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Senior County Football League Division 1 Round 1 2014-03-23 10:33:00

Currow 0-10 Kerins O Rahillys 3-12

Currow played Kerins O Rahillys at home in a back game in Division one of the Co League on Saturday evening. After heavy rain on Friday and just before the start of the game, the underfoot conditions were slippery. The ball was also quite greasy and difficult to control. Currow were first on the score board, with a pointed free from Mike Mc Carthy after one minute, and this was quickly followed by a point for Rahillys by their mid fielder John C. O' Connor. A long ball into the Rahillys forwards came off the post and Barry John Keane was quickest to react and slotted it into the net. By the fifteen minute mark, Rahillys had opened a gap of 2-03 to 0-02. The half time score was Rahillys 3-06 Currow 0-06.

Rahilly's third goal came from John Ferguson while the Currow scorers were Dan O Shea (2) Paudie Collins John Daly (1)and Mike Mc Carthy (1F). In the second half the tempo seemed to drop a bit. Rahillys added six more points to their total from Declan Quill (2,2F) Barry John Keane, Kevin Walsh, Jack Savage (1) each. The Currow scorers in the second half were Dan O' Shea, (2) Mike Mc Carthy, Pa Mc Carthy (1F) each.

The game was refereed by Brendan Twiss.

ST. MICHAELS/FOILMORE 1-10 MILLTOWN/CASTLEMAINE 0-10

Milltown Castlemaine travelled to Foilmore on Saturday evening to take on the home side, St Michaels/ Foilmore, in the first round of the County League. The home side were first to score with a point from Darragh O'Sullivan. Milltown Castlemaine responded with three points, two from Derek Twiss and one from Cathal Moriarty. Ronan O'Connor then scored for the home side. Jeremiah Hayes and Mike Quirke kicked over 2 points for Milltown /Castlemaine, but the home side responded with points from Bernard Kelly and Darragh O'Sullivan. Milltown/ Castlemaine added two further points from Derek Twiss, to leave the half-time score - Milltown/ Castlemaine 7 points, St Michaels/ Foilmore 4 points .

St Michaels /Foilmore went ahead after half time, with points from Damien Kelly, Sean Shea and two from Bernard Kelly. Next came the game’s only goal, when Brian Smith finished the ball to the back of the Milltown /Castlemaine net. Milltown/ Castlemaine added two further points to the score board, with scores from Jeremiah Hayes, but the home side responded with points from Bernard Kelly and Darragh O'Sullivan. Derek Twiss added one more point for Milltown/ Castlemaine, but it was St. Michaels/ Foilmore who secured two valuable County League points.

Final score St Michaels Foilmore 1-10 Milltown Castlemaine 0-10

KILCUMMIN 3-12 RATHMORE 1-12

Played at a sunny Rathbeg on Sunday, Kilcummin won on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-12. Kilcummin got the first three scores of the game, two from frees and a point from play by Jamie O’Sullivan, before Rathmore replied with 3 of their own, through Shane Ryan and two Mark Reen frees. Another Jamie O’Sullivan point was followed by a Rathmore goal from John Moynihan, after a great team move. Two more points from Mark Reen and a Eoin Lawlor point had Rathmore leading by 1-6 to 0-4. There followed three unanswered Kilcummin points from Shane McSweeney, Damien O’ Leary and Jamie O’Sullivan, which left the half-time score Kilcummin 1-6 to to Rathmore 0-7.

The game changed during the first ten minutes of the half, when Kilcummin kicked 2-3, the goals coming from Jamie O’Sullivan and Shane McSweeney in the 8th and 10th minute. During that period, Rathmore kicked two points, from Mark Reen and Shane Ryan. Mark Reen and Brendan O’ Keeffe each got a point, followed by three more from Ian Devane, Shane McSweeney and Kieran Murphy. Thuis finished the game as a contest in spite of two late points from Shane Ryan and Michael Riordan. Top scorer was Jamie O’Sullivan with 1-7.
Final score Rathmore 1-12 Kilcummin 3-12.

