Sunday 24 March 2019

O'Sullivan hat-trick seals Templenoe joy

Templenoe 4-13 Ardnaree 1-10

Stephen O’Sullivan celebrates first goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Stephen O’Sullivan celebrates first goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Templenoe's Brian Crowley battles for possession against Ardnaree's Noelie Beattie. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Templenoe's Stephen O'Sullivan shoots to score his side's first goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

A hat-trick of goals from a red-hot Stephen O'Sullivan, allied with key displays from Brian Crowley and the Spillane clan, secured a famous victory for Templenoe at Croke Park.

O'Sullivan found the net in 17th, 32nd and 50th minutes to dispense with the spirited challenge of the Ardnaree-Sarsfields, though Crowley's goal just before the interval was crucial, at a time when there were just three points between the sides.

That was despite the six-point contribution from Killian and Adrian Spillane - sons of former Kerry centre-back Tom - with the former in particular proving too hot to handle for the Ardnaree defenders.

Ardnaree captain Eoin McCormack kept the Mayo men in touch from placed balls and substitute Ronan O'Malley had a goal within seconds of his 20th minute introduction, as a seven-point gap was whittled down to two.

However, Killian Spillane soon made it three with a wonderful score before Crowley had the simple task to finish to the net after a tremendous team move.

When O'Sullivan found the net for his second time early in the second half, there was no way back for Ardnaree.

"We started the year working hard and we said this was our last step," said O'Sullivan. "We'd do it and we'd win it.

"We're in the middle of nowhere. We have a rural population of less than 500. This is a special bunch of players and we knew if we put the work in, we'd keep going and we'd win the All-Ireland."

SCORERS - Templenoe: S O'Sullivan 3-1; B Crowley 1-3; K Spillane 0-4 (3fs); A Spillane 0-2; D Cahalane, P Spillane, T Doyle ('45') 0-1 each. Ardnaree-Sarsfields: E McCormack 0-6 (5fs, 1 45); R O'Malley 1-0; M Rafter 0-2; R Clarke, C Walsh 0-1 each.

TEMPLENOE - A Sheehan, K O'Neill, T Morley, M Hallissey, P Clifford, J Spillane, G Crowley, S Sheehan, A Spillane, B Crowley, C Hallissey, D Cahalane, K Spillane, T Doyle, S O'Sullivan. Subs: P Spillane for Cahalane (52), J Rice for M Hallissey (54), S Cremin for Clifford for (57), J Holland for O'Sullivan (59), J Moriarty for O'Neill

ARDNAREE-SARSFIELDS - B Ginty, Conor Naylor, Colm Naylor, C Cawley, M McCormack, P Lacken, S Timlen, S Tighe, M Rafter, N Beattie, R Clarke, C Noone, R Doherth, C Walsh, E McCormack. Subs: R O'Malley for Noone (20), I Clarke for Cawley (ht), J Timlin for Walsh (34), B Fitzpatrick for Colm Naylor (39), J Egan for R Clarke (48), K McCarron for Beattie (48)

REF - N Cullen (Fermanagh)

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