Junior Premier Championship – Relegation Play-off
Emmets 0-18 V Annascaul 1-08
Our Seniors travelled to Strand Road on Sunday last to contest this vital game which would ensure our Junior Premier status for another year and the lads duly obliged with a dominant display.
The opening quarter was a particularly strong period for the team as they raced into a 0-07 points to 0-01 lead with the lively Lorcan Moloney and Cathal Keane firing over good score’s in between points from Conor Cox and David Keane who raised whites flags both from play and placed efforts.
Alan Falvey with two and Cathal Ferriter kept the West Kerry side in touch until Cox added to his tally before Noel Kennelly hit the final score of the half.
Emmets were facing a stiff breeze for the second half and they knew that they needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Annascaul were yet to really hit a purple patch in the game. Conor Cox opened the scoring with a super effort from a long range free one minute in but Annascaul took great advantage of the wind and hit 1-02 over the next four minutes of play to leave just one point between the teams. Niall Collins who was having another good outing at midfield hit his first score of the game four minutes later and this was quickly followed by Sam Tarrant who steadied the ship with a good point after Bryan Sweeney ran at the Annascaul defence and opened the space out wide. Alan Falvey scored a good point just a minute later but this was as good as it got for his team as Emmets took total control of matters from here on in with Joe Joe Grimes, Tarrant and Ger McCarthy all getting their name on the score sheet in between three more points from Cox, two of which were from play. The result means that Listowel will once again compete at this level next year and Annascaul must now face Ballydonoghue in the relegation final.
Final Score: Emmets 0-18 Annascaul 1-08
Emmets: K Hughes, D Leahy, E Browne, G McCarthy 0-01, D Broderick, J Barry, C Keane 0-01, JJ Grimes 0-01, N Collins 0-01, S Tarrant 0-02, B Sweeney, L Moloney 0-01, C Cox 0-07, N Kennelly 0-01, D Keane 0-03
Subs used: Maurice Whelan, Jack Wall, Jake Moriarty