Kilworth GAA Notes 4th November 2021 2021-11-05 19:36:00


Kilworth 4-11 Buttevant 1-15 (AET)

Kilworth are North Cork Junior Football champions for the first time in the club’s history following a deserved extra time win over Buttevant at an excellently prepared Castletownroche venue on Saturday afternoon last. A never say die attitude and refusal to give in along with four goals at vital stages of the game were key to this victory. Our ability to retain possession playing the ball patiently out of defence before using the overlap to great effect in opposition territory worked very well for long periods of the game. Buttevant too had their spells of domination especially at the end of the second and fourth quarters reducing big deficits on both occasions reducing a six-point arrears to two by half time and coming from eight points behind to draw level at full time, 3-9 to 1-14. Crucially Kilworth. even though falling a point behind in extra time went on to score 1-3 to that solitary Buttevant point to put daylight between the sides and finally drive onto victory.

The outstanding Brian Sheehan opened the scoring for Kilworth converting a free, Liam Whelan playing the ball into Brian who was fouled. Captain Will Condon rounded of a great team moved to double our advantage moments later. Brian Sheehan, Liam Whelan, Nathan Byrne, and Kieran Lane all involved in the build-up. Buttevant were on the scoreboard in the 4th minute, a mark called close to goal was converted and they were level a minute later landing a close in free. Noel McNamara on the end of a Brian Sheehan pass restored our lead with a fine score. Both teams exchanged wides before two Buttevant white flags in the 13th and 14th minutes saw them take the lead for the first time. Liam Whelan with an exquisite point with the outside of his right boot tied up affairs 0-4 to 0-4 at the first water break. 

Kilworth started the second quarter on the ascendency, hitting a purple patch creating four goal opportunities with two converted within a minute. Will Condon went close with a fisted effort wide, the lads cut though again, and Brian Sheehan was unlucky to concede a free when a green flag looked on. Kilworth continued to pile on the pressure with the Buttevant defence under siege and got their just rewards with two goals in the 20th and 21st minutes to open a six-point lead. Mike Sheehan heading for goal was taken down for a penalty with Eoin Carey sending the keeper the wrong way. Kilworth were pushing up on the Buttevant kick outs with some success and when the ball was turned over, Brian Sheehan found Will Condon to convert, and we led 2-4 to 0-4 after 21 minutes. Buttevant rallied, going on to enjoy a good period of play having the better of the remainder of the half landing four points in a row (1 ‘45’) and the gap was down to two it 2-4 to 0-8 at the interval. It could have been worse just before halftime as Buttevant almost created a goal chance but Tom Twomey pulling off a great intervention as the short whistle sounded.

Kilworth started the second half well but kicked a few wide before, Brian Sheehan like he did in the first half opened the scoring with a great individual point, putting great pressure on the Buttevant kick out before turning it over to split the posts. Things were to get better for Brian and Kilworth, Will Condon intercepted a clearance, passed to Brian who made no mistake finding the back of the net. An excellent move saw Noel McNamara point with Eoin Carey fouled on the run landed the resulting free and Kilworth led by double scores 3-7 to 0-8 with two thirds of the game played. Buttevant battled back and finished the half the stronger. They added 1-1 (free and penalty) to leave it 3-7 to 1-9 at the second water break. Buttevant continued to nibble at our lead in the final quarter. A further five points (1 free) sandwiched a point from Luke Carey making one of his regular forays forward to fist a point, as they tied up the game 3-8 to 1-14 and force extra time.

Extra Time

To many in the fine attendance on the day it may have appeared that our chance was gone with Buttevant appearing to have the momentum heading for the additional twenty minutes. While they took the lead for the first time, since they briefly led in the first quarter, this was to be their final score of an absorbing contest. The lads took control from here on in, fitness levels to the fore, reeling off 1-3 without reply, Luke Carey got our 4th goal, Noel McNamara, and Liam Whelan good in the build-up as we retook the lead at a vital stage of the game. Luke who got a vital equalizing point to draw our opening championship game against Charleville displayed calmness personified to crash the ball to the net. Buttevant were reduced to 14 as a result of a black card. Brian Sheehan pointing another free after a foul on Eoin Carey to leave it 4-9 to 1-15 at half time in extra time. On the turnaround it was the turn of Eoin Carey to point from a placed ball, Brian Sheehan fouled on this occasion. Jamie Sheehan rounded off the scoring with a point on the break to extent the lead to five points deep into injury time and it was to be Kilworth’s day. The final whistle was greeted with scenes of joy and relief and at last the North Cork title was secured at the fifth attempt in fifteen years.

