Match Reports

Kildysart Take Cusack Cup Opener

posted 13 Mar 2020, 03:17 by Patricia Donnellan

07/03/2020:  Kildysart were full value for their promotion to Cusack Cup beating Doonbeg away in the opening round 2-8 to 2-5. Kildysart limited the Magpies to a single score in the first half while amounting 1-5. The home side had the breeze for the second half but their comeback was cut short when Padraig Aherne was sent off for a straight red. A second goal for Doonbeg brought them to within a point (1-8 to 2-4) but Kildysart responded in kind to stretch the lead to 4. Final score Kildysart 2-8, Doonbeg 2-5. Next up is Clondegad on the weekend of 28/29th. 


posted 30 Nov 2019, 09:50 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 30 Nov 2019, 09:52 ]

30/11/2019: Kildysart’s fast-paced kicking style of football yielded results today winning them the U21B honours for the fourth time, beating the title holders Wolfetones 3-11 to 1-5. This was the third final between these two teams in just a year. It took over 120 minutes for the sides to be separated in 2018 but Kildysart were determined to bridge a 21 year gap in the competition and to bring home the “John Joe Hehir Cup” for the first time. It was a bittersweet victory for joint captain Conor Donnellan and his family, as John Joe - a Clondegad GAA man to the core, was his grandfather who sadly passed away in 1998, aged just 54.

With the wind at their backs, Kildysart dominated the opening proceedings limiting Wolfetones to only 2 points in the opening half. Seamus Casey started the scoring in the 2nd minute only for it to be called back for a free, which Diarmuid O’Donnell duly popped over the bar. O’Donnell then followed this with a point from play. Wingback Mikey Donnellan slotted over Kildysart’s third point in a lovely passage of play involving by Conor Donnellan & Seamus Casey. Conor Hassett scored a penalty in each half with the first coming on 10 minutes when O’Donnell was pulled down in the square. Wolfetones managed two scores in the last 10 minutes of the half, while O’Donnell added 4 more to bring his first-half tally to 6. Luke McGrath and Hassett added to Kildysart’s haul giving them a 10 point cushion at the short whistle: Kildysart 1-9, Wolfetones 0-2.

Anyone who watched the Wolfetones v Miltown semi-final on Saturday last knew that Wolfetones are serious contenders who never give up. This was evident in their determined start to the second half which saw midfielder Liam Murphy break Kildysart’s defense and find the net. Three more unanswered points from the Shannon outfit left just four points between the sides with Kildysart scoreless in 17 minutes of the restart, Kildysart 1-9, Wolfetones 1-5. However, that was the end of the Wolfetones’ insurgency as Kildysart got to grips with the match once more with the strong defensive play from Conor Donnellan, Stevie Sheehan and Conor Moloney. In the twentieth minute, Conor Hassett was again called upon and converted his second penalty, and that plus the sending off of Dean Devanney, put heed to any thought of a Wolfetones comeback. The final nail in the coffin was when Emmet McMahon got the ball outside the “D” – dummied a point and charged for goal, netting from the 20 metre line in the 56th minute. Fittingly, McMahon and O’Donnell got the last two points of the game to secure the cup. Final Score: Kildysart 3-11, Wolfetones 1-5.

Kildysart were full marks for their win and great credit goes to their management team of Jacko Cleary, Noel O’Grady, Kevin Kelly (Boultidoolin) and Adrian Casey with special mention to Kevin Kelly (Lacknashannagh) and Patrick Casey who laid the foundations with this team at under-age level.

Team: Kieran Lorrigan, Cormac Ginnane, Stephen Sheehan, Conor Moloney, Mikey Donnellan (0-1), Conor Donnellan-joint captain, David Cusack, Kieran O’Brien-joint captain, Emmet McMahon (1-1), Seamus Casey, Luke McGrath (0-1), Conor Hassett (2-1, 2p), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-7, 5f), Conor Cusack, Ryan Casey. Sub: JJ McQuaid for L. McGrath (57 min). Panel: Dylan Bull, James Kelly, Patrick O’Connell, Aidan O’Loughlin-injured, Aaron Slobody.

