South Kerry hit back for glory against Dingle

South Kerry 3-12 Dingle 0-12
South Kerry recovered from a slow start to put fancied Dingle to the sword in this County U21 FC final at Austin Stack Park last evening to capture their 11th title since 1985 and deny Dingle a first.

Dingle dominated the opening 20 minutes thanks to their attacking half backline of Matthew Flaherty, Aiden O’Connor and, in particular, centre-back and Kerry senior panellist Tom O’Sullivan.

Dingle, forced to line out with star midfielder Marc O’Connor raced 0-8 to 0-3 in front by the 22nd minute. 

But South Kerry shed their defensive shackles and with Kerry Junior All-Ireland winner Rob Wharton attacking from wing back, suddenly the game changed as South Kerry took over. 

Points from Conor O’Shea (0-2) and Anthony Cournane (0-1) and then a well worked goal which started with Wharton surging forward and when Anthony Cournane’s shot was parried by the keeper Diarmuid Keating finished to the net to leave South Kerry 1-6 to 0-8 in front at the break.

South Kerry took control in the second-half with half time sub Darragh O Sullivan kicking three points, Rob Wharton adding one and when South Kerry struck for a second goal in the 42nd minute through Anthony Cournane, Dingle were punch drunk. 

In fact South Kerry outscored Dingle 2-8 to 0-0 from the 22nd to the 46th minute when Conor Geaney converted a free, and the losers meagre return of four points in the second period was never going to be good enough against a side for whom Fionan Clifford, Mark Sugrue and Conor O’Shea and Mathew O’Sullivan excelled along with man of the match Rob Wharton.

Scorers for South Kerry: A Cournane and D O’Donoghue (1-2 each), D Keating (1-0), C O’Shea (0-3, 2 frees), D O’Sullivan (0-3), R Wharton and C O’Leary (0-1 each).

Dingle: C Bambury (0-5, 4 frees), T O’Sullivan (0-3), M Flaherty (0-2) C Geaney (0-1 free), A O’Connor (0-1).

SOUTH KERRY: P O’Sullivan (Skelli Rangers); S O’Connor (Dromid Pearses), D Scanlon ( St Michael’s Foilmore), F Clifford ( Waterville), A O’Dwyer ( Waterville), R O’Shea ( Skellig Rangers), R Wharton ( Renard); M O’Sullivan ( St Michael’s Foilmore), M Sugrue ( Renard); A Cournane ( St Mary’s), C O’Shea ( St Mary’s), S O’Dwyer ( Waterville ); D Keating ( Skellig Rangers), S O’Sullivan ( St Michael’s Foilmore), D O’Donoghue ( Dromid Pearses).

Subs: A Curran ( Renard) for A O’Dwyer ( b/c 15) , D O’Sullivan ( Skellig Rangers) for S O Sullivan ( h/t), A Quigley ( Valentia) for S O Dwyer ( 47), C O Leary ( Renard) for D O’Donoghue ( 55), J Daly ( St Marys) for D Keating ( 55),

DINGLE: D O’Connor; T L O’Sullivan, P O’Connor, C O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, T O’Sullivan, M Flaherty; P Sheehy , B O’Sullivan; G H Brosnan, C Geaney, P Devane ; C Bambury, L Brosnan, T Sheehy.

Subs: R McCarthy for L Brosnan (49), M Ashe for G H Brosnan (49)

Referee: B O’Shea (Keel)

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