Sunday 25 February 2018

Sayers hauls Keel over the line

Keel 0-14 F'hanagh/C'mahon 0-4

Gary Sayers
Gary Sayers

Keel became the ninth Kerry team in 11 years to claim this crown after beating Limerick's Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Mallow.

Star performer was wing-forward Gary Sayers, whose direct running caused lots of problems. Centre-forward Liam Sheehan, the midfield duo of James Long and Thomas Ladden, centre-back Eoghan O'Connor and full-back Gary Nagle also shone.

For the vanquished side there was little to cheer as they seemed to come up short all over the pitch almost from the off. Feohanagh/Castlemahon started well but Keel took over and led at half-time 0-5 to 0-2.

As in the first half, Feohanagh/Castlemahon came flying out of the traps on the resumption but some resolute defending and a number of classy points from Keel meant that there was to be no comeback.

SCORERS – Keel: G Sayers (3fs), L Sheehan (3fs) 0-6 each, T O'Sullivan, B Murphy 0-1 each. Feohanagh/Castlemahon: M Fitzgibbon 0-3 (2fs), A Roche 0-1.

KEEL – S Cahillane; E Ashe, G Nagle, B Murphy; G Evans, E O'Connor, J Nagle; T Ladden, J Long; G Sayers, L Sheehan, M Burke; T O'Sullivan, M O'Connor, A Cahillane. Subs: E O'Neill for Evans (40), C O'Neill for M O'Connor (49).

FEOHANAGH/CASTLEMAHON - B Noonan; N Corbett, S Downey, M O'Mahony; N Kennedy, P Lomasney, D Mullane; W Lomasney, T Butler; P Carroll, M O'Sullivan, A Roche; J Guina, M Fitzgibbon, J F Reidy. Subs: C Noonan for Corbett (23), S Flanagan for Guina (h-t), J Clifford for Roche (45), T Dore for O'Mahony (48), V Barry for Carroll (58).

REF – K Murphy (Cork)

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