REPORT/PHOTOS: Champions Kilmoyley Look The Part In Defeat Of Ballyduff

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Mike O’Halloran watched Kilmoyley easily get the better of Ballyduff in the Garveys Supervalu Kerry SHC first round game at Abbeydorney on Sunday…

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Tom Murnane clears for Kilmoyley during the game against Ballyduff. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

I SAID in my preview that it had to be “now or not for a while” for Ballyduff and after their efforts against the champions it’s going to be a long while before Ballyduff can contend for a title. That is going on Sunday’s performance.

Anthony O’Carroll opened the scoring for Ballyduff on two minutes with a reply from Daniel Collins and then Michael Boyle put Ballyduff ahead.

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The next five scores came from Kilmoyley to leave it 0-6 to 0-2 on ten minutes.

Ballyduff came back and went ahead on 16 minutes when Jack Goulding tapped over – he had a goal chance if he had held his feet. His point was cancelled out by Tom Murnane who made it seven points all. Jordan Brick split the posts a minute later to put Kilmoyley ahead eight points to seven.

From then on it was all Kilmoyley as they scored two goals and two points before the break. The goals came from Aiden McCabe with a free and Adrian Royle to make it 2-10 to 0-8 at halftime.

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Jordan Brick about to score for Kilmoyley. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Ballyduff had a big wind to their back for the second half and their only plan seemed to be to launch the ball in high and hope for the best. Kilmoyley handled that tactic with ease.

Michael Boyle had a point within two minutes but Kilmoyley had the next three points from Collins, Brick and Maunsell.

Ballyduff had the last three points of the game when they gave up on the lobbed balls and drove over from distance to make the final score Kilmoyley 2-18 Ballyduff 0-18.

Kilmoyley looked like champions today but the Ballyduff challenge was poor. Ballyduff seemed to have no plan, lacked pace and didn’t have enough strength on the bench to influence matters, even though Paul O’Carroll did score two points on his introduction.

Kilmoyley were firing on all cylinders and a whole host of players put up their hands for mention as man of the match.

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Action from the Kilmoyley v Ballyduff. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Ballyduff might improve in the next round, which could see the return of Barry O’Grady, Daniel O’Carroll and perhaps Bobby O’Sullivan. But their defeat today was not just about players it was more about not being able to manage the game against a very confident and organised Kilmoyley.


PJ Gorman; David Grady, Padraigh Grady, Paud Costello; Cathal Kearney, Anthony Carroll (1pt), Eoin Ross (John Hussey) Jack Goulding (2pts), Eric O’Connor, Michael Boyle (10 pts), Aiden Boyle, Thomas Slattery; Liam Boyle, Gary O’Brien (3pts) David Goulding (Paul O’Carroll 2pts)

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The Kilmoyley panel. Photo by Mike O’Halloran


Aiden McCabe (1goal) Sean Nolan, James Godley (1pt) Seanie Murnane, Flor McCarthy, Dougie Fitzell, Tom Murnane( 2pts) Daniel Collins (6pts) Paudie O’Connor (1pt) Colman Savage, Sean Maunsell (4pts) Jordan Brick (3pts) Maurice O’Connor (1pt) John B O’Halloran (Adrian Royle 1Goal) Tommy Maunsell.

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