Kilcummin (Kerry) 5-13 Naomh Éanna (Antrim) 2-9
A standout performace by Kerry Senior Kevin McCarthy who proved to be simply unmarkable throughout ensured that Kilcummin were crowned All Ireland Intermediate Club champions at Croke Park last Saturday evening.
McCarthy who missed a lot his sides campaign due to a hand injury was named in the starting line up went on to score 3-7 in a performance that will be long remembered at head quarters.
Kilcummin opened the game in frenetic fashion and with early goals from Matt Keane and McCarthy, they opened a 2-3 to 0-0 lead after just seven minutes but the Ulster champions were here on merit and set about their task in an honest fashion and reduced the deficit to just two by the 20thminute (2-5 to 2-3) as Ruairi Scott and Eoin Nagle both hitting the net.
Noel Duggan was taken down in the square and Kieran Murphy slotted away the penalty as Kilcummin defended well during the 8 additional injury time minutes to take a3-6 to 2-4 lead with them to the break.
The second half was all about McCarthy who fired in two goals for his hat trick.
That said two brilliant Brendan Kealy saves were crucial at keeping the Naomh Eanna Challenge at bay but in the end it was the strange choice of the Rose of Tralee that sang out as Kilcummin captain Brendan Kealy was joined by former GAA president Sean Kelly as they collected the cup.
Scorers for Naomh Éanna: Odhran Eastwood 0-7, 5f, Ruairi Scott 1-2, Eoin Nagle 1-0
Scorers for Kilcummin: Kevin McCarthy 3-7, Kieran Murphy 1-1 1-0 Pen, Matt Keane 1-0, Gary O’Leary 0-3, Ian Devane, John McCarthy 0-1 each
Paddy Flood, Killian Jennings, Damien Gault, Mick McNamee, Conan Lyttle, James McAuley, Conor McAuley, Philly Curran, Joe Maskey, Peter Healy, Ruairi Scott, Kristian Healy, Ethan Gibson, Odhran Eastwood
Ciaran O’Neill for Curran (20m), Ciaran Thompson for C McAuley (25m), Michael Morgan for Flood (22m – Black card replacement), Cormac Eastwood for Gault (43m)
- Niall McKeown for Gibson (53m), Ryan Kennedy for Scott (57m)
Brendan Kealy, Sean ÓLeary, Donal Maher, Daniel Moynihan, Philip Casey, Chris ÓLeary, William Maher, Kieran Murphy, Kevin Gorman, Shane McSweeney, Gary ÓLeary, Padraig Nagle, Noel Duggan, Kevin McCarthy, Matt Keane
John McCarthy for P Nagle (44m), Daniel O’Leary for W Maher (44m), Ian Devane for Duggan (53m), Damien O’Leary for G O’Leary (55m), Kelvin Teahan for Murphy (57m)
Mikey O’Shea for Keane (61m)
Referee: James Molloy (Galway)