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COUNTY NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP Asdee 0-9 Knocknagoshel 2-8.
A very much understrength Asdee team were defeated by five points by Knocknagoshel in a game played in great conditions in Walsh Park on Sunday last in the opening round of the County Novice Championship. An Edmund Walsh score got the visitors off the mark with a point in the 4th minute. Mike Breen cancelled this out with a pointed free a minute later. Knocknagoshels Niall Barrett got on the end of a fine move to rattle the net in the 7th minute. This score meant Asdee would be playing catch up for the rest of the half. However, the home side battled hard and points from Darren Russell,Charlie Dalton and Noel Long in the 13,15 and 20th minutes left the sides level. Two points in the space of a minute restored Knocks lead before a great Michael Tydings score in the 31st minute cut the deficit to single point at halftime. Asdee 0-5 Knock 1-3. Knock started the second half much better with points in the 5th,8th,and 9th minutes before a brilliant Edmund Walsh goal in the 12 minute left Asdee trailing by seven points. Mike Breen got Asdee off the mark in the 14th minute and followed it up with a fine effort on the 17th minute. Knock made sure of the victory with point in the 25th and 26th minutes before two Darren Russell frees in the 28 and 30 minutes left the final score Knocknagoshel 2-08 Asdee 0-09
Asdee Team and Scorers: Conor Coughlan, Eoin Carroll, Martin Collins, Brian Coughlan, Kieran Kelly, Noel Long(0-01), Con Carmody, Padraig Ruddle, John Doran, Daragh Keane, Darren Russell(0-03,2f), Michael Walsh, Michael Tydings(0-01),Charlie Dalton(0-01), Michael Breen(0-03,1f). Subs: Owen Tydings for Michael Tydings, Tom Mulvihill for Con Carmody, David Connor for Brian Coughlan, Barry O’ Donoghue for John Doran(Black Card).
Knocknagoshel: Gerrard Kelly,Declan Connor,Michael Brosnan,John Brosnan, Gary Downey,Michael Walsh,Shane Connell,Edmund Walsh,John O’Keefe,James Walsh, Kevin Long, Niall Barrett,Kieran Downey,Dan Roche
COUNTY MINOR LEAGUE SEMI FINAL Asdee/Bally 4-7 Beale 2-6
This North Kerry clash was played out in blustery conditions in O’Raghaillaigh Park Ballylongford on Friday last (25th). It took a while for both teams to settle into the game but it was on the 5th minute that the home side got the first score of the game from an on-form Darragh Keane. This was quickly cancelled out moments later however with a well taken point from Beale’s Cillian Walsh. The next kick-out was then claimed by the home side who worked the ball fast into the hands of Kieran O’Connor who slotted over a second point for the combination side. At this point the game ebbed and flowed with both teams kicking their fair share of wides. However, on the 13th minute, a passage of play, using quick, first time passing ended up Kieran O’Connor on the last move who slotted the ball neatly into the Beale’s net. An undeterred Beale responded however, with an excellent individual point from Daniel Ellis. Beale had a couple of goal chances after this but were unable to capitalize on them. As a result, Ellis’s point was to be the visitors’ last point of the half as the combination side began to dominate. Points from Kieran O’Connor, Owen Tydings and Darragh Keane respectively was nicely topped off by a second goal from Kieran O’Connor had the half time score-line reading Asdee/Bally: 2-5 Beale: 2pts. The second half began with Beale having all the work to do to be in with a fighting chance of entering a county final. The home-side however were determined not to let their opponents back into the game and began the second half at a blistering tempo. Having lost the throw-in, some good defending turned over the ball and went on the counter attack. The ball was put through some excellent passes with Darragh Keane, on the stroke of the 2nd minute, getting on the end of the move, beat goalkeeper Peter McMahon and blasted the ball into the roof of the net. The next score of the game came on the 7th minute also from Darragh Keane when he kicked over a well-taken point. For the next 10 or 12 minutes however Beale dug