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Kerry's minor-winning captain stars as Kenmare claim Munster Intermediate glory

Seán O’Shea was influential throughout, as he registered a goal and five points for his side.

Sean O'Shea is Kerry's minor-winning captain (file pic).
Sean O'Shea is Kerry's minor-winning captain (file pic).
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-20

Adare (Limerick) 1-8

AN EXCELLENT DISPLAY from Kenmare Shamrocks ensured that Kerry’s strangehold on the Munster Club IFC remained intact at Mallow today.

Only once since 2005 have the champions of another county taken provincial honours in the grade and Kenmare’s victory was never in doubt here, with their full-forward line of Seán O’Shea, Paul O’Connor and Stephen O’Brien causing menace throughout.

While Adare had a great start with two Hugh Bourke points, Kenmare soon took control and were 0-6 to 0-2 in front by the 12th minute. Though Adare stuck with them doggedly for much of the first half, a Kenmare burst coming up to the break was capped with a Seán O’Shea goal on 24 after he intercepted an Adare clearance.

While Bourke responded, O’Shea’s point meant that it was 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time and four points in a row on the resumption — two from O’Brien with O’Connor and O’Shea getting one each — meant that 13 points separated the teams with 20 minutes remaining.

Adare never gave up the ghost but Kenmare seldom looked like coughing up such a lead, not even when a quick Bourke free allowed Mark Connolly to goal with seven minutes left. O’Brien and subs Colm O’Sullivan and Brian O’Sullivan claimed further points as Kenmare pushed on, leaving them looking ahead to the All-Ireland series.

Scorers for Kenmare: Seán O’Shea 1-5, Stephen O’Brien 0-7, Paul O’Connor 0-5 (0-2 frees), Patrick O’Shea (free), Colm O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Adare: Hugh Bourke 0-5 (0-4 frees), Mark Connolly 1-1, Jack English, Paul Maher (0-1 each).

KENMARE:

1. Kieran Fitzgibbon

2. Stephen O’Shea

3. Tommy O’Sullivan

4. Dara Crowley

5. Shane O’Sullivan

6. Dara O’Shea

7. Mark Crowley

8. John Mark Foley

9. David Hallissey

10. Patrick O’Shea

11. Seán O’Leary

12. Kevin O’Sullivan

13. Seán O’Shea

14. Paul O’Connor

15. Stephen O’Brien.

Subs:

18. Alan O’Leary for Kevin O’Sullivan (30, black card)

20. Donal O’Connor for Patrick O’Shea (37)

17. Shane Dalton for Foley (46)

19. Denis Cronin for Mark Crowley (46)

21. Colm O’Sullivan for Hallissey (50)

22. Brian O’Sullivan for Sean O’Shea (56)

ADARE

1. Brendan Carmody

2. Oran Collins,

3. Andrew O’Connell

4. Neil Mulvihill

5. Shane Doherty

6. David Connolly

7. Diarmuid Sexton

8. Jeff Lohan

9. Jack English

10. Eoin Ryan

11. Hugh Bourke

12. Davy Lyons

13. Mikey Lyons

14. Shane Costello

15. Mark Connolly

Subs:

17. Robbie Bourke for Ryan (half-time)

27. Charlie McCarthy for Lyons (32)

18. Paul Maher for Mulvihill (47)

21. Eoghan Costello for Collins (51)

24. John Fitzgibbon for Costello (54)

20. Bill Supple for Lohan (56)

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford).

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