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Kenmare defeat Legion to qualify for Senior Club Final 2017-05-07 20:35:00

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Semi Final

Kenmare Shamrocks 3-12 Killarney Legion 1-13

After an entertaining hour’s football in sun baked Fitzgerald Stadium, in what was a dress rehearsal for the County Championship meeting next weekend, Kenmare, without the unavailable Paul O’Connor, qualified for a first senior club final thanks to a deserved five points victory over a fancied Legion side. There were some fine passages of open play throughout and good scores from play with Kenmare’s Seanie O’Shea and James O’Donoghue for the Killarney side being particularly impressive in that department.

Seanie O’Shea passed up an early goal chance for Kenmare and Finbarr Murphy brought a good save from Kieran Fitzgibbob  at the other end and the sides were level on 2 points apiece at the end of the first quarter . Donal Lyne, Conor Keane and a fine James O’Donoghue score had Legion three to the good but Micheál McCarthy fed Dean Cassidy for a Kenmare goal in the 19th minute to level up the game once again. Rob Leen and Stephen O’Brien swapped points after a number of wides for both sides and then after Seanie O’Shea pointed a free, Dean Cassidy intercepted the restart and he put Stephen O’Brien through with the simple task of rounding Brian Kelly for a goal in the 28th minute. James O’Donoghue replied with a good score and at the break it was 2-4 to 0-7 for Kenmare.

Conor Keane and and Seanie O’Shea swapped points before a good move involving James O’Donoghue and Finbarr Murphy saw Denis Sheahan finish to the net in the 34th minute to level up the game. Kenmare’s response to this setback was impressive and they kicked four points without reply to lead by four at the three quarter stage. James O’Donoghue with a good point and Seanie O’Shea from a free exchanged points and Conor Keane and James O’Donoghue from a free halved the deficit to a manageable 2 points. Stephen O’Brien for Kenmare and Jamie O’Sullivan for Legion had points from play as a bit of needle began to creep into proceedings and eventually Kenmare captain Kevin O’Sullivan received a second yellow with five minutes remaining. However Seanie O’Shea came to |Kenmare’s rescue when he jinked his way through the Legion defence for a fine individual goal a minute later and all that was left was for James O’Donoghue and O’Shea to swap pointed frees in the remaining time.

Kenmare Shamrocks: Kieran Fitzgibbon, Denis Cronin, Dara O'Shea, Dara Crowley (0-1), Aidan Crowley, Shane O'Sullivan, Sean O'Leary, Kevin O'Sullivan  (Capt), David Hallissey (0-1), Stephen O'Brien (1-3), Donal O'Connor, Sean O'Shea (1-7, 5 fr), Dean Cassidy (1-0), Micheál McCarthy, Brian O'Sullivan. Subsused: Kevin Price, Gavin O’Shea and Brian Clifford.

Killarney Legion: Brian Kelly, Cathal Sheahan, Danny Sheahan(captain), Chris Davies, Darragh O’Doherty, Denis Sheahan (1-0), Jonathan Lyne, Shaun Keane, Billy McGuire, Rob Leen (0-1), Conor Culloty, Donal Lyne (0-1), James O’Donoghue (0-6, 2Fr), Conor Keane (0-3, 2fr), Finbarr Murphy (0-1 “45”. Subs used: Alan Moriarty and Jamie O’Sullivan (0-1).

Referee: Denis Sayers (Austin Stacks).