Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Mahony delivers in pulsating encounter

Castlegregory (Kerry) 1-14
Kiltimagh (Mayo) 0-15
(After extra-time)
All ireland club jfc final

Kerry club Castlegregory were crowned champions after a pulsating decider against Mayo side Kiltimagh in Croke Park yesterday afternoon.

Castlegregory needed extra-time before emerging victorious and it took a dramatic 60th-minute goal by corner-forward Colm O'Mahony, when he fisted home a Shane Hennessy free, to save them in regular time, when Kiltimagh had been on the verge of success.

That O'Mahony strike put Castlegregory 1-9 to 0-11 ahead but Ciaran Charlton was the Kiltimagh hero with an injury-time free that sent the game into two additional periods.

Kiltimagh, who were the livelier outfit in normal time, and who led 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval, began extra-time with a great point by Micheal Schlingermann.

But Castlegregory stepped it up thereafter, man-of-the-match Hennessy and O'Mahony helping them to a 1-12 to 0-13 advantage midway through extra-time.

Kiltimagh came back again and when Charlton slotted over his seventh point in the 78th minute, there was just the minimum between them at 1-13 to 0-15.

Charlton had a chance to equalise soon after but his kick dropped short. Thereafter Alan Fitzgerald clinched success for Castlegregory with a late point.

Scorers -- Castlegregory: C O'Mahony 1-3, S Hennessy 0-5 (0-1f), S Browne, A McNamara 0-2 each, A Lynch, A Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Kiltimagh: C Charlton 0-7 (0-7f), B Gallagher (0-1f), R Malee 0-2 each, T Morley, N Lydon, P Regan, M Schlingermann 0-1 each.

CASTLEGREGORY -- S Kenny; G O'Connor, J Scully, J O'Connor; S O'Mahony, S Browne, A Finn; M O'Shea, R Kelliher; S Hennessy, A Fitzgerald, JB Spillane; C O'Mahony, A Lynch, A McNamara. Subs: B Lynch for Fitzgerald (42), D Heasman for O'Shea (42), C O'Connor for Kelliher (52), C Sills for Finn (55), G Fitzgerald for G O'Connor (60), A Fitzgerald for A Lynch (63), Kelliher for McNamara (78).

KILTIMAGH -- P Burke; P Larkin, J Murtagh, J Mulhern; D Gallagher, C Heneghan, A Lydon; T Morley, P Regan; C Charlton, S Malee, L Lydon; B Gallagher, N Lydon, R Malee. Subs: P Lydon for Mulhern (34), Mulhern for P Lydon (38), P Lydon for A Lydon (49), M Schlingermann for D Gallagher (58), A Forkan for N Lydon (61), J Byrne for B Gallagher (63), B McCarthy for Heneghan (73), A Carroll for S Malee (73), K Lydon for L Lydon (78).

Ref -- S Carroll (Westmeath).

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