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Hurling Finals decided in Kerry   25/06/2017

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chiarraí

Three of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol hurling finals were played on perfect underfoot conditions in Tom Healy Park Abbeydorney on Thursday last. However, the players had to contend with a very stiff breeze which was blowing towards the complex end of the pitch and all three winners used the elements wisely and wasted very few scoring chances when wind assisted. Ardfert and Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn avenged last year’s final defeats while Dromnacurra claimed a second title on the trot with a scintillating performance against near neighbours Killury.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div.3 Final.

In the opening game of the afternoon last year’s champions Scoil Chríost Rí Drumnacurra got off to the dream start and had the sliotar in their opponents net within ten seconds. Ellen O Donoghue won possession from the throw in and drove a speculative shot towards goal. Tara Burke was quickest the react and doubled on the sliotar to the back of the Killury net. Killury responded with a brace of points from Killian Quilter as his team were beginning to come to grips with the powerful play of Drumnacurra. However, a long range free from Ellen O Donoghue received all and ended up in the Killury net for goal number two. Killury again set about the deficit and thanks to excellent striking from Killian quilter they were on level terms with half time approaching. Sensing that the game was slipping from them Drumnacurra launched into attack and Tara Burke struck for goal number three to see her side lead at the break 3-0 to 0-6. Wind assisted in the second half Drumnacurra dominated and with powerful performances from Ellen O Donoghue, Osvaldasa Gricius, Joseph Harty, Tara Burke and Lauryn Garcia they ran out comfortable winners. The performance of Ellen O Donoghue at mid field was a sight to behold as she used her vast array of skills to make all her contributions look so easy. She finished with a personal tally of 2-3. For Killury Jack Diggins, Marissa Hanly, Josh O Connell and top scorer Killian Quilter were best and fought to the end but victory belonged to their neighbours on a final score 6-5 to 0-6.

Scoil Chríost Rí Drumnacurra. Paddy Diggin, Grace Cantillon, Osvaldas Gricius, Cian Diggin, Tara Burke, Ella Diggin, Alanna Garcia, Ben Cantillon, Ellen O Donoghue, Lauryn Garcia, Joseph Harty, Sean O Hanlon, Cathal Diggin, Maurice O Donoghue, Zach Walshe

Killury N.S. Jack Diggins, Dean McElligott, Marissa Hanly, Dylan Legg, Josh O'Connell, Killian Quilter, kieran Sheehan, Ciara Sayers, Jack O'Mahony, Grainne Nelan, Aoife Fealy, Cara Walshe, Jack O'Hara, Adam Egan, Lana McDonagh, Aisling Sayers, Brandon Long, Emma Dillane

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div. 1 

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div. 1 final was a repeat of last year’s pairing when the Lixnaw boys pipped their opponents by the slenderest of margins on a 4-11 to 4-10 screline. When the sides met in the round robin series of games earlier this year Ardfert reversed that result on a 3-10 to 3-09 scorline so all the indications were that this final would yet again be a cracker and we were not disappointed on that front.

Ardfert won the toss and elected to play with the strong breeze in the opening half. From the throw in this game was played at a frantic pace with each side frantically competing for possession. From the throw in Dónal O Sullivan did a tremendous marking job on Lixnaw dangerman Darragh Conway McKenna while his midfield partner Fiachra O Connor exerted his influence on the game from the start. Odhrán Ferris and Fiachra O Connor opened the Ardfert account with well taken points. Keltyn Molloy operating in goal converted Lixnaw’s first and only score of the half when he sent a long range free over the bar. Keltyn had a busy opening half as he was tested time and time again by the Ardfert forwards and it was his contribution during this period that limited the Ardfert attack to two goals. Fionnán Egan struck for the first and Fiachra O Connor raced through the centre for the second. Both landed unstoppable shots. Fiachra slotted a point from play and one from a free and with the abundance of possession coming their way from a hard working defence in which Keith O Mahony and Adam Mac Donagh were particularly prominent Odhrán Ferris sent two between the sticks while Fionnán Egan and Dónal O Sullivan added one each to the Ardfert tally as the led at the break 2-8 to 0-1. Lixnaw did create some scoring opportunities in this opening period but, as stated met with a mean Ardfert defence and were unlucky with a chance or two that breezed just wide of the target. They need a lively start to the second half if they were to rescue their title but it was Ardfert the GAA/INTO Mini Sevens champions who sprung into action from the start of the second half with Liam Óg Ó Conchubhair striking the opening point and his brother Fiachra opening the Liznaw defence as he burst through for a goal and a point to see his school lead 3-10 to 0-1. Many present thought that, that was it, a comprehensive victory for the Ardfert boys. But the boys from Lixnaw were not prepared to die and though they saw some scoring opportunities go just wide of the target they fought back with some tremendous passages of play as Cian McMahon blasted three goals to the Ardfert net. Keltyn Molloy found his range and sent a long range free between the posts and Darragh Conway McKenna sent two peaches over from play as Lixnaw dominated possession. Fionnán Egan found the range from an acute angle for an Ardfert point but Ivan Conway and Cian McMahon score a goal apiece to leave this game on knives edge as the Lixnaw boys had made a Lazurs like comeback. With another final defeat staring them in the face the Ardfert boys regrouped with ace forward Fionnán Egan landing a goal and a point in the closing minutes to re establish his sides lead and ease the Ardfert nerves as the final whistle approached. He was supplied with these scoring opportunities with well placed passes from Liam Óg Ó Chonchúir, Fiachra and Odhrán Ferris but the elusive forward needed all his guile to evade the tight clutches of Christopher O Sullivan to land his match winning scores. Lixnaw went in search of a goal but had to settle with a point from Darragh Conway McKenna in injury time and Ardfert were not to be denied winning 4-12 to 5-5. Hurling officer, Mr. Conor Kearney presented the Div. 1 shield to joint captains Keith O Mahony, Dónal O Sullivan, Fionnán Egan and Fiachra O Connor.

