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Kiskeam turn on the power

posted Aug 11, 2013, 12:09 PM by Kiskeam Area

By John Tarrant

Monday, August 05, 2013

Kiskeam 0-21 Naomh Abán 0-16 
Kiskeam performed with a power and passion that proved too much for Naomh Abán in a cracking Cork Premier IFC clash at wet Dromtariffe yesterday.

When the hard questions were asked early in the second half, Kiskeam had the answers to overcome the concession of eight points and a run of seven unanswered points regained control of the lively proceedings. 

Not even a monsoon-like shower could deter some splendid individual shooting in both attacks. And a cool and composed Kiskeam coach Jimmy Dennehy reacted with satisfaction on a job well done as they face into the business end of the championship. 

"That’s the first time, we’ve kicked 0-21, some great scores and coming back from a half-time deficit, showed great resolve. Every day is a test in this competition and we’re pleased to move on and face new challenges," said Dennehy. 

As the game progressed, Kiskeam grabbed a foothold to enjoy a 0-8 to 0-4 grip thanks to points from David Scannell and Diarmuid Fitzgerald to take a 0-8 to 0-4 advantage. 

But as the heavens opened, Naomh Abán raised the pace and intensity with Michéal and Seamus Ó Laoire winning primary possession in midfield. Indeed the Gaeltacht outfit turned the screw as Shane MacCarthaigh, Michéal Ó Cróinín and Diarmuid Ó Liatháin boomed over massive points to change the complexion of the game, Naomh Abán ahead 0-11 to 0-8 at the short whistle. 

That lead was extended to four on the restart but Kiskeam never lost belief and rallied brilliantly. 

In defence Joseph Dennehy, A J O’Connor and Padraig O’Leary emerged a much more focused force. 

Up front, the astute switch of central attackers Mike Herlihy and Niall Cronin offered Kiskeam more of a cutting edge to register seven consecutive points. Naomh Abán refused to buckle and it took a brilliant block by county minor keeper Anthony Casey to deny Ó Liatháin. 

Points by Ó Cróinín offered Naomh Abán encouragement but Kiskeam never lost composure and closed out the game with white flags from Herlihy and Tom O’Sullivan to earn a quarter-final date against St Michael’s or Valley Rovers. 

Scorers for Kiskeam: D Scannell 0-5, M Herlihy 0-4, B Dennehy 0-3f, N Cronin 0-3, D Fitzgerald 0-2, R Carroll, M Casey, A J O’Connor and T O’Sullivan 0-1 each. 

Naomh Abán: S MacCarthaigh 0-6(0-4f), M Ó Cróinín 0-5(0-1f), D Ó Liatháin 0-2, M Ó Duinnín, S O’Laoire and D Ó Cróinín 0-1 each. 

KISKEAM: A Casey; P Cronin, J Dennehy, D J Casey; AJ O’Connor, D Linehan, P O’Leary; M Casey, E O’Mahony; D Fitzgerald, M Herlihy, R Carroll; D Scannell, B Dennehy, N Cronin. 

Subs: S Linehan for P Cronin(33), T O’Sullivan for Carroll(45). 

NAOMH ABÁN: S Ó hUidir; L Mac Suibhne, S Ó Mathúna, C Ó Deaúna, D Ó Scannaill, T Ó Scannaill, A Ó Loinsigh; M Ó Laoire, S Ó Laoire; D Ó Liatháin, D Ó Ceocháin, N Ó Ceallaigh; S MacCarthaigh, M Ó Cróinín, M Ó Duinnín. 

Subs: D Ó Sulleabháin for Ó Ceocháin (46), D Ó Cróinín for Ó Ceallaigh(47). 
Referee: J O’Leary (Malllow).

Padraig Leary Storming Up The Field vs Naomh Aban
Photo By: Conor O' Leary