Friday 20 October 2017

O'Brien leads Kenmare to glory

Kenmare 1-20 Adare 1-8

Kenmare captain Stephen O'Brien lifts the cup after the AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Kenmare captain Stephen O'Brien lifts the cup after the AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Despite finishing the game with 13 men, Kenmare Shamrocks claimed their second Munster title in four years with victory over Adare in yesterday's IFC decider at Mallow.

A combined total of 1-17 from their full-forward line of All-Ireland minor winning captain Sean O'Shea (1-5), man-of-the-match Stephen O'Brien (0-7) and Paul O'Connor (0-5) tore the Adare defence apart.

A red card for Kenmare substitute Denis Cronin with five minutes left coupled with a black card for Shane O'Sullivan after they had used their six substitutes saw them finish with at a disadvantage.

Kevin O'Sullivan also picked up a black card for the victors before half-time.

An All-Ireland semi-final against Lee Keegan's Westport is their prize .

Scorers - Kenmare Shamrocks: S O'Shea 1-5, S O'Brien 0-7, P'O Connor 0-5 (2fs), P O'Shea (f), C O'Sullivan and B O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Adare: H Bourke 0-5 (4f), M Connolly 1-1, J English and P Maher 0-1 each.

Kenmare Shamrocks - K Fitzgibbon; Stephen O'Shea, T O'Sullivan, D Crowley; S O'Sullivan, D O'Shea, M Crowley; J M Foley, D Hallissey; P O'Shea, S O'Leary, K O'Sullivan; Sean O'Shea, P O'Connor, S O'Brien. Subs: A O'Leary for K O'Sullivan (BC, 30 +1), D O'Connor for P O'Shea (36), S Dalton for JM Foley and D Cronin for M Crowley (both 46), C O'Sullivan for Hallissey (51) and B O'Sullivan for O'Brien (54).

Adare - B Carmody; O Collins, A O'Connell, N Mulvihill; S Doherty, D Connolly, D Sexton; J Lohan, J English; E Ryan, H Bourke, D Lyons; M Lyons, S Costello, M Connolly.Subs: R Bourke for Ryan (HT), C McCarthy for M Lyons (32), P Maher for Mulvihill (46), E Costello for Collins (52), J Fitzgibbon for S Costello (54) and B Supple for Lohan (56)

Ref - A Kissane (Waterford)

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