COUNTY LEAGUE Asdee 1-7 Knocknagoshel 0-14 Played at O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford on Sunday last Knocknagoshel picked up the league points on offer after a well contested encounter that say both sides very much off target but when the final whistle sounded the key to Knocks victory was their determined play and when faced by a strong wind in the second half and with Asdee playing well and ahead by a 3 point margin and looked set for a win with 15mts remaining it was the boys from Knock who dug deep and put in a storming finish and led by James Walsh (7pts overall) finished the half kicking 7pts without reply and finished the game deserving winners. Knock with the aid of a stiff wind were much sharper and John O Keeffe opened the scoring for the visitors. At the other end a mix up in the Knock defence left Noel Long in for a handy goal after 9mts. James Walsh hit 2 points and with Conor Sheehan excellent causing endless problems running at the Asdee defence where Eoin O Carroll was excelling in his defending role. Eoin Kennedy and Mike Brosnan exchanged points and even though John Doran and Darragh Keane were winning their midfield battle it was Knock who were scoring. End to end play resulted in both sides squandering easy goal opportunities and it took a full length save from Knocks keeper Aidan Walsh to deny Darragh Keane from point blank range. James Walsh kicked further points and Asdees most impressive Paul O Carroll left the half time score Knock 0-6 Asdee 1-2. Asdee had wind advantage in the second half and were quickly into their stride with Paul O Carroll, Mike Breen and Noel Long on target and after 6mts were 1-5 to 0-6 ahead. Nial Barrett and Mike Breen exchanged points and at the three quarter stage the game became a bit niggly and players got involved but in fairness Referee Brendan Griffin had everything under control. When play resumed with the home team ahead by 2pts and when Paul O Carroll kicked a glorious point from an acute angle stretching the lead to 3pts it looked good enough for the league points; however this was as good as it got for Asdee as Knock took complete control and with James Walsh, (3) Niall Barrett, Ritchard Cottor, Michael Walsh kicking points it was Knock who held out. Paul Reidy, Dara O Connell and John Brosnan were others to impress for the winners while for Asdee Kieran Kelly, Sean Keane, Con Carmody and Martin Collins tried hard. Teams and scorers; Asdee; James Kelly, Eoin O Carroll, Martin Collins, Con Carmody, Kieran Kelly, Sean Keane, Brian Coughlan, John Doran, Darragh Keane, Mike Breen, 2pts, Eoin Kennedy, 1pt, Michael Walsh, Paul O Carroll, 3pts, Noel Long, 1gl, Dinny Dalton. Knocknagoshel; Aidan Walsh, Michael Murphy, John Brosnan, Darragh O Connell, Conor Sheehan, Paul Reidy, Denis Collins, 1pt, Darragh O Connell, Mike Brosnan, Dan Roache, James Walsh, 7pts,(2f,145), John O Keeffee, 1pt, David O Donoghue, Michael Walsh, 1pt, Nial Barrett, 3pts. Subs used, Cillian O Connor, D O Leary, Ritchard Cotter, 1pt. Referee, Brendan Griffin, Clounmacon.
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MINOR COUNTY LEAGUE Asdee/Bally 3-12 Ballyduff/Duagh 3-9. The third round of the Division 5 Minor County League threw in on Saturday last March 26th in damp and blustery conditions at O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford. It proved to be a very cliched version of a game of two halves. In the opening half it was the homeside that got off to a dream start and dominated in all positions on the field. They tackled hard and were very clinical in their shooting and Ballyduff/Duagh found it difficult to cope with the work-rate been expressed by the Asdee/Bally players. By the 16th minute the homeside were leading 2-7 without reply. However after two quick goals from Adam Cronin the first half ended on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-1. On resumption it was the visitors that started the brighter and took the game with aggression and vigor to the home side. They very quickly got on top and began whacking up a tally of scores. By the 15th minute they had an extra 1-4 on the scoreboard and by the final 10 minutes only 5pts separated the sides. Play flowed from end to end in that last 10mts with Ballyduff/Duagh having a slightly hold on the game. The home side however managed to hold out by capping their first half total with an extra 1-2 to just about edge out the challengers with the game finishing with only 3 points between the sides. Asdee/Bally travel to Keel on this Friday evening;(time to be confirmed) in the final round and a victory there agains Keel/Listry would guarantee that the team would be in the knockout stages of the competition Team and scorers; Stephen Lynch, Sean Carmody, Sean Hanrahan, Paul Murphy, 1pt, James O Connor, Cian Barrett, Jack Keane, 1pt, Jack Mulvihill, 1pt, Conor Carmody, 2pts, Thomas Doherty, 4pts, Ronan Carmody, Michael Holly, 1gl, Eoin O Connor, 2-3.
FUNDRAISER. Getting closer to what is sure to be billed as the event of the year when Asdee G A A will host the spectacular “Stars in their Eyes” in the Community Centre on Saturday April 10th. .There will be a heated Marquee complete with a Bar and Big Screen with tea and snacks and other refreshments to avail of also. The show which had generated huge interest throughout the locality and beyond will commence at 8pm and will see each act imitate their famous counterpart in what promises to be a night full of fun and entertainment, .There will be a heated Marquee complete with a Bar and Big Screen with tea and snacks and other refreshments to avail of also; with prizes and other surprises in store. Entry (E15) will be by ticket only and with a limited number available it would be very important that you should purchase now. Certainly a show not to be missed.
BEREAVEMENT The death took place recently of another of our great footballers. Mossie O Carroll of Killelton, Ballylongford. Along with playing at all grades with Ballylongford he was also on the Asdee Intermediate team that won the North Kerry title in 1956. On behalf of the club we would like to extend our sympathy to his wife and family.
GOLDEN GOAL. Week 9 winner of the Golden Goal was Ava and Liam O Hanlon, Asdee East which is in conjunction with upcoming Fixtures in both National Football and Hurling League and Championship. (Televised games) Tickets are on sale from club members at E2 each with E40 to be given out each week to the winning number which corresponds with the first goal scored.
COLLECTION. The local St. Marys, Asdee will be holding their Annual Church Gate Collection for 2016 on 2nd/3rd of April for Coiste Na Nog and the Senior Collection will take place on the weekend of July 30th/31st.
CLUB MEETING. The next Club Meeting of St. Marys, Asdee G A A will take place in the Community Centre on this Thursday March 31st commencing at 8pm.
SHANNON RANGERS. Shannon Rangers 3-5 St. Brendans 3-14.Shannon Rangers will not be taking part in this years Garveys County Senior Football Championship after a very much below par performance against a much more determined St. Brendans side who in fairness were full value for their 9 point victory at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Friday evening last in a championship qualifier. Representing the local club were Darragh Keane, (1-1), Martin Collins and Eoin O Carroll.
Credit Union County Football League Division 5. Round 3 on Saturday April 9th away to Duagh.Time to be confirmed. North Kerry League, Division 2. Back Games; Friday April 1st, 7pm; (away) Asdee v Ballyduff; Asdee v Knocknagoshel, Tuesday April 5th, 7pm in Knock.
Saturday 24th April @ 2.30pm
Ballylongford v Asdee. Division 5 County Championship Qualifier Asdee will have a home tie against Firies at Walsh Park on Sunday April 17th.
COUNTY MINOR LEAGUE. In the final Round on this Friday April 1st, 6 30pm it will be Keel/Listry away.
WEBSITES. Asdee G A A website is now up and running once again so for all our activities and match reports; just log on to www.asdeegaa.com.