Listy secures deserved win over Veer Castlegregory at Kerry Premier JFC

Kerry Petroleum Junior Premier Club Football Championship Group 4 Round 1

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Castlegregory 0-14

The scoreline rightly suggests Listeri was the deserving winner of their championship opener against Castlegregory in Blannerville on Saturday evening, but it was both more competitive and more watchable than the seven-point margin that might lead you to think. .

When they look back, both sides can identify the first 20 minutes as the key. During that open and enjoyable first third, Casselregory got more shots, but he recorded seven wides and scored just 0-4. Meanwhile, Listry made only one shot on goal – a rasping Rueri Murphy strike on goal – and worked his way into a five-point lead, the most notable score reaching 18 minutes when Joe Clifford compensated for the first missed goal. Received a pass over the net to Gary O’Sullivan.

0-4 down 1-6 after 20 minutes in which they looked to be a good match for Listry, it was hard to see how Castlegregory could pick himself up for the remainder, and it was still there and half-time. The middle got tough. Goalkeeper David Carroll pushed Listery further with a sweet ’45’, and Michael Keane quickly widened the gap to eight with his first point of the game. Castelgregory dismissed Listeri 0–3 to 0–2 between there and the short whistle, but at 1–10 to 0–7, Listerie made a decisive advantage.

Whatever the case may be, the underdogs got plenty of credit for putting in a spirited third quarter and making things a contest. Maurice O’Connell got the first of the second half for Castlegregory, a graceful strike after being cut from the wing, and O’Connell created an opportunity three minutes later, which went to oncoming Sean O’Grady, who Breaks off Listy’s cover and knocks on his fourth point.

At 48 minutes, Castlegregory had reduced his arrears to three points at 0–11 1–11, and where the West Kerry team had been futile in the opening half, Listry was now finding it difficult to score as once eye-catching. The difference in the wide-count quickly narrowed.

But the East Kerry outfit, which looked physically stronger and more street-side at night, was waking up to a surge when Castlegregory lost possession of his own half 12 minutes ahead of time. Listeri worked the turn-over ball between his forward and through Castlegregory’s defence, Rueri Murphy stepped over the net for a 2-11 0-11 lead.

Although the match could have stalled from there, the competition continued with a fairly open and fast paced tempo until the end, with both sides adding seven points in the final quarter. Three of them went the way of Castlegregory – including a quick brace by Timmy Moriarty, which gave his side a modest bit of hope for the closing act – but Listeri, again, were a marginally better team on that home stretch, with four Points were included, consisting of one and two. Fourth single of the match from Rurie Murphy, and Aaron O’Shea.

list: David Carroll (0-1, 1′ 45′), Seamus Giles, Paulie Lehane, Colon Ryan, Darragh Lehane, Anthony Kennedy, Jack Walsh (0-2), Billy O’Brien, Rurie Murphy (1-3, 1m) ), Gary O’Sullivan, Aaron O’Shea (0-4), Joe Clifford (1-1), Sean Lehane (0-3, 1f), Jimmy O’Leary, Michael Keane (0-1). Sub: Dare Murphy for G O’Sullivan, 50; Pa Daly for J Clifford, 53; Cain Bradley, 53, for Jay Walsh; Danny Wren, 56, for M Keane; Damien Clifford, 60+2 for S Lehane.

Castlegregory: Shane Kenny, Eoin Lin, Seamus Lynn, David Sheehan, Michael Scanlon, Alan Fitzgerald (0-1), Timmy Moriarty (0-2), Conor Greene, Thomas O’Donnell, Sean O’Grady (0-4, 1m) ), Anton Kelleher (0-2, 2f), Jimmy Grady (0-1), Patrick O’Donoghue, Brandon Hoare (0-1), Maurice O’Connell (0-2). Sub: Connor O’Leary (0-1), 2, to PO Donoghue; William Goodwin for C O’Leary, HT; Jason Griffin for Sea Greene, 53; Maurice Slattery, 53, for Jay Grady; Jack Shannon for M O’Connell, 60.

Referee: Dennis Keneally (Moywen)