Round 2B Too easy for Gaeltacht

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An Ghaeltacht 2-18 Ken­mare District 0-5

FOR An Ghaeltacht, a facile home win. For Ken­mare District, re­lief that a mis­er­able week was over.

An Ghaeltacht had much to prove af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against Mid Kerry, and they faced a team with just seventeen play­ers to call on last Satur­day. In fair­ness, Ken­mare District were stub­born for 25 min­utes – but it couldn’t hold.

From An Ghaeltacht’s first at­tack, the district brought 12 men in­side their own ‘45 and their op­po­nents of­ten had to be pa­tient, with much lat­eral pass­ing through­out the half.

A Dara Ó Sé run punched the first hole through the mass-de­fence on four min­utes and he pointed An Ghaeltacht into the lead af­ter ac­cept­ing a re­turn pass. Soon af­ter, Donal O’Sul­li­van made it 0-1 to 0-1 af­ter he re­ceived the ball in­side the op­po­site ‘45, steady­ing him­self and shoot­ing a score from dis­tance.

Ken­mare District led on eight min­utes when Tadhg Siochrú pointed af­ter field­ing a long ball, but Éanna Ó Conchúir made it 0-2 to 0-2 af­ter break­ing free from John Mark Fo­ley.

PJ Mac Láimh blazed over to make it 0-3 to 0-2 and Brian Ó Beaglaoich, part of an im­pres­sive half-back line which con­sis­tently moved play from de­fence to at­tack, made it 0-4 to 0-2 on the quar­ter-hour.

The district ran up eight wides in the first half, and those weren’t the only op­por­tu­ni­ties they missed. On 16 min­utes Tadhg Siochrú had a strike blocked on the line and an­other op­por­tu­nity arose af­ter a score­less ten-minute lull.

Tem­ple­noe’s Seán Shea­han ac­cepted a ball that put him oneon-one with Tomás Mac an tSaoir, but while he at­tempted to chip the keeper, he in­stead lobbed it over the bar. It seemed to wake An Ghaeltacht – who had missed half-chances at goal them­selves, as well as a cou­ple of easy frees.

Dara Ó Sé made it 0-5 to 0-3 soon af­ter Siochrú’s strike, be­fore Seán M Ó Conchúir pointed af­ter he ran through and took a pass from Marc Ó Sé. Mac Láimh then slith­ered past a cou­ple of de­fend­ers to make it 0-7 to 0-3 at the break and there was a sense that An Ghaeltacht were find­ing their range.

In a clin­i­cal start to the sec­ond half, they kicked four points in four min­utes to stretch their lead to 0-11 to 0-3.

The first score by Ciarán Ó Coileáin fol­lowed a lovely move started from deep by Dara Ó Sé, with Brian Ó Beaglaioch find­ing Gearóid Mac an tSaoir, who clat­tered the cross­bar.

An Ghaeltacht had an­other goal chance on 35 min­utes, but Stephen O’Sul­li­van dropped su­perbly to his right to parry Seán M Ó Conchúir’s strike, though Éanna Ó Conchúir slot­ted the re­sult­ing ‘45.

But af­ter a Donal O’Sul­li­van free made it 0-4 to 0-12, an Ghaeltacht fi­nally found the net on 42 min­utes through the in­creas­ingly prom­i­nent Gearóid Mac an tSaoir, mak­ing it 1-12 to 0-4 and killing the con­test.

Now dom­i­nat­ing their ex­hausted op­po­nents’ kick-outs, suc­ces­sive points by Dara Ó Sé – a lovely strike in from the right wing – and Éanna Ó Conchúir made it 1-14 to 0-4, and while a Donal O’Sul­li­van free made it 0-5 to 1-14 with a quar­ter-hour to play, it was Ken­mare District’s last score of a one-sided half.

By now the game was a re­lent­less flow of An Ghaeltacht at­tacks, and Gearóid Mac an tSaoir and Roibeard Ó Sé pointed on 51 and 53 min­utes re­spec­tively to make it 1-16 to 0-5.

Mac an tSaoir turned and struck from dis­tance to score next and he capped a fine per­for­mance in pro­vid­ing the as­sist on 58 min­utes for cor­ner-back Colm Ó Muirc­heartaigh’s only point sec­onds later.

Sub Tomás Ó Sé had im­pressed also, his pace caus­ing reg­u­lar con­cern for Ken­mare District’s be­lea­guered de­fend­ers, and his re­ward ar­rived with the next at­tack, when he creeped through an open­ing and fin­ished to the net.

It led Donal Casey to blow the match up 90 sec­onds early – but while this caused sur­prise, there were no com­plaints.

An Ghaeltacht were far su­pe­rior – but their early slug­gish­ness will be cause for con­cern as they pre­pare for a very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion: a third-round match against the cham­pi­ons, Dr Crokes.

AN GHAELTACHT: Tomás Mac an tSaoir, Adam Mac Amh­laoibh, Cathal Ó Lúing, Colm Ó Muirc­heartaigh (0-1), Brian Ó Beaglaoich (0-1, y/c 47), Pádraig Ó Sé, Marc Ó Sé, Roibeard Ó Sé (0-1), Franz Sauer­land, PJ Mac Láimh (0-2), Éanna Ó Conchúir (0-3, 0-1 ‘45’), Cathal Ó Fian­nachta, Gearóid Mac an tSaoir (1-2), Seán M Ó Conchúir (0-2), Dara Ó Sé (05, 0-2f) Subs: Séa­mus Ó Muirc­heartaigh for Ó Lúing 12, Ciarán Ó Coileáin (0-1) for Ó Fian­nachta 30+1, Tomás Ó Sé for SM Ó Conchúir 47, Seán Ó Bam­baire for E Ó Conchúir 47, Pádraig ‘Óigí’ Ó Sé for PJ Mac Láimh 53

KEN­MARE DISTRICT: Stephen O’Sul­li­van, Liam Twomey, Gavin Crowley, Kieran McCarthy, Gearoid Fennessy, John Mark Fo­ley, Josh Crowley Hol­land, Sean Shee­han (0-1), Adrian Spil­lane, Dar­ragh Siochru, Daniel O’Shea, Tadhg Siochru (0-1), Colm Bros­nan, Daniel Casey, Donal O’Sul­li­van (0-3, 0-2f) Subs: Stephen O’Sul­li­van for D O’Shea 13, D O’Shea for K McCarthy 52

REF­EREE: Daniel Casey (Scartaglin)

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