PHOTOS/REPORTS: Kilmoyley and Lixnaw The Victors In Double-Header

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Mike O’Halloran was in Austin Stack Park on Sunday to see Kilmoyley and Lixnaw advance in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship…

Kilmoyley 3-21

Abbeydorney 1-16

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Kilmoyley progressed to the next round of the Kerry SHC with an eleven point win over Abbeydorney.

Abbeydorney opened the brighter and led by one on eleven minutes, when PJ Keane put them ahead three points to two, but that was as good as it got for O’Dorney as within five minutes they were a goal behind 1-04 to to 0-04, the Kilmoyley goal coming from Maurice O’Connor.

By the halftime whistle, Kilmoyley led 2-09 to 0-06, Kilmoyley’s second goal coming from Kieran McCarthy.

With forty minutes on the clock, Jordan Brick struck over his fourth point to make it 3-13 to 0-08, Jordan was to score six points by the game’s end, each point better than the one before.

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An Aiden Healy goal came too late to make any difference to the Abbeydorney challenge when he struck the ball to the net on 55 minutes.

Abbeydorney were definitely hampered by the loss of Michael Slattery who was injured, when he did come on towards the end he showed glimpses of the type of threat he could have been if fit.

Tom Murnane returned for Kilmoyley and you could see his steadying influence on Kilmoyley.

Maurice O’Connor was impressive from play and placed balls and at the other end I don’t think John B O’Halloran had a save to make.

Abbeydorney bow out and Kilmoyley march on and with Paudie O’Connor due to return don’t count them out. Scroll down for photos…

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Lixnaw 1-20

Causeway 0-13

Lixnaw cruised into the semifinal of the Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Hurling Championship with a pretty convincing defeat of Causeway.

I have tipped Causeway for the last couple of years to win the championship and this year they were on my short list again after their exploits in the first round.

Yesterday they were out-muscled out-thought and out-hurled by a ruthlessly efficient Lixnaw outfit.

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Causeway aren’t out of the championship by any means, but in order to get to the final and win it they have to put in three winning performances in a row, consistency has been their enemy for the past few years.

Today they may attribute their defeat to the huge loss of Brandon Barrett early in the first half. There is no doubt he was a loss, but to win the championship you must be able to overcome every obstacle thrown at you.

Causeway were a goal down within minutes of the start when Jason Wallace pounced on a breaking ball and shook the net.

By the 22nd minute they were behind by six points 1-06 to 0-03, Causeway only added two more points before halftime while Lixnaw added two.

Shane Conway had seven points under his belt by the break, while Causeway had five different scorers in Brandon Barrett, BillyLyons, Dan Goggin, Paul McGrath and Keith Carmody.

Causeway were awarded a penalty with five minutes left in the first half but Keith Carmody struck it wide, a goal then might have lifted their spirits.

Causeway started with intent in the second half and added three points within six minutes.

A brilliant passage of play by Lixnaw showed the difference in the sides when on 38 minutes Martin Stackpoole saved at one end and within seconds Lixnaw worked the ball Jeremy McKenna who passed to Shane Conway at the other end and he made no mistake splitting the posts to leave the score Lixnaw 1-11 Causeway 0-08.

Causeway persisted in the long high ball into their forwards to little effect and their foul count mounted with Conway punishing all indiscretions.

Jeremy McKenna was a work horse for Lixnaw at midfield Darragh Shanahan was solid at number six and as usual John Griffin played his usual role of mopping up and tidying up.

Up front Ricky Heffernan worked hard and Jason Wallace finished with 1-03 to his credit, of course Shane Conway was, Shane Conway. It will be hard to dethrone the champions on this display.

Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Photo by Mike O’Halloran


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