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Kilmoyley join Ballyduff on top after replay win 2016-09-24 23:10:00

2016 Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay

Kilmoyley join Ballyduff on top after replay win
Kilmoyley 1-18 Ballyduff 2-13
By Murt Murphy

This Senior Hurling Championship Final replay may have lacked the drama of the first meeting two weeks ago but it was still a battle all the way with both Kilmoyley and Ballyduff putting in a huge effort.
Despite a late scare as Ballyduff refused to throw in the towel, Kilmoyley ran out deserving champions in this year’s Kerry senior hurling final replay which drew a vociferous crowd to the Austin Stack Park.

This Kilmoyley victory means that they have drawn level on titles won with Ballyduff at 24 apiece and Ballyduff can have few complaints.

Kilmoyley made changes from their first meeting and they started two youngsters Luke Fitzelle and Maurice O’Connor with Robert Collins moving into defence. They also appeared to get their match ups right as Dougie Fitzelle kept a close eye on Ballyduff danger man Jack Goulding while Tom Murnane played as a sweeper and was very effective in the second half.
Ballyduff were over reliant on Padraig Boyle and Jack Goulding up front for scores and the gamble of playing Bobby O’Sullivan who now works abroad did not work, hard though O’Sullivan tried.
Another major plus for Kilmoyley was that Shane Brick had an extra two weeks training under his belt and it showed as he showed flashes of his old brilliance and had a hand in most things that were good about Kilmoyley on the day.
Ballyduff were not helped by the loss of Paud Costello in the second half and what they needed was to make a bigger impact in the third quarter but the expected second half backlash from Ballyduff never materialized.

If it had, it is possible they would have run Kilmoyley much closer in the final ten minutes as the champions appeared to retreat back in numbers and invite Ballyduff onto them. This was a ploy fraught with danger but all is well that ends well and Kilmoyley will be celebrating a famous win and will leave the forensics to the scribes.

In the first game Ballyduff had struck with an early salvo to unsettle the favourites.
And lightning can strike twice as, just as in the initial meeting, Padraig Boyle sidestepped his markers to fire into the net to give his side an early lead.
From there to the latter stages of the first half, the teams swapped points with Daniel Collins and Padraig Boyle being the chief marksmen.
Nine minutes from the interval Ballyduff were two points ahead. They would go into the break six points behind.
That defining spell included a goal brilliantly constructed by the former Tracton GAA man Shane Brick who set up Luke Fitzell for a close range finish.
Brick, who would win the man of the match award, had clearly benefited from the first game. One side-line cut in the second half from 40 metres out drew applause from both sets of fans.
Kilmoyley led 1-12 to 1-06 at the break.
The game never had the edge of the first match as the eventual winners, just like a boxer well in command of the ring, jabbed points in response to his opponents’ scores.
The gap stayed at six points until injury time.

Then Kilmoyley’s reliable keeper and Captain Aidan McCabe knocked a long ball away but only to Ballyduff predator Padraig Boyle who crashed the ball into the net.
Does lightning strike twice?
Ballyduff went hunting for an improbable third goal that would give them victory but it was not to be.

Kilmoyley were not going to be denied as they defended ferociously with Tom Murnane, Sean Dowling, Rob Collins, Sean Nolan, Savage, Godley and link man Daniel Collins all having huge games.

Mikey Boyle, David O’Grady, Tom Slattery, Padraig Boyle and Jack Goulding tried everything to rescue their side but it was Kilmoyley captain Aidan McCabe who raised the Neilus Flynn Cup aloft and Shane Brick received the man of the match award.

It was a game well referred by David Copps but both sets of players deserve praise for the sporting nature of the contest and the entertainment they provided for the paying public over the two games.

Scorers for Kilmoyley
Collins 0-8 (7 frees), L. Fitzell 1-0, S Brick 0-3, M O’Connor 0-2, R.Collins, A Royle, S Maunsell, T Murnane, P. O’Connor 0-1 apiece

Scorers for Ballyduff
P.Boyle 2-7 (7frees), M. Boyle 0-3, J. Goulding 0-2 L. Boyle 0-1

Kilmoyley: A McCabe; R Collins, C Savage, S Nolan; S Dowling, D Fitzelle, T Murnane; J Godley, P O’Connor; S Maunsell, S Brick, D Collins; M O’Connor, A Royle, L Fitzell.
Subs: J Brick for S Nolan; J McCarthy for A Royle, J McElligott for S Maunsell.

Ballyduff: PJ O’Gorman, T Slattery, P Costello, D O’Grady; E Ross, P O’Grady, A O’Carroll, D O’Carroll, M Boyle, P Boyle, L Boyle, B O’Grady, J Goulding, G O’Brien, B O’Sullivan.
Subs: E O’Connor for P Costello, P O’Carroll for B O’Grady, D Goulding for E Ross.

Referee: D Copps (Cork).

Ballyduff and Kilmoyley clash in Hurling Final Replay

All roads lead to Austin Stack Park again on this Saturday, 24th Sept. for the replay of the Garvey’s SuperValu Co. senior hurling championship final between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley. This is only the second time ever that a Co. Senior Championship Final has been played on a Saturday – the Lixnaw v Kilmoyley replay in 2014 was the previous occasion. The winners go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday, 6th November with an away game against the Clare or Limerick Intermediate Champions.

Throw in time is 5.00p.m. Patrons are requested to come early and the ticket van will be in operation as usual. Admission is at the reduced rate of €12 with OAPs and Students €8. As usual, juveniles under 16 are free. As this is a stand alone fixture, patrons are advised to pre-purchase tickets to avoid congestion at the ticket vans. Tickets can be pre-purchased at participating Supervalu and Centra stores throughout the county including Garveys Supervalu stores and Ross’s Centra in Ballyduff. Referee for the replay is Dave Copps of Cork.