Kilmoyley kingpins for 23rd time

Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendan’s, Ardfert 1-13: Kilmoyley overwhelmed a lethargic St Brendan’s to claim their 23rd Kerry SHC title - and move one behind table toppers Ballyduff in the roll of hour - at Abbeydorney yesterday.

Kerry senior star Daniel Collins, who ironically won an All-Ireland club football title with opponents Ardfert last February, tormented St Brendan’s along with Paudie O’Connor and Adrian Royle.

St Brendan’s had a brief opening five minutes of supremacy, with two John Egan points, but that period of dominance was short-lived.

Kilmoyley took over and points from Daniel Collins and Paudie O’Connor steadied the ship, before a long free from Collins, finished in the net in the 15th minute.

St Brendan’s were over reliant on Egan for scores while at the other end Collins, Sean Maunsell, James McCarthy and Paudie O’Connor were unerringly accurate as Kilmoyley led 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval.

St Brendan’s rallied briefly after half time, with three early Egan points, but their hard work was undone when Kilmoyley veteran Micheal Regan finished to the net in the 40th minute.

Then any hopes of a St Brendan’s revival were dashed when Egan received a second yellow at the three quarters stage Darren Wallace did get a consolation goal for the losers, but man of match Daniel Collins ensured the Kilmoyley finished in style with a 58th goal minute goal.

Scorers for Kilmoyley:

D Collins 2-10 (1-9 frees), M Regan 1-0, S Maunsell and P O’Connor 0-2each, J McCarthy 0-1

Scorers for St Brendan’s Ardfert:

J Egan 0-8 (0-6 frees), D Wallace 1-0 E Leen 0-2, D Dineen 0-2 (s/l), K Hannafin 0- 1

ST BRENDAN’S:

D Delaney, C Flaherty, R Horgan, F Horgan, S Leen, E Corridan, K Orpen, D Dineen, F Mackessy, K Skinner, T Hannafin, D Griffin, E Leen, C Hussey, J Egan.

Subs:

K Hannafin for T Hannafin (h/t), D Wallace for K Skinner (41), J Wallace for E Corridan (45)

KILMOYLEY:

A McCabe, S Murnane, S Dowling, S Nolan , F McCarthy, D Fitzelle, T Murnane, James Godley, J Brick, J McCarthy, S Maunsell, R Collins, P O’Connor, A Royle, D Collins.

Subs:

M Regan for A Royle (21), M O’Connor for J Brick (50), I Brick for P O’Connor (59), T Maunsell for R Collins (59).

Referee:

J Mullins (Limerick)


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