Kilmurry crowned Ross Oil Junior Football Champions
September 05, 2017
Kilmurry have been crowned Muskerry JAFC champions for the second consecutive year, after overcoming Iveleary in the decider at Ballyvourney last evening. It was an entertaining open game of football, played on an excellent Naomh Abán pitch, watched by a bumper crowd. When it came to the crunch, Kilmurry packed too much punch up front, with Joe Ryan, Eoghan Clifford and captain William Buckley all on song. In defence, Kilmurry’s half-back line was the building block to the victory, with John O’ Mullane, David O’ Leary and Liam Wall all brilliant.
Iveleary made a blistering start to the decider, with the Inchigeela side hitting 1-2 in 180 seconds. Brian Cronin with two frees, while Barry O’ Leary netted the goal, after the Kilmurry goalkeeper Jason McDonnell made two fantastic saves, only for the ball to roll out nicely for O’ Leary.
Iveleary were very close to a second goal, Sean O’ Leary’s well struck shot was heading into the top corner, only for McDonnell to push it over the bar, 1-3 to 0-1 after eight minutes.
Iveleary remained five points clear after ten minutes (1-4 to 0-2) only for the champions to split the posts on three occasions without reply. The very impressive Joe Ryan with two, while Eoghan Clifford clipped over an effort. Iveleary pointed from Chris Óg Jones, and immediately after, they could have scored another goal, only for McDonnell once again to the rescue to deny Óg Jones.
The 2015 champions remained in a good position with three minutes to the break, 1-7 to 0-6, but the winners finished the half the better. Kilmurry raised three white flags, all from influential captain William Buckley, 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time. Kilmurry would have been pleased at the break to be down a point, as Iveleary could have easily had two goals onto the one they already had.
Iveleary started the second half positively, through a Chris Óg Jones point, but for the next 15 minutes, Kilmurry steamrolled their opposition, that effectively ended the game. Kilmurry scored 1-8 without reply in that time, to push 1-17 to 1-8 clear, with 13 minutes remaining. Ryan with 0-4 (0-2f), Clifford racked up 1-2, while David O’ Halloran and William Buckley with one each. Clifford’s goal was a tap in, after Jonathan Buckley’s low shot was magnificently saved by Iveleary goalkeeper Joseph Creedon, only for the ball to rebound out to Clifford.
Massive credit must go to the Inchigeela side, who never threw in the towel. Iveleary scored six of the next eight points to reduce the defict to five points, 1-19 to 1-14 with two minutes remaining. Iveleary sub Shane Galvin with an inspirational score from long range, the pick of the points.
Kilmurry stemmed the Iveleary tide, with a crucial green flag, centre-back David O’ Leary with a well taken goal into the bottom corner, from just outside the 20 metre line. Kilmurry defence put their bodies on the line in the closing stages, to deny Iveleary goal scoring chances, but they were breached in injury time, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr with the goal in a packed penalty box, but it was merely a consolation score.
Both sides enter the County section. Kilmurry will face the loser of the Carbery final between Kilbrittain and Kilmacabea in Round 1. Iveleary will meet the winner of the Avondhu decider, Kilworth v Buttevant, also in the opening round.
Scorers for Kilmurry: J Ryan 0-7 (0-2f), W Buckley 0-6 (0-3), E Clifford 1-3, D O’ Leary 1-0, D O’ Halloran 0-1, J Buckley 0-1, L Wall 0-1.
Scorers for Iveleary: C Óg Jones 0-5, B Cronin 0-4 (0-1f), F McSweeney Jnr 1-1, B O’ Leary 1-0, C Vaughan 0-2 (0-2f), S O’ Leary 0-1, S Galvin 0-1.
Kilmurry: J McDonnell, F Warren, K Barrett, W Ronan, J O’ Mullane, D O’ Leary, L Wall, D Cahalane, G Barrett, D O’ Halloran, W Buckley (C), J Buckley, J Ryan, D McCarthy, E Clifford.
Subs: S Curzon for D Cahalane (25), L Long for D O’ Halloran (60) inj.
Iveleary: J Creedon, D Cotter, B Murphy (C), G O’ Riordan, S O’ Leary, D O’ Riordan, K Manning, B O’ Leary, C O’ Riordan, F McSweeney Snr, F McSweeney Jnr, S Lehane, C Óg Jones, C Galvin, B Cronin.
Subs: C Vaughan for C Galvin (35), S Galvin for S Lehane (41), G McSweeney for F McSweeney Snr (58).
Referee: Ted Hayes (Éire Óg)
Report by Barry O'Mahony