Asdee 1-7 Cromane 1-6
Played at O Sullivan Park, Finuge where we had a pulsating County League Round 6 game that went right down to the wire before Asdee edged out Cromane by a single point that in fairness could so easily have went the other way.
From the throw-in this game ebbed and flowed with both sides really committed to playing football and in fairness both defences were on top of their game in keeping the scoring rate down to a premium.
The scoring got underway as early as the second minute when Darragh Keane the Asdee midfielder kicked over the first of his six pointed frees but this was quickly replied by Donnacha Walsh with a neat left legged kick from the 21 meter line to tie up the scores for the first of 5 times.
Conor Sugrue, Finbarr Casey and Michael Foley for Cromane and Kieran Kelly, Mike Breen and John Doran for Asdee were all working overtime against their opponents.
Eoin Kennedy who was roaming the field kicked a lovely point after 10 minutes before the Mid Kerrymen after a good build-up got through for a well taken goal from the elusive Emmett Casey 5 minutes later.
Both sides kicked wides as play swung from end to end and in the 20th minute it was Eoin Kennedy who took advantage of a dropping ball in the edge of the area and he gave goalkeeper Paud McCarthy no chance with a screamer to the corner of the net.
The half finished with Mikie Houlihan kicking 2 excellent points and at the break it was Asdee 1-4 Cromane 1-3. Cromane started the second half in explosive fashion with Mikie Houlihan, (2) and David O Shea putting their side in a commanding position and enjoying plenty possession.
However Asdee weathered the storm and slowly got into the thick of things again with Darragh Keane who was easily the Man of the Match slotting over to level up matters by the 10th minute.
Just one more score was had as both sides had scoring opportunities but failed in their attempts and as we approached the closing stages Asdee had a penalty claim turned down but eventually it was Darragh Keane who came to his sides rescue when he pointed the winner.
Cromane will be disappointed as they were probably the favourites coming into the game but on this occasion it was the North Kerrymen who did probably get the rub of the green on this occasion and gained valuable County League points.
Teams and scorers; Asdee; James Kelly, Con Carmody, Kieran Kelly, David O Connor, Mike Breen, John Doran, Shay Doran, Jack Keane, Darragh Keane, 7pts, Paul O Carroll, Sean Keane, Darren Russell, Cyril Dineen, Eoin Tydings, Eoin Kennedy, 1-1. Subs; Conor Keane for Shay Doran, Jack Collins for David O Connor,(bc).
Cromane; Paud McCarthy, Liam Teehan, Michael Foley, Cathal Crosby, Finbarr Casey, Conor Sugrue, Shane Aherne, Niall Dennehy, Donnacha Walsh, 1pt, Shane O Neill, Mikie Houlihan, 4pts, David O Shea, 1pt, Sean O Sullivan, Darran Houlihan, Emmett Casey, 1gl. Subs; E. Griffin for Finbarr Casey. Referee; Denis Kennelly, Moyvane.
GOLDEN GOAL Week 18 winners in our Fundraisers”Golden Goal” over the past week were; Shane M.Collins, Littor Road, Asdee and Helen O Sullivan, Tullamore, Ballybunion.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 upcoming Fixtures in both National Football and Hurling Leagues and Championship; (Televised games). Tickets are now available and will be on sale each week for the duration of both National League and Championship from Club members and at the usual outlets; “Jack Jays” Bar and John Pius at E2 each.
FIXTURES. Division 2 Semi Final North Kerry League; Asdee v Duagh will go ahead on this Sunday 23rd June, at 2pm E.T: Frank Sheehy Park, Listowel. Final, Saturday July 6th, 7pm, Asdee or Duagh against Knocknagoshel. Venue T B C. Replay in the event of a draw.
Next County League Division 5. Round 7. Asdee v John Mitchels, “B”. Saturday/Sunday, June 29/30th. Minor Leagues. North Kerry League, Division 1, Teams taking part; Castleisland Desmonds, Asdee/Ballylongford/Ballydonoghue/Clounmacon, Beale, Brosna/Duagh/Knocknagoshel.
Home Advantage to the first named team. Thursday 11th July at 7.30pm. Round 1 , Brosna/Duagh/Knocknagoshel v Castleisland Desmonds, Ballylongford/Ballydonoghue/Asdee/Clounmacon v Beale Venue: Clounmacon.
County Minor Football Championship Group 2 Rd 1 – Tues 25 June @ 7.30pm. West Kerry v Shannon Rgs, Dingle. Rd 2 – Tues 2 July @ 7.30pm Shannon Rgs v Kenmare Dis. Ballyduff. Rd 3 – Tues 9 July @ 7.30pm Kenmare Dis v West Kerry Kenmare.