Cordal hosted Firies the preliminary round of the Fr. Galvin Cup, East Kerry Intermediate Championship on Saturday.
Report: Paddy Flynn. Photographs: CúlPix /Nora Fealey
Despite the wet and windy conditions, the match was played in a great sporting spirit with both teams making a strong bid to win.
Philip O’ Connor opened the Cordal account with a goal in the sixth minute. Firies quickly levelled the scores with three skillful points by Padraig de Brún, on the 9th, 10th and 13th minutes.
It was nip and tuck. Cordal pulled ahead with three unanswered points early in the second quarter. Brian Reidy, Michael Flynn – a lovely long distance point – and finally Philip O’Connor on the 18th minute.
Reduced the Margin
Firies reduced the margin to the minimum with Ed Kerrisk and Conal Murphy on target for the visitors.
Cordal dominated the play for much of the remainder of the half, and lead by two points courtesy of a John Mannix point on the 25th minute.
However, in the last kick of the half, a Firies free, ably taken by Ed Kerrisk, again reduced the gap to a single point. Half time score: Cordal 1-04 Firies 0-6.
The turning point of the game came early in the second half. The sides were level on the 38th. minute, after a scatter of points from Stephen Foley and Pádraig de Brún for Firies and Brian Reidy for Cordal.
Then Firies hit a purple patch, notching up 1-2 in a matter of minutes. The goal by Stephen Foley, with Ed Kerrisk and Conal Murphy pointing– Firies led 1-10 to 1-5, in the 14th minute.
Cordal had an uphill battle to regain control. The sides traded points Cordal’s Philip O’Connor and Mike Daly for Firies, when Firies sealed their victory with a goal from the boot of Mike Daly giving the visitors a considerable lead on 42 minutes.
Cordal, to their credit, continued to play with determination and were rewarded with a Brian Reidy point on the 23rd minute.
However, Firies defended well and kept Cordal from scoring again. Mike Daly finished Firies impressive run with a point in the 28th minute.
The final score was 2-12 for Firies to Cordal’s 1-07. Hard luck to Cordal who had a good first half but lost control during the second half.
Well done to Firies and to Mike Daly who was presented with the Man of the Match award, which amounted to a year’s membership for the Aquila Club, Gleneagle Hotel, by East Kerry Board Chairman, Johnny Brosnan. Referee: Tom Moriarty, Killarney Legion.
The Cordal team: Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin, John Mannix, 0-1; Billy Cronin, Florence Griffin, Jack McAuliffe, Niall Ó Ciardubháin, Pádraig Brosnan, Brian Reidy, 0-3; Philip O’Connor, 1-2; Gary O’Leary, Kieran O’ Donoghue, Michael Flynn, 0-1; Padraig O’Connell, Gearóid O’Leary, David O’ Leary.
The Firies team: Billy O’Rourke, Dan O’Shea, Josh Flynn, Pat Browne, captain; Denis Kerrisk, James O’Donoghue, Adrian Courtney, Eddie O’Rourke, Ian Crowley, Padraig de Brún, 0-4; Sean Burke, Mike Daly, 1-2; Stephen Foley, 1-1; Ed Kerrisk, 0-3; Conal Murphy, 0-2; Subs: John O’Mahony, Seamus Barry, Shane O’Donoghue, Padraig O’ Connor, Colm O’Shea, Dan O’Connor, Padraig O’Mahony, Padraig O’Sullivan, Johnny Murphy and Niall McCarthy.
Cordal/Scart Minors V Rathmore – East Kerry League
Cordal/Scart Minors played against Rathmore in Rathmore’s home grounds on Monday as part of the East Kerry League.
Eddie Horan started the game off with a point in the first minute. Both teams failed to score during the next fifteen minutes and both sides kicked costly wides. It wasn’t until the sixteenth minute when the second score of the match arrived for Cordal/Scart which was another point scored by Seán Horan. Two minutes later Rathmore’s Trevor Cremin provided their first point of the game.
Eddie Horan on Form Again
Eddie Horan was on form again in the 21st and 24th minutes scoring two more points for Cordal/Scart.
Rathmore’s Dan Murphy was the last scorer of the half, scoring a point in the 28th minute.
Half time left Cordal/Scart a tidy two point lead at 0-04 to Rathmore’s 0-02. Scores increased considerably in the second half.
Rathmore’s Dan Murphy started things off with a point in the second minute. Jack Flynn was quick to return the score for Cordal/Scart and kicked a point in the fourth minute. Eddie Horan made excellent use of a 45 kicking the ball just over the goalies head adding a goal to Cordal/Scart’s tally.
Rathmore’s Darragh Rahilly was next and scored a point in the ninth minute. Cordal/Scart were sharp and Eddie Horan had the ball over the bar again in the eleventh minute.
Rathmore scored two points in the next few minutes but Eddie Horan would soon replicate. He scored a point from a free in the 18th minute and a point from play a minute later. Rathmore’s Darragh Rahilly secured a free in the 21st minute and scored a point.
Rathmore’s Donagh Fitzgerald scored the final point of the game in the 26th minute. The ref blew the whistle declaring full time.
Cordal/Scart finished a goal ahead with 1-08 to Rathmore’s 0-8. Well done Cordal/Scart minors next game will be against Spa in the East Kerry League Semi-Final stage. Match time and date is to be confirmed.
The Cordal/Scart team: Jason Cronin, Padraig Brosnan, Jack McAuliffe, Jack Walsh, Sean Horan 0-01; Josh Kerin, Hugh O’Connor, Kieran O’Donoghue, Kieran Enright, T.J O’Connor, Eddie Horan, 1-06; Jack Flynn, 0-01; Sean Walsh, Florence McCarthy and Jason Browne.
August Lotto of €7,400 Awaits a Winner
The August Lotto has a massive jackpot of €7,400. This is now the largest Lotto jackpot Cordal has had to date. This month’s Lotto will take place on Monday night, August 29th in Browne’s Bar. Cordal Coiste na nÓg members are in charge of this month’s Lotto.
Like always you can get Lotto tickets from our sellers or you can buy tickets at Kearney’s Post Office or at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear. Click on the link here: www.cordalgaa.com to buy tickets online. Best of Luck from Cordal GAA!
Clothes Collection for Cordal GAA
Cordal GAA are collecting any unwanted or old clothes. This Tuesday all handed in donations are being taken from the club so hand in any unwanted on Monday if possible. This is a continuous year round collection by the Club and all funds raised will help to improve the Club’s facilities. Donations can be dropped off at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Main St. Castleisland and at the Cordal Community Centre.
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