THE C TEAM: Austin Stacks 2-18; Ballydonoghue 2-8.
A ten points winning margin might indicate an easy enough win in this quarter final of the Barrett Cup in Connolly Park on this Friday evening (6th Sept). But this game was there to be won by both sides well into the second half. The sides were level at half time (1-8 to 2-5) and with six minutes remaining we were still only three points ahead (1-14 to 2-8). But in those closing six minutes were added a further goal and four points while keeping the opposition scoreless to progress to the semi next week.
We got off to the perfect start when Conor Lowe won the throw-in and Mikey Collins jinked his way through the Ballydonoghue defence to drive low shot to the net after just 19 seconds. Mikey was involved again in our second score in the 2nd minute when he was fouled and David Courtney put over the resultant free. The visitors opened their account in the 5th minute and then during the next seventeen minutes we had added a further six points to three for the opposition. The first of these came from another David Courtney free. James Quigley, who was having an excellent game, made another dashing run up-field and took a heavy knock as he was going through and had to be replaced as a result. We all wish James a full and speedy recovery. Our next five points came from play – two each from Mikey Collins and Jason Mitchel and the fifth from Conor Lowe. This left us with a six points lead at that stage (1-7 to 0-4). But in the next four minutes the Bally boys had turned that right around, scoring 2-1 which gave them a one point lead for the first time in the game. Another David Courtney pointed free, two minutes before the break, left the sides level at half time (1-8 to 2-5).
The opening 20 minutes of the second half was an exact repeat of the first half when we scored a further six points to three for the opposition – two of our first half scorers, Mikey Collins and David Courtney, added a point each and the other four coming from three new scorers – Michael Godley (2) and one each from two second half substitutes, Darragh Long (free) and the evergreen Seamus Smith.. This left us three points ahead (1-14 to 2-8) with six minutes remaining and anything could happen in those closing minute. And it did. We added 1-4 without reply to give us that ten points win. The goal came first, and it was a cracker. Craig Teahon’s shot was well saved by the Bally keeper but full forward Ger Teahon was on hand to lash the breaking ball to the net. Our remaining four points came from David Courtney, Craig Teahan, Darragh Long and Conor Lowe, all from play.
Team: Philip Healy, Tommy Costello (Capt), TJ Hogan, James Quigley, Craig Teahan (0-1), Michael Godley (0-2) Brian Phelan, Jason Mitchel (0-2), Conor Lowe (0-2), Pádraig Breen, Michael Collins (1-3), Joe Looby, David Courtney (0-5 – three frees), Ger Teahon (1-0), David Walsh.
Subs used: Jack McGrath (12m), Seamus Smith (ht) (0-1), Darragh Long (49m) (0-2 – one free), Ricky Moloney (55m), Joey O’Shea (56m), Ger Breen (57m).
So we will play An Ghaeltacht at 6.45pm next Friday Sept 13th in a neutral venue (tbc), the other Semi Final is Annascaul V Knocknagoshel.
In an exciting night for both our Junior teams – our B team qualified for this year’s Molyneaux Cup Final V Dr. Crokes following their 2-16 to 4.-9 win over Kenmare in their semi final which was played in Currans last evening (Sept 6th). This final is fixed for 6.45pm this Friday Sept 13th in a neutral venue.