deep and began to battle their way back into the game. A point in the 8th minute and a well-taken penalty from Daniel Ellis gave the visitors the extra spark they needed to keep battling hard. Moments after the penalty Ellis pointed a well taken free to edge his team closer. The score-line now read Asdee/Bally 3-6 Beale 1- 4. Beale, now needing a goal got the perfect opportunity for a thrilling finish to the game, as they were awarded a deserved penalty as Owen Tydings committed a black-carded foul within the parameters of the square. Ellis stood up to make it two from two, but a fantastic save from goalkeeper Ryan Henry, denied his attempt. Asdee/Bally rallied by the save, upped the tempo once more. On the 15th minute, Kieran Dowd found himself one on one with the keeper and netted the ball from close range. There was to be no score until the 23rd minute when Beale made up for the penalty and netted the ball. A point from Neillus Mulvihill and Daniel Ellis on the 29th and 31st minute respectively edged them a little closer once again. Pádraig O’Neill however capped off a fine individual performance with the closing point on the 33rd minute. The final score-line read Asdee/Bally 4-7 Beale 2-6. Asdee/Bally will now play Castlegregory in the County Final on Friday next (May 2nd). Time and venue TBC. This promises to be a tight affair as both teams are closely matched and had to settle for a share of the spoils when they met in final round of the league a couple of weeks ago. Here’s hoping another county title will be residing in the parish come Friday night. Team and Scorers: 1. Ryan Henry 2. Pádraig O’Neill (1pt) 4. Seán Carmody 5. James O’Connor 6. Tadgh McEllistrim 7. Kieran Dowd (1G) 8. Seán Keane 9. John Neville 10. Jack Mulvihill 11. Darragh Keane (1-3) 12. Darren Murphy 13. Owen Tydings (1pt) 15. Kieran O’Connor (2-2).
COUNTY UNDER 14 LEAGUE. Asdee/Bally 1-9 Duagh 4-8. From the very start of this game which was played on a beautiful spring evening in O’Rahilly Park Ballylongford the combination side of Asdee/Ballylongford were up against it as the men from Duagh hit the front after only two minutes of play with a well taken goal, this was to set the tone for the remainder of the first half with Duagh scoring almost at will. Asdee/Ballylongford had a number of scoring chances before they finally got of the mark with a point from Liam Mulvihill in the 20th minute, however at this stage Duagh had already registered 1.06. In the last remaining minutes of the first half the combination side managed two more points, one coming from a free by Conor Carmody and the other a fine individual effort from the boot of Stephan Lynch who power up the field to slot over a beauty of a kick. Duagh hit the back of the net to register their second goal before the short whistle was blown. Asdee/Bally 0-3 Duagh 2-6.
On the resumption the boys from the Shannon side gave it their all and registered 4 unanswered points which left them trailing by 5pts, at this stage the local side were on the crest of a wave and it looked as if a come back was on the cards, however the wind was quickly knocked out of their sails when Duagh hit 2 goals within the space of 4 minutes. The Asdee/Ballylonford lads deserve great credit for their determination and spirit and were justly rewarded when Shay Doran pounced for a superb goal which lifted the local boys once again. However on the night Duagh deserved their victory with the two sides scoring 2 further points a piece before the final whistle.
On the night Denis Heaphy was outstanding in defence and even managed a wonderful point in the second half, up front Liam Mulvihill was to the fore and scored some great free kicks.
After 4 round Asdee/Ballylongford remain pointless with an away trip to Castlegregory on the cards for next Wednesday the 30th April
Asdee/Bally Team and Scorers:
Antone O’Connor Jack Collins
Patrick Carmody Stephan Lynch (1pt), Denis Heaphy (1pt)
Sean Hanrahan (1pt) Conor Carmody (2pts-1 from frees)
Cathal Doran Liam Mulvihill (4pts,3 from frees) Paddy O’Neill
Shay (G) Doran Brendan Keane
Paddy Flavin (for Cathal Doran)
Brian Murphy (for Brendan Keane)
Gavin Stack (for Antone O’Connor)