Tuesday 18 December 2018

O'Dwyer gets Kilmurry over line

Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-14 Clondeg Ad 0-14

O’Dwyer put six points between the sides, too big a gap for the debutants to close. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
O’Dwyer put six points between the sides, too big a gap for the debutants to close. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

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Defending champions Kilmurry Ibrickane claimed the title for the 12th time as they used their experience to outwit Clondegad, who were appearing in the final for the first time, at Cusack Park.

A goal, five minutes from the end of normal time by substitute Peter O'Dwyer put six points between the sides - too big a gap for the debutants to close.

The opening half was a rather dull, stop-start affair.

Kilmurry found themselves three points to nil ahead after 11 minutes thanks to scores by Keelan Sexton (free), 17-year-old Dermot Coughlan and defender Darragh Hickey.

Tony Kelly, Hurler of the Year in 2013, opened Clondegad's account with a point from the left wing. At half-time the pretenders trailed by 0-6 to 0-4, and the margin could easily have been greater, as Niall Hickey's shot beat the keeper but rebounded off the post.

Kelly cut the gap to the minimum just after the restart, but Kilmurry always kept their noses in front. It fell to veteran O'Dwyer to score the day's only goal on 55 minutes, having just come on.

This score made it 1-13 to 0-10, and even though Clondegad hit four more scores before the end of an elongated additional time, Kilmurry's Noel Downes split the posts to leave three between them at the whistle.

In injury time, O'Dwyer and Clondegad's Joe Neylon were given straight red cards for a needless altercation.

Scorers - Kilmurry Ibrickane: K Sexton 0-5 (2fs), I McInerney 0-4fs, P O'Dwyer 1-0, S Moloney 0-2, N Downes, D Sexton, D Coughlan 0-1 each. Clondegad: P McMahon 0-4 (3fs), T Kelly 0-3, E Donnellan, G Brennan (1f) 0-2 each, T Lynch, S Brennan, G O'Connell 0-1 each.

Kilmurry Ibrickane - I McInerney, Darragh Sexton, D Hickey, M Killeen, S Hickey, M McMahon (capt), E Talty, M McCarthy, K King, M Hogan, S Moloney, N Hickey, E Coughlan, K Sexton, D Coughlan. Subs: T Lernihan for Talty (22), M O'Dwyer for Hogan (40), N Downes for N Hickey (43), P O'Dwyer for McCarthy (53), E Bracken for Moloney (58), Darren Sexton for K Sexton (66).

Clondegad - L Deasy, B Carrigg, C Brennan, B Casey, B Murphy, C Ryan, C Gavin, G Brennan, J Murphy, T Lynch, G O'Connell, T Kelly, P McMahon, S Brennan (Capt.), E Donnellan. Subs: R Jennings for J Murphy (h/t), J Neylon for Lynch (40), N Lynch for B Murphy (46), N Deasy for Ryan (53).

Ref - P Cosgrave (Corofin)


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