A BLISTERING start from Knock/Brosna that yielded 1-2 inside the opening nine minutes paved the way for a comfortable victory over a spirited Ballyduff who only came out of their shell in the second half in this well contested North Kerry Division 2 League Semi Final played in excellent playing conditions at Duagh on Tuesday evening last.
Jack Goulding was without doubt the best player for the Duffers with Cathal Kearney, Kevin Bowler and substitute Tom O'Connor showing up well throughout; but in truth the combination side had the edge in most departments with Cillian Keane and Kieran O'Donnell a constant threat in attack while the likes of Maurice O'Keeffe, Michael Walsh and Cillian Fitzmaurice solid in defence. Eamon Prenderville also chipped in with some nice long range points.
The combination side laid down a marker from the word go and inside the opening seven minutes had rattled the net on two occasions; both coming from Kieran O'Donnell; with one from the penalty spot and at this stage led 2-1 without reply.
Ballyduff now looked a team without ideas but it was their star player Jack Goulding who was keeping them in touch, firstly he careered through from 45 meters to finish with a splendid strike to the net after 11 minutes and a minute later Kevin Bowler was unlucky not to regester number two only for a timely interception by a Knock/Brosna defender.
At the other end two minutes later Knock/Brosna got in for a goal of a rather soft variety when Conor Sheehan lobbed the ball goalwards and it finished up in the net.
Jack Goulding (free) and Kieran O'Donnell exchanged points as we entered the remaining 10 minutes of the half but it was the combination side who finished with some excellent points leaving the half time score Knock/Brosna 3-6 Ballyduff 1-2.
Ballyduff got the upper hand on resumption and once again Jack Goulding was very much to the fore kicking the opening four points by the seventh minute to narrow the gap to just six points. However for all their possession they never seemed to threaten the combination goalkeeper. Knock/Brosna weathered the storm and again enjoyed a purple patch towards the conclusion of the contest with Cillian Keane and Darragh O'Sullivan exchanging goals but in fairness the Ballyduff boys never gave up.
KNOCK/BROSNA: Gearoid Kelly, Maurice O'Keeffe, Cillian Fitzmaurice, Conor Sheehan (1-1), Michael Walsh (0-1), Ritchie Cottor, Shane Fitzmaurice (0-1), Eamon Prenderville (0-3), Darragh Curtin, Damian Fitzgerald, Kieran O'Donnell (2-1), Timmy Finnegan, Cillian Keane (1-4)
BALLYDUFF: Sean Brown, John Hussey, (0-1), William Nolan, Seamus Teague, Cathal Kearney, Kevin Bowler, Ian Lawlor, Jack Goulding (1-5, 4f), Damian O'Carroll, Ryan Whelan, John Dowling, Michael Rochford, Erik McKenna. Subs used; Tom O'Connor (0-2), Darragh O'Sullivan (1-0)
Referee: Eddie Walsh (Asdee)
Division 1 League Final
Listowel Emmets v Brosna
BOTH teams came through the league from division 1A group, Listowel Emmets had a shaky start in round 1 going down to Castleisland Desmonds on a score line of 1-14 to 0-4 points. But Emmets regrouped and had comprehensive win's through out the rest of the League round 2 they beat Tarbert by six points round 4 they beat Moyvane by 2-5. Brosna in the other hand started strongly beating Moyvane on a score line of 2-10 to 1-9, round 2 they beat Desmonds by three points and round 4 beat Tarbert by three points.
Round 3 of the league was a preview of the final which was a tight affair. Listowel Emmets were the stronger side in the first half and enjoyed a 1-6 to 4 points lead at half time. The goal coming from wing forward Darren Halpin. Brosna were the better team in the second half with Mike Finnegan scoring two excellent points from wing back. Listowel Emmet's solitary score in the second half came from Cormac Mulvihill which turned out to be the winner. Brosna had chances in the final few minutes to level the game but they were unable to find that all important score. Final score Brosna 9 points, Listowel 1-7.
The semi-final saw Brosna beat Beale 1-11 to 1-9. Brosna have been waiting a long time for the final and will no doubt be eager to hit the sod running. Emmets, due to fixture congestion, didn't play their semi-final until August 9, where they beat Finuge by 1-11 to 0-10.
This should be a great game of football with both team's playing an attacking game, should be one for the traditionalist. Please note date change from previous notices. The North Kerry Football Board would like to thank Con McCarthy of McCarthy Insurances Listowel for his sponsorship of all league games for 2013.
2013 Championship Draw
THE draw for the Championships will take place on Wednesday 28th August in McMunns Hotel Ballybunion at 8pm, The North Kerry Football Board would like to thank Greg and Una for their continued support for our Senior Championship again for 2013
U16 County Finals
THE district had three North Kerry teams involved in U16 County Final's, in Division 1 Ballydonoghue had a hard fought out win over Spa, so congratulations to all involved. Division 4 saw Finuge fall short on a score line St. Mary's/Renard 3-14 V Finuge 2-5, Division 7 Beale fell short to Blennerville on score line of 3-9 to 1-7. The Board would like to congratulate Beale and Finuge in making it to the Final's and better luck next year.
Under 14 League Rd 2
Finuge 3-1 Emmets A 9-11
Ballyduff 0-8 St Senan's 5-16
Beale 7-14 Duagh 1-3
Knock/Brosna 10-11 Tarbert/Moyvane 3-12
Friday, August 23, at 7.30pm
NK Senior League Div 1 Final
Listowel Emmets v Brosna, in Moyvane
Postponement of Division 1 Rd 3 change of date
Monday, August 26, at 7pm
Ballyduff v Listowel Emmets
Finuge v St Senan's