Kilmoyley (Kerry) 4-12 Monaleen (Limerick) 0-13
They’ve been knocking since 1971 but yesterday, the door finally opened for Kilmoyley.
In all that time, they’ve been playing Munster club hurling at various grades, but had never won a game.
That was until the Kerry senior hurling kingpins cracked the code in the AIB Munster IHC, slaying Monaleen at the Gaelic Grounds, and with 11 points to spare.
Victory has set up a final clash with Lismore, who boast Dan and Maurice Shanahan in their ranks, but Kilmoyley won’t fear them.
Some six weeks had passed since they retained their senior title in Kerry, and drew level with Ballyduff on 24 crowns each.
And now the next challenge for Kilmoyley is to go one step better than Ballyduff, who lost Munster intermediate finals in 2011 and 2012.
Managing them is Fergie O’Loughlin, brother of Clare legend Ger, and he summoned the Banner spirit of ’95 before throw-in yesterday.
O’Loughlin said: “I thought we had a great chance today, our preparation was very good, they bought into it and it’s a fantastic feeling.
“My cry inside in the dressing room was that I mentioned Anthony Daly in 1995, that we were no longer going to be the whipping boys in Clare.
“That statement needed to be made in Munster for Kerry hurling and Kilmoyley.”
And it was an emphatic statement as Kerry senior captain Daniel Collins led by example, collecting 1-7 while also providing an assist for the first of Maurice O’Connor’s two goals.
That was Kilmoyley’s second green flag, after Adrian Royle had pounced earlier, and they led by 2-6 to 0-7 at half-time.
Monaleen, without county senior team selector Brian Geary and new call-up Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, briefly threatened a second half revival but a third goal for Kilmoyley, scored by Collins after a searing run, cut that short.
And a fourth goal put the icing on the cake with ten minutes remaining, O’Connor collecting his second to put the seal on a memorable afternoon.
Scorers for Kilmoyley: D Collins (1-7, 4 frees), M O’Connor (2-1), A Royle (1-0), J McGelligott (0-2), R Collins and J Godley (0-1 each).
Scorers for Monaleen: M O’Dwyer (0-8, 7 frees), G Gollins and S Mullane (0-2 each), J Nicholas (0-1).
KILMOYLEY: A McCabe; S Murnane, C Savage, R Collins; S Dowling, T Murnane, D Fitzell; P O’Connor, J Godley; K McCarthy, D Collins, S Maunsell; J Brick, A Royle, M O’Connor.
Sub: J McGelligott for Brick (38).
MONALEEN: C O’Dwyer; D Madden, D Cosgrave, J Porter; L Lyons, C O’Brien, D Golden; M Doyle, S Griffin; S Mullane, D Doyle, J O’Dwyer; P Russell, G Collins, M O’Dwyer.
Subs: J Nicholas for Doyle (h.t.), D Power for Porter (52), C Sherlock for Mullane (53), D Lehane for O’Brien (59)
Referee: C Lyons (Cork).
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