Match Report: Keane's SuperValu County Minor Final
The Keane's Supervalu Minor Championship Final
East Kerry complete three in a row with ease
East Kerry 1-19 St Kierans 0-9
By Murt Murphy
EAST Kerry’s dominance of the Keane’s SuperValu County Minor Football Championship continued in Austin Stack Park today as they had 13 points to spare in seeing off a St Kierans side who never quite played to their potential on the day. The win ensured that the Frank King Cup stayed in the East for the third consecutive year.
The holders made good use of a tricky breeze in the first period and put the St Kierans kick-out under massive pressure in taking a nine-point lead at half-time. East Kerry led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 12 minutes but a key moment came three minutes later when St Kierans’ Sean O’Connell put Shay Walsh through for a goal chance that centre-back Dan Murphy managed to clear off the line with David Dineen subsequently scoring down the other end for the defending champions.
A Danny Hickey point for St Kierans made it 0-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes but East Kerry really stepped it up a gear from here with six consecutive points to lead by nine with five minutes of the first period remaining. Sean Doherty, Patrick D’Arcy, Darragh Lyne, Kieran O’Donoghue and Dineen were amongst the East Kerry scorers as they finished the first-half on a downer following a straight red card for Paul O’Shea in the 28th minute following an incident with St Kierans’ Cathal Dunne. Luka Brosnan and Darragh Rahilly exchanged points in the half-time score being 0-13 to 0-4 in East Kerry’s favour.
With the aid of the breeze and a numerical advantage, St Kierans came out with more purpose in the second-half, brothers Sean and Eddie Horan with points alongside a Paul Walsh free to make it a six-point game. East Kerry settled once Sean O’Keeffe got their first score of the second-half in the 37th minute though as the contest veered towards the three-quarter mark an air of inevitability about the result started to take hold. Team Captain Cian O’Shea had a shot at goal saved in the 48th minute by St Kierans Brian Lonergan before Doherty put over the rebound.
East Kerry did find the net four minutes later when the impressive Darragh Lyne was put through for a goal that had East Kerry 1-17 to 0-7 to the good after 52 minutes. Eddie Horan did manage to convert a ‘45’ for St Kierans before the end and both substitute Josh O’Keeffe and Brosnan had efforts at goal but Marc Kelliher and eventual Man-of-the Match Dan Murphy managed to deny them in both instances. David Dineen managed to finish with seven points for the victors in being one of eight different scorers for his side as this success was the first for Spa’s Aidan Cahill in the managerial role having taken over from a certain Seamus Moynihan.
Kerry Minor Manager and competition sponsor Peter Keane was on hand to present the Man-of-the-Match award to Murphy afterwards. East Kerry now have an U-21 and Minor double at county level in 2018 with the possibility of a treble at senior level still on!
Scorers for East Kerry: D Dineen (0-7, 4f), D Lyne (1-1, 1f), S Doherty (0-4, 1f), P D’Arcy (0-3), K O’Donoghue, S O’Keeffe, P O’Shea and D Rahilly (0-1 each)
Scorers for St Kierans: E Horan (0-3, 1 ‘45’), S Walsh (0-2, 2f), S Horan, L Brosnan, P Walsh (f) and D Hickey (0-1 each)
East Kerry: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); J O’Sullivan (Gneeveguilla), A O’Keeffe (Fossa), O Fitzgerald (Gneeveguilla); K O’Donoghue (Legion), D Murphy (Rathmore), S O’Keeffe (Gneeveguilla); P O’Shea (Kilcummin), D Lyne (Legion); P D’Arcy (Glenflesk), C O’Shea (Fossa), A Darmody (Rathmore), D Dineen (do), D Rahilly (do), S Doherty (Glenflesk) Subs: E O’Sullivan (Legion) for Doherty (60 +1) and A Dineen (Rathmore) for O’Sullivan (60 +4)
St Kierans: B Lonergan (Ballymacelligott); S Brosnan (Currow), T Brick (Ballymacelligott), R Maguire (Desmonds); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), S Horan (Scartaglin), P O’Connor (Scartaglin); S O’Connell (Cordal), E Horan (Scartaglin); L Brosnan (Desmonds), S Walsh (Scartaglin), C Dunne (Ballymacelligott); E Nolan (Cordal), P Walsh (Brosna), D Hickey (Desmonds) Subs: E Reidy (Desmonds) for Dunne (29), D Shanahan (do) for Brick (35), D Keane (Ballymacelligott) for Nolan (41), J O’Keeffe (do) for Maguire (46), A O’Donoghue (Desmonds) for Hickey (55) and C O’Donoghue (Cordal) for O’Connell (60 +1)
Referee: J Griffin (Glenbeigh/Glencar)