Senior Co. League Div 1: John Mitchels 0-4; Austin Stacks 4-17 (29).
Played on Mitchels home pitch on this Saturday evening (9th March) we had the ideal start to this season’s opener in Div. 5B of the Co. League with a 25 points win against, it has to be said, a Mitchels team who were missing many of their first choice players. We have to go back almost seven years and 104 games to find a bigger winning margin achieved by our B team (a 30 points win – again in the Co. League – against Milltown in June 2012).
All our lads were tuned in from the word go and found themselves with a score-line of 2-5 after twelve minute. The opposition’s first score came in the 16th minute but we finished the half the stronger and went in at half time with a lead of 3-8 to 0-3. Our three goals came from Fergal Ryan in the 3rd minute, Dean Scanlon the 7th and Dale Counihan with the last score of the half, just two minutes before the break.
The second half was all one way traffic with Fergal Ryan the scorer of our 4th goal and his second.
So a very good display on the day which will have pleased our Management Team of Paddy Barry, Eamonn O’Reilly, Kieran Kelliher and Kieran O’Callaghan no end.
Team: Seamus Bastible, Shane Kelliher, Denis Costello, John Murphy, Brandon Patterson (0-1), Barry Shanahan (0-1), Andrew Morrissey (Capt), David Fitzmaurice (0-1), Paul Barrett (0-1), Dale Counihan (1-1), Pa McCarthy (0-3), Eoghan Galvin (0-1), Fergal (2-1), Donagh McKivergan (0-1), Dean Scanlon (1-1).
Subs used: Ciarán O’Connell (17m), Paul Galvin (ht), Pádraig Looney (ht), Alan Duggan (ht) (0-3), Barry Walsh (39m), Rory Forbes (43m) (0-2).
In round 2 of the League in a fortnight’s time we have a home game against Beaufort.
LAST BIG WIN BY OUR B TEAM: Austin Stacks 4-23; Milltown/Castlemaine 0-5.
The last time the B Team had a bigger winning margin was again in the Co. League when we had 30 points to spare in round 6 of the competition played in Connolly Park on Tuesday, 19th June 2012. On that summer’s evening we defeated Milltown/Castlemaine by 4-23 (35) to 0-5.
Team: Jonathan Conway, Barry Walsh, Alan Crean, Shane Fitzgerald, Seamus Bastible (Capt), John Dennis, Joseph O’Kelly, William Kirby (0-1), Gearóid McCann, Theo Diggin (0-4), Eoin Colgan (0-3), Ciarán O’Connell, Eamon McAllen (1-1), Wayne Guthrie, Kyle Fitzgibbon (1-9 – 6 frees).
Subs used: St. John Hegarty (24m) (0-1), Trevor Barrett (38m) (1-1), Breandán Caball (40m), Pádraig Lynch (41m) (1-2), James Galvin (44m) (0-1).