Kilshanning look real contenders for intermediate football glory this season

Kilshanning look real contenders for intermediate football glory this season

Kilshannig's Killian O'Hanlon goes past Kildorrery's Shane Fitzgerald during the Bon Secours Cork IAFC at Mallow. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Kilshannig 4-14 Kildorrery 2-11 

KILSHANNIG showed their undoubted class against fellow north Cork side Kildorrery in Mallow on Saturday night smashing their way into the knockout stages of this season’s IAFC.

Right from the first whistle, Cork star Killian O’Hanlon’s side looked up for this one as they went in search of their third win on the bounce to hopefully secure their place at the semi-final stage.

O’Hanlon was instrumental early on with some sublime play but it was another O’Hanlon, Eanna, that really shone with 1-3 to his name while fellow attacker Eoin O’Sullivan top-scored with a cracking 2-1 from the corner.

O’Sullivan’s front line colleague, Darragh O’Sullivan, was another to play well with a goal from play and some tidy link-up play as well.

Five points (three frees) from Kieran Twomey was another serious plus for a side that look like they will take some beating at this grade in 2020.

For Kildorrery, Tom Monaghan in the corner was impressive all game with Shane O’Neill doing his bit from placed balls to keep his side tipping along, even as Kilshannig kicked on.

This one was played in ideal conditions for championship football with the Glantane men getting into their groove early on.

Three minutes in they were three points to the good - leading by five as the first water break approached.

Goals from Eanna O’Hanlon and Eoin O’Sullivan did the major damage in the first half helping Kilshannig to a first-half lead at the interval 2-9 to 0-4.

Kilshannig's goalkeeper Gavin Creedon saves from Kildorrery's Shane O'Neill during the Bon Secours Cork IAFC at Mallow. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Kilshannig's goalkeeper Gavin Creedon saves from Kildorrery's Shane O'Neill during the Bon Secours Cork IAFC at Mallow. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The second half saw little let up for Kildorrery as another major from Eoin O’Sullivan was followed by a goal from Darragh O’Sullivan.

To their credit, Kildorrery battled to the end and managed to bag two goals for themselves in the last five minutes from Monaghan and half time substitute Andrew O’Brien.

The spoils were always only going one way though, as Kilshannig set down what must be seen as a serious marker to the other sides that fancy their chances heading into the quarter-finals.

For Kildorrery, this really was a credible showing against a side that are looking to win their second county on the spin – no mean achievement at this or any grade.

Scorers for Kilshannig: E O’Sullivan 2-1; E O’Hanlon 1-3 (0-1 f); K Twomey 0-5 (0-3 f); D O’Sullivan 1-0; B O’Shea 0-2, J Kearney, K O’Hanlon (0-1f), J Twomey 0-1 each.

Kildorrery: T Monaghan 1-3; S O’Neill 0-4 f; A O’Brien 1-0; S Fitzgerald 0-2; PJ Keating, D Kelly 0-1 each.

KILSHANNIG: G Creedon; C Casey, E Burke, S Murphy; C O’Shea, B Guerin, J Twomey; E O’Hanlon, C O’Sullivan; B O’ Shea, K O’Hanlon, J Kearney; D O’Sullivan, K Twomey, E O’Sullivan. 

Subs: G Kennefick for C Casey; C Murphy for K O’Hanlon (40); Tadgh Twomey for J Twomey (50).

KILDORRERY: T Watson; C O’Baoill, E O’Connor, J Butler; J Keating, D McNamara; P O’Brien, K Hurley; J O’Gorman, S O’Neill, F Stapleton; T Monaghan, S Fitzgerald, J O’Sullivan. 

Subs: A O’Brien for K Hurley (half time); PJ Keating for J Keating (39), R McEniry for J O’Gorman (41), S Kelly for J O’Sullivan (50), D Kelly for L Butler (50).

Referee: Canice Walsh (Nemo Rangers)

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