Kerins qualify for Munster club final

KERINS O’RAHILLYS (Kerry) 1-8 MOYLE ROVERS (Tipperary) 0-9

KERINS O’RAHILLYS (Kerry) 1-8 MOYLE ROVERS (Tipperary) 0-9

A timely goal from Declan Quill shot Kerry champions Kerins O'Rahillys through to the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship final at Austin Stack Park.

Aided by the wind in the second half, Moyle Rovers staged a stirring comeback and with former Tipperary star Declan Browne on form from frees, they got back level at 0-7 apiece.

With two of their key players - Tommy Walsh and David Moran - thousands of miles away in Australia, Kerins had to dig deep to see off Rovers' revival.

Moyle, who were without injured centre-back Robbie Boland, started the game on the attack and Martin Dunne was wide with the first shot in anger after a ‘45’ had been punched down to him.

The wind was a big factor in the opening half, with the blustery conditions swirling a Quill point attempt into the path of Timmy O’Sullivan who was able to fire over from close range to edge wind-backed Kerins ahead.

Attacking the Killarney end, they went 0-3 to 0-0 up thanks to a superb left-footed score from Quill and a Barry John Walsh effort from 35 yards out.

A pointed free from Declan Browne got Moyle up and running but Barry John Keane, after leaving his man for dead, pointed at the other end and John O’Connor took the O’Rahillys tally to five with a well-struck free.

Wing back Sean Keating and attacker Sean Carey landed points for the Tipperary champions as the first half came to a close, with Moyle, who had defended well, only four points behind.

Kerins, who were heavy pre-match favourites, should have been further ahead with the elements behind them and their full-forward line was guilty of playing too far out the pitch at times.

The point of the half arrived four minutes before the break when Keane took a pass outside the 45-metre and shrugged off two defenders before lashing over with aplomb.

It was glimpse of Kerins’ attacking quality but their goalkeeper David Hennessy had to be on his toes, early in the second half, to pull off a superb point blank save whiched denied Moyle’s Brian Mulvihill a certain goal.

Rovers regrouped and gained serious momentum as Peter Acheson and Browne, who kicked three frees in succession, brought their side back on terms.

Acheson raked over an accurate shot from inside the ‘45’ before Browne majestically drilled a free over the black spot from close to the sideline.

Two more followed from the two-time All-Star to make it 0-7 apiece and it was all to play for with just over ten minutes to go.

Suddenly, Kerins sprung to life again. Micheal Quirke, back from suspension, set up Barry John Walsh for the lead point in the 52nd minute and then came Quill's decisive goal.

Barry John Walsh and Barry John Keane were both involved in the build-up, before a high ball in was caught by Quill and the former Kerry forward turned to rasp home a powerful shot to the top right hand corner of the net.

Moyle battled on in the heavy rain and clawed it back to a two-point game at the death, but time was not on their side and Jim Cahill’s men will be left ruing that earlier goal miss.

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