Even in front of a bumper home crowd, Éire Óg can't get past classy Templenoe

Even in front of a bumper home crowd, Éire Óg can't get past classy Templenoe
Éire Óg's Diarmuid Dineen soloing with the ball chased by Templenoe's Josh Crowley Holland in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship at Ovens. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Éire Óg 0-12 Templenoe 1-17

THERE was no joy for Cork Premier IFC champions Éire Óg in the Munster club IFC semi-final in Ovens. 

A big crowd of 1,777 turned out but it was the visitors who stole the show serving up an excellent performance to book their place in the final against Clare side St Breckans in a fortnight.

Éire Óg's Daniel Goulding racing past Templenoe's Kieran O'Neill. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Éire Óg's Daniel Goulding racing past Templenoe's Kieran O'Neill. Picture: Denis Minihane.

That Éire Óg were unable to reach the heights they achieved in the Cork final says a lot about Templenoe who did most of the damage in the opening half. After playing with the strong wind, they led 0-12 to 0-2 and left the hosts with it all to do.

This is a very accomplished Templenoe team, and it is unlikely they will be stopped in their quest for Munster honours, which also means that Clyda Rovers were the last Cork team to take silverware in this grade back in 2013.

With four intercounty players on their side, and two All Ireland junior winners there was no shortage of experience in the Kerry line-up. It was one of their junior winners, Stephen O’Sullivan, that got them up and running.

Inside a quarter of an hour, they were 0-6 to 0-1 to the good and through four different scorers. As well as the outstanding O’Sullivan, Gavin Crowley, Cian Hallissey and Killian Spillane were all on target.

They kicked some awesome scores, and from distance. Teddy Doyle’s effort on 24 minutes put them nine points ahead, and they finished with O’Sullivan and Tadhg Morley points. Midfielder Ronan O’Toole was the sole reply for Éire Óg.

All Ireland U20 medallist Colm O’Callaghan was introduced at half time, and while the home side upped their

Éire Óg's Ronan O'Toole going high for the ball with Templenoe's Sean Sheehan. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Éire Óg's Ronan O'Toole going high for the ball with Templenoe's Sean Sheehan. Picture: Denis Minihane.

display – mainly through the free-taking of captain Daniel Goulding – they couldn’t make any serious inroads into the lead.

Adrian Spillane’s 54th minute goal completed the Kingdom’s dominance, and on the day, it was hard to see if any team would have lived with them.

Scorers for Éire Óg: D Goulding 0-6 (0-5 f), R O’Toole 0-2, E O’Shea, C Sheehan, B Hurley and C O’Callaghan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Templenoe: S O’Sullivan (0-2 f), K Spillane (0-4 f) 0-6 each, A Spillane 1-0, G Crowley, T Morley, T Doyle, C Hallissey and P Spillane 0-1 each.

ÉIRE ÓG: E Kelleher; J Kelleher, J Mullins, D O’Herlihy; D Dineen, John Cooper, D McCarthy; L Sheehan, R O’Toole; J Murphy, K Hallissey, E O’Shea; D Goulding (c), C Sheehan, B Hurley.

Subs: C O’Callaghan for L Sheehan (half time), Joe Cooper for K Hallissey (52), D Hurley for J Murphy (56), M O’Shea for J Kelleher (58), D Murphy for B Hurley (60), P O’Sullivan for E O’Shea (62).

TEMPLENOE: D Cahalane; M Hallissey, T Morley, K O’Neill; S Sheehan, T Spillane, G Crowley; P Clifford, A Spillane; T Doyle, B Crowley (c), J Crowley Holland; S O’Sullivan, K Spillane, C Hallissey.

Subs: P Spillane for C Hallissey (50), M Reilly for J Crowley Holland (58), J Spillane for S Sheehan (60), J Sheehan for M Hallissey (60), J Rice for B Crowley (63).

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford).

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