AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Final – Finuge (Kerry) 1-5 St. Vincents (Cork) 0-5

Flaherty seals it for Finuge

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Finuge 1-05 St Vincent’s 0-05

The essential difference in yesterday’s Munster IFC final in Mallow was that Finuge always looked more likely to emerge victorious after James Flaherty’s early second-half goal while St Vincent’s never really got going. It could have been a different story if the Cork side had not been so wasteful when enjoying their best spell around the three-quarter stage, or if substitute Kyle Lynch had been luckier with a powerful ground shot deflected by a defender. But despite missing Paul Galvin and Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Finuge were impressive. It took the Kerry champions some time to adjust to conditions before Flaherty got the opening score in the 13th minute. He added another within three minutes and just before John Griffin helped them to a three-point lead in the 19th minute, Paddy O’Shea brought off the first of two outstanding saves.

Flaherty fed Griffin on the left wing and when his angled shot came back off an upright, Michael Conway gained possession only to see O’Shea stop his close-range shot. Griffin and Conway were also prominent around this time while Paul Galvin’s brother Raymond exerted an influence out around midfield which was to see him make a vital contribution all through. The only negative was that poor finishing accounted for seven wides. However, St Vincent’s had very few chances of scores, other than hitting two wides and several shots into goalkeeper Cillian Fitzmaurice’s hands. Improved play in defence saw them only concede one more score before the break, but it was a struggle to penetrate — waiting until the 29th minute for their first score, when Jonathan Buckley pointed a free earned by Cian Barry.

Then, two minutes into injury-time the industrious Derek O’Connor pointed another free, their mini-revival having been given impetus by the contribution of substitute Anthony Harte. At the break, it was 0-4 to 0-2. Boosted by a Tomás O’Connell score three minutes after the resumption, which came from an excellent move involving Jonathan Buckley, St Vincent’s lifted their game. And, O’Shea came to their aid again in the 34th minute, this time denying Flaherty. However, the crafty Finuge corner-forward was rewarded when he had the ball in the net in the 40th minute following a long ball from the wing by Pat Corridan which full-back Paul Aherne failed to hold. Psychologically, it marked a decisive stage of the game for both teams. It gave Finuge added reassurance that they were moving into winning mode but sparked an even greater effort from the Cork city side.

But by the time they scored again (after 19 minutes), they had kicked five wides and as well as seeing 45th-minute substitute Kyle Lynch fail with their best chance of a goal over the hour, they also lost centre-back Kevin Goulding to a red card in the 55th minute. In the remaining time, they changed their approach, kicking less and adopting a running game which might have yielded a better return but for the stonewall defence put up by Finuge, with Trevor McKenna dominant at the edge of the square. Constant pressure did yield a Jonathan Buckley score from a free in the 58th minute to leave just two points between the sides but, the Kerry side stayed in control and in injury time Flaherty scored again to bring the curtain down on a stirring individual and team display.

Scorers for Finuge: J Flaherty 1-3; M Conway and J Griffin 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: J Buckley (2f) and D O’Connor (2f) 0-2 each; T O’Connell 0-1.

FINUGE: Cillian Fitzmaurice; C. Allen (c), T. McKenna, D. McCarthy; Paudie Galvin, P. Corridan, Conor Fitzmaurice; J. McCarthy, M. Corridan; J. Corridan, J. Griffin, S. Power; J. Flaherty, M. Conway, R. Galvin.

Subs for Finuge: E Galvin for Power (38), R Heffernan for J Corridan (54).

ST. VINCENTS: P. O’Shea; A. O’Callaghan, P. Aherne, W. Murphy; C. Kenneally, K. Goulding, D. O’Regan; S. Ray, S. Buckley; J. Buckley (c), D. Duggan, T. O’Connell; C. Barry, A. Buckley, D. O’Connor.

Subs for St Vincent’s: A Harte for A. Buckley (25), K Lynch for S Buckley (45); S. Buckley for J Buckley (58).

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

 

Next Round – The Munster Club Intermediate Football champions will play the Leinster champions on the weekend of January 26th / 27th 2013 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Finuge (Kerry) St. Vincent’s (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Football titles
(by County)
6 3
Last Munster Intermediate Football Title (by County) 2011
(Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-14 Mullinahone (Tipperary) 0-6)
2005
(Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-10 Pallasgreen (Limerick) 1-7)
Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 21
Won – 17
Lost –  3
Drawn – 1
Played – 18
Won – 11
Lost –  6
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 20th 2011 at Mallow (Munster Club Semi-Final)
Milltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-9 Newmarket (Cork) 1-6

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Intermediate Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals
Saturday November 3rd

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                St. Vincent’s (Cork) 1-12 Moycarkey-Borris (Tipperary) 0-6

Sunday November 4th

@ Cappoquin            Pallasgreen (Limerick) 2-8 Ballinameela (Waterford) 2-7


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 11th

@ Bruff                                               Finuge (Kerry) 2-9 Pallasgreen (Limerick) 1-9

@ Pairc Ui Rinn St. Vincent’s (Cork) 0-7 O’Curry’s (Clare) 0-6


Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 25th (Replay date – Saturday December 1st)

@ Mallow Finuge (Kerry) v St. Vincent’s (Cork) 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 6 of the 9 Munster titles on offer, including the last 6 in a row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Kerry’s Club Intermediate Football champions have won their last 16 matches in this competition.


Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (6) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Cork (3) – 2003, 2004, 2005

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry clubs have secured 3 titles courtesy of Ardfert (Kerry – 2006/2007), St. Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry – 2008/2009) and Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry – 2011/2012). Cork clubs have won 2 All-Ireland titles at this grade – Ilen Rovers (Cork – 2003/2004) and Carbery Rangers (Cork – 2004/2005).