Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-19 Seir Kieran 2-10
Reigning Offaly and Leinster champions Kilcormac-Killoughey had their credentials fully tested by neighbours Seir Kieran in O’Connor Park yesterday, but a storming finish, in which they scored six points without reply, eventually secured their progression.
Kilcormac-Killoughey captain Ciaran Slevin won the toss and elected to play into the breeze in the first half, a decision that was vindicated by their fast start. However, after conceding the first three points, Seir Kieran battled their way back into contention, briefly taking the lead before Daniel Currams’ goal in the 22nd minute.
Kilcormac-Killoughey led 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time but a stunning penalty from Joe Bergin restored Seir Kieran’s lead immediately after the restart. Bergin missed a second penalty midway through the half but when he set up Shane Ryan for a goal to level the tie at 1-13 to 2-10 shortly after, a grandstand finish looked likely.
However, the champions cut short those dreams with a string of fine scores from distance in the last ten minutes.
Scorers for Kilcormac-Killloughey: Ciarán Slevin (0-10, 8fs, 1 65), D Currams (1-1), Conor Mahon, T Geraghty, D Kilmartin (0-2 each), J Gorman, P Geraghty (0-1 each).
Scorers for Seir Kieran: J Bergin (1-8, 1-1 pen, 0-5f), S Ryan (1-0), A Hynes & S Hynes (0-1 each).
KILCORMAC-KILLOUGHEY: Conor Slevin; C Guinan, G Healion, K Leonard; K Grogan, P Healion, B Leonard; D Kilmartin, J Geraghty; Ciarán Slevin, Conor Mahon, P Geraghty; J Gorman, D Currams, T Geraghty.
Subs: K Coyne for Grogan (40), Con Mahon for J Geraghty (44), T Fletcher for Gorman (51).
SEIR KIERAN: E Coughlan; B Mulrooney, E Murphy, D Coughlan; D Mooney, J Mulrooney, K Murray; S Hynes, B Dunne; B Bergin, J Bergin, A Hynes; K Dunne, C Connors, S Ryan.
Sub: T Carroll for B Bergin (28 mins).
Referee: Brian Gavin.
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