Senior Co. League Div 1 Rd 1: Austin Stacks 2-5; Kenmare Shamrocks 0-7.
Played in very testing pitch conditions in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (8th March) the visitors got off the mark first with a point in the 7th minute. It was great to see Barry Shanahan back in action again after the injury he sustained last November in the Club Championship game against Nemo Rangers. And what an impact he made. Lining out at full forward he was at the end of a brilliant move which started with a Michael O’Donnell free after a foul on Joseph O’Connor, and Barry rose highest to tap in Donagh McKivergan’s pass to the net and this could be Barry’s first goal since the winning goal he scored all those years ago out in Listry – a last minute winning goal which won us the 2008 U21 Club Championship by just one point. It was Barry’s brother Ronan, who was fouled, which resulted in our only other score of the half – an 18th minute pointed free by Michael O’Donnell. Despite playing with the aid of an almost gale-force wind Kenmare left it all to do in the second half when they could only manage a two points lead at half time (0-6 to 1-1).
We took full advantage of the elements which favoured us in the second half. Two more Michael O’Donnell points saw us level after the opening twelve minutes. Then in the 46th minute it was Michael who was at the end of another brilliant move – started by David Fitzmaurice and continued by Fiachna Mangan – to tap the ball to the net, which gave us a three points cushion at that stage. We added two more points in the closing quarter – the first came when good work by Shane Walsh found Fiachna, who put over a beauty – and then a long high ball in from Barry Shan found Michael O’Donnell and he put over what we think was the Club’s first score from the mark. Kenmare’s only score of the half came late-on and after five minutes of additional time we ended up with a four points win, So a good start to the season for us we begin the defence of our Co. League title which we won last December.
Wayne Quillinan and his colleagues – Jonathan Conway, Eoin Colgan, John O’Sullivan, Jonathan Magnier and Damien Ryall, with some help from Tommy Naughton, must be very pleased with our performance with all nineteen who got game time playing exceptionally well. Apart from those already mentioned it was great to see Wayne Guthrie doing such a great job in goals, and all our six starting defenders holding a very attack-minded Kenmare side to just seven points over the seventy minutes. That defence included a brilliant performance by Paul O’Sullivan who was making his Club debut as was Dara Barry Walsh (son of John Walsh & Marina Barry Walsh). Joseph O’Connor and David Fitzmaurice dominated the centre and although Ciarán O’Reilly, Donagh McKivergan and Shane O’Callaghan didn’t get on the score sheet on this occasion, they did contribute in no small way to the victory.
Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Walsh, Paul O’Sullivan, Jack Morgan, Ronan Shanahan (Capt), Shane Walsh, Joseph O’Connor, David Fitzmaurice, Ciarán O’Reilly, Fiachna Mangan (0-1), Michael O’Donnell (1-4 – two frees; one mark), Donagh McKivergan, Barry Shanahan (1-0), Shane O’Callaghan.
Subs used: Ciarán O’Connell (51m), Darragh O’Brien (51m), Dara Barry Walsh (57m), Brandon Patterson (58m).
Round 2 goes ahead next weekend when we travel to play Spa (Killarney) with another Sunday (15th March) encounter at 3pm. The Spa Junior team have also a home Co. League game at 1.30pm – hence our Senior game starting at the later time.
Senior Football Co. League Div 5: Austin Stacks 0-8; Kerins O’Rahillys 1-3.
Played in very heavy underfoot conditions, hence such a low-scoring game, it was a credit to both sides to have put up such an entertaining performance in Connolly Park on Sunday afternoon. We led by 0-3 to 0-1 at half time – all three points scored by Shane Carroll (one from a free). We were still well in command half way through the second half when we led by 0-8 to 0-1. All our five points in this period came from five different scorers. Shane was on target again from a free with other four coming from Conor Myers, Pa McCarthy, Podge Looney (the score of the day from long range) and Rory Forbes (free). Shortly after this score Rory was unfortunate to pick up what looked like a nasty shoulder injury. We wish Rory a full and speedy recovery.
However Rahillys put in a very strong performance in the closing stages of the game, scoring a goal and two points without reply, to leave us with that always dangerous two points lead. But our lads survived the come-back and finished up with that two-points winning margin in the end. It was good to see David Hennessy back between the posts again and also good to see Calvin Foley back with the squad and he showed he hasn’t lost his zest after being away for awhile. We now travel to Cromane on Sunday next (15th March) for a round 2 game starting at 2pm.
Team: David Hennessy, Shane Kelliher, John Dennis, John Murphy, Rory Forbes (0-1 free), Paul Galvin (Capt), Andrew Morrissey, Dara Barry Walsh, Brandon Patterson, Daniel O’Rourke, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Shane Carroll (0-4 – two frees), Podge Looney (0-1), Conor Myers (0-1), Padraic Linnane.
Subs used: Adam Curran (ht), Jason Mitchel (45m), Calvin Foley (50m), Tom O’Farrell (54m), Ciarán Kelliher (54m).
2008 U21 Club Championship Final – was it the last time Barry Shanahan Scored a goal?