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South Kerry Minor football final. 2pm Sat Dec 11 th.

Templenoe/Tuosist/Sneem/Derrynane 3-11, St Marys/Renard 2-14

Every now and again , Gaelic football throws up a classic , well today in Valentia island, Sneem/Derrynane /Templenoe /Tuosist versus St.Marys/Renard certainly fit the bill . An epic draw 2.14 to 3.11 was played out in front of enthusiastic supporters as we were treated to an exhibition of high fielding , goals , long range point kicking ,tough tackling , a nail biting finish and competent refereeing by Ger "Cap".

The game opened with SDTT playing with a strong breeze and they took a 4 point lead with points from Aiden Crowley 2, Fiachra Breen and Darrah Sullivan. St Marys /Renard responded in the 12 th,13 th and 14 th minute with 2 frees and a point from play from Kian o Shea after some great fielding by Tadgh Sullivan. After the water break, some good work by Aiden Crowley saw Oisin Breen find the back of the net to put SDTT into a 1.04 to 3 point lead. Kian Shea and Sam Driscoll kept the scoreboard ticking over for St Marys /Renard with well taken points. At this stage before half time the SDTT inside line of Aidan Crowley and Oisin Breen began to get a grip on the game despite some stalwart marking by Josh Sullivan. This dominance culminated in a second Oisin Breen goal after he cut in from the right hand side leaving 2 men in his wake before finishing with style. This left a score of 1.05 to 2.06 at HT in favour of SDTT.

The 2nd half opened with that man Breen getting his hat trick in the 32 nd minute , this time a jinking run from the left wing saw him finish expertly to the bottom corner . It looked omnious for St Marys/Renard but they rattled off 4 quick points with 2 frees from Kian Shea and 1 each from Alex Coffey and Kieran Corcoran to leave a score of 1 09 to 3.08 in favour of SDTT at the 2 nd water break.

 The 4 th quarter turned into a scorefest for Alex Coffey and Kieran Corcoran who displayed a never say die attitude with 2 points each before the 59th minute . Not to be outdone, Aiden Crowley of SDTT kicked 3 wonderful long range points . On 60 minutes St.Marys Renard trailed by 4pts when they were awarded a free 20 yds out slightly to the right of goal. Up stepped Alex Coffey and threaded the eye of the needle with a perfect strike to the top corner to leave 1 point between the sides . The ensuing kick out was won by St.Marys Renard and resulted in a free 50yds out dead center . Kieran Corcoran the man with the big boot, kicked the most important free of his life to date and made no mistake as it sailed gracefully over the bar with plenty to spare to tie the game . Jubilation for St.Marys Renard who came from 8pts down and dejection for SDTT as they surely must have thought it was in the bag minutes before the final whistle blew.

Big performances by Aiden Crowley 7 points(4 frees) but also by his marker Josh Sullivan St Marys/Renard who never left him goal side throughout the 60 minutes . Also Tadgh Sullivan St.Marys /Renard who showed skill and composure way beyond his 15 years of age, surely a star of the future . Alex Coffey as usual stamped his class on the game . However Oisin Breen with his tally of 3.02 is deservedly man of the match . As I watched his father David mentoring on the sideline for SDTT I remembered back to another epic minor championship final between Sneem/Derrynane and St.Marys in 1999 where it took 3 games to find a winner and lo and behold ,dad, David Breen was man of the match in 2 of those 3 games. A proud day for the Breens today no doubt. A final scoreline of SDTT 3.11 to ST.Marys/Renard 2.14 leaves us with a mouth-watering replay next weekend

 

 

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

Templenoe 0-06, Dr Crokes 1-22.

Our season ended on a disappointing note with a heavy defeat to Dr Crokes last Sunday. But the task was probably always going to be that bit difficult, due to the absence of some key players and then we had to replace no less than three players in the first half due to injury, which against a team of Crokes calibre made it impossible. Overall though, it was still not a bad season by any means for Templenoe. We retained our senior status and made it to the semi-final of the club championship, we won our first round game in the county championship and came within one win of reaching the Division 1 promotion play-off stage.

The match was played in ideal conditions with Fitzgerald Stadium the venue. The opening score of the contest came from Gavin White following one of his trade mark runs up the field. Stephen O’Sullivan countered with a free for Templenoe after Teddy Doyle fouled, but then Dr Crokes turned on the style to hit four unanswered points courtesy of Tony Brosnan (2), Micheal Burns and David Shaw. Brian Crowley briefly interrupted their flow with a much needed point for Templenoe, but shortly beforehand Josh Crowley Holland was almost in for a goal for Templenoe, only to be denied by Crokes keeper Shane Murphy. Dr Crokes heeded the warning and finished out the opening quarter with three more scores without reply coming from Michael Burns, Tony Brosnan and Kieran O’Leary to make it 0-02 to 0-08 at the first water break.

Micheal Burns and Tony Brosnan increased the Killarney side’s advantage with two more white flags either side of another Brian Crowley score for Templenoe. Soon after Teddy Doyle and Stephen O’Sullivan both had to retire injured for Templenoe, which was something Templenoe could ill afford to happen. To their credit though, Templenoe did hit two points in a row in perhaps their best spell of the game to reduce the margin back to five points, but unfortunately it was only a temporary reprieve. Just before the interval, Dr Cokes were awarded a penalty and Tony Brosnan duly obliged to effectively end the game as a contest.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-05, Dr Crokes 1-10.

With Michael Hallissey also having to make way due to injury just before the half time break, Templenoe had now used up three substitutes, much sooner than they would have planned. Dr Crokes for their part continued to play excellent football in the second half with Brian Looney among those to impress, kicking five points to prove he still has plenty left in his locker. Templenoe’s sole score in the second half came from a Brian Crowley free, on a day when Templenoe just had a very forgettable afternoon in front of the posts, hitting 9 wides in total. Whereas Dr Crokes were far more clinical and had only 4 wides in the whole hour of action. By the end of the third quarter Dr Crokes were 0-06 to 1-13 ahead.

