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Four-goal Sneem/Derrynane see off Lios Póil in Kerry junior club classic

Four individual goal-scorers for Sneem/Derrynane as they see off Lios Póil by two points in Listory on Sunday afternoon


Lios Póil's Eamon Ó Beaglaoich gets to grips with Sneem/Derrynane's Ian Galvin at Sunday's game in Listry Photo by by Michael G Kenny

Lios Póil's Eamon Ó Beaglaoich gets to grips with Sneem/Derrynane's Ian Galvin at Sunday's game in Listry Photo by by Michael G Kenny

Lios Póil's Eamon Ó Beaglaoich gets to grips with Sneem/Derrynane's Ian Galvin at Sunday's game in Listry Photo by by Michael G Kenny



Sneem/Derrynane 4-10

Lios Póil 3-11

The supporters that made the trek from south and west to Listry early on Sunday afternoon were treated to a hugely entertaining and sporting game in glorious sunshine, with Sneem / Derrynane coming out on top in the end by two points.

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Lios Póil made the better start and were two points up after as many minutes with Aodán Mac Gearailt and Cathal Ó Súilleabháin scoring as Marc Ó Mainnín was proving a handful at full-forward.

Sneem / Derrynane settled into the game and scored the next two points as a pointed free by Morgan O’Donoghue was followed by Ian Galvin from play.

There was a fine battle emerging at midfield and Lios Póil’s Maitiú Seán Ó Grifín came forward to point his side ahead temporarily. Sneem / Derrynane were growing into the game with every passing minute and almost had the ball in the net as Darragh O’Sullivan’s excellent run through the defence presented him with a shot that was saved and pushed out for a 45’.

The resulting kick saw Jack Riney’s shot drop under the bar and into the top corner of the net for the game’s first goal and a lead for Sneem / Derrynane that they would not relinquish. With fifteen minutes played, Sneem / Derrynane led by 1-2 to 0-3.

A pointed free by Tim Murphy was quickly nullified by Marc Ó Mainnín’s first point before the ageless Ronan Hussey split the posts with a couple of pointed frees to put the South Kerry men ahead by the four.

Marc O’Mainnín kept his side ticking over with another well taken point before Sneem / Derrynane scored their second goal – the ball kicked forward into the space between goalkeeper and full-back line and Tim Murphy reaching it ahead of Darragh Ó Brosnacháin to poke it into the net. Marc O’Mainnín pointed a free to leave his side trailing by five at the break. Half-time score Sneem/Derrynane 2-5, Lios Póil 0-6.

Sneem / Derrynane midfielder Jack Riney opened the second half with a great point straight from throw in, although Lios Póil soon got themselves back into the game.

A Colm Ó Muirthile point was followed by a Cathal O’Súilleabháin goal – the corner-forward using his strength to take a shoulder challenge and keep his balance before shooting to the net.

Marc Ó Mainnín added his fourth point of the game to leave a single point between the sides, although Morgan O’Donoghue pointed a free to leave Sneem / Derrynane leading by 2-7 to 1-9 with fifteen minutes to play.

Denis O’Sullivan increased the lead with arguably the score of the game out on the right flank, but Lios Póil replied with a couple as Colm Ó Muirthile (free) and Seán Ó Nunáin restored the single point deficit.

Ronan Hussey doubled his side’s lead with a nice point before Sneem / Derrynane struck for their third goal – Ciarán O’Sullivan with a great run and forcing a save from Darragh Ó Brosnacháin, but the rebound fell to the feet of the midfielder who quickly picked himself off the ground to tap the ball to the net.

That took the steam out of Lios Póil and, after Ronan Hussey had knocked over another point and Marc Ó Mainnin tapped over a free for Lios Póil, the men from the South scored their fourth goal to take an eight point lead into injury time with Darragh O’Sullivan burying the ball to the net.

There was time for more excitement as, to their credit, Lios Póil continued to drive forward with all fifteen men in the opposition half. The West Kerry men were awarded a free from the 21 metre line and, although Sneem / Derrynane lined the goals with as many men as they could fit, Marc Ó Mainnin sent a bullet of a shot to the roof of the net to reduce the gap.

Play continued and, amazingly, Lios Póil scored a third goal as Colm Ó Muithile got the final touch to the net. There would be no time for the comeback to be completed though, and the full time whistle was blown.

Lios Póil were best served by Marc Ó Mainnin, who showed maturity beyond his 19 years and finished with 1-5 in total. Elsewhere Maitiú Seán Ó Grifin and Aodán Mac Gearailt showed great leadership and energy.

For the victors, Ronan Hussey continues to show his athleticism and skill in defiance of his age, and he was aided particularly by the midfield pair Ciarán O’Sullivan and Jack Riney – both of them goalscorers – while the younger players like Tim Murphy and Darragh O’Sullivan were vital in the rising temperatures as the game progressed.

SNEEM/DERRYNANE: Dylan Van Daele, Mike O’Neill, Michael O’Sullivan, Seán O’Connor, Morgan O’Donoghue (0-2f), Tadgh O’Sullivan, Denis O’Sullivan (0-1), Ciarán O’Sullivan (1-0), Jack Riney (1-1), Tim Murphy (1-1, 1f), David McGillicuddy, Jim Clifford, Darragh O’Sullivan (1-0), Ian Galvin (0-1), Ronan Hussey (0-4, 2f) Subs: Kevin O’Sullivan, Paudie McGillicuddy, Shane McGillicuddy

LIOS PÓIL: Darragh Ó Brosnacháin, Nollaig Ó hUigín, Seán Ó Cinnéide, Eamonn Ó Beaglaoich, Seán O’Nunáin (0-1), Garreth Ó Nunáin, Shane Ó Muircheartaigh, Maitiú Seán Ó Grifín (0-1), Cormac Ó Cinnéide, Cathal Ó Sé, Colm Ó Muirthile (1-2, 1f), Aodán Mac Gearailt (0-1), Cathal Ó Súilleabháin (1-1), Marc O’Mainnín (1-5, 1-2f), Pól Breathnach Subs: Roibeárd Ó Súilleabháin, Donnacha Ó Brosnacháin, Cathal Ó Gealbháin

REFEREE: Dan Hayes