Kerins O'Rahillys

Founded 1927

Co. Kerry

Defeat in Dingle

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It was very much  a case of missing the boat as Dingle forged a two point win in county league round 7 played on Saturday night in Páirc an Ághasaigh, winning  on a final scoreline of 0-14 to 1-09. 

Dingle began brightly and with the aid of a stiff breeze had four points on the board, all from play by the 8th minute, before we opened our account via Conor Hayes following good interplay. 

Soon after we were level, when Gearóid Savage was pulled down in the square following good work by Conor Hayes, and Jack stepped up to fire the resultant penalty to the net past báideoir Gavin O’Curnáin.

From here to the half time whistle we played some of our best football of the year, reeling off another 5 points to just 2 for Dingle to lead at half time by 3, 1-06 to 0-06.

The turnaround stemmed from midfield where Tom Hoare in particular and David Moran established a stranglehold and with strong running from the likes of Daniel Bowler from wing back and Darragh McElligott from deep we created many opportunities for our inside line where Conor Hayes, Jack and Gazza were prominent; Conor notched two from play, Darragh Mac was picked out with a lovely ball by Tom and split the posts before Tom pointed from a free to end the first half. 

On the resumption we took up where we left off in the first half - Tom & David were in the ascendancy in the middle, our defence was solid resulting in plenty of opportunities up front.

However, we were wasteful in the extreme in this crucial period, kicking four wides whilst also dropping a number of balls into the keeper’s arms - it was Dingle who had the first score of the second half in the 8th minute against the run of play  before Tom Hoare stopped the rot with a pointed free in the 15th minute; Dingle introduced Niall Geaney and along with his namesakes, Conor & Dylan began to haul Dingle back into the game - the sides were level on the 26th minute 1-09 to 0-12 as Jack and Conor Hayes added further minors to keep us in the game.

However, it was Dingle who were to finish the stronger with Dylan Geaney adding two frees to secure the points.

We did our best to redeem the situation but were left frustrated by some inconsistent refereeing decisions leading to confusion and dissatisfaction among the players and spectators alike. 

Team: Robert O’Connor, Darragh McElligott, Ross O’Callaghan, Stephen Nix, TJ Heaphy, Donagh Buckley, Daniel Bowler, Tom Hoare, David Moran, Padraig Griffin, BJ Keane, Jake Foley, Gearoid Savage, Jack Savage, Conor Hayes.

Subs: Ryan Carroll, Jake Hoare. 

Scorers: Jack 1-02, Conor 0-04, Tom 0-02, Darragh 0-01. 

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