Jordan Kiely came off the bench in the final quarter to inflict further misery on Templenoe, with three well taken scores (one free). David Shaw and Kieran O’Leary also went on to add to their tallies, before Crokes completed their resounding win with substitute Tom Doyle getting his name on the scoresheet. Indeed the final margin could even have been more were it not for Templenoe keeper Mark Looney making a few brilliant point blank saves.

Final Score: Templenoe 0-06, Dr Crokes 1-22

Scorers:

Templenoe: Brian Crowley 0-03 (2f), Colin Crowley 0-01 (1f), Tadhg Morley 0-01, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-01.

Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 1-04 (1p-1f-1m), Brian Looney 0-05, Micheal Burns 0-03, David Shaw 0-03 (3f), Jordan Kiely 0-03 (1f), Kieran O’Leary 0-02, Gavin White 0-01, Tom Doyle 0-01.

Teams:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Gavin Crowley, Kieran O’Neill, Josh Crowley Holland, John Rice, Mark Casey, Sean Sheehan, Tadhg Morley, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, John Spillane, Brian Crowley, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle.

Subs used: Kieran McCarthy, Martin Reilly, Tom Spillane, John Moriarty, Daniel Crowley, Joseph Sheehan.

Dr Crokes: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald, David Naughton Mark Cooper, Gavin White, Evan Looney, Mark O’Shea, Johnny Buckley, Gavin O’Shea, Micheal Burns, Brian Looney, Tony Brosnan, David Shaw, Kieran O’Leary

Subs used: Jordan Kiely, Daithi Casey, Mike Moloney, Tom Doyle, Mikey Casey

 

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

Templenoe 1-09, Shannon Rangers 0-05

Templenoe are through to the quarter-final stages of the County Championship for the second year running, following a surefooted display to overcome Shannon Rangers in atrocious conditions at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. In doing so, Templenoe created more history by defeating a divisional side in the County Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

Templenoe went into this contest without the services of net minder Mark Looney, Patrick Clifford, Killian Spillane and there were injury concerns over Adrian Spillane and Teddy Doyle. Certainly not the ideal scenario to go into this game. Shannon Rangers meanwhile won the toss, but perhaps unwisely choose to play against the gale force wind and rain for the first half. From throw-in, it was Templenoe that pretty much hit the ground running and controlled the play from the off with most of the action taking place inside the Shannon Rangers half. But such were the conditions that scores were hard earned and it took six minutes for the first point to arrive with Colin Crowley doing well to slot over a placed ball. His brother Brian then doubled Templenoe’s advantage before Stephen O’Sullivan added another shortly before the first water break to make it 0-03 to 0-00.

Buoyed by their performance in the opening quarter, but equally knowing there was little in it score wise, Templenoe kept pushing forward. Their ball handling, retention and turnover’s continued to be far superior than their opponents and it didn’t take long for Templenoe to get their next score courtesy of Gavin Crowley. Further chances followed before a brace of points from Brian Crowley and Stephen O’Sullivan gave Templenoe a six points lead. Shannon Rangers did have opportunities to open their account, but failed to find the target. Then just before the interval, Adrian Spillane popped over point number 7 for Templenoe to put more than 2 goals between the sides. Normally, this would be a great position to be in, but facing into a gale for the second half, meant there were no guarantees as to the outcome of this contest.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-07, Shannon Rangers 0-00.

Just two minutes after the restart Teddy Doyle helped settle the nerves of the Templenoe supporters with a beautifully struck free from an acute angle to increase the margin to eight points. However, Shannon Rangers were beginning to come more into it and finally got off the mark in the 35th minute with their centre forward Padraig Boyle pointing from play. Paul Kennelly followed this up with a converted free almost immediately after. This brought the deficit back to six points and gave the Rangers hope of comeback, there was certainly plenty of time remaining. That was until Tadhg Morley got forward in the 41st minute to set up Stephen O’Sullivan for the game’s only goal and from there the result was never in doubt. Shannon Rangers substitute Jack Kennelly did reply with a point just before the 2nd half water break to make the score 1-08 to 0-03.

Templenoe did what they had do to see out the last quarter. Shannon Rangers never really threatened the Templenoe replacement goalie Martin Reilly, who along with his defence held firm against each attack, restricting Shannon Rangers to just two more points from Jack Kennelly and Mark Buckley in the final quarter. In between John Rice helped made sure of Templenoe’s win with a fine score in the 57th minute.

Templenoe now march on to play Dr Crokes in a repeat of last year’s County Championship quarter final, which promises to be a fascinating contest especially with Templenoe having had a famous win over the Crokes just over one month ago in the Club Championship.

Final Score: Templenoe 1-09, Shannon Rangers 0-05

Scorers:

Templenoe: Stephen O’Sullivan 1-02, Brian Crowley 0-02, Adrian Spillane 0-01, Colin Crowley 0-01 (1f), Gavin Crowley 0-01, Teddy Doyle 0-01 (1f), John Rice 0-01.

Shannon Rangers: Jack Kennelly 0-02 (1f), Padraig Boyle 0-01, Paul Kennelly 0-01 (1f), Mark Buckley 0-01.

Teams:

Templenoe: Martin Reilly, Michael Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Tadhg Morley, John Spillane, Gavin Crowley, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Brian Crowley, Tom Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Sheehan, Colin Crowley.

Subs used: John Moriarty, Kieran McCarthy, Mark Casey

Shannon Rangers: Darragh O’Shea, Danny Wren, Jason Foley, Brendan O’Neill, Jack O’Sullivan, Shane Enright, Kevin Enright, Brian O’Seanachain, Micheal Foley, Darragh Keane, Padraig Boyle, Gerald O’Sullivan, Jack Foley, Michael Boyle, Paul Kennelly.

