Gaoth Dobhair produced their best performance of the season as they booked their place in the senior final with as they saw off the challenge of Dingle, with considerable in their semi-final on Sunday evening.
Gaoth Dobhair 2-12
Dingle (Kerry) 2-8
Gaoth Dobhair dominated this encounter when it mattered and could afford to pull up long before the finish and turn their thoughts to Monday’s final.
An injury time goal from Dingle full-back Gene O’Connor distorted the true story of this game.
With Neil and Eamon McGee manning the central berths in defence and Kevin Cassidy and Peter McGee lords and masters in the middle of the field the Gaoth Dobhair attack was humming with James Gallagher, Owen Ward, Ronan MacNiallais and Colin Ferry especially playing with a pep in their step.
They had built up an eight point lead, 1-8 to 0-3, at half-time. Frank McGee hit the goal after being sent on his way by man of the match Kevin Cassidy with a superb defence opening pass.
And they had stretched that advantage out still further to 2-12 to 1-6 by the 50 minute mark before they applied the handbrake and Dingle hit that late O’Connor goal and points from Joseph Sheehy and David Geaney.
Ward scored the goal on 42 minutes with Cassidy once again the engineer with pinpoint accuracy off the boot.
Colm O’Muircheartaigh, the Dingle midfielder, got the game’s opening score on four minutes, the locals soon stamped their authority on the game. And by the 12th minute mark with Gallagher, MacNiallais, Ward, McGee all splitting the posts, they had opened up a four point 0-5 to 0-1 lead.
Paul Geaney with two sweetly struck frees reduced the margin to two and hinted of a tight contest. But with the locals slipping up a gear Cassidy and Ward increased the lead before McGee galloped onto Cassidy’s pass for the game’s opening goal on 26 minutes.
And with Ferry notching the first of his three points Gaoth Dobhair went in at the break with the final spot all but done and dusted.
While Brian Devane goaled for the Kerry men within four minutes of the restart to temporarly reduce the margin to five, that is all it was. As the clock ticked towards the three quarter mark Ward struck green flag number two and eight point difference once more.
With Cassidy bursting forward the margin went out to nine before Dingle finished with that late flourish courtesy of Gaoth Dobhair energy saving closing ten minutes.
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Christopher Roarty, Neil McGee, Ciaran Ferry; Joe Duffy, Eamonn McGee, Donal McBride; Peter McGee (0-1), Kevin Cassidy (0-2); Danny Curran, Frank McGee (1-0), Ronan MacNiallais (0-1); Colin Ferry (0-3,2f), James Gallagher (0-2), Owen Ward (1-3). Subs: Paul Mulligan for C. Roarty (48); Sean Doherty for F. McGee (61).
Dingle: Sean Flaherty; John Brosnan, Gene O’Connor (1-0), Kevin Curran; Paul Devane, Brendan Callaghan, Brian Devane (1-0); Colm O’Muircheartaigh (0-1), Darragh O’Sullivan (0-1); Brian O’Connor, Adrian Devane, Joe Sheedy (0-2); Paul Geaney (0-2,2f), David Devane, Dave Geaney (0-2). Subs: David Browne for B O’Connor (39).
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry).
Kiltane, the Mayo champions, hit Cloughaneely for five goals as they sent the defending champions packing in their semi-final meeting on Sunday night.
The Mayo men scored four against Cork champions in their preliminary round game on Saturday morning and scored six against Fanad Gaels in their quarter final game on Saturday night.
Full-forward Mickey Sweeney and centre forward Martin Gallagher scored two each with nippy corner forward Ultan Corrigan getting the other.
Sweeney and Gallagher’s goals on eight and 19 minutes came either side of Cloughaneely points from Sean Maguire and Shaun McGarvey who put on another master class of freetaking. McGarvey ended the game as his team’s top scorer with five points, four of them from frees.
Those goals from Sweeney and Gallagher and points from Sean Lenihan and Eamon Barrett (2) gave the Mayo side a five point half-time cushion, 2-3 to 0-4.
McGarvey and his cousin John McGarvey scored the other two Cloughaneely point to keep the champions in touch with wind advantage to come in the second half.
Four quickfire points on the resumption from Sean Maguire, Joe Gallagher and Shaun McGarvey (2) tied up the game by the 41st minute mark.
But a third Kiltane goal from Gallagher after the Clouganeely last line of defence was left isolated restored the Mayo side’s advantage.
And with Lenihan following up with a point and Ultan Corrigan smashing home goal number four when once again the Cloughaneely full-back line was exposed, Kiltane were back in control.
Seven points up, 4-4 to 0-9, and their thoughts turning to Monday’s final and a showdown with Gaoth Dobhair they had a nervous moment when Darren McGeever in a crowded goal-mouth fisted Cloughaneely’s goal to reduce the margin to four points once more.
But Cloughaneely optimism was shortlived when Sweeney signed off with goal number five from the penalty spot ten minutes from the end.
Declan McGarvey did hit a late Cloughaneely,point shortly after coming on but it was only academic.
Having lost Kevin Mulhern and Ciaran Scanlon to emigration from last year the champions were also without Denis Boyle, serving a four week suspension, while they lost Joe Friel, Kevin McFadden and Liam Coyle to injury from the team that defeated An Rinn from Waterford, 1-17 to 2-8 in Saturday’s quarter-final.
Cloughaneely: Lee McFadden; Michael Lynch, P.J. Doohan, Christopher Doohan; Joe Gallagher (0-1), Kevin McFadden, Denis Ferry; Darren McGeever (1-0), Michael McCausland; Conor McGee, Shaun McGarvey (0-5,4f), Padraig McClafferty; John McGarvey (0-1), Sean Maguire (0-2), Brian Cuffe. Subs: Eugene Maguire for P. McClafferty (52) Declan McGarvey for C. McGee (54); Subs: Eugene Maguire for P McClafferty (46); Declan McGarvey (0-1)(48).
Kiltane: Michael Gaughan; Robert Carey, Stephen Sweeney, Nicholas Carlin; Seamus Mongan, P.J. Gaughan, Jason Healy; Sean Gaughan, P.J. Molloy; Eamonn Barrett (0-2,1f), Martin Gallagher (2-0), Martin Doherty; Ultan Corrigan (1-0), Mickey Sweeney (2-0), Shane Lenihan (0-2). Subs : Darragh Carey for S. Sweeney and Peter Cowell for P.J. Molloy( both 49).
Referee: Martin McErlaine (Derry).