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Fermoy bid to end Kerry’s dominance

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 3:50pm

Fermoy vs Kilcummin

The Munster Intermediate Football title has, for the last five years, taken up residence in Kerry and Kilcummin are fancied by many to make it six when they face Fermoy in this year’s final in Mallow on Sunday at 1.30pm.

The Kerry champions demolished Kilmacthomas from Waterford in the semi-final, having had a tough encounter in the quarter-final away to Kilrush, and even with the final being played at a very familiar North Cork venue for Fermoy, Kilcummin will enter the contest as favourites.

Fermoy had wins over Galbally and Moyne-Templetouhy in their games but a concern for manager Mick Hennessey and his backroom team will be their second half displays in both games.

On their home patch against Galbally they only managed to score 0-2, while they were even less effective in the semi-final win, admittedly away from home, when they failed to register a single score in the second half.

It should also be factored in that they had done enough on both days to ensure they had the win secured and last time out, they were without two key players in the injured Ruairi O’Hagan and Tomas Clancy who was out of the country.

However it is a concern and better teams, especially from the Kingdom, would not allow such lapses go unpunished.

The Kerry side have a lot of experience in their side, notably goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, while Matt Keane, Daniel Moynihan, Philip Casey, Noel Duggan and midfielder Willie Maher will relish this challenge.

Fermoy should have Clancy and O’Hagan back, and if Martin Brennan, Jack Hutchings, Kieran Morrison, Padraig De Roiste and Liam Coleman deliver the performance they are capable of, they could end Kerry’s dominance of this championship.

One thing is certain though; they will need a consistent 60 minutes anything less and Kilcummin will win.

Under 21 Hurling Championship

There's a big push to get this competition finished before the Annual Convention on 16 December and several interesting games are down for decision on Sunday. Fresh from their dramatic and brilliant win in the Munster Intermediate Final, ten of the Charleville players will anchor their team in an intriguing looking encounter with Fr O’Neill’s.

Darragh Fitzgibbon and Dale Browne are two key men for the North Cork side, while O’Neill’s will look to Declan Dalton and Billy Dunne as they bid to make the quarter-final.

If Charleville can get themselves mentally right, given the events of last week, they should win.

A quarter-final meeting of Douglas and Shandrum also looks like producing a lively clash; Tim O’Mahoney is big player for Shandrum and impressed when beating Glen Rovers last time out. But there’s a lot of quality in the city side, notably Shane Kingston and Brian Turnbull, and they should prevail.

In Premier 2, the second semi-final pits a highly rated Courcey Rovers side against divisional rivals Carrigaline, and the popular view is that it’s the Ballinaspittle lads that will advance to the final, where Ballincollig will provide the opposition.

Football League Final

County champions St Finbarr's put the heavy defeat in the Munster Final behind them to see off Ballincollig in the Kelleher Shield semi-final, and in the process, set up a final meeting with their great rivals Nemo Rangers in the Rochestown Park Hotel sponsored final on Saturday in Páirc Uí Rinn at 2.30pm.

It’s the perfect way to bring the curtain down on what has been a good few weeks for football and Nemo will be chomping at the bit to inflict a defeat on the newly crowned champions.

There will be quality players on view, Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, Alan Cronin and Colin O’Brien for Nemo, while Ian Maguire, Glenn O’Connor, Stephen Sherlock and Dylan Quinn will be keen for the ‘Barrs to complete the double.

Whenever these two sides meet they usually deliver good games, this should be no exception and hard to pick a winner as both have huge incentive, so we will resist picking a winner and just hope it’s a decent game.

Weeshie Fogarty RIP

As we were getting ready in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday to broadcast the Charleville vs Feakle game word reached us that Weeshie had passed away. It was known that his health had not been great for a few years but the news still came as a shock.

I had the pleasure of sharing a press box with him at various venues over many years and to say it was a pleasure would be an understatement.

He was kind, generous, helpful, funny, a bit of rogue mind, but at all times great company and his love of football, especially Kerry football, was easy to see.

Some years ago when I wrote my first GAA book, Weeshie invited me to Tralee for his programme 'Terrace Talk'. I was nervous but almost immediately he put me at ease and for close on 65 minutes we chatted as if we were having a pint, it is something I will never forget.

I was proud and privileged to have known him and call him friend and the world of sports broadcasting has lost an iconic figure that brought GAA to a new level.

Sincere sympathy to his family, friends, colleagues in Legion and Kerry GAA and all in Kerry Radio especially the GAA team who will surely remember the man with great affection.

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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