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Kenmare are Munster Intermediate Football Champions 2016-11-27 19:01:00

Munster Intermediate Club Championship Final

Kenmare are Munster Intermediate Football Champions

Kenmare 1-20    Adare 1-8

Kenmare Shamrocks were crowned Munster Intermediate Football Champions at Mallow Sports complex today when they had all of 12 points to spare against Limerick’s Adare in what turned out to be a one sided final. Kenmare did all the hard work in the first half and were 9 points to the good at the break and while they did take their foot of the pedal for a period during the second half there was never a doubt about who the eventual champions would be.

Adare it was who got the better start though and Hugh Bourke had the Limerick champions 2 points to the good inside the opening three minutes of play.  However the next 6 points, all within a nine minute period, were all from the boot of a Kenmare player with Paul O’Connor (3), Sean O’Shea (2) and Stephen O’Brien all getting on the scoresheet to see Kenmare lead by 6 points to 2 by the 12th minute. Mark Connolly did interrupt the scoring with an Adare point in the 15th minute but further points from Stephen O’Brien (2), and the O’Sheas, Patrick and Sean had Kenmare leading by 10 to 4 after twenty minutes with Bourke again on target for Adare. Kerry minor Sean O’Shea then rattled the net for a Kenmare goal and after O’Shea and Bourke exchanged points the Kenmare side led by 1-11 to 0-5 at the interval.

Kenmare took up where they left off during the third quarter with a brace of points each from Stephen O’Brien and Paul O’Connor and another from Sean O’Shea to see them lead by 1-16 to 0-6 after 41 minutes of play. The winners then introduced a few substitutes and Mark Connolly got in for a goal for Adare and the challengers could have added another goal at least in the remaining time but then Stephen O’Brien added two points within a minute of each other and subs Colm and Brian O’Sullivan rounded off a very good day for the shamrocks when landing the two final scores of the game.

So Kenmare become the 9th Kerry Club to win the title and of the fourteen finals played to date all have been shared between Kerry and Cork Clubs with Kerry winning ten  of those and indeed Kerry Clubs went on to claim the All Ireland title on five of those occasions to date. 

Scorers Kenmare Shamrocks: Sean O’Shea 1-5, Stephen O’Brien 0-7, Paul O’Connor 0-5, Patrick O’Shea, Colm and Brian O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

After the game the Munster Cup was presented to Kenmare Captain Stephen O’Brien by Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan.
Kenmare will now play Lee Keegan’s Westport in the All Ireland Semi Final on January 29th.

Kenmare go for the Munster Intermediate title

Having easily disposed of the challenge of Fethard of Tipperary and Clare champions Kilfenora in the quarter final and semi final respectively, Kerry Intermediate champions Kenmare will be hoping to add Limerick champions Adare to that list when the sides meet in the Munster Intermediate championship in Mallow on Sunday in the curtain raiser to the senior final at 1:30pm. Fore warned is fore armed they say and Kenmare will heed the fact that Adare caused a major shock when being full value for a three points victory over a very hotly fancied Cork side Kiskeam. 

The thirteen finals played to date have been shared between Kerry and Cork Clubs with Kerry winning nine of those and indeed the Green and Gold standard bearers went on to claim the All Ireland title on five of those occasions.  The Limerick representatives will be out to make their own bit of history on Sunday but with the likes of Stephen O’Brien, Paul O’Connor and Sean O’Shea up front, it will be another major shock if Adare manage to gain a first title for Limerick.