Subs used: Mark Buckley, Jack Kennelly, Cillian Langan, Neilus Mulvihill, Darragh Sheehy, Martin Collins

Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Semi-Final.

Austin Stacks 3-09, Templenoe 0-04.

Templenoe’s valiant campaign in the Senior Club Championship came to an end on Sunday at the hands of the reigning champions Austin Stacks at Connolly Park. The Stacks who had won all their group games in the lead up to this fixture, delivered a powerful second half display to give them a comprehensive win on the day.

There was a large crowd in attendance for this game, which was played on a fine afternoon in Tralee. Before throw-in there was a minute’s silence held as mark of respect for our late clubman David O’Connor and for the late Emmet Lucey of Austin Stacks. Templenoe started quite well fending off a few attacks from the home side, before opening the scoring in the 4th minute courtesy of a long range effort from Brian Crowley. Shane O’Callaghan countered for Austin Stacks, but a minute later Killian Spillane had the visitors back in front with a pointed free. Austin Stack though were dominating the possession and despite wasting a few chances, they did edge ahead before the first water break with Sean Quilter making no mistake from a free to precede a lovely score from Joseph O’Connor to make it 0-03 to 0-02 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw both sides been sloppy with their possession and with their shooting. The only score in this period came about following a well worked move that finished with Stacks wing forward Fiachna Mangan neatly popping the ball over the bar. Austin Stacks had something like 4 wides in this time, but Templenoe fared no better hitting 3 wides and 1 dropped short effort.

Half Time Score: Austin Stacks 0-04, Templenoe 0-02.

It was still all to play for in coming into the 2nd half. The hosts had a chance to extend their lead with a 45, but it didn’t make the distance. However a minute later Shane O’Callaghan was on-hand to fire over his second point of the day to increase the Stack’s lead to three. Templenoe had now gone 23 minutes without scoring, before Tadhg Morley fought his way through the Austin Stacks defence for an inspirational point. The Tralee side regrouped quickly and had the next score from a Michael O’Donnell placed ball. Then 4 minutes later came the first goal for Austin Stacks, when Kieran Donaghy who was dangerous throughout despite been held scoreless, hit a high ball in towards the square that was finished to the net by Shane O’Callaghan. The hosts were now 2 goals in front with Templenoe still struggling for scores at the other end. Michael O’Gara added another score for the Stacks, before Killian Spillane thumped over a badly needed point from a free to bring back the margin to 2 scores ahead of the 2nd half water break, with the scoreboard reading 1-07 to 0-04.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the final quarter saw Austin Stacks turn the screw and make sure of their win. Shane O’Callaghan continued his scoring spree with another white flag in the 51th minute. Templenoe tried hard to find the posts, but they just couldn’t steer the ball over the bar in the remaining minutes, while the Stacks defence dealt successfully with any balls coming into their danger area. Joseph O’Connor made it 1-09 to 0-04 in the 57th minute and then two minutes later a great run forward from Brendan O’Sullivan saw him take the ball around keeper Mark Looney to finish to an empty net. At the very end of the contest Austin Stacks were awarded a penalty which was despatched to the net by substitute Darragh O’Brien to extend the margin to 14 points by the final whistle. This was harsh on Templenoe. Nevertheless, it was still great achievement for Templenoe to reach the last four of this competition and attention will now focus on having a go at the County Championship.

Well done to Austin Stacks on their win and we also wish to thank the Stacks club for their hospitality.

Final Score: Austin Stacks 3-09, Templenoe 0-04.

Scorers:

Austin Stacks: Shane O Callaghan 1-03, Brendan O’Sullivan 1-00, Darragh O’Brien 1-00, Joseph O’Connor 0-02, Michael O’Gara 0-01, Sean Quilter 0-01 (1f), Fiachna Mangan 0-01, Michael O’Donnell 0-01 (1f).

Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-02 (2f), Brian Crowley 0-01, Tadhg Morley 0-01.

Teams:

Austin Stacks: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Dylan Casey, Jack O’Shea, Paul O’Sullivan, Conor Jordan, Ronan Shanahan, Joseph O’Connor, Brendan O’Sullivan, Greg Horan, Shane O’Callaghan, Fiachna Mangan, Sean Quilter, Kieran Donaghy, Michael O’Donnell.

Subs used: Michael O’Gara, Armin Heinrich, Darragh O’Brien, Adam Curran, Barry Shanahan.

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Mark Casey, Kieran O’Neill, Tadhg Morley, Patrick Clifford, Gavin Crowley, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Brian Crowley, Tom Spillane, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Sheehan, Killian Spillane.

Subs used: Kieran McCarthy, John Spillane, Martin Reilly, Michael Hallissey, Daniel Crowley.

Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Group 2, Round 3.

Spa 1-03, Templenoe 0-06.

Templenoe and Spa renewed rivalries on a wet and showery afternoon on Sunday. The previous weekend’s results had blown this group wide open, to turn this game into a do or die clash for both teams. In the finish, after a low scoring and disappointing encounter, there was no separating the sides, but the result was enough to see Templenoe create more history by qualifying for the semi-final of this competition for the first time. While newly promoted Spa also had reason to be cheerful, as they retained their senior status for 2022, following Dr Crokes defeat to Kenmare in the other group game.

Templenoe had wind advantage for the first half and they also dominated possession, with Spa feeling the loss of their former County panellist Liam Kearney. However, it took 8 minutes for the first score to come courtesy of Killian Spillane and 2 minutes later the same player doubled the visitors lead with a second score from play. Templenoe had chances to copper fasten their lead, but they failed to capitalise. In the 12th minute Josh Crowley Holland looked to be through on goal, only to pull his shot wide. Killian Spillane though did add a free shortly before the water break to make the score 0-00 to 0-03.

