Cordal v Asdee – Division 5 Senior Football League Final
By: Paddy Flynn, PRO.
Cordal finished the Division Five league in sunny Ballybunion, claiming a final victory against Asdee and ending a successful County League season.
The Cordal team easily overcame the Asdee side claiming a twenty-point lead at full-time with 4-16 to 0-8. The victory was all the sweeter with Cordal receiving the league trophy and leaving Division 5 as champions – having been unbeaten throughout the duration of the league.
The first half set the pace of the game. Cordal were brisk with their scores and points were being added every second minute of the half.
The Cordal Tally
Asdee struggled but held some shape in the first quarter with scores coming from Eoin Tyding and Mike Breen. Cordal’s Philip O’Connor shone bright right out the gate, adding a goal and a point to the Cordal tally in the first three minutes.
Brian Reidy and Gary O’Leary extended Cordal’s points scored and another goal scored by T.J O’Connor in the eighth minute.
Philip O’Connor repeated his technique in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He scored another point and a goal in the 19th minute and T.J O’Connor kicked over a point immediately after. Asdee came back to score a point in the 22nd minute which was scored by D. Keane.
Cordal Up at the Break
Eoin Tyding scored Asdee’s final point of the half in the 24th minute before Cordal’s Philip O’Connor kicked the ball over the bar before the referee blew the whistle. Half time but Cordal thirteen points ahead at 3-9 to Asdee’s 0-5.
Cordal kept up the momentum in the second half and John Brosnan scored one of the quickest goals I’ve ever seen with the unsuspecting Asdee goalie barely warmed up.
Kieran O’Donoghue, Philip Griffin, Sean Walsh and Kieran Enright all added points to the Cordal tally which put the boys well ahead of the opposing team by the end of the second half. The ref blew up the game with Cordal twenty points ahead at 4-16 to 0-8.
The Cordal team left the game as champions having topped the Division 5 County League table and having held an unbeaten streak for the duration of the league.
Father and Son History
A historic duo of father and son got to play side by side as County League champions; Mossie Enright and his son Kieran which was great to see. The team had a mix of young and old but there’s been great camaraderie between one and all and it was evident on Sunday.
It was a happy occasion for the club as the team received the league trophy with many supporters cheering them on.
Team captain, Philip O’Connor gave a heartfelt speech where he praised his team mates and management.
He hoped that the team will be able to build on the victory and grow as they move on to Division 4.
Grá for Gaelic Football
Philip also said he is as proud with the win as he would be on any team and more so as he talked about the great love he has for his local GAA club where his grá for Gaelic football began.
The trophy was presented by County Board Officer Eamonn Whelan who congratulated the Cordal team on their achievement. It was a great day for the club all round and it was wonderful as PRO to see the team prosper throughout the league and be rewarded for it in the end. It was terrific to see week on week the loyalty of the players and fans towards Cordal GAA Club. I wish the Cordal seniors continued success in their upcoming matches and in Division 4 next year.
Cordal Team: 1. Sean Óg O’Ciardubhain; 2. Gary O’Leary, 0-1; 3. Johnny O’Connor; 4. Pádraig Ó Brosnacáin; 5. Michéal Cahill; 6. Flor Griffin; 7. Donal McCarthy; 8. Kieran O’Donoghue, 0-2; 9. T.J O’Connor, 1-1; 10. Philip O’Connor, captain, 2-4; 11. Brian Reidy, 0-2; 12. Philip Griffin, 0-2
13. Kieran Enright, 0-1; Subs: Sean Walsh, 0-3; John Brosnan, 1-0; Daniel Kearney, Tim O’Donoghue, Jason Cronin, Mossie Enright, Ger Byrne, Billy Cronin, Mike Flynn Jr, Tim O’Donoghue, Daniel O’Connor and Padraig Brosnan.
September Lotto at €3,400
The new club Lotto Jackpot is a tantalizing €3,400. The September Lotto Draw will take place in O’Connor’s Bar, Scartaglen on Saturday, September 30th. Maurice Costello and his team are in charge of this month’s draw.
As always you can get your lotto tickets from our sellers. You can buy them at Kearney’s Post Office or at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear. You can also go to www.cordalgaa.comto buy your tickets online.
Please keep playing and supporting our club Lotto. However you play, the best of luck from Cordal GAA!
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