Senior Club Championship Rd 1: Austin Stacks 1-12; Dingle 1-12.
Our Seniors began the defence of their Club Championship title in Annascaul on this Saturday evening (25th July) facing the same opposition that we faced in the opening round of last season. We won that opening round last season by three points (2-12 to 2-9) but on this occasion we can consider ourselves lucky to have come away with a share of the spoils. We had a brilliant first half and it looked all over after 25 minutes when we led by 1-7 to 0-2. Everyone from one to fifteen were playing out of their skins as Darragh O’Brien opened the scoring inside the first minute. Dingle equalized in the 3rd minute but then we added three more points from Joseph O’Connor, Darragh again, and David Fitzmaurice. Dingle’s second point came in the 17th minute but then we added a further three – two brilliant long-ranged ones from Brendan O’Sullivan, who was making his competitive debut, and a well-taken free from the mark by David Mannix (great to see David back again after missing the whole of last season). Then in the 25th minute came the score of the game – a cracker of a goal by the one and only Kieran Donaghy. And what can one say about Kieran that has not been said already. Star was starting his 20th consecutive season on the Senior team. He made his Senior debut away back in June 2001 coming on as a sub in a Co. League game in Killorglin. And what a servant he has been since then and continues to be. Keep it going Star. A goal and a point by the Dingle in the closing minutes of the half, was followed by a Seán Quilter point from a free, which left us five points ahead at half time (1-8 to 1-3).
Dingle came out a different team in the second half , and scored seven points without reply in the opening seventeen minutes, to put them ahead by two points at that stage (1-10 to 1-8). Wayne and his colleagues introduced some seasoned players at that stage and it paid dividends. Shane O’Callaghan was no sooner on the pitch when he pointed, and he followed this with a further two points. Our final score of the game came from another late substitute, Fiachna Mangan, who put over our last score of the game. But Dingle didn’t give up and scored the equalizing point late in additional time to share the spoils.
Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Shanahan, Paul O’Sullivan, Jack Morgan, Ronan Shanahan (Capt), Jack O’Shea, Joseph O’Connor (0-1), Brendan O’Sullivan (0-2), Michael O’Gara, Darragh O’Brien (0-2), David Fitzmaurice (0-1), Seán Quilter (0-1 free), Kieran Donaghy (1-0), David Mannix (0-1 free).
Subs used: Shane O’Callaghan (47m) (0-3 – one free), Donagh McMahon (52m), Ciarán O’Reilly (57m), Barry Walsh (59m), Fiachna Mangan (63m) (0-1).
Thanks to everyone in the Annascaul Club for their excellent organization and handling of the event in these very challenging times for contact sport and well done also to both teams, their mentors and both sets of supporters who won the draw to travel to the game. Let’s hope the 200 limit will be increased to 500 and beyond as soon as possible. There is no comparison with 500 in Connolly Park (for example) and 500 in Austin Stack Park and, even worse again, 500 in Fitzgerald Stadium.
In round 2, which goes ahead on this weekend coming, we have a home game against Kilcummin, who narrowly lost to Killarney Legion (0-15 to 1-10) in their opening round.
all photographs by club photographer: Adrienne Mc Loughlin