The second quarter saw Templenoe continue to control proceedings, but again they found a packed Spa defence difficult to breakdown and scoring opportunities were scare. Colin Crowley took on the 45 duties for Templenoe, he was unsuccessful with his first effort, but 4 minutes later he made amends by beautifully landing his second 45 attempt over the crossbar. In between Niall McCarthy had a point chance for Spa, but his effort went wide of the posts and remarkably Spa failed to register a score in the whole of the first half. However, Templenoe were far from out of sight, yet they did manage to tag on one more point through Brian Crowley before the interval.

Half Time Score: Spa 0-00, Templenoe 0-05.

The third quarter was turning into a bit of a horror show for Templenoe, when they were reduced to 13 players for separate incidents within 7 minutes of the restart. The loss of John Rice and Colin Crowley for the remainder of the game suddenly meant that the visitors were now facing somewhat of an uphill struggle despite their advantage on the scoreboard. Evan Cronin meanwhile scored a brilliant point from a difficult angle to finally get Spa off the mark after 34 minutes of play. It was game on now. Patrick Clifford was introduced for the visitors to try and restore calm. But Spa were now getting on more ball, with all the Templenoe players having to work that bit harder and soon after the margin was reduced to three points following a long range effort from Shane Cronin. Templenoe regrouped and reorganised well to effectively prevent any further scores for Spa in this quarter, to leave it 0-02 to 0-05 going into the second half water break.

The final quarter was real edge of the seat stuff. Michael Foley split the posts for the hosts to cut the margin to just 2 points. Then Stephen O’Sullivan was off target with a free for Templenoe, before a long ball in by Spa’s Ciaran Spillane was gathered by David Spillane, who turned and shot for a perfectly executed goal to put Spa in front for the first time in this contest after 58 minutes. Spa were now the ones trying to close the game out, but they then had Dara Moyihan red carded after he picked up a second yellow. Templenoe to their credit dug deep and despite missing another free immediately after the goal, they battled on and were rewarded when Killian Spillane converted a free well into injury time for their sole score in the second half. Indeed both sides subsequently had a chance each to grab a winner, but it was not to be. Although neither side were to know it at the full time whistle, the result would be enough for both teams to retain their senior status with Templenoe advancing to the semi final.

Well done to our players and management and very best of luck to all in the semi-final!

Final Score: Spa 1-03, Templenoe 0-06.

Scorers:

Spa: David Spillane 1-00, Evan Cronin 0-01, Shane Cronin 0-01, Michael Foley 0-01.

Templenoe: Killian Spillane 0-04 (2f), Colin Crowley 0-01 (1 45), Brian Crowley 0-01.

Teams:

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

Subs: Ryan O’Carroll, David Spillane.

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Mark Casey, Kieran O’Neill, Tadhg Morley, Tom Spillane, Gavin Crowley, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Brian Crowley, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Sheehan, Killian Spillane,

Subs: Patrick Clifford, Micheal Hallissey, Danny Cahalane 

Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Round 2.

Templenoe 3-09, Dr Crokes 1-10.

What a historic evening it was for Templenoe last Saturday, that will surely rank right up there with the best of them, after Templenoe overcame the Dr Crokes senior team for the first time in the club’s history. The win also means that Templenoe have now defeated every club in the county at some stage, be it in the county league or as in case of this contest a club championship game.

Make no mistake about it, Templenoe were full value for their win. The foundations for this famous victory were laid in the first 2 minutes, when Stephen O’Sullivan and Brian Crowley both got in on the end of two good team moves to bury ball past Shane Murphy to get the home side off to a dream 2 goals start . However, no one was getting carried away with the Templenoe players in particular remaining 100% focused with the task on-hand. Jordan Kiely replied with neat point from play, before Gavin White powered forward to force a good save from Mark Looney. A 45 resulted, but Shane Murphy’s effort went wide of the posts. This was no doubt a let off for Templenoe, but they heeded the warning and soon after Gavin Crowley and Killian Spillane found the range with two well taken scores. Tom Doyle and Brian Looney split the posts for the visitors to reduce margin back to 5 points, but Templenoe refused to let this unsettle them, with Killian Spillane adding another score to his tally to make it 2-03 to 0-03 at the end of the first quarter.

After the water break, Josh Crowley Holland showed great composure to kick a point on the run, after catching a ball out around the middle of the field. A brace of points followed from Brian Crowley and Killian Spillane to extend Templenoe’s lead to 9 points. Dr Crokes realising they now had a fight on their hands introduced David Shaw and then Kieran O’Leary gave them some hope with a badly needed score. Crokes had chances to reduce the lead further, but uncharacteristically for them they failed to hit the target with a number of point chances before the interval, although in between Tony Brosnan did show good technique to fire over points from play and from a placed ball.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 2-06, Dr Crokes 0-06.

Templenoe used the half time break to regroup and no doubt emphasised the importance of not letting Dr Crokes eat any further in their lead. A point from Colin Crowley preceded Templenoe’s 3rd goal of the day, when Teddy Doyle found himself in a bit of space in front of the Crokes goal and he made no mistake with the finish. This set pulses racing with the home supporters daring to dream of a positive outcome. Templenoe now had a 10 points cushion and prior to the goal a spectacular overhead catch from Gavin Crowley in the half back line, prevented a likely goal chance for Dr Crokes. Templenoe’s purple patch continued with Stephen O’Sullivan popping the ball over the ball to extend their lead even further. But Dr Crokes were far from done and hit back with 3 unanswered points courtesy of Tony Brosnan (2) and Micheal Burns. Then came the penalty for Dr Crokes after the referee spotted a foul inside the square, Tony Brosnan stepped up and stroke it brilliantly passed Mark Looney. Suddenly the margin was back down to 5 points again. But then another crucial point from Colin Crowley, which also turned out to be Templenoe’s last score helped steady the ship going into the second half water break with the scoreboard reading 3-09 to 1-09.

