Nemo Rangers 2-17 Adare 0-4
NEMO Rangers exorcised the demons of two years ago with a commanding victory over newcomers Adare to reach another Munster club football final in Mallow yesterday.
Back in 2015, Nemo looked to heading to a 16th provincial title until Clonmel Commercials stunned them with a late goal, but the Cork champions were in no mood for a repeat as they dictated matters from start to finish. It sets up a showdown with Dr Crokes on Sunday, November 26 at a venue to be decided in what is certain to be a cracker of a provincial final.
Given this was the Limerick champions’ maiden appearance at this exalted level it was imperative Nemo offered them no encouragement at any stage, particularly at the outset.
And the Trabeg set about their task in an admirable professional way as they called on all their class and experience to stamp their mark on proceedings.
Two first-half goals from Cork players, Luke Connolly and Barry O’Driscoll, effectively ended the match as a contest with Nemo turning around 2-6 to 0-2 in front.
And the pattern continued on the resumption as Nemo kicked points at will to cement their grip on the game and this allowed them begin emptying their bench.
Such was Nemo’s comfort that they were able to withdraw Connolly within five minutes of the resumption, content in the knowledge that, at 2-9 to 0-2 ahead, Adare were too far behind to mount any kind of serious challenge in the remaining time.
In the end, the Limerick champions only managed one point from play as Nemo won pulling up, fully cognisant of the much tougher challenge that awaits in the decider in a fortnight.
Scorers for Nemo: L Connolly 1-3 (0-3 f), B O’Driscoll 1-3 (0-2 f), P Kerrigan 0-6 (0-1 f), C Horgan 0-2, K Fulignati, J Horgan, C O’Brien 0-1 each.
NEMO RANGERS: MA Martin; K O’Donovan, A O’Reilly (c), A Cronin; J Donovan, S Cronin, K Fulignati; A O’Donovan, J Horgan; B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, C O’Brien; L Connolly, P Gumley, C Dalton.
Subs: C Horgan for Connolly (35), M Dorgan for J Horgan and A Greaney for Gumley (both 45), C Kiely for O’Brien and C O’Shea for O’Reilly (both 52), S Martin for Fulignati (57).