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Munster Intermediate Club Championship 2015-11-01 19:21:00

St Marys 2-12 Upperchurch-Drumbane 1-10

St Marys met Upperchurch Drombane in Leahy Park, Cashel in the Intermediate Club Championship Munster Quarter Final. The Tipperary team showed their mettle from the very start and St Marys had a tough battle on their hands to try and enter the game. Upperchurch went three points up in the first five minutes without reply and it was clear that the fight for possession was well and truly on.

Paul O’Donoghue put the first point on the board for St Marys, closely followed by a point from Dan Daly, but again the Tipperary team scored four more points in succession. A score each from Bryan Sheehan and Dan Daly, was followed by an eighth point from Upperchurch, before full forward Pat Shortt sent them seven points clear with a goal just before half time. Niall O’Driscoll pointed in the 28th minute and at half time, the score was St Marys 0-5 Upperchurch Drombane 1-8.

The South Kerry side came out firing in the second half with Bryan Sheehan scoring a free a minute in. Three minutes later, Paulie O’Donoghue made a great run from the 45’ line, passed the ball off to Aidan Walsh who proceeded to bury it in the back of the net. Dan Daly followed suit a minute later with a great set up play from Sean Cournane, a second goal and St Marys were ahead for the first time in the game. From then on, St Marys took control and a point from Anthony Cournane, a free from Bryan Sheehan with Upperchurch’s Paul Shanahan pointing in reply, stretched the Marys lead to two points. Points from Dan Daly, Aidan Walsh, Niall O’Driscoll and Denis Daly increased the lead further. With five minutes to go, a black card each within a minute for Aidan Walsh and Dan O’Sullivan could have worried the St Marys fans but holding tough, Colm Stapleton scored Upperchurch’s last point of the game and the final whistle left the score St Marys 2-12 Upperchurch Drombane 1-10. Undoubtedly exciting for spectators, it was definitely a game of two halves where it could have possibly gone either way.
Best for St Marys were Anthony Cournane – corner forward who covered great ground all over the field, Paul O’Donoghue – was everywhere he needed to be and Dan O’Sullivan, for his great defensive work and constantly driving forward. St Marys now go on to meet Corofin, Clare in the Munster Semi-Final.
St Mary's Team:
Austin Constable, Patrick Cournane, Brian Curran, Conor O'Shea, Conor Quirke, Denis Daly (0-1), Dan O'Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan (0-3, 3f), Niall O'Driscoll (0-2), Liam Sheehan, Paul O'Donoghue (0-1), Aidan Walsh (1-1), Sean Cournane, Daniel Daly (1-3,1f), Anthony Cournane (0-1)
Subs: Darren Casey for Liam Sheehan, Ian Casey for Patrick Cournane, Liam O'Connell for Aidan Walsh, Killian Nolan for Dan O'Sullivan.

Munster Intermediate Club Championship

Newly crowned Kerry Intermediate champions, St Marys, will play the Tipperary champions, Upperchurch-Drombane in the Munster Club Championship this coming weekend.

The game will take place in Cashel on Sunday at 2pm.