REPORT: Lixnaw Get The Better Of St Brendan’s To Reach Semi-Finals

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Lixnaw beat St Brendan’s yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry SHC. Mike O’Halloran reports…

Lixnaw 0-21

St Brendan’s 2-12


A runaway victory seemed to be St Brendans fate 17 minutes into this game as they led 1-7 to 0-3, but four points in a row from placed balls by Shane Conway brought Lixnaw into the game.

John Egan had opened the St Brendan’s scorched-earth attack on Lixnaw, Padraig Kearney added one before Shane Conway had a point for Lixnaw.

The next four scores were for St Brendans; Brendan O’Connor with a goal and points from John Egan, Cian Hussey, and Fionan MacKessey.

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Micheal Conway replied for Lixnaw but MacKessey added another, the younger Conway pointed a free on 16 minutes, Brendan O’Connor added a point for St Brendans to leave the score on 17 minutes St Brendan’s 1-7 Lixnaw 0-3. Then came Shane Conway four points.

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

MacKessey and Thomas Moloney had one each for St Brendans interrupted by Shane Conway to leave the halftime score St Brendans 1-9 Lixnaw 0-8.

St Brendans seemed to have lost their early momentum and Lixnaw went in at halftime pretty content with their improved display in the final 15 minutes of the first half and they had a significant breeze for the second half.

The second half saw Lixnaw take total control, especially at the back where they choked the life out of the St Brendans attack confining them to just 1-3, the goal coming at the end almost as a consolation from Jerry Wallace.

Michael Conway pointed a minute after the restart, Fionan MacKessey replied two minutes later, St Brendans next score did not come for a further 15 minutes.

The Lixnaw panel. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

In the meantime, Lixnaw added eight points without reply from Shane Conway with four with one point each from Gerard Stackpoole, John Griffin, Jeremy McKenna and Shane McAuliffe.

Cian Hussey tapped over for St Brendans only for John Griffin to reply. Lixnaw could have stretched their lead further only for Darren Delaney’s point blank save from Jeremy McKenna.

That save roused the Ardfert supporters, but that energy did not transfer onto the field of play.

Daithi Griffin had point for St Brendans before Ricky Heffernan put one over followed by two from Michael Conway whose move out further from goals seems to suit him. Jerry Wallace had the final say with a goal but it was too little too late.

Action from the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Lixnaw: Martin Stackpoole, Michael Quilter, Stephen Power, Jonathan Sills, Gerard Stackpoole (0.01), Darragh Shanahan, Brendan Brosnan, Pat Corridon, Shane McEligott (0.01), Brian McAuliffe, Ricky Heffernan (0.01), Jeremy McKenna (0.02), Shane Conway (0.10), Michael Conway (0.04), James Flaherty. Replacements, William Costello,Raymond Galvin,John Griffin (0.02).

St Brendans: Darren Delaney, Daniel Finnegan, Killian Wolfe, Stephen Leen, Padraig Kearney, Kevin Hannafin, Kevin Orpen, Darren Dineen, Jerry Wallace(1gl), Cian Hussey(0.02), Tom Moloney(0.02), David Griffin (0.01), Brendan O’Connor (1.01), Fionan MacKessey (0.04), John Egan (0.02) Replacements; Bobby O’Regan, Kieran Fitzgerald, Eric Leen.

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