SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 5-14; Castleisland Desmonds 2-8.
Played in ideal conditions in Connolly Park on last Saturday evening (8th April) we recorded our first Co. League win, in this our second game of the competition.
After a rather timid first half, which produced only ten scores (we were ahead at half time by 0-6 to 0-4), the second half really came to life with almost twice as many scores (19 in total), including a plethora of goals (five scored by our lads and two for the visitors).
The first goal of the game came in the 40th minute, with Shane O’Callaghan on target for us and when Shane landed a second, four minutes later, this left us ahead by twelve points at that stage (2-11 to 0-5).
But in the next five minutes Desmonds had cut that lead to just four when they added 2-2 without reply. But three late goals for us, from three different players – Shane O’Callaghan (his hat-trick), David Mannix and Pa McCarthy – left us with 15 points to spare at the end.
This has been our highest score in the Co. League in years. Only once in the last 30 seasons have we come as close, and that was the 5-13 scoreline we put up against Sneem in the 2001 season.
This was another very good performance by our lads with all of the 19 who lined out contributing to the victory. Shane Carroll and Alan Duggan were dominant in mid field. All our six backs were prominent all through as was goalkeeper, Barry Galvin. And that record scoreline is an indication as to how our forwards and four substitutes performed.
Teams: Barry Galvin, Fearghal MacNamara, Barry Walsh, Denis Costelloe, Darragh Scanlon, Denis McElligott (0-1), Pa McCarthy (1-0), Shane Carroll, Alan Duggan, Fiachna Mangan, Shane O’Callaghan (Capt) (3-1), Seán Dukes (0-3), David Mannix 1-4 – 2 frees), David O’Sullivan, Darragh O’Brien (0-2 – one 45).
Subs used: Michael Collins (22m), Greg Horan (ht) (0-3), John Dennis (49m), Fergal Ryan (57m).
We now have a break in the Co. League until the first week in June when we have an away derby game against Kerins O’Rahillys. In the meantime we are due to meet the very same opposition next Easter Saturday evening (15th April) in the Town League Final. The game in Austin Stack Park is due to throw-in at 6.30pm.
After that we will be involved in County and Club Championship duty with an outing likely to be against All Ireland Champions, Dr. Crokes in the quarter final of the Club Championship. This game is fixed for the Bank Holiday Monday (1st May), on the assumption that the Kerry U21s reach the All Ireland Final which is fixed for the previous Saturday (29th April). If Kerry fail to reach the final then our game against Crokes could be fixed for a week earlier (w/e 23rd April).
WELL DONE: to Kerry on that great win over Dublin yesterday to clinch a 20th NFL title. And after a brilliant NL campaign our own Ronan Shanahan gave another super display in Sunday’s final.
His man was substituted early in the second half and when Dean Rock took that 74thminute free in an attempt to level the game it was Ronan who was under the dropping ball which he gathered safely after which the final whistle sounded.
HURLING: Our Hurlers are due to get their competitive season underway on this Good Friday evening (14th April) when they welcome Causeway to Connolly Park in the opening round of the North Kerry IH League. Throw in 6.30pm. We then have away games in the remaining two rounds – against St. Brendans on Friday, 21st April and against Ladys Walk on Saturday, 29th April.
B FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-8; Asdee 1-15.
A Calvin Foley goal in the 23rd minute was the difference between the sides at half time (1-5 to 0-5) in this our 2nd Co. League game of the season played in summer-like conditions in Connolly Park on last Saturday evening (8th April).
Two points each from Paddy Fitzgibbon and Dale Counihan and one from Anthony Moynihan were our other first half scores.
Even though we extended our lead in the first five minutes of the second half – with points from Dale Counihan (free) and Seán Fitzmaurice – we never clicked on from there and for the rest of the game the visitors added a further 1-10 to just one more point for us from Seamus Bastible.