Wolfetones: Eoin Naughton, Jason McAuley, Conor Carrig, Darragh Whelan, Cian Hogan, Jayme O’Sullivan, Daniel Riordan, Stephen Donnellan, Liam Murphy, Gary Cusack, Dean Devanney, Liam O’Dwyer, Conor Casey, Darragh Lohan, Cian O’Rourke.

Referee: Barry Keating

Kildysart Are Through to U21B Final

posted 2 Nov 2019, 11:55 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 2 Nov 2019, 12:02 ]

02/11/2019:  Kildysart are through to the U21B Final for the second year running after a mighty second half sees them power past the Banner 0-14, 0-6. Throw in was at 2pm today in Kilmihil in atrocious conditions, with wind and driving rain relentless throughout. Having won the toss, Kildysart co-captain Conor Donnellan opted to play against the wind in the opening half. 

The first 30 minutes was a cagey affair with the lead swinging back and forth between the teams. Diarmuid O’Donnell opened the scoring for Kildysart but the Banner’s next two points put them in the lead. Kildysart had a great chance when awarded a penalty in the 6th minute but it was mis-hit straight to the keeper, Mark Cleary.  Cleary kept the Banner in the game as the next few Kildysart attacks would have been in the back of the net only for him. Seamus Casey levelled the sides for the second time after quick thinking from Conor Cusack.  Diarmuid O’Donnell put Kildysart up by 1 before Shane Meehan slotted over a lovely point to bring the Banner level again. That would be only one of two scores that Meehan would manage on the day (after scoring 1-8 in the Qtr final v Doonbeg) with Kildysart’s Stevie Sheehan getting the better of him. A free from each side would see the match level for the fourth and final time at 4 points each at the first whistle. 

Kildysart were better able to adapt to the poor conditions throughout and kept the Men from the Town scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the restart. Emmet McMahon, who was having a quiet day by his standards, started off the scoring with an inspirational score from way out the field.  Kieran O’Brien’s strength and physical presence in mid field meant that Kildysart were winning Kieran Lorrigan’s kick outs and not allowing the ball pass the half way line. With a brace of points from Conor Hassett, Kildysart grew in confidence and O’Donnell’s score in the 43rd Minute put Kildysart ahead by double scores 8 points to 4. Another brace from Hassett, assisted by the play maker Seamus Casey, was followed by points from McMahon and the speedy wingback Mikey Donnellan which stretched Kildysart’s lead to 8 points (0-12, 0-4). Any attacking threat by the Banner was quickly squashed by Conor Donnellan and Conor Moloney with David Cusack and Cormac Ginnane protecting the rear. Conor Hassett saved his best score til last when he got an unbelievable shot off in between the crowded defence. The Banner got the next two scores with the first coming five minutes from time. Luke McGrath ended the second half in the same manner as the first with a free to give Kildysart the victory 0-14, to 0-6. 

Kildysart will have a wait of at least two weeks for the final due to Miltown being involved in senior football final delayed the start of their championship. Miltown had a comprehensive win over Parteen on Friday last and will face Lissycasey on Sunday 3rd Nov in the quarter final. The winner then faces Wolfetones in the semi-final next Saturday. If Miltown advance there could be a further week delay due to the Munster Championship. 

Kildysart: Kieran Lorrigan, Cormac Ginnane,  Stevie Sheehan, Conor Moloney, Mikey Donnellan (0-1), Conor Donnellan-co captain, David Cusack, Kieran O’Brien-co captain, Emmet McMahon (0-2), Luke McGrath (0-2, 2f), Seamus Casey (0-1), Conor Hassett (0-5), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-3), Conor Cusack, Ryan Casey. Subs: J.J. McQuaid for R. Casey- injured (HT), Dylan Bull for David Cusack (56 min).

