THE C TEAM: Austin Stacks 3-14; Listowel Emmets 1-2.
Listowel looked by far the stronger side during the opening ten minutes of this round 2 Co. League game played in rather damp conditions in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (6th Sept) when they lead by 1-2 to 0-2 – our two points coming from two Alan Duggan frees. But once our lads got going they gave an almost carbon copy display of how our B team played two evenings previously. In fact they did slightly better from the point of view of holding their opponents scoreless for the rest of the game. Our opening point from play came in the 12th minute from one of the veterans on the team, Daniel Bohan, which left us two behind at the water break (1-2 to 0-3). Whatever Aidan and his colleagues put in the water during the break it had a dazzling effect on our lads because they dominated the rest of the game. David Courtney opened the scoring with a point at the start of the second quarter and after three more points from three different players – Mikey Collins, Shane Carroll and David Leonard, Courts was on hand again for our last score of the half – tucking away a brilliant goal after good work by Pa McCarthy and Dean Scanlon. This left us five ahead at half time (1-7 to 1-2).
During the third quarter we added a goal and three points – the points coming from David Courtney, Pa McCarthy and Shane Carroll and the goal expertly put away by David Leonard (2-10 to 1-2 ahead at this stage).
During the final quarter we added a further goal and four points – the goal coming first from another super veteran, William Kirby and the points from Ricky Moloney, Alan Duggan (free) and two from Seán Dukes, to leave us with a comprehensive 18 points win at the end.
There were some brilliant displays from all who lined out but the man that really caught the eye on this occasion was wing-back, Joe Looby who on numerous occasions thwarted some dangerous moves by the opposition and then made some fabulous runs up-field setting up many attacks.
With the Junior Championship also taking place this weekend the other second round game between Annascaul and Ballymac did not go ahead, so all we can do at this stage is to win our final game and see how things materialize after that. And that final game, against Annascaul, is scheduled to go ahead in Connolly Park on next Friday evening (11th Sept) at 6.30pm, but this has yet to be confirmed as we write.
Team: David Hennessy, Conor Lowe, John Dennis, Jack McGrath, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Denis McElligott, Joe Looby, Shane Carroll (0-2), Alan Duggan (0-3frees), Dale Counihan, Michael Collins (Capt) (0-1), Daniel Bohan (0-1), Dean Scanlon, David Leonard (1-1), David Courtney (1-2).
Subs used: William Kirby (32m) (1-0), Jason Mitchel (36m), Brian Phelan (39m), Craig Teahan (40m), Seán Dukes (42m) (0-2), Pádraig Breen (42m), Ricky Moloney (43m) (0-1), Matthew Browne (43m), Gavin Duffy (43m).