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South Kerry advance in County Championship

posted 19 Jun 2012, 15:28 by Unknown user

Well done to the South Kerry players and management on last weekend's victory in the first round of the Garvy's SuperValu Senior Football County Championship.

To our own club players Gary O'Driscoll and Aidan O'Sullivan who sustained injuries during this game we wish both of ye a positive recovery.

Cool Curran spot-on as South Kerry advance

By Simon Bowden

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rathmore 0-10 South Kerry 1-10 
Kerry SFC 

Thomas Curran’s coolly slotted first-half penalty proved the difference for South Kerry in their first round Kerry SFC clash at Rathbeg last night. 

The classy South Kerry midfielder made no mistake when he sent veteran Rathmore goalkeeper Jamieson Hughes the wrong way midway through the opening half to push the divisional side 1-3 to 0-4 in front. Thereafter they never trailed. 

Rathmore keeper Hughes, the club’s fourth choice shot-stopper, was at fault for the penalty when he pulled down Chris O’Driscoll, but he made amends late in the game with a tremendous double save. 

Home side Rathmore had started well, and led 0-3 to 0-2 early on, with inter-county star Aidan O’Mahony scoring a peach of a point after a good move involving Marc Reen and Paul Reen. 

But South Kerry were seeing plenty of the ball, winning the midfield battle where Curran and Aidan O’Sullivan were on top. And Declan O’Sullivan (sporting a heavily bandaged right hamstring), Niall O’Shea and Paul O’Donoghue were causing Rathmore plenty of problems at the back. 

After Rathmore’s Tom O’Sullivan and Declan O’Sullivan were yellow-carded following an off-the-ball incident, the sides swapped scores before Curran scored that crucial penalty. 

South Kerry finished the half stronger, as scores from Declan O’Sullivan and Thomas Curran sandwiched a Paul Reen point for Rathmore, as the home side trailed 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time. 

Early second-half scores from George O’Keeffe and Donal O’Sullivan (free) brought Rathmore within a point, 1-5 to 0-7, but this was as close as the home side got, despite the best efforts of Aidan O’Mahony, who was now a strong figure in the full-back line. 

But South Kerry were more clinical in front of the posts and they outscored Rathmore by 0-5 to 0-2 to take control, leading 1-10 to 0-9 inside the last ten minutes. 

Aidan O’Sullivan, before he went off injured, Declan O’Sullivan, Paul O’Donoghue, Niall O’Shea and Daniel Daly were all on the mark for the visitors, as they kicked on when it mattered. 

A late free from Mike O’Riordan made it a three-point game but Rathmore never looked like grabbing the goal they badly needed. 

Scorers for Rathmore: M O’Riordan 0-3f, G O’Keeffe 0-2, D O’Sullivan (f), J Moynihan, A O’Mahony, P Reen, E Lawlor 0-1 each. 

South Kerry: T Curran 1-2 (1-0 pen), Declan O’Sullivan, Paul O’Donoghue, Daniel Daly 0-2 each, A O’Sullivan, N O’Shea 0-1 each. 

RATHMORE: J Hughes; J O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan, B Reen; B O’Leary, C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan; A O’Mahony, G O’Keeffe; M Reen, M O’Riordan, E Lawlor; P Reen, J Buckley, J Moynihan. 

Sub: S Reen for B Reen (8). 

SOUTH KERRY: D Horgan; K O’Dwyer, D O’Dwyer, Dominic O’Sullivan; K Young, S O’Sullivan, N O’Driscoll; T Curran, A O’Sullivan; C O’Driscoll, Declan O’Sullivan, G O’Driscoll; P O’Donoghue, N O’Shea, D Daly. 

Subs: G Gibson for G O’Driscoll (inj, 37); P Curran for A O’Sullivan (inj, 56). 

Referee: J Lynch (Ballymac).


This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, June 18, 2012