REPORT: Crotta And Causeway The Victors In Championship Double-Header

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Mike O’Halloran saw Crotta and Causeway advance at Sunday’s Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry SHC opening rounds at Austin Stack Park on Sunday… 

Crotta O’Neills 1-15

Ballyheigue 1-9


A six point win for Crotta over a Ballyheigue team that is in the process of rebuilding and played with one player less than Crotta for a large part of the game, is hardly the result Crotta and their followers will be happy with.

But a win is a win and they go into the next round as winners for the first time in four years.

Had Ballyheigue pointed some of the chances they were presented with in the first half, they could have well been ahead at halftime instead they were behind by two nine points to seven.

Jordan Conway opened the scoring for Crotta, Shane Nolan added two more before Phillip Lucid popped over a point for Ballyheigue, Diarmuid Walsh had another on ten minutes.

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Shane Nolan’s sixty five and a nice point from Raymond Nolan brought Crotta’s tally to five, Diarmuid Walsh swapped points with Shane Nolan.

Shane exchanged points with Philip Lucid, Nolan also swapped points with Ronan Kenny to leave the score on 27 minutes Crotta 0-8 Ballyheigue 0-5.

Kevin Reidy and Phillip Lucid added a point each for Ballyheigue, Barry O’Mahony had one for Crotta to leave the halftime score Crotta 0-9 Ballyheigue 0-7.

Ballyheigue played into a stiff wind in the second half and opened brightly Phillip Lucid reduced the margin to one, but then disaster for Ballyheigue when they lost Diarmuid Walsh to a red card.

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Shane Nolan pointed as did Conor Galway, Daragh Kennelly and Shane Nolan brought Crotta’s total to twelve points, in-between Jason Casey Ballyheigue and Jack Twomey of Crotta were dismissed by the referee.

Crotta squandered a gilt-edged goal chance when Jordan Conway missed an opportunity to pass to Shane Nolan who most likely would have scored.

Nolan added two more points before Phillip Lucid drove to the net on fifty nine minutes to see the scoreboard read Crotta 0-14 Ballyheigue 1-9.

The play from the puck out resulted in a goal from Jordan Conway, Barry O’Mahony added the final point, final score Crotta 1-15 Ballyheigue 1-9.

The Crotta team. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Causeway 0-19

St Brendan’s 0-15


This was quite a lively game and after seeing all the games at the weekend it’s hard not to see both of these teams in contention at the end of the competition.

The score at halftime was Causeway 0-12 St Brendan’s 0-11.

Causeway had raced into a three point lead with two points from Brandon Barrett and one from Brian Murphy before John Egan had a point for St Brendan’s, by the 12th minute Causeway led six points to two.

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St Brendan’s added three points in a row one from Egan and two from Daithi Griffin to reduce Causeway’s lead to one point.

Brandon Barrett added two more points one a sixty five before Eric Leen, Fionan MacKessey, Daithi Griffin and Brendan O’Connor had a point each to put St Brendan’s ahead by the minimum.

Joe Diggins brought Causeway back level, John Egan and Anthony Fealy exchanged points as did Brendan O’Connor and Brandon Barrtett, Brandon had the final point of the half a pointed free, halftime score Causeway 0-12 St Brendan’s 0-11.

Speaking to the St Brendan’s supporters at half time they were anxious that the team might not have the legs to see the game out and I suppose to a certain extent that may have been the case.

Jason Leahy had two points for Causeway after the restart, Causeway butchered a goal chance before Egan pointed for St Brendan’s.

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John Egan’s appeals to the umpires for assistance to bring incidents to the referee’s attention were eventually acted on before he drove over two points to leave the score on forty seven minutes Causeway 0-15 St Brendan’s 0-14.

Brandon Barrett added three points for Causeway before the end with Jason Leahy tapping over a 65.

Dan Finnegan pointed for St Brendan’s to leave the final score Causeway 0.19 St Brendan’s 0.15.
Causeway looked impressive they have been doing well in the county league but again today they were unable to score a goal. St Brendan’s for their part will fear none of the losers given today’s display.

The St Brendan’s team. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

The Causeway team. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

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