SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 0-14; John Mitchels 0-11.
With both sides going into this 4th round Co. League tie on two points each (we with two draws and one defeat; Mitchels with one win and two defeats) this was going to be a ‘do or die’ affair for both sides on a scorching hot Saturday evening (17th July) in Connolly Park and after an energy-sapping 62 minutes of play
we came out with a three points winning margin after a very strong Mitchels performance in the second half.
We led by nine points to four at half time with Fiachna Mangan having another fine game – scoring three from play. Darragh O’Brien added another three – one from a free and a forty five. Our other first half scorers were two from play by Michael O’Donnell and one from our ever attacking defender, Dylan Casey who was team captain on the night.
Mitchels, as usual when playing against Stacks, will never lie down and outscored us by seven points to five in the second half. But Mitchels will also bring out the best in us and we held on for our first win in this season’s restricted League. So now it’s all down to the last round where we have a home game against Kilcummin on the weekend after next.
Team: Wayne Guthrie, Ferdia O’Brien, Dylan Casey (Capt), Niall Fitzmaurive, Ciarán O’Reilly, Ronan Shanahan, Paul O’Sullivan, Brendan O’Sullivan, Conor Jordan, Michael O’Gara, Greg Horan, Fiachna Mangan, Shane O’Callaghan, Michael O’Donnell, Darragh O’Brien.
Subs used: Seán Quilter (40m), Shane Walsh (48m), Donagh McKivergan (54m), Eoghan Carroll (58m).
We all wish Colin Griffin a speedy recovery after he sustained a serious injury in the warm-up before the game. It was also good to see Seán Quilter back in action again after his absence with the Kerry U20 team as well as Conor Jordan who was away with the Clare Senior Footballers and also to see Eoghan Carroll making his debut with the Senior team.
Before the game there was a minutes silence in honour of our former Club Chairman, player and team manager, Joe Joe Barrett who passed away on Saturday morning (see Club website for tribute).
B FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-11; Ballyduff 0-9.
With both sides topping the Division 5A Co. League table on six points each after winning their opening three rounds this 4th round tie in Connolly Park on this scorching hot Sunday afternoon (18th July) lived up to its billing and even though we had five points to spare at the end it was any bodies game almost right up to the final whistle.
With the thermometer in some cars almost hitting 30 it was understandable that this might be a low scoring game and that was the case when both sides went in at half time on level terms (0-4 each). Conor Myers with two points (one from a free) and one each form play by Donagh McKivergan and Paul Barrett were our scorers.
However the game changer came six minutes after the resumption when Conor Myers was again on target to score the only goal of the game. This was after he pointed a free after he himself was fouled just before that. However the two scores of the game came just before and after Conor’s goal – two superb points by Adam Curran who tore through the Ballyduff defence on both occasions to deservedly win him the ‘Man of the Match’ award at the end of the game. Our last four points of the game came from Donagh McKivergan (three – two from frees) with Conor Myers again on target for the last score of the game – a pointed free after a foul on Gearóid Sheehan.
Team: David Hennessy, Ruairí O’Connell, Shane Walsh, John Murphy (Capt), Paul Barrett (0-1), Paul Galvin, Adam Curran (0-2), Dara Barry Walsh, Eoghan Carroll, Andrew Morrissey, Gearóid Sheehan, Rory Forbes, Donagh McKivergan (0-4 – two frees), Conor Myers (1-4 – three frees), Cian Purcell.
Subs used: Luke Chester (ht), Seán Ryan (ht). (great to see Seán Ryan back in action again after an absence).
We now top the Div. 5A on eight points with Ballyduff and St. Michaels/Foilmore on six points each and the Foilmore boys are our opponents in the 5th and final round of the competition on the weekend after next. So an important trip to Foilmore or Ballinskelligs awaits us.
Man of the Match Adam Curran kindly sponsored by Celcius Menswear