Senior Town League Final: Kerins O’Rahillys 2-15 (21) Austin Stacks 1-14 (17)
We came out the wrong side of a very entertaining Town League final played at a dry but breezy Austin Stack Park on this Easter Saturday evening (15th April). We were going for four-in-a-row titles in this competition but two O’Rahillys goals, one in each half, put paid to that ambition.
The strong breeze did not seem to favour either side during the course of the game. With five minutes to go in the first half we led by five points (1-7 to 0-5) but a late goal and a point for the Strand Road side left us ahead by just one at the break (1-7 to 1-6).
Ten minutes into the second we had extended that to three (1-11 to 1-8) but during the course of the next eight minutes Rahillys had turned that right around to give them a three points lead (2-11 to 1-11). And they closed out the remainder of the game – scoring a further four points to three for us.
It didn’t help our cause to lose David Mannix so early in the game – David had to withdraw, eight minutes after the start, with an injury. We did, however, have some good individual performances all through. Pa McCarthy was in typical form, scoring four points from his half back position. Some well-taken scores also came from Greg Horan (0-3), Seán Dukes (1-1), Shane O’Callaghan (0-3) and Darragh O’Brien (0-3).
David Hennessy was making his Senior debut and made at least two outstanding saves to save us from a heavier defeat. Barry Walsh also prevented a certain goal early in the second half and it was good to see Ronan Shanahan back in the fold after a very successful venture in Kerry’s NFL campaign.
Team: David Hennessy, Fearghal MacNamara, Barry Walsh, Ronan Shanahan, Jack O’Shea, Shane Guthrie, Pa McCarthy (0-4), Michael O’Donnell, Alan Duggan, Fiachna Mangan, Greg Horan (0-3), Seán Dukes (1-1), David Mannix, Shane O’Callaghan (Capt) (0-3), Darragh O’Brien (0-3 – one free).
Subs used: Shane Carroll (8m), Darragh Scanlon (26m), Michael Collins (ht), David O’Sullivan (31m), Wayne Guthrie (34m).
Our next outing will involve a trip to Killarney to meet the current All Ireland Club Champions, Dr. Crokes in the quarter final of the Club Championship. This game is now likely to be fixed for Sunday next (23rd April) after Kerry’s demise in the U21 All Ireland Championship.