Minor Co. League Div 1 FT: Cordal/Scartaglin 2-7; Austin Stacks 1-11.
After securing easy enough victories in our opening four games of the season (we received a walk-over in a fifth game) with winning margins ranging from 27 points down to 7 points, this game (round 3 in the Co. League), played on a windy, rainy Thursday evening (5th April) in Cordal put us to the test for the first time and really showed the character of this squad as they came from five points down with eight minutes remaining to grind out a hard fought one point win. That was the first and only time that we were ahead in the game.
The first score, a Cordal/Scart goal, came in the sixth minute followed shortly after by a point. Our opener came after ten minutes – a Michael Slattery point – followed in quick succession by two points from Conor Myers with Dylan Casey very much involved in the build-up to Conor’s first.
With the weather conditions deteriorating it was understandable that the remainder of the half produced only three more points –two for the opposition and one for us – an 18th minute point by Gearóid Fitzgerald. This left us trailing by two points at the break (1-3 to 0-4).
Ten minutes into the second half this deficit had increased to six points as the home side had scored 1-2 to just one for us – a Michael Slattery free. But like the first half our boys rallied putting over three unanswered points – all from play by Gearóid Fitzgerald again, and David Couchman and Dean Scanlon also on target.
Cordal, with two more points increased their lead again to five points in the 48th minute. And that was to be their last score of the game. It took us another six minutes to start the come-back. First Dean Scanlon pointed and then his fellow wing forward, Sean Carmody got through for our only goal of the game. With three minutes of normal time remaining Michael Slattery put us level for the first time in the game with a pointed free and in the 59th minute it was Slatts again who put over the winner from play.
It was good to see James Quigley back in action for the first time this season after being out with an injury since last season.
Team: David Oba, David Burke, Donagh McMahon, Adam Curran, Dara Barry Walsh, Dylan Casey, Eoghan Carroll, Michael O’Gara, David Couchman (0-1), Seán Carmody (1-0), Daniel O’Rourke, Dean Scanlon (0-2), Conor Myers (0-2), Gearóid Fitzgerald (0-2), Michael Slattery (0-4 – two frees).
Subs used: Gearóid Sheehan (30m), Luke Chester (ht), James Quigley (41m), Niall Fitzmaurice (51m), Tom O’Farrell (60m), Jack McGrath (61m).
Next on the cards is our postponed Town League game at home to Kerins O’Rahillys, This is now fixed for next Tuesday evening (10th April) at 6.30pm in Connolly Park. Then, three days later (Friday, 13th April) we play Kilgarvan/Tuosist in Connolly Park in the 4th of our five games in the Co. League. Throw in at 6.15pm (note the change of time).