Banner: Mark Cleary, Darren Meehan, Kenneth Higgins, Mark Slattery, Darragh Hickey, Diarmuid Cassidy, Niall Walsh, Milo Collins, Danny O’Halloran, Eoin Walsh, Ronan Collins, Ian Molloy, Daniel Daly, Shane Meehan, Conor Devitt. 

Ref: Barry Keating 

Diarmuid & Emmet Point Kildysart to U21B Semi-final

posted 26 Oct 2019, 14:22 by Patricia Donnellan

26/10/2019:  Kildysart’s tenacity got them over the line this afternoon when they snatched victory from Clondegad in the U21B Qtr Final, Kildysart 0-18, Clondegad 3-8. With Kildysart taking an early three point lead, the tide quickly changed when Clondegad hit for a three goal onslaught between the 10th and 16th minute. The Estuary men found themselves chasing the match and were 3 and 5 points adrift for long periods. The half time whistle left a just goal between the sides, Kildysart 0-8, Clondegad 3-2. 

Clondegad started strong in the second half and extended their lead to 5 once more.  Both sides added three points each to still leave 5 between them turning into the last quarter. But Kildysart never gave up and fought for every ball up and down the field. Diarmuid O’Donnell notched it up a gear scoring 5 of Kildysart’s next 7 unanswered points to put the Blues ahead by two with as many minutes remaining on the clock. Clondegad brought the game back to a single point in the 62nd minute and the large neighbouring crowd were on knife edge waiting for the final whistle. Kildysart held on to their lead and will face the winner of Banner v Doonbeg in the semi final. That match throws in Monday in Cooraclare at 12:30. Final score: Kildysart 0-18, Clondegad 3-8. 

Team: Kieran Lorrigan, Cormac Ginnane, Conor Donnellan, Stevie Sheehan, Mikey Donnellan, Conor Moloney (0-1), David Cusack, Kieran O’Brien (0-2), Luke McGrath, Aidan O’Loughlin, Seamus Casey (0-1), Emmet McMahon (0-5), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-9), Conor Cusack, Conor Hassett. Subs: Aaron Slobody for Aidan O’Loughlin-injured (2 min), Dylan Bull for Slobody (58 min).

Kildysart Ladies Claim Junior B Shield Honours

posted 9 Sept 2018, 14:49 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 10 Sept 2018, 00:42 ]

08/09/2018:  Kildysart Ladies overturned a seven-point halftime deficit to win the Junior B Shield in their first-ever championship season. Both teams were confined to a single score in each half, however, Kildysart’s twelve point haul in the second half was enough to see them through as deserving winners, Kildysart 2-7, Doora Barefield (2) 2-5.

It took both teams a while to settle into the game with Kildysart’s Gillian Finucane getting the first score in the 11th minute. Kildysart had dominated possession and took their chances but were unable to get the scores they needed. Doora Barefield were more economical in their shooting and steamed ahead with four unanswered points from Emma Towey, Julie Clarke, Emer Hanrahan and Emer Casey to give them a 4 points to one lead by the 18th minute. Karen O’Brien then found the back of the net to extend the lead and Emer Towey’s second point made it Kildysart 0-1, Doora Barefield 1-5 with ten minutes remaining in the half. Kildysart then introduced the pacey Sarah Casey at wing back and it was a true game-changer as the Parish struggled to get ball passed her. The first half ended with Kildysart down by 7, 0-1 to Doora Barefield’s 1-5.

