O’Sullivan said: “we take it game by game but following our success at junior level we know how to win Munster titles. We have a young hungry group of players who want to improve and we were pleased with a lot of aspects of our play today. We had to watch our neighbours Templenoe win an All-Ireland title last year and their victory has given us plenty of motivation to match that achievement”.
And on this performance, Kenmare will fancy their chances. They scored points from every angle and distance and crafted two beautiful first-half goals. A pitch-long move involving ten players, finished beautifully by Paul O’Connor, was the most spectacular. A bad day got worse for Fethard when Gavin Fitzgerald deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper to gift the Kerry side another goal. A free from Brian Healy the only score Fethard could muster in a half to forget.
And there was little let up by the Kenmare men after the break wtih further goals from Brian O’Sullivan and O’Connor. Healy and Alan O’Connor pointed for Fethard before scores from Paul O’Connor (2), Sean O’Leary, Mark Crowley and Alan O’Leary sealed the win for the visitors.
A O’Connor (0-1), C Sheehan (0-1), B Healy (0-3, 2 frees).
P O’Connor (2-6, 2 frees), S O’Shea (0-7, 1 free), B O’Sullivan (1-02), G Fitzgerald (1-0, own goal),S O’Leary (0-3), S O’Brien (0-2), P O’Shea, A O’Leary, C O’Sullivan, D O’Shea and M Crowley (0-1 each).
Fitzgerald. J Devaney, G Fitzgerald, A O’Donovan, C Sheehan, C Maher, J Sheehan, D Hayes, P Moloney, B Delahunty, W Morgan, T Anglim, T Sheehan, C Hurley, B Healy.
A O’Connor for A O’Donovan (16); J McCormack for W Morgan (30); P Gough for C Hurley (30); R Fitzgerald for J Devaney (38); C Manton for P Fitzgerald (43).
K Fitzgibbon; Stephen O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, D Crowley; S O’Sullivan, D O’Shea, M Crowley; J M Foley, D Hallissey; P O’Shea, S O’Leary, K O’Sullivan; Sean O’Shea, P O’Connor, S O’Brien.
A O’Leary for K O’Sullivan (30); C O’Sullivan for J M Foley (30); S Dalton for D Hallissey (32); B O’Sullivan for P O’Shea (36); D O’Connor for S O’Brien (38); D Cronin for S O’Sullivan (39).
Alan Kissane (Waterford).