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McCarthy Insurance Group South Kerry Senior Football League Round 2:

Templenoe 0-11, St Michael/Foilmore 0-05.

Our senior footballers had their first win of the year at home to St Michaels/Foilmore today. Templenoe were in control from the start and the result was never in doubt with the hosts leading by 0-06 to 0-02 at half time, before pushing on to have six points to spare in the finish.

Team & Scorers:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Ronan O’Connor, Kieran O’Neill, Ríain O'Byrne, Kieran McCarthy, Mark Casey, Ciaran Crowley, Sean Sheehan 0-01, Gavin Crowley, Colm Breen, Martin Reilly 0-01, Hugh Granville 0-01, Cian Hallissey 0-01 (1f), John Moriarty, Colin Crowley 0-07 (4f).

Subs Used: Dan O’Connor, Conor Murphy.

McCarthy Insurance Group South Kerry Senior Football League Round 1:

Reenard 1-11, Templenoe 2-05.

A strong last quarter from Reenard saw them edge out Templenoe in the opening round of the South Kerry league played at Reenard GAA grounds. Although our senior footballers came up short on the day, it was a good workout for the team as they prepare for the season ahead. Templenoe welcomed the return to action of John Rice and Cian Hallissey, while Ríain O'Byrne made his senior debut and acquitted himself well.

The new Templenoe management team was also revealed today with Derek Moynihan (from Rathmore) and Aidan Cahill (from Spa) taking charge for the first time. We wish Derek and Aidan the very of best luck with their new roles and we thank Mike Crowley and the outgoing management for all their hard work and commitment, as they take a step back from the sideline.

Team & Scorers:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Mike Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Ríain O'Byrne, Martin Reilly 0-01, Mark Casey, John Rice, Sean Sheehan 2-00, Gavin Crowley, Hugh Granville, Colin Crowley, Kieran McCarthy, Cian Hallissey 0-01 (1f), Brian Crowley 0-03 (1f), Daniel Crowley.

Subs Used: Ciaran Crowley, John Moriarty, Michael F O’Connor, Jason O’Shea

Beara U21 Championship Semi-Final:

Templenoe/Tuosist 3-09, Adrigole 3-15.

A strong finish by Adrigole saw them emerge six points winners after a very entertaining game of football. The match was level at 3-09 to 2-12 with three minutes of normal time remaining, before Adrigole hit three points without reply and then a goal deep in injury time to put a gloss on the scoreline for the Cork side. The Templenoe players involved were Mark Looney, Michael F O’Connor, Ciaran Crowley, Daniel Crowley, Colin Crowley, Hugh Granville, Aidan Crowley, Ríain O'Byrne, Darragh Casey and Ronan O’Connor.

Pic - Tuosist GAA Facebook Page.


Garvey’s County Senior Football Championship, Quarter-Final.

Templenoe 1-09, Dingle 0-20.

Templenoe made their exit from the county senior championship last Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium at the hands of a formidable Dingle side. There was only one point separating the sides at the 41st minute, but Dingle outscored Templenoe by eight to one in the last 20 minutes to comfortably book their place in the semi-finals.

Templenoe went into this game without county player Adrian Spillane, who was ruled out due to a calf injury and his presence was sorely missed. Dingle almost got in for an early goal when Cathal Bambury tried to steer the ball to the net after Paul Geaney passed it across the goal, but good defending from Michael Hallissey kept them out. Apart from that scare, Templenoe started well and went two points in front with the Crowley brothers Daniel and Aidan both finding the target. Dingle countered with Cathal Bambury and Paul Geaney doing likewise for the recently crowned club champions. Killian Spillane edged Templenoe ahead again after he showed great skill to engineer a brilliant score with his back pretty much to the goal. This made the score 0-03 to 0-02 after 13 minutes of play. But then Dingle started to get on top around the middle of the field putting pressure on the Templenoe kick outs to score five unanswered points courtesy of Dylan Geaney, Cathal Bambury and Paul Geaney (3). Templenoe rallied again before the break with points from Colin Crowley and Killian Spillane with another wonderful effort to reduce the margin to two going into the interval.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-05, Dingle 0-07.

