Garvey's SuperValu SHC QF Match Reports
Kilmoyley 1-15 Crotta O’Neill’s 2-11
By Murt Murphy
Kilmoyley staged a stirring second half comeback to deny a Crotta O’Neill’s side, who led by as much nine points deep in first half injury time of this SHC quarterfinal played before a small enough crowd at the Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening, with the extra time between Galway and Clare not helping.
It was a game that Crotta O’Neill’s will remember forever and a day as one that got away based on their first half display that had Kilmoyley on the ropes but one moments lack of concentration in the fourth minute of first half injury time, that allowed Sean Maunsell to grab a Kilmoyley goal proved crucial.
Crotta in truth had dominated the opening half and led 2-8 to 0-5 deep in injury time thanks to goals from Mike Lynch in the 18th minute and 35 yard bullet from Jordan Conway in the 30th minute. . But a Kieran Regan cross saw an unmarked Sean Maunsell grab a goal for Kilmoyley and they trailed by six rather than nine at half time (2-8 t0 1-5).
Crotta O’Neill’s led 1-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes with Kilmoyley struggling around midfield and in their fullback line. Shane Nolan and Tomás O’Connor had Crotta in front inside five minutes but superb points from Jordan Brick and Joe McElligott had Kilmoyley on level terms by the 7th minute.
Crotta then took over with Tomás O’Connor, Barry O’Mahony, Jordan Conway, Mike Lynch and Shane Nolan to the fore and points from Shane Nolan, Raymond Nolan, and Darragh O’Donoghue and then Mike Lynch had Kilmoyley struggling for air and when he was on hand to finish to the Kilmoyley net after good work by Raymond and Shane Nolan.
Then Crotta keeper Adam O’Sullivan produced a flying save to deny Joe McElligott in the 20th minute and Crotta increased their lead to eight thanks to points from Barry O’Mahony and Shane Nolan ( ’65)) but two Daniel Collins points kept Kilmoyley afloat.
Crotta then lost Mike Lynch who was working well for his side and his departure appeared to take some pressure of the Kilmoyley defence. However Jordan Conway carved open the Kilmoyley defence and rattled the net from fully 35 yards and now Crotta must have been dreaming as they led by nine.
But then came Sean Maunsell’s goal on the stroke of half time and Kilmoyley probably retired with the momentum when it should have been Crotta.
Kilmoyley took over in the second half restricting Crotta O’Neill’s to just three points, thanks to outstanding defending from veteran Tom Murnane who also chipped in with two points, James Godley and Dougie Fitzell, while Kieran Regan fired over two more points off the bench.
Daniel Collins though off target from frees, Jordan Brick with three from play and Kerry U-21 star Maurice O’Connor just did enough to ensure Kilmoyley hung on for a one point win while Crotta O’Neill’s will wonder how they just managed one score from play in the second half.
Kieran Regan and Kieran McCarthy must get credit for breaking Crotta’s stranglehold around the middle but at the end of the day, it was the experience of Tom Murnane who looks like a man who visited Tír na nÓg and Daniel Collins who displayed enough composure that proved the difference between the sides in the final analysis.
Scorers: Kilmoyley; D Collins (0-5, 2 frees, 1’65), S Maunsell (1-0), J Brick (0-3), T Murnane, M O’Connor and K Regan (0-2 each), J McElligott (0-1)
Crotta O’Neill’s: S Nolan (0-5, 2 frees, 1 ’65), J Conway (1-1), M Lynch (1-0), B O’Mahony (0-2), T O’Connor, D O’Donoghue and R Nolan (0-1 each)
J B O’Halloran; S Nolan, J Godley, S Murnane ; R Collins, T Murnane, D Fitzell; D Kennedy, K McCarthy; S Maunsell, D Collins, J Brick: M O’Connor, F McCarthy, J McElligott
Subs: K Regan for D Kennedy (30), J Redmond for F McCarthy (60), C Fitzell for J McElligott (60)
CROTTA O’NEILLS : A O’Sullivan; E Shanahan, S Weir, B Keane; T B McElligott, R Nolan, J McKenna; T O’Connor, B O’Mahony; D O’Donoghue, J Conway, M Lynch; R Nolan, S Nolan, P Quill.
Subs: D Hunt for M Lynch (23 inj), D Kennelly for P Quille (45), T Quinlan for R Nolan (54)
Referee: J Larkin (Cork)
Lixnaw 0-21 St Brendans 2-12
By Murt Murphy
The accuracy of their ace marksman Shane Conway helped keep Lixnaw in this SHC quarterfinal clash with St Brendan’s in the opening half, before he completed the job in the second half, with some help from older brother Michael, as Lixnaw reached the semis again.
St Brendans were on top in the opening twenty minutes as they built up a 1-7 to 0-3 lead with the lively Tom Moloney setting up Brendan O’Connor for an eighth minute goal. Fionnán MacKessey with two points, Tom Moloney and Cian Hussey with points had Lixnaw on the back foot but the introduction of veteran John Griffin appeared to change the momentum in Lixnaw’s favour. Four Shane Conway points allied to three bad wides from St Brendans saw the Ardfert side just lead by four at the interval 1-9 to 0-8.
Lixnaw took over in the second half with Shane Conway firing over 0-5 including a sideline cut from the ’65 and brother Michael added three more from play as St Brendan’s only managed a Fionnán MacKessey point in 20 minutes .
Shane Conway from play gave Lixnaw the lead for the first time in the 41st and they never looked in trouble after this score. Shane McElligott turned his marker to score a superb Lixnaw point while Shane Conway brought his tally to 0-11 with two more frees.
Lixnaw now led by four but Cian Hussey made it a three point game in the 50th minute but two costly wides followed. John Griffin rolled back the years with a beauty and then Daithí Griffin made it a three point game in the 59th minute.
But it was Lixnaw who were in control in added time as the industrious Ricky Heffernan and Mike Conway (2) pushed Lixnaw six clear and Jerry Wallace’s finish to net soccer style in the final seconds,
St Brendans were rightly annoyed at some calls against them but John Griffin also played a huge role as Lixnaw moved six clear in injury time and Jerry Wallace’s goal only served to put respectability on the scoreboard.
Scorers: Lixnaw: S Conway ( 0-11, 9 frees, 0-1 s/l), M Conway ( 0-4), J Griffin ( 0-2), G Stackpoole, S McElligott, R Heffernan, and J McKenna ( 0-1 each)
St Brendans: F MacKessey (0-4), J Wallace and B O’Connor (1-0 each), C Hussey (1f), J Egan (1f) and T Moloney (0-2 each), D Griffin and P Kearney (0-1 each)
LIXNAW: M Stackpoole; M Quilter , S Power, J Silles; G Stackpoole, D Shanahan , B Brosnan; P Corridan , S McElligott; B McAuliffe, R Heffernan, J McKenna ; S Conway , M Conway, J Flaherty
Subs: J Griffin for J Silles (20), R Galvin for J Flaherty (53), W Costello for J McKenna (58)
ST BRENDAN’S; D Delaney D Finnegan ; K Woulfe, S Leen; P Kearney , K Hanafin, K Orpen; D Dineen, J Wallace ; C Hussey , T Moloney , D Griffin ; B O’Connor, F MacKessey, J Egan
Subs: E Leen for P Kearney (48), K Fitzgerald for D Finnegan (48), B O’Regan for B O’Connor (58)
Referee: D Curtin (Cork)