The Saints go Marching On after Severe Test by Feale-siders

St Kierans 1-17 Feale Rangers 1-15

Brilliant sunshine and a team of highly efficient stewards kept traffic flowing smoothly at the St. Kieran’s V Feale Rangers first round game in the Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Football Championship at Cordal GAA Club grounds on Sunday.
There were tributes paid and a minute’s silence observed for the late Cordal club chairman, Tom Wrenn and St. Kieran’s club officer, Tom Greaney of Knocknagoshel who both passed away recently.
A small choir of local girls: Holly Ann Smith, Aoife Kerins, Aoife Walsh, Ava Fitzmaurice, Orla O’Donoghue and Jane Lawlor sang Amhrán na bhFiann before Laune Rangers referee, Seán Joy threw the ball in the air to let the game begin.

Without County Star
Rangers were without county star Anthony Maher and Pat Corridon started with a lot of young players. St.Kieran’s started brightly but Feale Rangers clawed their way back into the game with Conor Cox taking a quick free that rattled the St. Kieran’s net after their backs were caught napping.
Then Cllr. Mikey Kennelly had a go at Puck umpire, Mike O’Shea about a call he made. O’Shea called it a point for St. Kieran’s and gestured a hands-apart rough ‘inside-the-post’ measurement to Kennelly.

The Listowel politician looked to the nearest group and said “That was that much outside,” – he also used the hands-apart standard unit of measurement. But Mikey’s protest fell on deaf ears. “We’ll get Dan Kiely to check it,” came the quick as lightening riposte from one of the O’Donoghue twins and St. Kieran’s supporter.

Touche ! Cllr. Kennelly could only join in the laughter. It was Cllr. Kennelly who was involved with Dan Kiely in the famous Listowel area council election recount last February.

A Fine Catch
On the field: Thomas Hickey and Philip O’Connor took well worked scores from play for St. Kieran’s. A point, after a fine catch in his square by Damien Sommers, just on the stroke of half time left the score Feale Rangers 1 – 6 to St. Kieran’s 0-8.
Rangers started the second half as they ended the first with Conor Cox and Jack McGuire pushing them into a five point lead but St. Kieran’s made some very astute changes which swung the game dramatically.
A piece of magic by sub, John Buckley rattled the net and turned the game. It brought St. Kieran’s over the line as full time approached. Referee, Seán Joy showed eight yellow cards and issued one red to Cormac Mulvihill of Rangers. For St. Kieran’s, it will put the wind in their sails at they face into their annual ‘Tour of the Parishes’ fundraiser on Sunday morning. They will meet Dr. Crokes’s in the next round.