Kilmoyley survive fightback in Kerry replay
Despite a late scare as Ballyduff refused to throw in the towel, Kilmoyley ran out deserving champions in this year’s Kerry senior hurling final replay at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
Kilmoyley 1-18 Ballyduff 2-13
In the first game Ballyduff had struck with an early salvo to unsettle the favourites.
And lightning can strike twice as, just in the initial meeting, Padraig Boyle sidestepped his markers to fire into the net to give his side an early lead. From there to the latter stages of the first half, the teams swapped points with Daniel Collins and Padraig Boyle being the chief marksmen
Nine minutes from the interval Ballyduff were two points ahead. They would go into the break six points behind.
That defining spell included a goal brilliantly constructed by the former Tracton club man Shane Brick who set up Luke Fitzell for a close range finish.
Kilmoyley led 1-12 to 1-06 at the break. The gap stayed at six points until injury time.
Then Kilmoyley’s reliable keeper and captain Aidan McCabe knocked a long ball away but only to Ballyduff predator Padraig Boyle who crashed the ball into the net.
Ballyduff went hunting for an improbable third goal that would give them victory, but it was not to be, as Kilmoyley claimed title number 24 and a place in the Munster intermediate club championship.
Scorers – Kilmoyley: Collins 0-8 (7 frees), L. Fitzell 1-0, S Brick 0-3, M O’Connor 0-2, R.Collins, A Royle, S Maunsell, T Murnane, P. O’Connor 0-1 apiece
Ballyduff: P.Boyle 2-7 (7frees), M. Boyle 0-3, J. Goulding 0-2 L. Boyle 0-1
Kilmoyley – A McCabe; R Collins, C Savage, S Nolan; S Dowling, D Fitzelle, T Murnane; J Godley, P O’Connor; S Maunsell, S Brick, D Collins; M O’Connor, A Royle, L Fitzell.
Subs: J Brick for S Nolan; J McCarthy for A Royle, J McElligott for S Maunsell.
Ballyduff – PJ O’Gorman, T Slattery, P Costello, D O’Grady; E Ross, P O’Grady, A O’Carroll, D O’Carroll, M Boyle, P Boyle, L Boyle, B O’Grady, J Goulding, G O’Brien, B O’Sullivan.
Subs: E O’Connor for P Costello, P O’Carroll for B O’Grady, D Goulding for E Ross.
REF – D Copps (Cork).