Saturday 21 September 2019

Kevin McCarthy scores 3-7 from play as Kilcummin are crowned All-Ireland intermediate champions

Kilcummin 5-13 Naomh Eanna 2-9

Kevin McCarthy of Kilcummin celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final match between Kilcummin and Naomh Éanna at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kevin McCarthy of Kilcummin celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final match between Kilcummin and Naomh Éanna at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Kevin McCarthy set Croke Park alight with a brilliant attacking display, hitting 3-7 from play as Kilcummin swept to the All-Ireland Club IFC title at Croke Park tonight.

Two goals inside the opening seven minutes, from Matt Keane and McCarthy, saw the Munster men build up an early nine points lead.

The Ulster champions hit back with goals from Eoin Nagle and Kristian Healy, but a third Kilcummin goal, scored by Kieran Murphy from the penalty spot, helped them to a 3-6 to 2-4 interval lead.

Kilcummin maintained a high level of intensity and pace throughout, and two magnificent goals from the unplayable McCarthy, one of Kerry’s brightest prospects for the future, sealed a stylish win.

Odhran Eastwood’s seven points were never going to be enough, particularly with former Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy in top form, with two excellent second half saves.

Scorers - Kilcummin: K McCarthy 3-7, K Murphy 1-1 (1-0pen), M Keane 1-0, G O’Leary 0-2, N Duggan (f), I Devane, J McCarthy 0-1 each; Naomh Eanna: E Nagle, K Healy 1-0 each, O Eastwood 0-7 (5f), R Scott 0-2

Kilcummin: B Kealy; S O’Leary, D Maher, D Moynihan; P Casey, C O’Leary, W Maher; K Murphy, K Gorman; S McSweeney, G O’Leary, P Nagle; N Duggan, I Devane, M Keane. Subs: J McCarthy for Nagle (43), D O’Leary for Maher (43), I Devane for Duggan (53), D O’Leary for G O’Leary, K Teahan for Murphy (57), M O Se for Keane (60)

Naomh Eanna: P Flood; K Jennings, D Gault, M McNamee; C Lyttle, J McAuley, C McAuley; P Curran, J Maskey; P Healy, R Scott, K Healy; E Gibson, O Eastwood, E Nagle. Subs: C O’Neill for Curran (19), M Morgan for Flood (BC 22), C Thompson for McAuley (24), C Eastwood for Gault (42), N McKeown for Gibson (52), R Kenedty for Scott (57), D Walsh for K Healy (59)

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Referee: J Molloy (Galway).

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