‘BEANZ meanz Heinz’ was recently unveiled as the most popular line in a new Advertising Slogan Hall of Fame and Seir Kieran were licking their lips with satisfaction after their Hynes did the business and ensured they deservedly got the better of fierce rivals Kilcormac/Killoughey in this lively SHC clash at Lusmagh on Friday evening.
Adrian Hynes grabbed seven points as Seir Kieran determinedly bounced back from their opening round loss to St Rynagh’s and secured a crucial 1-15 to 0-13 victory in a group where the battle for the four quarter-final places available is going to be very interesting.
St Rynagh’s 1-15
Seir Kieran 0-13
Assisted by the strong breeze blowing towards the road end of the ground, Seir Kieran could have had the verdict wrapped up by half time against a K/K side that was strangely lethargic when they should really have been leaping out of their skins after they got the better of their bogey side Tullamore in round one.
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Michael Ryan’s charges were hungry and purposeful and with 23 minutes elapsed they were 1-7 to 0-1 ahead and if they’d converted a higher percentage of the opportunities they carved out (they’d struck 8 of their 11 wides total by this stage of the game) there mightn’t have been a way back for K/K.
Young Cathal ‘Cha’ Murray, more noted as a defender, showed commendable com-posure when he ghosted in behind K/K defender Chris Guinan, got on the end of a high, lengthy Sean Coughlan delivery and finished to the net with aplomb in the 22nd minute. Indeed, the performances of Coughlan along with Eanna Murphy and Brian Mulrooney in the Seir Kieran half back division were central to their overall power packed team performance.
Pat Joe Whelahan’s K/K gained some semblance of stability by the interval as they trailed 0-6 to 1-10 and a seven-point deficit, considering they’d wind advantage for the concluding half, was certainly not insurmountable.
After their spell in the dressing room, K/K emerged with their attack reshaped yet again. Damien Kilmartin, who’d been cleared out in the air by Seir Kieran full back Christopher Connors, was moved to the right wing in a direct swap with James Gorman and in fairness the gangling Gorman troubled Connors in the minutes leading up to half time, creating two points. Daniel Currams, who began at centre forward, was full forward for the second half and he got no change out of Connors and Ger Healion endured a similar fate as he moved from the left wing into the centre on Murphy. K/K should have let Gorman at 14 but then again isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing!
When Trevor Fletcher’s 50th minute point saw the finalists of 2002, ’07 & ’09 reduce the arrears to a very manageable two points, 0-13 to 1-12, with ten minutes plus of normal time remaining it looked like Seir Kieran mightn’t cling on. However, the defiant Clareen lads showed maturity, didn’t buckle and they added three more points through Hynes (2) and Michael John Corrigan (an instinctive first time strike following a Joe Bergin pass) to put a real sheen on their win.
While K/K didn’t get their attacking alignment right (they’d also to switch Kevin Grogan from full to centre back to counteract Bergin), Seir Kieran enjoyed tactical success. Bergin began at full forward and there was scarcely two minutes gone when he moved to the centre where he exerted a major influence. And when the heat came on from K/K, he was moved to mid-field and this alleviated pressure, with James Mulrooney also benefiting from the switch and winning the 53rd minute free that led to Seir Kieran’s 13th point.
Seir Kieran, minus Barry Bergin, Kevin Murray, Stephen Hynes & Thomas Carroll, had three points on the board per the industrious Dermot Mooney and Joe Bergin (2), before Conor Mahon opened K/K’s account in the 7th minute. It was 18 minutes before the disjointed Double K’s scored again and in the interim Seir Kieran reeled off 1-4 through Mooney, Stephen Hynes (0-3) and ‘Cha’ Murray (goal) making it 1-7 to 0-1.
In the closing five minutes of a very entertaining half K/K outscored their opponents by 0-5 to 0-3 with Currams, Ciaran Slevin (2 frees – he also missed two earlier he’d be expecting to score), Trevor Fletcher and Brian Leonard on target.
Wind aided K/K maintained their assault on the resumption and after trailing by nine points they’d the gap down to two, 0-13 to 1-12 (this meant that between the 25th and 50th minutes K/K had hit 0-11 to Seir Kieran’s 0-5). Fired up Seir Kieran finished strongest and while K/K remain Sean Robbins Cup contenders make no mistake about it, this loss was a serious setback to them.
SEIR KIERAN: Eoin Coughlan; Kevin Carey, Christopher Connors, Donal Coughlan; Brian Mulrooney, Eanna Murphy (0-1 free), Sean Coughlan; James Mulrooney (0-1), Dermot Mooney (0-2); Conor Kennedy (0-1), Michael John Corrigan (0-1), Adrian Hynes (0-7, 0-3 frees); Cathal Murray (1-0), Joe Bergin (0-2), Kevin Dunne. Subs.: Brian Dunne for K Carey (55 mins), James Scully for C Murray (59 mins).
KILCORMAC/KILLOUGHEY: Conor Slevin; John Grogan, Kevin Grogan, Chris Guinan; Brian Leonard (0-1 free), Peter Healion, Colm Cassidy; Conor Mahon (0-1), Killian Leonard; James Gorman (0-1), Daniel Currams (0-1), Ger Healion; Ciaran Slevin (0-6 frees), Damien Kilmartin (0-1), Trevor Fletcher (0-2). Subs.: Kevin Coyne for K Leonard (29 mins).
REFEREE: Carthage Buckley, Clara.