NORTH KERRY LEAGUE. Asdee 1-12 Duagh 3-4
Asdee senior footballers eventually got their first game of the season underway when they travelled to Duagh on Sunday last to take on the home side in Round 5 of the North Kerry Football League Division 2 and after a well contested encounter played in perfect underfoot conditions the visitors after enjoying the lions share of possession throughout were very happy to hear the sound of the final whistle.
This was a game that Asdee looked to have wrapped up on at least two occasions but fair dues to Duagh they dug deep and coming up to the final whistle it was the visitors who were clinging on to their 2pt lead with Duagh in full flight in search of the score that could have yielded them victory. The game opened with the home side setting down a marker and within 3mts both Ger McCarthy and Denis Lane had their side ahead by 2pts without reply and only for some poor shooting in front of goal could have been further ahead before Noel Long set up Eoin Kennedy for a goal 2mts later.
This seemed to spur on the visitors and points from Noel Long, Mike Breen and Eoin Tydings,(2) had them cruising 1-4 to 0-2 by the 17th minute. Now whether Asdee took their leg off the pedal or not but in a quick break-a-way by the home side left Duaghs wing back John Joy who took advantage of some slackness in the Asdee defence and he hammered the ball to the net with 10mts remaining in the half.
The remainder of the scorers came from Eoin Tydings and Noel Long for Asdee with Tom Scanlon replying for Duagh and at the half time whistle Asdee led 1-6 Duagh 1-3. On resumption it was Asdee who were quick out of blocks and inside 7 seconds Eoin Kennedy split the uprights to increase his sides tally.
Without doubt the introduction of Aidan Kelly in the opening half proved to be a masterstroke for Duagh as he was to be very much involved in the home sides recovery as the game progressed even though they had to do without their sharpshooter Ger McCarthy who retired injured early on. Aidan Kelly pointed for Duagh but it was Asdee who extended their lead with points from John Doran, Eoin Kennedy,(2) Mike Breen and by the 11th minute with Asdee in full control leading 1-11 to 1-4 the game looked over. Both sides were off target but Asdee were full value for their 7th point lead.
However with the visiting keeper James Kelly in possession the ball was clearly pulled out of his grasp and Aidan Kelly sent the ball into the empty net; controversial but the goal stood. Substitute Paul O Carroll sent over for Asdee and with under 8mts left for play it was 1-12 to 1-4 for Asdee. Duagh were still not finished and a defence splitting movement out of defence saw John Curran blast to the net from an acute angle and make it a 2pt game. 5mts remained and as the ball swung from end to end it was Asdee who finished deserving winners despite a great fight back from Duagh.
Team and scorers; James Kelly, Con Carmody, Martin Collins, Eoin O Carroll, Brian Coughlan, Sean Keane, Kieran Kelly, Darragh Keane, John Doran, 1pt, Mike Breen, 2pts,(F), Eoin Kennedy, 1-3, (f), Micheal Walsh, Dinny Dalton, Eoin Tydings, 3pts, Noel Long, 2pts. Subs, Paul O Carroll, 1pt for Dinny Dalton, Keith McNamara for Micheal Walsh, ,
MINORS. MINOR COUNTY LEAGUE DIV 5:
ASDEE/BALLYLONGFORD 3-10 BEALE 4-14 The second round of the Division 5 Minor County league threw-in at 1 o’clock on Saturday last (March 12th) in perfect conditions in O’Rahilly Park Ballylongford. The home side suffered their first loss of the competition to neighbours Beale whose forwards, especially Darragh Buckley kept their side ahead of the combination side. The first half ended on a one sided scoreline of Asdee/Bally 4pts, Beale 1-7.
Upon resumption, it was the visitors that started the brighter in the second half with an extra 1-4 on the scoreboard by the 15th minute. Asdee/Bally however got to grips and late goals, one of which was a penalty, from Eoin O’Connor brought the homeside closer. It proved to be too little too late however as the final whistle blew with Asdee/Bally trailing 4-14 to 3-10. Asdee/Bally meet Ballyduff/Duagh in the third round on March 26th.
Team and scorers: 1. Stephen Lynch 2. James O’Connor 4. Michael Holly 5. Jack Keane 6.Sean Carmody 7. Sean Hanrahan 8. Ciaran Dowd (2pts) 9. Jack Mulvihill (1G-1pt) 10. Eoin O’Connor (2G-4pts) 11.Paul Murphy (2pts) 12. Cian Barrett 13. Conor Carmody 15. Thomas Doherty (1pt)
SCOR NA BPAISTI. Asdee G A A will be represented in 3 of the catagories; Solo Singing, Aine Sheehy, Instrumental Music. Caoimhe Moloney, Elaine Keane, Fiona Sheehy, Hamish O Carroll, Molly O Sullivan, Ballad Group Caoimhe Moloney, Elaine Keane, Fiona Sheehy. Liam O Connor, Hamish O Carroll at the North Kerry Finals of Scor Na bPaisti which will take place in the Marian Hall, Moyvane on Sunday March 20th commencing at 2pm
The team for the Quiz is; Brendan Keane, Jack Duffy, Caoimhe Moloney, Liam O Connor.
And will take place at a later date
GOLDEN GOAL. Week 7 winner of the Golden Goal was Gerard O Carroll, Kilcolman 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.
CLUB MEETING. The next Club Meeting of St. Marys, Asdee G A A will take place in the Community Centre on Thursday March 31st commencing at 8pm.
Credit Union County Football League Division 5. Asdee will travel to Cromane to take on the locals on Sunday March 20th, 2pm. followed by a home game on Sunday March 27th against Knocknagoshel, 2pm. Premier Junior County Championship Qualifier Asdee will have a home tie against Firies at Walsh Park on Sunday April 17th.
COUNTY MINOR LEAGUE. Round 4 on Saturday March 26th, 4pm again a home game against Ballyduff/Duagh while in the final Round on Friday April 1st, 6 30pm it will be Keel/Listry away. Home games will be played at O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford.
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.