With the wind at their backs, Kildysart started the second half in a determined fashion. Captain Sinead Fox started off the revival with a point in the 37th minute, quickly followed by one from the boot of Catherine Pender. Finucane arrowed another through the posts and Kyla Foley’s long range effort narrowed the gap to a single score as the game entered its final quarter, Kildysart 0-5, Doora Barefield 1-5. Kildysart made key positional changes and aided by the depth of the bench, denied Doora Barefield any second-half score until the 60th minute. A point from Fox narrowed the gap to two and the goal by Amy Murphy in the 51st minute put Kildysart ahead for the first time since their opening score. Murphy followed up with a point to put the Blues ahead by two with 7 minutes remaining on the clock, Kildysart 1-7, Doora Barefield 1-5. Both sides were battling for elusive scores when, bang on the 60th minute, Doora Barefield registered their only score of the half as Suin McNamara’s goal stunned Kildysart. The Parish are now ahead by one heading into stoppage time. Kildysart remained focused and worked the ball up the field and won a free on the 30 metre line, just to the right of the goals. Fox knew it was the last kick of the game and decided it was all or nothing. Her effort to find the top corner was blocked down but the quick hands of Emma Finucane fisted the rebound into the back of the net to win the match for Kildysart. Final score: Kildysart 2-7, Doora Barefield (2) 2-5. As both teams had already qualified for the league semi-final, it was agreed that the result of this match would stand as the result for their upcoming round three league match. As such, Kildysart have topped the division 4, group B table and now await East Clare Gaels or Banner Ladies (2) in the league semi-final.

Kildysart: Audrey Kelly, Cheryl Ginnane, Katie Neenan, Ann O’Sullivan, Laoise Kelly, Sinead Kelly, Hazel O’Donoghue, Sinead Fox-captain (0-2), Amy Murphy (1-1), Kyla Foley (0-1), Gillian Finucane (0-2), Caiti Donnellan, Catherine Pender (0-1), Aisling Murphy, Roisin Donnellan. Subs: Sarah Casey for O’Donoghue (20 min), Chloe Sheehan for Neenan (22 min), Ashley O’Brien for C. Donnellan (25 min), Emma Byrne for L. Kelly (HT), Emma Finucane (1-0) for Aisling Murphy (45 min). Panel: Teresa Grace, Amy Connelly, Niamh O’Grady, Caroline Casey, Shona Garry.

Doora Barefield: Roisin Dillon, Ciara Lane, Ellen Meaney-captain, Sarah O'Brien, Anna Nagle, Lily Rafferty, Muireann Collins, Emer Hanrahan (0-1), Niamh Meaney, Julie Clarke (0-1), Emer Casey (0-1), Aoise Meaney, Aoife Gilfoyle, Jessica Leatham, Karen O'Brien (1-0). Subs: Siun McNamara (1-0), Emma Towey (0-2). Panel: Naoise Slattery, Aoibhinn O'Loughlin, Ava Lenihan, Leane Meaney, Anna Cosgrove, Orla Hoey, Sophie Roughan, Muireann Byrne, Alanna Meaney, Mia Hanrahan, Saibh O'Brien, Caoilhionn ni Chonaill.

Kildysart Intermediates Keep Semi-Final Hopes Alive

posted 5 Sept 2018, 04:52 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 5 Sept 2018, 08:29 ]

01/09/2018:  Kildysart moved one step closer to the Intermediate Championship semi-final by eeking out a win over Naomh Eoin on Saturday and now their season depends on the outcome of the final round with Coolmeen in two week’s time. Having led for most of the game, the Blues had to stage an injury-time comeback to get the one point win, Kildysart 1-12, Naomh Eoin 0-14. The match was preceded by a moment’s silence for the Kilkee legend Michael O’Shea and also for Frank Conway who was on the winning Kildysart Junior team in 1966.

Kieran O’Brien put Kildysart on the scoreboard in the opening minutes followed by Diarmuid O’Donnell’s goal in the 5th minute which put Kildysart ahead 1-1 to no score. O’Donnell kicked two more before Naomh Eoin got on the scoreboard from the boot of Conor Magner to give Kildysart the lead at 1-3 to 0-1 by the 12th minute. Naomh Eoin launched their comeback with six points from five shooters to level the match in the 27th minute, Kildysart 1-4, Naomh Eoin 0-7. Things could have been worse for Kildysart only for the quick action from Shane McNelis to save a certain goal. Naomh Eoin took the lead for the first time in the 29th minute but injury-time points from Seamus Casey and O’Donnell gave Kildysart a slight lead at the first whistle, Kildysart 1-6, Naomh Eoin 0-8.

