Fanning hits five goals for Killenaule in County Tipperary football championshnip

Former All-Star hurler, Declan Fanning banged home five goals as Killenaule romped to an impressive victory over a depleted Moyne-Templetuohy in the first round of the county senior football championship at Littleton on Friday evening, winning 7-11 t.o 0-3

Former All-Star hurler, Declan Fanning banged home five goals as Killenaule romped to an impressive victory over a depleted Moyne-Templetuohy in the first round of the county senior football championship at Littleton on Friday evening, winning 7-11 t.o 0-3

In what was a virtuoso performance by the veteran, he added a further two points from play as the team, in which he is also involved in the backroom as a selector, powered their way to the easiest of wins in a one-sided game.

More than many clubs, Moyne-Templetuohy have suffered the ravages of emigration and in simple terms just were not up to the mark here. The result was a freak one however, in that on another night, the margin of their defeat would not have been anything like this. The Mid side deserve full credit for a game performance that deserved much better, and their refusal to throw in the towel right to the finish.

However, it was Declan Fanning’s night. He grabbed his first goal after eighteen minutes when Tony Doyle created the opening, to put Killenaule 1-3 to no score clear. Ronan Ely opened Moyne-Templetuohy’s account four minutes later and Odhran Lloyd added another point in the 24th minute to raise their hopes.

These were short lived as inside a minute, Declan Fanning had goaled twice, the first, in the 25th minute, rounding off a neat Killenaule move, and the second, directly from the kick-out. Now 3-3 to 0-2 ahead, it was hard to see Killenaule losing as they were playing a flowing, attacking game, linking well together, with Tony Doyle a key figure orchestrating things up front.

Killenaule were 3-5 to 0-2 ahead at the interval and had the breeze to favour them in the second half. It was going to take a mighty effort from Moyne-Templetuohy to turn this game around, and it never materialised. Points by Tony Doyle, Stephen Browne and John “Bubbles” O Dwyer inside four minutes extended the South side’s advantage, and then came the real killer blow as Fanning was once more in the right spot to finish off another excellent Killenaule move with goal number four in the thirty eighth minute.

Odhran Lloyd’s point for Moyne-Templetuohy in the 9th minute, did not stop the flow as Killenaule responded with a fifth goal from Cathal Bergin in the 48th minute and Declan Fanning set the seal on a remarkable individual performance with his fifth goal in the 53rd minute.

“Bubbles” O Dwyer rounded off the scoring spree with a seventh goal four minutes from the end leaving Killenaule twenty nine points winners.

Killenaule never anticipated so comfortable a passage to the next round, and while they will take great heart from an excellent display, they will not need reminding that much stiffer tasks lie ahead. Indeed, this week they meet Clonmel Commercials in the South semi-final, after which they will have a much clearer picture of their standing.

A more searching test might have benefitted them more in advance of the clash with Commercials, but the side showed lots of talent and were obviously enjoying their football. While Declan Fanning’s performance overshadowed all others, players such as Tony Doyle, “Bubbles” O Dwyer, Michael Doyle, and Cathal Bergin, were also key figures in what all-round was a most impressive performance.

Moyne-Templetuohy are going through a difficult time and deserve all credit for their efforts “to keep the show on the road”. Their performance deserve much better than a twenty nine points defeat but that is scant consolation, and the heroics of such as Ronan Ely, Louis Everard, Odhran Lloyd, Joe Grady, and Jack Fogarty were not enough to stem the tide . Goalkeeper, veteran Tom Guilfoyle, pressed into service in the absence of Martin Kelly, could do nothing about the goal glut.

Killenaule – Matthew O Donnell; Declan Ryan, Joe O Dwyer, Michael Fitzgerald; Niall Bergin, Kieran Bergin, Michael Doyle(0-1); Cathal Bergin(1-0), Paddy Codd; Daniel Guinan, Tony Doyle(0-1), John O Dwyer(1-5); Gerry Kennedy(0-1), Kenneth Browne, Declan Fanning (5-2); Subs- Stephen Browne(0-1) for Browne; Jimmy Feehan for Ryan; Stephen Hannigan for T Doyle; Jonathan Gleeson for Kennedy

Moyne-Templetuohy – Tom Guilfoyle; Michael Esmonde, Cathal Ely, Joe Grady; Ronan Ely(0-1), John Coghlan, Gerry Maher; Louis Everard, Tom Meade; Denis Kelly, Tomas Hassett, Jack Fogarty; Pierce Meade, Aidan Kelly, Odhran Lloyd(0-2);

Ref – Tom McGrath, Loughmore-Castleiney