Rebel Óg North Cork U-16 Division 1 Football Championship semi-final
Duarigle Gaels 1-10
A solid start provided Kilshannig with the ideal platform to overcome Duarigle Gaels in the Rebel Óg North Cork U16 Division 1 Football Championship semi-final.
For long stages, Kilshannig dominated many sectors and simply possessed key attacking options. To their credit, Duarigle Gaels response was brave and though trailing by 12 points, they mounted a comeback to trim the deficit but not good enough to match a sharper Kilshannig combination.
From the off, a wind assisted Kilshannig settled into the proceedings far more quickly, gaining encouragement from the effective play of Jack Kavanagh, Leo Savage, Senan Harvey, Conor Quinn and Colin Ruby. Indeed Kilshannig were really tuned into their game, goals netted by Ruby and Dylan O’Connell helped secure a 2-5 to 0-2 advantage at half time.
The Cullen and Millstreet combination improved on the restart only to be rocked by a second goal by Ruby to put Kilshannig into a commanding position. In fairness, Duarigle raised their level of performance through the rallying efforts of Eamon Guiney, Finn O’Dwyer and Kieran Duggan.
The Gaels' hopes received a boost from a fine Duggan goal and it took a great save by Kilshannig ‘keeper Cian Davis to deny Cian Denis O’Connor. Now Gaels chased the contest, O’Dwyer, Duggan and John Hickey added points only for time to run out in their late bid.
Kilshannig progress to play Ballinora in the decider.
KILSHANNIG: C Davis; C Murphy, J Kavanagh, L Savage; D Kenny, C McSweeney, J O’Callaghan; A Nolan, S Harvey 0-2; D Moloney, S O’Rourke 0-1, C Quinn; J O’Hanlon 0-1, C Ruby 1-4, D O’Connell 2-1. Sub: A O’Brien.
DUARIGLE GAELS: D Pierce, A Gajkowski, A Kelleher, M McCarthy, S Moynihan, E Guiney, H Keane; C McCaul, F O'Dwyer 0-4; L Hickey, K Duggan 1-5, C Guerin, C O'Riordan, J Tarrant, J Hickey 0-1. Subs: C D O'Connor, D Morley, E Crowley.
Referee: D Anketell (Boherbue)