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Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship Final 2014-08-13 10:52:00

Kenmare District 3-11 St Kierans 2-12

The best place to start after this pulsating Acorn Life Under 21 Final in Fitzgerald Stadium is at the finish – and what a finish it was. Picture the scene – Underdogs Kenmare District, who had clung to the coat tails of St Kierans all evening were trailing by a point three minutes into injury time. A great passing movement from their own goalmouth ended with Patrick Clifford bearing down on goal. Referee Tadhg Ahern deemed that he had been fouled when attempting to fist the equaliser – a penalty to Kenmare! Brian Crowley had missed one and scored one earlier and was now facing his third penalty of the night. Would he tie up the scores and live to fight another day or would he go for broke? He held his nerve, backed himself and thumped the ball straight and through to the net to win Kenmare’s first U21 title since 1985.
This was a game that had just about everything and will live long in the memory. John Spillane, who returned from the U.S. on Monday was a late call up for Kenmare but St Kierans started in determined fashion with a point from Shane O’Connor followed by a goal from Gearoid McCarthy inside the opening three minutes. St Kierans had a let off when Conor Kiely saved well from Brian Crowley from the penalty spot after Crowley was pulled down in the square but Cian Hallissey got the winners on the board soon after. Then up popped Michael Finnegan for another St Kierans goal in the 12th minute having been set up by Thomas Hickey. The drama then switched to the other end as Brian Crowley cut thru for a great goal for Kenmare and the score stood at 2-1 to 1-1 after 15 minutes of play.
Gearoid McCarthy and Thomas Hickey had two quick fire points for St Kierans but then Brian Crowley was fouled in the act of shooting and he despatched the resultant penalty to the net in the 17th minute. Denis O’Neill and Cian Hallissey pointed to level the game before John Rice’s shot cannoned off the crossbar for another let off for St Kierans in the 22nd minute. The sides swapped points twice before the interval as play swung from end to end and Conor Kiely in the St Kieran’s goal saved well when John Rice looked like goaling. It was 2-5 apiece at the break.
Thomas Hickey and Cian Hallissey swapped quick points on the resumption and then St Kierans looked like they were shaping as winners scoring three good points on the trot between the 33rd and 35th minutes. The sides swapped points on no fewer than three occasions between the 37th and 49th minutes at which stage there was still three points between the sides. Points by Gavan Crowley and Man of the Match, Cian Hallissey, left the minimum between the sides with five to go and after Shane O’Connor was black carded worse was to follow for St Kierans when Eoin Murphy was red carded in the 56th minute. The tension was mounting as first Thomas Hickey was short from a 45 yards free and at the other end Pat Spillane had the ball in the net but was called back for a wide ball earlier in the movement. And then that last gasp passing move that confined St Kierans to their third final defeat in four years and glory for Pat Spillane’s team.
After the game, the U21 Championship Cup was presented to winning captain Kieran Fitzgibbon by the Chairman of the County Committee Patrick O’Sullivan and the Acorn Life Man of the Match trophy was presented to Kenmare’s Cian Hallissey by Pius Horgan of Acorn Life. 
Scorers: 
Kenmare District: Brian Crowley 3-0 (2 Pens), Cian Hallissey 0-7 (5fr), Gavan Crowley, Fionan O’Sullivan, Pat Spillane and Denis O’Neill 0-1 each. St Kierans: Gearoid McCarthy 1-3 (0-3 fr), Michael Finnegan 1-1, Thomas Hickey 0-4 (1fr), Shane O’Connor 0-3, Timmy Finnegan 0-1.








Kenmare District 3-11 St Kierans 2-12

The best place to start after this pulsating Acorn Life Under 21 Final in Fitzgerald Stadium is at the finish – and what a finish it was. Picture the scene – Underdogs Kenmare District, who had clung to the coat tails of St Kierans all evening were trailing by a point three minutes into injury time. A great passing movement from their own goalmouth ended with Patrick Clifford bearing down on goal. Referee Tadhg Ahern deemed that he had been fouled when attempting to fist the equaliser – a penalty to Kenmare! Brian Crowley had missed one and scored one earlier and was now facing his third penalty of the night. Would he tie up the scores and live to fight another day or would he go for broke? He held his nerve, backed himself and thumped the ball straight and through to the net to win Kenmare’s first U21 title since 1985.
This was a game that had just about everything and will live long in the memory. John Spillane, who returned from the U.S. on Monday was a late call up for Kenmare but St Kierans started in determined fashion with a point from Shane O’Connor followed by a goal from Gearoid McCarthy inside the opening three minutes. St Kierans had a let off when Conor Kiely saved well from Brian Crowley from the penalty spot after Crowley was pulled down in the square but Cian Hallissey got the winners on the board soon after. Then up popped Michael Finnegan for another St Kierans goal in the 12th minute having been set up by Thomas Hickey. The drama then switched to the other end as Brian Crowley cut thru for a great goal for Kenmare and the score stood at 2-1 to 1-1 after 15 minutes of play.
Gearoid McCarthy and Thomas Hickey had two quick fire points for St Kierans but then Brian Crowley was fouled in the act of shooting and he despatched the resultant penalty to the net in the 17th minute. Denis O’Neill and Cian Hallissey pointed to level the game before John Rice’s shot cannoned off the crossbar for another let off for St Kierans in the 22nd minute. The sides swapped points twice before the interval as play swung from end to end and Conor Kiely in the St Kieran’s goal saved well when John Rice looked like goaling. It was 2-5 apiece at the break.
Thomas Hickey and Cian Hallissey swapped quick points on the resumption and then St Kierans looked like they were shaping as winners scoring three good points on the trot between the 33rd and 35th minutes. The sides swapped points on no fewer than three occasions between the 37th and 49th minutes at which stage there was still three points between the sides. Points by Gavan Crowley and Man of the Match, Cian Hallissey, left the minimum between the sides with five to go and after Shane O’Connor was black carded worse was to follow for St Kierans when Eoin Murphy was red carded in the 56th minute. The tension was mounting as first Thomas Hickey was short from a 45 yards free and at the other end Pat Spillane had the ball in the net but was called back for a wide ball earlier in the movement. And then that last gasp passing move that confined St Kierans to their third final defeat in four years and glory for Pat Spillane’s team.
After the game, the U21 Championship Cup was presented to winning captain Kieran Fitzgibbon by the Chairman of the County Committee Patrick O’Sullivan and the Acorn Life Man of the Match trophy was presented to Kenmare’s Cian Hallissey by Pius Horgan of Acorn Life. 
Scorers: 
Kenmare District: Brian Crowley 3-0 (2 Pens), Cian Hallissey 0-7 (5fr), Gavan Crowley, Fionan O’Sullivan, Pat Spillane and Denis O’Neill 0-1 each. St Kierans: Gearoid McCarthy 1-3 (0-3 fr), Michael Finnegan 1-1, Thomas Hickey 0-4 (1fr), Shane O’Connor 0-3, Timmy Finnegan 0-1.