REPORT: Heartbreak Again For Crotta As Kilmoyley Makes Semi-Finals

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Mike O’Halloran watched Kilmoyley come back to reach the semi-final of the Kerry SHC last night at Austin Stack Park…

Kilmoyley 1-15

Crotta O’Neills 2-11

The Kilmoyley panel. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

More heartbreak for Crotta O’Neills as the fail to progress to the semifinal of The Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Hurling Championship.

Crotta looked odds on to win when then led 2-8 to 0-5 with 30 minutes gone in the first half, but the concession of a goal before halftime gave a drowning Kilmoyley a lifeline.

Crotta were ahead by six points on eighteen minutes when Micheal Lynch scooped the ball to the net to leave the score Crotta 1-6 Kilmoyley 0-3.

Daniel Collins, Jordan Brick and Joe McEligott had points for Kilmoyley, while Shane Nolan had two with Darragh O’Donoghue, Tomas O’Connor, Raymond Nolan and Jordan Conway scoring one each Jordan Conway’s point was special with a huge catch and a brilliant strike from distance.

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At the 20 minute mark, Adam O’Sullivan pulled off a magnificent save from Jordan Brick. Crotta lost Michael Lynch to injury and he was replaced by Donal Hunt.

The Crotta men line-up for the national anthem. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

By the time Barry O’Mahony pointed, Crotta had seven separate scorers from play, Shane Nolan presented Jordan Conway with a goal chance but his effort was smothered for a sixty five. Nolan slotted that to leave the score Crotta O’Neills 1-8 Kilmoyley 0-3.

Jordan Conway made no mistake when he netted on 30 minutes and before the end of the half Kilmoyley added two more points and that goal from Sean Maunsell to leave the score at half time Crotta O’Neills 2-8 Kilmoyley 1-5.

It would be 16 minutes before Crotta O’Neills would score again as Kilmoyley dug in, the introduction of Kieran Regan for Donal Kennedy had a definite impact on the Kilmoyley revival.

Jordan Brick, Tom Murnane and Kieran Regan made it a three point game within nine minutes of the restart, a two-puck score saw Dan Collins receive the puck out from John B O’Halloran to split the posts, Maurice O’Connor pointed immediately after that to reduce the margin to one.

Darragh Kennelly replaced Padraig Quill, the referee pulled Dan Collins for a throw and Shane Nolan converted, Adam O’Sullivan again came to the rescue when he denied Sean Maunsell from point blank range the ball went out for a 65, Collins pointed the placed ball, a minute later Jordan Brick levelled matters with a raker 2-9 to 1-12 on 48 minutes.

Supersub Kieran Regan put Kilmoyley in front with a point, then Maurice O’Connor one-handed a point to put two between them.

Thomas Quinlan replaced Raymond Nolan before Shane Nolan pointed a free, while Barry O’Mahony levelled the game with his effort with four minutes to go.

It was Tom Murnane who put Kilmoyley into the semis with the final score when he received from Dan Collins.

Crotta O’Neills will rue their nine wides, but can thank Adam O’Sullivan for his fine performance, Crotta seemed to have no answers on the field when the pressure came on from the more experienced Kilmoyley players.

Kilmoyley: John B O’Halloran, Sean Nolan,James Godley, Seanie Murnane, Robert Collins, Tom Murnane(0.02), Dougie Fitzell, Donal Kennedy, Kieran McCarthy, Sean Maunsell(1.00), Daniel Collins Cpt (0.05), Jordan Brick(0.03), Maurice O’Connor(0.02), Flor McCarthy, Joe McElligott(0.01). Replacements – Kieran Regan (0.02), Conor Fitzell, John Redmond.

Crotta O’Neills: Adam O’Sullivan, Eamonn Shanahan, Sean Weir, Bill Keane, Tom (Blonde) McElligott, Richard Nolan, Jeaic McKenna, Tomas O’Connor(0.01), Barry O’Mahony (0.02), Darragh O’Donoghue (0.01), Jordan Conway (1.01), Mike Lynch(1.00), Raymond Nolan (0.01), Shane Nolan Cpt (0.05), Padraig Quill. Replacements – Donal Hunt, Darragh Kennelly,Thomas Quinlan.

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