Cathal Bambury and Dylan Geaney traded scores with Killian Spillane (2) in the opening minutes of the second half, before Stephen O’Sullivan rocked Dingle with a goal after he somehow cut through the Dingle defence after receiving a Brian Crowley pass to regain the lead for Templenoe in the 35th minute making the score 1-07 to 0-09. This raised the hopes of the Templenoe supporters present of reaching a first ever county championship semi-final. However, Dingle refused to let this unsettle them and they duly got the next three scores with Matthew Flaherty and Conor Geaney (2) splitting the posts to put them two points to the good once more. Aidan Crowley did keep Templenoe well in the hunt after he converted a placed ball to reduce the margin to one point on the 41st minute, but that was as close as Templenoe could get approaching the final quarter. The last 20 minutes belonged to Dingle for whom Templenoe were a bogey side in recent years and Dingle were very determined not to suffer the same faith as they did the club championship semi-final of 2022 and the first round of the county championship in 2020. Dingle extended their advantage and subsequently turned the screw somewhat with the Geaneys - Paul, Dylan, Conor (3) and Niall all chipping in, while Brian O’Connor and Tom O’Sullivan also got in on the act. Templenoe’s only response in between was a pointed free from Killian Spillane, as they just seemed run out of steam in the final quarter.

Final Score: Templenoe 1-09, Dingle 0-20.

All in all, 2023 was still another successful year for our senior footballers. We retained our senior status, reached the last eight of the county championship, finished joint fourth in the County League Division 2, won our second South Kerry league title and in doing so claimed our first silverware since winning the Munster Club Intermediate Championship back in December 2019. Well done to all our players and management for continuing to do the club proud.



Dingle: Paul Geaney 0-05 (2f) (2m), Conor Geaney 0-05 (1f) (1m), Cathal Bambury 0-03, Dylan Geaney 0-03, Niall Geaney 0-01, Tom O’Sullivan 0-01, Brian O’Connor 0-01, Matthew Flaherty 0-01.

Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-05 (2f) (1m), Stephen O’Sullivan 1-00, Aidan Crowley 0-02 (1f), Colin Crowley 0-01, Daniel Crowley 0-01.


Templenoe: 5, Dingle: 1



Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Brian Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Gavin Crowley, Daniel Crowley, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Aidan Crowley, Killian Spillane.

Subs Used: Kieran McCarthy, Ciaran Crowley, Joseph Sheehan.


Dingle: Gavin H Curran, Conor Flannery, Conor O’Sullivan, Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Niall Geaney, Tom O’Sullivan, Brian O’Connor, Darragh O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor, Mikey Geaney, Dylan Geaney, Billy O’Connor, Conor Geaney, Paul Geaney, Cathal Bambury.

Subs Used: Matthew Flaherty, Micheal Flannery, Paul Devane, Eoghan Hoare.

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (St Senans)



Irish Examiner Match Report: https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/arid-41248408.html

The Kerryman Match Report: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerry/sport/gaa/kerry-sfc-dingle

Garvey’s County Senior Football Championship, Group 1, Round 3.

East Kerry 1-13, Templenoe 0-12.

East Kerry and Templenoe both went into this contest in the luxury position of having already qualified for the quarter-final stages. The game which was played before a small crowd at a sunny Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday was close all the way through with a goal from Patrick Darcy in the 39th minute proving to be the decisive score in the end.

East Kerry had the wind to their backs for the first half and duly opened the scoring courtesy of points from Emmett O’Shea and Ronan Buckley, but Templenoe countered with Killian Spillane pointing from play and from a placed ball to tie scores amid a cagey opening ten minutes. Matt Rennie and Tadhg Morley then exchanged points to leave the score 3 points apiece by the end of the first quarter. Templenoe were working very hard and defending effectively so much so that East Kerry were finding it difficult to open them up, but Patrick Darcy after patient build up did edge East Kerry back in front before Mark Casey ventured up the field to respond in style for Templenoe with a well taken point. Templenoe took the lead for the first and only time, when Killian Spillane slotted a free over the bar in the 26th minute, prior to that Dara Roche and Patrick Clifford had traded scores. However, East Kerry did pull back in front again through Dara Roche from play and from a free to give them a slender lead at the break.

Half Time Score: East Kerry 0-07, Templenoe 0-06.

