Senior Town League Final: Austin Stacks 1-18; Ballymac 0-10.
Runners up for the past two seasons we regained the Town League title (The John Kissane Cup) with a win against Ballymac in the final of the competition played in Austin Stacks Park on this Friday night (1st March). Even though we ended the game with eleven points to spare it was not until the 56th minute when Fergal Ryan scored the only goal of the game that we could breathe easy for the first time. Up to then Ballymac looked dangerous with every attack and, but for some excellent defending by everyone from number one to number seven, including John Dennis, who gave a Man of the Match performance, we could have been in trouble.
The first half produced 19 scores (we led at the break by 0-12 to 0-7) but, with a heavy pitch and so early in the season, it was understandable that the second half produced only 10 scores.
Eight of our players were making their first appearances of the season, including Michael O’Gara (this was Michael’s fourth game at Senior level – he lined out three times last year) and he must certainly have impressed Wayne and his colleagues with his attacking performance.
Team: Robbie Murphy, Paul Galvin, Dylan Casey, John Dennis, Shane Walsh, Ronan Shanahan, Jack Morgan, Greg Horan, Conor Jordan (Capt) (0-1), Darragh Scanlon, Michael O’Gara (0-1), Shane Carroll (0-3), Shane O’Callaghan (0-2), Gearóid Fitzgerald (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-7 – 3 frees).
Subs used: Pa McCarthy (ht), Colin Griffin (ht), Joseph O’Connor (ht) (0-1), Fergal Ryan (48m) (1-0), Donagh McKivergan (54m) (0-2), David Fitzmaurice (56m).
We now turn our attention to activity at County level with the commencement of the Co. League on this coming week-end. And what a game to get the 49th season of the competition underway as we welcome the recently crowned All Ireland Intermediate Champions (Kilcummin) to Connolly Park for a 2pm throw-in on Sunday next (10th March).
This game (& many more we hope) is now available to watch on Austin Stacks TV via You Tube. Simply subscribe to ‘Austin Stacks TV via You Tube – our thanks to the man behind the camera Matthew Browne.
Photographs by Adrienne Mc Loughlin