Senior Town Championship SF FT: Ballymac 2-8; Austin Stacks 3-16..
We qualified for our first Town Championship Final for the first time since 2015 with an eleven points win in Ballymac on this Sunday afternoon (12th Aug). Three first half goals was a bit too much for the home side to come back from even though they did almost match us on the scoreboard during the second half (0-10 to 2-3). Our three goals came in the 4th , 11th and 30th minutes with our three inside forwards on target – Mikey Collins, Ferdia O’Brien and Shane O’Callaghan. Those three also got a point each during the opening 30 minutes, as well as a point each from Greg Horan, Pa McCarthy and Darragh O’Brien (free). This gave us a ten points lead at the break (3-6 to 0-5).
Ballymac gave us a very good work-out during the second half . Like the first half six different scorers got on the score sheet – Darragh O’Brien with three (two frees), his brother Ferdia and Joseph O’Connor with two each from play and one each from Shane O’Callaghan and two of our second half substitutes, Fergal Ryan and Dale Counihan. So another good all-round display from the 21 players who participated.
Pa Fitzgibbon started the second half in goals but, unfortunately had to come off after eight minutes with a blood injury. We wish Pa a speedy recovery. It was also good to see Ronan Shanahan back in action again in preparation for things to come.
Team: Robbie Murphy, John Dennis, Barry Walsh, Denis Costello, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Ciarán O’Reilly, Ciarán O’Connell. Shane Guthrie (Capt), Joseph O’Connor (0-2), Greg Horan (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-4 – 3 frees), Shane Carroll, Ferdia O’Brien (1-3), Shane O’Callaghan (1-2), Michael Collins (1-1).
Subs used: Ronan Shanahan (ht), Pa Fitzgibbon (ht), Fergal Ryan (33m) (0-1), David Fitzmaurice (51m), Paul Galvin (51m), Dale Counihan (58m) (0-1).
Next Sunday (19th Aug) we are due to play Castleisland Desmonds in Connolly Park in the last round of the Co. League. Throw in is at 1pm to avoid a clash with the All Ireland SH Final (Galway .v. Limerick) which starts at 3.30pm. We then have a two weeks break before we take on Kenmare District in the opening round of the Co. Championship. That game is fixed for Connolly Park on Saturday, 1st September at 5.30 pm.