Credit Union County Senior Football League Div 5 Review

Group A
Valentia 3-8 Knocknagoshel 0-6

The home side got off to a cracking start with two unanswered goals from Andy Quigley and Rory Keating. Knocks single point in this half came from John Walsh playing at corner forward. Points for the Islanders in the opening half came from Andy Quigley (1-02) Jim Lynch (1) Paul O’Connor (1) and Stephen Sheehan (1) leaving the half time score 3-04 to 0-01.

The second half, with plenty to do, saw a better performance for Knocknagoshel and points from John Walsh (3) Conor Sheehan (1) and John O’Keffee (1) reduced the margin. Along with that it took a point blank save from the Valentia keeper Richard Quigley to deny the visitors what looked like a certain goal. However, despite the comeback in the second half by the visitors the Islanders were deserving victors and Valentia were lucky they had clocked up the first half lead.

Kerins O’Rahilly’s 6-13 Kilgarvan 0-12
A strong start to the game saw KOR in the lead by 3 points to nil, the points coming from Shane McElligott (2) and Rory Molloy before Kilgarvan opened their account from their full forward. KOR continued to apply the pressure with midfielder Darragh McElligott to the fore and shortly afterwards as we approached the 13th minute full forward Tom Hoare found the net. It was to get better for the home side within 5 minutes when Padraig Griffin found space and he too was on hand to raise another green flag – from here to the half time whistle the sides traded scores to leave KOR in the ascendancy at the short whistle, 2-06 to 0-07.

On the restart, KOR were again on the front foot with good points coming from Shane McElligott and substitute Ryan Carroll and the game was over as a contest when in the 12th minute Darragh McElligott burst through from midfield to rattle the net – from here to the finish KOR added further goals through Tom Hoare, Padraig Griffin and a late penalty converted by Ryan Carroll. This was a good all round performance with Tom McGrath and Jason O’Leary outstanding in defence, Darragh McElligott well on top in midfield and solid forward displays from Padraig Griffin, Tom Hoare and Shane McElligott.

Churchill 4-14 Austin Stacks 1-14
Churchill maintained their unbeaten start to the Co League with a 10 point victory over Austin Stacks in Churchill on Sunday afternoon. Churchill were already 3 points up when Cillian Fitzgerald raced through from midfield and finished to the net with power and precision. Churchill quickly added points from Micheal O’Brien, Ivan Parker (2) and Fitzgerald to lead by 10 points mid way through the first half. Stacks, to their credit, hung in with scores from Theo Diggin, Donal O’Carroll and Fergal Ryan, before JJ Prior found the net for the hosts to restore Churchill’s lead. Again Stacks rallied and got a foothold in midfield with the evergreen William Kirby and Micheal O’Gara demonstrating some excellent fielding and delivery to the forwards. Another Diggin point was followed by an inspirational point from full back Donagh McMahon from distance. Churchill’s keeper Eoghan O’Brien was called into action with two great saves, but was finally beaten by Theo Diggin who finished off a well worked team move. O’Carroll kicked the final score of the half for Austin Stacks and the teams retired for the break with Churchill leading 2-11 to 1-08.

Churchill started the second half with a goal when Cathal Rogers picked the ball up out on the wing and danced past three tackles before cooly slotting the ball past the keeper for the score of the match. Pa McCarthy added a point for Churchill before Theo Diggin knocked over a 45m free for Stacks. This, however, was only a temporary reprieve as Churchill scored three more points in a row from Ciaran Crowley, JJ Prior and Liam O’Donnell. Again Stacks rallied with Dale Counihan and O’Gara leading the attack and scored three points of their own through Fergal Ryan and Donal O’Carroll (2). However, with bodies tiring and Stacks committed to attack, Churchill countered and Ivan Parker ran through on goal and, as the keeper rushed out to block his run, he passed the ball to Prior who palmed to the net for his second goal. Seamus Bastible had the last say for Austin Stacks with a point, but it was victory for Churchill who continued their fine start to the season. Next up for Stacks is a home tie against Valentia in two weeks time, while unbeaten Churchill will travel to the only other unbeaten team, Scartaglin, for a top of the table clash.

Group B
Ballyduff 0-15 Dingle 1-11

Dingle started the better and points from Gavin H Curran, Dan Ryan and Liam Brosnan had them three up after about 6 minutes played. A Barry O’Grady point from a free kick got Ballyduff off the mark and after 15 minutes played in Páirc an Ághasaigh the score was Dingle 0-3 to 0-1 Ballyduff.

