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Kilmoyley: Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Champions 2015-09-27 19:24:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Final
Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendans 1-13

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Kilmoyley reigned supreme in Abbeydorney today when capturing the Neilus Flynn Cup for the 23rd time after a comprehensive victory over neighbours St Brendans. From the time they were presented with a rather fortuitous goal in the 15th minute, Kilmoyley were always shaping like winners and St Brendans cup of woe was filled to the brim when they lost two players to red cards in the second half to finish with 13 men.
St Brendans it was who got the better start and John Egan from play and a free had them two points to the good within six minutes. Daniel Collins from a free and Paudie O’Connor responded for Kilmoyley before John Egan pointed from a free in the 12th minute. Then a long free from Daniel Collins was mishandled by Darren Delaney in the St Brendans goal and the ball ended up in the net. Collins added on three more points (2 frees) during a good spell for the winners before Egan again replied for St Brendans from a free in the 25th minute but five points in a four minute spell before the break had the winners 1-10 to 0-4 ahead. John Egan and Eric Leen did give St Brendans hope with two points before the break to leave the score 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of Kilmoyley at the half time whistle.
Sub Kevin Hannafin and John Egan from a free pointed on the resumption and then Daniel Collins and Egan swapped points before Kilmoyley struck for their second goal. And what a score it was with Daniel Collins floating a lovely pass for Sean Maunsell to run on to and after making ground, he flicked the ball across for Michéal Regan to whip first time to the net and give his side an 8 points lead. Any chance St Brendans had of salvaging the game disappeared in the 46th minute when their star man John Egan was dismissed on a second yellow by referee Jason Mullins. Darren Dineen did point his second sideline cut in three minutes and Eric Leen managed to poke home a goal in the 22nd minute of the half but Daniel Collins, unerring from frees, pointed twice before linking up with Maurice O’Connor to rifle home Kilmoyley’s third goal three minutes from time. Jerry Wallace was dismissed late on for St Brendans but Kilmoyley it was who took the spoils with Captain Sean Maunsell being presented with the Neilus Flynn Cup by County Committee Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan. Daniel Collins, who had 2-10 to his credit, was named the Garveys Superval Man of the Match.

Kilmoyley; Daniel Collins 2-10 (1-9 frees),Micheal Regan 1-0, Sean Maunsell and Paudie O’Connor 0-2 each, James McCarthy 0-1. St Brendans: John Egan 0-8 (6frees), Eric Leen 1-2 (1fr), Darren Dineen 0-2 (sidelines).
Kilmoyley: Michéal Regan for Adrian Royle (Inj), Maurice O’Connor for Brick, Tommy Maunsell for Robert Collins and Ian Brick for Paudie O’Connor.
St Brendans: Kevin Hannafin for Tim Hannafin, Darren Wallace for Skinner and Jerry Wallace for Corridon.
Naomh Breandáin
1. Darren Delaney(c)
2. Conor Flaherty
3. Rory Horgan
4. Fionán Horgan
5. Stephen Leen
6. Eamon Corridon
7. Kevin Orpen
8. Darren Dineen
9. Fionán MacKessy
10. Kevin Skinner
11. Tim Hannafin
12. David Griffin
13. Eric Leen
14. Cian Hussey
15. John Egan
Fir Ionaid:
16. Ryan Delaney
17. Kevin Hannafin
18. Jerry Wallace
19. Darren Wallace
20. Brendan O'Connor
21. Daniel Finnegan
22. John Galvin
23. Nicky O'Sullivan
24. Denis Moriarty
25. Kieran Fitzgerald
26. Iarla Courtney
27. Jim McCarthy
28. Donal Moriarty
29. Darren O'Riordan
Bainisteoir: Pat O'Driscoll.
Hurling Coach: John Mortell.
Róghnoirí: Brendan Horgan, Aidan O'Mahony and Eamon Ferris

