COUNTY DIVISION 5 LEAGUE. Asdee 2-12 Knocknagoshel 2-5.
Both teams badly needed the two points on offer in this county league game as they languish in the lower reaches of division 5 and it was the visitors who took the spoils after an entertaining hour of football. Eoin Tydings got Asdee off the mark with a well taken point in the opening minutes and followed it with a point from a free in the 6th minute.
Knocknagoshel opened their account with a point from corner forward John O’Keeffe but Eoin Tydings replied with a free almost immediately. After a mix up in the Knocknagoshel defence Michael Tydings was on hand to poke the ball past the Knocknagoshel keeper Mike Casey to stretch his side’s lead. However Knocknagoshel surged up the field from the kick out and John O’Keeffe got on the end of the move to rattle the Asdee net.
Eoin Kennedy had two points from play for Asdee either side of a Killian O’Connor free for the home team. Sean Keane and John Doran both pointed from play for the visitors who looked to be pulling clear before David Cahill turned his marker and rifle a shot to the net for Knocknagoshel to leave the half time score at 2-2 to 1-7 in favour of Asdee. Asdee got the perfect start tto the second half and despite playing against the breeze reeled off four unanswered points.
It took until the 17th minute of the half before Knocknagoshel replied with an excellent point from Conor Sheehan. Asdee had a pointed free from Eoin Tydings shortly before Michael Breen got inside the Knocknagoshel cover to score his side’s second goal. David O’Donoghue pointed a free for Knocknagoshel and Killian O’Connor scored his second point of the evening slotting over from the left hand side but the gap was too much to make up and Asdee ran out winners on a final score of 2-12 to 2-5.
Team and scorers; James Kelly, Con Carmody, Martin Collins, Brian Coughlan. Sean Keane, 1pt, Eoin O Carroll, Keith McNamara, John Doran, 1pt, Kieran Kelly, Mike Breen, 1gl, Eoin Kennedy, 2pts, jack Keane, Michael Tydings, 1gl, Eoin Tydings, 6pts, Conor Keane, 2pts. Subs Dinny Dalton for Keith McNamara, Conor Coughlan.
|North Kerry U14 league semi-final Asdee/Ballylongford 5 – 11 Beale 5 – 7 (AET)
The Parish team advanced to the North Kerry league final after a tremendous tussle against near neighbours Beale on Monday evening played in perfect conditions in Coolard. Beale got off to a flying start and had a three goal lead with five minutes before Asdee/Bally found their feet.
It could have been very easy to throw in the towel after this start but they gradually edged back into the game with two wonderfully taken goals from Oisin Healy, while Bobby McCarron was unlucky not to strike for goal also. Beale added another goal and a point before points by Liam Connolly and Brendan Keane left five points between the sides at half time.
Half time: Asdee/Ballylongford 2 – 2 Beale 4 – 1 Asdee/Bally started off brightly in the second half with the aid of a slight breeze and had a well struck goal from Brendan Keane in the opening minutes. Beale struck for another goal but the Parish team again refused to accept defeat. The defence was now getting to grips with Beale with Mikey Hannon commanding the full back line along with Michael Treacy and Niall O’Connor in goals and the half back line of Oran O’Neill, Adam Finucane and Patrick Mulvihill putting Asdee/Bally on the front foot with tigerish defending and launching attacks.
Ethan MacDonald was also getting on a lot of ball and using it intelligently around the middle of the field. Further points from Brendan Keane (2) and Christopher O’Donoghue put a goal between the teams with time running out. Asdee/Bally were awarded a free close in on goal, Brendan Keane took a quick free and rattled the back of the net to put the sides level with little over a minute left. Beale went up field to re-take the lead with a point. However, one final attack lead to a free for Asdee/Bally which was expertly put over the bar by Liam Connolly to send the game into 2 five minute periods of extra time.
Full time: Asdee/Ballylongford 4 – 7 Beale 5 – 4 Beale started off the quicker in extra time and had a 2 points lead at half time with an Asdee/Bally score from the boot of Brendan Keane. Having clawed back Beale a couple of times already the parish were not going to go down without a fight and drew level within a couple of minutes of the restart with points from Paraic Fogarty and Brendan Keane. It took until the second period of extra time for Asdee/Ball to take the lead for the first time in the game courtesy of a drive forward by Paddy O’Neill and consequently striking for goal clinching this thriller.
Beale tried their best to draw level again but the final score of the game came from Brendan Keane to leave Asdee/Bally winners. This was a superb team effort from the starting team to the contributions of Jack Hannon and Paraic Fogarty who played vital parts when introduced. Both teams can be commended for their sporting behaviour and excellent football throughout.
Asdee/Bally now advance to meet Finuge in the final with a date yet to be finalised. Finuge will carry the favourite’s tag having already won three encounters comfortably this season. However, this parish team will not be phased by this and if they carry the belief and determination through from the semi-final, an upset could be on the cards.
Final Score: Asdee/Ballylongford 5 – 11 Beale 5 – 7 Referee: P Curtin Team: Niall O’Connor Michael Hannon Oran O’Neill Patrick Mulvihill Christopher O’Donoghue (0-1) Michael Tracey Paddy O’Neill (1-0) Adam Finucane Ethan McDonald Brendan Keane (2-6) Oisin Healy (2-0) Liam Connolly (0-3) Bobby McCarron Jack Hannon Paraic Fogarty (0-1) Unavailable: Sean O’Connor & Cillian Kennelly
FEILE DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONS. There was great jubilation and celebrations at both sides of the Atlantic recently when New York Boys Under 14 Gaelic footballers made history by winning their first Feile title to become the John West Feile na nOg Division 1 National champions defeating Portlaoise by 3-7 to 0-2 at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan in the final after accounting for Tyrones Ardboe and Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo in the run up to the final.
There was special local interest in the New York fortunes as Shay McElligott team member and son of Collette O Sullivan/McElligott formarly of Asdee West who is now domiciled in New York and was a selector with the victorious outfit.
Collette of course is an avid G. A. A follower and was a playing member of the Asdee Ladies Football team that competed in both North Kerry and County before she immigrated to New York and is daughter of Tom O Sullivan who was a star footballer with Asdee before he too immigrated to the U S A where he won numerous medals with the New York Kerry team back in the 60s.
Not forgetting our neighbouring Club; Ballydonoghue who had Paudie Mulvihill former Ballydonoghue star from Gloura as selector along with his son Christopher who was a team member.
GOLDEN GOAL Week 25 winner of the Golden was; Raymond Keane, Glounawillian, Asdee 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.
FIXTURE. Credit Union County Football League, Division 5. Remaining County League games; home to Churchill this Sunday July, 2pm and Cordal; away to Tuosist and Valentia. McCarthys Insurance Brokers Senior Football League, Division 2; three way play-off. Asdee received a bye while Knocknagoshel were due to play Ballyduff on Thursday July 13th last but this game did not go ahead. Asdee will now play the winner and who will then go on to take on Duagh in the Semi Final. Moyvane are already in the final.. All venues and dates to be confirmed by the CCC of the North Kerry Football Board.