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Dingle are County Minor Champions 2015 2015-11-01 22:23:00

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final
Dingle 0-10 Mid Kerry 1-4

Dingle retained the Keanes Supervalu Kerry Minor Championship title at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon coming good in the second half to overcome a disappointing Mid Kerry sidenone of whose forwards scored from play. In contrast, Dingle had Man of the Match, Conor Geaney in fine shooting form and his five points, all from play, were the main difference between the sides.

Patrick Daly and Liam Brosnan swapped points early on but Dingle missed a number of good scoring chances with Geaney, ironically, the main culprit. Daly again, from another free, gave Mid Kerry the lead and then Jamie Clifford converted a penalty in the 10th minute after a foul on Aaron Murphy to put the Divisional side four points to the good. Dingle’s response was top class with Conor Geaney and Tomás Sheehy(2) adding three inspirational points in as many minutes by the 20th minute. Ten minutes without a score from either side left the half time score 1-2 to 4 points in favour of Mid Kerry who had yet to score from play.

Mike Breen with a trade mark run secured Mid Kerry’s only score from play soon after the restart but Dingle were level by the 41st minute thanks to Tomas Sheehy and Geaney, 1-3 to 0-6. Patrick Daly had a good score off the hands from a free to put Mid Kerry back in front but again Dingle responded with a great effort from Geaney and a fine score from Liam Brosnan to put them one ahead at the three quarter stage with Mark O’Connor doing tremendous work around midfield. However, some defensive play and over elaboration prevented the winners from building on that lead until Conor Geaney had two fine scores in the 26th minute to put his side three clear, Again Dingle failed to push on and in the final few minutes Mid Kerry could have grabbed a draw they may not have deserved Daividas Uosis saved twice in quick succession and then right at the death Eoin O’Brien from a quick free situation, saw his shot saved on the line by Gareth Hickey Brosnan when it looked like he would force extra time.

Dingle: Conor Geaney 0-5, Tomás Sheehy 0-3, Liam Brosnan 0-2.
Mid Kerry: Patrick Daly 0-3 frees, Jamie Clifford 1-0 (penalty), Mike Breen 0-1.

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Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

Holders, Dingle, and Mid Kerry have qualified for the Keane’s SuperValu Minor football championship final following contrasting victories on Saturday last over Shannon Rangers and Dr Crokes respectively.

At Strand Road, Dingle got the boost of a goal at the end of the first quarter at a stage when Shannon Rangers were dominating possession and thereafter they never looked back and were always shaping like winners with their county players, Tom Leo O’Sullivan, afterwards named Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match, Mark O’Connor and Conor Geaney very much to the fore. The westerners were full value for their six points winning margin, 2-10 to 1-7.

It was a different story in the John Mitchel’s Complex in Ballyseedy where fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout as two well matched sides went head to head. Eventually, a goal by big full forward and captain, Aaron Murphy swung the balance in Mid Kerry’s favour but the outcome could just as easily have gone the other way. It finished 2-14 to 1-10. Kerry minor player, Mike Breen of Beaufort and Maid Kerry was named Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match.

The final goes ahead on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium with a throw-in of 2:45pm and followers are sure to be in for a treat as these two sides have a big sprinkling of Kerry minors and Hogan Cup winners on view between them. Dingle of course are the reigning champions and showed in their clinical defeat of a fancied Shannon Rangers outfit in the semi final that they are hell bent on making it two titles in a row. Mid Kerry, who won back to back titles in 2002 and 2003, will be backboned by Kerry Minor Mike Breen, who incidentally is eligible for the Minor grade again next year, and in the likes of Fíachra Clifford and Aaron Murphy they have two forwards who certainly know where the posts are.
Everything points to a tremendous battle and a game that may very well be a fitting finale for a tremendous year at minor level for the county.
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