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Kildysart Hang On to Win Championship Opener

posted 4 Aug 2012, 13:34 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 7 Aug 2012, 05:50 ]
04/08/2012:  Kildysart fought off a Corofin resurgence in the second half to win this evening 01 10 to 01 07. The Kildysart backs kept Corofin scoreless until the 18th minute when they scored the first of their only 2 points in the first half. Ger Kelly opened for Kildysart with 2 frees in the first ten minutes before the team worked the ball all the way up field and Keith Murphy put it in the back of the net.  Further scores from Christy Clancy, Ger Kelly x2, and Damian Murtagh x2(2f) left Kildysart with 01 07 to 2 point lead at the break.

Corofin meant business in the second half and scored in the opening minute.  Kildysart were also lucky when a Corofin shot on goal hit the bottom up-right and went wide.  Niall Ginnane scored a point and Corofin answered with a free and a 45'.  Alan Ralph was denied a goal when the shot was blocked up for a point.  Ger Kelly scored the last score for Kildysart in the 54th minute and Kildysart had an 8 point lead. However, Kildysart saw their lead narrow to 3 points by the 60th minute.  Four & 1/2 minutes of additional time was played but neither team made any further scores to leave final score: Kildysart 01. 10 to 01. 07.  Best for Kildysart: Brian Eyres, Michael Eustace, Tomas Eustace and Ger Kelly.

Team: John Murtagh, Brian Eyres, Shane Mc Nelis, Tomas Eustace, Damian Hill (injured), Neilie O'Connor, Michael Eustace, Keith O'Connor, John Clancy, Christy Clancy (0-1), Brian O'Sullivan, Niall Ginnane (0-1), Ger Kelly (0-5, 3f), Keith Murphy (1-0), Damian Murtagh (0-2, 2f). Subs: Alan Ralph (0-1) for D. Hill-injury, Terry Murphy, Dermot Clancy, Brian Moloney.
Kimihil and O'Curry's drew 0-10 to 1-07.