Sunday 24 March 2019

O'Sullivan torments Ardnaree

Templenoe 4-13 Ardnaree-Sarsfields 1-10

Templenoe players celebrate following their victory. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Templenoe players celebrate following their victory. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Stephen O'Sullivan, Templenoe, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Templenoe had too much firepower as they struck for goals at key times to finally put paid to a valiant effort by Ardnaree-Sarsfields.

In particular, it was a day to remember for Stephen O'Sullivan, who provided a man-of-the-match performance as Templenoe became the seventh team from Kerry to carve their names into the AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship roll of honour.

O'Sullivan tormented the Ardnaree-Sarsfields defence and was the difference between the sides, scoring three wonderful goals in the 12-point victory.

The game turned in a 15-minute spell either side of half-time, as O'Sullivan struck for two of his goals to open up a gap that Ardnaree couldn't reel in, despite Ronan O'Malley's goal within seconds of his introduction.

The Munster men began well and with the Spillane brothers, Killian and Adrian, among the points, were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead entering the second quarter.

Ardnaree took some time to settle and in this period, the accuracy of captain Eoin McCormack from placed balls was vital.

O'Sullivan had his first attempt at goal brilliantly saved by Blaine Ginty but made no mistake in the 17th minute, giving the Ardnaree custodian no chance.

O'Malley was introduced soon after and with his first touch, stabbed to the Templenoe net from close range, after Anthony Sheehan had saved Stephen Tighe's shot.

Soon, the margin was down to two but crucially, it was up to six at the interval, 2-10 to 1-7 as Brian Crowley was on hand at the end of a splendid team move to goal.

Points were exchanged inside the opening minute of the second half but when O'Sullivan cut in from the left in the 32nd minute for his second goal, there was no way back for Ardnaree.

O'Sullivan completed his hat-trick in the 50th minute, when breaking down a long ball to Mike Hallissey. The centre-forward returned the ball to his team-mate, who turned sharply inside his marker and slid a low shot to the far corner.

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: 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)

Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh)

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