After the game amongst scenes of jubilation Kilworth domiciled Martina Cotter representing Synergy Credit Union presented the cup to captain Will Condon. Brian Sheehan was named a deserving man of the match.

Huge congratulations and thanks to the panel of players and their team management of Pat O’Brien, Liam Cotter, John Hegarty and Brian Tobin for a memorable win and their fantastic efforts all year. Thanks also to the backroom team of John Heggtveit, Asling Lane and Darren Kenny who helped for the semi-final win.

Team and scorers; T Twomey, L Carey (1-1) D Twomey, A O’Hara, L Whelan (0-1), E Carey (1-2 penalty & 2 f’s), J McCarthy, E McGrath, K Lane. M Sheehan, N Byrne, L Coffey, B Sheehan (1-3 0-2 f’s), N McNamara (0-2), W Condon (1-1). Subs used: J Sheehan (0-1) for M Sheehan, R Jordan for D Twomey, S Keane for W Condon (injured). ET P Moakley for L Coffey, D Jordan for L Carey, H Allen for N Byrne


A fine crowd of family members, friends and supporters assembled in the square on Saturday night for the victory parade to welcome the team back home following their historic and great achievement. Club chairman Liam Kenny addressed the crowd and congratulated all involved with the team. He introduced team captain Will Condon who spoke on behalf of the panel of players and Pat ‘Tucky’ O’Brien spoke on behalf of team management. Many thanks to Conor O’Brien who provided transport for the parade and to Garda Denis Motherway who was there to assist. Thanks also to Joe and Emma Aherne of the Sq. Cup who sponsored match day breakfast for the players. It was onto Corbett Court on Sunday afternoon where the panel of players, team management, backroom staff and club officers were treated to a lovely meal. Thanks to Declan Corbett and staff for their hospitality and service. A huge thanks also to Bill Lane for organising and driving the bus to and from the Corbett Court. This was sincerely appreciated by all.

Finally, thanks to our loyal sponsors and a special word of mention to all out great supporters who came out again in big numbers last Saturday to get behind the lads.


It’s another tight turnaround for the lads and management with the County quarter final against Seandun winners, Douglas fixed for Mourneabbey on this coming Saturday at 1.30pm. Now in bonus territory it is great to be going out representing the Avondhu division on the county stage and we wish you the very best of luck.


Cork County JAFC Quarter Final Kilworth V Douglas in Mourneabbey Saturday November 6th at 1.30pm.


Best of luck to the Kilworth Ladies Footballers in the County Final V Cloyne on Saturday in Kilworth at 3pm. In their very first year in existence this is a fantastic achievement and hopefully there will be a huge local crowd in attendance at the local venue on Saturday to support the ladies in their first county final.


The Club AGM has been set for Wednesday December 1st at 7.30pm sharp. (Venue to be confirmed)


There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €13,200 held on Monday November 1st. The numbers drawn were: 08, 12, 13 and 15. The lucky dip winner of €50 was Mary Lynch c/o Tim McCormack. The lucky dip winners of €25 each were Pa and Aisling O’Connor c/o Mossie McNamara, Dave and Helen Whelan c/o Centra, Chris O’Brien c/o The Village Inn.  Next week’s jackpot on Monday November 8this €13,400. Tickets cost just €2 each or 3 lines for €5 and they are available online, in the local business outlets or from your usual local sellers. Be sure and play today for your chance to win the jackpot! Best of luck to all our players! As always, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support.


The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Murphy family, Kilworth following their recent bereavement.


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