Ger “Bobby” Kelly preserved the slender lead at the opening of the restart by saving a shot by Odhran Lynch. Immediately down the pitch, Seamus Casey extended the lead to two when he took a free from a very difficult angle, however, points from Gavin Magner and Lorcan Lynch brought the sides level again. Naomh Eoin went ahead by two at the turn of the last quarter, Kildysart 1-7, Naomh Eoin 0-12. The game seesawed with the Kildysart coming from behind to draw level again before Naomh Eoin went in front by two with 10 minutes remaining. Kildysart stalwart Ger Kelly, who was in goals, swapped places with forward Kieran Eyres in an effort to drive Kildysart on. His impact was felt immediately as he set up Kieran O’Brien and Keith Murphy points to draw the sides level once more with 8 minutes remaining. Kildysart escaped a sucker punch when Douglas Lynch’s effort flew just inches over the bar, though this left them down by a point heading into stoppage time. The newly-installed goalie Kieran Eyres showed great composure to convert a 40 metre free in the 61st minute to give Kildysart a lifeline and level the match, Kildysart 1-11, Naomh Eoin 0-14. However, not happy with a share of the spoils, Kildysart kept up the pressure looking for the winning score and were provided with an opportunity when O'Donnell was fouled in the 62nd minute. Seamus Casey stepped up and slotted over the winning free to tee up Kildysart for a semi-final spot depending on the outcome of their round three match with Coolmeen on 15th September in Lissycasey. Wins for Kildysart and Kilrush in the next round guarantees semi-final berths for both.

Kildysart: Ger Kelly, Paul O’Brien, Kieran Leahy, Rory McMahon, Shane McNelis, John Ginnane, Keith O’Connor, Kieran O’Brien (0-2), Kieran Eyres (0-1, 1f), Neil O’Connor, Seamus Casey (0-5, 4f), Diarmuid O’Donnell (1-3), Keith Murphy (0-1), Luke McGrath. Subs: Stevie Sheehan for Ginnane (29 min), Oisin Coyle for P. O’Brien (37 min), Mikey Donnellan for McGrath (43 min), Damien Hill for N. O’Connor (45 min)

Naomh Eoin: John Keating, Declan Keniry, Pa Geaney, Conor Telvin, Odhran Lynch, Mark McQuaid, Sean Bonfil, Douglas Lynch (0-2), Conor Downes (0-3), Niall Bonfil (0-2), Conor Magner (0-2), Gavin Magner (0-1), Lorcan Lynch (0-2), Michael Liddane (0-1), Owen Lynch (0-1). Subs: Gearoid Lynch for Liddane (HT), Pa Foley for Keniry (38 min), Eoin Hanrahan for Owen Lynch (52 min).

Referee: Patrick McKeever (Ballyvaughan)

Kildysart Ladies Minors Mark Opener with a Win

posted 23 Aug 2018, 06:16 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 23 Aug 2018, 06:16 ]

22/08/2018: In addition to fielding an adult ladies team for the first time in 2018, Kildysart GAA notched up another milestone in its history when its first ever ladies minor team took to the pitch in Kildysart last night. To the delight of the large crowd, the team marked the occasion with a big Championship win over Wolfetones, Kildysart 4-13, Wolfetones 1-2. Speaking after the match, manager Christy Clancy said he was impressed with the girls’ performance and was happy with the way the team played together and kept the pressure on throughout the match.

Kildysart started well and had the majority of possession which was reflected on the scoreboard. Roisin Donnellan had the Blues in front 1-1 to no score by the 13th minute. Points from Amy Murphy and Grace Sheerer, combined with another green flag for Roisin extended Kildysart’s lead to 2-3 to no score with 8 minutes remaining in the first half. The backs defended well and hindered the Wolfetones’ attack. However, persistence paid off with the Shannonsiders eventually breaking through the defence to put one in the back of the net. Moments later they were awarded a penalty, which would have brought them right back into the game, with potentially only a goal between them. However, cool composure by the captain and goalie Ruth Finucane denied Wolfetones the penalty as well as the several rebounding efforts that followed. The ball was eventually cleared and Wolfetones had to settle for a point to end the half Kildysart 2-3, Wolfetones 1-1.

