Killenaule through to South SF final after extra-time win over Cahir

Killenaule  0-13 Cahir  0-11 (after extra time)

Killenaule  0-13 Cahir  0-11 (after extra time)

It took 80 minutes for Killenaule to qualify to meet Ballyporeen in the semi-final of the South Senior Football championship when they overcame Cahir in Ballyporeen on Tuesday evening of last week.

Killenaule forged ahead in the second half of extra time to eventually see off the very determined Cahir challenge.

With both teams deploying blanket defences just one point was scored in the first quarter, from Killenaule’s Stephen Hennigan in the 4th minute. Killenaule, with Tony Doyle pulling the strings, opened up a three point lead by the 25th minute. Cahir, led by captain James McGrath, at last began to find openings in the Killenaule defence and hit three points in as many minutes from Liam Casey, James McGrath and Diarmuid Tarrant to leave the sides level at 0-4 each at the break.

The scores were tied at 0-8 each at the end of normal time. and points from Eddie O’Brien and Eoin O’Connell eventually gave Killenaule the edge in extra time.

Killenaule just about deserved victory and they had excellent performers in Stephen Browne, James Feehan, Joe O’Dwyer, Kieran Bergin, Paddy Codd and Tony Doyle. Cahir bow out of the South championship in spite of the best efforts of Gerald Hally, Sean O’Connor, Robbie Costigan, Liam Casey, Niall McKenna and James McGrath.

Killenaule - Matthew O’Donnell, Stephen Browne (0-2), James Feehan, Michael Fitzgerald, Joe O’Dwyer, Kieran Bergin (0-1), Gearoid O’Rourke, Paddy Codd, Cathal Bergin, Stephen Hennigan (0-1), Tony Doyle (0-1 free), Gerry Kennedy, Eddie O’Brien (0-3), Aiden Leahy, Daniel Guinan (0-2). Subs - Eoin O’Connell (0-2), Declan Fanning (0-1 free), Kevin Prendergast and Thomas Keaveny.

Cahir - Brian Enright, Mikey O’Connor, Gerald Hally, Conor Casey, Sean O’Connor, Aiden Casey, Robbie Costigan, Diarmuid Tarrant (0-1), Liam Casey (0-3), Benny Hickey (0-3, 1 free), Niall McKenna (0-1), Dean Lonergan (0-1), Padraig Whelan, Shane Murphy, James McGrath (0-1). Subs - Eoin Donaghy, Paddy Flaherty, Eddie Kendrick (0-1), Johnny McMahon, Tom O’Gorman.