Senior Co. League Div 2: Ardfert 0-11 Austin Stacks 3-16.
We were three points ahead after five minutes with Fergal Ryan and Shane O’Callaghan (2) on target. We went further ahead with a pointed free by Darragh O’Brien and one from play by Fergal Ryan before Ardfert opened their account with two points in the 13th and 14th minutes. A minute later Michael O’Donnell got through for our first goal after taking a pass from Dale Counihan. Then Ardfert hit a purple patch with four unanswered points to cut the gap to two (1-5 to 0-6).
Shane O’Callaghan, in the 23rd minute, pointed for us to be followed, a minute later, by our second goal of the game. This time Michael O’Donnell became the provider for Dale Counihan to slot to the net. Ferdia O’Brien and Jack O’Shea had a point each just before half time to leave us ahead by double scores at the break (2-8 to 0-7).
Ardfert put over the opening point of the second half but, in the space of two minutes, Pa McCarthy and Michael O’Donnell with one point each put us further ahead. Then in the 39th minute Ardfert pointed from a forty five. Darragh O’Brien and John Egan (Ardfert) traded points in the space of two minutes. Then points from Greg Horan and Fergal Ryan increased our lead to 2-13 to 0-10. Ferdia O’Brien scored out third goal after the Ardfert keeper made a great save from Pa McCarthy. Darragh O’Brien has a point from a free in the 51st minute and Michael O’Donnell and Shane O’Callaghan increased our lead before the finish.
Team: Robbie Murphy, Barry Walsh, Conor Jordan, John Dennis, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Jack O’Shea (0-1), Ciarán O’Connell, Greg Horan (0-1), Michael O’Donnell (1-2), Theo Diggin, Darragh O’Brien (0-3), Fergal Ryan (0-3), Ferdia O’Brien (1-1), Shane O’Callaghan (0-4), Dale Counihan (1-0).
Subs used: Gearóid Fitzgerald (41), Michael O’Gara (48m), Michael Linnane (53m), Pa Fitzgibbon (55m).
Round 7 of the League goes ahead in Connolly Park at the weekend with a visit from Currow.
Our thanks to Tim Slattery for the above comprehensive report.
Senior Co. League Div 5: Austin Stacks 0-11; Valentia 0-14.
With one more round of games to play on this coming week-end Valentia kept their prospects of a promotion play-off very much alive with this hard-fought win in Connolly Park on a dry, calm Sunday afternoon (10th June). Three points was the winning margin at the end but on another day the visitors could easily have been five or six goals ahead what with numerous balls coming off the post and cross-bar and a host of brilliant saves all through the game by Seamus Bastible and some of his defenders.
We started well and were two points ahead after six minutes, courtesy of a TJ Hogan opener from play and a pointed free by Gearóid Sheehan. But Valentia responded well and by the 12th minute, with three unanswered points, took the lead for the first time. When Gearóid Sheehan equalised again a minute later from another free Valentia responded quickly with a point from play.
Both sides had three points each in the closing quarter of the first half – Gearóid Sheehan with two for the Rock and the third, a punched effort by Gearóid McCann. This left the visitors one point ahead at the break (0-7 to 0-6).
We equalized again two minutes after the resumption (another Gearóid Sheehan pointed free) but that was as close as it got for us as Valentia began to take control and went on to score another seven points in this half. With three minutes remaining they were five points ahead (0-14 to 0-9) when a Stacks penalty came off the post – the breaking ball was eventually put over by Gearóid Sheehan – and TJ Hogan, who scored the first point of the game inside the first minute, was on hand to score the last point of the game on the stroke of full-time – too little, too late for the home side.
Despite the defeat our lads played very well, including Hurler, Thomas Meehan who we think was playing his first football game at adult level – now we have a growing number of duel players – as well as Thomas we also had Eoghan McKivergan, Andrew Morrissey, and Gearóid McCann on the field today.
Team: Seamus Bastible, Eoin Galvin, Eoghan McKivergan, James Quigley, Dean Scanlon, Andrew Morrissey (Capt), Seán Dukes (0-1), Paul Barrett (0-1), Joseph O’Connor, Anthony Shanahan, Gearóid Sheehan (0-6 – 4 frees), Joe Looby, TJ Hogan (0-2), Gearóid McCann (0-1), David Leonard.
Subs used: William Kirby (41m), Thomas Meehan (47m), Micko Horan (51m).
In the final round robin game of the League we travel cross-town to play Kerins O’Rahillys on this coming week-end for a non-event game for us.
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