AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-20 Adare (Limerick) 1-8

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) defeated Adare (Limerick) by 1-20 to 1-8 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 27th at Mallow.


Kenmare’s forward power leaves Adare on the ropes

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Adare (Limerick) 1-8 Kenmare (Kerry) 1-20: A quality display by Kerry champions Kenmare meant this Munster club intermediate football final was as good as over at half-time in Mallow, Co Cork, yesterday.


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Limerick’s Adare gave a good account of themselves, but had to bow the knee to a slick Kerry outfit. Up front, in particular, Kenmare showed their class, with their full- forward line of Sean O’Shea, Paul O’Connor, and Stephen O’Brien helping themselves to the vast majority of the scores. O’Shea, O’Connor and O’Brien would grace any senior club team, and at a grade below that were nigh on irresistible.

Adare donned the green of Limerick and defended the clubhouse end in the first half, opening with a first-minute free from Hugh Bourke. The same man added another point from a similar position two minutes later and Adare looked to have settled to their task.

Kenmare opened with a Paul O’Connor point and soon got into their groove, however, opening Adare up at will. They came close twice before midfielder David Hallissey forced a good save from Adare keeper Brendan Carmody, but Sean O’Shea pointed the rebound. Captain Stephen O’Brien followed suit, curling over a good point on seven minutes to put Kenmare ahead.

Adare pulled Bourke and Mikey Lyons outfield in those early stages, but that proved counter-productive for the men in green. The strategy left Tommy O’Sullivan spare at the back for Kenmare and his fine covering made it hard for Adare to make headway up front.

Adare were forced to play laterally and, when their passing broke down or was turned over, they were immediately punished by the fast-breaking Kerrymen, who had those potent targets in their full-forward line. O’Connor hit two fine points and O’Shea added an even better one to push Kenmare 0-6 to 0-2 up with 12 minutes gone.

On a rare foray upfield, Adare’s Mark Connolly managed to outwit two Kenmare defenders to hit a point, but the Kerry champions were dominant, Stephen O’Brien responding instantly with another point. Patrick O’Shea (free) and Sean O’Shea chipped in with more points before another Bourke free kept Adare in touch.

Kenmare’s response was definitive, ending the game as a contest. Firstly, came a long, mazy Stephen O’Brien run out of his own defence which ended with a point from distance. The resulting short kick-out was well read by Sean O’Shea, who intercepted well before hitting the back of the net on 24 minutes.

Bourke, Adare’s best forward, hit back with a good effort from play, before Sean O’Shea responded to leave it 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time, with a long 30 minutes in store for the Adare support.

Kenmare didn’t dawdle in stamping their authority on the second half, either. O’Brien hit two points and O’Connor added a free before another O’Shea point made it 1-15 to 0-5 before the 40th minute.

Adare midfielder Jack English hit a fine point to keep the Limerick flag flying, but it was their only score of the third quarter.

That early fusillade from Kenmare drained much of the competitive edge out of the second half, though Adare did add another Bourke free with 10 minutes left.

The same player took a quick free to Mark Connolly with seven minutes to go, and Connolly did well to goal. Adare added a Paul Maher point to give some cheer to their supporters, but it was too late, as was a straight red card for Kenmare sub Denis Cronin with five minutes left.

Granted, wing-back Diarmaid Sexton blazed a goal chance wide with four minutes on the clock, but Kenmare still had time for O’Brien to hit two more points, as well as late, late contributions from substitutes Colm and Brian O’Sullivan.

Scorers for Adare: H. Bourke (0-4 frees, 0-5); M. Connolly (1-1); J. English, P. Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kenmare: S. O’Shea (1-5); S. O’Brien (0-7); P. O’Connor (0-2 frees, 0-5); P. O’Shea (free), C. O’Sullivan, B. O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

ADARE: B. Carmody, O. Collins, A. O’Connell, N. Mulvihill, S. Doherty (c), D. Connolly, D. Sexton, J. Lohan, J. English, E. Ryan, H. Bourke, D. Lyons, M. Lyons, S. Costello, M. Connolly.
Subs: R. Bourke for E. Ryan (HT); C. McCarthy for Lyons (32); P. Maher for N. Mulvihill (47); E. Costello for Collins (51); B. Supple for Lohan (56).

KENMARE: 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 (c).
Subs: A. O’Leary for K. O’Sullivan (black card, 30); D. O’Connor for P. O’Shea (37); S. Dalton and D. Cronin for J. M. Foley and M. Crowley (both 46); C. O’Sullivan for Hallissey (50); J. Fitzgibbon for S. Costello (54); B. O’Sullivan for Sean O’Shea (56).

Referee: A. Kissane (Waterford).




AIB Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 3-15 The Nire 0-6

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated The Nire (Waterford) by 3-15 to 0-6 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 27th at Mallow.



Dr Crokes saunter to fourth Munster title in six year with win over The Nire

Dr Crokes 3-15 The Nire 0-6

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes, courtesy of this 18-point annihilation of The Nire, sauntered to a fourth Munster title in six years this afternoon.

The game as a contest was well over by the call for the interval break with the Kerry champions ahead by 3-9 to 0-1. Daithí Casey, who supplied all three of Crokes’ goals, raised the first of his green flags nine minutes in. Colm Cooper, with his first touch of the game, started the move. It put the favourites 1-2 ahead and already The Nire looked in trouble.

Points followed from Casey (free), Brian Looney and O’Leary tagged on points and they celebrated a second goal when Casey banged home a 20th minute penalty. The referee initially awarded a 20-metre free but then gave the penalty following consultation with his umpires.

At 2-5 to 0-0, it was ominous for the underdogs. Dermot Ryan kicked their sole score of the half on 21 minutes. Crokes answered with a superb Casey goal. Looney, Cooper and Johnny Buckley had the difference at 17 come the break.

It was 18 come the final whistle. A seventh title in total for the Killarney club. Next up is Corofin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: D Casey (3-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free); K O’Leary (0-4); C Cooper (0-1 free), B Looney (0-2 each); A O’Donovan, J Buckley, E Brosnan, J Kiely, C Brady (0-1 each).

Scorers for The Nire: D Ryan (0-4); L Lawlor (0-2).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; F Fitzgerald, M Moloney, J Payne; G White, A O’Sullivan, D O’Leary; A O’Donovan, E Brosnan; J Buckley, G O’Shea, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, D Casey
Subs: M Burns for O’Donovan (43 mins); J Kiely for Casey (47); T Brosnan for O’Shea (50); L Quinn for J Payne (50); C Brady for Looney (54); PJ Lawlor for O’Sullivan (56).

The Nire: T Wall; D Ryan, T Gorman, J Walsh; S Ryan, J Barron, J McGrath; S Walsh, Dylan Guiry; B Wall, S Lawlor, M Walsh; C Gleeson, L Lawlor, Darren Guiry
Subs: J Mulcahy for Walsh (HT), C Guiry for Dylan Guiry (HT); C Mulcahy for Barron (38, bc); S Ryan for McGrath (42); K Guiry for B Wall (53); K Brazil for Lawlor (58)

Referee: K Murphy (Cork)




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