The adage “goals win matches” rang true once again, when, last Saturday evening, at Fermoy, our Intermediate hurlers defeated Sarsfields in Round 3 of the championship on the score 2-14 to 0-15.  The goals, one each from Peter O’Brien and James Keating, in the second half and two top-drawer saves by Ian Butler in the first half were critical elements in this victory.

Kildorrery started this game in determined fashion with Finbarr Stapleton putting the ball over the bar, within twenty seconds of the throw-in. Sarsfields were next to score and levelled after nine minutes. Peter O’Brien had two points from frees before Sars’ pointed a  free. A James Keating point from play had Kildorrery ahead 0-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Great defending by Kildorrery with Sean Kelly excelling at wing-back ensured a good supply to our forwards and we led 0-8 to 0-3 with just four minutes of normal time remaining in the half.  However, for some strange reason, Kildorrery allowed their opponents back into the game for the remaining four minutes plus injury time and at the break the margin was down to a single point - 0-8 to 0-7.

For some reason best known to themselves, our opponents were slow in returning to the field  after the break. Within three minutes of the restart, Peter’s goal put Kildorrery four points ahead and he increased this with a point from a free before the losers got a point from a free in the thirty-seventh minute. James O’Sullivan added a point two minutes later, but this was Kildorrery’s last score until another point from a free in the fifty-fifth minute. In the meantime Sarsfields had sent over five points, four of which came from play and had drawn level.  Again, Kildorrery recovered and James Keating’s goal followed by a point from Andrew O’Brien and two from substitute Eamonn O’Connor put the game beyond the reach of the Riverstown side who did manage two more from frees.

Team and scorers:  Ian Butler, Tom Monaghan, Shane Fitzgerald, Cormac O’Baoill, Sean Kelly, Michael Walsh, P.J.Keating, James O’Sullivan 0-1, Dylan Kent, Andrew O’Brien 0-1, Peter O’Brien 1-5 (0-5fs), Richie McEniry, Finbarr Stapleton 0-2, James Keating 1-3, Stevie Coughlan.   Subs: Eamonn O’Connor 0-2, for S.Coughlan. James McEniry for R.McEniry. Wm. Fouhy for D.Kent.



Our junior hurlers topped off the week-end with a resounding win over Milford in the Division 3 league semi-final, at Doneraile, last Sunday evening. Kildorrery never looked in ny danger in this encounter and after dominating proceedings they finished the half 1-10 to 0-2 ahead.  They continued where they left off after the restart and ran out deserving winners on the above score-line, with Milford’s goal coming near the end.

Team and scorers: Dave Roche, Jason Walsh, Will Coffey, Ciaran O’Connor, Michael Lillis Liam Kelly Fintan Daly, Jerry McCarthy 0-2, John Hunter 2-0, Sean O’Sullivan 0-1, Tiernan Condon 0-7(0-2fs), James Magnier 1-3, Shane Landers 1-4, Liam O’Keeffe, Anthony Palmer 0-1.  Subs: Tony Watson 1-0, for A.Palmer. Billy Hedigan 1-0, for L.O’Keeffe. Cathal Walsh-O’Grady for F.Daly. James Fox for J.Hunter. Eugene Sweeney for S.O’Sullivan.   



Saturday August 18th. Division 4 Intermediate Football League V Gabriel Rangers at Ballydehob 4 p.m.



Best wishes for success go to Sean O’Donnell and Jimmy Quilty and the Limerick Senior Hurling team in the All-Ireland Final next Sunday.



The next fortnightly draw in the Club lotto will be held at Ollie’s Bar this Saturday night when the jackpot will be €5,400.



The following were the winners in the draw which took place at last Monday’s Club meeting.

€200.  Sheila O’Connor, Scart.

€80.    Tom Fox, Scart.

€80.    Richie McEniry, Ballyshonack.



At a recent Club meeting, votes of sympathy were passed to the following on their recent bereavements: the family and relatives of the late Mary Coleman, Mitchelstown; the O’Reilly family, Farahy; the Sweeney family, Pouleigh, Shanballymore ; the family and relatives of the late Noreeen Vaughan, Rockmills Stud.   Ar dheis De go raibh anamacha na marbh.


The Avondhu, 16th August 2018