Cill Mhaoile
1 Aiden McCabe
2 Seanie Murnane
3 Sean Dowling
4 Sean Nolan
5 Flor McCarthy
6 Dougie Fitzell
7 Tom Murnane
8 James Godley
9 Jordan Brick
10 James McCarthy
11 Sean Maunsell (c)
12 Robert Collins
13 Paudie O’Connor
14 Adrian Royle
15 Daniel Collins
Fir Ionaid:
16 Emmett Meehan
17 Maurice O’Connor
18 John Godley
19 Kieran McCarthy
20 Micheál Regan
21 Ian Brick
22 Luke Fitzell
23 Sean Godley
24 Shaun Young
25 Conor Fitzell
26 Joseph McElligott
27 Tommy Maunsell
28 John Paul O’Mahony
29 Eoin McCarthy
30 Eamon Dowling
Bainisteoir: John Meyler
Róghnoirí: Ollie Diggin, Mike Lawlor, Brendan McElligott

Dual Trainer Pat O’Driscoll on St Brendans chances of winning Co Final
By Murt Murphy

Ardfert are fortunate to have so many talented players who are high achievers in both hurling and football. However in order to be successful, and particularly in a dual club, there has to be good management, otherwise the level of consistency and success would not be possible. St Brendan’s and Ardfert are extremely fortunate to have a man of the caliber of Pat O’Driscoll in charge of both hurling and football.

Is it a difficult juggling act? “Firstly we have talented players. I could not have envisaged that we would be preparing for a county final three months ago because we were struggling in the hurling, struggling because we had some players gone away for the summer. We were not playing well, to be very honest. Then over the last month, we have hit a bit of form and the Causeway game was the turning point. We seemed to drive on from there and in the second half of the Lixnaw game, in particular the last twenty minutes, where we played very well. Causeway was a bit of a worry after our performances against Abbeydorney and Ballyheigue. It’s hard to put a finger on how we started so poorly but I suppose we had won the All-Ireland Club, which meant we were training hard over the winter, so the lads took a bit of a break in the spring, when everybody else were getting ready for county leagues. We were probably rested again and ready to rock. We have a dual session, an hour football and an hour hurling. It’s the only way it can work, as it prevents lads having to be out five nights a week. ”

St Brendan’s have a good blend of youth and experience – does that help “Look in Ardfert; we have a lot of fellows who come and go for a variety of reasons. The younger fellows, who come in like Fionan Mackessy and Eric Leen, are able to learn from the older lads and they are given good advice. The transition is seamless enough because they start training at 16 with us, and the older fellows push on the younger lads, it’s a natural progression, and luckily it’s worked well for us. We are more balanced than the last few years and Fionan and Eric have been a major bonus for us”

Turning to his final opponents Kilmoyley, O’Driscoll rates them very highly “John Meyler is a great coach and he would know all the Kilmoyley lads well. He has brought a great blend of experience and youth to the table. James Godley is back, Shaun Young is back, which is a great boost to the them. Then they have Tom Murnane, Daniel Collins is flying, Dougie Fitzelle is playing great hurling and Jordan Brick, Adrian Royle is serious threat upfront along with the experienced campaigners. Kilmoyley have a great work rate and credit to John Meyler and the coaching staff for that. Kilmoyley are the Kilkenny of Kerry hurling so we are under no illusions about the task we face but we will have a right go and see what happens”

St Brendan’s captain Darren Delaney reckons final will be a battle
By Murt Murphy

St Brendan’s captain Darren Delaney is his sides number one and being a goalkeeper in hurling is not a position lads are queuing up for, but from about the age of twelve, when he was asked to stand between the posts, he has been holding down that position ever sense.
The 25 year old Gym Instructor, has won one SHC medal, 2 U-21 Championships, 2 minor Hurling Championships, 1 Christy Ring Cup with Kerry, has 2 All-Ireland B Minor and U-21 B Championships with Kerry, 1 All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football with Ardfert as well as a County and Munster Intermediate Club with Ardfert, so just like it says in Bible, Darren would love to make everything two by two!.

