COUNTY LEAGUE. Asdee 0-10 Cordal 3-18.
Having gone through the League unbeaten Cordal were crowned Credit Union County League Division 5 champions at Stack Park, Ballybunion on Sunday last where they defeated the home side in a one sided contest that was played at 13 a-side. From goalkeeper Sean O Ciarbhain to number 13 Kieran Griffin this was a total team performance with 13 players along with substitutes getting on the scoreboard but the name of Philip O Connor deserves special mention; scorer of 2-4 all in the opening half and was without doubt the man of the match giving the Asdee rearguard plenty headaches. Inside the opening minute both teams exchanged points with Philip O Connor and Eoin Kennedy on target.
However this was as good as it got for the home side with Cordal completely dominating proceedings for the remainder of the game. Goals from Philip O Connor,(3mts) and T J O Connor, 6mts later saw the visitors lead 2-5 to 3pts after the first quarter as 2 pointed frees from Eoin Tydings who was easily Asdees best performer and Mike Breen was Asdees only reply. James Kelly the Asdee keeper kept out a goal bound shot with a tremendous save before Philip O Connor got his second goal in the 20th minute followed by some well taken points and at the break it was Cordal 3-9 Asdee0-5.
The same trend continued during the second half as Cordal were to use up their bench but in fairness even though always playing second fiddle Asdee battled away but it was the visitors who were piling on the scores. Sean Walsh who came on as a substitute kicked 3 very good points as Kieran O Donoghue, Kieran Enright and Philip Griffin added further minors. Eoin Tydings got 3 back for Asdee but it was never going to make any difference to the final scoreline. Asdee 0-10 Cordal 3-18.
After the game County Board Developement Officer, Eamon Whelan was on hand to present the Cordal captain, Philip O Connor with the winning shield amid great jubilation amongst the huge band of supporters that travelled to cheer on the champions of 2017.
Teams and scorers; Asdee; James Kelly, Eoin O Carroll, Sean Keane, Conor Keane, Con Carmody, Keith McNamara, Jack Keane, Darragh Keane, 2pts, Mike Breen, 1pt, Eoin Kennedy, 2pts, Michael Walsh, Eoin Tydings, 5pts, Matthew O Hanlon. Sub, Conor Coughlan for Michael Walsh. Maurice Murphy,St. Michaels Foilmore.
NORTH KERRY LEAGUE PLAY-OFF. Asdee 1-9 Ballyduff 1-19.
Played in perfect underfoot conditions at Dowling Park, Coolard on Wednesday evening last Ballyduff inspired by the brilliance of the Boyle brothers, Mikey and Padraig who scored a staggering tally of 13 points between them as their side defeated our senior footballers in a play-off to decide as to who would go forward to a McCarthys Insurance Brokers Senior North Kerry League Division 2 semi final. I suppose the highlight of the evening was the accuracy from both frees and play from huge distances from Mikie Boyle.
Certainly the scoreline may suggest that Ballyduff who entered the game as firm favourites had it all their own way but this could not be further from the truth as Asdee got stuck in from the word go and only for some poor shooting in the scoring department could be much closer at the final whistle. Now on saying all that there was no question or doubt but that the Duffers were full value for their victory where the level of fitness came into view for the last quarter where they added those match winning scores and to mention of 2 outstanding saves by the Asdee keeper Conor Coughlan who deprived both Mikey Boyle and Jack O Sullivan of what looked like certain goals at the closing stages.
It was nip and tuck for the bigger part of the opening half as both Eoin Tydings and Mikey Boyle exchanged points from close in frees inside the first minute. By the end of the first quarter Ballyduff led by a 3pt margin but a breathtaking movement that say the ball travel through six players was finished to the net in fine style by Eoin Kennedy to tie up the game at Asdee 1-4 Ballyduff 0-7.
