Maher leads the way as Duagh breeze into decider

Duagh 2-07 St Senan’s 0-04
County star Anthony Maher inspired Duagh to an impressive victory in yesterday’s North Kerry SFC semi-final at windswept Moyvane.

Duagh had a dream start when Nigel O’Connor’s attempt for a point fell short and ended in the net after three minutes. There was little to separate the sides thereafter as Sean Weir came to the fore in the St Senan’s defence. Indeed a Maher point was all that was between them (1-1 to 0-3) at the interval. The outcome was settled in the opening 10 minutes of the restart when Maher’s long delivery ended up with Stephen Moran off-loading to Martin Scannell for a goal.

A minute later, Scannell — who had returned from Dubai for the game, turned villain when he saw his penalty attempt saved by keeper Tomas Stack.

However, St Senan’s were not able to break down the Duagh defence with Maher to the fore and the losers could only manage a Paudie Quille point in the second half.

Duagh added six points in that period with Maher kicking two more to cap a man-of-the match display. Duagh now face Beale in the North Kerry final on St Stephen’s Day in Frank Sheehy Park, Listowel (2.30pm).

Scorers for Duagh: M Scanlon 1-2 (0-1 free), N O’Connor 1-0, A Maher 0-3 (0-1 free), G McCarthy 0-1 free, S Moran 0-1

Scorers for St Senan’s: P Quille 0-2, 0-1 free, D Kennelly 0-1 free, R Kerin 0-1

DUAGH: J Kelly; T McMahon, J O’Brien, A O’Connor; T Scanlon, K Quirke, J Sheeran; A Maher, S Moran; P Sheeran, M O’Connor, J Shanahan; M Scannell, K Duffy, N O’Connor

Subs: D Foley for J O’Brien (inj 26), D Lane for J Sheeran (42), G McCarthy for K Duffy (48), E Kelly for T Scanlon (55), T Quirke for S Moran (59)

ST SENAN’S: T Stack; S T Dillon, P Somers, S Weir; D Foran, D O’Donnell, P Twomey; J Browne, D Somers; R Kerin, D Kennelly, S Nolan; P Quille, J Allman, A Kennelly.

Subs: B O’Connell for J Allman (h/t), S Dowling for A Kennelly (38), J Barry for D Kennelly (47)

Referee: John Hennessy (Ballyduff).


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