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Sunday 20 April 2014

Slicker Kanturk end hopes of reigning U-21 champions Millstreet at penultimate stage

Liam O'Keeffe on the ball for Kanturk against Millstreet in the Duhallow U21AFC semi final at Dromtariffe, Picture John Tarrant

U-21 'A' Football

Championship semi-final

Kanturk 1-11

Millstreet 0-9

KANTURK produced an efficient performance to overcome defending holders Millstreet in the Duhallow U21 A Football Championship semi-final at Dromtariffe on Saturday.

Ultimately, the winning of the game was Kanturk's ability to find scores that bit easier. Despite an artic wind, both sides contributed to an entertaining contest and the issue remained in doubt up to the closing minutes.

Millstreet seeking a three in a row of titles were game and committed all through with outstanding individual performances. Still Kanturk possessed a great range to their game and an all important Ronan O'Sullivan goal allowed the challengers finish in style.

Millstreet had begun promisingly, helped on points to Kevin Crowley and Michael Vaughan. As the game developed, Kanturk offered more belief and conviction to their game. Central to their superiority were the key input of Joe Carver, Lorcan O'Neill, John Browne and Ian Walsh. Scoring wise, Walsh led the way with five points, assisted by Alan O'Keeffe and Olan Daly to enjoy a 0-8 to 0-6 advantage at the break.

Millstreet threw down the gauntlet for the restart, Vaughan and Crowley, well supported by Len Murphy and Cormac Sheehan, powering into the fray. Vaughan proved unerring from play and frees to square up the game.

Kanturk regrouped and possessed the strength to regain control. Walsh pointed a free for the lead before the game's lone goal surfaced in the 53rd min., Carver coming forward and his centre was expertly finished to the net by O'Sullivan.

Millstreet battled gamely to the finish but the outcome was never in doubt and it allows Kanturk a place in the decider against Pobal Uí Chaoimh.

KANTURK: D Kenneally; M Walsh, S Walsh, D Browne; J Carver, L O'Neill, P McNamara; J Browne, I Walsh 0-6(0-5f); O Daly 0-2, M Healy, R O'Sullivan 1-0; S Kerrigan, A O'Keeffe 0-3, L O'Keeffe.

MILLSTREET: M O'Donovan; B O'Connor, A Murphy, M O'Connor; O Murphy, D Lenihan, L Murphy; M Vaughan 0-6(0-5f), C Sheehan; D Crean 0-1, K Crowley 0-2, D O'Brien; R Kelleher, B O'Flynn, A Sheehn. Subs. P Healy for O'Brien, J Kelleher for O'Flynn.

Referee: D Casey (Scartiglen)

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