Terrific Templenoe turn on power and waltz to title glory

Templenoe 1-14 Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-6: Templenoe proved far superior to Glenbeigh-Glencar in the Kerry JFC final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.
Terrific Templenoe turn on power and waltz to title glory

It was a super display by this young Templenoe side, led by the Crowley twins and Killian Spillane.

Once again, Division 1 side Glenbeigh/Glencar failed to perform in a final, and only Fergal Griffin and Jack Brosnan measured up.

Templenoe were on top from the outset as they dominated the midfield exchanges, with Sean Sheehan and Adrian Spillane ruling the roost. Glenbeigh/Glencar were all at sea at the back, as Killian Spillane caused havoc with some excellent points and the Crowley twins were surging forward at every opportunity.

After Gavin Crowley kicked the opening point, Templenoe struck for a soft goal, as Josh Holland drilled the ball under a defender and Glenbeigh/Glencar were in disarray.

Gavin O’Grady responded with a free for Glenbeigh/Glencar but it was all Templenoe. They controlled matters and added seven more points before the interval, with Killian Spillane kicking 0-4, including a beauty in injury time.

Colin McGillycuddy and Stephen O’Sullivan kept the Mid Kerry side afloat but playing with the wind, Templenoe led at the interval, 1-8 to 0-3.

Glenbeigh/Glencar did enjoy more possession in the second half but never looked like getting back into it as Templenoe defended admirably, led by Gavin Crowley.

Patrick Clifford kicked two good second-half points from wing back for Templenoe while Danny Cahalane and full-back Tadgh Morley also added points, with O’Grady adding two frees for the losers.

O’Grady did convert a 53rd minute penalty but the goal came too late and Templenoe will now take some beating in the Munster campaign.

Scorers for Templenoe:

K Spillane (0-4, 2 frees), J Holland (1-0), P Clifford, D Cahalane and T Doyle (0-2 each), C Hallissey (free), T Morley, G Crowley, and A Spillane (0-1 each)

Scorers for Glenbeigh/Glencar:

G O’Grady (1-2, 1-0 pen, 1 free), C McGillycuddy, S O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan and T Cahill (0-1 each)

TEMPLENOE:

A Sheehan; K O’Neill, T Morley, M Hallissey; P Clifford, J Spillane, G Crowley; S Sheehan, A Spillane; J Holland, B Crowley, D Cahalane; K Spillane, T Doyle, C Hallissey.

Subs:

S O’Sullivan for C Hallissey ( 48), S Cremin for J Holland ( 56), P Spillane for K Spillane ( 58), J Sheehan for B Crowley ( 59), J Rice for D Cahalane (60):

GLENBEIGH-GLENCAR:

R O’Connor; S Roche , F Griffin, K Doyle; J Brosnan, P Kilkenny, J McGillycuddy; C McGillycuddy, J Hoare; S O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, B Murphy; J McKenna, G O’Grady, T Cahill.

Subs:

C Teahan for S Roche ( 28); D Griffin for J McKenna (45); P Griffin for T Cahill (45); K Courtney for B Murphy (53); V Hoare for J McGillycuddy (53)

Referee:

D Sayers (Austin Stacks).

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