Senior Co. League Div 1: Na Gaeil 2-10 (16) Austin Stacks 4-12 (24)
After our defeat in the opening game against Kilcummin this round 2 of the Co. League played at Killeen on this Sunday afternoon (March 24th) was a must win for us, but Na Gaeil, who were missing their key Kerry players, put it up to us big time, especially during the first half at the end of which they led by one point (2-7 to 2-6).
Half way through the second half the sides were still level (Stacks 3-7 to Na Gaeil 2-10). But we had a brilliant closing quarter and whether it was a coincidence or not it all began to take off when Sean Quilter came on the pitch in the 47th minute. In those closing minutes we added 1-5 while keeping the opposition scoreless. And four of those points were scored by Séan in this his second game at Senior level (he made his debut a few weeks ago in the Town League game against Strand Road).
Our two first half goals came from Wayne Guthrie in the 8th minute and Donagh Mc Kivergan in the 17th minute. And the two in the second half were the first and last socred of this half – Darragh O’Brien on target in the 37th minute and an opportunist goal by Colin Griffin on the stroke of full time. Darragh was also unerring from placed balls, putting over six in total during the course of the hour.
Team: Barry Galvin, Colin Griffin (1-0), Barry Shanahan, Dylan Casey, Jack O’Shea, Conor Jordan (Capt) (0-1), Ronan Shanahan, Greg Horan (0-1), Wayne Guthrie (1-0), Jack Morgan, Darragh O’Brien (1-6 – five frees), Ciaran O’Reilly, Shane O’Callaghan, Joseph O’Connor, Donagh Mc Kivergan (1-0).
Subs used: Michael O’Gara (40m), Séan Quilter (47m (0-4 – two frees), Fergal Ryan (49m).
We have a break now in the Co. League until the second weekend of May – our next opponents are none other than Dr. Crokes in Round 3 of the league. In the meantime it will be all Club Championship activity during the month of April. Our first game will be a neutral venue (Annascaul) in our first game of three against Dingle and that’s fixed for Sunday, 7th April at 2.30pm. The other two teams that we must face in group 1 are Kenmare Shamrocks and Kilcummin. Group 2 is also composed of 4 teams – Dr. Crokes, Kerins O’Rahillys, Legion & Rathmore
Match photographs compliments of Adrienne Mc Loughlin: