Kenmare Shamrocks 2-11 Templenoe 1-6: A week on from their shared heartbreak of losing the Kerry SFC final while on duty for the divisional side, the footballers of Templenoe and Kenmare found themselves back in Fitzgerald Stadium in a county decider.
This time though they were on opposing sides.
However, the expected collision of two mighty forces never occurred as Kenmare Shamrocks put injury-ravaged Templenoe to the sword in the opening 30 minutes and the game was as good as over at the interval with the soon to be crowned Kerry IFC champions leading 1-8 to 0-1.
Kenmare manager John Morgan O’Sullivan insisted he had no difficulty in picking his troops up after last weekend’s divisional defeat to Dr Crokes.
“During the week, we knew we were physically in good shape, training had gone well. We were looking for a fast start against Templenoe because if they get ahead of you they don’t leave you back. We wanted a fast start, we got a fast start, and we are delighted with the performance we put on. All this year our focus was winning the county and nothing else. We expected a battle but it didn’t happen.”
His Templenoe counterpart, Mike Crowley, was not offering excuses.
“In fairness to Kenmare they were a way better than us over the hour. We could not get our hands on the ball around the middle and we panicked up front — it was just a bad day.
“At the moment we are going to put it down to the end of a long journey because they did not have the fight for it in the first half. We got them in at the break, sorted a few things out, and we were better in the second half.”
It was all Kenmare from the outset and they raced 0-6 to 0-0 ahead by the end of the opening quarter, with young Sean O’Shea scoring a brace from play, Paul O’Connor hitting two frees , and a point each by Dara and Patrick O’Shea.
Templenoe’s horror afternoon continued as they had kicked five wides before a rampant Kenmare struck for the opening goal in the 27th minute. Stephen O’Brien sent Kevin O’Sullivan through, who was fouled in the act of shooting inside the small square — Paul O’Connor coolly dispatched the spot kick.
Then Killian Spillane, with the final action of the opening half, saved Templenoe blushes with a converted free as Shamrocks led at the interval 1-8 to 0-1.
Templenoe to their credit came out all guns blazing in the second half. They added 1-5, all from placed balls with Killian Spillane (0-4), Teddy Doyle (0-1), and a Brian Crowley penalty. Paul O’Connor put the icing on the Kenmare cake, with a goal in the 51st minute penalty.
Scorers for Kenmare Shamrocks:
P O’Connor (2-4, 2-0 pens, 3 frees), Sean O’Shea (0-3), P O’Shea (0-2, 1 free), D O’Shea and S O’Leary (0-1 each).
Scorers for Templenoe:
K Spillane (0-5 frees), B Crowley (1-0 pen), T Doyle (0-1 free).
K Fitzgibbon; Stephen O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, D Crowley; S O’Sullivan, D O’Shea, M Crowley; J M Foley, D Hallissey; P O’Shea, S O’Leary, K O’Sullivan; Sean O’Shea, P O’Connor, S O’Brien.
A O’Leary for P O’Shea (46); D Cronin for M Crowley (50); S Dalton for D Hallissey (53); D O’Connor for S O’Brien (58); B O’Sullivan for P O’Connor (60); F O’Sullivan for S O’Leary (60).
A Sheehan; M Hallissey, T Morley K O’Neill; J Rice, J Spillane, G Crowley; S Sheehan, A Spillane; J Crowley-Holland, D Cahillane, P Spillane; K Spillane, T Doyle, D O’Neill.
B Crowley for J Rice (20); S O’Sullivan for D O’Neill (h/t); K McCarthy for J Spillane (40); S Cremin for P Spillane (46); M Reilly for A Spillane (inj 58).
D Sayers (Austin Stacks).
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