucky to escape censure. When play resumed Alex Harte put the sides on level terms with a point for Kilsheelan. Despite a man down, St Pats went on to enjoy a good period. Tony O’Brien, from a free, and Conor Barry extended their lead further and they also had a number of wides. Colm Sweeney reduced the leeway with a point for Kilsheelan. Once again Tony O’Brien showed unerring accuracy from frees. Tommy Ryan notched on another point for his side and John Roche, from a free, put the side’s level. Just before the break Tony O’Brien was again on the mark this time from play and it was St Pats who led at the interval by 0-6 to 0-5.

On the resumption John Roche pointed a ’65 for Kilsheelan. The same player had a two further points from frees. Kilsheelan continued to press but were unable to add to their total. The game’s opening goal arrived after forty six minutes. A Tony O’Brien free dropped short, was blocked out but P J Burke slammed the ball to the net. Tony O’Brien increased their lead with a point from a free only for John Roche to do likewise for Kilsheelan. Once again O’Brien was on the mark, this time from out near the sideline. Colm Sweeney then shot an excellent point from play also close to the sideline.

Tommy Ryan who was outstanding for the winners put the side’s level for the fourth time. Conor Barry went on to restore St Pats one point lead. John Roche showed his accuracy when he twice pointed from frees to put his side into a one point lead. Kilsheelan’s goal arrived after forty eight minutes. Niall Cloona raced through the St Pat’s  defence, passed to the unmarked Tommy Ryan who gave the goalkeeper no chance. Robert Mc Cormack got himself on the scoresheet with a St Pats point. John Roche, from a free, again put four points between the sides. In the closing minutes St Pats went in search of a goal. Tony O’Brien, from a close in free, had his shot blocked and their only further reward was a pointed free by the same player to leave Kilsheelan three point winners on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-11.

Best for Kilsheelan were Willie, Eoin and Tommy Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona and John Roche while St Patricks were best served by Liam Brett, Sean and Paul Horan, Danny Gleeson, Conor Barry and Tony O’Brien.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Niall Walsh, Willie Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran, Tommy Ryan 1-2, Pakie Larkin, Alex Harte 0-1, John Roche 0-9 and Colm Sweeney 0-2.

SUBS: Conor Murphy for Niall Walsh and Adrian Mc Guire for Alex Harte

ST PATRICK’S: John Moroney, Kieran Clancy, Liam Brett, Patrick Moroney, Jason Hayes, Sean Horan, Richard Needham, Danny Gleeson, Paul Horan, Shane Gorey, Conor Barry 0-2, P J Burke 1-0, Robert Mc Cormack 0-1, Brian Mc Cormack and Tony O’Brien 0-8.

REFEREE: John Mc Conigley (Ballylooby-Castlegrace)

28/8/10: At Monroe, Clonmel Og were our next opponents with the prize of a place in the Semi Final at stake. The sides were level on seven occasions in the first half but once Kilsheelan went ahead after the interval they never surrendered the lead despite a determined effort by the Clonmel side.

Kilsheelan owe much of this success to Tommy Ryan who was always a threat to the Clonmel defence when he got the ball. Clonmel also had a trump card in Dean Kelleher who finished with a tally of ten points but lacked the support from those around him.

The town side were first off the mark when Graham Quinn pointed after ninety seconds while Dean Kelleher added another point from a free. For the remainder of the half it was very much tit for tat. Donnacha Lonergan opened Kilsheelan’s account with a point but this was cancelled out by Matthew Norris for Clonmel Og. John Roche, from a free, and Pakie Larkin went on to put the sides level. Niall Cloona put his side ahead for the first time after twelve minutes with a fine effort from out near the sideline. Clonmel regained the lead when Dean Kelleher was twice on the mark from frees. At this juncture, one could say, that the game lacked fluency with many petty fouls but none of a malicious nature. Tommy Ryan opened his account with a point only for Dean Kelleher to nudge the Clonmel side ahead again. John Roche again put the side’s level. Tommy Ryan went on to shoot an excellent point from out near the sideline to put his side ahead again. Matthew Norris again put the sides on level terms with a point. The trend continued when Dean Kelleher and John Roche added points from frees.

The first real chance of a goal came after twenty four minutes. An error in the Kilsheelan defence resulted in stalemate for about thirty seconds close to the goal before Shane Prendergast cleared the ball to safety. Colm Sweeney again put Kilsheelan ahead but were pegged back by Dean Kelleher, from a free. Just before the break Tommy Ryan put his side ahead and at half time it was 0-10 to 0-9 in favour of the winners.

On the resumption Tommy Ryan put Kilsheelan further ahead with a point. Dean Kelleher again pointed a free. Inevitably John Roche was again on the mark from a free for Kilsheelan. Again Kelleher and Roche were on the mark but this time from play. Robbie Hickey got on the scoresheet when he pointed from long distance for Clonmel Og. John Roche atoned for a couple of misses from long distance when he again put Kilsheelan two points ahead. Dean Kelleher, who was also off the mark a couple of times, found the range from a free. Every so slowly, Kilsheelan were now gaining the upperhand. Sub Fintan O’Shea passed to Pakie Larkin who again put two points between the sides.

The first time there was three points between the sides was in the forty ninth minute when Sean O’Halloran sent over. Dean Kelleher once again reduced the leeway. With four minutes remaining the game’s only goal came. John Roche’s long distance free dropped into the goal. Clonmel Og’s goalkeeper was unsighted as the ball went all the way to the net for what was a rather fortuitous goal. Spurred on by this score Kilsheelan were now in control and it was fitting that man of the match Tommy Ryan would have the last word when he pointed for Kilsheelan to leave his side winners by 1-17 to 0-14.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, Shane Prendergast, John Nolan, Willie Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Niall Cloona 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-2, Tommy Ryan 0-5, Senan O’Halloran 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, John Roche 1-6 and Colm Sweeney 0-1.

