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St Marys and Templenoe are into All Ireland Club Finals 2016-01-24 16:30:00


St Marys and Templenoe are into All Ireland Club Finals


All Ireland Intermediate Club Semi Final
St Marys 2-20 Ratoath 1-5

St Marys experienced little difficulty in disposing of the challenge of Meath standard bearers Ratoath as they qualified for the All Ireland Intermediate Club final on February 6th with a comprehensive 2-20 to 1-5 at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick today.

St Marys hit the ground running and had seven points on the board by the end of the first quarter before Sean Cournane goaled after being set up by his brother Anthony in the 17th minute. Eight minutes later, Bryan Sheehan did all the spadework to set up Niall O’Driscoll for the Cahersiveen side’s second major and at the break, St Marys had one leg in the final when leading by 2-10 to 0-4.

The likes of Paul O’Donoghue, Bryan Sheehan and Sean Cournane took up where they left off on the resumption as the winners added on the scores and the Meath side did not have their first score of the half until seven minutes from time. Joey Wallace’s goal took the bare look off the scoreboard for Ratoath as Bryan Sheehan with his 7th of the day and Daniel Daly with his third closed the scoring for the Marys.

St Marys now play Hollymount –Carramore of Mayo who defeated Loughinisland by 0-15 to 0-10 in the other semi final.


All Ireland Junior Club Semi Final
Templenoe 1-9 Curraha 0-5

Templenoe are in the All Ireland Junior Club final thanks to a hard earned seven points victory over Meath representatives Curraha at Kilmallock today. Templenoe had to dig deep against tough opposition but fully deserved their win which sets them up for a final place on February 6th against Mayo’s  Ardnaree/Sarsfields who defeated Rockorry of Monaghan by 0-11 to 0-6 in the other semi final.
Templenoe took a while to settle and Curraha took the lead on 3 points to two before Brian Crowley hit an important 1-1 to put the winners in the lead. The goal came from the penalty spot when he himself was fouled in the square in the 23rd minute and Templenoe led by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break.
Stephen O’Sullivan stretched that lead on the resumption but further progress on the scoreboard was slow to come and at the ¾ stage it was 1-6 to 0-5. However, Templenoe gradually added the insurance points through Cian Hallissey, Teddy Doyle and Pat Spillane to reach Croke Park for the first time in their history.

St Marys and Templenoe are in All Ireland Club semi final action this weekend

Kerry and Munster club champions St Marys and Templenoe are in All Ireland Club semi final action this weekend when both take on neighbouring Meath opposition at different Limerick venues on Sunday next. This would have made the perfect double bill had the weather been a bit kinder.

St Marys were tested on many occasions during their tremendous run in the Intermediate campaign, both in Kerry and in Munster, and there is no doubt that they face a mammoth task when they come face to face with Meath and Leinster champions Ratoath at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Cahersiveen side played four games on their way to the Kerry title including an extra time thriller with Desmonds, and a final against Spa where they looked the better side for long periods but failed to put that dominance on the scoreboard. In the Munster campaign, they struggled against Upperchurch-Drombane of Tipperary before demolishing the Clare representatives and winning well in the end against Carrigaline of Cork in the Munster Final. That game of course was back at the end of November and they have been in constant action since then at County League and Divisional level. It remains to be seen if all that activity has been a help or a hindrance. Ratoath have been very impressive on their way to the semi final and have been posting big scores in all their games to date. They have a number of the Meath senior panel in their ranks and there is no doubt that they will test St Marys to the limit.

Templenoe are arguably the most impressive Junior Championship winners in Kerry for quite a while. They won all four games in Kerry by six points or more and got a good test from Bandon of Cork in Munster before winning by three points. A youthful side, they play a very attractive brand of football where moving the ball at pace is the core aim. Their march to Division 1 of the County League is testament to the well-being of the side and it will be a major surprise if they slip up against Curraha in Kilmallock at 2pm on Sunday.

Best of luck to both Kerry clubs. The winners of Sunday’s semi finals will contest the finals on Saturday February 6th in Croke Park.

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