After a break of three weeks, the Juvenile Academy will return to normal next Sunday, August 18th, at 11a.m. in Healy Park, Ballyrickard.
Our under 12s kicked off the Central Region in style with a 5-13 to 3-11 victory against Annascaul/Lispole on a wet bank holiday Monday evening last in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard. An excellent start from Brayden Pierce and Nick Lacey created many scoring chances in the first half and the inside forward line of Odhran Foley with a goal and Jamie McCarthy with 1-3 left us well ahead at half time 2-7 to 0-2. Nick and Brayden scored two points apiece in the opening half with Jude Lacey on the half forward line and Sean Mahony in defence standing out. Annascaul/Lispole raced out of the blocks in the second half and rattled off three points without reply. Things could have gotten a lot worse only for a super goalkeeping performance from Evan Daly and defensive rocks in Ruairí Kennedy and Daniel Aneke. We broke out of defense and added a 3rd goal from the boot of Jamie McCarthy to leave the scores 3-7 to 0-7. Annascaul/Lispole continued to press and eventually found a way past Evan Daly for 2 quick goals with their number 11 leading from the front.
Under severe pressure it was Brendán Meehan who took the game by the scruff of the neck and drove forward from midfield scoring two points, setting up a score for Brayden from the wing and scoring another himself. Nick and Jamie add two more goals and two points to put the game to bed. A fantastic opening game and onto Dingle back west next Monday the 12th August at 7pm. Captain: Nick Lacey. Man of the Match: Brendán Meehan. Scorers: Jamie McCarthy 3-4, Nick Lacey 1-3, Odhran Foley 1-0, Brendán Meehan 0-3, Brayden Pierce 0-3.
We played Currow in the Semi- Final of the County League on Wednesday evening in Strand Road and secured a place in the Final after a great win with a score of 2-11 to 1-7. Currow opened the scoring and we quickly replied from the boot of Darragh O Connor, but after 10 minutes trailed 0-3 to 0-1 and were struggling to compete until a point after an inspirational run by TJ Heaphy kicked us into action. A point from the kick out by Darragh O Connor followed by a pointed free two minutes later from the same player and a free from Danny Hennessy saw the score after 20 minutes at five points apiece. Just before half time after a pinpoint pass from Jerome Daly, Sam McCarthy hit the net to leave the score at half time 1-5 to 0-5. This halftime lead was largely due to the near perfect display from our six backs who kept us in the game at times when Currow were dominating.
We got off to a great start in the second half with a pointed free from Danny Hennessy and a point from Darragh O Connor inside the first six minutes followed by a goal from our scorer in chief Darragh O Connor. A great run by Sean Healy ended in a point which left the score after 12 minutes 2-8 to 0-6. At 14 minutes, we saw Sean Healy score a point and five minutes later saw Danny Hennessy point a free. The remainder of the game saw our backs dominate in all positions to set us up for a final next Wednesday at 7pm against Kenmare in the Legion’s grounds in Killarney. Come on the Naries!
Team and scorers: Sean Collins: Sam Patuch, Eric Mc Mahon, Jake Foley: TJ Heaphy 0-1, Jerome Daly, Mathew Higgins: Danny Hennessy 0-5 (4 frees), Jack Savage: Gearoid Meehan, Sean Healy 0-2, Ben Hanafin, Ben O Brien, Sam Mc Carthy 1-1, Darragh O Connor 1-02. Subs: Alan O’Connor, Kevin Molloy 0-1, Cormac Gallagher, Joe O Sullivan.
The U13 Town league kicked off last Thursday evening with a home game v Na Gaeil in Ballyrickard. They played well in wet conditions but were short in the end on a score line of Na Gaeil 3-14 KOR 1-14. We had a difficult first half and found ourselves down by 1-9 to 0-2. The boys responded to the half time team-talk and tried till the final whistle to turn it around. Everybody tried hard but the standout players on the night were Jake Hoare, playing only his second match of the season, who was a constant menace for the Na Gaeil backs, with Tomas and Ryan trying to keep the team going from midfield with Brayden and Brendan trying to keep the defence tight. Next up is John Mitchels away next Thurs the 15th at 7pm.