REPORT/PHOTOS: Kilmoyley Bow Out Of Munster Championship

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Mike O’Halloran reports on Kilmoyley’s exit at the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final in Sixmilebridge yesterday…

Wolfe Tones 4-12

Kilmoyley 2-6

“A bad day at the office most Kilmoyley folk will want to forget about,” is how an avid Kilmoyley supporter described their exit from the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final.

They say the scoreboard doesn’t lie and that was surely the case today in Sixmilebridge, from 15 minutes into the first half the writing was on the wall for a Kilmoyley team that barely resembled the champions of Kerry, when the scoreboard read Wolfe Tones 2-4 to Kilmoyley 0-2.

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The Kilmoyley defence comes under pressure. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

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Kilmoyley’s points in those 15 minutes came from James Godley from play and Daniel Collins from a placed ball.

Kilmoyley huffed and puffed but could not blow the Wolfe Tones house down, the Kilmoyley backs were under pressure from Aaron Cunningham, Declan O’Rourke and Aron Shanagan.

Sean Dowling, Seanie Murnane and Sean Nolan were finding it difficult to manage the inside attacking line, the pressure exerted on them resulted in Sean Nolan being replaced and Sean Dowling being yellow carded.

Dougie Fitzell and Tom Murnane tried their hardest, Paudie O’Connor and James Godley kept their heads in the game but it was not enough on this day.

James McCarthy was as busy as usual and in full voice but it was not enough. Sean Maunsell was not as effective as he had been in Kerry. Rob Collins crept in for a goal before halftime.

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The Kilmoyley team who played Wolfe Tones yesterday. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Jordan Brick in the corner opened brightly, but was replaced at halftime by Sean Young. Colman Savage, who started at full forward instead of Micheal Regan, found the going difficult.

Daniel Collins gave his usual all-action, cover-every-blade-of-grass display and was Kilmoyley’s best player even though he did miss a free or two.

The first half ended on a scoreline of Wolf Tones 3-8 to Kilmoyley 1-4.

Kilmoyley were to have the wind in the second half and one hoped that if they got a good start maybe they could turn things around, but alas that was not the way things turned out.

Wolfe Tones got the first two scores before Collins pointed a free for Kilmoyley following a foul on Tom Murnane.

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Tom Murnane attacks during the match yesterday. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Then things took a further turn for the worst, when Sean Dowling – who was yellow carded in the first half – was sent off resulting in a penalty for Wolfe Tones.

Aaron Cunningham blasted the penalty past Aiden McCabe. The scoreboard showed Wolfe Tones 4-11 Kilmoyley 1-5.

Another indiscretion by Tom Murnane reduced Kilmoyley to 13 on 45 minutes. Tommy Maunsell bagged a goal on 48 minutes for Kilmoyley, Daniel Collins added another point before the end in reply to Aaron Cunningham, to leave the final score Wolfe Tones 4-12  Kilmoyley 2-6.

It is a pity that Kilmoyley didn’t bring the form they showed in Kerry to Sixmilebridge today, their touch was off, they were not as lively as they were in Kerry, they conceded three goals in the first half and their discipline was poor.
So we wait another year for a Kerry senior hurling club team to win a Munster Intermediate title.
Aiden McCabe, Seanie Murnane, Sean Dowling, Sean Nolan (John Godley), Flor McCarthy (Luke Fitzell). Dougie Fitzell, Tom Murnane, James Godley (1pt) Paudie O Connor, James McCarthy, Sean Maunsell, Robert Collins (1G) (Micheal Regan), Jordan Brick (Shaun Young), Colman Savage (Tommy Maunsell) (1 g), Daniel Collins (5pts)

Clanmaurice 2.7 Murroe Boher 1.5.
Earlier in the day in Rathkeale Clanmaurice Camogie captain Olivia Dineen picked up the trophy after a great win in the Munster Junior Club Championship where they defeated Murroe Boher by a goal and two points to earn a place in the all Ireland semi final where they will take on Johnstown Bridge from North Kildare on November 8th.

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