VALENTIA YOUNG ISLANERS 4-12 v CHURCHILL 0-13
On a misty day, this game played at O’Connor Park in Valentia resulted in the Islanders winning their first Co. League game since their first round win over Moyvane last year in Div. 4.It brought it’s own sense of euphoria.
The half time score stood at 2-7 to 0-6
Valentia’s scores came from Jim Lynch(1point), Steve Sheehan (1 goal), Paul O’Connor(1-2),Andy Quigley(3points,1 a free),John Shanahan(0-1)
Churchill:Ivan Parker(4points, 3 from frees). Pa. McCarthy(0-1).
The second half saw the visitors off to a stronger start and copper fastened it with five points without reply.The points came from Cathal Rogers,Ivan Parker,Cillian Fitzgerald and Micheál O’Brien(2 frees)
However, the Young Islanders dusted themselves down with a vital recovery and breathing space point from Junior Murphy, to be added to by a very well taken point by Ger ’The Plumber’ O’Shea. Valentia’s Andy Quigley was fouled resulting in a penalty, which he expertly dispatched to the net.The score now stood at 3-10 to 0-13 in Valentia’s favour and then Valentia’s John Shanahan scored a goal and two points to give a final result of 4-12 to 0-13 to the home side.
The Young Islanders,very much struggling for numbers these days will be happy with a gallant performance and a badly needed win.
Ballylongford 1-11 Kilgarvan 0-5
Cromane 0-14 Knocknagoshel 1-7
Cromane made it two wins in a row in Division 5 with a stirring second half fightback at home to Knocknagoshel on a windy Sunday afternoon.
The stiff breeze favoured the visitors in the first half and they were decamped in the Cromane half for the first quarter.
A feature of the half was the long-range kicking of Knocknagoshel midfielder Michael Walsh, who kicked three excellent scores.
They led by 0-2 to no score after ten and had stretched their lead to
0-5 to 0-2 courtesy of Walsh’s third after 20 minutes.
Two Paul Patrick O’Sullivan frees hauled Cromane back to within one,
0-5 to 0-4, after 27 minutes. But then the away side opened up their biggest lead of the game courtesy of a fine goal from Niall Barrett just before half time. This pushed his side out to a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the interval.
Cromane restarted well, using the breeze wisely, and kicked three points (Paul Patrick O’Sullivan (free), Micheál Shaughnessy, and Lee
Carey) within three minutes of the restart to narrow the gap to one,
1-6 to 0-8.
Knocknagoshel’s John O’Keeffe gave his side some respite by kicked their only score of the half to push them two ahead, 1-7 to 0-8.
With the game in the balance Cromane needed some inspiration: step forward Mikey Houlihan who kicked three points in five minutes, included two mighty lofted efforts from 40m out to put Cromane ahead,
0-11 to 1-7 with ten left.
Cromane finished strong and points from Paul Patrick O’Sullivan (two) and Finbar Casey sealed a four-point win.
Ballylongford 1-12 Kilgarvan 0-4
Ballylongford collected another two points in this County league game played at O’Rahilly Park Ballylongford on Sunday last.
In a rather dour first half Ballylongford were three point to the good at the break with Padraig O’Neill getting their opening score in the 2nd minute Ciaran O’Connor 2 Joe McCarthy Eoin O’Connor and Kenneth Foley providing the rest.
Kilgarvan after a slow start got more into the game with Padraig O’Shea and Connie Cremin getting on the scoreboard.
Half Time Score
Ballylongford 0-6 Kilgarvan 0-3
The second half was a more open affair with Eoin O’Connor for Ballylongford putting more daylight between the sides with a well taken goal mid way through the half.
Kilgarvan only managed a point in the second half put were unlucky when two goal attempts were kept out firstly by a good save from Paudie Moroney and the crossbar coming to the rescue on the second occasion.
Next weekend see Ballylongford away to Asdee.
Referee Billy O’Shea Keel
Cordal 0-15 Tuosist 0-10
In the first half Cordal played against the wind. This did not aid Cordal’s offensive as they scored all put one of their score chances on the Tuoisist goals. Mike T. O’Sullivan was the first scorer of the game, he booted the ball over the bar in the fourth minute for Tuosist. Brian Reidy provided Cordal’s only score of the first half, a point in the eighth minute. The rest of the half was left to wind assisted Tuosist who added six more points to their scoresheet.
