County Senior Football League Div 1 Review

Glenbeigh Glencar 2-14 St.Mary’s 1-9
Colm Kelly reports

John Mitchels 0-8 Dr Crokes 1-11

Before the commencement of the game, the John Mitchels U10 boys formed a guard of honour for both teams and there was a minute’s silence before throw in for Francis Galvin, who passed away earlier this week. The evening was blustery with a strong cross field wind. Dr. Crokes opened the scoring with a point from Shane Murphy, followed by a point from a free from Chris Brady. Mitchels got on the score board in the 16th minute with a point from a free from James Duggan, leaving the score at the end of the first quarter Mitchels 0-01 Crokes 0-02. Dr. Crokes followed on with a point from play from Tony Brosnan, followed by a speculative high ball into the Mitchels square, which was deflected into the Mitchels goal by Paul Clarke. This was going to be the decisive score of the game. Mitchels, to their credit, fought back with scores from Niall Sheehy from play and a James Duggan free. Crokes finished the first half with a Daithi Casey point from play and Tony Brosnan free, leaving the half time score: Mitchels 0-03, Crokes 1-05.

Dr. Crokes opened the second half with a point from play from Jason Lyne, followed by a Mitchels point from play from Niall Sheehy. Dr. Crokes scored a further two points and Mitchels pulled one back with a James Duggan converted free, leaving the scores going into the last quarter: Dr Crokes 1-08, Mitchels 0-05. In the last quarter, Crokes added on a further three points which was matched with points from Conor Hurley and George Bastible, both from play and a converted free by Alan O’Donoghue, leaving the final score Mitchels 0-08 Dr Crokes 1-11.

Templenoe 3-15 Milltown/Castlemaine 2-7

Templenoe had a very comprehensive win over Milltown/Castlemaine. The visitors played with the strong breeze in the first half but failed to capitalize on this advantage, leaving Templenoe to kick the opening two points of the match from Brian Crowley and Killian Spillane. The first ten minutes were very scrappy, with both teams kicking away possession. On the tenth minute David Roche kicked Milltown/Castlemaine’s only point of the half. Templenoe started to pick off the scores as they grew into the game, kicking four points in a row, and on the 24th minute, Stephen O’Sullivan finished off a great Templenoe move with a goal. Milltown/Castlemaine did work plenty of scoring opportunities but were guilty of numerous wides through the half, from both open play and placed balls. Their situation got much worse with a minute to go in the half, when Brian Crowley scored Templenoe’s second goal to leave the half time score Templenoe 2-08 Milltown/Castlemaine 0-01.

Templenoe continued the scoring trend and kicked two early points after the interval from Stephen O’Sullivan and Brian Crowley, but the following ten minutes saw Milltown/Castlemaine kick four points in succession from Cathal Moriarty (2), Donal Kelleher, and Jack McCarthy. The visitors’ momentum was halted, when Stephen O’Sullivan scored his second goal of the match on the 19th minute and Templenoe kicked four unanswered points soon afterwards. Both teams started to bring on substitutes, and in the last few minutes a scoring burst from Milltown/Castlemaine saw them add two goals and two points to the scoreline with centre forward Pa Wrenn doing the damage by scoring 1-02. The final whistle saw Templenoe victorious on a score of Templenoe 3-15, Milltown/ Castlemaine 2-7 and picking up two very valuable County League points.

Templenoe Scorers: Stephen O’Sullivan 2-05, Brian Crowley 1-03, Adrian Spillane 0-03, Killian Spillane 0-02, Sean Sheehan 0-01, Martin Reilly 0-01
Templenoe Team: Shane Cremin, Mike Hallissey, Kieran O’Neill, Joseph Sheehan, John Rice, Danny Cahalane, Kieran McCarthy, Sean Sheehan, Cian Hallissey, Josh Crowley-Holland, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle, Stephen O’Sullivan, Brian Crowley, Killian Spillane.
Subs: Martin Reilly, Colm Breen, John Moriarty, Will Sheehy, John Morley

Milltown Castlemaine Scorers: Pa Wrenn 1-03, John Blennerhasset 1-00, Cathal Moriarty 0-02, Jack McCarthy 0-01, David Roach 0-01
Milltown/Castlemaine Team: Cormac Leane, Paul Carroll, Damien Murphy, Stephen Roche, Gavin Horan, David Roche, Cathal O’Connor, Donal Kelleher, Pa Wrenn, Donal Dennehy, Jerome Flynn, Jeremiah Hayes, Alan Hickey, Jack McCarthy, Cathal Moriarty.
Subs: Craig Counihan, John Blennerhasset

Kerins O’Rahillys 0-16 Austin Stacks 1-8

Playing with the aid of the breeze into the score board end, Rahillys found themselves behind within half a minute, when Stacks worked the ball through for full forward Alan Duggan to fire to the net. However, that score was nullified within 10 minutes with Rory Molloy (operating on the “40”) firing over three points from play and Gavin O’Brien adding another. Rahillys fell behind again on the 13th minute, but then pushed on in the next ten minutes with fine scores from Danny and Diarmuid O’Sullivan and a brace from John Ferguson, who was proving a handful for the Stacks defence. Rahillys were unlucky not to have goaled on a couple of occasions, when Diarmuid O’Sullivan had a shot blocked on the line and John Ferguson fired off the post with the keeper well beaten. The final ten minutes before half time was a poor patch for Rahillys, when they allowed Stacks back into the game and they found themselves behind at the short whistle 1-06 to 0-8. Rahillys also lost Shane Brosnan to a recurrence of his hamstring woes on the stroke of half time and he was replaced by Darragh McElligott. Stacks were reduced to 14 men five minutes before half time when Denis McElligott was shown a second yellow card and this was to prove a major handicap for them in the second half.

On the resumption, Cormac Coffey drove forward and split the posts to level matters, but Rahillys fell behind again to a converted free by Shane O’Callaghan on the 35th minute. Rahillys assumed control around the middle with Cormac Coffey, Cian Sayers , Karl Mullins, John Ferguson and Gavin O’Brien in command, which led to a succession of scores from John Ferguson ( 3), Cormac Coffey(1) & Gavin O’Brien (2), to leave Kerins O Rahillys ahead 0-15 to 1-7 approaching the final minutes. The Rahillys defence was on top too in this period, with Ross O’Callaghan and Tommy Begley imperious. The final scoring was shared when Stacks had only their second point of the half and first from play on the 57th minute and, fittingly, it fell to Cormac Coffey to have the final say, when raiding forward, he found his range to leave Kerins O Rahillys victors on a five point winning margin. Final score: Kerins O’ Rahillys 0-16 Austin Stacks 1-8.