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Kerry Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals.   02/07/2019

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol hurling finals were played in splendid underfoot conditions in Tom Healy Park Abbeydorney. In all, three finals were decided with the result of the Div. 2 and div.3 finals right in the balance right up to final whistle as supporters from all sides willed their troops to success and, while the Div. 1 final didn’t exactly reach the same level of excitement, we were treated to some sublime passages of hurling from both sides.

Div. 1 final: Ardfert  NS 5-9: St. Brendan’s NS, Fenit 5-3.

In the Div 1 final St. Brendan’s Fenit, appearing in their first ever Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div. 1 final, were hoping to cap an outstanding sporting year with their first hurling victory. However, they were dealt a serious blow during the week when their star player Ryan Hickey had to sit out the final due to an injury picked up during the Féile weekend ironically with his club St. Brendan’s Ardfert. They did however register the first score of the game with a fine individual point from Hugh Lenihan but the euphoria was short lived as Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair landed the first of his side’s goals and Keelan Best punished the Fenit boys with more green flags and a fine point from Liam Óg saw them race into a comfortable lead as the dominated in most sectors. Billy Doyle slotted over a point only to see Keelan Best to respond with another well finished strike. Liam Óg sent over two more points but to their credit the Fenit boys fought back with two well taken goals before the break from Billy Doyle and Maurice Lenihan. Ardfert leading 4-3 to 2-2 at the break. From the throw in Ardfert lay down another marker as Liam Óg Ó Chonchubhair won possession and slotted over a point. Fenit responded with a point through Seán Cronin but both Mairtín Casey and Jack Moriarty pointed for Ardfert and Mairtín put the issue beyond doubth with a brilliantly executed goal from an acute angle. Again with some beautiful passing fluency Fenit worked the sliotar through the lines to set up Seán Cronin for a fine goal. Liam Óg Ó Chonchúir with two points and a good effort from Fionn Mac Donagh closed the Ardfert account but the cheer of the day went to young Cillian O Brien who was on hand to send a pile driver to the net for goal number four for St. Brendan’s Fenit. 

Div. 2 Final: Scoil Treasa Naofa Cill Floinn 1-9: Scoil   Cill Mhaoile 1-5

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Div. 2 Final was a tremendously exciting game with little more than a puck of a ball separating the sides until the final minute when a free from Evan O Sullivan allowed the Kilflynn players, mentors and supporters draw breath in an epic battle. Kilmoyley NS led by the slenderest of margins at the break 1-2 to 0-4 with top performances from Darragh Corridan, Tomás Godley and Ruth O Connor during this opening period. Mikey Corridan slotted home their goal while Thomas Godley and Jevon Carey landed the points. The Kilflynn outfit for whom Ella Buckley was in brilliant form at the back trailed by three as we approached the break but well taken points from Evan O Sullivan an captain Dara Nolan closed the gap to one as the same pair had also slotted their opening two points. Dara Nolan’s effort following the break left the sides deadlocked and another effort from Dara gave them the lead which was short lived as Darragh Corridan who was simply outstanding for Kilmoyley in goal levelled with a free. Evan O Sullivan and Shane Stack traded points as Roisín Quinn who was in sparkling form throughout was extremely unlucky to see her goal bound shot go marginally wide. Evan O Sullivan and Darragh Carmody again traded points as the game entered the final moments when those present thought that it would take extra time to separate these tremendous sides. However, substitute Neil Galvin finished the all important goal to the net and the pointed free from Evan O Sullivan ensured victory for the Kilflynn outfit. 

Div. 3: Scoil An Teaghlach Naofa, An Ráth Mhóir 3-3 Sliabh A’ Mhadra  NS 1-5

From the outset, this final was keenly contested with scores at a premium as both sets of players went all out to deny their opponents clean possession and when their opponents did win possession they were hassled and hooked and blocked and denied clear shots at goal. Callum Carey Sheehy did break free to score two first half points and Adam Lynch turned stole forward to land another. Rathmore, who had top performers throughout, landed their opening score through Shane Daly and a well worked team goal cleverly dispatched to the net by Ross Moriarty saw them lead 1-1 to 0-3 at the break.

Jack Galwey registered the opening goal of the second half and he followed up with a point to put Sliabh A’Mhadra a goal ahead as they piled on the pressure. However, Pádraig Moynihan tightened up on Jack Galway and the Rathmore outfit settled and goal and point through the influential Leah Daly to go ahead. A well taken point by Adam Lynch left the teams deadlocked as we entered the final minutesHoly Family went on the attack and Shane Daly went through to score a brilliant goal. Sliabh A’ Mhadra went on search of the equalising goal but the Rathmore defence stood resolute and, with the last play of the game, Conor Moynihan extend the lead with a fine point to ensure the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Shield was headed to the Sliabh Luachra District.