Three-goal Sars have too much for Kil­dor­rery

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Sars­fields 3-14 Kil­dor­rery 0-20

GOALS at vi­tal stages proved de­ci­sive as Sars­fields were crowned County Un­der 21 B HC win­ners at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sun­day.

The game was played in light rain for long pe­ri­ods. Kil­dor­rery had the open­ing score when An­thony Crow­ley and Paddy Pig­ott worked well for Cathal Har­ring­ton who pointed.

Good play by Conor Mur­phy led to Sars­fields open­ing score by Ben Gra­ham af­ter three min­utes. Sars­fields hit the front again when Tris­tan O’Leary placed Ben Gra­ham for a point. Cathal Har­ring­ton with a free lev­elled in the sixth minute.

Sars­fields hit a purple patch. Team cap­tain Ross Hogan struck a good side­line cut find­ing Ben Gra­ham who sent over. Tris­tan O’Leary added a point af­ter eight min­utes. In the 10th minute Ross Hogan with a good point opened up a three point lead.

James Keat­ing with two pointed frees had Kil­dor­rery back in the hunt by the 13th minute. Sars­fields edged two clear again when Ben Gra­ham pointed a free. Kil­dor­rery struck a very good pe­riod they got to terms in mid­field and they had three points in quick suc­ces­sion by Shane O’Neill, Cathal Har­ring­ton (free) and James Keat­ing (free) that had them tied at 0-7 each.

James Keat­ing had a close in free saved by the Sars de­fence. Kil­dor­rery con­tin­ued to do well. Paddy Pig­ott made a great catch and pointed with P J Keat­ing work­ing well for James Keat­ing who was fouled and the lat­ter pointed the free as Kil­dor­rery led 0-9 to 0-7 af­ter 27 min­utes.

James Keat­ing added a very good point. Sars­field had their first goal in the 28th minute when Ross Hogan and Tris­tan O’Leary worked well for Ben Gra­ham who net­ted and lev­elled at 1-7 to 0-10.

The Hill edged ahead when Kevin Noo­nan struck a fine point. The Avondhu side moved two points clear when Dar­ren McNamara placed Dy­lan Kent for a fine point. Sars­fields had a late pointed free that left just a point be­tween them at the break 0-12 to 1-8.

On the re­sump­tion Sars­fields did well. Ben Gra­ham (2) and Tris­tan O’Leary had early points. Kil­dor­rery had a pointed free by James Keat­ing. Sars­fields sub John Kelle­her goaled in the 36th minute as the win­ners moved 2-12 to 0-13 clear.

Ben Gra­ham pointed an­other free with James Keat­ing who had moved to the at­tack adding two points 2-13 to 0-15. Danny Allen added a point for Sars­fields. Both sides ex­changed points with James Keat­ing be­ing Kil­dor­rery’s sole scorer in the sec­ond half.

John Kelle­her with a sec­ond goal in the 53rd minute made it 3-14 to 0-16 com­plet­ing Sars­fields tally. Kil­dor­rery tried very hard to get back in the hunt. They had four points by James Keat­ing and came close to an equal­is­ing goal in in­jury time when Don­n­cha McCarthy made a mas­sive save.

Af­ter the game Tracey Kennedy, County Board Chair­per­son pre­sented the cup to the win­ners cap­tain Ross Hogan.

SARS­FIELDS: D McCarthy, C O’Dono­van, A McCarthy, D Barry, S Hig­gins, D O’Ma­hony, J Leahy, C Mur­phy, R Hogan 0-1 (Capt) S Dolan, K Mur­phy, D Allen 0-1, C Kelle­her, B Gra­ham 1-10 (0-5f), T O’Leary 0-2 Subs: B O’Neill for S Dolan, J Kelle­her 2-0 for K Mur­phy, D O’Driscoll for C Kelle­her

KIL­DOR­RERY: C Walsh-O’Grady, M Walsh O’Grady, I But­ler, T Wat­son, A Crow­ley, J Keat­ing 0-13 (0-8f), J Hunter, D McNamara, P J Keat­ing, D Kent 0-1 (Capt) S O’Neill 0-1, K Noo­nan 0-1, C Har­ring­ton 0-3 (0-2f), P Pig­ott 0-1, K Hur­ley Sub: S Cun­ning­ham for K Hur­ley

REF­EREE: John Hor­gan (Gleann na Laoi)

Kieran Fitzger­ald mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to Mort Buck­ley, Clon­dro­hid, fol­low­ing Ar­clight Turbo’s win in the Fitzger­ald In­sur­ances 525 race at the Kan­turk GAA Fundraiser at Cur­ra­heen Park. In­cluded are Ian Walsh and Tom O’Cal­laghan, Chair­man Kan­turk GAA. Photo by Mike English

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