Minor Co. League Div 1 Semi Final Austin Stacks 2-16; Cordal/Scartaglin 0-5.
We qualified for our third Co. League Final in succession with a comfortable semi final win in ideal weather conditions in Connolly Park on this Friday evening (11th May). When we met the same opposition in the earlier round robin game we were very lucky to come out with a one point win. The fact that we won so easily on this occasion was partly due to the fact that Cordal/Scart were missing two key players from the earlier round. But we also have to say that our lads were brilliant on the evening. And this included the six subs who were introduced during the second half – all six could equally have started, not to mention the other players who couldn’t get a run during the game.
We led by 1-12 to 0-2 at half time and added a further 1-4 (to 0-3 for the opposition) during the second half. Our goals came in each half – after eight minutes of play by Gearóid Fitzgerald and half way through the second half by David Couchman who was only on the pitch for five minutes at that stage.
Seán Quilter, after his exploits with the Kerry Minors three days previously, put over three super first half points from forty fives.
In the second semi final Laune Rangers came from eight points down at half time to defeat Dr. Crokes in their home patch by 3-13 to 1-13. So they will be a tough nut to crack in the Final, even if we did have a good win against them when we met in the earlier round (2-12 to 1-8).
Team: Ben Quilter, James Quigley, Donagh McMahon, Eoghan Carroll, Dara Barry Walsh, Dylan Casey (Capt) (0-3), Adam Curran (0-1), Seán Quilter (0-4 – three forty fives), Michael O’Gara, Dean Scanlon, Michael Slattery (0-3 – 2 frees), Seán Carmody, Conor Myers (0-3), Gearóid Fitzgerald (1-1), Daniel O’Rourke (0-1).
Subs used: David Couchman (40m) (1-0), Gearóid Sheehan (44m), Luke Chester (47m), Jack McGrath (48m), Tom O’Farrell (52m), Niall Fitzmaurice (55m).
all photographs compliments of Adrienne Mc Loughlin