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Keanes Supervalu KillorglinMFL Division 3A Final 2014-05-09 09:09:00

Division 3A
Rathmore 1-13 St Marys/Renard 1-12

A man of the Match performance from Kerry Minor goalkeeper Shane Ryan, who scored 1-10 of his side’s total, was instrumental in Rathmore’s victory in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor League Division 3A final in Killorglin last evening. Ryan, who lined out at full forward, caused havoc in the loser’s defence throughout, and it was his accuracy from play and frees that saw his side shade the issue following a tremendous fight-back by St Mary/Renard that very nearly took the game to extra time.

Ryan had the ball in the net from Rathmore’s first attack and with Donnacha McCarthy, Mark Ryan and Dean Fitzgerald supplying him with a plentiful supply of ball from the middle of the field, he had four more points on the board before the end of the first quarter at which stage Rathmore led by 1-5 to 0-2 with the loser’s scores coming from Anthony Cournane and the impressive Jack Daly. Ryan increased the lead once more but gradually St Marys/Renard came more into the game with Jack Daly going from strength to strength around the centre, and Robert Wharton drove a pile-driver just wide as the interval approached. Further poor shooting in this period also cost the southerners but Daly finished the half with two good scores to leave Rathmore 1-6 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

Shane Ryan and Dean Fitzgerald for Rathmore and Alan Curran and Jack Daly swapped points on the resumption but then Rathmore had four unanswered points, three from Ryan, to lead by 1-12 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. However, St Marys/Renard were improving as the game wore on and with Jack Daly and Mark Sugrue dominating the centre and getting good support going forward from Alan Curran and Robert Wharton, the boys in blue began a fight-back that arguably should have earned them a crack at extra time. First Mark Sugrue pointed and then Jack Daly soloed through for a tremendous individual goal and though Shane Ryan pointed his second “45” of the game, with Donnacha McCarthy forced to retire injured, Rathmore surrendered midfield and St Marys /Renard poured forward scoring five points without reply to cut the deficit to the minimum. However, despite two late efforts from long range placed balls and another from play, they could not engineer that equalising point and it was a relieved Rathmore side who were glad to her the final whistle.

After the game, Eamonn Whelan of the county committee presented the Division 3A Shield to winning captain Michael O’Mahony while Peter Keane presented the Keanes Supervalu Man of the Match trophy to Rathmore’s talisman, Shane Ryan.

Rathmore: Shane O’Callaghan, Padraig O’Callaghan, T.J. Friel, Darragh O’Callaghan, Damien Cronin, Tadhg O’Mahony, Tommy Sheahan, Michael O’Mahony (Capt), Donnacha McCarthy, Mark Ryan (0-1), Dean Fitzgerald (0-1), Ignatius O’Leary, Ian Cremin, Brian Friel, Shane Ryan (1-10, 0-4 Fr, 0-2 “45”). Subs: Cillian Walker Malone (0-1) for O’Leary, Mark Nagle for Cronin, Cian Jenkins for Donnacha McCarthy.
St Marys/Renard: James O'Sullivan,Liam O'Connell (0-1), Alan Curran (0-1),Morgan O'Sullivan, Ronan O'Shea ( Capt)Brian Sugrue,Niall Brennan,Jack Daly (1-6, 0-3 fr), Mark Sugrue, Keelin Moriarty, Robert Wharton, Frank Sugrue, Sean O'Connor, Darren Casey (0-1), Anthony Cournane (0-1 fr). Subs: Rockis Stanisauskas for Frank Sugrue, Mark Quigley for Sean O’Connor.
Referee: Brendan Twiss (Milltown).