Quick fire Collins insures a Kilmoyley victory

acornlife.jpgACORN Life County U-21 Hurling Championship Final
Kilmoyley 1-9 Kenmare 0-9
By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
Kilmoyley won the  County U-21 Hurling Championship when they proved too strong for a gallant Kenmare District side, at the Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening.
It was a game where once again the pace and scoring power of minor star Daniel Collins proved to be the main difference between the sides and this augurs well for senior hurling in the club, and it probably means that Kilmoyley are one of the teams to keep an eye out for next year as contenders line up to knock Ballyduff off their pedestal.

Kilmoyley just about deserved to win it and they used the wind to their advantage in the opening half in a game where every score was going to be important because it was never going to be a high scoring affair in heavy conditions.

The game was probably won in the opening quarter when Kilmoyley raced 1-4 to 0-0 in front and hard as though they tried Kenmare just could not peg them back. However credit Kenmare who despite trailing 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval, really upped the tempo of their game in the second half and closed the gap to a goal but some solid defending by Kilmoyley ensured that the trophy staying where it was.

fman of match presentation.jpgKilmoyley started well with a brace of Daniel Collins points and then in the 7th minute came the crucial score when Sean Godley placed Dougie Fitzell and he shot past the keeper.
Then John Brendan O'Halloran better known as a goalkeeper, displayed his versatility when scoring a free from the full forward position and another point from the quicksilver Collins, saw Kilmoyley lead 1-4 to 0-0 at the end of the opening quarter as Kenmare appeared sluggish early on.
Eventually the Duncan brothers James and Shane combined to post Kenmare's first score in the 17th minute, but it was tough going on the players as defences were on top. Luke Fitzell added just one second quarter point for Kilmoyley while Glen Egan responded for Kenmare to leave the half time score at Kilmoyley 1-5 to Kenmare 0-2.dpresentation of cup.jpg

Kenmare dominated proceedings in the third quarter, as they forced Kilmoyley onto the back foot, and three pointed frees from James Duncan narrowed the gap. It was left to man of the match Collins to lift the siege and score Kilmoyley's opener in the second half but James Duncan from a free soon reduced the deficit to three points once more.

Then crucially a John Brendan O'Halloran free and another beauty from Daniel Collins stretched Kilmoyley's lead to five and they looked home and hosed.

However Kenmare are made of stern stuff and they fought back in the final quarter.

Duncan had another point but O'Halloran countered with a free and then Kilmoyley lost the influential Conor Fitzell through injury.

James Duncan from another free closed the gap but three wides in injury time proved costly and despite a Shane Duncan effort that narrowed the gap to three, Kenmare were never going to get the goal they needed and Kilmoyley who hurled well bad looked well coached were celebrating yet another trophy but Kenmare lost nothing in defeat.
The Acorn Life man of match was Daniel Collins
Joe McElligott; David Ryan, Coleman Savage, John Paul Mahony; Ray Barrett, Tommy Maunsell, John Godley; Seán Dowling, Seán Godley; Dougie Fitzell(1 - 0), Conor Fitzell, Luke Fitzell(0 - 1); Daniel Collins(0 - 5), John Brendan O'Halloran(0 - 3f), Vincent Savage,
SUBS: Florence McCarthy for S Godley (50mins); Seán Nolan for Conor Fitzell (inj) (56mins)

bkenmare.jpgKenmare: Ciarán Fitzgibbon; Jimmy Healy, Michael O'Sullivan, Daniel Cremin; Tommy O'Sullivan, Alan O'Leary, Con Godfrey; Kieran O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Sullivan; James Duncan (0 - 6f), Patrick O'Keeffe, Patrick Moriarty; Glen Egan (0 - 1), Adrian O'Sullivan, Shane Duncan (0 - 2).SUB: Michael Moriarty for Adrian O'Sullivan (42mins)

Referee: John Hennessy, Ballyduff.