Senans into U-21 final with impessive victory


Published 23/01/2013 | 13:58

Tony Sheehy and Willy O'Connell, Lixnaw, at the North Kerry Hurling Board Convention in Kilflynn Community Centre on Thursday Photo by Paul Tearle

2012 NORTH KERRY U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL St Senans 2-8 Castleisland Desmonds 0-9 TWO early goals from David Foran gave Senans a comfortable lead, which they never let go till the final whistle.

In a good sporting game played in good underfoot conditions in Duagh, St Senans got off to a great start when Paudie Quille pointed a free for a foul on himself after a great ball in by Jason Browne from the throw in. From the kick-out David Foran won a breaking ball and raced through the Desmonds defence before firing low to the net giving Thomas Hickey no chance for the first of his two goals.

Castleisland responded with a pointed free from Gearoid McCarthy. It was then the turn of the two Senans corner-forwards, Darragh Kennelly and Quille, to score points from play in the third and fifth minutes. Desmonds got their second pointed free from Tommy Walsh in the seventh minute before Foran got his second goal after great work by centre-back Sean Weir with 10 minutes played.

Corner-forward Geroid McCarthy kicked his second point from a free in the 13th minute and midfielder Cian O'Conner kicked a fine point from play for Castleisland in the 18th minute. David Foran added to his tally in the 19th minute with a point for from play. Centre-forward Gearoid McCarthy then got a point from play in the 29th minute to leave the scores at half time St Senans 2-4 Castleisland Desmonds 0-5.

Tommy Walsh got his first point from play in the third minute of the second half. Quille kicked a free over in the seventh minute to restore Senans five point lead. McCarthy (free) and Pa White then added two more points for Desmonds in the 11th and 17th minutes. Darragh Kennelly in the 18th minute kicked a fine point from play in 18th minute for Senans.

Two points in quick succession from Quille bring his tally for the day to five points. Tommy Walsh kicked the last score of the game with time nearly up with a close in free to leave the scores at full time St Senans 2-8 Castleisland Desmonds 0-9.

Best for Senans corner backs Mark Behan and Sean T Dillon.

Sean 'Beans' Weir who was outstanding both defending and attacking from centre back and in attack David Foran, Alan Kennelly and Paudie Quille tormented their markers all day.

For Desmonds Maurice Lynch, Cian O'Connor and Mark O'Connor played well. ST SENANS: E O'Connell. M Behan.D O'Donnell.S T Dillon.S Dowling. S Weir. P Whelan. D Sommers. J Browne. M Keane. D Foran. A Kennelly. P Quille. L Lynch. D Kennelly. Subs: S Nolan. T O'Sullivan. A Kelly and T Quille DESMONDS: T Hickey. G Leonard. M Lynch. E McLouchin. S O'Connor. D O'Connor. T O'Connell. C O'Connor. P White. D O'Connell. G McCarthy. T Lynch. T Walsh. M O'Connor. G O'Connor

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