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Intermediates Overcome Estuary Neighbours

posted 17 Apr 2016, 12:52 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 Apr 2016, 12:56 ]
17/04/2016: The four neighbouring parishes of Kildysart, Clondegad (2nd team), Shannon Gaels and Coolmeen are competing along with North Clare's Liscannor, St. Breckan's and Kilfenora in this year's Banner Cup.  After a faltering start to the league between postponed matches etc, Kildysart have found their form and have 6 points from 3 wins and 1 loss.  They dominated the play in patches today and were deserving winners over Shannon Gaels 11 points to 8. 

The first half was a very tight affair with the sides level 4 times and never more than a point between them.  Ger Kelly got the first 2 points for Kildysart with the Gaels equalising each time. The Gaels then took the lead but a point from Neilie O'Connor and a free from Ger Kelly put Kildysart in the lead again.  Two unanswered points from the Gaels gave them the slightest edge at half time 5 points to 4.

Kildysart started the second half with drive and determination and clocked up 4 unanswered points, the best of which was a point from minor Kieran O'Brien - to quote Syl O'Connor "from way out the field".  This gave Kildysart the lead 8 points to 5 at 7 minutes into the half. Shannon Gaels fought back and with 2 scores trailed by only 1 by the 40th minute.  Corner back Tony McMahon put over the first of his two points to extend the lead for the Blues 9-7, only for the Gaels to counter attack with another point with 6 minutes of normal time remaining.  Ger Kelly's free and another from the roaming Tony McMahon gave Kildysart a 3 point cushion at the stroke of full time.  Three minutes of injury time was played but Kildysart were able to maintain their lead and were deserved winners 11 points to 8. Next up is third local derby in a row when Kildysart travel the short distance to Ballynacally to take on Clondegad next weekend. 

Team: Liam Griffin, Tony McMahon (0-2), Shane McNelis, Michael Eustace, David McMahon (0-1), Brian Eyres, Damien Hill, Keith O'Connor, Neilie O'Connor (0-1), Rory McMahon, Kieran Eyres, Conor Donnellan, Barry Crehan, Ger Kelly (0-6, 4F), John Murtagh.  Subs: Brian O'Sullivan 25 min for J. Murtagh, Kieran O'Brien (0-1) half time for M. Eustace, Oisin Coyle 52 min for K. Eyres, Christy Clancy 52 min for Barry Crehan.

Today's victory was special for the team as they buried a great Kildysart clubman and player from the 60's Mick Murtagh earlier that day.
A minutes silence: Tribute to Mick Murtagh.