Half back line of the two Bergins and Codd powers Killenaule to win

County SFC

County SFC

Killenaule 2-10 Galtee Rovers 0-10

Galtee Rovers have bowed out of the County Senior Football Championship open draw following their defeat by a more accomplished Killenaule side in Cashel last Friday evening. They say that goals win matches and Killenaule got these at crucial periods in both halves.

Indeed Galtee Rovers had plenty of possession but could not translate this into scores. Killenaule had a marvellous attacking half back line of Niall Bergin, Paddy Codd and Kieran Bergin which made a major contribution to their victory. Galtee Rovers played Seamus Moloney as a third midfielder to good effect but the Rovers forwards were not able to use the space up front and poor finishing was their downfall. Killenaule were also guilty of poor finishing at times.

This game was played in ideal conditions on the well manicured Cashel pitch. Galtee Rovers made the early going and following points from Tony Egan and Colin Morrissey, they led after ten minutes and Killenaule had yet to raise a flag.

Then following a fine combined move involving Declan Ryan and Tony Doyle, Michael Doyle jinked forty metres through the Rovers defense to plant the ball in the right hand corner of the Galtee Rovers net. Michael O’Connell responded immediately to level the sides but John o’Dwyer and Declan Fanning pointed Killenaule into a two point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Galtee Rovers spurned chances to level and a shot from Declan Fanning across the Rovers goal screamed inches wide. Tony Doyle and Tony Egan then traded points and Killenaule were ahead 1-3 to 0-4 after twenty minutes. Tony Doyle and Patrick Ryan then swopped points before the interval and Killenaule led 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval.

Denis Peters replaced Christopher Doyle to good effect after the break and were lucky that Vinny Murphy saved on the goal line almost from the throw in. The Rovers with points from Denis Peters and Michael O’Connell had levelled the scores, 1-4 to 0-7, after thirty eight minutes. Peter Kennedy and David Morrissey then swopped points and it looked as if the game would be close.

However the game was turned around in the space of three minutes when Killenaule had a goal and a point. The goal came after good work by Niall Bergin and then a high lofted shot by John O’Dwyer was punched to the net by Gerry Kennedy and John O’Dwyer helped himself to a point minutes later. These scores resulted from some indecision and sloppiness in the Rovers defence. Now after forty five minutes Killenaule led again 2-6 to 0-8.

Killenaule were now on top and added four more unanswered points from John O’Dwyer, Gerry Kennedy,Tony Doyle and Michael Doyle to bring their tally to 2-10 with five minutes remaining. In the final five minutes Galtee Rovers fought hard to reduce the deficit and Killenaule were forced to defend desperately but all the got for their efforts were points from Tony Egan and Colin Morrissey. The final score was Killenaule 2-10 Galtee Rovers 0-10 with Killenaule deserving winners and now will have to face Moyne Templetuohy in the first round of the county championship.

It was a fine team effort from Killenaule with Tony Doyle, John O’Dwyer and Gerry Kennedy also giving stellar performances up front.

For Galtee Rovers they did their best and the Morrisseys, Andrew, Pa and Colin worked hard. Colin O’Sullivan and Adrian Grace tried hard in defence as did Seamus Moloney at midfield. They must now win the Divisional championship if they want get back into the county championship.

Killenaule: Robert Hall; Declan Ryan, Michael Fitzgerald, Stephen Browne; Niall Bergin, Paddy Codd,Kieran Bergin; Niall O’Dwyer,Cathal Bergin; John O’Dwyer (0-3)(0-1f), Tony Doyle (0-3)(0-1f), Jonathan Gleeson; Gerry Kennedy (1-1), Michael Doyle (1-1), Declan Fanning (0-1).Subs - Peter Kennedy(0-1)for Declan Fanning, Joseph Meagher for Jonathan Gleeson, Paul O’Dwyer for John O’Dwyer, Kenneth Browne for Gerry Kennedy.

Galtee Rovers: Eamon O’Connell; Andrew Morrissey, Conor O’Sullivan,Robert Doyle; Adrian Grace, Vinny Murphy, Damien Burke; Pa Morrissey, Patrick Ryan (0-1); Michael O’Connell (0-2), David Morrissey(0-1), Christopher Doyle; Seamus Moloney, Colin Morrissey (0-2), Tony Egan (0-3)(0-1f). Subs: Denis Peters (0-1) for Christopher Doyle, Mark O’Brien for Seamus Moloney.

Referee; Michael Duffy.