REPORT/PHOTOS: Lixnaw Advance To Final After Tough Battle With St Brendan’s

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Mike O’Halloran saw Lixnaw book their place in the Garveys Supervalu Kerry SHC final at the expense of St Brendan’s yesterday…

Lixnaw 1-13

St Brendan’s 2-8

John Griffin comes away with the ball. Photo by Dermot Crean


St Brendan’s in this defeat were, to most people’s minds, denied at least two minutes at the end of the game. They were in search of two points to level the game when the final whistle went.

Lixnaw had opened the scoring but it was St Brendan’s who led by two points after three minutes when Cian Hussey goaled.

With sixteen minutes on the watch, Shane Conway had four points to his name for Lixnaw but by that stage St Brendan’s had amassed 1-3 with John Egan adding two points and Brendan O’Connor one.

Daithi Griffin, Cian Hussey and Tom Moloney stretched the lead by a further three points 1-6 to 0-4 on 27 minutes.

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Brendan Brosnan had a point for Lixnaw before the break, it looked like St Brendan’s might cruise into the final with Lixnaw not firing on all cylinders either at the back or up front.

But no one could imagine the misfortune that was to befall St Brendan’s in the second half.

It all seemed to be going well when John Egan responded to two Shane Conway points by easing the ball to the net.

John Egan celebrates St Brendans second half goal. Photo by Dermot Crean


Four minutes later they were reduced to 14 when Rory Hogan was sent to the line. Nobody I spoke to seemed to have any idea what for.

The two Conways had points and in between, Brian McAuliffe forced the ball to the net close in. John Egan responded with a point.

Kevin Orpen was unlucky to receive a second yellow reducing St Brendan’s to thirteen before Brendan Brosnan put Lixnaw ahead by two 1-12 to 2-7.

Kevin Orpen in possession with Brian McAuliffe and John Buckley in close quarters. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kevin Skinner had a point for St Brendan’s on 57 minutes and four minutes later Michael Conway split the posts.

St Brendan’s went in search of scores to level or win the game but they were denied the minutes needed to attempt that.

There were a number of replacements brought on and the sending off consultations took quite a bit of time. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS

Shane Conway in possession watched by Eric Leen. Photo by Dermot Crean


Brian McAuliffe gets his shot away. Photo by Dermot Crean

Players contest a puck out. Photo by Dermot Crean


David Griffin in possession chased by Liam Mullins. Photo by Dermot Crean

John Egan and Gerard Stackpoole look for possession. Photo by Dermot Crean


Lixnaw and St Brendans players at the final whistle. Photo by Dermot Crean

The St Brendan’s panel before the game. Photo by Triona Brassil

The Lixnaw panel before the game. Photo by Triona Brassil

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