South MFC ‘A’ semi-final
Kilsheelan Gaels 1-12 Moyle Rovers 3-5
In a match where the pendulum swung many times, especially in the second half, it was “The Gaels” who emerged one point winners in this Sureprint sponsored South MFC ‘A’ Semi Final at Ned Hall Park. When these sides met at the league stages it was Moyle Rovers who triumphed by a four point margin and another ding dong battle was anticipated and that is what we got.
Kilsheelan opened the scoring after four minutes when Diarmuid Devanney pointed a free. Dean Mulcahy, after a solo run, had a further point. Moyle Rovers hit back in decisive fashion. They were awarded a free out in the wing. Philip Quirke’s effort came back off the upright and in the ensuing play Michael Delahunty shot to the net. Four minutes later they were again on the goal trail. This time Rian Boland worked his way through and planted the ball in the corner of the net and in doing so he was injured and had to be replaced. Philip Quirke added a point from a free and the winners who had not scored for eighteen minutes rectified this with a Brian Hyland point. His side continued on top, early on they had free-taking problems but Colin Gleeson took over this role and pointed twice and they led by 2-1 to 0-5 after 28 minutes.
Rovers hit back with two points from frees by Quirke. As the game entered injury time Bill Maher made a scintillating run through the Rovers defence and got into a goal scoring position, however, he was fouled and Colin Gleeson pointed the resultant free and at half time Moyle Rovers led by 2-3 to 0-6.
On the restart John Kehoe pointed a free for the winners. Two minutes later Kilsheelan hit the front. Bill Maher made another decisive run through the Moyle Rovers defence, he lost possession close to goal and Conor Davin Murphy booted the loose ball to the net. Moyle Rovers were again back on level terms with a Philip Quirke pointed free. Once again they took the lead when they were awarded a penalty and Conor Kenneally made no mistake placing the ball well out of the goalkeeper’s reach. They went further ahead when Philip Quirke pointed a free from a difficult angle. This was to be their last score as “The Gaels” gained the upper hand.
Both sides now upped the tempo as the game was balanced on a knife edge. The impressive Diarmuid Devanney hit two points in quick succession. Brian Hyland reduced the leeway to the minimum with a point to leave the score 3-5 to 1-10 with nine minutes remaining. Whenever Moyle Rovers got the ball upfield they were unable to find a way through the winners defence. In the 57th minute Colin Gleeson put the sides level with a pointed free. As the game entered injury time a draw looked a strong possibility. The winners missed an easy chance of going ahead. In a further Rovers attack they were awarded a close in free but this chance also went abegging. Kilsheelan were not to be denied, they had a further free and Colin Gleeson made no mistake and they go through to the Final where they meet Commercials.
Best for Kilsheelan were Kevin Larkin, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Bill Maher, John Kehoe and Diarmuid Devanney.
Moyle Rovers were best served by Eoin O’Connor, David Mulcahy, Cathal Quigley, Philip Quirke, Conor Kenneally and Craig Condon.
Kilsheelan-Kilcash: John Smyth, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, James Fitzpatrick, David Corcoran, Adrian Mc Guire, Eoin Kehoe, Bill Maher, John Kehoe 0-1, Dean Mulcahy 0-1, Diarmuid Devanney 0-3, Tommy Sweeney, Colin Gleeson 0-5, Conor Davin Murphy 1-0 and Brian Hyland 0-2.Subs: Kevin Guiry for David Columby and Paul Maher for Conor Davin Murphy.
Moyle Rovers: Brian Gleeson, Brian Condon, Eoin O’Connor, Aidan Butler, Christopher Mulcahy, David Mulcahy, Michael Fox, Kevin O’Donnell, Cathal Quigley, Michael Delahunty 1-0, Philip Quirke 0-5, Rian Boland 1-0, Conor Kenneally 1-0, Craig Condon and Ross Mulcahy.
Subs: John Higgins for Kevin O’Donnell, Harry Mc Nulty for Rian Boland and Donal Mc Grath for Michael Fox and Dominic Walsh for Donal Mc Grath.
Referee: Brian Tyrell (Clonmel Commercials)