Senior Co. Championship QF: West Kerry 1-17; Austin Stacks 0-14.
Our losing streak this season continue in Austin Stacks Park on this Saturday evening (23rd Sept) when we went down to a sharper, more focused West Kerry side, whose starting 15 contained twelve players from An Ghaeltacht Club, who had defeated us in the Co. League some six weeks previously.
West Kerry got off to a good start putting over three points in the first six minutes before Greg Horan opened our account in the 9th minute. Then a minute later West Kerry got through for the only goal of the game followed almost immediately by a fourth point.
With Greg Horan and Shane Guthrie doing well at centre field we shaded the second quarter scoring eight points to six for the opposition – five of those points came from David Mannix (four frees) and the other three from play by Darragh O’Brien. This left us adrift by four at the break (1-10 to 0-9).
However the boys from Corcha Dhuibhne kept up the pressure in the second half where they outscored us again by seven points to five. David Mannix with three more pointed frees and one each from play by Kieran Donaghy and Wayne Guthrie were our scorers in this second period.
Team: David Hennessy, Ronan Shanahan, Fearghal MacNamara, Seán Ryan, Pa McCarthy, Jack O’Shea, Jack Morgan, Gerg Horan (0-1), Shane Guthrie, Michael O’Donnell, Shane O’Callaghan (Capt), Shane Carroll, David Mannix (0-8 – seven frees), Kieran Donaghy (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-3).
Subs used: Wayne Guthrie (ht) (0-1), Barry Walsh (ht), Fiachna Mangan (36m), Daniel Bohan (45m), Darragh Scanlon (60m), Alan Duggan (61m).
So a very poor season, by our standards, has come to an end. Of the 23 competitive games played we won 8, drew 3 and lost 12. Despite this no blame can apportioned to any of the 41 players who donned the Black & Amber during the season and neither should Pat Flanagan and his dedicated team of mentors take the blame. The work put in by Pat, together with John Joe Sugrue, John Walsh, Brian Cuthbert, Wayne Murphy and Tommy Naughton and their equally dedicated backroom staff of John Tobin, Ger Mannix, Paudie McQuinn and Fionan Hallinan was equal to none. They have been there day after day, night after night in all weather conditions.
Of the 41 players who lined out only Pa McCarthy played and started in all 23 games. He was closely followed by team captain, Shane O’Callaghan who lined out 22 times, with Jack O’Shea on 21 and Denis Costello and David Mannix on 20 each.
Kieran Donaghy created a bit of a record on Saturday evening. He was playing his 53rd County Championship game which puts him into second place on his own, one ahead of his current colleague Mikey Collins and Ger Power who held the record since the late eighties. Both have 52 appearances. Ger O’Keeffe, of course, still holds the all time record of appearances with 59 which was set in July 1992. And at the other end of the scale it was good to see Darragh Scanlon make his Senior Championship debut, after giving some very good performances all season.