SUBS: Fintan O’Shea for Niall Cloona, Joe Ryan for Donnacha Lonergan and John Kehoe for Colm Sweeney.

CLONMEL OG: Paul Landers, Mark Ahearne, Ger Cunningham, Aidan Fox, Daire Kearney, Brian Gentles, Aidan Rouse, Graham Quinn 0-1, Matthew Norris 0-2, Robbie Hickey 0-1, Karl Kearney, Ger Mullane, John Landers, Eoin Fallon and Dean Kelleher 0-10.

SUB: Finbarr Horgan for John Landers

REFEREE: Pa Shelly (Killenaule)

9/10/10: St Patricks were our opponents in the Semi Final and the match took place in Cahir. Kilsheelan were made pay dearly for missed chances and St Patricks led by eight points at half time. In the second half Kilsheelan gradually reduced the leeway. With eleven minutes to go the referee instructed the umpire to change the scoreboard which caused confusion for the remainder of the game. Accoring to the referee Kilsheelan won the game by 0-16 to 1-12. St Patricks claimed that they were winners by one point, a view that many Kilsheelan people were in agreement with. Later that night the referee contacted the Board stating that he had made a mistake. Following a South Board meeting both Clubs were requested to replay the match. Kilsheelan objected to this decision and appealed it unsuccessfully.

The replay took place three weeks later in Monroe. Whatever the game may have lacked, the participants provided a full blooded contest and it was only in the closing minutes of extra time that the winners could see themselves safely home.

In an overall context St Patricks were more adept at taking their scores from play and in doing so they contributed a total of 3-11 from play. In contrast Kilsheelan only registered 1-6 by this route and were too dependent on John Roche’s accuracy from frees. 

Seventy five seconds had elapsed when John Roche put Kilsheelan ahead with a pointed free and one minute later he repeated the feat. Tony O’Brien got St Patricks off the mark when he pointed after receiving a pass from Conor Barry. Willie Mc Cormack put the side’s level with a point. Tony O’Brien, whose speed was causing problems early on, put his side ahead with a point when he might have gone for goal. Kilsheelan, who had a number of wides had their first score from play when Pakie Larkin pointed after fourteen minutes. O’Brien again ran at the Kilsheelan defence.

His shot was blocked and in the melee that followed Brian Mc Cormack drove a ground shot to the net. St Pats had two further points from Tony O’Brien, one from a free while John Roche also pointed a free for Kilsheelan as St Pats led by 1-5 to 0-4 after twenty three minutes.Kilsheelan hit a purple patch in the lead up to half time. Senan O’Halloran racing through found the unmarked Colm Sweeney who took his goal chance in fine style. Donnacha Lonergan put the side’s  level with a point. John Roche, from a free and from a ’65 gave Kilsheelan an interval lead of 1-7 to1-5.

When play resumed Roche again made no mistake from a long distance free. Conor Barry came to the winners rescue when he shot two points in quick succession. Kilsheelan regained their three point advantage when John Roche, from a free, and Tommy Ryan pointed. Once again St Pats had points courtesy of Sean Horan, Tony O’Brien from a free and after forty five minutes it was level pegging following a Willie Mc Cormack point. Inevitably John Roche, from a free, put Kilsheelan ahead again.

Tony O’Brien levelled and a Jason Hayes point put St Pats back in the lead. Not surprisingly Roche levelled matters again from a free. With five minutes left to play the possibility of extra time loomed. Both sides stepped up a gear and excitement grew on the sideline. Tommy Ryan put Senan O’Halloran through for the lead point and Tony O’Brien, from a free, again made it stalemate. As either side did not avail of chances to win, extra time became a reality with the score standing at 1-14 each.

One minute into the restart St Pats received a major boost when Brian Mc Cormack shot a goal. John Roche, from a free, and sub Ross Larkin kept Kilsheelan in touch with points. Further points by Tony O’Brien from a ’65 and a free and another from Neil Gleeson gave St Pats a half time lead of 2-17 to 1-16.

Again John Roche reduced the leeway with a pointed free and after seventy four minutes sub Robert Mc Cormack had a chance of a point only for his effort to end up in the top corner of the net and this time there was no comeback for Kilsheelan. Senan O’Halloran added a point while Tony O’Brien had the final say with a pointed free to win on a scoreline of 3-18 to 1-18.

ST PATRICKS: John Moroney, Kieran Clancy, Eoghan Mc Cormack, Patrick Moroney, Jason Hayes 0-1, Liam Brett, Richard Needham, Sean Horan 0-1, Shane Gorey, William Mc Cormack 0-2, Paul Horan, Conor Barry 0-2, Tony O’Brien 0-11, Brian Mc Cormack 2-0 and Neil Gleeson 0-1.

SUBS: Robert Mc Cormack 1-0 for Paul Horan and Aaron Cronin for William Mc Coramck.

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: Darren Mc Carthy, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, John Nolan, Shane Prendergast, Willie Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Eoin Ryan, Senan O’Halloran 0-2, Fintan O’Shea, John Roche 0-12, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-1, Tommy Ryan 0-1 and Colm Sweeney 1-0.

SUBS: Conor Murphy for John Nolan, Ross Larkin 0-1 for Fintan O’Shea, John Kehoe for Donnacha Lonergan, Niall Cloona for Colm Sweeney and Niall Walsh for Senan O’Halloran.

REFEREE: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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