“I think it was U-12, one day when we were short a goalkeeper and I was asked to go into goal, and I am stuck there ever since. I suppose with hindsight, it was a good thing, as I enjoy the position now and being captain is an added bonus. There wasn’t much hurling in the family to be honest, my brother plays, and my Mom Geraldine, is the St Brendan’s secretary.”
Considering St Brendan’s did make the best of starts in this SHC, losing their first game to Abbeydorney, is Darren surprised that he is now preparing for their second final in three years? ” I suppose at the start of the year, our target was to get to the county final. We were badly caught in the opening round against Abbeydorney, after making a good start leading 1-5 to 0-1 but they totally blitzed us in the second half, and deserved to beat us.

In the second round, we played Ballyheigue, and we managed to get through by the skin of our teeth, winning by a single point. Training the week before that game saw a few home truths being told by the management , so we got the show back on the road, if only just. Then we moved on to the quarterfinal against Causeway, and we really hit the ground running. It was a big performance, any day you score 4-16, you will win most games and to be honest I think no matter how well Causeway played that day; we would have won, because we were tuned in, totally focused and ready to go. Then onto the semi-final against Lixnaw and we knew that was going to be a tight one. We have played each other eight times since 2012, so we know each other inside out. We got the rub of the green, with a fluky goal, which John Egan got and that gave us momentum, and we shut up shop after that” .

Mixing hurling and football can be difficult when you are involved with a dual club (Ardfert in football) and particularly coming off a successful All-Ireland Club campaign “You have no choice but to adapt. We are used to it and what we find is when one is going well, the other is going well. Both are going well, we are still in Div. 3 and we are back in the county hurling final. The fact that Pat O’Driscoll manages both times helps, because he plans out our week for us, so he will always allow us take a break, if you are over training. Pat is a top man and one of the main reasons that we are in another county final”

Darren is very impressed with Kilmoyley “They put up a massive score against Ballyduff in the semi-final. So any team who posts a total on 2-24, is going to take some beating. It’s definitely a 50-50 game and we know Kilmoyley are going to be tough. It probably will go right down to the wire. I suppose they have a mixture of youth and experience like us. This will be their second final in a row, and they will not want to lose two, so they will be highly motivated. I would think that losing last year’s semi-final to Lixnaw is still in the back of our minds and driving us on, so the fear of losing takes over and that is a powerful motivational tool.
I was delighted when Pat called me aside one night after training and told me I was going to be captain. A captain is only a figurehead and we have fourteen other leaders on the field, and that makes my job easier. I am only hoping now, that we can get across the line against Kilmoyley and it would complete a great year for us, but it will be one hell of a battle, so we must play to our true potential”

Kilmoyley Captain Sean Maunsell hopes Lady Luck will shine on his team on Sunday
By Sylvester Hennessy,

31 year old Sean Maunsell has the honour of captaining Kilmoyley in Sunday’s County Final. Maunsell has been part of the senior squad since he was 18 years of age when he picked up the first of 3 County Senior medals back in 2003. The talented forward feels however that he should have even won more senior medals by now. “I won 2 county championships in my first two years at senior level so I suppose I thought it was pretty easy at that stage. We lost the final in 2007 and I then went to Australia and unfortunately missed out on a medal in 2008 before returning to win my third medal in 2009. It has been frustrating since then because I feel that we have never been far away and maybe luck just hasn’t been on our side. I know you make your own luck but 6 years is a long time without a county title for a club like Kilmoyley. That is the motivation for us all on Sunday, to win another title for the club and in a good few cases, to win a first senior medal.”

