THE final scoreline tells its own story. Dingle were very much comfortable and convincing winners of the West Kerry Senior Football Championship Final in Lispole last Sunday, and indeed the end result was very much inevitable from an early stage in proceedings.
Again, the Geaneys, Paul and David, were hugely influential figures, and a return of 213 from these two players was a quite significant factor in Dingle's success. With a capacity to complement each other in terms of creating and converting scores, they caused endless problems for an Annascaul rearguard unit, which was under siege for long periods of the encounter.
Initially, Annascaul exerted a grip on matters, possession wise and territorially, but kicked three early wides. It was two points apiece after ten minutes, and while there was little to choose between the sidesuntil this juncture, it was evident that both Paul and David Geaney, who scored Dingle's opening two scores had the ability to cause problems for the Annascaul defence if they received an adequate supply.
A skirmish in the middle of the field in the 12th minute brought proceedings to a halt momentarily, and when order was restored, somewhat surprisingly both teams retained a full complement of players on the pitch when it appeared as if one or two red cards were warranted. A Paul Geaney goal shortly afterwards, when he availed of a long delivery behind the last line of the defence and converted clinically, pushed Dingle into a lead they were subsequently never to surrender.
For most of the opening quarter Emmet Kennedy had given Annascaul a slight edge in the midfield sector, but with Darragh O'Sullivan now imposing his considerable influence on proceedings, Dingle monopolised matters territorially for almost all of the second quarter. A typical Billy O'Connor goal in the 27th minute, when he rose highest to fist a Joe Sheehy delivery to the net from close range, helped to open up a significant nine point scoring gap, and when Paul Geaney punished defensive frailties and produced another emphatic finish for goal number three in the final minute of the half, the game as a contest was essentially over.
Twelve points ahead, 3-7 to 0-4, at the break, the second half was always going to drift to its inevitable conclusion. David Geaney and James Crean exchanged points at opposite ends within four minutes of the restart, but with Annscaul forced to throw caution to the wind and push players further forward it was inevitable that gaps would appear at the back, and in such situations with time and space and players coming to support from deep, the floodgates were always going to open for Dingle's resourceful attackers.
They could well have added two more goals inside the opening ten minutes, but with Mikey Geaney and Paul Devane adding their names to the list of scorers, Dingle increased their lead to fifteen points, 3-12 to 0-6, by the end of the third quarter.
To their credit, Annascaul's input and momentum never wavered and, fittingly, their final score was provided by one of their greatest ever players - Genie Farrell. Dingle added a fourth goal before the end with substitute Brian O'Connell providing a quite superb finish after a defensive error had again provided him with a gilt-edged opportunity. It sealed a facile victory for Dingle, whose work rate in all sectors was the platform on which their success was built on this occasion.
Dingle utilised Billy O'Connor in a withdrawn role, thereby affording Paul and David Geaney the space and freedom to improvise and combine in the final third of the pitch. It worked a treat, largely due to the twin strikers having the ability and the work rate to wreak havoc from all angles and distances.
Overall a disappointing game in difficult conditions, but one that reinforces Dingle's status as the Best-inthe-West! DINGLE: Gavin Curran; Tommy B Brosnan; Adrian Devane; Gavin Curran; Ryan Begley; Brendan Kelliher; Johnny B Brosnan; Paul Fitzmaurice; Darragh O'Sullivan; Paul Devane (0-1); Mikey Geaney (0-1); Joe Sheehy; Paul Geaney (2-8, 02f); Billy O'Connor (1-0); David Geaney (0-5). Subs: Brian Devane for Billy O'Connor, Jim Kelliher for Adrian Devane; David Devane for Joe Sheehy; Brian O'Connell (1-0) for Paul Devane; Seamus Dowd for Paul Fitzmaurice. ANNASCAUL: Tom Pearce; Owen O'Neill; James Scanlon; Andrew Finn; TJ Foley; Eamonn Hickson(01); David Clifford; Garrett O'Donnell; Emmet Kennedy; Aidan Crean(03/0-2f); Genie Farrell (0-2, 1f); Shane Foley; Jason Hickson (0-1); James Farrell; James Crean (0-1). Subs: Daniel O'Connell for A Finn; Eamonn Lenihan for A Crean; Kenneth Quirke for D Clifford; Jamie O'Driscoll for G O'Donnell; Declan Linsey for O O'Neill. REFEREE: Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)