Kerry champions Na Gaeil are simply too strong for battling Kilshanning

Kerry champions Na Gaeil are simply too strong for battling Kilshanning
Brian Guerin, Kilshannig in action against Dan Goggin, Na Gaeil. Picture: Larry Cummins. 

Na Gaeil 2-11 Kilshannig 2-3 

KILSHANNIG bowed out of the Munster Junior Football Championship at the first hurdle when losing heavily to Na Gaeil from Kerry in Mallow on Saturday.

The Cork side struggled to get back into the game after a poor start saw them trail by eight after 20 minutes.

Goals from Eanna O’Hanlon (penalty) and second-half substitute Jerome Murphy put a gloss on the final result for the Avondhu men who on this day can have no complaints as the better side took the spoils.

Kilshannig had Cork star Killian O’Hanlon prowling around the middle third while Na Gaeil were able to call on two highly-rated Kerry players. Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry were on top form throughout.

Na Gaeil were quickest from the traps with three points in the opening 10 minutes – all coming from a potent full-forward line of Herlihy, Jamie Lowham and Dara Devine with Dan Goggin at wing-forward also impressing from the first whistle.

Devine made it a four-point gap and still Kilshannig struggled to get anything like a meaningful attack. Things went from bad to worse for Kilshannig when they lost keeper Colm O’Dea to injury before Herlihy got on the end of a searching ball from Eoin O’Neill to score the game’s first major.

Kilshannig controlled the ball for the last 10 minutes of the half and worked a late penalty which was fired to the bottom left corner by Eanna O’Hanlon.

Kilshannig needed a positive start to the second period if they were going to get back into this one and a point from Eanna O’Hanlon cut the difference to four but Na Gaeil hit back, again pushing the gap out to seven when Herlihy landed his second goal ending this one as a genuine contest.

Scorers for Na Gaeil: D Herlihy 2-2; D Devine 0-5 (0-4 f); J Lowham, M Griffin, E Walsh, D O’Connor (f) 0-1 each.

Kilshannig: E O’Hanlon 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), J Murphy 1-0; K Twomey, C McMahon 0-1 each.

NA GAEIL: T Culloty; R O’Neill, K Dineen, D Bourke; F Barry, A Barry, E Doody; D O’Connor, J Barry; D O’Connor, Eoin O’Neill, D D Goggin; D Herlihy, J Lowham, D Devine. 

Subs: M Griffin for J Lowham (40), D Reen for D Goggin (46), E Walsh for R O’Neill (50), K O’Donovan for Eoin O’Neill (53), J O’Connor for D Devine (57), S Fitzgerald for K Dineen (61), Eamonn O’Neill for T Culloty (64).

KILSHANNIG: C O’Dea; C Murphy, E Burke, R O’Mahony; C O’Shea, B Guerin, B Curtin; J Twomey, E O’Hanlon; K Twomey, K O’Hanlon, E O’Sullivan; J Kearney, D Twomey, C McMahon. 

Subs: B O’Shea for E O’Sullivan (half time), F McCarthy D Twomey (46), J Murphy for J Kearney (46), K Flynn for J Twomey (58).

Referee: C Maguire (Clare)

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