Intermediate Club Football Championship - Round 1 2017-04-16 20:08:00

Intermediate Club Football Championship - Round 1

Spa 1-12               

Castleisland Desmonds 5-16

Spa started well with points from David Spillane, Michael Foley and Mike O'Donoghue (2f) but a strong midfield pairing of Pat Fitzgerald and Kieran Brennan helped Desmonds notch up 1-7 in the first 20 minutes, the scores coming from Colm Murphy, Brian Leonard, Pat Fitzgerald (2), Kieran Brennan and Thomas Hickey (2), with the goal from the brilliant Kieran Brennan in the 12th minute. Spa however played their best football of the day in the second quarter and with points from Mike O'Donoghue, Dara Moynihan, Evan Cronin and Craig Hickey, and a neatly slotted ball to the Desmonds net by Evan Cronin, they briefly took the lead. Points from Maurice Hickey and Cian O'Connor however gave the Castleisland men the narrowest of leads at half time Spa 1-8 Desmonds 1-9.

Thomas Hickey, Evan Cronin and Mike O'Donoghue points kept the scores level before Pat Fitzgerald set up Tomas Lynch for a second Desmonds goal, and points from Thomas Hickey and Colm Murphy followed. An Evan Cronin point and a final Spa point from Dara Moynihan did little to help the Spa drive as a hatrick from Cian O'Connor within seven minutes squashed any hopes for the home team. Spa kept pressing for goal after that but couldn't get past the Desmonds keeper, and with final scores from Adam O'Donoghue, Thomas Hickey (2) and Kieran Brennan, the game was beyond doubt.

Spa: James Devane, Eoin Fitzgerald, Matthew Moynihan, David Spillane (0-1), Michael McCarthy, Dan O'Donoghue, Eoin Cronin, Andrew Garnett, Liam Kearney, Dara Moynihan (0-2), Ciaran Spillane, Michael Foley (0-1f), Michael O'Donoghue (0-4f), Craig Hickey (0-1), Evan Cronin (1-3). Subs: Cormac Cronin, Eric O'Donoghue, Shane Lynch

Castleisland Desmonds: Stephen Bartlett, Maurice Lynch, Tadgh O'Connor, David Lynch, Barry Lynch, Tomas Lynch (1-0), Brian Leonard (0-1), Maurice Hickey (0-1), Pat Fitzgerald (0-2), Adam O'Donoghue (0-1), Cian O'Connor (3-1f), Kieran Brennan (1-2), Colm Muphy (0-2), Graham O'Connor, Thomas Hickey (0-6(4f)). Subs: Gearoid Leonard, Sean Lynch, Cian Dom O'Connor, Pa White

Referee: Eamonn Moran (Ballydonoghue)