Minor Final: Cordal/Scart V Annascaul/Lispole Division 3A Minor Football Final
Cordal/Scart minors will play Annascaul/Lispole this Friday evening, April 22nd at 5:45pm at Na Gaeil GAA Club, Oakpark, Tralee. The earlier time is to facilitate Cordal team and supporters in getting back to Cordal church on time to attend the Month’s Mind Mass for Tom Wrenn at 8pm.
Cordal Seniors vs. Ballymac – Junior Premier Qualifier
The Junior Championship got underway last weekend and our lads made the short journey to Ballymac to pair off against their St. Kieran’s colleagues. Conditions were almost perfect barring a stiff breeze blowing from left to right which the visitors had the aid of first half.
But it was the home side who got on the scoreboard first through two early points.
Philip O Connor got Cordal on the board through a well taken free before Dan O’Shea and Niall Ó Ciardubháin traded good scores from play.
Both sides seemed to be suffering from some championship nerves as they made some unforced errors. Wayward shooting left both sides looking edgey throughout the first half.
Vinny Horan had Ballymac’s last score of the half after 16 minutes while Philip O’Connor showed his leadership by hitting three successive points from play to leave the visitors ahead by one at half time 0-5 to 0-4.
Cordal arguably had the better of the possession during the first half as they commanded midfield but they would rue their wasted chances as the scoreboard should have reflected a wider margin. The home team came out a transformed side as they brought on their talisman Aidan Breen. This caused trouble for the Cordal defense immediately.
They hit point after point, inside the opening 10 minutes, with the visitors unable to cope with the change to the Ballymac attack as they raced into a five-point lead with Breen hitting three for himself.
Brian Reidy notched over Cordal’s first, second-half score on the 12th minute mark before Niall Ó Ciardubháin appeared to get his side back into the game as he struck from the ground from a breaking ball to find the back of the net. Game on again.
Well Taken Point
With only a point in it now, the home side pressed hard and hit another well taken point through Dan O’Shea. Cordal really worked to narrow the gap to get within sight of the win.
They had a couple good chances as the clock wound down. These were sadly wasted as they saw their last goal-bound, deflected shot come off the post.
Then Ballymac went down the field to hit the insurance point and kill off the game.
Final score 0-12 to 1-06. Congrats to Ballymac as Cordal will feel a little hard done by that they didn’t get something from the game.
They can take some consolation from the effort they put in throughout though. They now drop down out of Junior Premier to Junior and will find out their opponents after this round of games.
Teams and Scorers
Cordal Team: 1.Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin, 2.Micheal Cahill, 3.John Brosnan, 4. Daniel O’Connor, 5. Gary O’Leary, 6. Johnny O’Connor, 7. John Mannix, 8. Brian Reidy (0-01) 9. Donal McCarthy, 10. Padraig O Connell, 11. Philip O Connor (0-4) 12. Niall Ó Ciardubháin (1-1) 13. Kieran O’Donoghue, 14. Gearoid O Leary, 15. Michael Flynn.
Subs: Billy Cronin, Pa Naughton, Thomas Reidy, Padraig Brosnan, Flor Griffin, Jason Cronin, David O Leary and Jack McAuliffe.
Cordal/Scart vs. Ballydonoghue 15/04/2016
Cordal/Scart found themselves in a riveting semi-final against Ballydonoghue on Friday in Cordal. The match got into full swing with a point by the away side. In the third minute Timo Mitchell gave a two point lead to the Cordal/Scart boys after scoring an early goal. T.J O’Connor and Jason Cronin kept the Cordal/Scart scoresheet increasing by adding a further three points to the Cordal/Scart score.
Jason Cronin also went on to score a goal in the 24th minute adding further to the Cordal/Scart scoresheet. Ballydonoghue played fiercely to narrow the gap in the first half but by half time Cordal/Scart had a three-point lead after a last minute point by Sean Horan to leave Cordal/Scart with 2-04 to Ballydonoghue’s 0-07. The second half was really exciting stuff. Ballydonoghue played very hard to close the gap but Cordal/Scart resisted.
One Point Lead
At one stage, scores got very close with only a one point lead to Cordal/Scart and the game was very tense.
Ballydonoghue played very well to try and close the gap but Cordal/Scart held their ground with some extra points being added to the scoresheet by Kieran O’Donoghue, Kieran Enright, Sean Horan and T.J O’Connor.
Extra time proved to be hugely tense as Ballydonoghue made one last effort to try and equalise the scores. But after a long and exciting game the Cordal/Scart boys held out strong and maintained a two-point lead with 2-09 over the Ballydonoghue score of 0-13.
One of the Ballydonoghue’s players, Michael Foley congratulated Cordal/Scart on their win after the match. It was a respectful and kind gesture which we appreciate.
Well done to our boys on winning the 3A Minor County League Semi-Final and good luck to them against Annascaul/Lispole in this Friday evening’s final.
Cordal/Scart Team and Scorers
The Cordal/Scart Team: Conor Mitchell, Jack McAuillife, Sean O’Connell, Padraig Brosnan, Hugh O’Connor, Josh Kerin, Kieran Enright (0-01); Kieran O’Donoghue (Captain); (0-02) Patrick ‘Yank’ O’Connor, Sean Walsh, T.J O’Connor (0-02); Sean Horan (0-02); Jason Cronin (1-02); Eddie Horan
Timo Mitchell (1-00). Subs: Jack Walsh for Timo Mitchell; Jason Browne for Jason Cronin; Adam Fallon for Sean Walsh and Cathal O’Donoghue.
Month’s Mind Mass for Tom Wrenn
The Month’s Mind Mass for Tom Wrenn will take place tomorrowm Friday 22nd at 8pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cordal. We invite all members to attend this Mass for Tom.
Cordal Seniors will be playing against Castlegregory on Saturday, April 30th at 6:30pm in Castlegregory. Extra time if necessary.
The April Lotto has a huge €6,600 Jackpot. You can buy tickets as usual from our sellers and at Kearney’s Post Office Cordal or at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear. Please support the Lotto for April and remember it could be you winning the massive €6,600 Jackpot! You can enter the Lotto online at www.cordalgaa.com