Kildysart continued their team play throughout the second half with the contribution from backs Niamh Moloney, Sarah Casey, Caitlin Casey and Emma Byrne limiting Wolfetones to just three scores over the course of the hour, and only a single score in the second half. In addition to her defensive duties, centre back Sinead Kelly added two scores to the attack and as such was one of eight scorers on the night (out of 13 players). Kildysart continued to dominate the play with young forwards Emma Garry and Alaina Casey showing great promise in front of the net by bagging a goal each. Grace Sheerer added three more to her tally with Rachel O’Sullivan and Rachel Conway (2) rounding out the scoring for Kildysart. Substitute Aoife Cleary made an impact on her arrival by applying pressure on the kick outs to ensure the ball stayed in the Wolfetones half. Overall, it was a great team effort that fuelled their victory and things look promising for their 2018 campaign. Final score: Kildysart 4-13, Wolfetones 1-2, Referee: John McDonagh.

Kildysart: Ruth Finucane (captain), Niamh Moloney, Sarah Casey, Caitlin Casey, Sinead Kelly (0-2), Emma Byrne, Amy Murphy (0-3), Roisin Donnellan (2-1), Emma Garry (1-0), Grace Sheerer (0-4), Rachel O’Sullivan (0-1), Rachel Conway (0-2), Alaina Casey (1-0). Sub: Aoife Cleary for E. Garry. Panel: Katie Casey, Aoife Ginnane, Grace Scanlon.

Wolfetones: Mary Peters, Alea O’Rourke, Jodie Arthurs, Nicole Buckley, Morgan Carrig, Maeve McInerney, Eve King, Rachel O’Connor, Erica McInerney, Lyndsey Hayes, Caitlin Casey, Ciara Moore, Lucy Egan. Sub: Aoibhean Casey

Ten Goal Thriller Sees Kildysart Through to U21B Quarter Final

posted 17 Jul 2018, 16:02 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 16:11 ]

17/07/2018: With all but one of the starting 13 that secured U21C honours in Oct 2017, Kildysart set out their stall for the 2018 campaign in resounding fashion with a thrilling home victory over O’Curry’s, Kildysart 5-16 to O’Curry’s 5-12.

Having agreed to move the match from Saturday to Tuesday, Kildysart gained home advantage but then found themselves at a numerical disadvantage with only 13 players starting the match. However, Kildysart started strong and were first on the scoreboard when Seamus Casey opened their account in the 2nd minute. O’Curry’s were quick to level the match and did the same again after Barry Crehan found the net to leave the sides level at 1-1 with 9 minutes gone. O’Curry’s dominated the next quarter and amounted 2-4, while points from the on-fire Barry Crehan (2) and the mid-field dynamo Kieran O’Brien kept Kildysart in the game, Kildysart 1-4, O’Curry’s 3-5. Aided by the arrival of their two players, Luke McGrath kick-started the Blues revival and back to back goals from Diarmuid O’Donnell drew the side’s level for the first time since the 9th minute at 3-5 each. Points from Kieran O’Brien and Crehan gave Kildysart a slender lead at the halftime whistle, Kildysart 3-7, O’Curry’s 3-5.

Centre back Rory McMahon extended Kildysart’s lead to 3 points but O’Curry’s clawed back two before being awarded a penalty when Ryan Casey fouled in the small square and Kildysart were reduced to 14 men. Despite a brave attempt by goalie Aidan O’Loughlin, O’Curry’s were up by two points 4-7 to 3-8 by the 40th minute. A goal and a point by Crehan reversed the deficit and Kildysart were ahead by two. O’Curry’s added another point but points from McGrath and Casey (2) gave the home side a 4 point lead turning into the last quarter but there were many twists and turns left to come. O’Curry’s, led by their midfielder Cathal Downes, kept attacking through the middle and were rewarded with a goal to reduce the margin to just one. However, the ever-elusive and seemingly tireless Mikey Donnellan found himself one on one with goalie Enda Green to raise the tenth green flag of the night and put Kildysart four in front, 5-12 to 5-8. Two more points from Crehan offset by two from the westerners left the gap at four in favour of Kildysart with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. Crehan increased the lead to five before Kildysart gave away two frees to leave the most dangerous of margins (a goal) between the sides at the start of injury time. O’Curry’s were determined not to leave empty-handed and went on the prowl for a goal and almost closed the gap when a point-blank effort was blasted just inches wide of the net. Kildysart won the resulting kick-out and Conor Donnellan popped over the insurance point to give Kildysart a four-point lead which would see them out. Final score: Kildysart 5-16, O’Curry’s 5-12. Referee: Barry Kelly.

