Former All-Ireland winning captain Seamus Moynihan will be assisting East Kerry in their bid for a three-in-a-row in the race for the Bishop Moynihan Cup. Seamus has joined the defending champions’ SFC backroom team for the 2021 campaign.
A three-in-a-row winner himself with East Kerry between 1997 and 1999, the Glenflesk clubman will join manager Jerry O’Sullivan, coach Ger O’Callaghan and both Sean Cronin and Arthur Fitzgerald who are remaining on with the district team despite Spa moving to the senior club ranks themselves for the upcoming County Championship. Eamonn Myers will also be handling the team’s logistics. Moynihan has previously managed East Kerry at minor level guiding them to the 2016 and 2017 County Minor Championship wins as part of their current ‘five-in-a-row’ at that level.
At Strand Road on Sunday last in beautiful sunshine, Castlegregory and Cordal served up an absorbing contest in this 2021 Junior Championship Semi-Final.
Played before a large attendance, the result was in doubt up to the final five minutes when Castlegregory hit 1-3 without reply to run out winners. Both sides made a change to their starting line-up with Jimmy O’Grady replacing his brother Cian for Castlegregory while TJ O’Connor came into the Cordal side in place of Jason Cronin.
2020 Kerry minor star Thomas O’Donnell opened the scoring within 15 seconds after Alan Fitzgerald won the throw-in, but Kevin Walsh replied at the other end with a fine point from distance. Jimmy O’Grady and another 2020 Kerry minor Caolan O’Connell fired over for the West Kerry men to put daylight between the sides.
The three-day Abbeydorney coursing meeting was completed on Sunday in glorious weather conditions with the main event of the weekend, the Horgan Cup, being won by Snap Streak and trainer Patrick S O’Connor from Tarbert.
Snap Streak is owned by James Enright and Cillian Brosnan from Tarbert and looked very good from early on but was a surprise finalist as Madmansgame was a hot favourite to beat Snap Streak. But Snap Streak proved the stronger and reached the final. That ensured that Snap Streak was a warm order in the final (1/ 3) against Patsy Joy’s Get Lost Now and his supporters were rewarded as Snap Streak was quickly into his stride and had a nice lead at half way. He stayed on strongly to beat a rallying Get Lost Now to win the Horgan Cup by a length-and-a-half.
It was not to be Patsy Joy’s day as he again lost out in the All-Aged Bitch Stake when Nearly Over Now was beaten by West Limerick raider Barrack Luna who is owned by the Curtins, Shane and Niall from Tournafulla. Barrack Luna was the short odds favourite to deliver and in fact was one of the long odds favourites to win it on Friday and she was highly impressive throughout. Barrack Luna was really unbackable in the final and she proved that the support was well founded as she was on top from slips and had too many gears for Nearly Over Now, cruising to a three-and-a-half length success.