Kanturk dispatch Kilburn Gaels to progress to All-Ireland IHC semis

Kanturk 2-17 Kilburn Gaels 2-8

Kanturk dispatch Kilburn Gaels to progress to All-Ireland IHC semis

Ruislip was the destination for this afternoon’s All-Ireland quarter-final against London champions Kilburn Gaels and although Kanturk were somewhat below the level which delivered Cork and Munster titles in recent weeks, they got the job done with a bit to spare.

The crucial moment of proceedings, which were watched by a sizeable portion of Kanturk supporters who flew over this morning, arrived in first-half stoppages when goalkeeper Anthony Nash repelled a Stephen Lambert penalty. With the scoreline reading 0-9 to 0-5 in favour of the visitors, a goal for KIlburn Gaels would have left just the minimum between the sides at the break.

As it was, Kanturk took a four-point lead into the second-half and pulled clear with a burst of 1-3.

Liam O’Keeffe provided the opening goal, a score which he himself set up after a fine run. It was inevitable that O’Keeffe would find the net at some stage having had two goal chances in the opening period kept out.

Jody Troy's 41st-minute goal was Kilburn Gaels’ first score of the second-half. By that juncture, they trailed by 1-12 to 1-5.

Lorcan McLoughlin responded with a second Kanturk goal, his speculative effort from out the field deceiving Jack Barron.

The North Cork champions finished with nine scores, half-back and captain Lorcan O’Neill chipping in with two excellent points.

Kanturk now play Middletown of Armagh in the All-Ireland semi-final early in 2018.

Scorers for Kanturk: L O’Keeffe (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); I Walsh (0-4); L McLoughlin (1-0); A Walsh (0-1 sc), L O’Neill (0-2 each); R Walsh, D Kennelly, A O’Keeffe, D O’Donoghue (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilburn Gaels: S Lambert (1-6, 1-6 frees); J Troy (1-1); K Kennedy (0-1).

Kanturk: A Nash; P Walsh, J McLoughlin, J Browne; L O’Neill, A Sheehy, D Browne; L McLoughlin, R Walsh; D Kennelly, I Walsh, J Fitzpatrick; L O’Keeffe, A Walsh, A O’Keeffe.

Subs: E O’Connor for A O’Keeffe (49 mins); M O’Riordan for Kennelly (54); D O’Connor Fitzpatrick (54); D O’Donoghue for I Walsh.

Kilburn Gaels: J Barron (Carlow); K Campion (Laois), N Coen (Galway), C Hickey (Waterford); W Campion (Laois), B Regan (Galway), K Kennedy (Tipperary); A O’Leary (Dublin), C McLinden (Armagh); F Collins (Tipperary), M Duggan (Clare), S Conlon (Cork); S Lambert (Galway), J Troy (Tipperary), D Reale (Limerick).

Subs: A Murphy (Kilkenny) for Reale (42 mins); S Carey (Tipperary) for O’Leary (44); J Kelly (Galway) for K Campion (50); M Lambert (Galway) for Hickey (56).

Referee: J O’Brien (Laois).

More in this section

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Execution Time: 0.262 s