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Chaotic Scene Sees Kenmare Come Back From Dead Against Templenoe

Chaotic Scene Sees Kenmare Come Back From Dead Against Templenoe
By PJ Browne Updated

Kenmare Shamrocks defeated Templenoe in dramatic circumstances on Friday night in the Kerry Senior Club Championship.

In the 68th minute, with one of the final acts of the game, Paul O'Connor scrambled the ball over the line to put his side ahead by a point.

Kenmare had looked dead and buried. Just moments earlier, Cian Hallissey had fisted over what looked like an insurance score to put Templenoe ahead 1-11 to 2-6.

On the next play, Kenmare patiently worked the ball to midfield. From there, Kevin O'Sullivan - scorer of a goal in the first half - launched the ball towards the Templenoe square.

2019 Young Footballer of the Year Seanie O'Shea was waiting underneath to punch the ball towards goal. Templenoe keeper Mark Looney twice prevented the ball from going over the line but could not stop O'Connor's effort.

The game was an historic one. It was the first senior meeting of the two local rivals. Kenmare is the town and Templenoe the village four miles outside it. Last year, Templenoe had four players - Killian and Adrian Spillane, Gavin Crowley and Tadhg Morley - playing in the All-Ireland final against Dublin.

Friday's victory was Kenmare's second in this year's Senior Club Championship. They had already defeated Kerins O'Rahillys last weekend.

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Templenoe also lost their opening game of the competition to Dr Crokes.

Friday's game was streamed live by Kerry GAA and Beosport.live.

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