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Intermediate Club Championship Round 2 Replay : Kenmare V Spa 2015-05-04 10:30:00

Kenmare 2-9            Spa 2-12

This was a tough contest played in tough conditions in Fr. Breen Park Kenmare. At the end only one score separated the teams with Kenmare battling to the end to try to get that score that might force another period of extra-time. It never happened though and Spa held on in the wind and rain and progress to the next round.

Kenmare trailed by a point at the end of the first half, 1-4 to 1-5. Craig Hickey and Mike Stam O'Donoghue  started where they had left off last weekend with three points in ten minutes (0-2 for Hickey). Kevin Arthur had snuck one for Kenmare and with a Paul O'Connor free they were getting to the pitch of the game. When Alan O'Leary linked up with wing-back Patrick O'Shea and fed Fionan O'Sullivan he still had a job of work to do, but he made the net quake and the home side  were ahead.

It did not last long though. Within three minutes Mike Foley netted for Spa and they led by two, 1-5 to 1-3. It looked like a free to Kenmare at the start of the move, Stephen O'Shea, having done the hard work but Craig Hickey honed in on goal, Kieran Fitz saved well, but Foley pounced and finished confidently. Paul O'Connor added a free for Kenmare in injury time and the break looked a good idea.

Unfortunately after the tea Kenmare couldn't seem to get anything going. That was largely due to a dominant performance by Mike Stam O'Donoghue who ran the show for Spa. He added  two points early-doors and then Spa popped in a goal to lead 2-7 to 1-4 and Kenmare were on the ropes. It took mercurial Paul O'Connor to get them off the deck. Stephen O'Brien and the man with the Rolls Royce engine Kevin Arthur provided and O'Connor made sure of the green flag. Two minutes later he added a point from a free and with eighteen minutes still left in the game they should have been back in contention.

Stephen, Paul and sub Seanie O'Shea all added points but Spa kept them at the end of the glove as the round ticked to the bell. Stam added two more points in that period, steadying scores and it just slipped away from Kenmare.

Kenmare: Kieran Fitzgibbon; Dara Crowley, Tommy O'Sullivan, Stephen O'Shea; Aaron O'Callaghan, Mark Crowley, Patrick O'Shea; Colm Dan O'Sullivan, Shane Dalton; Alan O'Leary, Kevin O'Sullivan (0-1), Sean O'Leary; Fionan O'Sullivan (1-0), Paul O'Connor (1-5, 0-5fs), Stephen O'Brien (0-2).
Subs : David Hallissey, Brain Clifford, Sean O'Shea (0-1).

Spa: James Devane; Mike Finnegan, Aidan Cahill, Dan O'Donoghue; Shane Lynch, Hugh O'Donoghue, Shane Cronin; Andrew Garnett, Liam Kearney; Mike McCarthy, Michael O'Donoghue, Matt Moynihan; Mike Foley, Craig Hickey, Cormac Cronin.