The Academy continued at a sunny Ballyrickard at 11am on Sunday last. As always a huge thank you to the coaches who are as eager to teach as the children are to learn. The parents watched on while enjoying a warm cuppa. A big congratulations to our players of the week, namely;
u6 boys: Cameron Donnelly
u8 boys: Luca Fosco and Kyle Power
u6 girls; Clodagh Connor
u8 girls; Meabh Kennedy
u10 girls; Megan Gaynor
We travelled to North Kerry to take on Duagh in our 1st game in the county league. It was a cold evening with a strong breeze making good football difficult at times. Our captain, Cian Moran decided to play against the breeze in the first half. The boys in blue put in a great defensive display leaving the half time score 0-07 to 0-03 in favour of the home side.
Duagh moved the ball well with centre forward Mike Galvin instrumental in setting up many attacks and getting good support from midfielders Luke Sheridan and Cormac Dillon while Owen Dowling was dominant at full back. However, O’Rahillys had impressive players in Jake Foley and Brendan Meehan, with Tomas Kennedy and Ryan Houlihan working their socks off trying to set up attacks. Cian Lynch and Conor Cronin were full of running in the half forward line with Jamie ,Conal and Odhran trying hard.
The 2nd half was a tight affair with Duagh mainly on top but with Strand Road five points down, Ryan had a shot rattle off the crossbar with the goalie beaten only for the ball to go back up the field where Duagh notched the only goal of the game. Final score, Duagh 1-12, O’Rahillys 0-5. Although beaten, the lads played well although up against a bigger physical team. The next game is against Annascaul/Lispole at home on Wednesday, 10th April at 7pm.
Our under 12s won their first county league game of the year on Sunday last v Geenvevguilla in Ballyrickard on a scoreline of 5-13 to 2-2. A blistering first half put us in the driving seat at 5-7 to no score at half time but that was down to two great saves from Evan Daly. Daniel Aneke and Odhran Foley commanded at the back and with Oisin Cronin controlling midfield the forwards played some lovely football. Jamie McCarthy (2), Brayden Pierce and Nick and Jude Lacey had the first half goals. The second half was a much more even contest with great attacking play from both sides. Jamie McCarthy was the focal point of most attacks and was leading scorer with 2-4. Nick and Jude Lacey had 1-2 each, with Ryan Onekeweyre and Ruairí Kennedy raising white flags on two occasions. Brayden Pierce added a point to his first half goal to cap a great performance. Overall a great start to the league with Brendán Meehan the man of the match from half back. On to next week where we play Spa away from home at 6pm on Sunday, 14th April.
Our u16s started their Central Region campaign last Monday night with an away game to Milltown/Castlemaine. We always felt this was going to be a tough battle. Milltown/Castlemaine started well, assisted by a strong breeze and seemed to settle well into the game. We struggled in many areas of the field but still went in at half time only four points down, 0-11 to 0-07.
It took us a while to settle in the second half but we still stayed in touch with the opposition and a well worked move gave us a deserved goal. This only left two between the sides but Milltown/Castlemaine picked up the breaks and eventually came away winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-10.
Our next game, fixed for Monday, 8th April has been postponed due to the death of one of the Annascaul boy’s mother. We extend our deepest sympathies to Colman and all his team mates at this very sad time.