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SENIOR COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE Div 4 Round 1 2014-03-23 11:27:00

Ballylongford 1-8 Na Gaeil 3-18

Ballylongford lost out to Na Gaeil by a similar margin as their previous encounter, this time in the first round of the Credit Union County League played at O Rahilly Park Ballylongford in ideal conditions. While Ballylongford were doing quite well at midfield where Ray O’Sullivan and Kenneth Sheehy fielded some great, it was Na Gaeil who were sharper to any breaking ball and were first to score, with a well taken point from Mike Griffin. Ballylongford had to wait until the 12th minute for their opening score from wing forward Stephen Foley. Na Gaeil were now getting on top and adding on the points, and were threatening for a goal for some time, which arrived just before half time from full forward Dan O’Connor, to leave them 1-9 to 0-2 ahead at half time.

Na Gaeil continued where they left off, with a point in the opening minute, but any hopes of a Ballylongford comeback were dashed in the 5th minute, when Darragh Carmody struck for their second goal, despite a brave effort from Shane Sullivan in the Ballylongford goal, the ball inched over the line. David Culhane, now operating at mid field, responded straight away with a fine goal after linking up with Kieran Mulvihill. Darragh Carmody wasn't finished his goal scoring and added another in the 16th minute. David Culhane kicked a further three points for Ballylongford. Jack Barry, who had a fine game throughout, finished the scoring for Na Gaeil. Final Score Ballylongford 1-8 Na Gaeil 3-18. Referee Jim O’ Connor Scartaglen.

Ballylongford Team:
Shane Sullivan Eamon McElligott Pat Kennelly Mossy Kenrick Liam McElligott Michael McEllistrim Kenneth Tydings Kenneth Sheehy Ray Sullivan Stephen Foley (0-1). David Culhane (1-4) Steve Carmody (0-1) Jason Deegan Jeremiah Tydings Kieran O’Connor William Keane Matt O’Connor Kieran Mulvihill (0-2) Sean Kennellly Liam McCarthy.

Na Gaeil Team:
Tim Culloty Shane Fitzgerald Kieran Dineen Paul Daly Darragh Sheehan Dylan Brassil Eoin Doody Mike Griffin (0-3) Jack Barry (0-2) Darragh Carmody (2-3) Diarmuid Herlihy (0-3) Kieran Donovan 0-1 Shamie O’Neill 0-2 Dan O Connor 1-1 Dylan Seymour Sub Paudie Whelan (0-3).

Beaufort 4-12 Ballyduff 1-10

Ballyduff, though short some players due to the Kerry hurlers in action in London, put it up to Beaufort in their County League game in Beaufort on Sunday. Ballyduff settled well and had the first two scores - a free from Barry O'Grady and from play from the influential Gary O'Brien. On 5 mins, James Coffey got Beaufort on the score sheet after a fine solo run through the middle and he had another on 9 mins after a good break by Sean Fogarty from wing-back. Beaufort missed 2 goal chances in the opening 10 mins, both wide. Ronan Murphy had a point and James Coffey hit the upright with another goal chance. Ballyduff levelled matters with a point from P.J.Connolly. Jason Foley had a point, but was cancelled out by a fine point from the wing by Barry O'Grady. Beaufort had a free from Fergal Hallissey and this was followed by a point from Conor Breen. Both centre-forwards, O'Brien and Courtney, had points before half time to leave the score Beaufort 0-7 Ballyduff 0-5. 

Ballyduff began the 2nd half and were level after 8 mins with points from Connolly, Enright and O'Brien, while Beaufort had a Hallissey free. Things changed from here on in, when Beaufort had a goal from the fist of Fergal Hallissey, who rose highest to Ronan Murphy’s cross. Francis Courtney had a point after good work by Padraig O'Sullivan. On 16 mins, Hallissey had his second goal, when he intercepted a short kick-out and finished to the net. Kevin O'Connor in the Ballyduff goals redeemed himself shortly afterwards, with a fine save off a Courtney shot. Courtney finished to the net shortly after the earlier miss and Fergal Hallissey had a point from play, after a quick free from Ronan Murphy,to leave the score 3-10 to 1-8. Wing back Kevin Bowler joined the attack and finished a move to the Beaufort net, to cut the lead to 8 points. They also had a point from P.J. Connolly and a free from Barry O'Grady, to finish their scoring, while Beaufort had a point from Fergal Hallissey and James Coffey had a goal to leave the final score Beaufort 4-12 to Ballyduff 1-10. 

Ballyduff had their best players in centre-back Padraig O'Grady and J.P. Leahy at wing-back. P.J. Connolly and Gary O'Brien used his strength and experience to good effect in the first half. Barry O'Grady began well but the defence got the upper hand especially in the 2nd half. While for Beaufort Sean Fogarty, Captain Gerard Hartnett and Nathan Breen defended well and attacked with purpose and James Coffey was a threat from mid-field when attacking. The switch between Fergal Hallissey and Ronan Murphy paid dividends and Jason Foley worked very hard upfront. Both teams used their full complement of subs.

Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Padraig Hartnett, Gerard Hartnett, Michael John O Connor, Sean Fogerty, Jerimiah O'Sullivan, Eanna O'Malley, Fergal Hallissey, James Coffey, James O'Reilly, Francis Courtney, Padraig O'Sullivan, Jason Foley, Ronan Murphy, Conor Breen. Ballyduff: Kevin O'Connor, Cathal Kearney, Anthony O'Carroll Cathal White, John Paul Leahy, Padraig O'Grady, Kevin Bowler, Sean Costello, Roger Costello, Pat Joe Connelly, Gary O'Brien, J.P. Enright, Eddie Joy, Padraig Harrington, Barry O'Grady.
The game was well refereed by Padraig O'Sullivan from Firies.

Cromane 0-11 Cordal 0-09

Cordal were visitors to Cromane. Cordal played with the wind in the first half and raced into an early three point lead with two points from Phillip O'Connor and one from Phillip Griffin from play. Cromane responded with 2points by Sean Walsh, one from play and one from a free and one point from Sean O'Sullivan. Cordal responded with two points from play by Phillip O'Connor. Then Cromane goalkeeper, Paudi McMahon, made a great save from Phillip O'Connor. Cordal added a further point from midfielder ,Donal McCarthy. Cromane had the last two scores in the first half from Sean O'Sullivan. Half time score Cromane 0-05 Cordal 0-06.

Cromane started the brighter, with points from Sean Walsh and Sean O'Sullivan to take the lead first in the game. Cromane added further points from play by brothers Sean and Donncadh Walsh. Cromane were now in the lead by three points. Then Cordal had two points from play from Phillip Griffin and Phillip O'Connor. Cromane then had two points from Sean O'Sullivan, one from play and one from a free, to leave the score 0-11 to 0-08. Cordal had the last score of game from play by Johnny O'Connor to leave the final score Cromane 0-11 Cordal 0-09.

Firies 2 -11 Castlegregory 0-13

Firies began the game in perfect style and had 1-4 on the board before Castlegregory registered their first point. The Firies goal came from Ed Kerrisk. Points were traded until half time which ended with the scores 1-7 to 4 pts.

At the restart, Castlegregory hit three unanswered points, two by Anton Kelliher, and Firies were under pressure to maintain their lead, but a goal by Colm O'Shea put the game beyond the reach of Castlegregory, who to their credit never gave up. Firies were best served by Jack Sherwood, Colm O'Shea and Donal Daly. Gavin O'Connor, Shane Hennesey and Anton Kelliher were prominent for Castlegregory.
Firies B.O'Rourke, D.O'Shea, J.O'Donoghue, S.Foley, J.Flynn, A.Looney, S. Maloney, J. Sherwood, P.DeBrun, E.Kerrisk, D.Daly, W. Courtney, D.O'Connor, C.O'Shea, M.Daly. Subs used:- S.Burke, C.Murphy, T.O'Keeffe, I.Crowley.

Castlegregory:- S.Kenny, P.Rohan, J. Scully, N. Fitzgerald, E. Whelan, G. O'Connor, C. Sills, A.O'Donnell, J.O'Connor, S. Hennessey, K.Dowling, M.Fitzgerald, A.Kelliher, C.O'Mahony, T.Moriarty 

Fossa 2-9 Knocknagoshel 0-14

Fossa gained two valuable County League points with a 2-09 to 0-14 point home win over Knocknagashel at Fossa on Sunday last. Having led by seven points at half time 2-06 to 0-05, the home team were confined to 0-03 in the 2nd period, as Knocknagoshel, inspired by the Walsh brothers Edmond and James, helped themselves to 9 points. The winning of the game was the two first half goals for Fossa, scored by substitute Dara Rice in the 18th minute and David Osterloh in the 23rd minute. 

Teams: Fossa - Dan Cronin, Derry O'Sullivan, Anthony Wharton, Damien Dennehy, Mark Dennehy, Kevin O'Sullivan, Dan O'Sullivan, Fintan Coffey, Mikey Cronin 0-02, Paudie Clifford 0-04, David Osterloh 1-00, Mick O'Neill, Tadgh O'Shea 0-01f, Lorcan Daly, Kenneth Clifford 0-01. Subs Dara Rice 1-01, Dan O'Keeffe, Chris Myers. 
Knocknagoshel - Gerry Kelly, Declan O'Connell, Padraig Reidy, Mike Brosnan, Ger Downey, Michael Walsh, Conor Sheehan, John O'Connell, Edmond Walsh 0-08, Sean Brosnan, James Walsh 0-03, Niall Barrett, John O'Keeffe, Kieran Long, Donal Roche 0-03.