NOVICE COUNTY SEMI FINAL. Asdee 1=8 St. Senans 1-12. Played at O Sullivan Park, Finuge on Sunday last St.Senans reached the County Novice Championship Final in a most entertaining encounter but had to rely on all their expertise to grind out a four point win over stubborn opposition. In fairness to the winners they were always in control and fully deserved their victory but when Asdee will reflect back they will rue some poor shooting and conceded some needless frees which Paudie Quill, St Senans was unerring. Asdee began brightly and Darragh Keane popped over a good point after 4mts.before a quick free by Paudie Quill sent Sean O Connell through to level up. The first of the games goals came when Darren Russell for Asdee got on to a long delivery and smashed to the net in the 7th,mt and 6mts later Darragh Kennelly found the net at the other end. It was end to end play at this stage and with Senans registering neat points through Brendan Wheelan and Sean O Connell and Asdees Mike Breen keeping his side in touch kicking over 2 frees. Senans were dealt a huge blow midway through first half when Sean O Connell had to cry off injured and was replaced by Shane Nolan who was to impress for the remainder of the game. Paudie Quill, Darragh Kennelly for Senans and Cyril Dineen for Asdee left the half time score; Asdee 1-4 St, Senans 1-5. On the changeover it was Asdees outstanding player Darragh Keane who levelled up the contest in the opening minute; but Senans moved up a gear and 5 points in succession with Asdees only reply coming from Mike Breen in the 15th minute as the Halfway boys led 1-9 to 1-6 after 17 minutes. Senans were now enjoying the majority of possession even though they had to play out the last 12 minutes with 14 players as Brendan Wheelan was red carded for a late challenge. The remaining 7 minutes or so was hectic as played ebbed and flowed; Points from Paudie Quill and Sean T Dillon were exchanged with Asdees John Doran and Eoin Tydings but when the final whistle sounded it was St. Senans who go through and a final meeting with Lispole. Team;
Asdee: James Kelly, Con Carmody, Noel Long, Eoin O’Carroll, Kieran Kelly, Sean Keane, Brian Coughlan, John Doran, 1pt, Padraig Ruddle, Mike Breen, 3pts, (fs) Darragh Keane, 2pts, Michael Tydings, Eoin Tydings, 1pt, Cyril Dineen, 1pt, Darren Russell, 1gl. Subs; Michael Walsh for Brian Coughlan, Paul O Carroll for Michael Tydings, Charles Dalton for Kieran Kelly,Eoin Kennedy for Paul O Carroll.
NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP. Walsh Park, Asdee will host the meeting of fellow parishioners Asdee and Bally in the opening round of the Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Senior Football Championship on this Sunday October 25th, 2.30pm; and is sure to attract a huge attendance to the venue. Going on recent previous results between the teams it would seem as if the team from the Westeran side of the parish would be clear favourites and rightly so; however when it comes to Championship football Bally will always be a force to be reckoned and you write them off at your peril. Maybe results might not have been going their way in recent times but the news is out that they are all out to make an impression in this years competition with a number of players back from exile and long term injury they are sure to try on put one over on their great rivals. Im sure this one time kingpins of North Kerry football and beyond will be all out to prove to their supporters that the blue and white flag will fly proudly once again. Both sides have extremely talented players that have played their football from Coiste Na nOg up to Under 21 level together with the Asdee/Bally combination and no doubt will know plenty about each others play. David Culhane will lead the way for Bally along with Kieran Mulvihill, Eddie Mangan, James Cahilane, Niall Heaphy, Joe McCarthy and the recent scoring sensation Ciaran O Connor. On the other side; Noel Long, Darragh Keane, Kieran Kelly, Eoin Kennedy, Martin Collins, Darren Russell, Eoin O Carroll and Cyril Dineen will be all out to continue their success rate against Bally. To sun up; no matter how recent results have gone between the sides; when it comes to Championship football it’s a completely different game and if Bally can muster their full outfit they will have to start as favourites and will be extremely hard to conquer. However Asdee will not be going in to make up the numbers and this has the making of a cracker and may have to go to extra time to decide who will meet either Moyvane or Brosna in the quarter finals.
FIXTURES Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Senior Football Championship Round 1. At Walsh Park, Asdee, Asdee v Ballylongford, Sunday October 25th, 2-30pm, E.T. Credit Union County Football League; Remaining game for Asdee; Home to Renard; Sunday November 15th, 2pm.
Shannon Rangers Minors will take on Dingle in the Keanes SuperValue County Minor Championship Semi Final on this Saturday October 24th at John Mitchels, Pitch, 3-30pm and will be preceeded by Dr. Crokes who will contest the other semi final against Mid Kerry at 2pm.
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