Dr Crokes tested the resolve of the Templenoe defence rigorously in the last quarter, but the hosts remained resolute and answered all the questions asked. Indeed throughout the game the aggressive tackling, and turnovers forced by Templenoe was a joy to watch with all four of Templenoe’s County panellists Tadhg Morley, Gavin Crowley, Adrian and Killian Spillane leading by example in what a great team display with everyone including the subs that came on contributing. Templenoe too had their chances to increase their advantage in the final quarter, but just could not quite find the range. The closest Dr Crokes came for a second goal, was when David Shaw had a goal bound effort well stopped by Mark Looney. Instead the visitors had to settle with one last score from Tony Brosnan on an evening where things just didn’t go their way. Templenoe closed out the game efficiently and their first ever win in this competition was greeted with joy at the final whistle.

Final Score: Templenoe 3-09, Dr Crokes 1-10.

Before the game a minute silence was held in honour of the late Dr Crokes Patron Donie Sheahan.

Scorers:

Templenoe: Stephen O’Sullivan 1-01 (0-01f), Brian Crowley 1-01, Killian Spillane 0-03, Teddy Doyle 1-00, Colin Crowley 0-02, Gavin Crowley 0-01, Josh Crowley Holland 0-01.

Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 1-05 (1p-02f), Jordan Kiely 0-01, Tom Doyle 0-01, Brian Looney 0-01, Kieran O’Leary 0-01, Micheal Burns 0-01.

Teams:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Mark Casey, Kieran O’Neill, Tadhg Morley, Tom Spillane, Gavin Crowley, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Brian Crowley, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Sheehan, Killian Spillane,

Subs: Kieran McCarthy, Martin Reilly, Michael Hallissey, Daniel Crowley.

Dr Crokes: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Michael Maloney, Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Cooper, Gavin White, Michael Potts, Mark O’Shea, Tom Doyle, Brendan Falvey, Micheal Burns, Brian Looney, Jordan Kiely, Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary.

Subs: David Shaw, Gavin O’Shea, Daithi Casey, Terry Sparling, Chris Doncel.

Templenoe Team Picture by Mary O'Neill

Central Region U17 League Division 4 Final

Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist 1-14, Dromid/Waterville 0-12.

A goal from Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist Midfielder Darragh O’Sullivan just before the interval proved crucial, as they progressed to overcome Dromid/Waterville in the Central Region U17 League Division 4 final at Derrynane last Friday evening.

It was entertaining contest played in ideal conditions and there was little to choose between the sides for the most part. The away side had wind advantage for the first half, but it was the hosts that lead by 0-4 to 0-3 at the first water break.

The second quarter was ebb and flow with both sides continuing to match each other score for score. For Dromid/Waterville Donncha O’Sullivan and Cian Murphy were very impressive throughout, while target man Aiden Crowley provided the bulk of the scores for Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist.

29 minutes in the teams were deadlocked at 8 points a piece and then a high ball in from an Aiden Crowley free was gathered by Darragh O’Sullivan who dispatched the ball to the net for the all-important goal.

Half Time Score: Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist 1-08 Dromid/Waterville 0-08.

Soon after resumption Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist extended their lead to 5 points, but the away side fought back well and reduced the margin to just 2 going points going into the second half water break to make the score 1-10 to 0-11. At a time when the hosts were temporarily down a player following the issuing of a black card.

It was all to play for going into the final quarter with both sides giving it everything. A pivotal score by wing back Fiachra Breen helped steady the ship for Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist, before 2 pointed frees on the trot by Aidan Crowley put some daylight between the sides coming into the closing minutes. All the while Dromid/Waterville powered forward every chance they got in search of a goal, but goalkeeper Adam Corridon and his defence were rock solid and they successfully managed to keep their opponents at bay, who ended up having to settle with an injury time point from Donncha O’Sullivan.

After the final whistle the trophy was presented to the victorious team captain Darragh O’Sullivan.

Final Score: Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist 1-14, Dromid/Waterville 0-12.

Congratulations to all the Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist players and management and best of luck in the County Minor League Division 9 Semi-Final vs An Ghaeltacht on Monday evening.

Scorers:

Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist: Aiden Crowley 0-09 (0-05f), Darragh O’Sullivan 1-01, Conor Murphy 0-01, Zak Fayen 0-01, Darragh Murphy 0-01, Fiachra Breen 0-01.

Dromid/Waterville: Donncha O’Sullivan 0-05 (0-03f), Cian Murphy 0-04, Padraig O Mangain 0-01, Ruairi O Duineacha 0-01, Evan O’Shea 0-01

Team and panel:

Templenoe/Sneem/Derrynane/Tuosist: Adam Corridon, Mike Frank O’Connor, Jack Donnelly, Ciaran Crowley, Fiachra Breen, Jim Clifford, Ronan O’Connor, Adem Gul, Darragh O’Sullivan, Zak Fayen, Conor Murphy, Connor Hennessy, Cathal Murphy, Aiden Crowley, Oisin Galvin.

Billy Noonan, Dara Casey, Oisin Breen, Darragh Murphy, Tom Clifford, Senan Gul, Donnacha O’Sullivan.

 

Templenoe 0-09, Ballymacelligott 3-09.

Templenoe will remain in Division 2 of the County Senior Football League for 2022, after losing out to Ballymac by 3 goals on Sunday. In the process, Ballymac have also gained the automatic promotion spot to Division 1, as they had already seen off Gneeveguilla in the previous round, so they top the table on the head to head rule.

