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North Kerry Under 21 Championship Final

posted 15 Feb 2016, 03:56 by Shane O'Connell

Knock/Brosna 1-10 Moyvane/Tarbert 1-8

Knocknagoshel/Brosna faced last year’s runners up in the competition Moyvane/Tarbert at a wet and windy Willie Walsh Park Knocknagoshel on Sunday last hoping to pull off a fourth title in six years. With heavy underfoot conditions scores from play were at a premium throughout. Moyvane/Tarbert opened the scoring with 5th minute free from Aidan Doherty. The home side dominated the play in the next 15 minutes with Adam Barry kicking two frees. However they were guilty of a number of missed opportunities in this period and Moyvane/Tarbert capitalised when Shane O’Connor struck for a goal in the 20th minute. This was closely followed by a pointed free from the boot of Timmy Noonan. Adam Barry pointed beautifully from 45 yards to leave the half time score at 1-2 to 0-3 in favour of Moyvane/Tarbert.

Knock/Brosna upped the tempo at the start of the second half and reeled off three points in the second, third and sixth minute to put their noses in front. The first came from play through Kieran O’Donnell and was quickly followed by two Adam Barry frees.  P.J. Stack levelled matters 12 minutes into the half with a pointed free and Moyvane/Tarbert went in front again when Gerald O’Sullivan converted a free two minutes later. Knock/Brosna drove forward again and were rewarded with points from play from Timmy Finnegan, Ger Nash and Adam Barry to put them two points up with the clock ticking down. The visitors responded in great style and threw everything at Knock/Brosna resulting in the home side conceding frees.  Two excellent frees from the boot of Shane O’Connor proved enough to send the game to extra time with the full time score standing at 1-6 to 0-9.

It was Knock/Brosna who rose to the challenge best in extra time with a point from play by Adam Barry and a converted penalty in the first half the crucial scores. As the rain descended in the second half of extra time Moyvane/Tarbert tried hard to close the gap. A pointed free from Shane O’Connor followed by a point from play by Aidan Doherty gave them encouragement but the Knock/Brosna rearguard stood strong against late attacks to see them victorious on a final score of Knock/Brosna 1-10 Moyvane/Tarbert 1-8. Adam Barry, who starred throughout and contributed with a total of 1-7, accepted the cup from Chairman Billy Enright amid rousing cheers from the home support.