Senior Co. League Div 1 FT: Austin Stacks 1-17; An Ghaeltacht 0-9.
On a fine, dry, summers evening (13th July) in Connolly Park our first half performance was enough to secure victory in this eight round of the Co. League after we led by 0-10 to 0-1 at the break. Six of those points came from Darragh O’Brien who was unerring from both play and placed balls. And our defensive display in that first half was outstanding. Time after time many attacks by the opposition were turned over by our six defenders.
Then, five minutes into the second half, the game was really put to bed, when corner-forward, Shane O’Callaghan burst his way through for the only goal of the game after a brilliant build-up involving Michael O’Gara and Wayne Guthrie. And this was Shane’s third goal in as many games. The West Kerry boys did put on a far better show during that second period but we continued to outscore them by 1-7 to 0-8 in those last 30 minutes.
Wayne and his colleagues emptied the bench in that second half and the five subs who were introduced played exceptionally well. The victory makes it six wins out of eight and now leaves us on top of the League Table on our own with twelve points, followed by Rathmore on 11 and four teams on ten points – Rahillys, Crokes, Spa and Dingle. So with three more rounds to be played the League has never been closer with any one of the top nine teams still in contention to win the League.
Team: Robbie Murphy, Colin Griffin, Barry Shanahan, John Dennis, Jack O’Shea, Conor Jordan (Capt), Ciarán O’Reilly, Wayne Guthrie, Shane Carroll (0-2), Pa McCarthy, Greg Horan (0-1), Michael O’Gara, Ferdia O’Brien (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-9 – four frees, one forty five), Shane O’Callaghan (1-1).
Subs used: Seán Quilter (39m) (0-2 – one free), Ciarán O’Connell (43m), Barry Galvin (45m), Fiachna Mangan (50m) (0-1), David Fitzmaurice (53m).
Rounds nine and ten are now scheduled to be played in the next two weeks. We are away on next Saturday (20th July) to Legion and on the following weekend we have a home game against Spa. Our 11th and final game will be away to St Mary’s on a date to be confirmed.
Photographs compliments of Adrienne Mc Loughlin