Conditions were ideal and the game was nicely attended, with both sides vying to make the step up to top flight. However, the first quarter failed to really ignite with both sides squandering chances and coughing up possession on countless occasions. Aidan Breen opened the scoring from a free for the visitors, but Templenoe hit back with 2 points in a row from Josh Crowley Holland and Brian Crowley. The former also went close with a goal chance, only to see his effort cleared off the line. Then 13 minutes in, Ballymac centre half back  Dan O’Shea make a great run up the field evading the tackles of the Templenoe defenders, to fire the ball to the net for their first goal. This put the visitor 0-02 to 1-01 ahead at the water break.

Templenoe who were forced line without the services of their sharpshooter Stephen O’Sullivan, did enjoy a purple patch early in the second quarter, which begun with Teddy Doyle nailing a placed ball from a difficult angle to bring back the deficit to one point. Then the hosts followed this up with a brace of points from Sean Sheehan and Danny Cahalane to put them in front for the second time. But this was as good as it would get for Templenoe, who were not helped by loss of their other marksman Brian Crowley to injury in this period. Soon after Ballymac upped their game and hit 1-02 in quick succession to turn this contest in their favour, with Vinny Horan showing his class to score 1-01, while his partner in crime Daire Keane popped over the other score. Templenoe centre half back John Spillane then showed good determination to split the posts with a long range attempt just before the interval.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-06, Ballymacelligott 2-03.

Buoyed by their lead and the prospect of automatic promotion, Ballymac pushed on and had the next three scores on the trot from Daire Keane, Aidan Breen (f) and Vinny Horan. Templenoe on the other-hand were just having one of those days in front of goal with the excellent Ballymac net minder Brian Lonergan denying 2 strikes from Templenoe substitute Daniel Crowley and then at the very finish of the match he also did brilliant to keep out a Teddy Doyle penalty, after Sean Sheehan was fouled.

Shortly before the second half water break, a high ball in towards the Templenoe goal was finished to the net by Mike Herlihy and despite protests that he may have been in the square, the goal stood following a consultation between the referee and umpire. Daire Keane then added another point to this tally to put the visitors in a very commanding position at the end of the third quarter to lead by 0-06, 3-07.

To their credit Templenoe fought to the end and did tag on three more points before the final whistle with Danny Cahalane, Teddy Doyle and John Rice all finding the range. But the day belonged to the St Kieran’s outfit, who closed out the game with 2 more Vinny Horan points and the final whistle was greeted with joy by their players and travelling supporters alike

Final Score: Templenoe 0-09, Ballymacelligott 3-09.

Congratulations to Ballymacelligott.

For Templenoe attention will now turn towards the club championship in a few weeks time.

Scorers:

Templenoe: Teddy Doyle 0-02 (0-01f), Danny Cahalane 0-02, Josh Crowley Holland 0-01, Brian Crowley 0-01, Sean Sheehan 0-01, John Spillane 0-01, John Rice 0-01.

Ballymacelligott: Vinny Horan 1-04, Daire Keane 0-03, Dan O’Shea 1-00, Mike Herlihy 1-00, Aidan Breen 0-02 (0-02f).

Teams:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Tom Spillane, Kieran O’Neill, Kieran McCarthy, Mark Casey, John Spillane, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Colin Crowley, Teddy Doyle, Danny Cahalane, Martin Reilly, John Moriarty, Sean Sheehan, Brian Crowley.

Subs: Cian Hallissey, Daniel Crowley, Joseph Sheehan, Hugh Granville, Dan O’Connor.

Ballymacelligott: Brian Lonergan, Mike Sweeney, Michael Reidy, Con Reynolds, Josh O’Keeffe, Dan O’Shea, Darragh Sweeney, Aidan Breen, Darragh Broderick, Luke Sweeney, Darragh O’Regan, Mike Herlihy, Mike Hoare, Vinny Horan, Daire Keane.

Subs: Tomas O’Connor, Adam Kelly, Adam Sheehy, Genie Griffin.

Templenoe 2-13, Piarsaigh Na Dromoda 0-08.

Templenoe got their promotion ambitions back on track with an eleven points victory over the South Kerry side in the penultimate round of the County League on Saturday evening.

The match was played in glorious weather, but the first quarter was a start stop affair with frequent breaks in play due to injuries. Indeed the away side were forced to replace Jacob Haigh with James Curran very early on, after he was deemed unfit to continue. But the visitors did dominate the early exchanges and they had opening score of the contest from the boot of Chris Farley (f). Brian Crowley countered with a placed ball effort and then one minute later Crowley set Templenoe on their way after his fist pass was deflected into the net.

The second quarter saw the game open up a bit, with the scores finally starting to flow. Two points on the trot from Dromid’s Chris Farley and Dillon O’Donohue, were cancelled out with converted frees from Brian Crowley and Stephen O’Sullivan to make the score 1-03 to 0-03 after 32 minutes of action. The home side then consolidated their position with corner back Tom Spillane coming all the ways up the field to earn his first County League point of the season. Brian Crowley added another before Dromid Pearses Shane O’Connor kicked a fine score ahead of the interval to keep them well in contention.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 1-05, Piarsaigh Na Dromoda 0-04.

On resumption, Dillon O’Donohue traded scores with Stephen O’Sullivan and it was then that Templenoe, who had wind advantage for the second half started to pull clear with a brace of points from Cian Hallissey, Stephen O’Sullivan and two from Teddy Doyle, who caused problems every time he ran at the visitors defence. Andy Quigley did pull one score back for Dromid to make it 1-10 to 0-06 going into the second half water break.

The final quarter saw Brian Crowley and Stephen O’Sullivan continuing to pull the strings up front for Templenoe. The latter made another contribution on the scoreboard, before he then turned provided for Brian Crowley’s second goal after he gave a precision pass across the goal for Crowley to palm home. The remaining minutes gave the hosts the opportunity to empty their bench and see the game out with further scores from Stephen O’Sullivan and Colin Crowley. Dromid Pearses tried their best to create goal scoring opportunities, but Mark Looney and his defence stood firm and instead Dromid had to settle with two late points from Chris Farley and Padraig O’Sullivan.