It was all to play for and Templenoe signalled their intent to build on their industrious first half performance with Aidan Crowley pointing immediately after the re-start. However, East Kerry despite been turned over many times continued to attack with Jack Sherwood scoring his first of two points before Patrick Darcy got inside the Templenoe defence to put the ball past Mark Looney for a goal that would be give them the upper hand for the remainder of the game. To their credit Templenoe responded well with Killian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan and Mark Casey all splitting the posts and sandwiched in between was a second point for Jack Sherwood to make it 1-09 to 0-10 by the end of the third quarter. From there to the 57th minute it was point for point, with Emmett O’Shea and Donal O’Sullivan trading points with Patrick Clifford and Colin Crowley to leave two points in it with three minutes remaining. East Kerry introduced Paudie and David Clifford late on to help close out the game. Two injury points from Dara Roche and Ronan Buckley made sure of the result. Templenoe tried to manufacture a goal with a few high balls into the square, but the East Kerry defence stood their ground.

Templenoe can certainly take heart from this display against the reigning champions ahead of the quarter-final in two week’s time, where they will hope to break new ground and reach a first ever county senior championship semi-final.

Final Score: East Kerry 1-13, Templenoe 0-12.



East Kerry: Dara Roche 0-04, Patrick Darcy 1-01, Ronan Buckley 0-02, Jack Sherwood 0-02, Emmett O’Shea 0-02, Donal O’Sullivan 0-01, Matt Rennie 0-01.

Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-04 (3f), Mark Casey 0-02, Patrick Clifford 0-02, Colin Crowley 0-01, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-01, Tadhg Morley 0-01, Aidan Crowley 0-01.



East Kerry: 8

Templenoe: 5



East Kerry: Brian Kelly, Niall Donohue, Chris O’Leary, Rob Leen, Killian O’Sullivan, Jack Sherwood, Dan O’Brien, Kieran Murphy, Matt Rennie, Darragh Lyne, Patrick Darcy, Ronan Buckley, Donal O’Sullivan, Dara Roche, Emmett O’Shea.

Subs Used: Luke Crowley, Cian Lynch, Eoghan O’Sullivan, Paudie Clifford, David Clifford.

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Ciaran Crowley, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Brian Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Joseph Sheehan, Sean Sheehan, Gavin Crowley, Daniel Crowley, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Killian Spillane, Aidan Crowley.

Subs Used: Kieran McCarthy, Michael F O’Connor, Hugh Granville.

Referee: Peter Curtin (Brosna)



Irish Examiner Match Report: https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/

The Kerryman Match Report: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerry/sport/gaa/


Garvey’s County Senior Football Championship, Group 1, Round 2.

Templenoe 0-10, South Kerry 1-06.

Templenoe have progressed to the county championship quarter-final for the fourth year in a row after coming out the right side of yet another tight contest, with Killian Spillane nailing a late free to win the game just as he did the previous weekend against West Kerry.

The game was played in dreadful conditions, but there was still a good crowd in attendance, among them was none other than the President of the GAA Larry McCarthy. Templenoe with a strong breeze behind them raced into three points lead courtesy of points from Killian Spillane, Colin Crowley and Aidan Crowley. Then against the run of pay, a fine team move up the field by South Kerry ended with Fionan Clifford finishing brilliantly to the net. Templenoe regrouped and continued to dominate with Killian Spillane adding another score soon after, but despite having the elements in their favour they failed to convert their next three chances. Jack Clifford and Fionan O’Sullivan traded points with Colin Crowley (2) both of which were beautifully struck long range scores before the break. In between Colin Crowley also came close to setting up a goal for the home side, but it didn’t quite come off with his hand pass across the goal going wide of the posts.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-06, South Kerry 1-03.

The wind was not quite as strong for the second half, with the lead changing hands twice in the third quarter. Killian Spillane edged Templenoe ahead with a pointed free, but South Kerry responded with Keith Brennan and Fionan O’Sullivan who might have had a goal splitting the posts to put them one point to the good. Killian Spillane converted another placed ball to make the score 0-08 to 1-05 before the game enter a period of stalemate. Indeed, it would take another 15 minutes before the next white flag was raised with Brian Crowley finding the range for Templenoe as the game entered the final stretch. South Kerry who like Templenoe in the first half were guilty of squandering a few chances in the second did equalize one last time with Ian O’Sullivan popping the ball over the bar to set up a tense last few minutes. With injury time fast approaching, Templenoe had the chance to retake the lead with a free after Stephen O’Sullivan was fouled and Killian Spillane duly obliged. There were a few minutes of injury time played, but Templenoe held on for another great victory to reach the last eight of the competition for the fourth consecutive year.

Well done to all our players and management.

Final Score: Templenoe 0-10, South Kerry 1-06.



Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-05 (4f), Colin Crowley 0-03, Aidan Crowley 0-01, Brian Crowley 0-01.

South Kerry: Fionan Clifford 1-00, Jack Clifford 0-02, Fionan O’Sullivan 0-02, Keith Brennan 0-01 (1f), Ian O’Sullivan 0-01.


Templenoe: 4, South Kerry: 4



Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Brian Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Gavin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Killian Spillane, Daniel Crowley, Aidan Crowley.

Subs Used: Ciaran Crowley.

South Kerry: Austin Murphy, Brendie Kelly, Darragh O’Sullivan, Graham O’Sullivan, Darragh Scanlon, Cian O’Donoghue, Fionan O’Sullivan, Jack Clifford, Fionan Clifford, Conor O’Leary, Oisin Moran, Ronan O’Shea, Ian O’Sullivan, Keith Brennan, Emmet Daly.

Subs Used: Ciaran Clifford, Donagh O’Sullivan, Alex Coffey, Jack Daly, Aodhan O’Neill.

Referee: Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)

Pic: John James O'Sullivan


Kerryman Match Report: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerry/sport/gaa/

Irish Examiner Match Report: https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/arid-41233471.html

Garvey’s County Senior Football Championship, Group 1, Round 1.

Templenoe 2-13, West Kerry 0-18.

There may not have been a large attendance at Fitzgerald Stadium last Saturday, but those who did make the trip certainly got full entertainment value with a high scoring contest that went right to the wire. In the end it took a pointed free from Killian Spillane in injury time to separate the sides and the result also means that Templenoe maintains their proud unbeaten record in the opening round of the county championship since they debut season in 2020. 

Templenoe opted to play with the breeze for the first half and the opening 6 minutes of the game saw Killian Spillane (2) trading scores with Dara Ó’Sé and Cathal Ó Beaglaoich. West Kerry then started to gain upper hand and dispel any notions that the district side might lack cohesion on their first competitive outing, by adding three more points to their tally by the quarter mark courtesy of Cathal Ferriter who might have had a goal and Dara Ó’Sé (2). In between, Killian Spillane fired over his first score from play to leave the score 0-03 to 0-05. 

Then perhaps somewhat against the run of play a high ball in from Killian Spillane, broke kindly to Stephen O’Sullivan who had two goal bound efforts well blocked by the West Kerry defence, before Aidan Crowley had better luck with a scuffed shot to regain the lead for Templenoe. However, West Kerry remained undeterred and immediately hit back with Cathal Ferriter and Rob Ó Sé both splitting the posts before the bang in form Killian Spillane continued this scoring spree with two more points for Templenoe. Shortly before half time, Templenoe lost Adrian Spillane to injury, which was a big setback. Templenoe kept going though and then came their second goal which was to prove crucial in the finish, with Stephen O’Sullivan making a great burst forward before lobbing West Kerry keeper Sean Ó Luing for a truly spectacular goal. West Kerry were subsequently unlucky not to find the net themselves with a Cathal Ferriter effort hitting the base of the post, but they did have the final say of the half with Thomas O’Donnell finding the range to reduce the deficit to a goal.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 2-05, West Kerry 0-08.

Templenoe had to make further changes at half time after it emerged the unfortunate Kieran McCarthy who was only on the field a few minutes after he replaced Adrian Spillane had to also retire injured. Nonetheless, Templenoe did have good opening to the third quarter with Killian Spillane, Patrick Clifford and Sean Sheehan all raising white flags, while in between West Kerry had fine scores from Killian Falvey and Rob Ó Sé to leave them four points adrift. West Kerry then hit a purple patch with a brace of points from Dara Ó’Sé (2), James Crean and  Killian Falvey to make it all square at 2-08 to 0-14 coming into the final quarter. 

Gavin Crowley briefly restored Templenoe’s lead with an inspirational point, but West Kerry still had the momentum and they powered on with three more unanswered points through the boots of Cathal Ferriter, Cathal Ó Beaglaoich and the impeccable Dara Ó’Sé to put them two points to the good with Templenoe very much on the backfoot at this stage. Templenoe’s county players Tadhg Morley and Killian Spillane then took on responsibility to stem the tide with two important points to level the scores coming into the final stretch. It was edge of the seat stuff now and the game looked like it might be heading for a draw after Stephen O’Sullivan had a converted mark cancelled out by a Dara Ó’Sé free at the other end. But Killian Spillane was having none of it and when Templenoe earned one last free after a careful build up, he calmly slotted the ball over the bar for the narrowest of wins for Templenoe.

