O’Sullivan goal decisive for CIT

A GOAL of sheer class by Kerry senior footballer Darren O’Sullivan was the decisive score in this Evening Echo county SFC first round replay at Coachford last night. It came in the 46th minute and it gave his side a lead they never relinquished.

CIT were quickly out of the blocks with two of their county under 21 players, Daniel Goulding and Colm O’Neill, scoring a point each inside the opening minute and then Darren O’Sullivan added another a minute later.

Muskerry eventually settled with Tom Kenny prominent at wing forward and CIT were grateful to their ‘keeper Liam Sheehan who saved superbly from Barry Kiely.

Surprisingly CIT failed to maintain their early promise and with Kenny and Hugh Curran doing well in attack, Muskerry were just a point down after 12 minutes.

With the ground like glass from the persistent drizzle players found it difficult to hold their feet with the result wholesale mistakes were made, but it added to the keenness of the exchanges.

The divisional side were excellent in defence where Eoin O’Mahony and Connie Lucey gave nothing away and were unfortunate to have what looked a perfectly good goal disallowed at the other end.

Dan O’Connell’s shot spun out of the hands of the CIT netminder and Tom Kenny following up was left with a simple tap in but to the consternation of Muskerry people both on and off the field, the referee ruled it out for what can only be that Kenny was in the square before the ball.

With limited possession the students were far more productive in attack and three points in a row, had them 0-7 to 0-4 in front at half time. Muskerry should have goaled just before the break when Tom Kenny was on the end of a great passing movement but the county senior hurler was inches wide with only the ‘keeper to beat.

Like they did in the drawn game, Muskerry introduced Dee Dee Dorgan for the second half and he made an immediate impact. With his first touch the Grenagh man had his goal bound shot parried by the CIT netminder and Dan O’Connell was on hand to punch home the rebound to tie the game for the first time.

Two points were quickly added and in the space of seven minutes the divisional side went from three points down to two in front. However Bryan Sheehan was becoming far more influential around the middle for CIT ably assisted by Eamon Lyons and they were back on level terms after Sheehan and O’Sullivan pointed in quick succession.

Muskerry were clearly tiring and the fitter students began to carve open their defence far too easily. Winning possession 45 metres out from the divisional goal, Darren O’Sullivan took off on a great run before drilling an unstoppable shot to the root of the net for a goal worthy of winning any game.

The aerial dominance of Eamon Lyons who plays his club football with Muskerry club Canovee and the excellence of Hugh Curran at wing forward ensured the students stayed in front to the final whistle

Scorers: CIT: D. O’Sullivan 1-2; D. Goulding 0-4 (0-3 frees); H. Curran 0-2; C. O’Neill, P. O’Flynn, B. Sheehan, P. Curtin 0-1 each. Muskerry: D. O’Connell 1-2; T. Kenny 0-2; M. Hodge, P. Dunlea (free), DD Dorgan, J. White 0-1 each.

CIT: L. Sheehan (Caherciveen); C. Murphy (St. Michaels), S. Hackett (Mayfield), L. Hegarty (Gabriel Rangers); J. Griffin Finuge), R. Carey (Clyda Rovers), A. Foley (Moyle Rovers); R. O’Connor (Glenbeigh/Glencar), E. Lyons (Canovee); D. O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh), B. Sheehan (Caherciveen), H. Curran (Newcestown); D. Goulding (Eire Og), P. O’Flynn (Ballyclough), C. O’Neill (do.).

Subs. C. Kelliher (Milltown/Castlemaine) for Hackett; P. Curtin (Moyvane) for O’Connor; C. Alyward (Clinmel Og) for Kelliher.

MUSKERRY: D. Moynihan (Aghabullogue); A. O Loinsigh (Ballingeary), E. O’Mahony (Macroom), C. Lucey (Aghabullogue); C. O Laoire (Cill na Martra), G. Russell (Grenagh), D. O’Hare (Ballinora); M. Hodge (Ballinora), N. Buckley (Aghabullogue); B. Kiely (Aghabullogue), M. O’Sullivan (Dripsey), T. Kenny (Grenagh); D. O’Connell (Inniscarra), J. Russell (Grenagh), P. Dunlea (Canovee).

Subs. DD Dorgan (Grenagh) for O’Sullivan; A. Concannon (Ballingeary) for Buckley; J. White (Kilmurry) for Kiely.

Referee: R. Murphy (Lyre).

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