CREDIT UNION COUNTY LEAGUE. Asdee 1-8 Duagh 3-9. Before the game got under way there was a minutes silence for the Kelly family of Duagh who suffered a bereavement recently.
Having played each other on two previous occasions within the past 8 weeks at the Duagh venue; firstly North Kerry League Division 2 followed by County Premier Championship Asdee did have the better of matters but on this occasion Duagh again at home finally laid the Asdee bogey with a workmanship display of hunger and determination that had Asdee at sixs and sevens for the bigger part of the game and only for a step up in their display in the second half Duagh could very well be further ahead at the final whistle.
Played on Friday evening last certainly Duagh were full value for their victory and with centre forward Nigel O Connor giving a Man of the Match performance, Denis Lane a colossal at midfield, Donal Scanlon and Aaron O Connor commanding figures in defence shutting out any threat from the opposition. From Asdees point of view it was simply a woeful display and on top of that what ever was to go wrong on the night went wrong; but this isn’t taking away from the opposition win who fully deserved their victory and only for Eoin O Carroll and Martin Collins in defence and Darragh Keane at midfield who tried their upmost to stem the tide.
The game was less than a minute old when Duagh made their intentions known Nigel O Connor kicked over a 13 meter free followed a minute later when Darragh Joy walzed his way through the Asdee defence to billow the net. Further points followed from Nigel O Connor and Padraig O Donoghue quickly followed by a goal from Aaron O Connor and by the 7th minute it was Duagh who were 2-3 without reply. At this early stage of the game the home side were rampant and could have been even further ahead before Eoin Kennedy made up for his earlier miss when he converted a close in free in the 10th minute.
Goal number 3 came as Aaron O Connor ran the length of the field to register goal number 3 before Ger McCarthy kicked over the first of his 4pts after 20mts. Black cards for Asdees Dinny Dalton ( 24th minute) and Tim Quirke, (injury time) as Ger McCarthy floated over another for Duagh in the 25th minute. Duagh 3-5 Asdee 0-1. Asdee finished the half well; Darragh Keane who showed tremendous accuracy floating over two 45s, and Kieran Kelly a mighty kick from near the sideline. Nigel O Connor had the final say in the half as split the posts. Half time; Duagh 3-6 Asdee 0-4. On resumption it was always going to be an uphill battle for the visitors but in fairness they were to give a much improved performance but not for the first time they were finding it difficult to convert any scoring opportunities that came their way.
Darragh Keane floated in a high delivery that deceived John O Carroll in the Duagh goal after 4th mts, another close shave for a goal came directly afterwards when Mike Breen floated in a lovely ball that went just inches wide of the right upright but Duagh never panicked and Ger McCarthy pointed in the 7th minute and directly from the kick out the same player lofted over again after a poor kick out. Two more massive kicks from placed balls from Darragh Keane, Paul O Carroll, Mike Breen closed the deficit but was never going to be enough as Nigel O Connor kicked a point as he did at the end of the first half. The Duagh custadion John O Carroll was made go full stretch to turn a goal bound shot around the post as Paddy White the match referee blew for full time as the clock ticked over to the 4th minute of injury time.
Teams and scorers; Duagh, John O Carroll, P J O Halloran, Donal Scanlon, Luke O Donnell, Jerry Sheehan, Aaron O Connor, 1gl, John Dennehy, Denis Lane, Tim Quirke, Padraig O Donoghue, 1pt, Nigel O Connor, 1-4, (1f), Darragh Joy, 1gl, Ger McCarthy, 4pts, (2f), Diarmuid Foley, Gavin Buckley. Sub, Kieran Quilter for Tim Quirke, (Black Card).
Asdee James Kelly, Con Carmody, martin Collins, Eoin O Carroll, Kieran Kelly, 1pt, Sean Keane, Keith McNamara, John Doran, Darragh keane, 1-4, (4—45s), Mike Breen, 1pt, (f), Brian Coughlan, Michael Walsh, Paul O Carroll, 1pt, Dinny Dalton, Eoin Kennedy, 1pt, (f). Sub Matthew O Hanlon for Dinny Dalton, (Black card). Referee Paddy White, Kerins O Rahillys.
NORTH KERRY LEAGUE SEMI. Asdee/Bally 2-7 Ballydonoghue 2-12 Ballydonoghue may have started as firm favourites for this North Kerry football League Division 2, Under 16 Semi Final but in a well contested game they were made work hard to secure their place in the final against a team that was made up of mostly of Under 14s and who gave an outstanding team performance on the occasion.
Played at O Sullivan Park, Finuge on Monday May 9th it was the combination side who were enjoying a good share of possession and with roughly 5mts remaining in the half it was Carlos Lopez who cracked home a well worked goal to put Asdee/Bally in front at the short whistle. Asdee/Bally 1-3 Ballydonoghue 0-5. On resumption Ballydonoghue got stuck in early and despite plenty pressure from their opponents they started to pile on the scores. Still the combination side battled on with Conor Carmody finding the net.
Ballydonoghue hit back with a similar score with under 10 minutes left for play but a penalty miss by the combo side say Ballydonoghue finish victors. Best of luck to our opponents in the final Team and scorers; Cathal Doran, Gavin Stack, Pa Carmody, Denis Heaphy, Shay Doran, Victor Flahive, Stephen Lynch, Sean Hanrahan, Conor Carmody, 1-2, Brendan Keane, Liam Mulvihill, 5pts, Carlos Lopez, 1gl, Anto O Connor.
GOLDEN GOAL. Week 16 winner of the Golden Goal was Gerard McNamara, Glouria, Ballydonoghue which is in conjunction with upcoming Fixtures in National Football and Hurling 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. Tickets priced at E2 can be obtained from club members and local outlets. Maria and John Walsh of “Homestead”, Local Post Office and “Jack Jays”.Bar.
UNDER 10. News in from Conor Mulvihill, (team mentor) who informs us that Asdee/Bally took part in the Under 10 Go Games blitz on Wednesday evening last May 11th held at Stack Park, Ballybunion where they had three games against the host club Beale, Finuge and Brosna. It was a wonderful evening entertaintment with all players really enjoying themselves and looking forward to their next outing.
The following were the panel of players who took part on the evening; Dan O Neill, Killian Finucane, Emely Austin, Rosin Fogarty, Aishling O Connor, Abbey Collins, Rose O Neill, Liam Hanrahan, Conor Keane Stack, Cathal Byrne, Fionn Byrne, Liam Walsh, Eamon O Connor, Logan O Sullivan, Luke Prendergast, Sean O Connor.
FIXTURES CHANGE. Last weekend our senior footballers were due to play Ballylongford in the McCarthys Insurance North Kerry League Division 2 at O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford but due to a back game in the Credit Union County League Division 5 which was cancelled the previous week due to a bereavement in the Duagh club and Ballylongfords involvement in the County Novice Championship against Ballyduff; the County Board put these fixtures forward for the weekend. So the back games in the McCarthys Insurance North Kerry League v Ballylongford as already stated and home to Knocknagoshel will now have to be refixed by the North Kerry Football Board.
FIXTURES. Castleisland Mart Junior Championship Quarter Final . At Jack Walsh Park, Asdee v Beale, Saturday May 21st, 7pm, extra time if necessary. Next County League Division 5 games; home to Ballyduff; w/e of June 5/6th away to Sneem/Derrynane, w/e of June 12th, home to Austin Stacks, “B” w/e of June 19th. Under 21 Championship; Asdee/Beale/ Ballylongford will this year be playing together in both the County and North Kerry Championship.
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