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Keanes Supervalu Killorglin MFL Div 2 & 3A Finals 2014-05-09 09:18:00

Division 2 Final
Balydonoghue 2-15 Milltown/Castlemaine 3-2

Conditions were far from ideal for this Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League Division 2 final played at Strand Road on Friday evening with non-stop rainfall throughout the game however, this did not stop Ballydonoghue from recording a well deserved victory over Milltown-Castlemaine.
There was little between the sides in the first half and only a goal in favour of Ballydonoghue separated the teams at half time. However it was a different matter in the second half with Ballydonoghue gradually taking control of the game and running out easy winners with 10 points to spare at the end.

Ballydonoghue took the early advantage kicking three points on the trot, one apiece from Brian Mason, Jack O’Connor and Darragh Sheehy. Shane Moriarty opened Milltown/Castlemaine’s account after good work from Jonathon O’Sullivan but this was quickly cancelled out by a Jack Foley point. The sides were level after 15 minutes when a great ball from Eoin O’Mahoney was deftly flicked to the net by Eoin O’Brien to give Milltown-Castlemaine the lead. Within minutes, man of the match Micheal Foley had Ballydonoghue back in front after a great solo run from Kieran Lynch and Ballydonoghue then added two more points before Kieran Lynch and Darragh Sheehy combined to set up Jack Foley who finished brilliantly to the net. Milltown/Castlemaine hadn’t given up and a great Jonathan O’Sullivan thirty metre pass to Padraig O’Brien was finished to the net by Eoin O’Mahony five minutes before the break. Both sides then exchanged points to leave the half time score 1-8 to 2-2 in favour of Ballydonoghue.

We looked to be in for a real treat in the second half when right from the throw in Milltown/Castlemaine’s Oltan Heffernan tore through the Ballydonoghue defence before laying off to Eoin O’Brien who gave the Ballydonoghue keeper no chance, to bring them right back into the game. Unfortunately for Milltown/Castlemaine this was as good as it was to get with the Ballydonoghue backs holding them scoreless for the remainder of the game. Ballydonoghue themselves just grew in confidence with every passing minute with the midfield pairing of Jason Foley and Kevin O’Donnell holding sway and Micheal Foley at centre-back attacking at every opportunity. When Kieran Lynch struck for Ballydonoghue’s second goal midway through the half it was game, set and match to Ballydonoghue. 

Christy Kileen Kerry County Committee Officer presented the winning shield to winning Captain Conor Kennelly and Tommy Sheehy of Keanes SuperValu Killorglin presented the Keanes Supervalu Man of Match award to Michael Foley.

Cian O'Mahony, Jack O'Connor, Jack Gogarty, Conor Horgan, Kieran O'Connell, Michael Foley, Conor Kennelly (Capt), Jason Foley, Kevin O'Donnell, Jack Foley, Darragh Sheehy, Donal Doyle, Brian Mason, Brian Ó Seanachan, Kieran Lynch.
Milltown Castlemaine; Cormac Leane, Ciaran O'Connor, Cathal O'Connor, James O'Connor, Padraig O'Reilly, Gavin McKenna, Sean O'Dea, Kieran Griffin, Shane Moriarty (Capt), Oltan Heffernan, Michael Dennehy, Eoin O'Brien, Padraig O'Brien, Jonathan O'Sullivan, Eoin O'Mahony.