Minor Co. Championship Quarter Final: Austin Stacks 7-15; Shannon Rangers 0-5.
Our Minors qualified for their first Co. Championship semi final since 2007 with too easy a victory over Shannon Rangers in Connolly Park on this Tuesday evening (14th Aug). At half time we led by 3-8 to 0-4 and we went on to score a further 4-7 during the second half to just one point for the opposition. Darragh Long and his fellow selectors would, we are sure, have preferred a more stern test to prepare for their semi final encounter. All our twenty one lads gave a super performance all through but one man who continues to create records did so again on this occasion. Last year Gearóid Fizgerald ended up chief scorer with a whopping 14 goals and 17 points to his credit. Now it’s unlikely that Gearóid was reading the current edition of Ireland’s Own during the course of the afternoon but if he was he would have seen an article on page 86 of the magazine devoted to another man who wore the number fourteen jersey away back in May 1960. That was Dublin’s famous full forward of the time, Johnny Joyce. On that May Sunday Dublin defeated Longford in the Leinster quarter final by 10-13 to 3-8 with Johnny contributing 5-3 to the victory. Now our Gearóid went one better in Connolly Park in his quarter final game, scoring 5-4, and he could have put away another goal or two but the decency of the player prevented him from adding anymore agony to his opposing colleagues. Well done Gearóid.
Team: Ben Quilter, James Quigley, Donagh McMahon, Eoghan Carroll. Dara Barry Walsh, Dylan Casey, Adam Curran, Michael O’Gara (0-1), Seán Quilter (0-2), David Couchman (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (0-1), Conor Myers (1-2), Seán Carmody, Gearóid Fitzgerald (5-4), Michael Slattery (1-4 – one free).
Subs used: Gearóid Sheehan (37m), Niall Fitzmaurice (43m), Luke Chester (44m), Joe Looby (46m), Pádraic Linnane (50m), David Burke (50m).
We are the only club side to quality for this year’s Minor Co. Championship semi final – joining us in the draw are divisional sides St. Brendan’s, St. Kieran’s & East Kerry.
Now there is no rest for the wicked (not that any of our lads are wicked) but we are due to tog out again on this Friday evening (17th Aug) when we play Na Gaeil in Killeen in the Town League Final. Throw in at 6.30pm.
Gearóid Fitzgerald ready to strike in the Co. League Final Victory V Crokes Aug 2017.