SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 2-5; Kilcummin 1-6.
Credit to both sides for putting up such an entertaining encounter, despite the dreadful weather conditions in Connolly Park on this Saturday evening (1st Aug). The very heavy rain which fell all afternoon, and which continued right up to half time in game, was definitely the main factor in such a low-scoring game.
Almost seven minutes had elapsed before the first score came – a pointed free by David Mannix after Kieran Donaghy was fouled. David was on target from the spot again, three minutes later, this time after a foul on Joseph O’Connor. Then in the 13th minute we really got going. Ronan Shanahan, from his centre-back position, found Michael O’Gara with a perfect pass, whose high ball into the square was broken down by Star into the path of Darragh O’Brien and Darragh shot low to the net.
But we failed to score again between then and half time while Kilcummin added five points in succession (two from frees) to draw level at the break (1-2 to 0-5).
They went further ahead then, six minutes after the resumption when they netted from a penalty to put them three ahead. This was still the difference between the sides after 53 minutes when both sides had only a point each in that 15 minute spell – ours coming from a Shane O’Callaghan free. This happened to be Kilcummin’s last score while we finished the game as we started it – scoring 1-2 without reply. Joseph O’Connor put over in the 55th minute and this was followed, three minutes later, by our second goal of the game, which put us back in the lead again. Out near the side-line Brendan O’Sullivan’s accurate shot across goal was fielded again by Star, who found Shane O’Callaghan and Calla, from a tight angle, guided the ball to the net. The last score of the game came from a Darragh O’Brien free, following a foul on Fiachna Mangan.
Apart from the result it was great to see Dylan Casey and Greg Horan making their first appearances of the season and both made a significant contribution to the victory. Greg’s last game was almost a year ago when he lined out in our Town Championship Final win against John Mitchels on the 24th August 2019.
Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Shanahan, Paul O’Sullivan, Jack Morgan, Ronan Shanahan (Capt), Dylan Casey, Joseph O’Connor (0-1), Brendan O’Sullivan, Michael O’Gara, Darragh O’Brien (1-1 – pointed free), David Fitzmaurice, Seán Quilter, Kieran Donaghy, David Mannix (0-2 frees).
Subs used: Shane O’Callaghan (ht) (1-1 – pointed free), Fiachna Mangan (ht), Donagh McMahon (43m), Barry Walsh (48m), Greg Horan (63m).
Thanks again to all our members who helped out in the preparation for the game and for making everything run so smoothly before, during and after the game, despite the terrible conditions.
In the 3rd and final round we travel to Derreen to play Killarney Legion next weekend (date not yet fixed) for a must win game. Dingle and ourselves top the table on three points each with both sides having a similar score difference as well.