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SENIOR FOOTBALL COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE Div 5 Round 9 2014-08-16 10:30:00

Valentia 1-08 Renard 1-12

This Division 5 encounter at a sunny but breezy O'Connor Park in Chapeltown Valentia was a prelude to the upcoming South Kerry senior football championship encounter between these two teams, which will take place at the same venue later on this year.

The Valentia Young Islanders, playing against the breeze and into the village end, conceded the first score to Renard, a point by their midfielder Shane 'Marcus' O'Sullivan. Valentia's Mark Lynch playing in the uncustomary position of wing back, equalised with a pointed free, but Renard with the aid of the breeze pulled away to lead by 1-06 to 0-03 at the half time whistle.

Their chief scorer in that first half was their number 11, Brian O'Sullivan, who contributed four points, two from frees. On the stroke of half time, with the score at five points to three in favour of Renard, Liam O'Sullivan, a brother of Brian's, had the ball in the Valentia net. This was added to, by a point from his playing colleague Conor O'Leary, to leave the score at 1-06
to 0-03 in favour of Renard at half time. Shane 'Marcus'O'Sullivan was prominent at midfield for Renard in that first half, while John Curran at centre half back was the best defender on view for the Young Islanders in that first half.

The Young Islanders, though trailing, could look forward to the strong breeze for the second half, and got off to a good start with a point from Mikey Moriarty. John Shanahan landed the score of the match, with a peach of a point to narrow the gap by a score of 1-06 to 0-05. Then Valentia's Liam George was fouled close to goal, resulting in a penalty for them, which Mark
Lynch clinically and coolly slotted away to leave the minimum between the sides at 1-06 to 1-05. However, the Young Islanders never kicked on and the score seemed to inspire Renard, who added four points without reply, to leave the score at 1-10 to 0-05 in their favour. The scores came from a Brian O'Sullivan free, another free and a point from play by Mark Sugrue, as well as one from play by Liam O'Sullivan. The Islanders had their final points courtesy of two
from John Shanahan and one from Paul O'Connor, to leave them short with a total of eight points, with Renard's last two points being scored by Liam O'Sullivan and Conor O'Leary, to leave the final score Renard 1-12 to Valentia 1-08.

Renard won this game primarily because, following Valentia's penalty goal in the second half, they completely took over in the half back, midfield and half forward area. Young Mark Sugrue made a huge difference in the forward line for them in the second half, with the O'Sullivan brothers Liam and Brian contributing a total of 1-07 between them, Brian with five points and Liam with 1-02.

Due to next Sunday's All-Ireland semi-finals, Renard's Kerry senior Killian Young and their minors Brian Sugrue and Robbie Wharton did not play.
Due also to next week's All-Ireland junior final, the Young Islanders were minus their midfielder, Brendan O'Sullivan, who plays in such a role with the Kerry juniors. They were also minus regulars Ger O'Shea(corner back), John Lynch and Brian O'Connor.

Moyvane 3-14 Tuosist 2-07 
Moyvane came away with the points on offer in this Round 9 home game, played on
Sunday last on a final score of Moyvane 3-14, Tousist 2-07. The home side had the perfect start and had 1-01 on the scoreboard within the first four minutes, with an Aidan Keane point and a Con Mulvihill converted penalty. By the 14th minute, the visitors had narrowed the gap to a goal, with points from Mike O’Sullivan and Kieran O’Donoghue, to see the score 1-03
to 0-03 to the home side. Within a minute, an O’Donoghue goal had the sides level. Moyvane began to dominate the middle third , although Flor O Sullivan was still causing the home side some problems. Timmy Noonan and Niall Sheehan pointed for Moyvane, before Con Mulvihill ended the half with a goal in the 29th minute. The teams went in on a half time score of Moyvane 2-06, Tousist 1-03.

The second half began as the first had ended with the ball in the back of the net, when a free from Tousist's Thomas Hegarty dropped and sailed under the cross bar. The home side were not rattled ,however, and two points from Niall Sheehan had increased their lead 2-08 to 2-03 with ten minutes gone in the half. A point from Mike O’ Sullivan kept Tousist in the running, but a fine spell of accurate passing and movement from Moyvane saw 1-03 scored without reply, Con Mulvihill getting his hat-trick. Tousist never gave up and scored two more points in the final ten minutes. John Jack Mulvihill, Martin Stack and Damien O’Flynn scored one each for Moyvane in the final few minutes and the game ended on a final score of Moyvane 3-14, Tousist 2-07. 

St. Senans 1-15 Laune Rangers "B" 0-05

St. Senans playing at Finnerty Park, Mountcoal last, easily defeated Laune Rangers "B" in a rather one sided encounter, that saw the home side go top of Division 5 and ,with just two games left to play, must fancy their chances of been promoted to Division 4 for the coming season. It took five minutes before the opening score of the game was registered, when David Behan scored a point from play. Senans dominated throughout the first half, with Sean Weir
billowing the net after 12 minutes, followed by a series of well taken points from his team mates. Rangers got their opening point after 19 minutes, when Shane O Connor converted a free. Just on the stroke of the short whistle, the same player added his side’s second point, leaving the half time score: St. Senans 1-10 Laune Rangers 0-2. 

On resumption, scores were at a premium as Senans seemed to take their leg off the pedal and emptying their bench in the process. Paudie O Shea opened the second half scoring with two points, but a quick reply came from Mark Behan. However, as the half petered out, there was
only one team in it, as the home side finished the game in a canter. Sean Weir with 1-03 and Paudie Quill with 0-04 were Senans’ top scorers. Remaining scorers were: David Behan 0-03, Damian Somers0-02, Darragh Kennelly, Mark Behan and Con O Keeffe 0-01 each. Laune Rangers were on target with: Shane O’Connor0-02, Paudie O Shea 0-02 and Mike Quirke 0-01.

Duagh 3-10 Sneem/Derrynane 2-08
Duagh who had home advantage had never to get into top gear, as they just cruised to a very comprehensive and important victory, which keeps them well in contention for promotion against a very under-strength visiting side. They in fairness kept battling against all the odds, but the more determined home side were always in command and, after dominating the opening half in which they held a 1-05 to 0-04 advantage at the break.

They continued on resumption to impress and, at the final whistle, finished very deserving winners. Their remaining two games against another team seeking promotion, Ballydonoghue at home, and away to Asdee, will determine their chances of moving up a Division.

Asdee v Dr. Crokes "B" (postponed due to Bereavement)

Ballydonoghue v Kilgarvan postponed