COUNTY LEAGUE. Asdee completed their Credit Union County Football League Division 5 campaign recently with a poor result against Cordal who after this result the East Kerry side went up as champions of the Division. Certainly in a way this wasnt all about the result but the fact of the matter being that Asdee had to play a 13-a-side due to a number of players been absent on the day. It hurt to say the least; but these players showed little respect for the Management team of John Kennedy and Dan Dalton who have bent over backwards with any requests needed and more especially they showed very little respect for their fellow players, Club and supporters who have coughed up at every occasion with any Fundraising that went ahead.
This is not the first time this year its happened but more especially hopefully it will be the last. Granted players become unavailable from time to time and this is acceptable but these recent happenings are not good enough. The Club have been struggling all year due to numbers caused by injuries and other commitments but have always fulfilled each fixture. Three wins out of 11 games in County League is not a true reflection on the way the team performed but on at least 4 other occasions we were very unlucky not to have taken the points on offer along with been pipped for a place in the McCarthys Insurance Brokers Senior League Division 2 semi final play-off .
However on saying all that but in fairness to the players they are a dedicated group and are proud to wear the black and amber of the club; but these sudden bleeps will have to be curtailed if we hope to continue on the glory trail. The club as a whole are a very close unit and despite no silverware in the trophy cabinet there is plenty hope for the future. Hopefully this latest happening will be resolved and players will once again give 100% as we face into the first round of the Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Senior Football Championship against Knocknagoshel at Jack Walsh Park with a date of mid October pencilled in for the first rounds.
U 14 North Kerry Championship Div 2 Semi-final Ballydonoghue 3 – 07 Asdee / Ballylongford 0 – 10 Asdee / Ballylongford U14 campaign came to a disappointing close with defeat to neighbours Ballydonoghue on Thursday evening in Tarbert. The old cliché ‘goals win games’ was certainly the case in this encounter with Balydonoghue scoring three first half goals. Asdee/Bally on the other hand had numerous goal chances throughout the game, but a combination of excellent defending, goalkeeping and poor finishing led to no green flags being raised for the combined parish team.
Having beaten Ballydonoghue on two previous meetings this year, confidence was high going into the game. However, the loss of Adam Finucane, Ethan McDonald and Bobby McCarron from the starting line up from Monday’s final to Finuge proved decisive on this occasion. Ballydonoghue started the brightest with a goal within 60 seconds. This was a lead they never gave up throughout the game and deservedly went on to advance to the final to meet Beale.
On a week of bad results starting with Kerry’s defeat to Mayo and the final loss to Finuge on Monday, the players were dejected and disappointed having felt that the championship was there to be claimed. On reflection, the players provided us with some great victories throughout the year. Apart from the Finuge (4) and Anascual/Lispole games (both teams who should clearly have been in higher grades), it was a year that delivered five victories from seven beating Beale once, Ballydonoghue and Tarbert twice, whilst losing to Beale and Ballydonoghue on one occasion each also.
Having only had a panel of 17 players, great credit is due to all players for keeping the interest going all year. With the proposed changes to the age grade structure in underage GAA for 2018, hopefully this U14 team will develop into an even better U15 team next year. Referee: John Ross
Team: Niall O’Connor Michael Hannon Michael Tracey Jack Hannon Patrick Mulvihill Cillian Kennelly Paddy O’ Neill (0-1) Christopher O’Donoghue Oran O’Neill Brendan Keane (0-6) Oisin Healy Liam Connolly (0-3) Paraic Fogarty Sean O’Connor Unavailable: Adam Finucane, Ethan McDonald & Bobby McCarron
CONGRATULATIONS. Well done to our fellow Parishioners Ballylongford who were promoted to Division 4 of the Credit Union County Senior Football League. Having only dropped points to the eventual champions Cordal finishing just one point behind the East Kerry side it was a very successful campaign for this youthful Bally side. Former Asdee players from the western side of the parish; Kenneth Tydings, Jermiah Tydings, Liam McElligott and Eamon McElligott were instrumental on their promotion journey.
GOLDEN GOAL Week 33 winners of the Golden was; Helen Lynch, Ballybunion and Dan Dalton, Ballynoneen 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.
COLLECTION. On behalf of St. Marys, Asdee G A A Club we would like to thank everybody who subscribed to the Kerry County Board Annual Church Gate collection on Sunday last. We thank you once again for your generosity.
FIXTURES. Minor Division 2 Shield Final; (second placed teams) Sunday September 17th at 12 noon. (Venue to be confirmed). Asdee/Bally v Ballydonoghue. Quarter Final’s U21 North Kerry Championship
Sponsored by Dennehy Veterinary Clinic Duagh. At Frank Sheehy Park, Listowel, St. Senans v Ballylongford/Asdee/Beale, Extra time if required. In the Division 2 “Jotty Holly Memorial Minor Championship; Division 2 Asdee/Bally received a bye to the Semi Finals and they will play Ballyduff/Duagh on Sunday September 10th at 12 noon. Venue to be confirmed. Bernard O Callaghan Memorial North Kerry Senior Football Championship, Round 1. Asdee have home venue at Walsh Park and are due to get underway in early October. Dates to be confirmed by the C C C of the North Kerry Board.