Form an opinion of what kind of game this was. Now change it.
This wasn’t a classic. Far from it. This was a game where two sides slugged it out and by full-time at Foilmore on Saturday the draw was a fair result, as neither side had done enough to win it.
Both sides were missing key performers, with St Michael’s/Foilmore having to line out without their big man at midfield in Sean O’Connor, while namesake Paul was absent from the Kenmare lineout.
The home side had the better of the opening halves in normal time and extra time, while Kenmare fought back in the second periods and had to rescue the game twice with last-minute points.
However, while St Michael’s/Foilmore may consider themselves unlucky for not hanging on to win, they can thank their keeper Brian Smith, who turned Mark Crowley’s penalty around the post in extra time when a goal at that stage would surely have seen Kenmare advance.
Scorers for St Michael’s/Foilmore: J Clifford 1-1, E O’Connor (2fs), R O’Connor, D Kelly, B Kelly, S Fogarty 0-2 each, M Griffin 0-1.
Scorers for Kenmare: L O’Shea 0-5 (1 45), S O’Brien 0-4 (2fs), DJ Brennan 0-3 (2fs), A O’Sullivan, MT O’Sullivan, G Crowley 0-1 each.
ST MICHAEL’S/FOILMORE: B Smith; A O’Connell, M Griffin, C O’Sullivan; DJ Moran, B Galvin, A Smith; C O’Connor, S Fogarty; D O’Sullivan, D Kelly, B Kelly; R O’Connor, E O’Connor, J Clifford.
Subs: C O’Sullivan for A Smith (50), M McCarthy for Fogarty (52), C Granfield for Moran (55), S O’Shea for D O’Sullivan (58), DJ Moran for A O’Connell (et), S Fogarty for B Kelly (et), D O’Sullivan for O’Connor (et).
KENMARE: S O’Sullivan (Tousist); D Crowley (Kenmare), K O’Neill (Templenoe), G Crowley (Templenoe); T O’Sullivan (Kenmare), C Brosnan (Tousist), S O’Leary (Kenmare); F O’Sullivan (Tousist), A O’Sullivan (Tousist); T Morley (Templenoe), S Sheehan (Templenoe) L O’Shea (Tousist); MT O’Sullivan (Tousist), S O’Brien (Kenmare), B Crowley (Templenoe).
Subs: M Crowley (Kenmare) for Sheehan (35), DJ Brennan (Kenmare) for D Crowley (40), J Spillane (Templenoe) for
MT O’Sullivan (50), S Cremin (Templenoe) for C Brosnan (55), A O’Leary (Kenmare) for J Spillane (et), A O’Callaghan (Kenmare) for T O’Sullivan (et).
Referee: D Casey (Scartaglin).