AIB Munster Club SFC: Nemo march on
AIB Munster Club SFC Semi-Final
NEMO RANGERS (CORK) 2-17 AUSTIN STACKS (KERRY) 0-5
By Denis Hurley at Pairc Ui Rinn
It was almost all-one way traffic at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday as Nemo Rangers booked their place in a third AIB Munster Club SFC final in five years.
Taking on Austin Stacks – representing Kerry as a result of winning the club championship in the Kingdom, with divisional side East Kerry having won the county championship – Nemo carried in their momentum from last week’s over win Newcastle West. Leading by 0-9 to 0-2 coming up to half-time before a crowd of 1,267, Nemo had a goal in injury time from Kevin O’Donovan to solidify their lead.
That advantage was augmented early in the second half and a goal on 44 minutes from Alan O’Donovan – like Kevin, a son of Nemo manager Paul O’Donovan – them 2-13 to 0-2 in front and well on the way to a final meeting with Clonmel Commercials.
Stacks will reflect on early goal chances for Shane O’Callaghan and Fiachna Mangan, saved by Micheál Martin and blocked by Aidan O’Reilly respectively, and Nemo kicked four unanswered points in the first quarter.
While O’Callaghan did open the Stacks account on 17, Nemo’s flow remained uninterrupted, with Stephen Cronin, Paul Kerrigan, Mark Cronin, Barry O’Driscoll and Luke Connolly all on target to make it 0-9 to 0-1. While Seán Quilter replied with a Stacks free – the only score from a dead ball in the whole game – Kerrigan set up Kevin O’Donovan for the goal to leave ten between the teams at half-time.
Kerrigan had two points in the opening minutes of the second half and only a good Darragh O’Brien save prevented Luke Connolly from adding another Nemo goal. After Kevin O’Donovan and Kerrigan made it 1-13 to 0-2, O’Driscoll played in Alan O’Donovan, who finished well to open up a 17-point lead.
By the end, Nemo were 18 in front, with 11 different players scoring. They will face Clonmel in the final, a repeat of the 2015 decider, which the Tipperary champions won.
Scorers for Nemo Rangers: Paul Kerrigan 0-5, Kevin O’Donovan 1-2, Alan O’Donovan 1-0, Mark Cronin, Barry O’Driscoll 0-2 each, Stephen Cronin, Jack Horgan, Conor Horgan, Shane Martin, Ciarán Dalton, Luke Connolly 0-1 each.
Scorers for Austin Stacks: Fiachna Mangan, Shane O’Callaghan, Seán Quilter (f) David Fitzmaurice, Wayne Guthrie 0-1 each.
NEMO RANGERS: Micheál Aodh Martin; Alan Cronin, Aidan O’Reilly, Briain Murphy; Kevin O’Donovan, Stephen Cronin, Jack Horgan; Alan O’Donovan, James McDermott; Barry O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, Colin O’Brien; Mark Cronin, Luke Connolly, Conor Horgan.
Subs: Ciarán Dalton for Mark Cronin, Ronan Dalton for O’Brien, Kevin Fulignati for McDermott (all 48), Kieran Histon for Murphy (50), Shane Martin for Kevin O’Donovan (55), Barry Cripps for O’Driscoll (55).
AUSTIN STACKS: Darragh O’Brien; Jack O’Shea, Barry Shanahan, Dylan Casey; Colin Griffin, Ronan Shanahan, Jack Morgan; Joseph O’Connor, Michael O’Donnell; Fiachna Mangan, Shane O’Callaghan, Ciarán O’Reilly; Seán Quilter, Kieran Donaghy, Wayne Guthrie.
Subs: Michael O’Gara for Shanahan (23, injured), Darragh O’Brien for Quilter, Pa McCarthy for O’Reilly (both 37), David Fitzmaurice for O’Gara (48, bc), Shane Walsh for Griffin (50), Gearóid Fitzgerald for O’Callaghan (52).
REFEREE: Seán Lonergan (Tipperary).