PHOTOS/MATCH REPORT: Flurry Of O’Rahillys Goals Distances Them From Relegation Woes

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Gavin O’Connor reports on Kerins O’Rahillys victory over Milltown/Castlemaine at Farranfore earlier today, to secure their senior status…

Kerins O’Rahillys 4-11 (23)

Milltown/Castlemaine 2-12 (18)

Tommy Walsh in action during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tommy Walsh in action during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

THREE second half goals by Kerins O’Rahillys steered them away from relegation danger against Milltown/Castlemaine in Farranfore on Sunday afternoon.

The match leaves Milltown/Castlemaine in a precarious position facing Kilcummin to find out who will drop down to Intermediate.

An early second half blitz, which saw the blues hit Milltown/Castlemaine with 1-5 in the opening six minutes, laid the foundations for victory.

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Cormac Coffey breaks for Strand Road during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Cormac Coffey breaks for Strand Road during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

O’Rahilly’s goals came from Kevin Walsh (2min), Barry John Keane (32min), Tommy Walsh (43min) and Kevin Walshe again (44min) and there could have been more had both teams not missed a penalty apiece in the first half – David Moran missing for Strand Road and John Blennerhassett failing to score for Milltown/Castlemaine.

With a minute left in the match Jonathan O’Sullivan did convert a penalty for Milltown/Castlemaine, but the damage had been done after Strand Road hit two goals in two minutes that put their lead out to 10 points with 15 remaining.

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Jack Savage sells a dummy to Damian Murphy during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jack Savage sells a dummy to Damian Murphy during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tommy Walsh netted the score of the match when he charged at the Milltown defence, running 30 yards fending off challenges to smash the ball to the net. It was Jack Savage, however, who was the standout performer for the side.

The Blues had got off to a perfect start when Kevin Walsh linked up with Barry John Keane to fire goal number one only two minutes in.

It was all Milltown/Castlemaine however for the next 20 minutes, where they kept O’Rahillys scoreless and knocked over 0-6 of their own.

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David Moran's penalty hits the post during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

David Moran’s penalty hits the post during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

It could have been more when the Mid Kerry side were awarded a penalty six minutes in. But Gary Kissane got down low to save John Blennerhasset’s poorly struck effort.

With 18 minutes gone, O’Rahilly’s were given a penalty of their own after Barry John Keane was fouled in the square. This time it was the post that kept David Moran’s shot out.

That miss was compounded only a few minutes later when Cormac Coffey received a black card.

Barry John Keane is fouled while shooting and wins a penalty during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Barry John Keane is fouled while shooting and wins a penalty during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

O’Rahillys needed a man to step up and that man was Jack Savage, who got their first score in 20 minutes. The Kerry U21 captain jinking inside defenders to strike the ball impressively over the bar.

The half ended with Milltown/Castlemaine 0-7 to 1-2 to the good. But there was signs Strand Road were getting a grip of this game.

Two minutes into the second half, Milltown/Castlemaine goalkeeper Kevin Tangney will have nightmares about his short kickout that landed straight to John Ferguson, who teed a pass off to Barry John Keane to tap the ball into the net.

Shane Murphy and Shane Brosnan contest a ball during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Shane Murphy and Shane Brosnan contest a ball during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

In as many minutes, four points followed from Greg O’Connell, Barry John Keane, Cian Sayers, and John Ferguson. This put Strand Road 2-7 to 0-7 in front before Milltown/Castlemaine could even mount an attack in the second half.

As is their character, they bounced back with scores from Jonathan O’Sullivan and Donal Kelliher.

But Strand Road were hungry for more goals – two would come in two minutes as we entered the third quarter of this match. First that cracker from Tommy Walsh and then another from Greg O’Connell who had come on as Cormac Coffey’s black card replacement.

Damian Murphy lays off a pass during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Damian Murphy lays off a pass during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ten points was now the lead Milltown were chasing and they fought their hardest outscoring O’Rahillys 1-3 to 0-3 in the final exchanges.  But it wasn’t enough.

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Scorers

Kerins O’Rahillys:  Kevin Walshe (2-0), Jack Savage (0-5, 3f), Barry John Keane (1-2, 1f), Tommy Walsh (1-0), Cian Sayers, David McLoughlin and John Ferguson and Greg O’Connell one point apiece

Milltown/Castlemaine: Jonathon O’Sullivan (1-6, 5f, 1 penalty), Donal Kelliher (1-1), Eoin O’Brien (0-2), Marcus Mangan, Shane Murphy and Pa Wrenn one point apiece.

Kerins O’Rahillys

1. Gary Kissane

2. David Murphy
3. Danny O’Sullivan
4. Tommy Begley

5. Cormac Coffey
6. Shane Brosnan
7. Cian Sayers

8. John C O’Connor
9. David Moran

10. David McLoughlin
11. Barry John Keane
12. Kevin Walshe

13. Jack Savage
14. Tommy Walsh
15. John Ferguson

Milltown/Castlemaine

1. Kevin Tangney

2. Stephen Roche
3. Damian Murphy
4. John Blennerhasset

5. Paul Carroll
6. Marcus Mangan
7. David Roche

8. Mike Burke
9. Brendan Delaney

10. Gavin Horan
11. Shane Murphy
12. Eoin O’Brien

13. Donal Kelliher
14. Pa Wrenn
15. Jonathon O’Sullivan

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (St Senans)

Gearoid Savage attempts to break through the challenges of Eoin O'Brien and Paul Carroll during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Gearoid Savage attempts to break through the challenges of Eoin O’Brien and Paul Carroll during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Shane Murphy in possession is tackled by Kevin Walshe during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Shane Murphy in possession is tackled by Kevin Walshe during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean 

David Moran attempts to split the posts during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

David Moran attempts to split the posts during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

John Blennerhasset and Stephen Roche have eyes on Barry John Keane during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

John Blennerhasset and Stephen Roche have eyes on Barry John Keane during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Damian Murphy tackles David McLaughlin during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Damian Murphy tackles David McLoughlin during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jack Savage wrongfoots Donal Kelliher during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jack Savage wrongfoots Donal Kelliher during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tommy Walsh and Gearoid Savage rise for the ball during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tommy Walsh and Gearoid Savage rise for the ball during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

David Moran evades Damian Murphy and Paul Carroll during the Kerins O'Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

David Moran evades Damian Murphy and Paul Carroll during the Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown/Castlemaine match on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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