Listry 1-9 Kilcummin 0-6
Listry won the East Kerry Junior Championship on Saturday last at Farranfore when they defeated Kilcummin. Listry opened the scoring with a point from David Nolan. Their second attack saw Nolan and Derry Ahern use the cross bar and upright as target practice as rebound after rebound gave them scoring opportunities which were spurned. Kilcummin had the lion’s share of possession in the first fifteen minutes but managed just two long range points from midfielder Pat O’Donoghue as their wides tally mounted up and their efforts fell short into Tadgh Ahern’s hands in the Listry goal. Points from Anthony Sweeney (free) and Jimmy O’Leary put Listry two ahead after twenty minutes. On the stroke of half time, Listry’s Derry Ahern ghosted past his marker and from an acute angle shot over to bring the half time score to Listry 0-4 Kilcummin 0-2.
On the resumption, Ahern needed the assistance of the post to point a long range shot. Listry now had their best period of play. Midfielder John Foley took the ball down the left wing and cutting in along the end line punched over a well worked individual point. Wing back Aidan O’Donoghue sporting a distinctive piece of bandage as headgear, was the link between Jimmy O’Leary and Derry Ahern who shot over for a five point lead. The diminutive O’Donoghue had a great hour at wing back and was tenacious in the tackle on much bigger opponents.
Kilcummin badly needed a goal to vitalise their challenge. Pat O’Donoghue powered forward and from twenty metres blasted for that goal but his shot was deflected over the bar by John Paul Mannix. Bad fortune for Kilcummin was followed by good luck for Listry when a Stephen Brosnan speculative high ball into the goal area caused the Kilcummin goalie to step back over his line as he attempted to gather the ball. Listry’s David Nolan and Kilcummin’s Seanie O’Leary swapped pointed frees before wing forward Damien Clifford stretched Listry’s lead to eight points. Two consolation points from Kilcummin’s Colm Guilfoyle and Seanie O’Leary brought the final score to Listry 1-9 Kilcummin 0-6 in a poor quality game where challenges were clumsy and led eventually to two players being dismissed.
This was Listry’s second occasion to win this trophy their last being in 1981. Board Vice Chairman Tim Ryan thanked the teams, match officials and the Firies club for their facilities. Mrs Kathleen O’Sullivan presented the Owen O’Sullivan cup to Listry captain Derry Ahern and the same player received his man-of-the match award from Con O’Sullivan.
Listry: Tadgh Ahern, Danny Wrenn, John Paul Mannix, Cathal O’Donoghue, Stephen Darmody, Kieran Murphy, Aidan O’Donoghue, Stephen Brosnan(1-0), John Foley(0-1), Damien Clifford(0-1), Anthony Sweeney(0-1 free), David Nolan(0-2, 0-1 free), Derry Ahern (Capt)(0-3), Jimmy O’Leary(0-1), Mike Tangney.
Subs: Adrian O’Sullivan, Paul Darmody, Darragh O’Regan, Coleman O’Shea, Paul O’Donoghue, Mark Kennedy, Donagh O’Regan, Kieran O’Donoghue, Billy O’Brien, David O’Donoghue.
Kilcummin: Kieran Fleming, Muiris Healy (Capt) Kevin McSweeney, Damien Doolan, Eric O’Connor, Cillian Murphy, Eoin Lane, Pat O’Donoghue(0-3), Daniel Kelly, Anthony O’Sullivan, Robert Casey, Alan Moynihan, Mikie O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Donoghue, Seanie O’Leary(0-2, 0-1 free)
Subs: Daniel O’Keeffe, Kieran Lynch, Colm Guilfoyle (0-1), Sean Lenihan, Conor Healy, Kevin McCarthy, Danny Leane,
Referee: Mike Brosnan Spa.