Kildysart scorers: Barry Crehan (2-7, 2f), Diarmuid O’Donnell (2-0), Mikey Donnellan (1-0), Seamus Casey (0-3, 2f), Kieran O’Brien (0-2), Luke McGrath (0-2), Rory McMahon (0-1), Conor Donnellan (0-1).

Kildysart face the winner of Banner v Cratloe in the Quarter Final.

Junior B Claim League Title

posted 3 Jul 2018, 09:10 by Patricia Donnellan

30/06/2018:  There were celebrations in Kilmihil today when Kildysart ended their 37-year wait with a comprehensive win over Moy to claim the Division 6 League title, Kildysart 4-11, Moy 1-07. Their league campaign started with a big win over Moy and the team progressed passed Wolfetones, Kilmihil, Shannon Gaels, Coolmeen and received a walkover from semi-finalists St. Breckans’s to remain undefeated all season.

Seamus Casey got Kildysart on the board with a goal in the second minute. Casey found the top left corner after a combination play from the veteran Ger “Bobby” Kelly and minor Diarmuid O’Donnell. Casey had only goals on his mind but his second effort was saved by Moy goalie Brendan McMahon though O’Donnell followed with a free in the 6th minute to put Kildysart ahead 1-1 to no score. Moy drew level by the 10th minute with a free followed by a goal from Michael Cleary, which goalie Aidan O’Loughlin got a hand to but not enough to stop it. The sides swapped points again and remained level at 1-2 each until the 20th minute. Points from Christy Clancy, Kelly and two from O’Donnell offset by the sole effort from Garrahy gave the Blues a three-point lead at the short whistle, Kildysart 1-6, Moy 1-3. It was a physical encounter up and down the pitch which saw referee Flan O’Reilly hand out 5 yellow cards and which would eventually see Moy midfielders sent off for double offences.

Moy’s Alan Sexton started off the scoring with a screamer sent just north of the crossbar, but the second half really belonged to Kildysart as they dominated the proceedings. Keith “Bomber” Murphy got the first of his two goals when Diarmuid O’Donnell faked a point and offloaded to Murphy who passed the goalie to fire to the net. Murphy raised his second green flag 10 minutes later and the Kildysart stalwart Ger Kelly grabbed the last honours when he soccered the ball into the net. Kildysart had eight scorers on the day and the backs were relentless in denying Moy the opportunity to develop attacking options.
The win and the style of football on display was a fitting tribute to the late Gerry “Sparky” Finucane, who managed the team for many years. Captain Kevin Kelly paid homage to Sparky and the team shared the Cup celebrations with Sparky’s wife Geraldine and his daughters.

Kildysart: Aidan O’Loughlin, Tony Collins, Paul O’Brien, Cormac Ginnane, Diarmuid Ginnane (0-1), Brendan Frawley, Stephen Sheehan, Keith Murphy (2-1), Brian Moloney, Kevin Kelly-captain (0-1), Ger Kelly (1-1), Seamus Casey (1-1, 1f), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-4, 3f), Eoin Cleary (0-1), Christy Clancy (0-1). Subs: Noel O’Grady for Cleary (45, inj), Aaron Slobody for T. Collins (48), Terry Murphy for C. Clancy (50), Kieran Connolly for C. Ginnane (52), Dermot O’Sullivan for S. Casey (57 blood sub), Flan Ginnane for N. O’Grady (58, inj).