Final Score: Templenoe 2-13, West Kerry 0-18.


Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-08 (5f), Stephen O’Sullivan 1-01, Aidan Crowley 1-00, Gavin Crowley 0-01, Patrick Clifford 0-01, Sean Sheehan 0-01, Tadhg Morley 0-01. 

West Kerry: Dara Ó’Sé 0-07 (3f), Cathal Ferriter 0-03, Killian Falvey 0-02, Cathal Ó Beaglaoich 0-02, Rob Ó Sé 0-02, Thomas O’Donnell 0-01, James Crean 0-01.


Templenoe: 4

West Kerry: 1



Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Gavin Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Killian Spillane, Brian Crowley, Aidan Crowley. 

Subs Used: Kieran McCarthy. Daniel Crowley, Ciaran Crowley.

West Kerry: Sean Ó Luing, Michael Scanlon, Cormac Ó Cinnéide, Cathal Ó Luing, Pádraig Óg Ó Sé, Caolann Ó’Connell, Cathal Ferriter, Rob Ó Sé, Jason Hickson, James Crean, Thomas O’Donnell, Dara Ó’Sé, Killian Falvey, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Cathal Ó Beaglaoich.

Subs Used: Donnacha Higgins, Maurice O’Connell, Noel Higgins.


Referee: Billy O’Shea (Keel).



The Kerryman - https://www.independent.ie/regionals/kerry/sport/gaa/kerry-sfc-templenoe-hold-off-hard-charging-west-kerry-for-victory/a1095153569.html




Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Group 1, Round 3.

Templenoe 1-10, Na Gaeil 0-12.

Probably fair to say that Templenoe were most unlucky to lose to Kenmare by a last-minute goal last weekend, but this time it was Templenoe who had lady luck on their side to deny Na Gaeil victory right at the death courtesy of an Aidan Crowley goal.

There was a big crowd in attendance for this crucial game on a showery evening at Templenoe GAA grounds last Saturday evening. Na Gaeil had the wind to their backs for the first half, but it was Killian Spillane with a long range right footed effort that got the scoring underway. It was very much ebb and flow in the first quarter, Na Gaeil’s Darragh Reen was on fire kicking four points from play, including one excellent score from the near the sideline. Templenoe for their part had scores from Sean Sheehan and Killian Spillane (f) which made the score 0-04 to 0-03 15 minutes in. Templenoe were finding it hard to penetrate a well organised and crowded Na Gaeil defence, while they also had to be careful not to get by caught on the counter any time Na Gaeil turned over possession. Na Gaeil finished the half the stronger with scores from Morgan Madden and Dara Devine either side of Aidan Crowley who earlier had a goal attempt cleared off the line, splitting the posts from an acute angle.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-4, Na Gaeil 0-06.

If Templenoe thought having the wind advantage for the second half would swing this game in their favour, then they were in for a rude awakening. Darragh Reen continued from where he left off to fist the ball over the bar after getting inside the Templenoe defence. Further points followed from Dara Devine and Jack Sheehan following a great burst up the field, while Stephen O’Sullivan was to be Templenoe’s sole scorer in the third quarter. Then Killian Spillane and Jack Doyle exchanged scores to make it 0-06 to 0-10 after 51 minutes of action. The game then started to boil over a little bit, which was perhaps unsurprising with the stakes high for both sides and there were a good few stoppages in the last quarter. Templenoe’s task then got a lot harder, when Colin Crowley was dismissed for an off the ball incident. Aidan Crowley had a pointed free, cancelled out by a Diarmaid O’Connor score from play to keep the gap at four points coming into injury time. It was really only in injury time, that the home side with their senior status potentially on the line started to rally with points from Killian Spillane (2) and his brother Adrian who was moved into full forward for the closing stages. In between Diarmaid O’Connor calmly slotted over a free for the Tralee side. But as Templenoe discovered the previous weekend, a two points lead coming into the dying moments is a very dangerous lead to have especially in championship. With their last hurrah, Stephen O’Sullivan won a free for Templenoe inside the 45, he took the free to Aidan Crowley who caught the ball chest high at the edge of the box, before turning to rifle a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. The referee then blew for full time with the resultant kick out amid joyous scenes from the home side.

