Kilmurry manager Cormac Linehan: 'Listowel will be hot favourites'

Knocknagree are the most recent Cork outfit to win the Munster JFC in 2017
Kilmurry manager Cormac Linehan: 'Listowel will be hot favourites'

Kilmurry manager Cormac Linehan and selectors against Sean Treacys' during the AIB Munster club JFC quarter final at Templetouhy. Picture; Eddie O'Hare

Munster Club JFC semi-final: Kilmurry (Cork) 4-16 Feenagh-Kilmeedy (Limerick) 0-2 

For the second time in 12 months, Kilmurry will contest the AIB Munster Club JFC final. As has been the case with a lot of Kerry teams in this competition, Fossa - backed by the Clifford brothers - were superior when they met last December.

Due to grade restructuring in Cork, the Muskerry side have an opportunity to go one better when they face Listowel Emmets next month.

Overall, Kerry have secured 16 titles, Cork three.

Knocknagree are the most recent Rebel outfit to win the title in 2017 (after extra-time they defeated Dromid Pearses). Prior to that, you have to go back to Canovee in 2007.

The facts speak for themselves.

So, you can understand why Kilmurry manager Cormac Linehan puts their upcoming fixture against the Kerry champions into context.

“We would consider Listowel to be on a par with Fossa,” he said. “And we saw how good Fossa were last year. We did stay with them - up to a point - but they pulled away.

“Listowel will be hot favourites for the next game.

“We will have to give it everything. Everything will have to go well for us to be in the mix, because Listowel are a fine side. We will have to show up and be on top of our game.

“We did what we had to do today, we worked hard. Feenagh-Kilmeedy are playing hurling as well, they looked tired.” 

With a number of dual players, Feenagh-Kilmeedy will have to regroup quickly for next Saturday’s Munster club JHC final against St Catherine’s.

Leading by 0-9 to 0-1 at half-time, Kilmurry took over in the second half, bagging four goals with a brace each from Liam Wall and substitute Padraig Berhanu.

Nine different scorers overall.

Even a black card to Kilmurry’s Gearóid O’Mahony in the third quarter, failed to upset their momentum.

As well as Berhanu and Wall, Sean Warren ensured a constant scoring return.

Scorers for Kilmurry: L Wall and P Berhanu (2-2 each), S Warren (0-4), B Henchion and L Aisling (0-2 each), R Duggan, R Leahy, G Barrett and Joe O’Mullane, (0-1 each).

Scorers for Feenagh-Kilmeedy: C Ryan (0-2, 0-1 free).

KILMURRY: J McDonnell; B Hinchion, K Barrett, G O’Mahony; A Aisling, W Ronan (Capt), T Collins; K Kelleher, James O’Mullane; D Cahalane, L Aisling, R Duggan; R Leahy, L Wall, S Warren.

Subs: S Curzon for R Leahy, P Berhanu for D Cahalane (both half-time), Joe O’Mullane for A Aisling, G Barrett for James O’Mullane (both 40), O Keane for S Warren (49).

FEENAGH-KILMEEDY: D Gayer; B Donegan, M Fitzgibbon, J O’Regan; S Kelly, B Hannigan, D Boyce; P Donnelly, D Murray O’Connor; D Ryan, C O’Connor, D Coleman; R O’Connor, L Ryan (Capt), C Ryan.

Subs: M O’Connor for D Murray O’Connor, P O’Doherty for D Coleman (both 44), D Lynch for B Hannigan (48 inj), P O’Connor for M Fitzgibbon (50), L O’Gorman for R O’Connor (56).

Referee: Seán Joy (Kerry).

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