Dogged Fermoy pushed Kerry champs all way

Dogged Fermoy pushed Kerry champs all way
Fermoy's Dale Dawson goes past Kilcummin's Kelvin Teahan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

FERMOY couldn’t prevent Kilcummin from became the 11th Kerry club to be crowned Munster club intermediate football champions in Mallow yesterday.

The new Cork premier intermediate champions lost by 1-11 to 1-3 in a final in which they were regarded as complete outsiders by the bookmakers.

But, Fermoy made Kilcummin battle all the way in the 16th final of a competition first started in 2003.

It was fitting the Kerry club, sited just three miles outside Killarney, joined the long list of winners from the Kingdom because the competition was established by one its members.

Current MEP Sean Kelly, the GAA President from 2003-6, was instrumental in introducing Munster and All-Ireland competitions for intermediate and junior clubs.

Fermoy manager, Mick Hennessy, was proud of his side’s efforts. 

“They left everything out on the pitch and that’s all you can ask of the players,” he said.

And the north Cork side would have been much closer on the scoreboard had they not squandered scoring opportunities, including missing a first-half penalty.

They also had a shot cleared off the line midway through the second half, when the game was still in the melting pot.

“I thought the scoreline flattered them a bit. It would have been a different game had we taken our chances,” Hennessy added.

Kilcummin, whose only goal came in second-half injury-time, made it five titles in-a-row for Kerry, two shy of the record seven on-the-spin between 2006 and 2012.

Cork’s last success was in 2013 when Clyda Rovers defeated Clare’s St Joseph’s, Milltown-Malbay, who lost the senior final to Dr Croke’s at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

Elsewhere, Ballinacurra beat Dromcollogher in the Munster Junior B football championship semi-final by two goals (2-12 to 0-12) after extra time.  

A storming opening first period of extra time where they hit 1-2 without reply helped them reach the decider in two weeks time.

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