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Kilmoyley renew rivalry with Ballyduff in SHF 2016 2016-08-14 20:10:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship – semi-final

Magnificent second half comeback by champions Kilmoyley
Kilmoyley 1-13 St Brendans 0-15
By Murt Murphy

Holders Kilmoyley produced a second half Lazarus act to repeat last year’s county final win over heart- broken St Brendan’s side who saw their half time advantage of six points disappear and they had to succumb to the power of the champions by the minimum margin at the Austin Stack Park this afternoon.

It was a classic case of a being a “game of two halves” as St Brendans were quickly off the blocks and completely dominated the opening half as Kilmoyley struggled upfront against a tenacious St Brendan’s defence and it appeared that the Ardfert side were hungry to reverse last year’s final result.

In fact Kilmoyley did not score until the 13th minute when Sean Maunsell opened their account. But St Brendan’s were dominant in most areas and John Egan fired two frees in the 1st and 7th minutes and then scored a beauty from play in the 11th minute, followed by another from play in the 13th minute and suddenly St Brendans had raced 0-4 to 0-0 clear.
Sean Maunsell finally got Kilmoyley on the board but with Tom Murnane wearing the number 11 shirt and Daniel Collins strangely subdued, the champions were struggling. However they battled back and went on a 0-3 to 0-1 run thanks to points from Collins (2 frees) and another from Maunsell. Kevin Skinner replied for Ardfert who were first to every ball and they finished the half the stronger, with five unanswered points, one each from Daithi Griffin, Darren Wallace and Kevin Skinner and two late frees from Egan.

St Brendans were looking good at half time leading 0-10 to 0-4 but whatever was said in the dressing room at half time, Kilmoyley resumed a transformed side and St Brendans appeared to be caught in the headlights.

Kilmoyley made some smart switches with Tom Murnane reverting to defence, Dougie Fitzell picked up John Egan and Adrian Royle who had come on ten minutes before the interval became a threat on the edge on the St Brendans square. As Kilmoyley got stronger, St Brendans appeared powerless to do anything about it and that will disappoint them.
St Brendans actually opened the second half scoring with another Egan point, but they did not score again until the 46th minute. Meanwhile Kilmoyley were hurling like men inspired all over the pitch and points flowed from Jordan Brick, Sean Nolan, Aidan McCabe ( free), Joe McElligott and a Collins free and suddenly the gap was down to two ( 0-11 to 0-9). Then in the 43d minute came the crucial score, a Kilmoyley goal that came as a result of a long Adrian McCabe free that broke to Daniel Collins who riffled the ball to the St Brendan’s net and the champions were in front for the first time.
Two Kilmoyley wides followed before John Egan levelled but Kilmoyley had the momentum and the hunger and Collins and Maurice O’Connor pushed the champions two clear again.
Egan cut the gap to one from a free but Paudie O’Connor restored Kilmoyley’s two point lead as Tom Murnane and his defence stood firm. Two St Brendan’s youngsters Eric Leen and Fionan MacKessy did inject some life into the Ardfert side and MacKessy made it a one point game again with five to go.
The final minutes was tense as St Brendans squandered chances, a Tim Hannafin side-line cut was cleared, Egan was wide as he was forced to shoot under pressure and at the other end Adrian Royle grabbed a high ball and fired over the crucial point.
Egan closed the gap in injury time and then in tense finish young minor Fionan MacKessy had a go from the left wing but it drifted inches wide and Kilmoyley had completed a remarkable comeback and they will now face Ballyduff in the final.

Kilmoyley; D Collins ( 1-4, 4 fs), S Maunsell ( 0-2), A McCabe ( 0-1 free), S Nolan, P O’Connor, J Brick, A Royle, J McElligott and M O’Connor ( 0-1 each).
St Brendan’s; J Egan (0-9, 7 frees), K Skinner (0-3), D Griffin, Darran Wallace and F MacKessy (0-1 each)

St Brendan’s:

Darren Delaney; Fionan Horgan, Rory Horgan, Conor Flaherty; Eamonn Corridan, Darren Dineen, Kevin Orpen; Stephen Leen, David Griffin; Tim Hannafin, Darren Wallace, Kevin Skinner; Cian Hussey, Jerry Wallace, John Egan.
Subs: Eric Leen for D Wallace (45), Fionan MacKessy for J Wallace (46)
Aiden McCabe; Seanie Murnane, Colman Savage, Sean Nolan; Sean Dowling, Dougie Fitzelle, John Paul O’Mahony; Paudie O’Connor, James Godley; Sean Maunsell, Tom Murnane, Daniel Collins; Jordan Brick, Maurice O’Connor, Joseph McElligott.
Subs: Adrian Royle for J P O’Mahony (20), Robert Collins for S Murnane (h/t), Micheal O Regan for J McElligott (52), Luke Fitzell for M O’Connor (59).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Ballyduff cruise into the Final against below par Abbeydorney
Ballyduff 1-20 Abbeydorney 0-11
By Murt Murphy

