Sunday 21 October 2018

Euphoria sweeps Kanturk in wake of historic double

Kanturk Calling

Timmy Lynch

The euphoria and ecstasy was palpable in the air in Kanturk on Sunday last when the final whistle was blown at the end of the Cork Intermediate Football Final at Pairc Ui Rinn.

The odyssey was over and Kanturk had achieved an historic double of hurling and football county titles.

The homecoming said it all as the people of Kanturk turned out to welcome home the heroes. The feel-good factor has to be experienced to be explained, so we say well done to all involved and we are proud of you all.

Kanturk Intermediate footballers wrote their achievements into the annals of the local GAA history books when annexing the Cork IFC title with victory over Mitchelstown on Sunday last, 29 October and complete a double of Cork PIHC and IFC titles won in the same season. After a slow start Kanturk were 0-3 to nil down and it could have been worse as a Mitchelstown goal chance went narrowly wide after nine minutes.

Kanturk settled into the game and after scoring their opening point of the game on 14 minutes turned the arrears into a three point lead entering the closing stages of the half. Mitchelstown responded with further points but Kanturk held a slender advantage, 0-7 to 0-06, at the interval.

The game ebbed and flowed during the second half as both sides had a purple patch and when Kanturk turned an 0-9 to 0-11 deficit into a 0-14 to 0-11 lead as time entered the last few minutes; it looked as if our lads would hold sway.

A magnificent save by Kanturk goalkeeper Jordan Fullerton with three minutes left of normal time was the turning point and while Mitchelstown cut the deficit to the minimum Kanturk had the experience to close out the game and win on a 0-14 to 0-13 score line and complete the county double. In Juvenile affairs, Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) recorded a high scoring victory in the Rebel Óg Cork County U14 'A' FC QF when defeating the home side, Glenville, on Saturday last 28 October on a 9-15 to 6-10 score line.

On Monday 31st October, Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) U16 footballers recorded a 4-17 to 3-10 victory over Macroom in the Rebel Og central U16 P2 football league semi-final to qualify for a final meeting with Iban Gaels.

Kanturk Juvenile GAA will hold its annual general meeting on Friday 10 October at the GAA clubrooms at 8pm.

In the Munster Club Championship, Kanturk continue their hurling exploits with an away tie in the Munster Intermediate Hurling semi-final, meeting Kerry senior hurling champions Ballyduff at Austin Stack park on Sunday 5 November with a 2pm start.