In the first semi-final of the South Minor A Hurling Championship Kilsheelan/Kilcash upset the form book by beating favourites St.Maryâ€™s by 0-14 to 0-12 in a great game in Monroe on Sunday last.
St. Maryâ€™s started brightly but hit a couple of wides before Kilsheelan/Kilcash opened the scoring with points from Brendan Martin and Eoin Kehoe, before St.Maryâ€™s replied with a point from Ross Peters. The teams exchanged points equally until 5 minutes before half-time, when St. Maryâ€™s got the upper hand and raced into a 3-point lead at the interval, 0-9 to 0-6.â€¨At the start of the second half St. Maryâ€™s opened a 5-point lead after 10 minutes. But from there to the finish, with Eoin Kehoe and Martin Gibbs taking control of midfield, Kilsheelan pushed forward and went 2 points up with three minutes to go.â€¨St. Maryâ€™s tried hard to force the goal they needed but the Kilsheelan Kilcash defence dealt capably with everything that was thrown at them to come out on top.â€¨St. Maryâ€™s were bitterly disappointed but have to admit that they met a team that was far hungrier. Kilsheelan Kilcash will be thrilled to get to a south final and with a good few players from their U-16s - who won the South B Final on Friday night - will face either Carrick Swans or Moyle Rovers in the decider.â€¨Scorers: Kilsheelan: Eoin Kehoe 0-9, Martin Gibbs 0-3, Paul Maher 0-2 and Brendan Martin 0-2. â€¨St Maryâ€™s : Ross Peters 0-8, Padraic Looram 0-3, Paudie White 0-2 and Richie Gunne 0-1.â€¨St. Maryâ€™s - Michael Boland, Robbie Lyons, Sean Gunne, Darragh Phelan, Kyle Peters, Liam Ryan, David Collins, Richie Gunne, Matt Barlow, Ross Dennehy, Eric Walsh, Paudie White, Ross Peters, Paraic Looram, Jack Kennedy.â€¨Kilsheelan/Kilcash - Tadhg Lonergan, Sean Ryan, Kevin Guiry, Aaron Larkin, John Smyth, Kevin Kehoe, Daire Brennan, Martin Gibbs, Eoin Kehoe, Brendan Martin, David Smyth, Paul Maher, Paudie Donovan, Joe Oâ€™Neill, Mark Kehoe.â€¨Subs: Brian Guiry and Eddie Carroll. Referee - Paddy Ivors.