Junior Town League: Austin Stacks 2-11; John Mitchels 2-8.
After one of the best games of open, attacking football that we have witnessed all season we eventually emerged victorious in this postponed round 2 game of the Town League, played in Connolly Park on this Friday evening (28th July). This game ebbed and flowed all through with the lead changing hands on six different occasions and the sides level three times.
Mitchels opened the scoring after 18 seconds but points from a Danny Carroll free and one from play by team captain, Dale Counihan gave us the lead after six minutes. However a minute later Mitchels were back in the lead with an opportunist goal. By the 18th minute they had gone further ahead with two more points. Then it was our turn to click into gear. With Craig Corcoran and David Fitzmaurice doing well at centre field and with our half-back line on the attack with every opportunity the first of our goals came in the 20th minute. A perfect ball from Michael Linnane found Donagh McKivergan and Donagh’s shot cross goal was guided to the net by Pádraig Looney. Two pointed frees then followed from Donagh McKivergan and Danny Carroll to give us a one point lead again, five minutes before the break.
But Mitchels again responded with a goal and a point in the space of two minutes and the final score of the half came in the 28th minute with a brilliant solo run by Dale Counihan, putting over his second point of the game. This left Mitchels with a two points lead at half time (2-4 to 1-5).
Eleven minutes into the second half they had extended that lead to three after putting over three more points to two for us – Pádraig Looney from play and a well-taken forty five by Craig Corcoran our scorers.
Then, like the first half, our lads took complete control and in the next ten minutes went back in the lead again with four unanswered points by Conor Lowe, Ciarán Flanagan and two super efforts by Pádraig Looney to cap a fine performance (1-3 from play) by Podge.
A little bit of luck will never go a miss and we encountered that in the 54th minute when Mitchels got through on goal only for the ball to come off the butt of the post and go wide. Then a minute later a good attacking move by Shane Walsh put Darren Bastible through for our second goal and instead of being two points down we found ourselves four points up. Mitchels did get one back before the final whistle to leave us with a three points win in the end.
So a very good team performance with eight Minors on our starting 15 and another (Tomás Sheehy) coming on as a second half substitute, making for a very good combination of youth and experience . It was also good to see David Leonard coming on at the start of the second half and he played a role in steadying the ship during those final 30 minutes. The last time David wore the Black & Amber jersey was when he played a starring role at full back on 19th November 2011 when our Seniors defeated Dingle in the Co. League Final. Great to see you back from Down-Under David.
Team: Seamus Bastible, Shane Kelliher, Cathal O’Reilly, Shane Walsh, Andrew Morrissey, Dylan Harnett, Odhran Liston, Craig Corcoran (0-1 – forty five), Conor Lowe (0-1), Michael Linnane, Pádraig Looney (1-3), Danny Carroll (0-2 frees), Donagh McKivergan (0-1 – free), Dale Counihan (Capt) (0-2)).
Subs used: David Leonard (ht), Fergal Ryan (ht), Darren Bastible (ht) (1-0), Tomás Sheehy (40m), Ciarán Flanagan (50m) (0-1).
Our final game in the Town League is away to Kerins O’Rahillys in Ballyrickard on this Monday evening (31st July) at 7.30pm and, irrespective of the result, it looks as if we have already qualified for the semi final of the competition.