Maunsell is immensely proud to be Kilmoyley’s Captain on Sunday. “It’s so natural to catch a hurley in your hand in this parish because once I went to school in Kilmoyley we were pucking a ball at lunchtime with Declan Lovett. Declan guided so many of us in his time in the school we couldn’t wait to close the books and run out to play hurling. I played with the likes of Tom Murnane, Seanie Murnane, Adrian Royle, James Godley and Shaun Young. We all grew up hurling together. I suppose when you were young you dreamt of playing for your county which I achieved and then to go on to Captain Kilmoyley to a county championship. That has always been a dream.”

Despite being one of the more experienced men in the panel Sean hopes to be hurling for some time to come. “I think there is a precedent here in the club. Lads keep going for as long as they can and are wanted. Ian Brick and James Mac are two of the fittest players in the club and they are both over 40 so hopefully I have a few finals left in me yet. I love hurling so I’ll try to play as long as I can.”

Maunsell is also happy with the choice of venue on Sunday. “Abbeydorney is a great pitch for hurling. They should be very proud of their field and the fact that they will stage the county final. Fair play to them and everyone in North Kerry, who have worked so hard to make this championship a success. I cannot wait to run out on the field it will be a unique atmosphere and one that hopefully we’ll remember for all the right reasons.”

Mausnell’s final thoughts were for the men of Ardfert. “I have great friends in Ardfert but when you cross the white line, you are playing for the pride of your club and that friendship has to go out the window for the hour so on the field of play. I think there is mutual respect there between both teams as well as the obvious rivalry. May the best team win on Sunday and we’ll all have a few pints after the game because that is the spirit in which any final should be played.”

John Meyler reveals his love affair with Kilmoyley
By Sylvester Hennessy,

John Meyler has been associated with hurling in Kerry on and off for 15 years. The Cork based Wexford native has a particular affinity with Kilmoyley having led them to a 4-in-a-row of County titles back in the early part of the last decade. The former All Ireland senior club winning captain with St Finbarr’s in Cork spoke of love for Kerry hurling and Kilmoyley in particular in the build up to Sunday’s Final. “It began when I came down here in 2000. The Kilmoyley pitch is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. And really it’s a fantastic set up. Kilmoyley have a great tradition I was fortunate enough to also be involved with St Finbarr’s in Cork and I would say Kilmoyley are similar, a great hurling club. I love the old style hurling in Kerry, the intensity, the passion, to see local clubs playing side by side.”

The 59 year old feels his side are much better prepared for this year’s final. “I came in last year around July 4th after a hip operation so it’s difficult then to put your stamp on things in such a short space of time. This year I have had more time with the lads and they’re great young hurlers and they can all hurl. I have always said that there are fantastic hurlers in Kerry.”
Meyler is very familiar with the intense rivalry that exits in Kerry hurling. “Every game in Kerry is a 50/50 game. There’s no such thing really as favourites and games in the Kerry senior championship generally hinge on small things. I suppose St Brendan’s won in 2013, and were unlucky last year.” The 2014 County Final defeat still upsets Meyler. “We conceded a silly goal early in the game and we panicked a bit really. Paul Galvin at centre forward caused us problems and that was something that needed to be looked at, at the time and it wasn’t. We’ve worked on things like that so they shouldn’t happen this year. There’s massive pressure there for the lads because everybody wants to do well everybody wants to be out in front so of course there is always pressure there to win especially at a club like Kilmoyley that are used to success.”

Key player Tom Murnane is unlikely to play in the final but Meyler is confident his side can still do well. “Tom Murnane had a serious injury in the semi-final against Ballyduff and we wouldn’t expect Tom to be near the team at all on Sunday and he is a huge loss.

I’ve great friends in Ardfert like John Egan who played a huge role in our win in the Christy Ring Cup win in 2011. I remember chasing Darren Dineen up and down roofs of houses to try to get him to play for Kerry. I got him back! They’re superb hurlers. It’ll be a battle of course the final will take over the lads lives for the coming weeks and you just have to be able to deal with and do your best on the day.”