Our Senior Men’s team made it three wins from three in the group stages of the Intermediate Club Championship with a deserved win over John Mitchels in Direen this Sunday afternoon . And while the win will not be filed under the classic category , the most important thing at this stage of any championship is the W. The victory saw us top the group and thereby guarantee a home venue for the quarter final. The draw for that stage was made on Sunday evening and it sees us face fellow East Kerry team Kilcummin. John Mitchels as always played with huge commitment and a defensive obdurity that needed patience which for most of the time we showed.
Conor Keane back in the starting line up after an injury interrupted season lived up to his surname in the opening quarter firing over two fine points while James O Donoghue showed his dexterity off both feet adding two more. John Mitchels James Duggan was equally impressive in this period slotting over four points but Jonathan Lyne, Padraig Lucey and Jameso with two more saw us lead 0-8 to 0-4 with 20 minutes gone. There was a fallow period with the scoring for about eight minutes which was broken by Mitchel’s wingback John Horgan while Conor Keane struck the final score of the half to leave it at 0-9 to 0-5.
Shaun Keane, Darragh Lyne and Luke O Donoghue were introduced at half time with Rob Leen, Peter McCarthy and Sam Benson making way and again the game hit a bit of a flat spot with scrappiness creeping in. Alan O’Donoghue made it a three point game but Mitchels never really threatened much as Brian Kelly hit a boomer, the recently introduced Thomas Moriarty clipped over a lovely score, and the industrious Luke O’Donoghue notched another to move us six clear, 0-12 to 0-6. Brian Kelly hit another long range free, needed at the time to steady the ship, after defender Cathal Sheahan saw red rather innocuously. James Duggan, the visitors best player, got their seventh and final point while sub Jamie O Sullivan made it double scores at the end, 0-14 to 0-7. It was good to see Darragh Lyne make an appearance as a second half substitute following his return from the USA.
Team.. Brian Kelly(0-2), Darragh O Doherty, Rob Leen, Cathal Sheahan, Peter O Sullivan, Danny Sheahan, Jonathan Lyne(0-1), Cian Gammell, Padraig Lucey(0-1), Peter McCarthy, James O Donoghue(0-4), Denis Sheahan, Ryan O Grady, Conor Keane(0-3), Sam Benson.
Subs.. Shaun Keane for Rob Leen, Darragh Lyne for Peter McCarthy, Luke O Donoghue(0-1) for Sam Benson, Thomas Moriarty(0-1) for Ryan O Grady, Jamie O Sullivan (0-1) for Denis Sheahan