Clifford has last word as East Kerry leave O’Rahilly’s feeling blue

Clifford has last word as East Kerry leave O’Rahilly’s feeling blue
East Kerry’s Ronan Buckley slips past Kerins O’Rahilly’s Jack Savage in the third round of the Kerry SFC on Saturday night. Picture: Domnick Walsh

East Kerry 0-20 - 3-9 Kerins O’Rahilly’s

An epic encounter in Tralee, adorned by stunning displays on both sides — none more so than Kerin’s O’Rahilly’s David Moran.

However it was his inter-county colleague David Clifford who provided the decisive contributions in extra-time as East Kerry prevailed against their crestfallen opponentsfrom Tralee.

The Strand Road side lost captain and key inside forward Barry John Keane to a straight red card early in the second period following an off-the-ball incident, and that cost Mike Quirke’s side dearly.

But if club sides are supposed to have the edge in terms of team spirit, no-one told East Kerry, who looked in trouble at several junctures, but kept their nerve to forced extra-time — and allow Clifford add a pair of winning points.

Strand Road, inspired by the brilliant fielding of David Moran and superb play from Tommy Walsh on the edge of the square, had the dream start, with a goal from Keane in the opening minute.

Things quickly went from bad to worse for East Kerry: Karl Mullins (10) and Jack Savage (14) also netted and O’Rahilly’s had raced 3-2 to 0-4 clear by end of the opening quarter.

But Clifford, Mike Foley, and Ronan Buckley had closed the gap to 3-2 to 0-9 at half-time.

East Kerry had a gilt-edged chance to equalise. They were awarded a penalty early in the second-half, but O’Rahilly’s goalkeeper, Gary Kissane, denied Paudie Clifford.

The tempo began to rise when Clifford converted a long-range free and the gap was down to one. O’Rahilly’s responded with points from Savage and Walsh, to lead 3-4 to 0-10 with 13 minutes remaining.

But scores from Clifford (2), Foley, and Liam Kearney edged East Kerry a point clear with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Ryan Carroll and Tommy Walsh gave O’Rahilly’s the lead again, before Shane Cronin popped up to force extra-time. Both sides added three points in the opening period of extra-time, with Clifford and Moran landing sensational scores (3-9 to 0-18).

Rahilly’s then recorded three wides, before Clifford sealed the deal for East Kerry, with two late points.

Scorers for East Kerry: D Clifford (0-8, 3f), M Foley (0-4), D Roche (0- 3, 2f), L Kearney, S Cronin, R Buckley, B O’Donoghue, P Clifford ’45’( 0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerins O’Rahilly’s: J Savage (1-4, 0-3f), K Mullins (1-1), BJ Keane (1-0), T Walsh (0-2), D Moran and R Carroll (1f) (0-1 each).

EAST KERRY: J Devane (Spa), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S Courtney (Glenflesk), N Donohue (Firies), D O’Donoghue (Spa), J Sherwood (Firies), P Warren (Gneevguilla), L Kearney (Spa), S Cronin (Spa), R Buckley (Listry), P Clifford (Fossa), B O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), D Clifford (Fossa), D Roche (Glenflesk), E Cronin (Spa).

Subs: M Foley (Spa) for Sean Courtney (23), P Doyle (Gneevguilla) for B O’Donoghue (58), P De Brun (Firies) for R Buckley (59), B Lynch ( Spa) for P Warren ( 72) B O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for S Cronin (76).

KERINS O’RAHILLY’S:G Kissane; D McElligott , R O’Callaghan, C Coffey: R Carroll, K Mullins, S Brosnan; D Moran, G O’Brien; T Hoare, J Ferguson, G O’Brien; J Savage, T Walsh, BJ Keane.

Subs: C Hayes for T Hoare (37), G Savage for J Ferguson (57), S Walsh (extra-time) for red card, J Ferguson for C Hayes (74), D O’Sullivan for K Mullins (79).

Referee: B Griffin (Clounmacon).

More on this topic

Glen selector Ted Owens: 'The two goals were the killer, obviously'Glen selector Ted Owens: 'The two goals were the killer, obviously'

From Crossmaglen to Clonkill: All your county final teams and scorers in one placeFrom Crossmaglen to Clonkill: All your county final teams and scorers in one place

'We are incredibly proud' says Imokilly's history making coach'We are incredibly proud' says Imokilly's history making coach

Exquisite Kenny guides Borris-Ileigh to Tipperary SHC showdown with Kiladangan Exquisite Kenny guides Borris-Ileigh to Tipperary SHC showdown with Kiladangan


More in this Section

Is there a dawn to follow the darkest moment?Is there a dawn to follow the darkest moment?

A victory for bravery, a defeat reeking of stagnationA victory for bravery, a defeat reeking of stagnation

Emery believes Arsenal can achieve something important this seasonEmery believes Arsenal can achieve something important this season

Real Sociedad return to winning ways to go fourth in LaLigaReal Sociedad return to winning ways to go fourth in LaLiga


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

More From The Irish Examiner