2012 North Kerry Senior Championship

Mc Munn's Sponsored North Kerry Senior Championship 2012 
Photo courtesy of Mike Flavin - North Kerry Board
Round 1: Listowel Emmets V Tarbert in Moyvane on Saturday 3rd November 2012 @2.30pm
Result: Emmets 0-8 Tarbert 0-5
Played in Con Brosnan Park Moyvane on Saturday last and in what could only be described as a dog fight, Emmets emerged victorious after a tough and physical encounter with Tarbert.  Both sides saw their opening attacks broke down and it was not until eight and half minutes when Conor Cox took the opening score of the game with a pointed free. Tarbert followed quickly with two points, as the physicality of the game intensified Noel Kennelly took a pointed free on the 25th minute followed on the stroke of half time with a good point from Michéal Lynch, leaving the sides all level with 3 points each at the break. The second half was a mirror image of the first but superb points from the Kennelly brothers and Conor Cox insured victory the Listowel side, who now face Castleisland Desmonds in the quarter final.
Emmets Team Conor Walsh, Jamie Barry, Brendan Guiney, Jack McGuire, Ger McCarthy, Brian McGuire, Cormac Mulvihill, Noel Kennelly(0-3), Denis Walsh, Eddie Joe Walsh, Tadhg Kennelly(0-2), David Sheehy, Conor Cox(0-2), Michéal Lynch(0-1), Paudie Buckley. Subs Brian Murphy
Referee: Paudie Keane Moyvane
Qtr Final: Listowel Emmets V Castleisland Desmonds in Finuge on Sunday 11th November 2012 @ 2.30pm
Result: Emmets 3-18 Castleisland Desmonds 1-02
Emmets met with Desmonds in the quarter final of the McMunn's sponsored North Kerry Senior Football Championship on Sunday last in O'Sullivan Park, Finuge. This was a pretty one sided affair as Emmets went in at the break leading by 1-7 to 1-1, thanks to a penalty goaled by Cormac Mulvihill and some fine shooting from Conor Cox, Cormac Mulvihill, David Sheehy and Tadhg Kennelly. While Desmonds Eric Nelligan found the back of the Emmets net with a fisted shot, followed by a pointed free. As the second half developed Emmets owned a lot of possession with Noel Kennelly finding the back of the net on the 38th minute, with Denis Walsh very dominant in the middle combining well with Sheehy and Doyle Emmets continued to take fine scores from play and in particular Conor Cox who linked well with Tadhg Kennelly to finish high to the net from close range for the Listowel sides third goal. The game was well and truly over at this stage as Desmonds registered their only score of the half on the 49th minute. Final Score Emmets 3-18 Castleisland Desmonds 1-02
This was a very under strength Castleisland Desmonds team and Emmets will now meet a much sterner test when they clash with Beale last year's beaten championship finalist in two weeks time. Best for Emmets were without doubt Conor Cox taking 1-07 of which 1-06 was from play, Denis Walsh, Jack McGuire, John Heaphy, Jamie Barry and Cormac Mulvihill also showed well.
Team: Shane Quinn, Jamie Barry, Jack McGuire, John Heaphy, Ger McCarthy (C), Brian McGuire, Cormac Mulvihill (1-01,(1-0 pen), Noel Kennelly (1-01,01f), Denis Walsh, Eddie Joe Walsh, David Sheehy (0-1), Padraig Buckley, Conor Cox (1-06, 0-1f), Tadhg Kennelly (0-1), Michéal Lynch
Subs: Brian Murphy (0-1) for P. Buckley (40mins), Billy Doyle (0-4) for E.J, Walsh (46mins), JJ Buckley (0-1) for D. Sheehy (48mins), Sean O'Mahony for J.Barry (53mins), David Enright for G. McCarthy (56mins)
Referee: Mike Hennessy Ballyduff.
Semi Final: Listowel Emmets V Beale in Ballylongford on Sunday 26th November 2012 @ 2.30pm
Result: Emmets 2-06 Beale 2-07
This was a very entertaining contest from start to finish. Listowel Emmets went into the game as hot favourites but Beale were quietly confident of causing an upset. The game was played in very cold and wet conditions.
Beale opened the scoring in the 1st minute when Ian Blake drove over a massive point from a sideline. Listowel were quick to respond when Bryan Murphy kicked over a point. Listowel were starting to get on top but they could not make it pay on the scoreboard. They dropped a few scoring chances short and also had a number of wides. Eddie Joe Walsh put Listowel in front in the 9th minute with a well-worked point. Conditions were wet and there was a lot of broken play and turnovers. In the 13th minute Listowel’s Conor Cox took a free from 50 yards, which he dropped short. Beale swept up the field on a rapid counter attack. Barry O’Mahoney gained possession in behind the Listowel defence and rounded the advancing Shane Quinn to drive home a well-taken goal. Beale were fired up and came more into the game as the half progressed.
