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Bryan Sheehan hands South Kerry keys to the Kingdom after extra-time win over Legion

South Kerry 1-13 Legion 1-12 (AET)

Published 22/11/2015 | 17:21

Kerry team-mates James O'Donoghue of Killarney Legion and South Kerry's Bryan Sheehan during the Kerry County Senior Football Championship Final,
Kerry team-mates James O'Donoghue of Killarney Legion and South Kerry's Bryan Sheehan during the Kerry County Senior Football Championship Final,

It took extra-time in today’s Kerry Senior Football Final replay to separate the side, but it was South Kerry who prevailed by the narrowest of margins in Killarney.

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A fisted point from Aidan Walsh proved the difference between the sides after an absorbing contest that was delayed for 10 minutes due to crowd congestion before throw-in.

It was heartbreak for the second time in a week for Legion following their Munster defeat at the hands of Nemo Rangers last week, though they held a two-point advantage at half-time.

Conor Keane hit the first score of the game before Kerry star Bryan Sheehan displayed his inter-county class with a couple of fine scores. The key score of the opening period came from Jamie O’Sullivan, whose goal helped Legion to an interval advantage of 1-07 to 0-06.

James O’Donoghue kicked two early second-half frees and an Aidan Walsh point stretched their lead to six points before man-of-the-match Sheehan, who was later black carded, raised the green flag to cut the deficit.

South Kerry dominated the rest of the half and Killian Young’s last score in regulation time sent the match to extra-time, where both sides failed to work the empires until the second period of extra-time.

Padraig O’Connor punched Legion back in front before a Daniel Daly free and a decisive score from Walsh secured victory in Killarney.

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