TOM LYONS REPORTS
TOMÁS Sheehan was the star of the show as his hat-trick fired Kilbrittain to glory in the Dubliner Cheese Carbery/Beara football league Division 3 final in sun-splashed Ahamilla.
This was Kilbrittain’s first team against Kilmac’s second string but for the opening ten minutes it was the Kilmacs who looked the livelier side as points from Ian Jennings and Jamie Ronan had them in front.
It was then Sheehan struck for the Black and Amber when, in the space of 90 seconds, he had the ball in the Kilmac net twice. The first goal in the tenth minute had a degree of luck to it when his shot from 40 metres somehow deceived the goalkeeper at the foot of the upright but there was nothing lucky about his second which he crashed to the net, the spade work being done by Philip Wall and Bertie Butler.
To their credit the Kilmacs – inspired by Niall McCarthy, Darragh Tobin, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Ian Jennings, Timmy Nyhan, Sam O’Driscoll and Tom French – responded well with points from French and Diarmuid O’Callaghan.
It was 2-0 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter and Kilbrittain had their first point from Morgan Madden in the 16th minute, before their luck kicked in again when Darragh Hayes completely miskicked his scoring effort but the ball landed into the hands of Oisín Dewey on the edge of the square and he promptly finished to the Kilmac net.
Ellis Wilson (free) and Patrick O’Mahony swapped points and Ian Jennings closed the first-half scoring with a point. Despite conceding three goals, the Kilmacs were still in the game, trailing 0-6 to 3-2.
The most crucial score of the game arrived shortly after the restart and it fell to Kilbrittain when Tomás Sheehan saw his dipping shot landing in the top corner of the net to complete his hat-trick.
With Sheehan and Ross Cashman doing well at midfield, Cian O’Leary, Patrick O’Mahony and Nick O’Donovan dominating in defence and Philip Wall, Morgan Madden, James Hurley and Bertie Butler causing problems up front, Kilbrittain were well in control now. The winners had points from O’Mahony (free) and sub Ivan Burke to open a daunting gap of ten points between the sides.
From here to the end we had a good contest, even though the result was never in doubt. It was practically score for score as Dec Harrington and Philip Wall (2) kicked Kilbrittain points, while the Kilmacs dominated possession and had points from Timmy Nyhan (2), Keith Whelton and Tom French.
Kilbrittain: Tomás Sheehan 3-0, Oisín Dewey 1-0, Philip Wall (1f), Patrick O’Mahony (1f) 0-2 each, Morgan Madden, Ivan Burke, Dec Harrington 0-1 each.
Kilmacabea: Tom French, Ian Jennings, Timmy Nyhan (1f) 0-2 each, Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Keith Whelton, Jamie Ronan (1f), Ellis Wilson (1f) 0-1 each.
Kilbrittain: David Desmond; James O’Donovan, Cian O’Leary, Eoghan Byrnes; Patrick O’Mahony, Nick O’Donovan, Sam Dewey; Ross Cashman, Tomás Sheehan; Philip Wall, James Hurley, Morgan Madden; Bertie Butler, Oisín Dewey, Darragh Hayes. Subs: Ivan Burke for S Dewey (ht), Declan Harrington for O Dewey (35), Ciarán Byrnes for B Butler (40), Aaron Holland for P O’Mahony (45), Josh O’Donovan for D Hayes (45).
Kilmacabea: Matthew O’Neill; Myles Tobin, Niall McCarthy, Thomas Jennings; Donncha McCarthy, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Dara Tobin; Timmy Nyhan, Ian Jennings; Tom French, Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Sam O’Driscoll; Eoin O’Sullivan, Ellis Wilson, Jamie Ronan. Subs: Liam Thompson for M Tobin (20), Keith Whelton for J Ronan (36), Eamonn Shanahan for E O’Sullivan (55), Jack Connolly for D O’Donovan (56), Sean O’Regan for T Jennings (56).
Referee: Michael Collins (Clonakilty).
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