Snr Co. League Div 2: Kilcummin 1-16; Austin Stacks 0-11.
We led by three points to one after ten minutes of play in this opening round of the Co. League played in Kilcummin on this Sunday afternoon (11th March). Our three points came from David Mannix (free), Fergal Ryan and Jack O’Shea. But in a five minute spell (11th to 16th minute) the home side added five unanswered points to put them into the lead, a lead which they never relinquished after that. We got one more point between then and half time while the opposition added a further 1-3 in that period to leave them eight points clear at the break (1-9 to 0-4).
That was still the margin at the end of the game with both sides scoring seven points each in the second half. So a disappointing result as we begin our task to get back to division one by the end of the current campaign.
Team; David Hennessy, Colin Griffin, Conor Jordan, Denis Costello, Pa McCarthy, Jack O’Shea (0-1), Shane Walsh, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Michael O’Donnell, Greg Horan, Darragh O’Brien (0-1), Fergal Ryan (0-1), David Mannix (0-5 – four frees), Shane O’Callaghan, Ferdia O’Brien (0-1).
Subs used: Denis McElligott (20m), Mikey Collins (ht) (0-2). Barry Walsh (ht), David O’Sullivan (40m), Brandon Patterson (55m).
Our thanks to Tim Slattery for the provision of the stats for this game.
Snr Co. League Div 5 FT: Austin Stacks 0-17; Kilgarvan 1-8.
A very polished performance against a physically stronger team got us off to the perfect start in this season’s Co. League. Played in ideal conditions in Connolly Park we had seven points on the board, all from play, before the visitors put over their first point in the 18th minute. They scored just one more before the break while we added a further three, which left us eight clear at half time (0-10 to 0-2).
Kilgarvan had a better start to the second half – scoring four points in the first ten minutes, to one for us. But our boys upped their performance again, and in the next twenty minutes we held the opposition to just one more point, while we added a further six points to leave us ten clear (0-17 to 0-7) as the game went in to added time. In the closing minutes Kilgarvan got two consolation scores (1-1) but we had done more than enough at that stage to secure a comfortable win.
Brian Morgan and his fellow colleagues – Paddy Barry, Kieran Kelliher and Eamonn O’Reilly – will be pleased with the way the young players blended so well with those seasoned warriors. William Kirby was appearing for his 24th season. Is there anyone with such a record (he made his debut on the 5th March 1995). It was great to see Gearóid McCann back in action again and, along with William, he linked superbly with the inner forwards. It’s hard to believe that Gearóid’s last game was over five years ago (19th Oct 2012) – sidelined with a long-term injury. Team Captain, Andrew Morrissey, will rarely if ever put a pass astray and John Dennis gave a towering performance at full back. So good was our back-line that Paddy Fitzgibbon had little to do in goals but his kick-outs almost always found a colleague. Micko Horan seems to be there forever and a day also and will always give 100% when called upon as will Dale Counihan who put over two brilliant first-half points. It was no wonder then that seven of the younger generation got on the score sheet (see below). Ten in total got on the score sheet – the other three were Dale Counihan, as we mentioned, Theo Diggin and a one William Kirby.
Shane Kelliher picked up an injury early in the game and we wish Shane a speedy recovery.
Team: Pa Fitzgibbon, Shane Kelliher, John Dennis, Andrew Morrissey (Capt), Conor Lowe (0-1), Darragh Scanlon (0-1), Seán Ryan (0-2 – one free), Cathal O’Reilly (0-1), Gearóid McCann, Seán Dukes (0-3), Dale Counihan (0-2), Theo Diggin (0-1), Donagh McKivergan (0-4 – one free), David Fitzmaurice, Harry O’Callaghan (0-1).
Subs used: William Kirby (5m) (0-1), Joe Looby (57m), Micko Horan (57m).