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INTO Mini Sevens attract record entry in Kerry   09/04/2019

The GAA/INTO Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens finals were played in Caherslee. In the hurling, a record number of schools participated in search of the coveted county title and a representative from their school to be chosen to play on the hallowed ground in Páirc an Chrócaigh on All Ireland Hurling final day in August. Eighteen schools making up sixteen teams went in search of the title. These were divided into groups of four with each team guaranteed three group games and the winning them in the group qualifying for the semi finals of the competition. The draw took place under the watchful eye of co-ordinator Mr. Conor Kearney and the draw was as follows

.In group (A) Ardfert NS, Dromclough NS , Glenderry NS  and Killury NS faced each other and Ardfert NS proved too strong for all opponents to claim top spot.

Group (B) was a very competitive group with little separating the teams. In the opening game Lixnaw scored a late goal to snatch a draw with Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn while Abbeydorney NS  were defeated by Sliabh a’ Mhadra NS. Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn and Sliabh A’ Mhadra drew in round two and as Lixnaw NS claimed victories in their final two games they topped their group with Gaelscoil finishing in second spot.

In group (C) Ballyduff NS , Kilmoyley NS , Kilflynn NS  and Kenmare NS battled for top honours with Kilmoyley  NStopping the group following three victories to claim a semi- final spot. In group (D) Buailín Siar/ Killahan, Baile an Crosaigh/ Drumnacurra, Fenit NS  and Ballybunion NS vied for the semi- final spot and the St. Brendan’s Fenit boys won all three games to top the group.

Ardfert  NS accounted for old rivals Lixnaw NS in their semi- final with a fine performance and some excellent team work. While Fenit  NS overcame Kilmoyley NS in the second semi-final to claim a final spot for the first time in the history of the Mini Sevens hurling competition now in its twenty fifth season.

In the final Ardfert NS got off to a good start while wind assisted and led 2-2 to 0-1 at the short whistle.  Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair and Keelan Best slotting the goals and Hugh Lennon point from a free for the Fenit boys. In the opening minutes of the second half the Fenit went on all out attack to close the deficit in a highly competitive and entertaining game but Eoin O Flaherty, Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair repelled their advances and full forward Keelan Best landed a goal and an excellent point from play and a further point from a Liam Óg Ó Chunchubhair ensured victory for the Ardfert outfit.