Match Report - Intermediate Final - Kilcummin V Glenflesk
Castleisland County Intermediate Football Final: Kilcummin make quick return to senior ranks after thriller
Kilcummin 4-13 Glenflesk 2-13
By Murt Murphy
Kilcummin made a quick return back to the senior championship ranks after dropping down to the Intermediate ranks last year, with an impressive six point win over their East Kerry neighbours Glenflesk, in another all action county intermediate football final, played before a huge crowd at the Austin Stack Park.
The earlier county junior final which required overtime to see Beaufort outscore Na Gaeil after a game of thirty seven scores was going to be a hard act to follow but Kilcummin and Glenflesk went very close.
Kilcummin made an explosive start with wing back Seán O’Leary racing through the Glenflesk defence and rattling the net and by the end of the opening quarter, Kilcummin had added two more goals and three points with Glenflesk only managing two minors.
The points came from Shane McSweeney, Kerry star Kevin McCarthy and a Noel Duggan free while Duggan set up McCarthy for a goal in the 12th minute and then Duggan again with the assist saw Padraig Nagle make it 3-3 to 0-2.
Glenflesk thanks to Jeff O’Donoghue and Kieran Murphy got back into the contest and dominated the second quarter with Darragh Roche adding four frees and a superb goal after Lee O’Donoghue was denied. Kilcummin squandered two goal chances but led 3-5 to 1-8 at the interval.
An early Darragh Roche second half goal saw Glenflesk lead by a point but Kevin McCarthy was proving a menace as he kicked another point, while Duggan ( free) and a superb Kieran Murphy point , saw Kilcummin move two clear but Roche and Lee O’Donoghue levelled with 44 minutes gone.
But Kilcummin were stronger around the middle third, and Kevin McCarthy kicked two inspirational points on the trot while Noel Duggan made it a three point game with then left. Then the turning point when Brendan Kealy made stunning stop to deny Lee O’Donoghue and then when the ’45 came in, Kevin Gorman blocked a Roche effort.
Glenflesk then were awarded a penalty when Michael O’Shea was upended but Darragh Roche drilled it wide of Kealy’s right glove. Daniel O’Brien reduced the deficit to two with five left but then man of the match Seán O’Leary collected from Shane McSweeney and scored his second goal and his sides fourth and Kilcummin had broken Glenflesk’s resolve and eased to their first Intermediate win.
Kilcummin; K McCarthy (1-4), S O’Leary (2-1), N Duggan (0-3 frees), P Nagle (1-0), S McSweeney and K Murphy (0-2 each), K Teahan (0-1)
Glenflesk: D Roche (2-5, 4frees), L O’Donoghue (0-2), C Horan, M O’Shea, S O’Donoghue, J O’Donoghue, B O’Donoghue and D O’Brien (0-1 each)
KILCUMMIN ; B Kealy; C O’Leary, D Moynihan, D Maher; S O’Leary, P Casey, W Maher; K Gorman, K Murphy; S McSweeney, G O’Leary, P Nagle; K McCarthy, Damien O’Leary, N Duggan
Subs: M Keane for D O’Leary (h/t), J McCarthy for G O’Leary (33), Daniel O’Leary for D Moynihan (48), K Teahan for P Nagle (54), J O’Donoghue for W Maher (56)
GLENFLESK: R Kelliher; C O’Mahony, S Courtney, C O’Donoghue; D O’Brien, J McCarrick, C Horan; J O’Donoghue, K Murphy; P Healy, D Roche, B O’Donoghue; I Roche, L O’Donoghue, M O’Shea
Subs: S O’Donoghue for S Courtney (13), A Murphy for K Murphy (b/c 41), D Lucey for I Roche (54), S Dennehy for M O’Shea (60), J Donavan for C O’Mahony (63)
Referee: P O’Sullivan (Firies)