COUNTY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, Asdee1-12 Listry 1-17. The rival supporters were in full voice as this game ebbed and flowed throughout with the end result in doubt up until the final minutes when Listry got in for late points to clinch a place in Round 2 in a cracking contest played at Walsh Park on Sunday last. In fairness the home team went in to this game given little chance but by the end the visitors were made pull out all the stops before they got over the line.
The opening half that saw the sides level on no fewer than four occasions got underway with Asdee aided by a stiffish breeze and inside the fifth minute mark points from Eoin Tydings and Aaron McCarthy got the scoring underway. Eoin Kennedy, Eoin Tydings and Mike Breen saw Asdee hit the front after 7 minutes but a minute later wing forward Joe Clifford cut through the middle of the home defence to billow the net from close range.The East Kerry side now seemed to on top but wernt helped by some poor shooting. Asdee battled away only for Ronan Buckley who was in great form from placed balls and he slotted over two long range frees given his side a one point lead after 21 minutes.
The home team struck back with points from Eoin Kennedy, Darragh Keane and a free by Eoin Tydings only for Ronan Buckley to tie up the game with another free with a minute remaining in the half. Then Asdee struck for two points in injury time and at half time it was Asdee 0-9 Listry 1-4. On the changeover Aaron McCarthy as he did in the opening half slotted over the opening point. Then after Mike Breen was upended in the 5th minute and up stepped Eoin Kennedy from the resultant penalty to send the ball high up into the net. Mike Breen and Ronan Buckley exchanged points from frees leaving Asdee ahead 1-10 to 1-6 after 10 minutes.
The visitors were now taking advantage of the breeze and sent over some excellent long range points from Anthony Sweeney, Anthony Kennedy and the score of the game from Jimmy O Leary in a three minute spell.Danny Wren tied up the game with a well worked point as we entered the final quarter. A further four points between the 20th and 27th minutes from Ronan Buckley, (2), Eoghan Carmody and Anthony Kennedy seemed to have wrapped up the game for the visitors but Asdee had other ideas and when Darragh Keane was pulled down in the square Eoin Kennedy this time saw his effort from the penalty spot sail over the bar. Darragh Keane did add a point for Asdee but points from Ronan Buckley and Andrew Sweeney before James Kelly in the Asdee goals pulled off a marvellous save sealed the issue.
A feature of this game was that five of their forwards along with their midfielders got on the scoresheet for Listry and had excellent displays coming from Ronan Buckley, top scorer with 6 points, Derry Aherne, Anthony Sweeney and Kevin Courtney were among their top players while for Asdee; Eoin Tydings, Conor Keane, Eoin Kennedy, Sean Keane John Doran, Jack Keane and Kieran Kelly. did well for Asdee.
Teams and scorers; Asdee; James Kelly, Conor Keane, Martin Collins, Con Carmody, Jack Keane, Michael Tydings, Sean Keane, John Doran, 1pt, Kieran Kelly, Mike Breen, 2pts, (1f), Eoin Kennedy, 1-3, (1-1pen). Brian Coughlan, Eoin Tydings, 4pts, (4pts, 2f), Darragh Keane, 2pts, (1f), Micheal Walsh. Subs, Dinny Dalton for Micheal Walsh, Keith McNamara for Con Carmody, Micheal Walsh for Eoin Kennedy, inj. Listry; Tadhg Aherne, Cian Bradley, Kevin Courtney, Brian Kennedy, Conor O Sullivan, Danny Wren, 1pt, Billy O Brien, Ronan Buckley,6pts, (5f), Jimmy O Leary, 1pt, Derry Aherne, Anthony Sweeney, 1pt, Joe Clifford, 1gl, Eoghan Darmody, 1pt, Anthony Kennedy, 3pts, Aaron McCarthy, 2pts. Sub Paul O Donoghue for Derry Aherne. Referee, Paddy White, Kerins O Rahillys.
COUNTY UNDER 14 LEAGUE. Asdee / Ballylongford 3 – 08 Ballydonoghue 2 – 06 Asdee – Bally played their second County League game in O’Rahilly Park Ballylongford on Wednesday evening and came out victorious against neighbours Ballydonoghue. It was an excellent all round team performance from start to finish. Asdee/ Bally opening scores were goals coming from the boots of Bobby McCarron and Christopher O’Donoghue. Ballydonoghue responded quickly with 1-2 to keep it a tight first half affair. Thinking goals would continue to come easily, Asdee-Bally were wasteful of scoring opportunities when points were available. It took a powerful surge forward from the full back line from Patrick Mulvihill to raise a white flag. Paddy O’ Neill and Cillian Kennelly added further points. Michael Hannon was mopping up play in our full back line to keep Ballydonoghue at bay along with some fine goalkeeping by Niall O’Connor. Half time: Asdee / Bally 2 – 03 Ballydonoghue 1 – 04 Asdee/ Bally dominated possession in the second half thanks a solid half back line display from Michael Tracey, Paddy and Oran O’Neill and tracking back by Liam Connolly. With Adam Finucane now operating at midfield, he added a well deserved goal for his hard working performance. Brendan Keane was on fire in the second half kicking 4 points, He was ably assisted in the full forward line by Jack Hannon and Sean O’Connor throughout the game. Cillian Kennelly kicked another point before Ballydonogue had the ball in the back of the net with the last kick of the game. Full time: Asdee / Bally 3-08 Ballydonoghue 2 – 06 Referee: Tom O’Sullivan, Clounmacon. Team: Niall O’Connor Michael Hannon Patrick Mulvihill (0-1) Oran O’Neill Adam Finucane (1-0) Michael Tracey Paddy O’Neill (0-1) Christopher O’Donoghue (1-0) Bobby McCarron (1-0) Liam Connolly Cillian Kennelly (0-2) Jack Hannon Brendan Keane (0-4) Sean O’Connor Injured: Paraic Fogarty Ethan McDonald Oisin Healy..
UNDER 12 COUNTY LEAGUE. O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford was the venue for this Under 12 County League, Division 8 encounter played on Sunday last. The visitors from Annascaul/Lispole were always on top and in fairness had this game wrapped up at the break despite the home side having notched up 3-6 but the West Kerry side went much better recording 5-14. Again it was one way traffic in the second half with some of the Annascaul/Lispole scores a joy to watch as they kicked over 16 more points to Bally/Asdees 2-3. However the home side kept plugging away and never threw in the towel despite been up against a far better side.Team and scorers; Jack Hannon, Sean O Connor, 1pt, Ross O Neill, Dan O Neill, 1gl, Luke Prendergast, Liam Hanrahan, Hazel Keane, Nancy Dee, Ruby Keane, Niamh Daly, Grace Heffernan, Liam Walsh, Oisin Healy, 1-5, Patrick Mulvihill, 2-2, John Daly, Pauric Fogarty, 1-2. Referee, Mike Joy, Ballydonoghue.
GOLDEN GOAL. Due to the demand for tickets for the Kerry v Dublin National Football League Final the Club had a double round of Golden Goal tickets on sale. Week 11winners of the Golden Goal was; Mike Doyle, Asdee Post Office and Cormac O Hanliun, Inisheer, Aran Islands, County Galway 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.Round 4. Asdee will be home to Rathmore “B” on W/E of Sat/Sun June 3/4th. McCarthys Insurance Brokers North Kerry Senior League Division 2. Asdee v Duagh at Duagh, Provisional dates; Sunday April 30th or Sunday May 7th.