Final Score: Templenoe 2-13, Piarsaigh Na Dromoda 0-08.

Scorers:

Templenoe: Brian Crowley 2-03 (0-03f), Stephen O’Sullivan 0-05 (0-02f), Teddy Doyle 0-02, Tom Spillane 0-01, Cian Hallissey 0-01, Colin Crowley 0-01 (0-01f)

Piarsaigh Na Dromoda: Chris Farley 0-03 (0-03f), Dillon O’Donohue 0-02, Shane O’Connor 0-01, Andy Quigley 0-01, Padraig O’Sullivan 0-01.

Teams:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Tom Spillane, Kieran O’Neill, Kieran McCarthy, Patrick Clifford, John Spillane, Martin Reilly, Sean Sheehan, Teddy Doyle, Colin Crowley, John Rice, Josh Crowley Holland, Stephen O’Sullivan, Brian Crowley, Denis O’Neill.

Subs: Cian Hallissey, Danny Cahalane, Joseph Sheehan, John Moriarty, Daniel Crowley.

Piarsaigh Na Dromoda: Donal O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea, Shane O’Connor, Kevin Sheehan, Andy Quigley, Padraig O’Sullivan, Michael Curran, Darragh O’Shea, Dominic O’Sullivan, Sean O’Shea, Chris Farley, Dillon O’Donohue, Paul O’Connor, Denis O’Sullivan, Jacob Haigh.

Subs: James Curran, Aaron Lenneghan, Cian O’Connor.

   

  

Division 2B, County Senior Football League, Round 3.

Gneeveguilla 1-16, Templenoe 0-09.

Templenoe seniors suffered their first defeat in the County league away to Gneeveguilla last Saturday evening following a disappointing performance with few things going right on the night for the visitors. Nonetheless, there remains two more rounds of the County league to be played and Templenoe’s prospects of promotion are far from over.

The game was played in showery conditions and the first half was very even with both sides matching each other point for point. This was until a Gneeveguilla goal from a penalty just before half time put some day light between the sides, from which Templenoe never recovered.

The opening exchanges saw Jack Cremin (2f) trading scores with Brian Crowley and Stephen O’Sullivan (1f). John O’Leary put the visitors in front again with a placed ball effort. Soon after, Templenoe had their captain Teddy Doyle black carded reducing the visitors to 14 men for following 10 minutes. But a converted free from Brian Crowley did put Templenoe back on level terms ahead of the first water break to make the score 3 points apiece.

His brother Colin was next to get on the scoresheet with a point from play and then another from a free either side of a Jack Cremin free for the hosts. This gave the away side a slender one point advantage 28 minutes in, but from there onwards it was all downhill for Templenoe. A superb long range effort from Connie O’Connor drew the sides level once more, before Jack Cremin added another free and then the same player was pulled down for a penalty. Gneeveguilla’s midfielder Sean O’Keeffe stepped up and expertly dispatched the spot kick.

Half Time Score: Gneeveguilla 1-06, Templenoe 0-05.

Buoyed by their strong finish to the first half, Gneeveguilla tightened their grip on this contest with 3 unanswered scores at the restart to extend their lead to seven points courtesy of Jack Cremin (f), Shane Crowley and Padraig Doyle. Templenoe in fairness responded with 3 scores (all frees) of their own through Stephen O’Sullivan, but contributions from Conor Herlihy and Stephen O’Keeffe from play ensured that the East Kerry side maintained a commanding lead going into the final quarter to leave them 1-11 to 0-08 ahead.

Templenoe spurned 2 goal chances late on that might have given them a glimmer of hope to salvage something from this tie, but instead the hosts pushed on with Michael Murphy, John O’Leary (f), Sean O’Keeffe (f), Jamie O’Sullivan and Padraig Doyle all finding the target to put Gneeveguilla in pole position at the top of the table by close of play. Templenoe’s sole score in the last quarter came from a Stephen O’Sullivan free.

We wish a speedy recovery to Brian Crowley who had to leave the field with a leg injury in the second half.

Final Score: Gneeveguilla 1-16, Templenoe 0-09.

Scorers:

Gneeveguilla: Jack Cremin 0-05 (0-05f), Sean O’Keeffe 1-02 (1-00p and 0-01f), John O’Leary 0-02 (0-01f), Padraig Doyle 0-02, Connie O’Connor 0-01, Shane Crowley 0-01, Conor Herlihy 0-01, Michael Murphy 0-01, Jamie O’Sullivan 0-01.

Templenoe: Stephen O’Sullivan 0-05 (0-04f), Brian Crowley 0-02 (0-01f), Colin Crowley 0-02 (0-01f)

Teams:

Gneeveguilla: Patrick O’Riordan, Philip Cremin, Pa Brosnan, Darren Brosnan, Damien Cronin, Connie O’Connor, Paul O’Leary, Sean O’Keeffe, Michael Murphy, Conor Herlihy, Jack Cremin, John O’Leary, Shane O’Sullivan, Shane Crowley, Padraig Doyle.

Subs: David Gleeson, Mike Brosnan, Jamie O’Sullivan.

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Tom Spillane, Kieran O’Neill, John Spillane, John Rice, Martin Reilly, Patrick Clifford, Sean Sheehan, Teddy Doyle, Danny Cahalane, Colin Crowley, Josh Crowley Holland, Stephen O’Sullivan, Brian Crowley, Denis O’Neill.

Subs: Cian Hallissey, Kieran McCarthy, Joseph Sheehan, John Moriarty.

