Curtin Feale’s late ace

Feale Rangers 1-13 Dingle 0-13

It was a cruel blow for last year’s beaten finalists, who struggled for scores without the talents of Paul Geaney.

Feale Rangers can thank their full-forward line for this win, with Curtin outstanding while Conor Cox also caught the eye with seven points over the hour.

Mark Evans converted a free for the opening score for Dingle, but Cox equalised from a free and followed with a point from play.

In the 6th minute, Sean O’Flaherty saved brilliantly from Curtin. Evans levelled matters in the 11th minute but Curtin equalised shortly afterwards.

Dara O’Sullivan and Colm Moriarty competed well against Anthony Maher and Brendan Whelan at centrefield and were backed up by the roaming Tommy Griffin, who started at full-forward.

Jack O’Sullivan and Evans scored two points from play to level the contest. Cox edged Rangers ahead from a free, while Mikey Geaney scored a free at the other end.

The visitors finished strongly with points from Nigel O’Connor and Cox (free) as Rangers led 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval.

With Evans and Brendan Kelliher to the fore, Dingle dominated the opening five minutes of the second half. Cathal Bambury scored a nice point and this was followed by a point each from Evans and Kelliher.

Rangers took over for the next five minutes and scored three points on the trot from O’Connor, Cox and Curtin. But within two minutes Evans and Kelliher had the sides tied at 0-10 apiece at the end of the third quarter.

In the 51 minute Curtin edged Rangers ahead and a minute later Kelliher levelled matters. But Evans could do no wrong and two quick points gave Dingle a two point lead.

Curtin reduced the gap to a point and then a game-changing skirmish developed in the 58th minute and Kerry senior Brian McGuire was red-carded. Rangers attacked and what appeared to be a leg block by a defender on Curtin’s effort was penalised and the Moyvane clubman converted in injury time.

From the kickout Curtin scored a point to put a goal between the sides.

FEALE RANGERS: B Galvin (Moyvane); G McCarthy (Listowel Emmets), B Guiney (Emmets), J McGuire (Emmets); J Barry (Emmets), B McGuire (Emmets), D Foran (St Senan’s); A Maher (Duagh) B Whelan (St Senan’s); M O’Connor (Duagh), D Walsh (Emmets), P Quille (St Senan’s); N O’Connor (0-2) (Duagh) P Curtin (1-4, 1-0 pen) (Moyvane) C Cox (0-7, 3f) (Emmets).

Subs: M Whelan (Emmets) for D Walsh; M Scannell (Duagh) for P Quille; N Kennelly (Emmets) for N O’Connor.

DINGLE: S O’Flaherty; M Flannery, G Curran, T B Brosnan; P Devane, B Kelliher 0-3, JB Brosnan; C Moriarty, D O’Sullivan; J Sheehy, M Geaney (0-1f), J O’Sullivan (0-1); M Evans (0-7, 2f), T Griffin, C Bambury (0-1).

Subs: T O’Sullivan for J Sheehy; R Begley for J O’Sullivan; P O’Connor for M Flannery.

Referee: Ger Lynch, (Ballymacelligott).

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