St Se­nans ly­ing in wait to de­throne cham­pi­ons

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St Se­nans v Bal­ly­donoghue

BAL­LY­DONOGHUE put their North Kerry SFC ti­tle on the line next Sun­day when they take on St Se­nans win what will surely be a packed to ca­pac­ity Con Bros­nan Park in Moy­vane.

Quite how Bal­ly­donoghue will be set af­ter a tough semi-fi­nal re­play win over Bal­ly­duff re­mains to be seen, while St Se­nans have had a cou­ple of weeks to tweak their prepa­ra­tions and hatch their plans to de­throne the cham­pi­ons.

Re­cents wins over Des­monds (quar­ter-fi­nal) and Fin­uge (semi-fi­nal) will have steeled St Se­nans for what could be their tough­est game of this Cham­pi­onship, but the Mount­coal based club will rel­ish a crack of the cham­pi­ons.

Sean T Dil­lon, Damien Somers, Barry Ma­hony, David Fo­ran, Sean Weir and Paudie Quill are just some of the play­ers Se­nans will pin their hopes on, but the re­al­ity is that it will take a col­lec­tive and mon­u­men­tal ef­fort for them to lift the cup.

Bal­ly­donoghue got a scare in their semi-fi­nal draw with Bal­ly­duff, and while they had four points to spare in Brosna last Sun­day, they will need to be at their best to stave off what should be a fresh, con­fi­dent and de­ter­mined St Se­nans side.

Dar­ragh O’Shea, Ja­son Fo­ley, Micheál Fo­ley, Mar­tin O’Ma­hony, Brian O Seanacháin and Paul Ken­nelly will be the more fa­mil­iar names to those less ac­quainted with the reign­ing cham­pi­ons, but like their op­po­nents next Sun­day, it will take a huge col­lec­tive ef­fort from them, but they should edge a thriller.

Ver­dict: Bal­ly­donoghue

NORTH KERRY SFC SEMI-FI­NAL RE­PLAY

Bal­ly­duff 0-10 Bal­ly­donoghue 1-11

THE open­ing min­utes of this re­play last Sun­day in Brosna went all Bal­ly­duff’s way with three fast points from Jack O’Sul­li­van, Mikey Boyle and Padraig Boyle, but then Bal­ly­donoghue got to grips with the strong wind and went on the at­tack with Jim Cremin rais­ing his side’s at­tack with a goal and a point in the first 10 min­utes.

Bal­ly­donoghue went on a scor­ing spree with six more points from play be­fore the half time whis­tle. But with only five points be­tween the sides and Bal­ly­duff still look­ing dan­ger­ous in at­tack with the half time score Bal­ly­duff 0-5 Bal­ly­donoghue 1-7.

The sec­ond half and it started a more sub­dued af­fair with the first three scores on the board com­ing from frees two for Bal­ly­duff and a point for Paul Ken­nelly Bal­ly­donoghue. But with Bal­ly­duff chas­ing the game and go­ing for goals early on maybe they should have been taken their points, as Bal­ly­donoghue were al­ways in con­trol.

Two min­utes into in­jury time a penalty awarded to Bal­ly­duff was saved by Bal­ly­donoghue goal­keeper Dar­ragh O’Shea. The fi­nal whis­tle sounded there­after to set up a re­peat of the 2016 fi­nal be­tween Bal­ly­donoghue and St Se­nans.

BAL­LY­DONOGHUE: Dar­ragh O’Shea, Billy Fo­ley, Ja­son Fo­ley, Conor Ken­nelly, Thomas Ken­nelly, Micheál Fo­ley, Jack Gog­a­rty, Mar­tin O’Ma­hony, Brian O Seanacháin, Jim Cremin, Daragh Sheehy, Jack Be­han, Jack Fo­ley, Paul Ken­nelly, Ea­mon Walsh

BAL­LY­DUFF: Padraig Har­ring­ton, Ben Tobin, Paul O’Car­roll, Pa­trick Moran, An­thony O’Car­roll, Cathal Kear­ney, Daniel O’Car­roll, Paud Costel­loe, Jack O’Sul­li­van, Philip Lu­cid, Jack Goulding, Johnny Re­gan, Mikey Boyle, Ai­dan Boyle, Padraig Boyle

REF­EREE: Col­man O’Fla­herty (Lis­towel Em­mets)

Bal­ly­duff’s Thomas Slattery is closely marked by Paul Ken­nelly, Bal­ly­donoghue, dur­ing the North Kerry SFC semi-fi­nal re­play in Brosna

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