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Rangers advance easily, O’Driscoll leads way, and Lenehan the Cork Star
Rangers 1 Mike Sheridan 2 Pat O’Driscoll 4 Donnacha O’Dwyer 5 Conor Hogan 6 Derek Courtney (0-01)7 Shane Hogan (0-01)8 Danny Lehane (0-01)9 John Power 10 Stephen O’Shea (0-02)11 Sean O’Neill (0-05)12 Seam Moynihan 13 Ronan Caffrey (0-04)15 Kevin Daly (1-01) Sub Emmitt Clarke (0-01)
Referee Brian Quinn
Man of the Match Sean O’Neill (Rangers)
Senior football Semi Final
O’Driscoll leads way
Kerry 2-15 Cavan 1-11
Kerry used a clinical second half performance to pave the way for a comfortable victory and a slot versus Cork in the final of the KO on the holiday weekend. They jumped out the gate quickly and had a 0-04 to 0-01 advantage after 12 minutes. Gary O’Driscoll opened the scoring and it was to be a constant throughout the day as he helped himself to 1-06 over the hour. With seven minutes left in the first half Kerry had a 0-07 to 0-04 lead but Cavan finished strong with points from Sloan, Kelly and Cosgrove to draw level before Darren Moore again had Kerry in front at the break.
Cavan went into the lead for the final time when they added Cosgrove and Holahan points to open the second half. Kerry however reacted with 1-07 in the next ¼ hour as Keelan Hickey started the bombardment with an excellent goal after a very good run from the right wing. Darren Moore also caused numerous problems with his ball carrying and chipped in with two points. Cavan’s only response were Conor Cosgrove frees, a brace but Gary Driscoll cancelled them out with a drive to the top left corner of the net after Robbie Moran found him. Sean Kelly did have a penalty goal for Cavan before the end but it was too little too late.
Cavan 1 Gavin Joyce 2 Barry McGinn 4 Ciaran Martin 5 Mike Holahan (0-01)6 Mike O’Regan 7 Ronan McGinley 8 Sean Kelly (1-01) 9 Alan Carolan 10 Eoin Ward 11 Mickey Sloan (0-01)12 Connor Cosgrove (0-05)13 Richie Morgan (0-02)15 Alan McCann (0-01)
Kerry 1 Shane Clifford 2 Ronan McLoughlin 4 James Huvane 5 Sean Kelly 6 Ciaran O’Connor 7 Kieran Scannell 8 Mike Jim Fitzgerald 9 Paddy Kelly 10 Keelan Hickey (1-00) 11 Gary O’Driscoll (1-06)12 John Curran (0-01)13 Darren Moore (0-03)15 Robbie Moran (0-03) Subs Dermie Foley (0-02)
Referee Tommy Fahey
Man of the Match Gary O’Driscoll (Kerry)
Senior football semi final
Lenehan the Cork Star
Cork 1-10 Donegal 0-07
Cork qualified to meet Kerry in the KO final after a hard fought win over Donegal. They can thank their defense who held their opponents to 0-02 in the first half and were constantly creating chances out of the back. Granted all were not always converted into scores at the other end as wayward shooting and timely tackles made the day far more difficult than it should have been. Mikey Lenehan was the star and he paved the way with four points in the opening thirty minutes.
lways in front he was slippery as an eel when in position. But for a very good save by Brian Cuilinan on a Lenehan shot, the lead would have been far wider. Donegal had a mini resurrection to open the second half with four of the first five points. Conor Lynam showed his quality with all four scores and was deadly when given opportunity. It just didn’t come enough. In the aftermath of an incident with ten minutes left when Jason Kelly and PJ Flanagan both received straight reds, Cork got the goal that clinched the contest. Cathel Hatzer finished after Mickey Lenehan again did all the spade work.
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