Asdee advance to final

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MCCARTHYS INSURANCE BROKERS NORTH KERRY LEAGUE DIVISION 2 SEMI FINAL. Asdee 2-6 Knocknagoshel 0-10. Played in Brosnan Park, Moyvane on Saturday May 2nd Asdee finally laid the Knocknagoshel bogey to qualify for the North Kerry League Division 2 Final with a hard earned victory and will now face Moyvane with a date of Saturday June 20th at Mountcoal provisionally fixed . Certainly if Asdee were to loose this tie they would only have themselves to blame as they squandered numerous opportunities of scores right throughout the encounter and really made life difficult for themselves to get over the line. On the other hand Knock also had their share of poor shooting and they too when they reflect back will wonder how they let this one slip. But credit both sets of players; maybe the the football may not always be the purist but for sheer commitment and endeavour they gave 100% and the rival supporters were in full voice right up to the last kick of the game. The game opened with end to end play and after just 2 minutes Eoin Kennedy from a free opened the games scoring and from here till the final whistle it was nail biting stuff. Once again Knock powered by the Walsh brothers who registered 8 of their 10 point total between them were always very much to the fore and in the first 15 minutes all got on the scoresheet. The wides were also totting up for both sides but by the 20th minute Eoin Kennedy and Mike Breen levelled up the tie at 3pts a piece. Up to this though Knock seemed to be getting a grip on the game with Shane O Connell the dominant midfielder. Still Asdee kept plugging away and a fine point from wing back Michael Tydings put Asdee ahead; 4pts to 3pts. The Walsh brothers James and Edmond swung over points as we approached the sound of the half time whistle leaving it Knock 0-6 Asdee 0-4. The second half was just 1 minute old when Mike Breen split the uprights and 2 minutes later after Sean Keane set him up it was Eoin Kennedy who billowed the net from close range leaving it now Asdee 1-5 Knock 0-6. But Knock were having none of it and it took a marvellous block from Asdee keeper Conor Coughlan to deny Knock a goal; excellent points from Edmond Walsh, (2), Shane O Connell and David O Donoghue had the Knock boys 2 points ahead after 14 minutes and in fairness looked to be in the driving seat at 0-10 to 1-5. As the play swung from end to end with plenty scoring chances squandered by both sides we had no further score until the 24th minute when Eoin Kennedy finished off a good move to send over and now just a point seperated the sides. It still looked like a Knock win as Asdee struggled to score but then in a dramatic end to what was a cracking contest Eoin Kennedy won a long delivery set up Matt O Hanlon whos shot was partially blocked and broke to the inrushing Noel Long who sent an unstoppable shot to the roof of the Knock net with a minute remaining which proved to be the winning score. The game was excellently refereed by Seamus Mulvihill. Teams and scorers; Asdee, Conor Coughlan,Sean Keane, Martin Collins, Eoin O Carroll, Michael Tydings, 1pt, Noel Long, 1gl, Con Carmody, Darragh Keane, Kieran Kelly, Mike Breen, 2pts, Eoin Kennedy, 1-3, Darren Russell, John Doran, Eoin Tydings, Charles Dalton. Subs; Matt O Hanlon for Charles Dalton, Dinny Dalton for Con Carmody. Knock; Danny Walsh, John Brosnan, Padraig Reidy, Conor Sheehan, Michael Walsh, 1pt, James Walsh, 2pts, Michael Shine, Shane O Connell, 1pt, Edmond Walsh, 5pts, David O Donoghue, 1pt, Dan Roache, Michael Murphy, Niall Barrett, Darragh O Connell, Denis Collins. Referee, Seamus Mulvihill, St. Senans.

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