Sunday, October 9th was a mighty day for the final of the Division 2 East Kerry League. Cordal/Scart were rearing to go, arriving on a beautifully sunny day in Currow’s home grounds for an epic battle which commenced at 12 o’clock.
Report by Paddy Flynn
The game got into full swing with a point from a free for Cordal/Scart scored by Eddie Horan in the second minute.
Two minutes later he repeated the process giving Cordal/Scart an early two point lead although they missed two other score chances in this time.
Currow drove the boot down with a point scored by Alex Fleming in the fifth minute. John McMahon scored a point for Currow in the eleventh minute putting the teams level.
Scramble for the Ball
Panic tactics from Currow inside their box led to a penalty being awarded to Cordal/Scart, this penalty would prove crucial to the overall game.
Eddie Horan took the shot, a clean kick to the bottom left of the net caught Currow’s goalie Brian O’Shea off guard and gave Cordal/Scart a three point lead.
The next twelve minutes saw Currow scramble for the ball but Cordal/Scart’s mighty backs defended well and Currow only finally scored in the 27th minute when John McMahon scored a point from a free. Jason Cronin was Cordal/Scart’s next scorer and booted a point over the bar from a free in the 29th minute.
Point Before the Whistle
Eddie Horan scored the last score of the half when he got the ball over the bar just before the ref blew the whistle. Half Time left Cordal/Scart with a four point lead at 1-04 to Currow’s 0-03.
The second half left it all to play for with both teams hungry for the win and conditions were favourable.
Eddie Horan started the half off with a point scored only seconds into the match. Currow almost caught Cordal/Scart off guard in the next minute taking a shot at the goals but Conor Mitchell made a great save and protected Cordal/Scart’s lead.
Jack Griffin was next to score, he scored a point for Currow in the fourth minute. The next four minutes saw both sides make score attempts but Eddie Horan was first to succeed with a point scored from a free in the eighth minute.
On their Heels
Adam Fallon scored another point for Cordal/Scart a minute later giving Cordal/Scart a strong six point lead. In the 14th minute John McMahon scored a point for Currow but Cordal/Scart were quick on their heels with Jason Cronin scoring a point from a free in the 17th minute.
Eddie Horan scored a point from a free a minute later maintaining his side’s strong lead. Currow went on the attack next with a point scored by John McMahon in the 19th minute and another point scored by Jack Griffin in the 23rd minute.
Kieran O’Donoghue scored the next point of the game a minute later. Currow edged near the Cordal goals in the next few crucial minutes but Cordal/Scart’s strong defence kept them from infiltrating the heavily guarded Cordal/Scart net.
Luke Fitzgerald scored next with a point for Currow in the 26th minute but was quickly followed by Sean Walsh who did the same for Cordal/Scart.
Currow went on a final attack to try and get the ball into Cordal/Scart’s goals but only managed to score two points which were kicked by Jack Scanlon in the 29th minute and by Luke Fitzgerald in the 31st.
Not Done Enough
Currow had not done enough and the referee blew the whistle giving Cordal/Scart the much desired win,
Full time scores left Cordal/Scart four points up with 1-11 to Currow’s respectable 0-10. Well done to Cordal/Scart minors; the Divison 2 East Kerry League Champions.
Cordal/Scart were presented with the coveted trophy by the East Kerry Vice-Chairman Johnny Brosnan. He praised both teams for showing great respect during the game and also praised those on the sideline for their respectfulness as well.
He thanked Jimmy O’Shea of Glenflesk who ‘reffed’ the game and thanked the sponsors. He finished off with some words of advice for Currow telling them not to be worry, always look forward to the next game and that you have all your lives to play football.
Words of Respect
Kieran O’Donoghue the Cordal/Scart Captain was then presented with the victors’ trophy on behalf of the Cordal/Scart team.
Kieran thanked everyone who came to support both teams on the day. He thanked the referee and his umpires. He also thanked the Cordal and Scart clubs for all they have done for the team.
Finally he thanked the Currow team with some kind words of respect saying how that they are all ‘best friends outside of school but have some battles on the pitch.’
He also said that he is sure they will meet again in the East Kerry Championship. Currow’s trainer Pa McCarthy also provided also spoke to the Cordal/Scart team after the game.
He congratulated the team on their win commending them as the better team of the match.
Hard luck to the Currow team who put up a great fight and played a very respectable game. Thanks also to the Currow club and fans for your hospitality and good sportsmanship on the day.
We would also like to wish Niall Brosnan a quick recovery after he sustained an injury during the match.
Well done to the Cordal/Scart Team on doing the ‘double’ winning both the Division 2 East Kerry League and the Division 3A Minor County League.
It has truly been a fantastic year for the Cordal/Scart team and a pleasure to have followed your success. Here is hoping for great things again in the East Kerry Championship. Cordal/Scart’s first game as part of this will be against Spa.
Cordal/Scart Team: 1. Conor Mitchell; 2. Padraig Brosnan; 3. Jack McAuliffe; 4. Sean O’Connell; 5. Padraig O’Connor; 6. Josh Kerin; 7. Hugh O’Connor; 8. Kieran O’Donoghue, captain 0-01; 9. Cathal O’Donoghue; 10. T.J O’Connor; 11. Eddie Horan, 1-06; 13. Jason Cronin, 0-02; 14. Adam Fallon,0-01; 15. Kieran Enright. Subs: Jack Walsh, Jack Flynn, Sean Horan, Jason Browne, Shay Walsh. Referee: Jimmy O’Shea, Glenflesk.
October Lotto at Hughes Bar
The October Lotto starts off with a new jackpot of €2,000. This month’s Lotto will take place on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of the month in Hughes Bar, Cordal. Domo O’Ciardubhain and Charlie Farrelly will be over 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. Go to www.cordalgaa.com to buy tickets online. Best of Luck from Cordal GAA!
Kilmurry N.S Table Quiz
Kilmurry National School Parents’ Association will hold a Table Quiz this Friday night, October 14th in Hughes Bar at 9pm. €25 per table. All money raised on the night will go towards the running of Kilmurry National School. We encourage you to attend.
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