Listowel Emmets rally in style

Listowel Emmets 0-9 Brosna 0-6: Listowel Emmets staged a storming second-half comeback to overwhelm All-Ireland Junior club champions Brosna in a thrilling North Kerry final replay in Ballybunion on Saturday.

Brosna dominated the opening half thanks to the midfield dominance of Flor McAuliffe and Shane Curtin but they struggled to translate that possession into scores.

They led 0-5 to 0-2 at the interval with scores from Tom McGoldrick and Mike Finnegan but they squandered numerous gilt-edged scoring chances.

At the other end Listowel struggled to get ball to their danger men Noel Kennelly and Conor Cox as Brosna ran rampant.

Emmets resumed a transformed side, and three rapid points from Niall Collins (1) and Noel Kennelly (2) had the sides level after five minutes. McGoldrick restored Brosna’s lead with a 36th-minute free but incredibly that was their final score of the day. Emmets poured forward with Jamie Barry, Ger McCarthy, and Niall Collins leading the way, while the inside trio of Kennelly, Cox, and David Sheehy began to find their groove.

Kennelly levelled in the 39th before Cox converted a difficult free to give his side a lead they never relinquished. Brosna lost their main attacker Finnegan through injury midway through the half before points from Cormac Mulvihill and Darragh Leahy sealed the win for Listowel.

Former Kerry star Kennelly claimed his seventh North Kerry championship medal with the victory. And the player-manager admitted the manner of the win made the success all the sweeter. “We just threw off the shackles at half-time. We got the momentum and we got the scores and they folded a small bit.

“Fair play to the boys, they responded and we are delighted to have won and put last year’s loss to Beale behind us.”

Scorers for Listowel Emmets:

N Kennelly (0-3, 1 free), C Cox (0-2 frees), C Mulvihill, N Collins, D Sheehy and D Leahy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Brosna:

T McGoldrick (0-4, 1 free), M Finnegan (0-2).

LISTOWEL EMMETS:

K Hughes; J Barry, J McGuire, S Quinn; G McCarthy, C Mulvihill, N Collins; M Lynch, B Flavin; B Guiney, B Sweeney, M Whelan; D Sheehy, N Kennelly, C Cox.

Subs:

D Walsh for M Whelan (29), D Leahy for D Walsh (47), D Broderick for B Flavin (59).

BROSNA:

C Kiely; S Fitzmaurice, M Murphy, A Cahill; T Fitzgerald, E Kiely, T Finnegan; F McAuliffe, S Curtin; A Barry, T McGoldrick, M O’Keeffe; M Finnegan, J O’Donnell, D McAuliffe.

Subs:

K O’Donnell for D McAuliffe (half-time), P O’Keeffe for M Finnegan (45), D Curtin for F McAuliffe (51).

Referee:

B Griffin (Clounmacon).


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