The Duffers went ahead coming up to the break but Asdee will rue great scoring opportunities as Ballyduff led by a single point at the interval. On resumption scoring was again the problem for Asdee and it wasn’t until the 14 minute that Eoin Tydings registered our opening score of the half but by that time Ballyduff had gone 5 points ahead. Eoin Tydings and Michael Tydings reduced the scoreline to 3 points only for our opponents to pull away during the final quarter with massive scores both from play and frees. That goal that threatened throughout this half came with two minutes remaining and was finished by Jack Goulding and that was that. Overall Asdee can be well pleased with their performance with each player giving their best until they eventually ran out of steam.
Team and scorers; Conor Coughlan, Eoin O Carroll, Martin Collins, Con Carmody, Keith McNamara, Sean Keane, Jack Keane, Kieran Kelly, John Doran, Mike Breen, 2pts, Eoin Kennedy, 1gl, Brian Coughlan, Michael Tydings, 2pts, Eoin Tydings,5pts, Darragh Keane.
|North Kerry League U14 Division 2 Final Finuge 4 – 10 Asdee / Ballylongford 0 – 07 The North Kerry League came to a close on Monday evening last in Clounmacon with Finuge claiming the silverware on offer. Having comfortably won 3 previous encounters this season, Finuge went into the game as red hot favourites and delivered on the occasion. Finuge eventually pulled away from Asdee/Bally in the second half, but were made work hard for victory as there was only 4 points between the sides at half time.
Following a seven week break from the exciting semi-final victory over Beale, it was Asdee/Bally who were quickest out of the blocks opening up a 3 point lead with scores coming from Paddy O Neill, Brendan Keane and Oisín Healy. Finuge did not panic and slowly picked off 3 points off their own to tie the affair after 15 minutes. Finuge added 2 more points before the first hammer blow of the game was struck when they hit the back of the net for the opening goal. Brendan Keane and Christopher O Donoghue added points before Asdee/Bally were dealt a severe setback with Adam Finucane going off injured just before half time. Adam’s strength and attacking threat from centre half back would be sorely missed for the remainder of the game.
Half time: Finuge 1 – 06 Asdee / Bally 0 – 05 Finuge got the start which Asdee/Bally needed by scoring a goal in the opening minute of the second half. This was followed by a couple of points to open up a significant gap between the sides. Brendan Keane added 2 points before Finuge added a third goal midway through the half. Whilst the possession stakes were even up to the final whistle, the need for goals was too strong for Asdee/Bally to achieve. Finuge were resolute in defence and snuffed out the goal opportunities which were thrown at them. Finuge finished the strongest and added another goal on the stroke of full time to deservedly claim victory.
Whilst there was obvious disappointment on the night, it’s a campaign which the players can be very proud of having claimed 3 narrow victories in the league phase against Tarbert, Ballydonoghue and Beale. Finuge now advance to the division 1 championship where they will be a stiff opposition for whoever they meet. Tom O Sullivan, Clounmacon handled the game excellently and allowed for a sporting game to develop.
Full time: Finuge 4 – 10 Asdee / Bally 0 – 07 The division 2 championship gets under way later in the week with a semi-final against Ballydonoghue in Moyvane. The other semi-final sees Beale take on Tarbert. This should be an evenly matched championship where all 4 teams will have claims for success. Each team have met twice already this season with little more than a score between the sides on any occasion with results alternating between teams. Referee: Tom O Sullivan
Team: Niall O’Connor Michael Hannon Michael Tracey Oran O’Neill Adam Finucane Patrick Mulvihill Paddy O’Neill (0 – 1) Christopher O’Donoghue (0 – 1) Ethan McDonald Brendan Keane (0 – 4) Oisín Healy (0 – 1) Liam Connolly Bobby McCarron Cillian Kennelly Jack Hannon Sean O’Connor Paraic Fogarty
GOLDEN GOAL Week 32 winners of the Golden was; Ned Morkan, Asdee Village which is in conjunction with upcoming Fixtures in both National Football and Hurling League and Championship. (Televised games)
Tickets are available and will be on sale each week for the duration of the National League and Championship from Club members and at the usual outlets; “Jack Jays” Bar, Post Office and John Pius at E2 each with E40 to be given out each week to the winning number which corresponds with the first goal scored.