Kilmurry Ibrickane crowned Munster champions

Kilmurry Ibrickane crowned Munster champions

Kerins O'Rahillys (Kerry) 0-6 Kilmurry Ibrickane (Clare) 0-7

There was a dramatic finish to the Munster Club SFC final at the Gaelic Grounds as Clare champions Kilmurry Ibrickane snatched victory with an injury-time point by substitute Evan Talty.

The winning point came seconds after Kerry kingpins Kerins O'Rahillys had a punched goal from Declan Quill disallowed for a square ball.

But Quill was adamant that the goal should have been awarded. He said afterwards: "I waited outside the square as the ball hung in the air. I thought it was going over for a point and when it hung in the air I went in after it and punched it to the net."

The sides were level at 0-4 each at the end of a disappointing first half and when John O'Connor was dismissed five minutes into the second half, it seemed that the Clare side would get on top because they had the advantage of the stiff breeze.

O'Connor had earlier raced upfield and struck a post with a punched effort.

For Kilmurry Ibrickane it was compensation for their defeat in last year's Munster final and their first provincial success since 2004.

For Kerins O'Rahillys, this narrow defeat was a bitter pill to swallow because exactly on the same date twelve points ago they lost the Kerry final in injury-time.

David Moran returned from a trial with St. Kilda's in Australia for the game and he started as full-forward. He scored two points from play but was also guilty of some very bad misses.

Kerins made the better start and scored the first three points without reply. They opened with a pointed free by O'Connor after Timmy O'Sullivan was fouled.

Moran and Quill (free) made it three and it was all of ten minutes before Ian McInerney had a point from a free for Kilmurry Ibrickane.

But McInerney - from play - and a superb point by Stephen Moloney had the sides level after 16 minutes' play.

John Daly pointed a Kilmurry free to edge his side in front for the first time after 20 minutes and just on half-time Moran managed to tie up the game at 0-4 apiece.

It took 14 minutes for the first point of the second half to be registered, when Quill pointed a free for Kerins but a superb point by Kilmurry wing back Shane Hickey had it level again.

A punched point by substitute Paul O'Connor edged the Banner men in front with seven minutes remaining, and while another Quill free brought the sides level again, Kilmurry had the final say in a dramatic finish.

Talty, the scorer of the match-winning point, said afterwards: "I just found myself in a good position, closed my eyes and had a go."

KERINS O'RAHILLYS: D Hennessy; P Begley, M O'Shea, B O'Shea; G O'Grady, B Moran, R O'Callaghan; G Duffy, M Quirke; T O'Sullivan, J O'Connor (0-1, 0-1f), R Molloy; D Quill, (0-3, 0-3f), D Moran (0-2), BJ Keane.

KILMURRAY IBRICKANE: D O'Brien; D Hickey, M Killeen, M McMahon; S Hickey (0-1), E Coughlan, D Callinan; P O'Connor (0-1), P O’Dwyer; M Hogan, I McInerney (0-2, 0-1f), S Moloney (0-1); M O'Dwyer, O O'Dwyer, J Daly (0-1).

Subs used: E Talty (0-1) for Hogan (41 mins), N Downes for O O'Dwyer (45), P O'Dwyer for Moloney (48), M McCarthy for Daly (60).

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

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