Kerry Petroleum Senior Football Club Championship, Relegation Play-off:
Templenoe 3-18, Kilcummin 0-14. 
Templenoe secured a second year at senior grade following a very polished display from start to finish to overcome Kilcummin, by a 13 points margin in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday. This is another very significant achievement in the history of the Club. When one looks back over the records from the last 45 years, Templenoe were an Intermediate Club from 1976 to 1991, a Junior Club from 1992 to 1997, a Novice Club from 1998 to 2013. a Junior Club from 2014 to 2015, an Intermediate Club from 2016 to 2019 and now come 2021 we will be entering our second year in a row as a Senior Club.
Right from the beginning Templenoe showed their intent, with Killian Spillane scoring the first point of his very impressive 1-07 tally after he received a pass from Teddy Doyle inside the first minute. Kilcummin were off target with a few chances, one of which was nearly a goal, before a pointed free from Noel Duggan got them off the mark. Despite playing against the breeze for the opening half, Templenoe opened up a 2 points gap after 8 minutes with Killian Spillane making no mistake with 2 placed ball efforts. Kilcummin’s cause wasn’t helped when they had Chris O’Leary black carded early on, following an off the ball foul, but they did respond with another free from Noel Duggan. Killian Spillane traded scores with Shane McSweeney, before the opening goal of the goal of the game came from Josh Crowley Holland amid a goal mouth scramble. This put Templenoe 1-04 to 0-03 in front and was the perfect way for the team in blue to adjourn for the first water break.
When play resumed Templenoe’s Stephen O’Sullivan started coming more into the game in a big way and he soon bagged a goal and a point within a minute to extend Templenoe’s lead to 8 points. Soon after his team mate Martin Reilly got up the field to fire over a well taken point, to which Kilcummin replied with 2 points courtesy of Kerry Under 20 Star Paul O’Shea either side of another Stephen O’Sullivan point for Templenoe. Kevin McCarthy who was kept under tight rein throughout by Gavin Crowley did go close with two chances for goal only to be denied by two superb saves from Templenoe’s find of the season, Goalkeeper Mark Looney. Matters got worse for Kilcummin in the 27th minute when they had Gary O’Leary red carded. Brian Crowley swapped scores with Paul O’Shea, before Killian Spillane showed great composure and accuracy to split the posts with a super score with his left boot to put 10 points between the sides. Shortly before half time, Kilicummin’s Noel Duggan did bring the margin back down to 8 points, but Templenoe had the final say of the first half with Brian Crowley raising his second white flag of the day.
Half Time Score: Templenoe 2-10, Kilcummin 0-07.
Noel Duggan had a placed ball effort to get the second half scoring under way, as they tried to fight their way back into the game to which Templenoe replied with a point from Stephen O’Sullivan, after he combined with Colin Crowley. Templenoe then lost John Spillane to a second yellow card, but they remained focused on the job on hand, with Killian Spillane adding another score. Three minutes later a second Kilcummin player Kieran Murphy received his marching orders after he too picked up a second yellow card. Nevertheless, Kilcummin battled on and had the next two scores on the trot thanks to Noel Duggan and Kevin Gorman. But that was as close as they could get, as Killian Spillane restored Templenoe’s lead back to 9 points to make the score 2-13 to 0-10, just ahead of the second half water break.
The final quarter saw Templenoe turn the screw with the Crowley brother Colin (1) and Brian (2) along with Stephen O’Sullivan (1) hitting 4 unanswered points to extend Templenoe’s lead to 13 points. To their credit Kilcummin did respond with 3 points in a row of their own, through Kevin McCarthy (1) and Paul O’Shea (2). But then the icing was well and truly on the cake, when a high ball in towards the goal was contested by Kilcummin goal keeper Brendan Kealy who did get a fist to it, but unfortunately for him the loose ball was gathered by Killian Spillane, who in turn finished the ball home to an empty net. Soon after Kilcummin’s day was summed up, when Chris O’Leary was dismissed after he picked up a yellow card to add to the black card he received earlier in the game. The match ended with Paul O’Shea and Stephen O’Sullivan trading scores, before the referee pull blew full time on a comprehensive win for Templenoe.
Well done to all the players, management and backroom personnel on retaining Templenoe’s senior status. The team proved that Templenoe are well able to compete at this level and are no doubt capable of building on our debut season as a senior Club. Hard luck to Kilcummin, who were very much a bogey team for Templenoe in recent years and will bounce back from this defeat.
Final Score: Templenoe 3-18, Kilcummin 0-14.
Scorers:
Templenoe: Killian Spillane 1-07 (0-03f), Stephen O’Sullivan 1-05, Brian Crowley 0-04, Josh Crowley Holland 1-00, Martin Reilly 0-01, Colin Crowley 0-01. 
Kilcummin: Noel Duggan 0-06 (0-06f), Paul O’Shea 0-05 (0-01f, 0-01M), Kevin McCarthy 0-01, Shane McSweeney 0-01, Kevin Gorman 0-0.
Teams: 
Templenoe: Mark Looney, John Spillane, Tadhg Morley, Kieran O’Neill, Martin Reilly, Gavin Crowley, John Rice, Sean Sheehan, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Brian Crowley, Josh Crowley Holland, Stephen O’Sullivan, Killian Spillane, Colin Crowley.
Subs: Patrick Clifford, Michael Hallissey, Tom Spillane, John Moriarty, Joseph Sheehan.
Kilcummin: Brendan Kealy, Donal Maher, Kevin McSweeney, Oscar O’Connor, Chris O’Leary, Sean O’Leary, James Nagle, Kevin Gorman, Shane McSweeney, Eoghan O’Donovan, Gary O’Leary, Kevin McCarthy, Kieran Murphy, Noel Duggan, Paul O’Shea.
Subs: Damien O’Leary, Enda O’Sullivan, Mikey O’Shea, Paul O’Riordan

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