Kelly and O’Connor goals inspire St Michaels/Foilmore

St Michaels/Foilmore 2-11 Dromid Pearses 0-8
Two second-half goals from Bernard Kelly and Eanna O’Connor were enough to give defending champions St Michaels/Foilmore their fourth South Kerry SFC in seven years at Cahersiveen yesterday.

Dromid native and new Kerry minor manager Jack O’Connor patrolled the sidelines for St Michaels/Foilmore yesterday, but his son Eanna impressed with a personal total of 1-4 while his brother Cian scored two fine second-half points.

Four-time All-Ireland medal winner Declan O’Sullivan scored two points for Dromid operating in a roving role despite being named at full-forward where he was shadowed for most of the afternoon by Kerry senior full-back Mark Griffin.

O’Sullivan and his former Na Sceilge and Kerry boss were involved in a brief coming together as referee Peter Lyons signalled for half-time but Lyons appeared to have lost his whistle. But as the players jostled on their way to the dressing room, it appeared to only fire up St Michaels/Foilmore, who resumed a transformed side.

Dromid Pearses made the better start scoring the first two points of the contest and looked well in touch at half-time trailing by 0-5 to 0-4 with six of the first half’s scores coming in the first eight minutes.

Former All-Ireland Club IFC champions St Michaels/Foilmore were a different team in the second half and hit 1-5 without reply in the third quarter to seize control of the game.

Their first goal came in the 37th minute when the winners won a Dromid kick-out and Bernard Kelly fisted the ball home to give his side a 1-7 to 0-4 lead.

Adrian O’Connell sent a superb pass into Eanna O’Connor for their second goal in the 53rd minute and a man of the match performance by the corner-forward was completed in the final minute of normal time with a superb point from a sideline ball. Declan O’Sullivan’s brace along with points from Dylan O’Donoghue and Chris Farley proved only to be consolation for Dromid.

Scorers for St Michaels/Foilmore: E O’Connor (1-4, 2fs, 1 s/l), B Kelly (1-2), C O’Connor (0-2), A O’Connell, D Kelly and B Smith (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dromid Pearses: Declan O’Sullivan (0-2, 1f), T Curran (0-2, 1 45), D O’Donoghue, C Farley, M Sheehan and A O Connor (0-1 each).

ST MICHAELS/FOILMORE: J O’Shea; C Granfield, M Griffin, B Smith; A Smith, B Galvin, A O’Connell; S O’Connor, S Fogarty; DJ Moran, B Kelly, P King; C O’Connor, D Kelly, E O’Connor.

Subs: R O’Connor for Moran (27), D O’Sullivan for D Kelly (44), S O’Shea for S O’Connor, D Scanlon for Granfield and S O’Sullivan for C O’Connor.

DROMID PEARSES: A Hogan; Donal O’Sullivan, Dominic O’Sullivan, P O’Sullivan; J Ó Sé, C Ó Sé, Denis O’Sullivan; T Curran, A O’Sullivan; D O’Donoghue, C Farley, M Sheehan; G O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, A O’Connor.

Subs: C O’Connor for A O’Connor, C Hallissey for O’Donoghue, P Fitzgerald for P O’Sullivan, J Ó Sé for A O’Sullivan and M O’Connor for M Sheehan.

Referee: P Lyons (Cromane).

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