MINOR Town League: Austin Stacks 2-15; Kerins O’Rahillys 1-8.
Last week in the opening round of the Town League we had 15 points to spare at the end. On this Sunday afternoon (10th Feb), in round 2 of the competition, we had a ten points winning margin. Despite frequent heavy hail showers all morning and right up to throw-in time it stayed dry during the game, but a howling bitterly cold gale blew down the pitch for the whole afternoon.
We played into that gale in the first half and despite this we led at half time by 2-6 to 1-7. Our first goal came straight from the throw-in which was won by Seán Quilter (who had just made his SF debut the previous afternoon). Sean passed to Daniel O’Rourke who found the on-running Shane Bastible and Shane placed his shot to the corner of the net with aplomb. This was followed a minute later by a Dara Barry Walsh point.
However, once O’Rahillys settled they dominated the next ten minutes, scoring three unanswered points. Then, in a two minute spell (10th to 12th minute) we cancelled out those with three of our own, all from play, the first from Conor Myers and the other two by our goal-scorer, Shane Bastible. Rahillys then were back in the game a minute later with a well-taken goal. Then in the 14th minute Daniel O’Rourke pointed after good work by Armin Heinrich and Dean Rusk. Three minutes later we extended our lead when Eoghan Carroll put Padhraic Linnane through for our second goal of the game.
Rahillys finished the half the stronger, scoring four points to one for us in the closing six minutes of the half – our point coming from Dara Barry Walsh. This left us ahead at the break by two points (2-6 to 1-7).
The second half, however, was all one-way traffic, with the opposition unable to cope with the elements, like we had done in the opening 30 minutes. We went on to score nine unanswered points in the second period with Rahillys scoring their only point of the half right on the stroke of full time.
So a good start to the season for Tim McMahon and his management team (TJ Sheehan, Colm Mangan and Mikey Collins) who will now face sterner opposition when they travel to Killorglin on next Saturday afternoon (16th Feb) to play Laune Rangers in the opening round of the County League. Our thanks to Rangers for facilitating our request to have the throw-in time brought forward to 2pm.
Team: Ben Quilter (Capt), Niall Fitzmaurice, David Burke, Joey Nagle, Dean Rusk, Dara Barry Walsh (0-3), Eoghan Carroll, Seán Quilter (0-3 – one free), Armin Heinrich, Craig Teahan, Daniel O’Rourke (0-2), Padhraic Linnane (1-0), Shane Bastible (1-2), Conor Myers (0-5 – one free), Cian Purcell.
Subs used: Mark Holden (39m), Greg Scanlon (39m), Tommy O’Farrell (39m), Conor Horan (48m), Ciarán Kelliher (53m), Matthew Browne (57m), Conor Kavanagh (57m).