10-point Luke Connolly the ace for Nemo in League final

Nemo Rangers’ ended their season on a high by defeating Castlehaven in the Rochestown Park Division 1 League final at Sam Maguire Park in Dunmanway last night.

The victorious Nemo Rangers panel celebrate with the Kelleher Shield. Picture: Larry Cummins

Winning the Kelleher Shield trophy should help shorten the winter months and give the Capwell side a much-needed boost as they attempt to wrestle the county title from Carbery Rangers’ grasp next year. Unsurprisingly, contesting a league final at the beginning of December meant both teams were shorn of the talents of many first team regulars.

In the end, Luke Connolly proved Nemo’s standout performer, contributing 0-10, with midfielders Jack Horgan and Alan O’Donovan also playing pivotal roles.

Despite freezing conditions, an exciting opening quarter produced some excellent scores and saw Nemo edge 0-3 to 0-2 ahead thanks to a pair of Luke Connolly points.

Castlehaven hit back in the 15th minute when Mark Collins gathered a Rangers kick-out and fed Conor Cahalane. The young forward raced clear and fired low into the bottom corner for a terrific goal. Connolly and Seanie Cahalane swapped a pair of frees before Jack Horgan split the posts to level the score five minutes from the interval.

There was still time for Castlehaven goalkeeper Paudie Hurley to exchange a quick one-two from a free and float over a fine point to hand the West Cork club the narrowest of half time leads.

Unfortunately for the Union Hall club, Nemo began the second period in blistering fashion, kicking five unanswered points to move four ahead.

Connolly raised the first white flag of the second-half and converted a straightforward free to push Nemo 0-9 to 1-5 ahead after 35 minutes. The city side moved up through the gears with Conor O’Donovan, Paul Kerrigan and Connolly adding additional scores.

Cathal Maguire and Conor O’Driscoll responded for Castlehaven but Nemo continued to dominate with Paddy Gummley and Connolly’s accuracy from placed balls giving the Capwell club a 0-16 to 1-7 lead heading into the closing stages. Ronan Whelton (Castlehaven), Brian Twomey and Stephen Cronin all received black cards in a fractious closing period in which James McCarthy’s side reduced the deficit to two points before a late Connolly free sealed Nemo’s victory.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers:

L Connolly 0-10 (7 frees), P Gummley (1 free) and A ODonovan 0-2 each, J Horgan, C O’Donovan and P Kerrigan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Castlehaven:

S Cahalane 0-5 (5 frees), C Cahalane 1-1, M Collins, C O’Driscoll, C Maguire, D Cahalane, S Hurley and P Hurley 0-1 each

NEMO RANGERS:

M Martin; K O’Donovan, C Ó Sé, A Cronin; B Twomey, S Cronin, S Martin; J Horgan, A O’Donovan; P Kerrigan, L Connolly, R Kennedy; P Gummley, C O’Donovan, C Kiely.

Subs:

R McCarthy for B Twomey (BC, 51), W Morgan for P Gummley (57), B O’Driscoll for S Cronin (BC, 59).

CASTLEHAVEN:

P Hurley; J O’Regan, D Limrick (captain), T O’Leary; R Whelton, D Cahalane, C Nolan; D Hurley, M Collins; S Hurley, S Cahalane, C Cahalane; C O’Driscoll, C Maguire, C Hayes.

Subs:

D Cahalane for D Hurley (22), R Walsh for S Hurley (45), Stephen Hurley for R Whelton (BC, 46), P O’Brien for C Hayes (52).

Referee:

Pat O’Leary (Kilmurry).

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Jack McCaffrey waits on Dublin call

Niall McNamee determined to enjoy final glory

Ian McGillycuddy wreaks havoc on Macroom

Tralee CBS firepower blows away tepid Ballincollig


Breaking Stories

Jockey stands down after being accused of swapping urine sample

Candidate ‘disappointed with recruitment process’ as Tennis Ireland dispute heads to WRC

Brazil invite Chapecoense to play in Joan Gamper Trophy

WATCH: Greek league gives us a new contender for worst miss ever

Lifestyle

After 70 years you can now watch Ireland's first feature film 'The Dawn'

Five 'Very Important Patients' at Temple Street pick the best toys of 2016

Full disclosure in Oliver Stone's new film about CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden

What to buy for the most awkward people in your life this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner