NORTH KERRY LEAGUE. Asdee 1-3 Knocknagoshel 2-11.
This Division 2 clash played at Walsh Park, Knocknagoshel on Sunday last was a game the home team dominated and were on top in the majority of the outfield positions and really and truly Asdee can have no excuses as they hit a very poor day at the office; but credit Knock they were full value for their 11pt victory and only for some dreadful shooting they could be out of sight even at the interval.
Certainly this was a superb team performance by the winners who played some very intelligent football but the contribution of the Walsh brothers; James, Edmond and Michael was immence. Whatever chance of Asdee getting more into the game was dealt a huge blow when Michael Tydings received a second yellow after 16mts and then early in the second half midfielder John Doran ad to retire with a shoulder injury.
So despite playing poorly and with 14 men it was always going to be an uphill battle. Immediately from the throw-in Knock set about their business kicking some tremendous points; but especially a sideline kick from 40 meters out from the boot of Edmond Walsh was the score of the game. Further points from the same player, James Walsh, Shane O Connell and Kieran Long saw them lead 0-6 without reply by the 25th minute before the visitors opened their account with points from Mike Breen leaving the half time score; Knock 0-6 Asdee 0-2.
Inside the opening 3mts on resumption Mike Breen who got all his sides total got on the end of a defensive mix-up to cooley slide the ball into the empty net. Now despite all Knock possession it was down to a one point game but when a close in free was awarded to Asdee the ball sailed wide of the mark and from here to the end despite some Asdee pressure the result was never in doubt; an own goal plus Niall Barrett, Dan Roche, Noel Brosnan, Michael Walsh and Kieran Long getting on the scoresheet and Asdees only reply coming from Mike Breen in the 25th minute.
Without doubt if Asdee hope to reach the semi final stage of the competition they will have to improve 100% as they play Ballylongford on this Sunday in a winners take all for a semi final spot. As stated the Walsh brothers for Knock were stars but so too were Shane O Connell, Kieran Long, Niall Barrett, Dan Roche and Michael Murphy. For Asdee Eoin O Carroll, Noel Long, Con Carmody, Darragh Keane, Darren Russell, and Mike Breen tried hard.
Teams and scorers; Knock Kieran Downey, John Brosnan, Michael Walsh, Conor Sheehan, Michael Shine, James Walsh, 2pts,(f), Kieran Long, 1-1, Edmond Walsh, 3pts, Shane O Connell, 1pt, David O Donoghue, Dan Roche, 1pt, Michael Murphy, Niall Barrett, 2pts, Joe Regan, David Cahill. Subs, Noel Brosnan, 1pt for Conor Sheehan, Stephen O Connell for Joe regan, Danny Walsh for David Cahill.
Asdee; Conor Coughlan, Sean Keane, Martin Collins, Eoin O Carroll, Con Carmody, Noel Long, Michael Tydings, John Doran, Darragh Keane, Mike Breen, 1-3, Darren Russell, Kieran Kelly, Charles Dalton, Eoin Tydings, Dinny Dalton. Subs; David O Connor for John Doran, inj, Brian Coughlan for Kieran Kelly, Barry O Donoghue for Dinny Dalton. Referee Dermot Hughes, Listowel Emmets.