Well done to all the players and management who have almost certainly retained Templenoe’s senior status for another year, which will be Templenoe fifth year at senior.

Final Score: Templenoe 1-10, Na Gaeil 0-12.


Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-05 (2f), Aidan Crowley 1-02 (1f), Stephen O’Sullivan 0-01, Sean Sheehan 0-01, Adrian Spillane 0-01.

Na Gaeil: Darragh Reen 0-05, Dara Devine 0-02 (1f), Diarmaid O’Connor 0-02 (1f), Jack Sheehan 0-01, Morgan Madden 0-01, Jack Doyle 0-01.


Templenoe: 6

Na Gaeil: 2


Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Gavin Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Killian Spillane, Brian Crowley, Aidan Crowley.

Subs Used: Kieran McCarthy.

Na Gaeil: Devon Burns, Ryan O’Neill, Niall O’Mahoney, Jack Doyle, Morgan Madden, Eoin Doody, Damien Bourke, Jack Barry, Diarmaid O’Connor, James O’Connor, Tomas O’hAinifein, Kieran O’Donovan, Kieran O’Connor, Dara Devine, Darragh Reen.

Subs used: Jack Sheehan, Jack Bourke, Luke Barrett, Sean O’Connor, Ruairi O’Sullivan

Referee: John Purcell (Kilcummin


Last Minute Goal V Na Gaeil

Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Group 1, Round 2.

Kenmare Shamrocks 2-07, Templenoe 0-12.

A heart-breaking defeat for Templenoe, who were ahead for much of the game, but fell victim to an injury time goal from Kenmare’s Shane O’Sullivan for the home side to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat. It was a case of déjà vu for Templenoe who suffered a similar fate in the closing minutes to the same opposition in their first senior club championship meeting back in 2020.

There was a very large crowd in attendance for this local derby game on a lovely afternoon at Fr Breen Park last Sunday. Templenoe started the brighter and made full use of their wind advantage to go 0-00 to 0-03 ahead inside the first 4 minutes. Stephen O’Sullivan opened their account with a well taken mark. Killian Spillane added another, then a patient build-up from Templenoe ended with Stephen O’Sullivan splitting the posts from play. It was the perfect start for the visitors, but Kenmare Shamrocks responded with Jimmy Lehane finding space to register their first score, before Seanie O’Shea doubled their tally. In between Templenoe almost had a goal from Stephen O’Sullivan, but his shot went narrowly wide. Unbowed, Templenoe upped their game again with the next two scores courtesy of a left legged effort from Killian Spillane and Stephen O’Sullivan handpassing the ball over the bar to extend their lead to three points. Seanie O’Shea (free) and Stephen O’Sullivan exchanged points before Colin Crowley put Templenoe 0-03 to 0-07 ahead after 17 minutes of play.

Then came Kenmare’s first goal of the day, when good work by Kevin O’Sullivan put Jimmy Lehane through one on one with Templenoe Keeper Mark Looney and he made no mistake with the finish. Kenmare now had the momentum and they made it count with the next two scores in a row to put them in front for the first-time thanks to Seanie O’Shea and Micheal McCarthy. Shortly before the break Killian Spillane tied the scores again with a point off his right boot.

Half Time Score: Kenmare Shamrocks 1-05, Templenoe 0-08.

At the re-start Kenmare Shamrocks restored their one-point advantage with Stephen O’Brien popping the ball over the bar from left corner. However, Templenoe promptly hit back with Killian Spillane converting a free after Aidan Crowley was fouled. Both sides then exchanged a few wides before two points on the trot from Killian Spillane made the score 1-06 to 0-11 midway through the second half. 

With Kenmare struggling for scores despite having the aid of the breeze, they introduced a few a subs for the final quarter. Soon after Kevin O’Sullivan narrowed the gap to one point to set up for a grandstand finish. But once more Templenoe responded in kind with Killian Spillane working a short free to Aidan Crowley, who in turn offloaded to Martin Reilly for Templenoe’s last score. Kenmare substitute Paul O’Connor had a chance to reduce the margin, only pull his shot for a point wide of the posts, then at the other end Killian Spillane was off target with a free for Templenoe. With the game now in injury time Kenmare Shamrocks launched a frantic attack which ended with James McCarthy and Stephen O’Brien setting up Shane O’Sullivan to palm the ball to the net from the end of the square. Templenoe were stunned, but they have one last chance to salvage something from the game, however Kenmare Shamrocks held out for the narrowest of wins. Templenoe will now need to beat Na Gaeil in the round 3 to avoid a relegation play-off, but despite the defeat to Kenmare Templenoe can take heart from much improved performance from that against Spa the previous weekend.

