O’Rahillys on right track as Keane shines

Kerins O’Rahillys 0-15 Kilcummin 1-7

O’Rahillys on right track as Keane shines

O’Rahillys, led by Michael Quirke and the recently returned David Moran at midfield, made the most of their second chance. However, Moran looked to be lacking match fitness and his chances of being involved in the Munster final hang in the balance.

Interestingly former Kerry senior Declan Quill was not included in the starting 15, but did come on late in the game. The reason? All six O’Rahillys forwards made contributions to the scoring sheet, with former Kerry panellist Barry John Keane emerging as this game’s top performer.

Shooting seven points, 0-2 of which came from open play, Keane was excellent.

Kilcummin, who operate in Division 2 of the Kerry SFL, got off to a great start and put 1-1 on the scoreboard inside three minutes. Veteran DJ Fleming kicked them in front from play and Kerry U21 Kieran Murphy stole inside to shoot to the net.

That was as good as it got for the East Kerry side, though, as Kerins O’Rahillys, with Quirke a towering figure at midfield, began to assert their authority.

O’Rahillys tacked on seven scores without reply through Kerry minor Jack Savage, Barry John Walsh (0-2), John Ferguson, Barry John Keane (0-2), Kevin Walsh and Kieran O’Mahony to take a firm stranglehold on the game.

DJ Fleming, from a free, and Jer Sheehan, from play, responded with Kilcummin points and at the break just a point separated the sides as O’Rahillys led 0-7 to 1-3.

However, O’Rahillys turned to play with the strong wind in the second half and a Barry John Walsh point gave them the ideal start.

Barry John Keane, who is going to America for the summer this week, chipped in with a point from a free while DJ Fleming replied at the other end for Kilcummin.

O’Rahillys upped the tempo and with Gavin Duffy and Giles O’Grady driving them forward at every opportunity and David Moran winning some decent possession at midfield, began to pick off scores with ease.

Barry John Keane, with four points, three from frees and one delightful effort from play, added further scores as the Blues stretched 0-13 to 1-4 clear as the game entered the final quarter.

Kelvin Teahan kept Kilcummin in touch with a point from play, before the East Kerry side received a lifeline when they won a penalty with two minutes remaining. However, Kieran Murphy shot low and wide.

Full-back Chris O’Leary and DJ Fleming, from a free, tacked on late Kilcummin points, but it mattered very little at this stage.

Kilcummin now play Finuge with the losers dropping down to the IFC next year.

Scorers for Kerins O’Rahillys: BJ Keane 0-7 (5f), BJ Walsh 0-3, J Savage 0-2, J Ferguson, K Walsh, K O’Mahony 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilcummin: K Murphy 1-0, DJ Fleming 0-4 (1f), J Sheehan, K Teahon, C O’Leary 0-1 each.

KERINS O’RAHILLYS: G Kissane; T Begley, M Tierney, A Thompson; G Duffy, G O’Grady, J O’Connor, D Moran, M Quirke (capt); J Ferguson, J Savage, K Walsh; K O’Mahony, BJ Keane, BJ Walsh.

Subs: D McLoughlin for J Ferguson, B Moran for T Begley, E McGrath for K Walsh, D Quill for K O’Mahony.

KILCUMMIN: B Kealy; T Cooper, C O’Leary, D Maher; D O’Leary, S Brosnan, D O’Leary; S McSweeney, K Gorman; J Sheehan, K Murphy, K McCarthy; K Teahan, T Brosnan, DJ Fleming.

Subs: D Healy for T Brosnan.

Referee: Tom McCarthy (Castleisland Desmonds).

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