Senior Club Championship RD2 FT: Austin Stacks 0-15; An Ghaeltacht 1-9.
Played in dry, sunny conditions in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (8th April) we just did enough to stay ahead in this round two game in the Club Championship. We went into an early four points lead with all our scores coming from play by four different players – the O’Brien brothers, Ferdia and Darragh together with David Mannix and Michael O’Donnell. Gaeltacht opened their account in the 6th minute. But two more points by David Mannix (one from a free) had us ahead by five at the end of the first quarter (0-6 to 0-1).
Gaeltacht, however, had a very good second quarter, scoring five points to just one for us – by Shane O’Callaghan after being put through by Star. And they could have gone ahead at this stage but for two super saves in quick succession by David Hennessy. This left us ahead by just one at the break (0-7 to 0-6).
Twenty four seconds after the restart Gaeltacht had drawn level. But then we put over five consecutive points – one each by Greg Horan and Shane O’Callaghan and three pointed frees by David Mannix – to leave us five ahead at the end of the third quarter.
However, the visitors were right back in it after they got through for the only goal of the game in the 47th minute. But that was as good as it got for the Corcha Dhuibhne boys as we held out in the final quarter, scoring three more points (Kieran Donaghy, Ronan Shanahan and Darragh O’Brien on target) while holding the opposition to just two.
With Dr. Crokes winning in Strand Road next week’s games in Group 1 are clear-cut – The Crokes .v. Stacks game will decide who goes through to the Club final while the game between O’Rahillys and An Ghaeltacht will decide who will be in a Co. Championship relegation play-off later in the year. Our game against Crokes is due to go ahead in Lewis Road on Sunday (15th April) at 2.30pm.
Austin Stacks: David Hennessy, Barry Walsh, Conor Jordan, Ronan Shanahan (0-1), Pa McCarthy, Jack O’Shea, Denis McElligott, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Greg Horan (0-1), Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-2), Michael O’Donnell (0-1), David Mannix (0-6 – four frees), Kieran Donaghy (0-1), Ferdia O’Brien (0-2).
Subs used: Sean Ryan (41m), Mikey Collins (47m), Shane Carroll (52m), and Michael Slattery (58m).