WATERVILLE 1-6 FINUGE 0-8

Waterville got their 2014 Co. League campaign off to a winning start with victory over Finuge on a score of 1-6 to 0-8. The game, played in Waterville in good weather conditions, provided plenty entertainment for the many fans from both teams in attendance.

Alan O’Shea opened the scoring for Waterville inside 2 mins with a very well taken point from near the right hand sideline. Finuge, after a good passage of play, created an excellent opportunity for goal. However, a great block down by Fionan Clifford denied them a certain score. Waterville doubled their advantage following a good passage of play, when Barry O'Dwyer fed Gary Galvin, who pointed from 35 meters . This was followed by a period of intense action over the following 10 minutes, when both defenses were stretched and, on
a number of occasions, denied their opponents. Midway through the first half, Niall Fitzgerald added a good point for Waterville after some excellent work by Stephen Dwyer. A good move by Finuge saw Raymond Galvin, who had come in at centre forward in place of Jack Corridan, scored an excellent point from 35 meters leaving the score at 3 points to 1.

Shortly after this, Waterville wing back,Alan Dwyer, suffered a nasty hand injury when going down on the ball and was replaced by Oran Mahony. In the 20th minute, Seamus O’Sullivan after some good work, set up Barry O’Dwyer who weaved past two defenders to score an excellent goal for Waterville.

If the first period of this half belonged to Waterville, the second period belonged to Finuge. A Maurice Corridan free in the 21st Minute, followed by a great point from 40 meters by Pat Corridan, left just a goal between the sides. With 5 mins to go to half time and after a good passage of play from Finuge, Ricky Heffernan narrowed the gap further. An excellently struck free by Fergus Fitzmaurice left just one point between the sides. On the 29th minute, Finuge corner forward Gary Horgan levelled matters with a well taken point from play to leave the half time score Waterville 1-3, Finuge 0-6.

Early in the second half, after some good work by Gearoid Sullivan and Niall Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Dwyer hit an excellent point to put Waterville back in front. Waterville increased this advantage when Alan Shea struck another point for Waterville, having been well picked out with a great pass from Greg Gibson. With both defenses now playing well and scores hard to come by, Stephen O’Dwyer extended Waterville's lead with a long range score, following some excellent work again by Greg Gibson, Gearoid O’Sullivan and Niall Fitzgerald,to leave the score Waterville 1-6, Finuge 0-6, with all of Waterville's scores coming from play.

With 10 minutes to go, Finuge wing forward Fergus Fitzmaurice reduced the deficit to two points with a free from 25 meters. Both teams introduced a number of substitutes, with Micheal Cronin, Sam O’Dwyer and Adam O’Dwyer coming on for Waterville and, in particular, the very lively Michael Stackpoole who showed well coming on for Finuge. With less than 5mins to go, Fergus Fitzmaurice left the minimum between the sides with his fourth point from a free from 35meters. Maurice Corridan, who received an injury, had to be replaced with minutes to go. Finuge pressed hard for the equalizer, but resolute defending by the Waterville defence saw the home side take both points on a final score of Waterville 1-6, Finuge 0-8.

DINGLE 3-11 LISTOWEL EMMETTS 0-9

Dingle took on Listowel Emmetts at Pairc an Ághasaigh to-day, March 23rd, in the first round of the Co. League. After an entertaining game, Dingle claimed the points, courtesy of a stunning display by Paul Geaney, who lit up this game and led his team to an emphatic win. The teams were evenly matched for the first quarter and were level at two points all. Slowly, Dingle exerted a grip on mid-field exchanges and the chances were created. At half-time Dingle led 0-8 to 0-5 and couldn't have been happy, as they missed some glorious chances.

On the resumption, points were exchanged and then we were treated to great goal. Darragh O’Sullivan passed to Dan Ryan and he found Paul Geaney, who smashed it to the net. Dingle now led 1-9 to 0-6 after 40 minutes. If the first goal was good, the second really had the wow factor. Paul Geaney picked up a ball close to mid-field and set off to slalom his way past six bemused defenders, to blast past the goalkeeper and record a simply outrageous goal. Dingle were still savoring this effort ,when Paul Geaney passed to onrushing centre back, Breandán Kelliher, and he helped himself to a third Dingle goal. Points were exchanged, but the game was over. Dingle's defence, with Gene O Connor, Johny B Brosnan, Dan Ryan and Breandán Kelliher outstanding, was never unduly worried. Darragh O Sullivan held sway at mid-field all day and Mikey Geaney, Mark Evans and Paul Devane played well up front. But,Paul Geaney stamped his class all over this game as Dingle ran out winners by 8 points.