Moy: Brendan McMahon, Brendan Hayes, Brian Curtin, 
Eamon Moore, Damian McNamara (0-1), Shane Donnellan, Michael Flanagan-captain, Alan Sexton (0-1), Damien Finucane, Michael McConigley, Thomas Garrahy (0-5, 4f), Ross Clair, Michael Murphy, Michael Collins, Michael Cleary (1-0). Subs: John Touhy for McConigley (24), Noel McNamara for Cleary (HT), Denis Murphy for Clair (39 inj), Ronan Keane for Collins (48 inj), Martin Madden for Murphy (53), James Keane for Flanagan (56)

Kildysart Secure Garry Cup Status for 2019

posted 11 Jun 2018, 05:27 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 06:54 ]

09/06/2018: Both sides had it all to play for when Kildysart travelled to Kilrush for the final round of the Garry Cup on Saturday last. Both teams were fighting to secure their Garry Cup status for 2019, with the losers joining Coolmeen in relegation to Division 3 league. Kildysart set out their stall with two early goals to put Kilrush on the back foot and thanks to dogged defending and Kieran Eyres, who scored 1-9 over the 60 minutes, Kildysart never looked in danger of surrendering their advantage. Final score: Kildysart 3-11, Kilrush 0-13.

Kildysart’s first goal came in the third minute when Neil O’Connor passed to John Murtagh who drew the goalie towards him. Murtagh, in turn, kicked to the unmarked Keith Murphy who lobbed the ball to the back of the net. Five minutes later Kildysart struck again when Mikey Donnellan, who caused trouble for Padraig Brown all evening, offloaded to the advancing Kieran Eyres to slot a bullet passed the keeper. Kildysart goalie Robert Eyres stopped a point-blank attempt at the other end to keep Kildysart’s momentum going. Kildysart continued to dominate possession and Kilrush had to wait til the 19th minute before Matthew Moloney got their opening score. The inspired a purple patch for Kilrush when scores from the speedy Gearoid O’Brien and Cathal Carrig narrowed the gap to 4, Kildysart 2-1, Kilrush 0-3 by the 22nd minute. The remaining minutes saw each side add more scores to their tally, with the pick of them being a lovely point from Kildysart’s Oisin Coyle after taking on four of the Kilrush defence. This left four between them at halftime: Kildysart 2-5, Kilrush 0-7.

The second half saw Kildysart continue to dominate with Kilrush never looked threatening enough to close the four-point gap. In the 40th minute, Kilrush were presented with a golden opportunity when they found themselves in front of an open Kildysart goal. However, the Shamrocks failed to capitalised on this and popped the ball over the bar instead. Kildysart just kicked on from there and the outcome was never in doubt. Kilrush were given another chance to make their mark when Gearoid O’Brien attempted an injury-time penalty but goalie Robert Eyres was well positioned to block the attempt. Final score: Kildysart 3-11, Kilrush 0-13. Kildysart ended their 2018 Garry Cup campaign on 6 points (joint 4th with Cratloe) but can use their improved form as a basis to prepare for Championship.

Kildysart: Robert Eyres, Paul O’Brien, Brian Eyres, Shane McNelis, Michael Eustace, Rory McMahon, John Ginnane, Keith O’Connor, Kieran O’Brien, Kieran Eyres, (1-9, 4f), Keith Murphy (2-0), Neil O’Connor, Oisin Coyle (0-1), John Murtagh (0-1), Mikey Donnellan. Subs: Ryan Casey for J. Murtagh (48 min), Damien Hill for O. Coyle (57 min).

Kilrush: Thomas Moloney, Padraig Browne, Ross Cullinan, Shane Carey, Chris Dixon, Con O’Brien, Con Prenderville, Stephen Ryan (0-1), Gearoid O’Brien (0-4), Billy Clancy, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Cathal Carrig (0-2), Ross Phelan (0-2), Matthew Moloney (0-2), Liam Madigan. Subs: #20 & #22 scored a point each.

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