Two first half goals from Andrew Farrell set Cashel on their way to the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship as they overcame a depleted Kenagh side at the Clonbonny grounds, Lanesboro on Sunday evening last.
With several players missing for various reasons, Kenagh lost Mark Nolan (who was named in place of Michael McCormack) in the first half when he had to go off with a knee injury while Cashel were also forced to make changes from their previous game. Their main concern is Padraig Farrell who looks set for a lengthy spell on the sideline with a serious knee injury.
Group 1 was extremely tight going into the final round of games and Cashel knew that a win by a large margin would guarantee their place in the last four. They were sluggish at the start and it took them a while to get a grip on proceedings but when they got into their stride they were always going to score their expected win.
A pointed free from Shane Doyle opened the scoring
before Cashel replied with nice points from Aidan Rowan and Gavin Kelly.
A superb point from the sideline from Thomas McGann levelled matters in the 24th minute but once again Cashel edged back in front.
In the 30th minute Andrew Farrell got his side’s first goal when he finished off a fine move that he had started. Kenagh tried to keep with Cashel and McGann was a threat but the supply of ball going into him was poor.
With Nolan down injured for quite some time there was over six minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the first half. Cashel ended the first half very well with two excellent points from the boot of Ger Dennigan and another goal from Andrew Farrell. A neat score from Thomas McGann just before the half-time whistle left Kenagh trailing by 2-6 to 0-4 at the break.
McGann registered the first point of the second half but Cashel replied with a pointed free from Aidan Rowan. Cashel had a chance to get a third goal in the 49th minute when Gary Kenny was unlucky to see his free come off the post and Ronan Healy responded quickest but blasted his effort over the bar.
Once again Thomas McGann was on target for Kenagh in the 58th minute as they lived off scraps and failed to open up the Cashel defence. While Cashel were the dominant side they were wasteful in front of the posts and the winning margin could have been a lot more.
Entering stoppage time Cashel continued to press for scores but hit a number of wides and gave away possession which Kenagh failed to punish. A nice point from Ger Dennigan left eight between the sides in the second minute of additional time.
Lee Ross Gill got Kenagh’s final point before Ronan Healy landed a fine score for Cashel right at the end.
CASHEL: Blaine Carberry; Ronan Muldoon, Luke Casey, Mel Farrell; Michael Burke, Ronan Farrell, James Skelly; Conor Farrell, Andrew Farrell (2-0); Enda Kenny, Gary Kenny, Ger Dennigan (0-3); Gavin Kelly (0-2), Aidan Rowan (0-2, 1f), Ronan Healy (0-3).
Subs:- Ciaran Killian for J Skelly (injured, 47mins); Keith Carberry for E Kenny (50 mins).
KENAGH: Sean Percival; John Gill, Andrew Cox, James Higgins; Gary Kenny, Gary Doyle, Karl Farrell; Alan Jones, David Jones; Lee Ross Gill (0-1), Shane Doyle (0-1, f), Sean Canavan; Mark Nolan, Thomas McGann (0-6, 1f), Brendan Wallace.
Subs:- Pauric Connolly for M Nolan (injured, 13 mins); Anthony McCormack for J Higgins (four minutes into first half stoppage time).
Referee: Michael Farrell (Ballymahon).