Senior Club Championship Rd 3: Kenmare 0-12; Austin Stacks 1-16.
Played in ideal conditions in Fr. Breen Park, Kenmare on this Easter Sunday afternoon (21st April) our Seniors notched up a third win out of three in this final round robin game of the Club Championship to set up a mouth-watering final against Dr. Crokes next week-end.
While we had to come from behind in our opening two games it was a different story on this occasion as we led from start to finish. We were four points up after eight minutes before Kenmare got off the mark in the 10th minute. Seán Quilter was again our main marksman with three of those points (two from play) with our 4th coming from a long-ranged effort by Shane O’Callaghan.
During the next 15 minutes we added a further four points with four different players on target – Greg Horan, Shane O’Callaghan (his 2nd), Colin Griffin and a long-ranged one from Darragh O’Brien. During this period Kenmare added three more. We put over two more before the break – the first a real team effort – Barry Shanahan starting the move, continued by Calla who found Wayne Guthrie and his high shot into the square tapped over the bar by Kieran Donaghy. The final score of the half came from our other corner back Jack O’Shea, with Wayne and Darragh involved in the build-up, to leave us six points up at the break (0-10 to 0-4).
That was still the margin between the sides after 28 minutes of the second half (0-15 to 0-9). Seán Quilter continued his scoring tally putting over a further four points (three from frees) with Shane O’Callaghan scoring the 5th (his 3rd). Even though we still maintained a comfortable lead Kenmare looked dangerous every time they came forward but again our defence was Rock solid and turned over attack after attack. So when our goal came in the 59th minute it put the result beyond doubt for the first time in the game. And it was a real opportunist goal. Seán Quilter was fouled but the ever-alert Shane O’Callaghan saw Michael O’Gara on his own and he took a quick free to Michael who slotted the ball to the right of the keeper for the only goal of the game. In the five minutes of added time Kenmare added three points while our last point came from a well-taken 45 by Seán Quilter to bring his points tally to eight (he also scored eight in the last game against Kilcummin).
We were the only team of the eight who participated in the group stage to win all our three games but that will count for nothing unless we now go all the way and win the final which would be a repeat of the result over Crokes when we last won the title three years ago by the slimmest of margins (2-12 to 1-14). The game has been fixed for next Sunday (28th April) in Austin Stack Park at 2.30pm (please note this is a provisional fixture yet to be confirmed at tomorrow night’s CCC meeting).
Team: Robbie Murphy, Colin Griffin (0-1), Barry Shanahan, Jack O’Shea (0-1), Ciarán O’Reilly, Ronan Shanahan, Jack Morgan, Wayne Guthrie (Capt), Joseph O’Connor, Greg Horan (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-1), Fiachna Mangan, Seán Quilter (0-8 – four frees; one 45), Kieran Donaghy (0-1, Shane O’Callaghan (0-3).
Subs used: Michael O’Gara (51m) (1-0), Conor Jordan (55m), Ferdia O’Brien (56m), Donagh McKivergan (57m).