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Austin StacksSENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 2-16; Ardfert 1-11.

This Club Championship quarter final in Ardfert on last Saturday evening (25th April) provided entertaining fare for the sizeable attendance.

Aware of the opposition’s never-say-die attitude it was imperative for our boys to hit the ground running and they did just that, putting in a very good first half performance which left them ahead at the break by 2-11 to 1-4.

Goals from Barry Shanahan in the 19th minute and Fiachna Mangan in the 30thand a spread of points from six different players, including two defenders Pa McCarthy and Denis McElligott, gave us a good cushion at half time.

Although we increased that lead with three quick points (David Mannix, Shane O’Callaghan and Shane Carroll) within six minutes of the resumption, Ardfert, in typical fashion, took full advantage when we went down to 14 men in the 38th minute.  In the next twelve minutes they added five points without reply and could have added more but for some brilliant defending by our lads.

In the closing ten minutes both sides scored two each – ours coming from a second Pa McCarthy effort and the final score from David Mannix. In all a very good display by our squad with 2-14 coming from play.

Team: Jonathan Conway, Ronan Shanahan, Barry Shanahan (1-0), Denis McElligott (0-1), Pa McCarthy (0-2), Fearghal MacNamara, Conor Jordan, Wayne Guthrie, Shane Guthrie, Daniel Bohan (Capt), Greg Horan (0-3), Shane Carroll (0-4), David Mannix (0-4 – 2 frees), Shane O’Callaghan (0-2), Fiachna Mangan (1-0).

Subs used: Seán Ryan (44m), William Kirby (50m), John Dennis (54m), Barry Walsh (57m), Ciarán O’Connell (60m).

Next up in the competition is a semi final date with Dingle – the only team we lost to during the 2014 calendar year – and that was at the quarter final stage of last season’s Club Championship.

But before that we have two home games in the Co. League. The first is our postponed Round 1 game against Waterville on Saturday next,( 2nd May) at 6.45pm and then on the following week (9th/10th May) it’s the eagerly awaited round 4 game against Dr. Crokes which also doubles up as the 2014 Co. League Final.

PITCH DEVELOPMENT: In brilliant summer sunshine last Thursday evening (23rd April) our Development Committee gave a guided tour of the new pitch development which is under construction at present.

Our thanks to Pitch Developer, Seán Kelly, and Liam Lynch and Eamon Scanlon from our Development Committee who conducted the tour for the benefit of Club members. Go to our website to view Adrienne’s photographs.

SCÓR SINSIR: Earlier in the year it was Ardfert and Brosna, on the field of play, who brought All Ireland Club titles to Kerry, winning the Intermediate and Junior Football Championships. Last Saturday, indoors, it was the turn of two more Kerry Club to bring All Ireland titles to the county – this time in Comortas Scór. Churchill won Trá na gCeist, while Glenflesk were winners in Rinnce Foirne. Well done to both Club.

BINGO: continues on this and every Saturday night commencing at 8.30pm.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. Phone Ian from 7pm at 066 7126942 for bookings.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday Nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

LOTTO: Last Monday’s (20th April) Jackpot worth €5,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 9 and 21.

The €20 Prizes went to John Moriarty and Anthony Lonergan, both c/o Charlie Healy; Brendan O’Regan, c/o The Club; Brian McKivergan, c/o John Breen; and Brian Collins, c/o Martin Collins.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Dan Sugrue, Hillview Drive, Caherslee and late of Aghatubrid, Cahersiveen (father of former Club Footballer, Donal and grandfather of current U10 footballer, Paddy Lane), who died at the weekend.

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