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Kildysart Topple Coolmeen in Garry Cup Derby

posted 21 Apr 2018, 12:20 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 22 Apr 2018, 10:42 ]

21/04/18:  There was more than just local bragging rights at stake this afternoon when Kildysart travelled to Coolmeen to play round 5 in the Garry Cup.  Both sides were looking for a win to improve their relegation prospects, with Coolmeen at the bottom of the table on zero points and Kildysart joined with four other teams on 4 points or less. Though Kildysart came away empty-handed from their first two outings v table toppers Ennistymon and Eire Óg, they took a share of the spoils in the next two rounds v Doora Barefield and Kilmihil.  This evening Kildysart continued in their improved form to be resounding winners Kildysart 1-10, Coolmeen 0-7, putting Kildysart 4 points above the black and amber in the drop zone.

The first half was a low scoring affair with only 6 scores on the board by the break.  Clare midfielder and Coolmeen’s top player, Cathal O’Connor put Coolmeen in front with a brace of frees in the opening 5 minutes, but four unanswered points from Kildysart turned the tide of the match.  Rory McMahon, who controlled the match from centre back, started off the scoring in the 15th minute.  Seamus Casey popped over the leveller in the 24th minute and Kildysart never looked back.  Keith O’Connor, who along with Kieran O’Brien eclipsed the Coolmeen midfield pairing of O’Connor and Michael Brooks added a point before the elusive Diarmuid O’Donnell finished off the scoring to leave Kildysart ahead 4 points to two at the first whistle.

Kildysart raised the only green flag of the match 9 minutes into the second half when Keith Murphy fed to Luke McGrath who blasted it to the net.  Coolmeen had no answer for Michael “Taz” Eustace who was causing trouble all over the pitch with his man of the match performance.  O’Connor was keeping Coolmeen in the match with 4 points between the sides at the turn of the last quarter, Kildysart 1-5, Coolmeen 0-4, until impact sub Kieran Eyres notched the match up another level with 2 points in his first 3 minutes on the field. Coolmeen added 3 more points but points from Keith Murphy, Diarmuid O’Donnell and Ryan Casey saw the Blues out.  Kildysart had eight scorers on the day, with 3 points coming from the bench.  Final score: Kildysart 1-10, Coolmeen 0-7.

Kildysart aren’t out of the woods yet and need to get results from their next two matches v Cratloe (home on 29th April) and Kilrush (away 27th May) as the bottom two teams will be relegated.  It’s still all to play for, as with 5 rounds played, Kildysart are level on 4 points with their next two opponents Cratloe and Kilrush.  Kilmihil are on 3 points and Coolmeen are on zero points.

Kildysart: Ger Kelly, Kieran Leahy, Brian Eyres, Stevie Sheehan, John Ginnane, Rory McMahon (0-1), Michael Eustace, Keith O’Connor (0-1), Kieran O’Brien, Seamus Casey (0-1), Neil O’Connor, Luke McGrath (1-0), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-3, 2f), Keith Murphy (0-1), John Murtagh.  Subs: Ryan Casey (0-1) for J. Murtagh (HT), Kieran Eyres (0-2, 1f) for L. McGrath (44 min), Mikey Donnellan for D. O’Donnellan (53 min), Oisin Coyle for S. Casey (57 min)

Coolmeen: Adam Carrig, Kevin McMahon, Kevin Val McMahon, Gary Meaney, Alan Normoyle, Brian Markham, Martin McMahon, Michael Brooks, Cathal O’Connor, Mark Meaney, Sean Wallace, Thomas Coffey, Kevin Corry, Cian Murphy, Shane McMahon.