REPORT: Causeway And Kilmoyley Reach Kerry SHC Final

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Mike O’Halloran on yesterday’s Kerry SHC semi-finals at Austin Stack Park…

Kilmoyley 1-20

Abbeydorney 1-12

The Kilmoyley team. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Kilmoyley are through to the Garveys Supervalu Kerry Hurling final.

Abbeydorney started well and after ten minutes they led by a point four points to three, then came a kicked goal from the excellent Maurice O’Connor who was a thorn in Abbeydorney’s side all day and sent over some beautiful points.

Michael Slattery also had a goal for Abbeydorney and they led at halftime by two points 1-9 to 1-7.

Kilmoyley came out of the traps in the second half like a dosed dog and added six points to put them ahead 1-14 to 1-09.

Try as they might Abbeydorney could not reel them in, Kilmoyley just kept them at arms length and went on to win by eight.

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Kilmoyley learned a lot from Abbeydorneys defeat of Lixnaw. Kilmoyley negated all the Abbeydorney threats and, of course, Abbeydorney did themselves no favours with some wayward shooting both from play and placed balls.

The Abbeydorney team. Photo: Mike O’Halloran

Causeway 1-19

Ballyduff 0-11

Another eleven point win for Causeway over Ballyduff, the same margin as last year’s encounter at the same venue.

Ballyduff did start pretty well and led by two points on 15 minutes, but then that lethal forward Gavin Dooley struck for goal and from then on it was downhill from a Ballyduff point of view.

On 30 minutes Causeway led by three 1-05 to 0-05, ten minutes later Causeway were out of sight 1-11 to 0-07. Six minutes later Ballyduff were behind by ten.

Ballyduff were always going to be under pressure to win this game, but the loss of Padraig Boyle finished any type of comeback.

Ballyduff are in a rebuilding phase and can take heart from the performance of Kevin Goulding, Darragh Slattery and Dylan Moriarty. It was their first senior championship game and they didn’t look out place.

This Causeway team are the most balanced side in a long time. They are strong all over the field and could start any 15 out of their panel and they would not be weaker.

And of course they have a superstar in Jason Diggins who is an absolute giant at the back. Up front they are also lethal and they have a good free taker in Billy Lyons.

Causeway are going to be hard to beat, but you can put your house on the astute Kilmoyley backroom team coming up with a plan to overcome their neighbours.

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