BERNARD O CALLAGHAN MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Asdee 1-6 Duagh 1-15
The McMunns Bar and Restaurant, Ballybunion Sponsored Bernard O Callaghan Memorial North Kerry Senior Football Championship Round 1 v Duagh took place on Saturday, October 12th at O Sullivan Park, Finuge.
Asdee bowed out of the first round of the North Kerry Championship against a Duagh team whose experience told as the second half wore on.
Asdee got a dream start when a turnover in their own fullback line resulted in an excellent flowing team move, ending with Cyril Dineen finishing a low shot to the corner of the net.
Duagh fought back immediately, showing the confidence from their promotion to Division 3 of the county league, with a couple of well-taken points, despite the best efforts of a dogged Asdee defence.
Owen Tydings finished a lovely move with a brilliant point from near the end line to level up proceedings. Paul O’Carroll & Darragh Keane then scored 2 well taken frees to keep the sides neck and neck.
Just before the break, Anthony Maher kicked a super point to give Duagh a one-point lead at the break on a score of 0-7 to 1-3.
The second half saw the introduction of the influential Kieran Quirke for Duagh, who kicked 2 points at crucial stages.
Duagh started the half brightly, kicking 3 points without reply. Asdee had their chances in this period but not taking them proved costly as Duagh moved into a 4-point lead.
Darragh Keane then kicked the point of the game, scoring from distance after a superb solo run. Duagh replied with 2 points to stretch their lead to 5. Keane was to kick a 45 and another free to keep Asdee in touch.
As Duagh moved 5 clear again, Asdee then tried to work a goal when points might have been the better option. Duagh quickly counter-attacked and were awarded a penalty for a foul just on the edge of the box. Martin Scannell put it away & gave Duagh an eight-point lead, which had not looked likely up to that point.
The final eight minutes petered out as Duagh’s strength in depth told, while Asdee tried to fashion a goal to no avail, with James Kelly also doing well to save another goal late on.
The final score was 1-15 to 1-6. Best of luck to Duagh in the next round. Hard luck to Asdee, who fought hard to a man in a physical game but will rue missed chances while the game was tight. The next game is the County League playoff v Beale in three weeks.
Asdee team: James Kelly, Conor Keane, Martin Collins, Con Carmody, Jack Collins, John Doran, Mike Breen, Jack Keane, Darragh Keane 4pts, Paul O’Carroll 1f, Sean Keane, Darren Russell, Cyril Dineen 1gl, Owen Tydings 1pt, Eoin Kennedy. Subs: Kieran Kelly, Shea Doran, Sean McElligott, Stephen Lynch, Ryan Henry all played their part.
Week 33 winners in our Fundraisers ”Golden Goal” over the past week were; Danny Kennelly, Kilgarvan, Ballylongford and Bernie Doran, Littor road, Asdee who will each receive E40 to be given out each week to the winning number that corresponds with the first goal scored.
This is in conjunction with the on going County and All Ireland Club Championship in both Football and Hurling; (Televised games). Tickets are available and will be on sale each week for the duration of the Championship from Club members as well as at “Jack Js” Bar and John Pius; “Homestead”.
Brosna and Tarbert received byes to the quarter finals.
First drawn team home advantage except where stated. First round Extra Time. Asdee v Duagh Saturday 12th October at 3 pm, E.T. – Venue: O’Sullivan Park Finuge, Senans v Beale – Sunday 13th October at 2 pm, E.T, Desmonds v Emmet – Sunday 13th October at 1 pm E.T. Knocknagoshel v Ballydonoghue – Sunday 13th Ocotber at 3 pm, E.T. Ballylongford v Finuge Sunday 20th October at 3pm E.T,.Ballyduff v Moyvane – Sunday 20th October at 1 pm E.T
Bob Stack Memorial U21Championship Sponsored by Dennehy Vetenary Clinic Duagh. Preliminary Rd. Saturday 19th October @ 3.30 pm E.T. Venue: Stack Park, Ballybunion.
Moyvane/Tarbert v Ballylongford/Asdee, Quarter Finals Winners play Listowel Emmets in the Quarter Finals.on Saturday October 26th
Credit Union County Football League Division 5 first semi final play-off; Asdee v Beale..Winners here will take on either Kilgarvan or Sneem/Derrynane with the outright winners to receive promotion to Division 4. Dates and Venues to be confirmed.