Kiskeam go top of their group after exciting finish against Bantry

Kiskeam go top of their group after exciting finish against Bantry
Kiskeam's Mike Herlihy in action. Picture: John Delea.

Kiskeam 1-8 Bantry 0-10 

KISKEAM edged out Bantry in a dramatic SAFC at Clondrohid. 

The win puts them top of a tough group, having beaten Mallow in the first game, with Éire Óg to come later this month. 

After dominating the opening half, the Duhallow outfit were all out to get over the line here. Bantry squandered plenty of chances before the break while they received four black cards during this roller-coaster contest.

A clumsy challenge from Bantry’s Billy Foley resulted in an early black card before Ruairí Deane landed the opening free. Kiskeam replied in great style when Gene Casey scored the games only goal after superb linkup play with the impressive Sean Meehan. 

Three further points followed from Sean O’Sullivan and Tom O’Sullivan (2) as Kiskeam completely dominated the exchanges. Bantry’s goalkeeper Michael Casey kept his side in the game with a superb stop from Sean O’Sullivan who clipped over the rebound, 1-4 to 0-2 after 17 minutes.

Deane was brought out to midfield and the Bantry talisman was all action around the middle, setting up the lively Arthur Coakley for a lovely point. Shane McSweeney added another and the Blues all of a sudden found their rhythm despite some poor shooting. Coakley pointed again to leave three points between them, 1-5 to 0-5 at the break.

Within minutes of the resumption, the sides were level after placed efforts from Deane and Arthur Coakley while Stephen Coughlan clipped over. Kiskeam were feeling the pressure but a monster score from midfielder Adrian Carroll nudged them in front. 

Just as Bantry looked to find an equaliser their wing-forward Jack O’Neill received a black card. Deane landed a couple of tricky frees to get his side within a point. The west Cork side were reduced to thirteen men after Eoin O’Shea received a black card although a minute later Kiskeam’s Kieran O’Connor was also black carded.

On the stroke of full-time Kevin Coakley looked to have landed the equaliser but the linesmen overruled, and the kick was ruled a wide ball. Kiskeam missed a glorious goal chance through Thomas Casey while Stephen Coughlan was the fourth Bantry player to receive a black card for a trip in the closing seconds of the game.

Scorers for Kiskeam: S O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-1 f), T O’Sullivan 0-3 (0-1 f), G Casey 1-0, A Carroll 0-1.

Bantry: R Deane 0-4 f, A Coakley (0-1 f) 0-4, S McSweeney, S Coughlan 0-1 each.

KISKEAM: A Casey; J O’Connor, D Linehan, M Casey; S Meehan, AJ O’Connor, K O’Connor; T Dennehy, A Carroll; M Casey, G Casey, M Herlihy; D Scannell, S O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan. 

Subs: D Fitzgerald for D Scannell (43), T Casey for A Carroll (45), E O’Leary for M Casey (51).

BANTRY: M Casey; C O’Leary, R O’Mahony, T Cronin; E Minihane, B Foley, E O’Shea; R Deane, S O’Leary; J O’Neill, D Daly, K Coakley; S McSweeney, S Coughlan, A Coakley. 

Sub: J Casey for S McSweeney (55).

Referee: R Whelan (Aghada)

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