In perfect conditions in Coolard, the game was played at a fast championship pace, with no shortage of physicality or skill on show.
The first score of the game came from an excellent long-range kick from the home side’s Martin O’Mahony. This was followed shortly after by another point from distance, in fact, all their first half points would be long range efforts.
Following this, Asdee hit a purple patch, with some impressive passages of play seeing them get the next three scores on the board.
Their first point saw Mike Breen with a lovely finish to a flowing team move that started in their own full-back line. The equaliser came from a fine Darragh Keane free from 40 yards.
Asdee then took the lead for the only time in the game nearly halfway through the first half. Another sweeping team move saw Eoin Kennedy split the posts from 35 yards to give them a deserving lead.
Ballydonoghue responded with an equaliser before a pivotal few minutes of the game saw the home side rightly awarded a penalty for a foul by James Kelly. It was a big blow considering the fierce defensive work by Asdee’s defence to that point.
Paul Kennelly converted the kick to the bottom corner of the net. The penalty was compounded by the fact Martin Collins suffered a broken nose in the build-up, but he went on to finish the game with a very polished performance.
Ballydonoghue would then get a huge stroke of luck as Paul Kennelly’s shot from the sideline hit the upright & fell into Jack Foley’s hands, who finished the ball to the net.
However, Asdee responded valiantly, with impressive passing & support play, seeing them get 4 of the next 6 points.
Darragh Keane got another free from long range, before Martin Collins stormed up the field to finish another quality passage of play.
Another great free by Keane was followed by a Kieran Kelly point from 40 yards following his raiding run up the wing, bringing the sides to within 4 points.
The half time score saw Ballydonoghue leading 2-5 to 7 points, which certainly did not reflect the balance of play for the half, with both teams giving as good as they got.
Ballydonoghue got the start to the second half that Asdee probably needed, with Martin O’Mahony scoring almost straight from the throw-in.
Asdee then squandered a few scoring chances of their own before the home side extended their lead with 2 more points.
Then, Asdee received a huge blow when Kieran Kelly received a second yellow nearly half-way through the second half.
The extra man made scoring opportunities harder to come by for Asdee, but they still had many promising attacks where the final pass or shot let them down.
The strength of the home side’s bench also showed as the added pace & athleticism created gaps in 14-man Asdee’s defence.
Ballydonoghue had 2 black cards in this period, with Diarmaid Behan & Jack Foley both having to be replaced on the field.
Asdee then produced a cracking counter attack, finishing with Noel Long scoring a stunning goal into the top corner from 20 yards.
Ballydonoghue substitute Padraig Lyons made an impressive cameo, scoring 4 points from play, leaving the final score reading 2-14 to 1-7.
Overall, Ballydonoghue were certainly deserving winners and, it would be no surprise should they go all the way in this year’s championship.
Well done to referee Billy McElligott & his officials for maintaining control throughout.
For Asdee, they can hold their heads high, having showed, particularly in the first half, they are capable of matching up against a team two divisions higher than them.
It is hard to fault any player on the day, with all the defence performing admirably, the midfield of John Doran & Darragh Keane working their socks off & the inside forwards of Paul O’Carroll, Owen Tydings, Mike Breen & Eoin Kennedy all causing plenty of trouble for their markers & producing some great interplay.
Commiserations to the team & management. Thanks for all the effort during the year. We’ll no doubt be back for another crack in 2017.
Team: James Kelly, Eoin O’Carroll, Martin Collins 1pt, Con Carmody, Noel Long 1gl, Sean Keane, Kieran Kelly 1pt, John Doran, Darragh Keane 3pts, Micheal Walsh, Eoin Kennedy 1pt, Brian Coughlan, Paul O’Carroll, Owen Tydings, Mike Breen 1pt.
Subs: Michael Tydings, Matthew Hanlon, Keith McNamara, Cyril Dineen, Denny Dalton, Conor Coughlan, Ivan Tydings.
clubs in their drive to raise much needed funds to aid in the
development and the promotion of our games. After a very successful
venture last year by the local club it is expected that they will take
part once again. Further details later.
FIXTURES. Games involving Bally/Asdee coming up in the various North
Kerry Football Board competitions. In the Under 21 North Kerry
Championship; sponsored by Dennehy Vetenary Clinic,Duagh; Asdee will
be joined by Ballylongford and Beale and they will take on
Knocknagoshel/Brosna in the opening round with the winners to go
through to the Semi Final. In the Sponsored O Connor Hardware and Farm
Suppliers, Duagh; Asdee/Bally will take part in Division 2 of the
North Kerry Minor Championship with the opposition
Ballyduff/Duagh.Winners go through to the final. Dates to be confirmed
by C C C of the Board.
Marys, Asdee won their first trophy at senior level in North Kerry
competitions capturing the Mart Cup. This competition was organised
for loosers in the first round of the North Kerry Senior Championship
but has since been abolished has very often proved to be a very hard
competition to win. Locally that year it was extra special as it
brought together great rivals and fellow parishioners Asdee and
Ballylongford who for years before that had soldiered together as one
team in the parish before the reformation of the St. Marys, Asdee in
1986. After taking care of Brosna in an early round which took extra
time to decide in a marvellous contest, the whole of North Kerry were
eagerly awaiting the clash of Asdee and Bally who got through to the
final; and they were not disappointed with a cracking contest. A
record crowd for this competition played in perfect conditions at
Stack Park, Ballybunion. This was a wonderful sporting occasion with
football the real winner on the day and when Mick Flavin,
Ballydonoghue (Former Secretary and P R O of the North Kerry Football
Board) blew for full time it was Asdee who came out on top on a score
of Asdee 1-13 Ballylongford 2-6. That historic team lined out as
follows; Tom Gorman, Tom Long, Tom Kennedy, Sean O Keeffe, Gerdie O
Carroll, Mike O Connor, Eric O Neill, Sean Doran, Barry Healy, J P
McElligott, Paddy Dee, Donie O Keeffe, capt, Kevin O Callaghan, John
Kennedy, John Joe O Carroll. Subs, Micheal O Connor, Tom O Sullivan,
Fergus O Connor, Tom Stack, Neil O Connor, Mike Moloney, Joe Dee,
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