Munster club SFC: Quill goal sinks brave Rovers
November 23, 2009
O'Rahilly's Gavin Duffy gets away from Moyle Rovers Padraig Foley and Sean Carey during the Munster SFC Club semi final
Declan Quill's late goal handed Kerins O'Rahilly's victory over a battling Moyle Rovers in yesterday's Munster club football semi-final at Austin Stack Park.
It was tough luck on the Tipperary champions who had staged a tremendous second half comeback and might have pulled off a famous win but for a stunning save by O'Rahilly's goalkeeper David Hennessy from Brian Mulvihill in the opening minute of the second half.
The home side elected to play with the wind in the first half and opened the scoring through Timmy O'Sullivan in the third minute. Quill and Barry John Walsh added points to establish a 0-3 to 0-0 lead by the ninth minute before Declan Browne opened Moyle Rovers' account for a free one minute later.
Further points from Walsh and John O'Connor extended the Kerry side's lead to 0-5 to 0-1 by the end of the first quarter. Sean Keating closed the gap to three before Quill and Barry John Keane pointed to give O'Rahilly's a 0-7 to 0-3 advantage at the break.
Despite Mulvihill's missed chance on the restart, Moyle Rovers refused to be disheartened and were level by the end of the third quarter thanks to three Browne frees and a Peter Acheson effort.
Crucially, however, Rovers could never get their noses in front and it was left to Quill to set the issue with his 53rd minute strike after fielding possession from Keane's point attempt which got caught in the wind.
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