Final Score: Kenmare Shamrocks 2-07, Templenoe 0-12.


Kenmare Shamrocks: Jimmy Lehane 1-01, Seanie O’Shea 0-03 (1f), Shane O’Sullivan 1-00, Micheal McCarthy 0-01, Stephen O’Brien 0-01, Kevin O’Sullivan 0-01.

Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-06 (2f), Stephen O’Sullivan 0-04 (1m), Martin Reilly 0-01, Colin Crowley 0-01.


Kenmare Shamrocks: 5

Templenoe: 8


Kenmare Shamrocks: Kieran Fitzgibbon, Dara Crowley, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cian O’Sullivan, Dara O’Shea, Tommy Cronin, Jamie O’Regan, David Hallissey, James McCarthy, David Ciuciu, Seanie O’Shea, Jimmy Lehane, Stephen O’Brien, Kevin O’Sullivan, Micheal McCarthy.

Subs used: Tommy O’Sullian (Atlantic), Paul O’Connor, Darragh O’Connor, Shane O’Sullivan, Darren Allman.

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Gavin Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Killian Spillane, Brian Crowley, Aidan Crowley

Subs Used: Kieran McCarthy (Temporary), John Rice.



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Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Group 1, Round 1.

Templenoe 0-08, Spa 0-16.

Templenoe began their fourth consecutive season in the senior club championship with a disappointing display against a Spa side that were in control from start to finish.

The match was played before a large crowd on a sunny afternoon at Fr Breen Park. Templenoe opted to play against the breeze in the first half. Spa got off to a flyer with three scores from Dara Moynihan, Cian Murphy (mark) and Evan Cronin (mark) inside the first 5 minutes. Spa just seemed to be quicker to every ball and slicker with their decision making while Templenoe were struggling to get their hands on possession, but Templenoe did get one back with a point from play through Killian Spillane in the 6th minute. However, it was only a temporary reprieve, in the ensuing passages of play Spa upped their work rate again to tag on five unanswered points to make the score 0-01 to 0-08 by the end of the first quarter with Evan Cronin (2), Cian Murphy and Cian Tobin (2) all contributing. 

Templenoe needed scores and fast, Killian Spillane did provide some hope with two points either side of a Cian Murphy white flag for the Killarney side. But again, it failed to ignite Templenoe into life. Mark Looney did well to save a goal bound shot from Cian Tobin before Evan Cronin skimmed the crossbar for Spa to increase their tally to ten points. Some poor shooting from Templenoe before the break did not help their cause, but credit to Spa they gave a near flawless display in front of the posts in the first half hitting only two wides compared to six from Templenoe. Evan Cronin extended Spa’s lead to eight points with a converted free ahead of the interval.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-03, Spa 0-11.

On resumption, Spa were off target with a free before Stephen O’Sullivan kicked a fine long-range score to keep Templenoe in the game. Shane Cronin countered with an equally good score for Spa, but Templenoe were finally starting to get into game more. Two points from Killian Spillane followed and then Brian Crowley on his first competitive game back from injury added another. This made the score 0-07 to 0-12 with plenty of time (22 minutes) remaining. However, on the day Templenoe were just not able to push on. Templenoe were short with their next two efforts and then disaster struck when Stephen O’Sullivan was dismissed after he received a second yellow card.

Although not quite as clinical in the second half, Spa seized the initiative again soon after with Dara Moynihan showing his class to restore their lead to six points. Templenoe with Tadhg Morley going on the offensive had a penalty appeal waved away and instead a free out was awarded to Spa after the referee consulted with his umpires. Evan Cronin capped a fine individual display by thumping over two more scores, he subsequently picked up a black card, but it mattered little. Gavin Crowley got his name on the scoreboard late on for Templenoe. With Templenoe forced to bring keeper Mark Looney out the field, Spa did their best to get a goal and Dan O’Donoghue nearly did only for Kieran O’Neill to deny him with a good stop from the line. The game ended with Spa’s Shane Cronin planting a placed ball over the bar from 45 metres out.

Final Score: Templenoe 0-08, Spa 0-16.


Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-05 (2f), Stephen O’Sullivan 0-01, Brian Crowley 0-01, Gavin Crowley 0-1.

