Garvey's SuperValu SHC SF Match Reports
Garveys SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship- Semi-Final
Kilmoyley snatch victory over champions with injury time winner
Kilmoyley 0-20 Ballyduff 0-19
By Murt Murphy
A 63rd minute point from Joe McElligott saw Kilmoyley send champions Ballyduff crashing out of this year’s SHC in this exciting second semi-final played at the Austin Stack Park.
Ballyduff appeared the most likely winners, when they led 0-17 to 0-15 in the 53rd minute as Jordan Brick and Sean Maunsell were keeping Kilmoyley in the contest with Padraig Boyle and Jack Goulding at times, threatening to ensure Ballyduff would be trying to make it title number 26 in two weeks time.
However the turning point of this contest occurred in the 54th minute when Mikey Boyle on a yellow was forced to haul Maurice O’Connor down as he bore down on the Ballyduff goal and second yellow saw Ballyduff’s talisman Boyle being sent off.
Daniel Collins converted the resultant free and then P J O’Gorman fluffed his puck-out straight to Joe McElligott and he levelled with his third from play. Then Jack Goulding restored Ballyduff’s lead but James Godley, Dougie Fitzell and Tom Murnane were driving Kilmoyley forward and McElligott levelled again.
Ballyduff even with 14, refused to throw in the towel and Aidan Boyle gave them the lead and then Kilmoyley were denied a goal when Sean Maunsell beat the keeper but Anthony O’Carroll took it off the line.
Daniel Collins levelled in the 60th minute and a replay looked on the cards when Collins missed a very scorable free in added time. However Joe McElligott saved his blushes when he fired over the winner, in a man of the display in 63rd minute and Ballyduff were out.
Kilmoyley started brightly as Ballyduff were slow off the blocks moving 0-4 to 0-1 clear inside the opening seven minutes thanks to points from Jordan Brick, Daniel Collins ( free), Kieran Regan and Brick again with another fine effort.
Ballyduff were struggling to get to the of the game and had only a Jack Goulding point on the board before Padraig Boyle closed the gap with a fine effort from play. Mikey Boyle then fired wide before Jack Goulding went for goal which was saved instead of a point which was on.
Joe McElligott then got the first of his points of the afternoon in the 11th minute but Ballyduff were starting to get to the pace of the game and three points from Jack Goulding , Padraig Boyle and Paul O’Grady had the sides tied on 0-5 apiece at the end of the opening quarter.
Rob Collins and Jordan Brick pushed Kilmoyley two clear again before Ballyduff appeared to gain the upper hand with Padraig Boyle profiting from route one ball and he scored two superb points on the bounce and then converted two frees. Tom Murnane kept Kilmoyley within a point before Kilmoyley enjoyed a purple patch coming up to half time.
Points from Maurice O’Connor ( 2) who had abandoned his defensive role and another from Joe McElligott had Kilmoyley 0-11 to 0-9 in front as Podge Boyle had a goal chance blocked by Kilmoyley and Ballyduff’s barren spell of six minutes before time ultimately cost them.
The opening minutes of the second half were controlled by Ballyduff as they added 0-5 with Mikey Boyle and Jack O’Sullivan adding to three from Podge Boyle while Sean Maunsell got Kilmoyley’s sole reply from Sean Maunsell.
Kilmoyley were now hurling well at the back where James Godley, Tom Murnane and Dougie Fitzell were outstanding and at the other end the Ballyduff full-back line was starting to leak. Both sides were guilty of some bad wides but turnovers were hurting Ballyduff. Still they maintained a two point cushion until the sending off of Mikey Boyle set up a thrilling finish.
Kilmoyley will now meet Lixnaw in a repeat of 2014 final and have a chance to join Ballyduff at the top of the roll of honour with 25 SHC titles each.