Listowel had more chances, which they wasted. Beale attacked again and won a 14-yard free which Ian Blake converted in the 20th minute. Beale were now a goal in front 1-02 to 0-02. Bryan Murphy who was playing very well drove over his 2nd point for Listowel a minute later to cut the gap to 2 points. Listowel hit the front again when Murphy scored a goal for Listowel. The ball broke in front of him and without picking it up he blasted it straight into the bottom corner giving Seán Dee no chance of getting to it. This was turning out to be a good hard game of football with no quarter being asked or given. Both teams were giving it their all to qualify for the final. Scores were hard to come and we had to wait another 7 minutes for the next one. Conor Cox got on the ball and made a great run through the Beale defence. He could have taken a shot himself but instead passed to that man again Bryan Murphy who volleyed the ball in spectacular fashion low and hard into the bottom corner. Listowel were 4 points up and half time was fast approaching. Beale needed to respond and they did when Padraig Murphy fisted over in a crowded goalmouth in the 2nd minute of stoppage time.
Half Time: Listowel Emmets 2-03 Beale 1-03
The 2nd half mirrored the 1st half with both teams giving it their all. Referee Seamus Mulvihill was kept very busy, as there were a number of flashpoints. Both teams had chances at the start of the half but the first score of the half came in the 37th minute when Padraig Murphy pointed for Beale to cut the gap to 2 points. A massive brawl broke out in front of the stand. Order was soon restored but Listowel Emmets seemed to lose focus in the period following on from this incident. Beale got on top and were winning all the breaking ball. Over the course of the game the ball broke 19 times in the middle of the field. Beale won 15 of these. This was to prove a telling statistic. In the 40th Beale attacked and Jake O’Connell had them back in front again he drove low and hard past the Emmets goalkeeper Shane Quinn. The ball crashed off the bottom of the upright and flew into the net. The stand in Ballylongford erupted and the Beale supporters were sensing that there was a great chance of an upset. Beale added 2 rapid points in the following 2 minutes. Padraig Murphy kicked over his 3rd point and Ian Blake kicked over a 14-yard free. Beale had taken the game by the scruff of the neck and Listowel Emmets looked to be in serious trouble. James McMahon who was having a very good game for Beale extended the lead to 4 points when drove over a brilliant point in the 44th minute.
Listowel were rocked and looked stunned. They had been shut out of the game by a dogged Beale side that now looked set for an easy victory. Listowel needed to respond and to their credit they did. Their defence needed to tighten up and they did. Beale would not score again. Listowel’s 1st score of the half came in the 48th minute when Cormac Mulvihill drove over a 50 to cut the gap to 3 points. Listowel were the team who were now getting stuck in and putting their bodies on the line. Listowel depend a lot on Conor Cox but he was finding it hard to make an impact on the game. His 1st and only score came in the 51st minute when he pointed with a long range free from over 50 yards out. There was just 2 points in the game now. 2-07 to 2-05 in favour of Beale. Brian McGuire was racing up field in possession when shipped a heavy tackle from Beale’s James McMahon. It was an over zealous challenge that deserved a yellow. Unfortunately for him it was his 2nd so he was sent off. This was in the 56 minute. It was all Listowel before this and from here on the game was played solely in the Beale half of the pitch. 2 minutes later Cormac Mulvihill took another 50 for Listowel but it drifted wide. Listowel were running out of time but Noel Kennelly drove over a brilliant point from a tight angle to cut the gap to just a single point. It was Beale who now looked rattled. They were hanging on as full time approached. In the 60th minute Noel Kennelly again shot from a tight angle but the chance drifted wide. There had been a number of stoppages in the 2nd half so there was a lot of injury time to be played. Beale were defending for their lives as Listowel battled desperately for an equaliser. 5 minutes into stoppage time Listowel won a free on the 50-yard line but it was out towards the sideline. Noel Kennelly took the free but it was always drifting wide. Seamus Mulvihill blew for full time much to the delight of the Beale panel and supporters.
This was an absorbing contest and both sides deserve great credit for providing great entertainment on such a cold afternoon. Beale will be confident of going all the way for the 1st time in 23 years. Listowel Emmets can hold their heads high. They had a tough season but they are rebuilding their panel at present. The future is bright for them as they have emerging young talent. When these lads muscle up and get more experienced they will be a force to be reckoned with. They held their status in Division 2 of the County League against all the odds and this will help them to develop again in the New Year.
Team: Shane Quinn, Jamie Barry, Brendan Guiney, Jack McGuire, Ger McCarthy, Brian McGuire, Cormac Mulvihill (0-1,45), Noel Kennelly(0-1), Denis Walsh, Eddie Joe Walsh(0-1), Conor Cox(0-1), David Sheehy, Brian Murphy (2-2), Paudie Buckley, Conor Cox. Subs John Heaphy for P. Buckley (28mins), Billy Doyle for Michéal Lynch (45mins)
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (St. Senan's)