Dennehy penalty king

Kiskeam snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a brilliantly executed Billy Dennehy penalty six minutes into injury time in this second round clash at Coachford last evening, leaving Kinsale, who looked destined for the win with normal time complete, shell-shocked.

Two points separated the teams as Kiskeam went on one last foray. And when wing-back A J O’Connor was fouled bearing down on goal, Dennehy stepped up and made no mistake to give the Duhallow side an amazing one-point win.

Much credit must go to Kiskeam for never giving up the fight as they trailed by four points at the break and were behind by the same margin with a minute of normal time remaining.

Spare a thought too for Kinsale, who must have felt they had enough done to get them over the line, especially midfield maestro Brian Coughlan, who had scored seven of his side’s points. Instead, now they must go into the hat for the round three draw.

The strong wind dictated matters. Kinsale had it to their backs at the throw-in, and while they should have been more ahead they picked off points from Coughlan (3), Alan Gould and Conor Brien to hold a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Richard O’Sullivan was commanding at centre-back and when the same played floated over a sublime point they moved six points clear.

However, although outplayed up to now, Kiskeam kicked two important scores coming up to the break from Dennehy and Niall Cronin to leave the interval score 0-6 to 0-2.

The Coughlan brothers, Brian and David, combined for the first score of the new half and all looked positive for Kinsale. Slowly but surely though, Kiskeam gained a foothold and three points on the trot from Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Cronin and Dennehy left it a mere two-point game by the 40th minute.

Goals went begging in both camps — Niall McCarthy saw his fine effort saved for Kinsale while Micky Herlihy forced another smart save at the other end. But, when Brian Coughlan landed three brilliant points for Kinsale, they edged in front 0-10 to 0-6 with five minutes remaining.

Kiskeam though, plugged away. Cronin and Coughlan exchanged frees before Dennehy and wing-back Denis O’Sullivan raised white flags to leave the score 0-11 to 0-9. Then, and despite time not being on their side, Kiskeam got through for the all-important green flag.

Scorers for Kiskeam: B Dennehy 1-3 (1-0 pen), N Cronin 0-3 (2f), D Fitzgerald, D O’Sullivan and M Casey (45m) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kinsale: B Coughlan 0-7 (5f), R O’Sullivan, C O’Brien, A Gould and D Coughlan 0-1 each.

KISKEAM: D Cronin; P Cronin, J Dennehy, D Casey; D O’Sullivan, D Lenihan, A J O’Connor; M Casey, P O’Leary; G Casey, B Dennehy, D Fitzgerald; R Carroll, M Herlihy, N Cronin.

Subs: J Angland for G Casey (50).

KINSALE: C Hackett; C McCarthy, M O’Sullivan, W O’Hea; C Quigley, R O’Sullivan, N McCarthy; B Coughlan, D Coughlan; S O’Brien, J Wright, B Grey; C O’Brien, C O’Sullivan, A Gould.

Subs: D Murphy for W O’Hea (35), D Ward for C O’Sullivan (40), S Downey for C O’Brien (50), J Gould for S O’Brien (60).

Referee: D Murnane (Macroom).

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