Kilmoyley: J McElligott (0-5), J Brick (0-4), D Collins (3f’s and S Maunsell (0-3 each), M O’Connor (0-2), R Collins, T Murnane and K Regan (0-1 each)
Ballyduff: P Boyle (0-10, 7 frees), J Goulding (0-3), J O’Sullivan (0-2), M Boyle, P O’Carroll, A Boyle and L Boyle (0-1 each)
Kilmoyley: J B O’Halloran; S Nolan, J Godley, S Murnane; R Collins, T Murnane, D Fitzell; K Regan , K McCarthy; J Brick, D Collins, S Maunsell; M O’Connor, F McCarthy, J McElligott
Subs: J Godley for S Murnane (36), M Regan for K Regan (60), E McCarthy for S Maunsell (62)
TEAMS: BALLYDUFF: P J O’Gorman; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, A O’Carroll; D Goulding, P Costelloe, E Ross; J Hussey, M Boyle; J O’Sullivan, D O’Carroll, P O’Carroll; J Goulding, A Boyle, P Boyle
Subs: L Boyle for J Hussey (45)
Referee; J Mullins (Limerick)
Garveys SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship- Semi-Final
Lixnaw win thanks to the Shane Conway show
Lixnaw 1-16 Causeway 0-15
By Murt Murphy
The silken skills of Lixnaw and Kerry Senior and U-21 star Shane Conway are well recognized in Kerry hurling circles but it is fair to say that he had even the Causeway crowd spellbound, as he inspired his side to a surprise win over Causeway in this SHC semi-final played at the Austin Stack Park.
Conway scored all but three of his sides points and some of the scores he got in the second half when the game was in the melting pot had the crowd applauding. Take his point in the 43rd minute when he caught a cross field ball from Brian McAuliffe and turned in the same motion before splitting the posts from the sideline.
Then in the 56th minute with Lixnaw hanging on to 0-15 to 0-13 scoreline, Colin Sheehy found Conway on the end line and using all his sorcery, he wriggled his way in along before forcing a defender to deflect the ball into his own net. Brother Mike finished Causeway off with a late point but Causeway had no answer to the genius of young Shane Conway.
Causeway will be disappointed as they appeared to be about to deliver this year as they were intent in winning the Neilus Flynn for the first time since 1998 but it was not to be and from the start they appeared sluggish or maybe it was nerves because they are a young side. They just did not get enough quality ball into their full-forward line and some of their decision making late on was debatable dropping frees short in a half that lasted 38 minutes.
You knew Causeway were in trouble when they summoned John Mike Dooley in the 52nd minute but any high ball that came in the Lixnaw defence were able to bat it away and to see Pat Corridan and John Mike Dooley contesting a dropping ball rolled back the years and sent shivers down the spine.
Lixnaw’s defence was outstanding throughout with Darragh Shanahan, Brian McAuliffe, Michael Quilter and Brendan Brosnan to the fore while Causeway were grateful for the Diggins brothers Jason and Joseph along with free taking of Brandon Barrett.
Lixnaw displayed more intensity in the opening quarter as they were won many of the fifty-fifty battles and with Causeway indiscipline affording Lixnaw sharpshooter Shane Conway to score 0-4 from placed balls including a sixty five.
John Griffin was influential at midfield for Lixnaw while Shane Conway scored Lixnaw’s first point from play in the 21st minute as the sides were tired at 0-6 apiece after 24 minutes.
Lixnaw thanks to two Shane Conway points and one from James Flaherty pushed Lixnaw two clear but Joe Diggins ensured that Lixnaw only led 0-9 to 0-8 at the interval.
It was nip and tuck between the free takers in the second period until Shane Conway scored that wonder goal and point that saw Lixnaw though to the final.
So the 2014 champions Lixnaw are back in the final and they will be trying to atone for last years County Final loss to Ballyduff when they meet Kilmoyley in two weeks time and they have been beaten Kilmoyley in the last two county finals that have contested.
- A minutes silence was observed before the game for the late Eileen Flaherty mother of former Lixnaw great Sean and grandmother of James who played in the game and scored a point before limping off in the second half.
Lixnaw: S Conway (1-14, 9 frees, 1’65), B Brosnan, M Conway and J Conway (0-1 each)
Causeway: B Barrett (0-8, 5 frees, 2 ‘65’s), Joseph Diggins (0-2), T Barrett, C Harty, J Leahy, B Murphy and K Carmody (0-1 each)
TEAMS: CAUSEWAY: S Murphy; M Murphy, B Lyons, T Barrett; C Harty, J Diggins, E Murphy; J Leahy, J Diggins; K Carmody, B Murphy, A Fealy ; G Dooley, B Barrett, D Goggin
Subs: T Casey for A Fealy (h/t), G O’Mahoney for D Goggin (40), J M Dooley for K Carmody (52),
LIXNAW: M Stackpoole; M Quilter, S Power, P Corridan; G Stackpoole, D Shanahan, B Brosnan; J Griffin, S McElligott; D McCarthy, R Heffernan, B McAuliffe ; S Conway, M Conway, J Flaherty
Subs: C Sheehy for J Flaherty (50), R Galvin for B Brosnan (53)
Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)