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Saturday 30 August 2014

Smattering of senior stars should light up intermediate final

Damian Stack

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:36

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St. Brendan's centre-back, Darren Dineen holds possession as he drives out to clear from the danger posed by Causeway forwards, Keith Carmody and John Mike Dooley during their Garvey's SuperValu Senior County Hurling Championship Semi-final replay at Austin Stack Park on Saturday afternoon. Photo by John Reidy

IT'S not the final he wanted to be in this Sunday.

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It's not the final he expected to be in this Sunday, but you can be absolutely certain that John Mike Dooley will make his mark in Austin Stack Park once the ball is thrown-in at 1pm. He's certain to be Causeway's go-to-guy in this intermediate final and given what he was able to do in his cameo performances in the senior championship Kilmoyley will want to be on guard.

No doubt they will be. Under the management of Padraig Regan, TJ Maunsell, Kevin Sullivan, Mike Flaherty and Gerard Carroll, Kilmoyley have rarely been threatened in this championship. They have an average winning margin of eleven points in the campaign to date, which somewhat puts paid to the notion that Kilmoyley can't produce forwards.

Micheál Regan will be one their most important players in the forwards, along with free-taker Brendan Harris. At the back Tommy Maunsell looks set for an important role as does Ian Brick and Colman Savage. Conor Fitzell, Jordan Brick, Flor McCarthy and John Godley are others certain to be handed important roles.

Causeway also have a nice blend of youth and experience with a nice smattering of starters from the senior championship squad. The star of the Kerry minors All Ireland victory, Keith Carmody (below), will have a big role to play on Sunday afternoon, as well Darren Leahy who looked so impressive for the Kerry Under 21s against Kildare in Semple Stadium.

Adam White and Kenneth Leahy are another two senior squad members certain to be given leading roles by the Causeway management team of Noel O'Connor, Brendan Harty and Colm Carroll. Padraig Harty, Stephen Goggin and Mark Murphy will also feature prominently.

Having claimed the league title just a couple of weeks ago – defeating Lady's Walk on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-10 – Kilmoyley will feel they're in with a real shout of victory here. The one big worry for them is when they came face to face with Sunday's opponents they lost, in both county and North Kerry leagues.

Whatever the final result – Kilmoyley might just be justified favourites – there will enough quality on view to make this an attractive curtain-raiser.

Championship Results

Semi-Finals

Kilmoyley 2-14 v 1-11 Kenmare Shamrocks

Dr. Crokes 1-5 v 2-17 Causeway

Round 1

Causeway 6-21 v 2-6 Abbeydorney

Lixnaw 0-10 v 2-15 Kilmoyley

Dr. Crokes 2-13 v 2-12 Kilgarvan

Kenmare Shamrocks 1-8 v 2-2 Ladys Walk

Prelim Rd

Ladys Walk 1-12 v 1-4 Crotta O`Neill's

Causeway 2-9 v 1-9 Ballyheigue

Austin Stacks 1-7 v 2-17 Kilmoyley

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