Ardfert. Jack Moriarty, Keith O’ Mahony, Tom O’ Flaherty, Gary O’ Riordan, Adam Mc Donagh, Fiachra O’ Connor, Dónal O Sullivan, Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair, Odhrán Ferris, Keelan Best, Fionnán Egan, Tiernan O’ Sullivan, Alex McGrath, Jamie O’ Sullivan, Seán O’ Connor, Eoin O’ Flaherty, Fionn Mc Donagh, Ainle Foley, Eoin Lawlor, Donnacha Foley, Shane O’ Connor, Liam Meade

Lixnaw Boys NS Keltyn Molloy, Gavin O'Keeffe, Christopher O'Sullivan, Kieran Stack, Micheál Nolan, Darragh Conway McKenna, Darren O'Brien, Aiden Mahony, Ivan Conway, Cian McMahon, Seán Sheehy, Denis McMahon, Lee Caffrey,Arron O'Connell, Luke Mullins, Ruairí McCarthy.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 2  

 Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn took on Holy family N.S Rathmore in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 hurling final.  Gaelscoil started well playing into the stiff breeze and the lively Edward Mac Síthigh had two goals and a point on the board inside the first ten minutes. Brilliant defending by Jeaic Ó Dughaill and Seán Ó Duagáin kept the Rathmore forwards at bay and a further two goals by the speedy Aindriú De Bhailís had the Gaelscoil well in control. Ciarán Collins kept Holy family in touch with some brilliantly taken frees and he was ably assisted by Captain Michael Dennehey and midfielder Shane Daly. At the break the Gaelscoil lead on a scoreline of 4-3 to 0-4. On the resumption Rathmore started brightly but  Shane Daly was unlucky goalbound shot from a free went narrowly wide.Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn rotated their players and this affected the flow of their game. However, Darragh O Maoldomhnaigh, Ciarán O Conchúr and the excellent Conor O Ciarba drove them forward and once again took control of the game .Subs Cian O Dilleáin, Tomás Flaibhín,Conor Ó Duagáin and Seán O Conchúir provided great back up to the starting team. Cian O Neill was excellent throughout both in midfield and when switched into goals and the reliable goalie Ruairí Ó hAiniféin provided calmness and reassurance to his back line.

Seán Ó Connell provided the icing on the cake with a superb one handed goal to leave the final score GSME 5-2 Rathmore 0-7. For Rathmore; Michael Dunphy, Ciarán Collins, Shane Daly and goalkeeper Seán Finneagan played their hearts out, however Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn were not to be denied on the day and have more then atoned for their loss at the same stage last year.

 Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn. Ruairí o hAiniféin, Seán Ó Dúagáin, Jeaic Ó Dúghaill, Cian Ó Néill, Dara Ó Maoldomhnaigh, Ciarán Ó Conchúir, Conor Ó Ciarba, Aindriú de Bhailís, Eduaird Mac Síthigh, Cian Ó Duilleáin, Seán Ó Conchúir, Seán Ó Conaill, Conor ÓDúagáin, Tomás Ó Flaibhín 

 Holy Family N.S. Rathmore. Sean Finnegan, Jack Buckley,  Cian Twomey,  Ross Moriarty,  Ciaran Collins,  Michael Dennehy (C), Shane Daly,  Darragh Nagle,  Daniel Dineen,  Cian Mangan, Kyle McAuliffe,  Liam O'Keeffe 


  Pictured above are Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, winners of Division Two