Spa: Evan Cronin 0-07 (2f) (1m), Cian Murphy 0-03 (1m), Cian Tobin 0-02 (1m), Shane Cronin 0-02 (1f), Dara Moynihan 0-02,


Templenoe: 8 

Spa: 7


Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Gavin Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick Clifford ©, Colin Crowley, Killian Spillane, Brian Crowley, Aidan Crowley

Subs Used: Daniel Crowley, Kieran McCarthy, Ciaran Crowley

Spa: James Devane, Eric O’Donoghue, Eoin Fitzgerald, Brian Lynch, Liam Spillane, Shane Cronin, Eoin Cronin, Michael McCarthy, Dan O’Donoghue, Michael Foley, Evan Cronin, Dara Moynihan, Cian Murphy, Cian Tobin, Michael O’Donoghue

Subs used: Matt Lane, Timmy Moynihan, Mikey Moynihan, Luke O’Neill


Credit Union County Senior Football League, Division 2, Round 11.

Na Gaeil, 2-07, Templenoe 0-13

Templenoe travelled to Tralee to take on Na Gaeil in the last round of this year’s County Senior Football League. With both teams already secure in their status in the division, and no opportunity of promotion on offer, there was a lack of jeopardy affecting the proceedings. Despite this both teams served up a good display of football.

Templenoe had the aid of the breeze in the first half which really affected the scoring into town end of the pitch. There was a number of early misses by both teams before Colin Crowley opened the scoring for Templenoe with a point. Soon after Jack Bourke pounced on a ball that was not properly dealt with by Templenoe to burst through and score a goal for Na Gaeil. Templenoe responded over the next ten minutes with two more points which also featured a great save by Devon Burns of Na Gaeil from a Stephen O’Sullivan one on one attack.

Dara Devine scored Na Gaeil’s only point from play on the 18th minute. The remaining minutes of the half saw Templenoe scores from Colin Crowley, Aidan Crowley, Mark Casey and Sean Sheehan. Stephen O’Sullivan slotted the last point of the half to leave Templenoe leading of a scoreline of Templenoe 0-08, Na Gaeil 1-01

Templenoe seemed to adapt better to the windy conditions in the second half than Na Gaeil and Aidan Crowley kicked the first point of the half. Both teams swapped points from Sean O’Connor and John Moriarty before Lorcan Seymour added another point for the home team. Stephen O’Sullivan pointed two on the trot which gave Templenoe a bit of comfort at the halfway point of the half.

The final fifteen minutes saw Na Gaeil pull in closer through scores from Dara Devine (2) and Eoghan Daly. A pivotal moment on the twenty fifth minute saw Aidan Crowley through on goal but again like the first half, keeper Devon Burns made a great save to keep Templenoe out. Na Gaeil swept the resulting ball down the field and won a free on the thirty yard mark. Unfortunately they could not capitalize on this with a score.

Sean Sheehan pointed Templenoe’s last score of the match on the twenty eight minute mark to leave three points between the sides. Na Gaeil had not really threatened the Templenoe goal in the second half but a fast paced move found Damien Bourke unattended on the square to finish the ball to the net.

Templenoe had one last attack to grasp victory but it resulted in a wide. The final whistle saw a draw with a score on Na Gaeil 2-07, Templenoe 0-13


Templenoe Scorers: Stephen O’Sullivan 0-04, Aidan Crowley 0-03, Sean Sheehan 0-02, Colin Crowley 0-01, Daniel Crowley 0-01, Mark Casey 0-01, John Moriarty 0-01

Na Gaeil Scorers: Dara Devine 0-04, Jack Bourke 1-00, Damien Bourke 1-00, Sean O’Connor 0-01, Lorcan Seymour 0-01, Eoghan Daly 0-01


Templenoe Team: Mark Looney, Mike Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Mark Casey, Ciaran Crowley, Joseph Sheehan, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Micheal F O’Connor, John Moriarty, Colin Crowley, Kieran McCarthy, Stephen O’Sullivan, Aidan Crowley, Daniel Crowley:

Sub: Hugh Granville

Na Gaeil Team: Devon Burns, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Eoin Doody, Ryan O’Neill, Luke Barrett, Damien Bourke, Kieran O’Donoghue, Morgan Madden, Jack Doyle, Declan Cooney, Sean O’Connor,, Tadhg Reen, Kieran O’Connor, Dara Devine, Jack Bourke

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