Kilmurry take their chance

 

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-07 Kerins O'Rahillys 0-06:Clare club Kilmurry-Ibrickane claimed a controversial win in the Munster senior football final at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon, after a contentious decision denied opponents Kerins O’Rahillys an injury time goal.

The Kerry side looked to be on their way to victory when forward Declan Quill punched David Moran’s free into the net after normal time had elapsed, only for referee Maurice Condon to whistle for a square-ball.

With the scores level at six points apiece Kilmurry restarted and launched a quick counter-attack for substitute Evan Talty to score the decisive point off his right boot.

Kerins began with David Moran - recently arrived home from an Australian Rules trial at St Kilda - at full forward.

It took him all of six minutes to land a wonderful point from distance and his score was book-ended by two frees by John O’Connor and Quill as Kerins made light work of skipping into a three points lead.

With the score at 0-05 to 0-04 for Kerrins early in the second half, it was anyone’s game, though the Kerrymen will rue missed chances after ending the match with nine wides and having seen two come back off the post and six drop short.

Kilmurry’s inside forward line, in contrast, was starved of possession by the Kerins defence, but they found a way through on occasion, crucially when Shane Hickey stepped up from wing back to float a brilliant point on 45 minutes to level the scores.

Captain Enda Coughlan then raced onto Stephen Moloney’s pass to fist over from 20 yards.

Quill restored parity four minutes from time after a foul on Barry John Walsh, but was then denied sealing the win by the referee.

Kilmurry and Talty then took their chance when they needed too.