by Jerome O’Connell
Published: Limerick Leader 17th November 2013

LIMERICK junior A hurling champions Feenagh-Kilmeedy booked their place in the Munster club JAHC final with a 1-14 to 1-11 win over Clare’s Bodyke this Sunday in Sixmilebridge.

The west Limerick side will now play Knockshegowna (Tipperary) or Ballysaggart (Waterford) in the provincial final in Mallow on Sunday December 8.

An early second half scoring burst saw Feenagh-Kilmeedy advance in this semi-final.

The sides were dead-locked 0-5 each at half time but then Feenagh-Kilmeedy surged 1-8 to 0-5 clear within six minutes of the restart in the second half.

The all-important goal came from Diarmuid Coleman after a clever pass from Darragh Kiely to open up the full back line.

But despite leading by six points, Feenagh-Kilmeedy had to withstand a nervy finish as Bodyke lined up for a shot at goal when awarded a 21-metre free in the 60th minute when the scoreboard was readying 1-13 to 1-11.

But the shot was saved and Feenagh-Kilmeedy survived for a merited win.

Although level at the end of the opening half, Feenagh-Kilmeedy had hit six wides, compared to four for the Clare side.

Jimmy O’Sullivan and Coleman (frees) had two points each for the winners in the first half.

At the other end, Bodyke relied heavily on Paddy Fitzgerald. Indeed he was to finish with all bar two of their scores. A look at the final scoresheet shows that the east Clare side only scored three times from play in the hour.

On the change of ends, Feenagh-Kilmeedy built up their lead.

But Bodyke did battle back.

Feenagh-Kilmeedy had goalkeeper Daniel Egan to thank for maintaining their advantage as he twice saved brilliantly from John Fitzgerald, in the 34th and 40th minutes.

Alas it was then Egan that fumbled a long delivery into his goalmouth and when Patrick Walsh flicked to the net, Bodyke had a lifeline.

That left it 1-11 to 1-9 with 10-minutes to play.

With four to play it was 1-12 to 1-11 but Feenagh-Kilmeedy held their nerve with two long range frees from Edward Murphy sealing their Munster final spot.

SCORERS: Feenagh-Kilmeedy: Diarmuid Coleman 1-6 (0-6frees), Jimmy O’Sullivan 0-4, Edward Murphy 0-2 (2frees), Darragh Kiely and Gerard O’Gorman 0-1 each. Bodyke: Paddy Fitzgerald 0-10 (7frees, 2 ‘65), Patrick Walsh 1-0, Keith Quigley 0-1.

FEENAGH-KILMEEDY: Daniel Egan; James O’Regan, Liam Murphy, Neilus Irwin; Michael Bergin, Edward Murphy, John Gaffney; Donal Harrold, Gerard O’Gorman; Diarmuid Coleman, Peter Irwin, John O’Gorman; Liam Lynch, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Darragh Kiely. Subs: Brian Hannigan for Michael Bergin (54mins), Patrick O’Regan for Diarmuid Coleman (58mins).

BODYKE: Seamus Ryan; Shane Walsh, Keith O’Donnell, Sean McNamara; Colin Molloy, Ivan McNamara; Gavin Moroney; Paul Boland, Niall Whelan; Patrick Walsh, John Fitzgerald, Paddy Fitzgerald; Cathal Minogue, Ciaran Walsh, Keith Quigley. Subs: Eanna Doyle for Sean McNamara, inj (2mins), Oisin Molloy for Gavin Moroney (36mins), David Melody for Cathal Minogue (43mins).

REFEREE: John O’Brien (Tipperary).