Match Report - Intermediate Hurling Final
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Donal O’Sullivan Downs Causeway as Kilgarvan are champions
Kilgarvan 1-19 Causeway 1-13
By Murt Murphy
Kilgarvan put in a powerful last quarter to quench the persistent challenge of a Causeway side, which certainly missed the influence of their veteran goal getter John Mike Dooley as youth prevailed in this competitive County Intermediate Hurling Final, played at Lewis Rd Killarney on Saturday evening.
It was a tight contest for the opening three quarters of the game with Kilgarvan, thanks to the free taking of Sean Godfrey and a 14th minute goal by Donal O’Sullivan leading by just two 1-14 to 1-12, with Gary Carey scoring 1-9 of Causeway’s total from frees and play.
Then in the 46th minute came the turning point, as Kerry U-21 B All-Ireland medal winner Gearoid Fennessy, fielded a high ball in his own square but was injured by a dangerous l stroke as he tried to clear. This led to heated exchanges and a flare up but wise heads on both sides kept a lid on it.
However, this incident appeared to really get Kilgarvan’s dander up and they proceeded to put Causeway to the sword for the final quarter and it looked as if there was only going to be one winner and that was Kilgarvan.
While it was the Kilgarvan spine that laid the foundations for this impressive win, following on so quickly after the Novice Football win by the same group of players last Sunday, the player who made Causeway pay, was the brilliant Kerry Minor star Donal O’Sullivan (Down).
O’Sullivan had just scored a point from a Liam Twomey pass in the 46th just before the row started and then his pace and skill proved too much for the Causeway defence. He extended his sides lead to three in the 44th with a superb point after collecting the ball near the sideline and beating his marker with sheer pace.
Padraig Harty responded for Causeway in the 50th minute with a superb long range point but this was their only score in the final quarter as Patrick O’Shea, John Mark Foley, Gearoid Fennessy, Keith Harrington and the outstanding Sean Godfrey took over.
But it was Donal O’Sullivan who proved to be the Terminator with superb point on the run in the 53rd minute, before setting up another minor Daniel Casey to extend Kilgarvan’s lead to four in the 55th minute.
John Mark Foley, who must be close to a Kerry call up, then dropped a free short to Sean Godfrey who extended it the lead to five and it was fitting that Donal O’Sullivan should round off proceedings with a 58th minute beauty as Kilgarvan got ready to celebrate a deserved six point victory.
The first half had been a battle of the free takers with Kilgarvan leading 1-10 to 1-8 with Eamon and John Fitzgerald, Alan Carey and Cyril Dineen who did not get enough ball, best for the vanquished.
Teams and Scorers:
KILGARVAN: Flor O’Donoghue; Ger Donovan, Patrick O’Shea, Liam Twomey; Sean Casey, John Mark Foley, Shane O’Sullivan; Gearoid Fennessy ( 0-1), Con Godfrey ( 0-1); Richard O’Sullivan, Keith Harrington, Connie Cremin ( 0-1); Daniel Casey ( 0-1), Sean Godfrey ( 0-10, 8 frees), Donal O’Sullivan ( 1-5)
CAUSEWAY: Darren Barrett; Shane Leahy, Paul O’Grady, Ger Leen; Fergus Carroll, Eamonn Fitzgerald , John Cantillon; Padraig Harty ( 0-1), Conor Diggin; Nathan Dineen, Adam Whyte ( 0-1), Gary Carey ( 1-9, 7 frees); C Dineen ( 0-2), John Fitzgerald, Eric McHale
Subs: Barry Walshe for Shane Leahy (40), Mike Lynch for Nathan Dineen (40)
Referee; John Hennessy (Ballyduff)