Senior Town League FT: Austin Stacks 1-12; Kerins O’Rahillys 0-9.
Our Seniors made it three wins out of three in this 3rd round of the Town League played at a wintry Connolly Park on this early Sunday afternoon (11th Feb). It snowed for the first ten minutes of the game and for the last ten minutes but despite this some very good football was produced by both sides.
Wayne and his colleagues continued to use their very comprehensive squad, using a further seven players who did not play in last week’s game, including last year’s Minor, Shane Kelliher who was making his Senior debut.
We dominated the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half time. Michael O’Donnell scored four (three from play), including two long-ranged efforts. Darragh O’Brien put over a 24th minute forty five and our remaining three points came from three of our defenders – Conor Jordan, Pa McCarthy and Jack O’Shea.
We also had a very good start to the second half with our opening two points coming from two super efforts by Theo Diggin followed by a third by Shane O’Callaghan. Strand Road then came more into the game and had the next four points to reduce our lead to four (0-11; 0-7) as the game entered the last five minutes. But another Michael O’Donnell point followed almost immediately by the only goal of the game, made by David Fitzmaurice and put away beautifully by Donagh McKivergan , his first at Senior level, put the game to bed and we ended up with six points to spare – the same winning margin as last week.
Team: David Hennessy, Paul Galvin, Conor Jordan (0-1), Colin Griffin, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Jack O’Shea (0-1), John Murphy, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Michael O’Donnell (0-5 – one free), Theo Diggin (0-2), Darragh O’Brien (0-1), David Fitzmaurice, Ferdia O’Brien, Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Dale Counihan.
Subs used: Donagh McKivergan (12m) (1-0), Brandon Patterson (36m), Shane Walsh (41m), John Dennis (51m), Andrew Morrissey (54m), Shane Kelliher (54m).
The remaining two rounds of the Town League are as follows; we are away to John Mitchels this Friday Feb 16th at 8.15pm and away to Ardfert on the following Sunday (25th Feb).
The top two teams will qualify for the final which is provisionally fixed for the weekend of the 4th March.