Final Score Dingle 3-11 Listowel Emmetts 0-9.

Austin Stacks 2-10; Dr. Crokes 0-13

Stacks (last season’s Co. League finalists) and Crokes (the previous season’s League Champions) had the day to themselves for this season’s opener in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (the League proper starts next week). And, despite the competition (what with Kerry playing in both NH and NF Leagues, Marathon Athletics in Tralee and two major Soccer-- games on TV), there was a sizeable crowd at the Rock venue to witness a very entertaining encounter.

The home side had an early goal chance, but it was Chris Brady who had the privilege of being the first scorer in this season’s League – a pointed free for the visitors. However, after a tentative start, Stacks began to dominate, winning some good ball from kick-outs with Greg Horan in particular prominent. In the space of 4 mins. (8th to the 12th) they had opened up a five points gap, with Shane Carroll scoring 1-1 (his point from a free) and a point each from play by Barry Shanahan and Shane O’Callaghan. And they could have been further ahead but for Fiachna Mangan’s rasper coming off the cross bar.

Crokes were now coming more into the game and, by the 25th minute, had reduced the deficit to two - with good points from play by Brian Looney (2) and Michael Milner and one from a free by Chris Brady. Stacks had only one point on target during this period, a punched effort by David Mannix.

However, in the closing five minutes of the half it was David Mannix again with two from play and a Shane Carroll pointed free that gave the home side a five points lead at half time (1-7 to 0-5).

In the opening period of the second half, it was tit-for-tat, with first Crokes putting over two (Michael Milner and Keith O’Leary), then Stacks with two (David Mannix and Barry Shanahan) and then Crokes again with two (Michael Milner and Brian O’Shea). This left the Rock ahead by a goal (1-9 to 0-9) as the game entered the last quarter.

But the score that really turned the game in favour of the home side came in the 48th minute. The elusive Eamon McAllen had been on the pitch for hardly five minutes, when he won possession near the sideline and burrowed his way along the end line, before sending a low shot across the goals to find Greg Horan lurking with intent at the edge of the square, who toe-poked the ball to the net. Points were then swapped by both sides – a pointed free by Brian Looney and one from play by Shane O’Callaghan - to leave that two goal gap in favour of the Rock with five minutes remaining.

But Crokes are not champions of all they survey for nothing and, in those closing minutes, they made the home side sweat a little, putting over three good points from play with Brian Looney (2) and Andrew Kennelly on target, but time ran out and Stacks held on for their first win over the Killarney boys in all competitions since June 2011.

Teams.

Austin Stacks: Jonathan Conway, Ronan Shanahan, Fearghal MacNamara, John Dennis, Pa McCarthy, Ciarán O’Connell, Conor Jordan, Barry Shanahan (0-2), Wayne Gutherie, Greg Horan (1-0), Denis McElligott, Fiachna Mangan, David Mannix (0-4), Shane Carroll (1-2 – 2 frees), Shane O’Callaghan (0-2).
Subs used: Eamon McAllen for Mannix (inj) (43m), Daniel Bohan for McElligott (44m), William Kirby for Mangan (50m) and Joseph O’Kelly for Dennis (50m).

Dr. Crokes: Conor O’Loughlin, John Payne, Michael Moloney, PJ Lawlor, Conor O’Neill, Kieran Ward, Shane Meyers, Shane Doolan, Alan O’Sullivan, Keith O’Leary (0-1), Brian Looney (0-5 – 1 free), Michael Milner (0-3), Chris Brady (0-2 frees), Andrew Kennelly (0-1), Cian O’Neill.
Subs used: Brian O’Shea for Doolan (42m) and Gavin O’Shea (0-1) for Cian O’Neill (50m).