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Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Championship Final 2014 2014-10-26 20:39:00

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Championship Final

Dingle were crowned Kerry Minor Football champions at Austin Stack Park when a late surge got them past the determined challenge of Dr Crokes in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship at Austin Stack Park.

Both sides struggled to come to terms with the blustery conditions and scores were few and far between until Dingle finally made the ball do the work in the final quarter kicking 5 points without reply to emerge deserving winners on the day. Dr Crokes had first use of the wind but the story of the first half is easily told with all the action crammed into the final three minutes of play. Both sides swapped early points through Jordan Kiely (Crokes) and Conor Geaney and the next score did not come for another 18 minutes when Miceál Burns put Crokes ahead from a free. In between, with both sides using the possession game, there were numerous turnovers, Crokes missed a few scoreable frees and Billy Courtney brought a great save from Dingle goalkeeper Luke Wallace in the 25th minute. Suddenly the game came to life when Gareth Hicky Brosnan finished to the net after Conor Geaney’s shot was well saved by Johnny O’Leary in the Croke’s goal and after Conor Geaney was almost in on goal again from the kickout, play switched to the other end where Micheál Burns converted a penalty after a foul on Paul Clarke. At the break it was 1-2 apiece.

Dingle now had use of the wind and Conor Geaney, from a 50 yds free, and Chris Doncel swapped points and after Geaney had a good point from play, Dr Crokes were awarded their second penalty of the day when Jordan Kiely set up David Naughton who was hauled to the ground in the 15th minute. Micheál Burns struck the post with his shot but Jordan Kiely was first to react booting the rebound to the net to put the Killarney side ahead 2-3 to 1-4. We did not know it at the time but that was to prove the Killarney side’s last score as Barry O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor, Tom O’Sullivan, Matthew O’Flaherty and Conor Geaney took control of the middle third of the field for Dingle. Geaney and Matthew Flaherty pointed to level the game with 7 minutes remaining and after Geaney pointed Dingle in front from a free, Tom O’Sullivan showed his forwards how to do it when he landed two beauties from distance to give Dingle victory. O’Sullivan was afterwards named as the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match and few could quibble with the choice.
Dingle: Conor Geaney 0-6 (4fr), Gareth Hickey Brosnan 1-0, Tom O’Sullivan 0-2, Matthew O’Flaherty 0-1.
Dr Crokes: Micheal Burns 1-1 (Frees), Jordan Kiely 1-1, Chris Doncel 0-1.