Brick leads charge as Kilmoyley advance to last four

Kilmoyley 0-18 Abbeydorney 2-08

Abbeydorney led 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval, thanks to the exploits of the O’Leary brothers, Daniel (0-3), Brendan (0-1) and 17-year-old Michael (0-2) and the favourites were rocked back on their heels.

But on the restart, Kilmoyley took control with Brick firing seven points, the impressive youngster Daniel Collins added three while Paudie O’Connor and Adrian Royle had one each. One Daniel O’Leary free was all Abbeydorney could muster in 27 minutes of that second half before two late goals from Darragh O’Connell and Brendan O’Leary put a better complexion on the scoreboard.

Kilmoyley now join Lixnaw and St Brendan’s in the semi-finals.

A delighted Brick downplayed his role in victory and admitted Kilmoyley have much to work on ahead of the last four. He said: “It was a good tough game. There was a huge difference in the intensity of that game compared to the earlier rounds, because this was do or die. The strong breeze meant that we had to hang in there in the first half, but it was tight enough at the break so we were happy enough going in at half time. We knew if we kept up the work rate, the scores would come. Abbeydorney really put it up to us, they are fine hurlers and those O’Leary brothers, are mighty lads.

“We got the scores that mattered in the second half,” he added. “But we would not be happy with the goals we conceded near the end, so we have plenty to work on now for the semi-finals.”

Across the corridor, Abbeydorney mentor Timmy Weir was pragmatic but bemoaned mistakes made at crucial stages. “We should have been up five or six points at half time. We also missed a great chance of a goal. It was 50/50 in the opening half but we should have pushed on and got more scores. It was an uphill struggle in the second half against the wind and we did not make a lot of progress up front, only managing one point for most of the half, with the goals coming too late.

To their credit, Abbeydorney were missing a their fair share. “!We were short a few players this year and we need everyone,” continued Weir. “James O’Connor is out with his back, PJ Keane was injured, Jason Fealy was a loss and we have a few that have emigrated.”

Scorers for Kilmoyley: S Brick 0-10 (0-5 frees), D Collins 0-4, P O’Connor 0-2, T Murnane and A Royle 0-1 each.

Scorers for Abbeydorney: D O’Leary 0-4 frees, B O’Leary 1-1, D O’Connell 1-0, M O’Leary 0-2, A Healy 0-1.

KILMOYLEY: A McCabe; S Murnane, J McCarthy, T Maunsell; Dougie Fitzelle, T Murnane, J Godley; David Fitzelle, P Stapleton; S Brick, D Collins, S Maunsell; P O’Connor, A Royle, A McCarthy.

Subs: F McCarthy for David Fitzelle (54), J Brick for P O’Connor (54), B Harris for A McCarthy (55), I Brick for P Stapleton (56), J O’Sullivan for J Godley (59).

ABBEYDORNEY: T Fealy; K O’Connell, C McCarthy, S O’Connor; K Dineen, A Healy, N O’Connell; B O’Leary, D O’Leary; D O’Connell, M O’Leary, J McCarthy; D Ryall, E Egan, P J Ryan.

Subs: M Hannafin for P J Ryan (h/t), S O’Mahony for J McCarthy (52), P Dineen for S O’Connor (54).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork).

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