It was a case of so near and yet so far as David Moran’s point attempt in the 33rd minute looked to be sailing over the bar but just dropped short denying us what would have been a deserved point - as a result Stacks held on to register their first win and leaves us mid table with 3 points from 4 games played.
Stacks were boosted before the throw-in with the addition of Kerry panellists Dylan Casey and Greg Horan - Casey went corner back on Conor Hayes and Horan joined Michael O’Donnell at midfield.
Stacks were first out of the blocks and wind assisted had 3 points on the board before we registered our first score, a pointed free from Darragh O’Connor in the 10th minute - by that time we had already lost wingback TJ Heaphy to injury and he was replaced by Ben Hanafin.
The half progressed with Stacks in the ascendancy but we kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from Darragh (2), a fisted effort from Gearóid Dillane and a lovely score from a free by David from distance - we were 0-05 to 0-07 in arrears heading into the final minutes of the first half but then calamity struck when a short kick out was intercepted, allowing Shane O’Callaghan to find the net for a fortuitous score and he quickly followed up with a point leaving the half time score at 1-08 to 0-05 in favour of the visitors.
We resumed the 2nd half with the introduction of Shane Brosnan at centre back in place of Chucky and though we had points from Conor Hayes, Darragh again and Ben Hanafin, Stacks too were finding their range and were 1-10 to 0-08 ahead with 20 mins left; a Stacks kick out was well taken in the air by Seán Walsh who found Tommy who in turn found Darragh - though he had plenty to do Darragh weaved his way through the defence before finding the net and quickly added another point to leave the minimum between the sides - we traded points again with Stacks Seán Quilter finding his range and were on level terms again ,1-11 each with 20 mins gone.
The fat was in the fire now and again Seán Quilter, now operating around the middle, continued to fire over points from play and frees garnering 4 in total - Darragh with 2 and David Moran with a long range effort reduced the gap to the bare minimum with time running out, but try as we might we could not close the gap, the last kick from David dropping agonizingly short.
This was a fine game of football which at times was played with championship intensity - we shipped a few injuries and would hope that all players will have recovered in time for next week’s clash with Kilcummin, who themselves had a double score victory over Milltown/Castlemaine on Sat night - the game goes ahead in Strand Road on Sat night next 29th April @ 19.00
Team: Shane Foley, Jake Foley, Ross O’Callaghan, Darragh McElligott, Shane McElligott, Chucky, TJ Heaphy, David Moran (0-02), Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Gearóid Dillane(0-01), B J Keane, Sean Walsh, Darragh O’Connor (1-08), Tommy Walsh, Conor Hayes (0-02).
Subs: Ben Hanafin (0-01), Shane Brosnan, Tom Hoare, Con Barrett & Conor O’Sullivan.