Spillane's goals key to Kenmare win
Duhallow U-20 Football Invitation Cup Kenmare District 2-11 Clonakilty 1-10
A BLISTERING opening half helped propel Kenmare District to a deserved win over a battling Clonakilty in a rousing finish to the Credit Union Duhallow Under 20 Football Invitation Cup in Knocknagree last Sunday.
Pat Spillane's charges looked home and dry on amassing a whopping 14 points advantage early in the second half, boosted no end by a pair of goals from a nephew of the eight times All Ireland medal holder, Killian.
In fairness, Clonakilty mounted a magnificent comeback, their efforts couldn't be faulted for effort nor application. But at the end of the hour, Kenmare carried the superior class to emerge worthy winners.
Despite the greasy underfoot conditions, a lively start saw Kenmare dictate the pace of the game through the input of Pat Clifford, Adrian Spillane, Garry Harrington and the roving Kevin O'Sullivan. Inside Killian Spillane (pictured) delivered a massive performance and a pair of goals by the no. 15 put Kenmare firmly in the driving seat to enjoy a 2-6 to 0-2 grip at the break.
Clonakilty appeared to up the tempo upon the resumption yet a Gearóid Barry penalty came off the bottom of the upright. That proved a downer as Kenmare moved into a position of authority on points to effective substitute Stephen O'Sullivan and Spillane.
Trailing 2-10 to 0-2, Clon refused to accept they were facing a lost cause. Barry did find the target from the penalty spot. Spurred on by Colm Sheehy, Cian O'Donovan, Cian Crowley and Seán White, the West Cork boys threw caution to the wind.
Up front, JP Maughan led the charge with a run of points that ate into the deficit.
Late on, Clon tried everything they knew to grab a second goal yet Kenmare determinedly retained their composure and the lead right through to the full time whistle.
Kenmare: K Spillane 2-5 (0-3f), S O'Sullivan 0-3, B Crowley, D O'Neill and P Clifford 0-1 each
Clonakilty: G Barry 1-0p, J P Maughan 0-3, J O'Mahony 0-3, J Leahy 0-2 (1f), I Falvey and C Crowley 0-1 each
KENMARE DISTRICT: K Fitzgibbon; A Quinlan, J Spillane, P O'Shea; B Clifford, G Crowley, P Clifford; G Harrington, A Spillane; J Moriarty, B Crowley, Shane O'Sullivan, D O'Neill, K O'Sullivan, K Spillane. Subs: Stephen O'Sullivan for Shane O'Sullivan, F O'Sullivan for Moriarty, J M Foley for Quinlan, P Spillane for Clifford.
CLONAKILTY: A Collins; E Deasy, J Barrett, C Sheehy; M Scally, C O'Donovan, G Barry; C Crowley, S White; J P Maughan, J O'Mahony, E Ryan; I Falvey, J Cowhig, J Leahy.
Referee: D O'Leary (Kiskeam)