Cordal missed a crucial chance to close the gap after the ref knocked the ball away during a penalty. Colm Brosnan added a point from a converted a free. He scored again in the 22nd minute. Mike T.
O’Sullivan scored the last point of the half before the ref blew the whistle. Cordal finished six behind at 0-01 to 0-07.
Cordal came back motivated for the second half. They were now assisted by the wind and quickly went on the attack. The first five scores of the second half were Cordal’s – Philip O’Connor (0-01), John Brosnan (0-01), Brian Reidy (0-02) and Donal McCarthy (0-01). Tuosist returned to the scoring tally with a point in the 8th minute scored by Mike T. O’Sullivan. Cordal added five more crucial points after this – Philip Griffin (0-01), Kieran O’Donoghue (0-01), Brian Reidy (0-02) and Michéal Cahill (0-01). Tuosist almost managed to level the scores after converting two frees putting both sides neck and neck. Cordal kept control of the final few minutes adding four final points to their tally. Brian Reidy after a strong scoring stretch scored the final point of the day in the 31st minute. Full time left Cordal on top at 0-15 to Tuosist’s 0-10. Well done Cordal on another County League win. Hopefully we’ll keep up the pace again in Round 3 against Valentia on the second weekend of April.
Asdee 1-9 – Ballyduff 0-5.
Ballyduff pitch was in perfect order despite the recent atrocious weather conditions for the meeting of these two great North Kerry rivals in Round 1 of the Credit Union County Football League, Division 5 which also doubled up for a McCarthys Insurance Brokers League Division 2 tie. In fairness to both sides who were very much understrength and this especially applied to the home team but they served up a good honest encounter that eventually say the visitors gain their first County League points.Asdee playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half that in fact disappeared completely after about 10 minutes of the throw in. Eoin Tydings inside 20 seconds and Paul O Carroll. 6 minutes kicked early points taking advantage of the wind. John Paul Leahy, 6 minutes and David Goulding 13 minutes put Ballyduff on the scoresheet only for John Doran and Eoin Tydings to have Asdee ahead 0-4 to 0-2 after 14 minutes. At this stage both sides were guilty of some poor shooting as play swung from end to end. However Ballyduff were dealt a hugh blow when Mike Breen struck for an opportunist goal in the 21st minute. With time almost up Evan Doyle cut the deficit with a good point and at half time it was Asdee 1-4 Ballyduff 0-3.
On resumption play became very ragged with some poor passages of play and some of the passing left a lot to be desired, however in fairness both teams were giving their all with both sides enjoying their fair share of possession but when it mattered most Asdee were that little more clinical but even though Ballyduff could only muster two points in that second half coming in the 4th minute and 25th minute from Eddie Joy, (f), and David Goulding but they couldn’t be faulted for effort. Points from Darragh Keane (3), Eoin Tydings (f) and Mike Breen killed off the game but you can never write of the Duffers no matter who they have on duty who had good performers in Evan Doyle, David Goulding, Sean Costello and to a lesser extent Eddie Joy. For Asdee; Martin Collins, Michael Tydings and Conor Keane excelled in defence; at midfield we struggled while in attack Eoin Tydings and Mike Breen shone. However overall Asdee were deserving victors and can now look forward to next weeks clash with our fellow parishioners Ballylongford. Teams; Asdee; James Kelly, Con Carmody, Martin Collins, Brian Coughlan, Conor Keane, Michael Tydings, Sean Keane, Darragh Keane, 2pts, John Doran, 2pts, Mike Breen, 1-1. (f), Eoin Kennedy, Michael Walsh, Paul O Carroll, 1pt, Eoin Tydings, 3pts, (f), Jack Keane.Subs; Keith McNamara, Dinny Dalton, Ballyduff; Sean Brown, Johnny Regan, Sean Costello, Thomas Slattery, Darren O Connor, David Linnane, Michael Hussey, Evan Doyle, 1pt, Chris White, Eddie Joy, 1pt, (f), David Goulding, 2pts, Maurice Dowling, Padraig Slattery, John Paul Leahy, 1pt Padraig Hussey. Subs; Darragh Goulding, T.J.Brown.
Referee, Eamon Moran, Ballydonoghue