Match Report U21 Acorn Life County Final
The Acorn Life County U-21 Football Championship Final:
Cronin proves to be the beast from the East in U-21county final win
East Kerry 0-19 Dingle 0-8
By Murt Murphy
Even without a number of star players including David Clifford East Kerry proved too strong for a gusty Dingle side in this Acorn Life County U-21 Football Final played before a small attendance at the Austin Stack Park last Tuesday evening.
East Kerry even without their chief marksman Clifford who was forced to miss the final due to a shoulder injury had too much firepower for Dingle who was without Conor Geaney.
It was far too easy for East Kerry who was on top throughout the field and Dingle was never in the game with a chance of winning from midway through the first half.
The early exchanges were even enough with the both sides guilty of some poor shooting as Gareth Hickey Brosnan and Tomas Sheehy on mark for Dingle while Evan Cronin and David Spillane replied for East Kerry as the sides were tied on 0-2 apiece after ten minutes.
However East Kerry took over for the rest of the opening half as Evan Cronin, Donnacha O’Sullivan and Dara Moynihan carved openings in the Dingle defence and four unanswered points from East Kerry, with Donnacha O’Sullivan kicking two, and one each from man of the match Evan Cronin and David Spillane.
By half time East Kerry had moved 0-10 to 0-4 in front with Evan Cronin kicking points for fun and Dingle could only add points from Tomas Sheehy (free) and Deividas Uosis.
East Kerry with the wind to their backs assumed compete control in the second half with full-back kicking two points and they moved with purpose and cohesion upfront while at the other end Dingle kicked too many wides including scorable frees.
East Kerry had moved 0-15 to 0-6 clear by the end of the third quarter with points from Lee O’Donoghue, Chris O’Donoghue, Donnacha O’Sullivan and Evan Cronin with two more.
Dingle just could not buy a score with Tomas Sheehy adding two more frees but they did create a goal chance in the 45th minute when Dylan Geaney found himself one on one with East Kerry keeper Conor McCarthy who made a blinding save from point blank range.
This ended any hopes of a Dingle revival as East Kerry added four more points while emptying their bench in the process and East Kerry even without David Clifford and Brian Friel coasted to a facile win with Evan Cronin on 0-6 getting the Man of the Match but in truth it was a bloodless win.
County Board Chairman Tim Murphy congratulated East Kerry afterwards and commiserated with Dingle as he presented to Cup to East Kerry captain Evan Cronin. He thanked Pius Horgan and Acorn Life for their continued sponsorship now in its eleventh year.
ACORN LIFE MAN OF THE MATCH EVAN CRONIN (SPA)
Scorers: East Kerry: E Cronin ( 0-6), D O’Sullivan ( 0-4, 2 frees), C O’Donoghue and L O’Donoghue ( 0-3each), D Moynihan, Mark Ryan and D Spillane ( 0-1 each )
DINGLE; T Sheehy ( 0-4 frees), D Uosis ( 0-3), G Hickey Brosnan ( 0-1)
East Kerry: C McCarthy ( Legion); E Fitzgerald ( Spa), C O’Donoghue ( Glenflesk) , D Doherty ( Legion); S O’Leary ( Kilcummin) , C Gammell ( Legion) , N Donahue ( Firies) ; F Murphy ( Legion) , M Ryan ( Rathmore) ; D Moynihan ( Spa) , D O’Sullivan Firies) , E Cronin ( Spa) ; D Spillane ( Spa) , L O’Donoghue ( Glenflesk) , P McCarthy ( Legion)
Subs: Subs: D O’Brien ( Glenflesk) for D Spillane (37), M McCarthy ( Spa) for D O’Brien (50), J Nagle ( Kilcummin) for P McCarthy (52), N McCarthy ( Spa) for D O’Sullivan (55), D O’Mahony ( Firies) for N Donahue (57), L Brosnan( Firies) for Finbar Murphy (57)
Dingle: Eoin Brosnan; Brian O’Connor, Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Cathal Sheehy; Mark Ashe, Aiden O’Connor, Michael Boland; Mikey Boyle, Niall Geaney; Ruadhan McCarthy, Gareth Hickey Brosnan, Deividas Uosis; Tomás Sheehy, T Devane , Liam Brosnan
Subs: L O’Connell for L Brosnan (28)
Referee: Paul O’Sullivan ( Dromid Pearses)