Asdee 3-8 Killarney Legion “B”1=10
Asdee had a big win in Killarney to keep their playoff hopes alive going into the final Round of the County League. Despite numbers being tight, Asdee dug deep to see out the game against a dogged Legion side.
Darragh Keane opened the scoring with a fine point from play before the home side responded with a couple of points. Darren Russell then finished an excellent team move with a long range point.
Next up, John Doran scored a brilliant goal to the top corner after a great turnover by Eoin Kennedy as Legion tried to break. Kennedy then struck for Asdee’s second goal to stretch Asdee’s lead. Legion replied with a goal & a couple of points, prior to Darragh Keane pointing a free after a great run by Martin Collins.
Following another two points for Legion, Cyril Dineen then added to his impressive goal tally with a beautiful finish on the stroke of half time.
Asdee held a 3-3 to 1-6 lead at the break. The second half started well for Asdee with a lovely point from Mike Breen, who had a fine game at wing back. Another good team move saw Darragh Keane knock over a nice point.
Legion replied with a point before Paul O’Carroll kicked a beautiful point from a solo run. Legion kicked another point prior to a lovely long range point from Eoin Kennedy after good work by Eoin O’Carroll in defence. Kennedy then setup Paul O’Carroll for a well taken fisted point for what proved to be Asdee’s final score.
Asdee were to squander a number of goal & point scoring opportunities before Legion rallied late on as Asdee gave up possession.Legion managed a further two points but were held out by some fine defending by Eoin O’Carroll, Kieran Kelly & Con Carmody in the full back line, with James Kelly doing very well under pressure in goals. Leaving a four point margin as the final whistle was blown.
Jack Keane, Martin Collins, John Doran, Mike Breen, Jack Collins & Shea Doran, when introduced, showed massive work rate throughout & won crucial balls around the middle. While Eoin Kennedy, Darragh Keane, Darren Russell, Paul O’Carroll, Sean Keane, & Cyril Dineen worked hard up front, linking well & kicking some fine scores.
Asdee team: James Kelly, Con Carmody, Kieran Kelly, Eoin O’Carroll, Mike Breen 1pt, John Doran 1gl, Jack Collins, Martin Collins, Jack Keane, Paul O’Carroll 2pts, Sean Keane, Darren Russell 1pt, Darragh Keane 3pts, Cyril Dineen 1gl, Eoin Kennedy 1-1. Subs: Shea Doran for J Collins, Conor Keane for Paul O’Carroll, Denis Dalton, Ryan Henry.
Asdee/Ballylongford/Ballydonoghue/Clounmacon 1-9 Beale 0-12
Both sides will have to do it all over again after an entertaining game played in miserable conditions at O’Sullivan Park Finuge in the North Kerry Minor League Division 1 Final.
There was little to separate these sides in their previous encounter and that is how it turned out again as it was nip and tuck all the way to the final whistle.
The combination side got off to a better start and Jack Kennelly who impressed throughout got their opening score with a pointed free,the same player got the only goal of the game shortly after when he was brought down in the square and made no mistake with the resultant penalty.
Beale for their part had missed a couple of chances but Barry O’Neill who was equally impressive kicked over a pointed free and Luke Donovan was beginning to find his range as they began to narrow the gap.
In an evening where handling errors were aplenty both sides coughed up numerous frees with most close in ones being converted,but as the half wore on it was Beale who were getting on top and took a one point lead into the break.
Half Time Score
Beale 0-8 Asdee/Ballylongford.Ballydonoghue. 1-4.
On the resumption Beale continued where they left off and were winning primary possession around the middle and slowly began to extend their lead but as scores were hard to comeby they were always within reach of their opponents,and it was some hard runs from Mikey Nolan and James Donegan that slowly reeled them in to leave just a point between the sides with time running out.
Eric Daly was also in the thick of the action for Beale and making some equally good runs but a turnover late on led to Brendan O’Neill bringing the sides level and as the game edged into the third minute of injury time neither side could land the winning score although there was some near misses.
Both side had a couple of goal chances during the half Beale made Cathal Doran dive full stretch to keep out a goal bound shot while Jack Kennelly had a shot from distance well saved by Aaron Buckley,there was also a couple of goalmouth scrambles to throw into the mix as a good sized crowd urged on their team in a nail biting finish.
As the intensity increased so too did the tackling and it envidentaly led to three black cards being issued and a couple of yellow’s by referee Mike Hennessy.
However all in all a draw was a fair result and hopefully drier conditions will prevail for the replay for these young players to display their skills.
Asdee./Ballylongford./Ballydonoghue/Clounmacon TeamCathal Doran.Robert Foley.Liam Guiney.Gavin Stack.Patrick Carmody.Shea Doran.Conor Carmody.James Donegan.Mikey Nolan.Tadhg O’Carroll.Jack Kennelly.Josh Prendergast.Allen Foley.Brendan O’Neill.Brendan Keane.Subs Paddy O’Neill for Josh Prendergast. Darragh Keane for Liam Guiney.Emmet Kelly for Gavin Stack.Ryan O’Neill.Brian Murphy.Paddy Foley.Oisin Ryle.Ronan O’Neill.Adam Finucane.
Beale Team: Aaron Buckley.Andrew O’Connor.Eamon Lawlor.Conor Hennessy.Darragh Hanrahan.Diarmuid O’Mahony.Cathal Farrell.Bernard O’Callaghan.Jack O’Sullivan.Philip Byrne.Eric Daly. Conor Toomey.Barry O’Neill. Luke Donovan. Paddy O’Rourke. Subs Conor Breen.Darragh Kissane Daithi Toomey.Liam Byrant
GOLDEN GOAL Week 25 winners in our Fundraisers”Golden Goal” over the past week were; Tom “Shop” O Sullivan, Kilcolman, Asdee and Maurice O Carroll, Village who will each receive E40 to be given out each week to the winning number that corresponds with the first goal scored.
This is in conjunction with on going All Ireland Championship in both Football and Hurling; (Televised games). Tickets are available and will be on sale each week for the duration of the Championship from Club members and at the usual outlets; “Jack Jays” Bar and John Pius at E2 each.
FIXTURES North Kerry Minor League Division 1 Final Replay; Asdee/Ballylongford/Ballydonoghue/Clounmacon v Beale. Thursday August 15th, 7pm; Venue to be confirmed with extra time if required. Remaining County League game; away to Kilgarvan August 18th or September 8th.