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SENIOR FOOTBALL Dingle 2-12; Austin Stacks 1-14.

Our trip to Dingle on last Sunday afternoon (21st May) for  the  round 7 Co. League game looked like a certain win for our lads when we had a commanding lead at half time (0-10 to 0-4) and still had that six points lead (1-14 to 0-11) as the game entered the final ten minutes. But the home side fought back adding two goals and a point while keeping us scoreless and come away with a one point win at the end.

The result leaves us in dangerous territory on the Co. League table – third from bottom with four more rounds to play – at home to Desmonds (our next game on the week-end after next) and Kilcummin and away to Milltown and Gneeveguilla.

Team: Ben Quilter, Colm Browne, Barry Shanahan, Joey Nagle, Paul O’Sullivan, Armin Heinrich, Jack Murphy, Greg Horan (1-0), Michael O’Donnell (0-2 – one free), Eoghan Carroll, Fiachna Mangan (0-1 free), Donagh McKivergan (0-1), Seán Quilter (0-7 – four frees), Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Jordan Kissane (0-2).

Subs used: Jack O’Shea (ht), Shane Bastible (55m), Conor Myers (59m).

Our thanks to Elma and Ciara Nix for their brilliant coverage of the game.

B FOOTBALL. Austin Stacks 0-8; Duagh 3-16.

Visitors Duagh had a comfortable win in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (21st May) in the final round of this season Co. League (Div 5A).

The weekend results mean that they, along with table-toppers, Lispole, will be in Division 4 of the Co. League next season. But it’s still not clear as to the status of ourselves and Ballylongford for the coming season.

Team:  TJ Hogan, Ruairí O’Connell, John Murphy (Capt), Greg Scanlon, Evan Foley, Ciarán O’Connell, Joe Reidy, Shane Carroll (0-1 free), Dean Rusk (0-1), Cillian Litchfield, Gearóid Sheehan, Seán Moynihan, Noah Townsend (0-2), Pa McCarthy (0-1), Damien Hogan (0-3 – frees).

Subs used: Dean Scanlon (21m), Dara Barry Walsh (40m).

U21 FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-12; South Kerry 2-10.

Connolly Park was the venue on last Wednesday evening (17thMay) for the opening round of this season’s knock-out Co. Championship. And after a brilliant display by both sides we just came up short at the end going down by the narrowest of margins.

A point each (ours from a Jordan Kissane free) inside the opening two minutes was followed quickly by a South Kerry goal to give them an early three points lead. But we recovered well and were slightly the better side for the remainder of the half going in at the break just one point in arrears (1-6 to 0-8).

Jordan added two more points from frees with Damien Hogan also scoring from two frees with the remaining points from play by Shane Bastible (2) and Jack Murphy.

The visitors then dominated the opening quarter of the second half scoring a goal and four points without reply to leave them ahead by double scores at that stage (2-10 to 0-8).But our boys rallied well during the final quarter holding the opposition scoreless while adding 1-4 to their tally – a goal and three points coming from Damien Hogan with Cillian Litchfield on target also.

Team: Ben Quilter, Ruairí O’Connell, Joey Nagle, Luke Casey, Jack Murphy (0-1), Armin Heinrich (Capt), Dean Rusk, Colm Browne, Cillian Litchfield (0-1), Noah Townsend, Jordan Kissane (0-3 frees), Shane Bastible (0-2), Donnacha Sayers, Damien Hogan (1-5 – five frees), Evan Foley.

Subs used: Joe Reidy 23m), Thomas Deregee (27m), Michael Tansley (55m).

Well done to Team Manager, Denis Sayers and his brilliant back-up team of TJ Hogan, Martin Courtney, Greg Horan, Damien Ryall, Mikey Collins and Kevin Hanafin can be well satisfied with our display against a strong 10 Club Divisional side.

The one and only time we have won the U20/21 Co. Championship in 2002 we had three members of this season’s management team  on the winning team  – TJ Hogan, Martin Courtney and Mikey Collins.

THE C TEAM: We have two more round to play in the Co. League – away to O’Rahillys (week-end of 28th May)and at home to Laune Rangers on w/e 18th June.

THE D TEAM: With just one round played so far (a brilliant win against Scartaglin (5-14 to 1-1) our D team have still two back games to play both away against Duagh and Beaufort with two more rounds after that – at home to Tarbert on the weekend after next and away to Clounmacon on w/e 18th June.

CLUB CARDS: Our Card sessions continue in the Clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays with the starting time of 9pm sharp.

CLUB LOTTO: This week’s (22nd May) Jackpot worth €3,950 was not won. The winning numbers were 3, 6, 27, 28. The €20 winners were Aoife C. O’Neill, c/o Carmel O’Neill; Joan Moran and TJ Hogan, both c/o The Club; Siobhán Cushen, c/o On Line and Donna O’Brien Murphy, c/o The Brogue.

Next week’s Jackpot will be worth €4,000.

Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Lotto tickets on a weekly basis – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commanes Bookshop (PC Books), O’Flynns Interiors, Hussey’s, Princes St., The Burger Shack, Monavalley and Kirby’s Brogue Inn. And continued thanks to everyone who purchase tickets week-in week-out.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently; Fr. Anthony Morris O.P., Sligo and formerly Prior of Tralee’s Dominican Church in the last 1980s; Denis Peter Slattery, Raheny and formerly Blennerville House; Noel Kelter, Killerisk and formerly St. Brendan’s Park (one of the Club’s great players on the 1973 Co. Championship winning team), Jane Tobin (nee Brosnan), Gallowsfield and formerly St. Joseph’s  Estate, Spa Road; Josephine O’Brien, Moyderwell and late of Lissanearla and Jim Crossan, Derry (a brilliant Derry City footballer in the 1960s and grandfather of Club Footballer, Conor Lowe).

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