Ballyduff have won 24 SHC titles for a reason and on Sunday at the Austin Stack Park it was evident that when it comes to championship, the Duffers have few peers as they crushed Abbeydorney in a very one-sided Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship semi-final.
In truth this opener at the Austin Stack Park was never a contest as Ballyduff dominated from the outset and Abbeydorney never displayed any of the form that got them to the semi-final. Some of the match ups were mismatches yet Abbeydorney were either too slow or changed them when the horse had bolted.

Jack Goulding had a field day scoring 0-4 in each half for a Man of the Match haul of 0-8 and all from play. Padraig Boyle scored 1-9, and that included 1-4 from play so really Abbeydorney simply did not show up. Ballyduff raced 0-13 to 0-3 in front by half time and nobody could see Abbeydorney staging a comeback.
Podge Boyle had eight points in the opening half from frees and play while Goulding scored four from four, with Barry O’Grady getting the other. Brian O’Leary gave Abbeydorney the lead but then they could only manage a James O’Connor effort from play a late effort from a free byMichael O’Leary who took a bad knock and was not fully fit which did not help Abbeydorney.
Jack Goulding opened Ballyduff’s second half account while James O’Connor got one back for Abbeydorney. Then Ballyduff finished the game as a contest when a long ball from Mikey Boyle was flicked to the net by Padraig Boyle in the 37th minute and at 1-14 to 0-4 it was now game over.
Nigel Roche came on and converted a free and a ’65, Michael O’Leary had a couple of more frees, brother Brendan had two more from play but it was purely consolation stuff as Ballyduff were coasting and Bobby O’Sullivan made his entrance to add to their options for the final. Eoin Ross scored a fine point from wingback and it was nice to see Sean Browne come on late for Ballyduff and when they were awarded a free, Podge Boyle allowed the youngster score his first senior championship point, a nice gesture and summed up how easy Ballyduff had it as they try to win title 25 or can Kilmoyley make 24 apiece?

P Boyle (1-9, 4 frees, 1’65), J Goulding (0-8), B O’Grady, E Ross and S Browne (1f) (0-1 each)
M O’Leary (0-3, 2 fs, 1 ’65), J O’Connor and Brian O’Leary and Brendan O’Leary (0-2 each), N Roche (0-2, ’65, 1f)


P J O’Gorman: Thomas Slattery, Paud Costello, David O’Grady; Eoin Ross, Padraig O’Grady, Barry O’Grady ; Daniel O’Carroll, Mikey Boyle; John Hussey, Liam Boyle, Anthony O’Carroll; Jack Goulding. Garry O’Brien, Padraig Boyle.
Subs: Bobby O’Sullivan for G O’Brien (45), David Clifford for B O’Grady (53), Sean Browne for J Hussey (59), Paul O’Carroll for L Boyle (59), Cathal Kearney for Anthony O’Carroll (60)
Brian O’Donovan; Stephen O’Connor, Aidan Healy, Niall O’Connell; Eoin Egan, Kieran Dineen, Darragh O’Brien; Brendan O’Leary, Daniel O’Leary; Mike Hanafin, Michael O’Leary, James O’Connor; Damien Ryall , Brian O’Leary, P J Keane
Subs: David Egan for D O’Leary (h/t), S O’Sullivan for M Hannafin (h/t), Ronan O’Donovan for P J Keane (40), N Roche for Brian O’Leary (50), Cathal Dower for D Ryall (60)
Referee; D Copps (Cork)

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final Draw

The draw for the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship was made on Radio Kerry today at lunchtime resulting in the following pairings:

St Brendans V Kilmoyley

Abbeydorney V Ballyduff

St Brendans and Kilmoyley renew rivalry following last year's final meeting between the sides which Kilmoyley won.

Abbeydorney defeated Crotta after a replay and then champions Kilmoyley on their way to the semi finals while Ballyduff, defeated by Kilmoyley in the opening Round, regrouped with victories over Ballyheigue and Causeway.

The semi finals will be played on Sunday August 14th