South MHC ‘A’
Carrick Swan 2-17
Kilsheelan Gaels 2-13
In the final round of the South MHC ‘A’, Carrick Swan, who had already qualified for the Semi Final stages, took on Kilsheelan Gaels in Ned Hall Park. The “Gaels” needed a victory here to remain in the competition.
Swan opened the scoring with a point in the first minute which was quickly followed by a goal by Michael Loughman. Diarmuid Devanney replied with a Kilsheelan point which was soon cancelled by an Eoin Hogan point for the Swan. Midfielders Bill Maher and Derek Hogan exchanged points. Kilsheelan’s Diarmuid Devanney sent the ball all the way to the back of the net from a’65 to narrow the gap. Lee Waters responded quickly with a point. Diarmuid Devanney was again on the mark once from a placed ball and another from play. Kilsheelan added further points courtesy of Bill Maher and Eoin Kehoe. Michael Loughman and Diarmuid Devanney had points from play before Swan added two further points. Devanney pointed a free for Kilsheelan while the last three scores of the half came for Swan as Dale O’Mahony, Lee Waters and Michael Loughman added to their total to lead at the break by 1-10 to 1-8.
On the resumption Kilsheelan were first on the scoresheet when Devanney pointed. Dean Fitzgerald opened his account for Swan with a point and Michael Loughman added another. Diarmuid Devanney pointed a free as Michael Loughman did likewise, from a ’65, for Swan. It was now a very keen contest and Diarmuid Devanney had a pointed free while James Lonergan scored a further point for Kilsheelan. The decisive score in this game came when Bill Barrett raised a green flag for Swan and this was followed by two points from Dean Fitzgerald as they had further points from the stick of Michael Loughman.
As time was running out a determined Kilsheelan side registered their second goal from Sean Ryan. They had some missed opportunities as the clock ticked down but they could not pull back the lead as the Swan went out deserving winners on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-14.
Swan are now through to the Semi Final and will be formidable opposition for any team. For Kilsheelan, who fought valiantly, they are out of the competition but can look positively to the future with players like Diarmuid Devanney, Kevin Guiry, Eoin Kehoe, Tadgh Lonergan, Paul and Bill Maher.
Carrick Swan: Ciaran Lonergan, Sean Dunphy, Dale O’Hanlon, Scott Hogan, Gavin O’Halloran, Colin Waters, Colm Loughman, Derek Hogan 0-1, Lee Wall 0-2, Martin Griffin, Michael Loughman 1-8, Dale O’Mahony 0-1, Eoin Hoagan 0-1, Bill Barrett 1-0 and Dean Fitzgerald 0-4.
Kilsheelan Gaels: Tadgh Lonergan, Shane Brunnock, Kevin Guiry, Sean Ryan 1-0, David Smyth, Paul Maher, Kevin Kehoe, Bill Maher 0-2, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Anthony Condon (N), Diarmuid Devanney (N) 1-9, John Smyth, Paudie O’Donovan, Joe O’Neill and Colin Gleeson. Sub: James Lonergan (N) 0-1.
Referee: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)