A David Diony O’Conor point from play was followed by a Liam Brosnan goal for Dingle. David Diony O’Conor followed this with another point from play for the home side to put them seven points up with just over 20 minutes played. A Barry O’Grady point from a free kick kept Ballyduff in the game and the visitors rallied just before halftime and three points from play for Barry O’Grady after great team work by Ballyduff left them three behind. When Referee Tim Brosnan blew the half time whistle the score in Páirc an Ághasaigh read, Dingle 1-5 to 0-5 Ballyduff.

Ballyduff started the second half like men on a mission and a point from a free kick and a 45 from Barry O’Grady after Dingle keeper, Seán O’Flaherty saved from a Paud Costelloe shot left them one behind. Dingle responded with a Gavin H Curran point from a free kick and a Dan Ryan point from play. Paud Costelloe left two between the teams when he kicked a fine point from play for Ballyduff. Dingle keeper, Seán O’Flaherty denied Ballyduff yet again when he saved brilliantly from a Maurice Dowling shot. David Diony O’Connor for Dingle and Maurice Dowling for Ballyduff exchanged points from play and with 15 minutes played in the second half the score in Páirc an Ághasaigh was, Dingle 1-8 to 0-9 Ballyduff.

Paud Costelloe left the visitors trailing by one after he scored another point from play for Ballyduff. Dingle responded with a point from play for Tomás Sheehy but this was cancelled out with a Seán Costelloe point from play for Ballyduff. Chris Whyte with a point from play for Ballyduff and Ruadhan McCarthy with a point from play for Dingle kept the scoreboard ticking over for both sides. A John Paul Leahy point from play, followed by a Barry O’Grady point from play and another Chris Whyte point from play gave Ballyduff the lead. Dingle responded with a Liam Brosnan point from a free kick but when Referee Tim Brosnan blew the full time whistle the score in Páirc an Ághasaigh was, Dingle 1-11 to 0-15 Ballyduff.

Dingle: Seán O’Flaherty, John B Brosnan, Conor Leo O’Sullivan, Cathal Sheehy, Tom B Brosnan, Brian O’Connor, Brian Devane, Gavin H Curran (0-2), John Diony O’Connor, Joe Sheehy, Ruadhan McCarthy (0-1), Mikey Boland, Dan Ryan (0-2), Liam Brosnan (1-2, 1fr), David Diony O’Connor (0-3, 2fr) Fir Ionaid: Mícheál Flannery, Tomás Sheehy (0-1), Tadhg Browne, Gareth Hickey Brosnan, Diarmuid McCarthy, Noel Steede

Ballyduff: Seán Browne, Thomas Slattery, Paul O’Carroll, Ben Tobin, Michael Hussey, Cathal Kearney, Darren O’Connor, Anthony Carroll, Paud Costelloe (0-2), Johnny Regan, Chris Whyte (0-2), Seán Costello (0-1), John Paul Leahy (0-1), Barry O’Grady (0-8, 4fr), Maurice Dowling (0-1)

Moyvane w/o Tuosist

Sneem/Derrynane 0-8 Duagh 1-12
Duagh were first on the scoreboard with a Gerald McCarthy point. Denis Sullivan equalised for the home team on 7 minutes. Kieran Quirke restored the the lead for Duagh and Gerald McCarthy further increased it in the 9th minute. The home team then hit a purple patch and hit 3 unanswered points Rory Galvin (2) and Adrian Breen (1) to jump into the lead. Kieran Lucy pulled one back for Duagh and Kieran Quirke added two more before half time to leave it 0-6 to 0-4.

Tim Quirke and Tom McNamara had early Duagh points to increase the lead to but Rory Galvin pulled one back for Sneem/Derrynane in the 5th minute and the same player added another in the 11th minute. Gerald McCarthy had two more points for Duagh in the 14th and 17th minutes and Kieran Quirke got his 4th point of the afternoon in the 19th minute. Denis Sullivan got a fine point for the home team in the 22nd minute to leave the score 0-11 to 0-7 to Duagh. Arron O’Connor goaled for Duagh to wrap up the points in the 24th minute. A Shane McGillicuddy point for Sneem/Derrynane and a Paudie Shannahan point for Duagh closed the scoring.