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Kilmurry strike late to lift Muskerry cup

Saturday, 20th September, 2014 5:04pm
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Kilmurry strike late to lift Muskerry cup

Heat of battle: Kilmurry duo Dave McCarthy and Liam Long compete with Aghinagh's Mikey O'Brien for possession during the Muskerry JAFC final in Macroom.

Heat of battle: Kilmurry duo Dave McCarthy and Liam Long compete with Aghinagh's Mikey O'Brien for possession during the Muskerry JAFC final in Macroom.

Kilmurry 3-7 • Aghinagh 2-4


KILMURRY made up for the heartbreak of losing last year’s Muskerry junior football decider by capturing this year’s title in Macroom on Sunday.

There was a unique final pairing as the contestants, Kilmurry and Aghinagh, had never in the past faced each other at this stage of Muskerry’s premier football competition.

While Kilmurry was seeking their eighth junior football title, Aghinagh were hoping to make history by winning the blue ribband of Muskerry football for the first time.

The game did produce good passages of football and the teams were on level terms six minutes from full time.

Kilmurry, who were assisted by the breeze, were the dominant team at that stage however. Having been off target with a number of point-scoring efforts they eventually pressed home their advantage and goals from Jonathan Buckley and Daniel Cahalane clinched victory for last season’s defeated finalists.

Kilmurry despite facing the breeze were the first to score when David O’Halloran pointed a free but Aghinagh quickly replied and Donal Corkery also from a placed ball tied the scores.

The latter took the lead in the seventh minute when William Coakley secured their second minor. Joe Ryan then put the sides on level terms for the second time when he converted a free but following same Aghinagh enjoyed a purple patch.

A good attacking movement involving Sean Kelleher and Seamus O’Leary ended with the latter being upended close to goal. A penalty was awarded and excellently converted by O’Leary and Aghinagh were cock-a-hoop when a Donal Corkery point from a free in the 22nd minute further increased their lead.

It was even better for Aghinagh three minutes later when they secured their second goal. A superb delivery from Donal Corkery put William Coakley in a goal-scoring situation and he duly obliged. Aghinagh consequently led by 2-3 to 0-2. Five minutes from the break and Kilmurry had reason to be worried.

The latter had the power in their play to respond effectively before the break however. An Aghinagh attack broke down in the 27th minute and play swung to the opposite half of the field. Kilmurry got the boost of a goal when man-of-the-match Daniel Cahalane found the net with a powerful drive following good work by Padraig Berhanu.

Points from Jonathan Buckley and substitute Alan O’Sullivan improved the winner’s position further and the issue was wide open at the interval. Aghinagh led by 2-3 to 1-4 but Kilmurry would resume with the wind to their back.

Donal Corkery improved Aghinagh’s position when he kicked a point from a free in the 32nd minute. It was Kilmurry who subsequently dominated the exchanges.

Greg Barrett nullified Corkery’s point when he was on target from a placed ball. A period of Kilmurry dominance then ensured they created a number of scoring opportunities but five wides in a row had their supporters worried as the minutes ticked away.

Aghinagh were hanging on but they were unable to bring any pressure to bear on their opponents. They had problems at centre field where James White, true to form, was a prominent figure for Kilmurry and on the odd occasion their efforts were effectively dealt with by the opposing defence who were performing with confidence.

Kilmurry eventually got on level terms when David O’Halloran and Jonathan Buckley pointed frees and they made sure of the Ross Oil Muskerry junor football championship for the 2014 season through majors from Jonathan Buckley and Daniel Cahalane in the space of a minute.

Aghinagh managed a couple of attacks in the closing minutes but two scoring efforts were wide so Kilmurry made ammends for their 2013 final defeat.

Daniel Cahalane, the man-of-the-match, was a big figure in their victory and others who impressed were Kevin Barrett, James White and Liam Long.


Kilmurry:D Cahalane 2-0, J Buckley 1-2 (2f), D O’Halloran 0-2f, G Barrett (f), J Ryan (f) and A O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Aghinagh:W Coakley 1-1, S O’Leary 1-0 pen, D Corkery 0-3f.

Kilmurry:Jason McDonald; Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett; Adam Healy, David O’Leary, David O’Halloran; James White, David McCarthy; Daniel Cahalane, Finbarr Crowley, Greg Barrett; Jonathan Buckley, Joe Ryan, Padraig Berhanu.

Subs used: Alan O’Sullivan for Jason McDonald (black card), Eoin Barrett for William Barett, Liam Buckley for Dave McCarthy, Michael Kelleher for Padraig Berhanu.

Aghinagh: Paul O’Sullivan; Paudie O’Sullivan, Alan Hourihan, Jeremiah Kelleher; Dermot O’Callaghan, Dave Barry, Michael Corkery; Mikey O’Brien, William Ambrose; Sean Kelleher, Seamus O’Leary, Trevor Burns; William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Declan Ambrose.

Subs used:Kieran Lehane for Trevor Burns, James Edwards for Paudie O’Sullivan, Donagh McCarthy for Jeremiah Kelleher (black card), Sean Horgan for Seamus O’Leary, Con Lehane for William Ambrose.

Referee:J Masters (Kilmichael).