It was good to see David Hennessy making his Club debut and good to see a number of players making a welcome return after being away for a while – Craig Corcoran, Anthony and Ian Moynihan, Timmy Lynch and Eoin Colgan. And the one and only William Kirby was starting his 23rd season with the Club.
Team: David Hennessy, John Murphy, Paul Galvin, Craig Corcoran, Anthony Moynihan (0-1), Dylan Harnett, Andrew Morrissey, John Dennis, Cathal O’Reilly, Eoghan Galvin, Calvin Foley (1-0), Seamus Bastible (0-1), Paddy Fitzgibbon (0-2 – one 45), Seán Fitzmaurice (0-1) Dale Counihan (Capt) (0-3 – 2 frees).
Subs used: William Kirby (17m), Eoin Colgan (ht), Timmy Lynch (ht), Ian Moynihan (ht).
We have a back game to play against Moyvane but, apart from that, we now have a break in the League until the first week in June when we have an away game against Knocknagoshel.
MINOR FOOTBALL: We are due to play Kerins O’Rahillys in the Town League Final tomorrow evening (11th April). The game, in Caherslee, is fixed for 6.30pm.
Our two back games in the Co. League, both away, against Dingle and Firies, have now been refixed.
We are due to travel to Dingle on next Tuesday evening week (18th April) for a 7pm start and then, three days later (Friday, 21st April), we travel to Farranfore to play Firies.
BEST OF LUCK: to the Kerry MF footballers (including our own Dylan Casey, Ciarán O’Reilly and Michael Slattery) as they open their Munster Championship campaign in Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening (12th April) against Clare.
And also best wishes to the Kerry U21 footballers (including our own Jack Morgan) when they travel to Ennis on this coming Saturday (15thApril) to play Galway in the All Ireland semi final.
PAUDIE COMMANE: For many years Commane’s Shop was one of the great landmarks in Tralee. Located at 83 Rock St. the shop was managed by the late Paddy Commane but when Paddy passed away a few years ago the shop closed down.
However, we are glad to see that it has reopened again in recent weeks under the management of Paudie Commane – Paddy’s son. Paudie was a valued member of our Club Committee in recent years and his new shop is a must visit for anyone interested in Books.
The Shop is stocked with books of all descriptions, old and new, fiction and non-fiction, covering almost every category under the sun and all reasonably priced. We wish Paudie every success with his new venture and repeat again that it is well worth a visit.
CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. For Bookings, phone Maurice McNamara at 086 3747 642.
CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
LOTTO: Last week’s (3rd April) Jackpot, worth €5,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 18, 23, 25. The €20 winners were: Martina Griffin and Eamonn Leen, both c/o Carmel O’Neill; Catherine Ryan and Sarah Barry, both c/o The Club; and Mary Walsh, c/o Brendan O’Regan.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently –Rose Reidy (nee Corkey), Stack’s Villas and late of The Island of Geese (widow of the late Seán Reidy, former Club Footballer and SF Team Mentor); Gerry Clifford, St. Brendan’s Park and late of Maugha, Kielduff; Patrick Linehan, Tullig, Beaufort and Pembroke Street; Mary O’Connor (nee Brosnan), Reidy’s Road, Ballinorig East and late of Castle Street and Moyderwell; Michael Kieran Lambe, Springwater Lane, Caherweesheen and formerly of Rathanny, Kielduff; Eileen McMahon (nee Foran), Meadowlands and late of Ballyheigue; Bridget Philomena (Philly) Moriarty (nee Breen), Artane (Dublin) and formerly of Rock Street (sister of former Club Footballer, Monny Breen); Eilish Doyle (nee Cremin), Carrick-on-Shannon and late of Tralee; Andy Crean-Lynch, ‘An Bóthán’, Clash East and formerly Annascaul (father of former Club Hurler, Andrew and father of Mairéad, Chris, Sinéad and Mary who were part of our Scór team down the years); and Eileen ‘Ellen’ Fitzgerald (nee Moriarty), Heirhill, Ballyheigue and late of Annagh.