O’Sullivan goals propel Kilshannig
KILSHANNIG were crowned Cork County U21B football champions last night, following a deserved victory over Robert Emmet’s in the final at Páirc Uí Rinn. Kilshannig packed too much scoring power for Robert Emmet’s, while their defence was also outstanding.
Diarmuid O’Sullivan was a handful at full-forward for the winners, finishing up with 2-3, while Jack Kearney, Jack Twomey and Joseph Cronin were also particularly impressive.
Conor O’Keeffe was Robert Emmet’s go to man, scoring an impressive tally of 1-8, but in the overall scheme of things, they were too reliant on the fantastic centre-forward.
Robert Emmet’s goalkeeper Josh O’Keeffe had a fine game, making a number of point blank saves.
Kilshannig were aided by a strong wind in the opening half, and they hit the front after two minutes, Darragh O’ Sullivan converting a free.
Underfoot conditions were very slippery, and it played it’s part in a low scoring opening 30 minutes.
Both sides defended in numbers, resulting in limited chances for the forwards. Robert Emmet’s, an underage combination of Newmarket and Lismire did score two points on the bounce, but they had to work extremely hard for those scores. Conor O’Keeffe with both.
Kilshannig stunned their opponents, with 1-2 in a 180 second spell.
Kevin McMahon free and a Diarmuid O’Sullivan beauty with the points, while the latter also raised a green flag, from close range.
The goalkeeper didn’t stand a chance. The Newmarket/Lismire side response was swift with two quick points courtesy of Conor O’Keeffe and Jack Murphy, 1-3 to 0-4, with three minutes to the break.
The winners kicked two of the final three points of the half. Jack Twomey and Diarmuid O’ Sullivan with the Kilshannig white flags. Jack Guiney registered Robert Emmet’s point. 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time. Robert Emmet’s raised two white flags, on the resumpation, through Conor and Ryan O’Keeffe.
They were well in the game at this juncture and also had a number of wides, until they suffered a sucker punch in the 40th minute.
Diarmuid O’Sullivan netted his second goal, following an astute pass from Colm O’Shea.
Kilshannig posted a point immediately after the goal to push 2-6 to 0-7 ahead. Robert Emmet’s breathed new life into the contest, as the excellent Conor O’Keeffe raised a green flag, following a jinking run.
That goal didn’t shake Kilshannig and they held firm, and opened up a seven point gap, with 15 minutes remaining, after kicking over two points, 2-8 to 1-7. The winners looked home and housed, after Jack Kearney drilled home Kilshannig’s third goal, but Robert Emmet’s responded with four points all from Conor O’Keffee in five minutes to trail by just three points, 3-8 to 1-11, with five minutes remaining.
Kilshannig looked for the insurance score, and were close to adding a fourth goal. Diarmuid O’Sullivan was desperate for his hat-trick, but his shot went narrowly wide of the left hand post. Robert Emmet’s were committing numbers forward in the remaining minutes, but it left the door open at the other end of the pitch.
The winners tacked on three points in the dying minutes to make sure of the victory.Jack Kearney (2) and a long range Conor McMahon effort.
The outpouring of emotion once the final whistle sounded had to be seen to be believed, as Kilshannig players and supporters mingled in the middle of the pitch following a historic triumph.
Joy for Kilshannig’s Darragh O’Sullivan, Billy Walsh and Eoin O’Sullivan aftet defeating Robert Emmett’s in the Cork County U21 B FC final at Páirc Uí Rinn.