Philip O’Connor Scores 2-5 as Cordal Defeats Ballyduff

Cordal V Ballyduff – Round 8 Division 5 Senior Football League

Cordal travelled to Baile Dúbh for Round 8 of the Division 5 Senior Football League on Sunday for another crucial match to secure valuable league points to keep Cordal at the top-three level of the table.

Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO.
Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO.

Report by club Pro Paddy Flynn

The visitors were fired up for a win after their Round 7 defeat against Castlegregory only the week before and their determination paid off.

They arrived onto the field with a fighting spirit playing thirteen aside against Ballyduff. Philip O’Connor was first to the post scoring a point for Cordal from a free only seconds into the match.

Next up was Ballyduff’s Padraig Hussey who was awarded a free and kicked the ball straight over and scoring a point for Ballyduff in the third minute.

Cordal went on a scoring frenzy in the next few minutes. Philip O’Connor set the pace with a point scored from a free in the fourth minute. Jason Cronin was next, booting a point over the bar in the fifth minute.

Big Morale Boost

Brian Reidy then scored another point for Cordal in the sixth minute. Cordal’s spirit was given a big morale boost when Philip O’Connor scored a fantastic goal in the seventh minute.

Brian Reidy scored another point for Cordal again soon after and Pa Naughton finished up this amazing run of scores for Cordal with a point scored in the ninth minute.

Jason Cronin and T.J O'Connor breaking through Ballyduff's defenders last Sunday in Round 8 of the County League. ©CúlPix by Nora Fealey
Jason Cronin and T.J O’Connor breaking through Ballyduff’s defenders last Sunday in Round 8 of the County League. ©CúlPix by Nora Fealey

Ballyduff now made some attempts to break through Cordal’s defence. Padraig Slattery scored a point for Ballyduff in the 12th minute but Cordal were on top of them fairly lively with Michael Flynn scoring a point for Cordal in the 13th minute keeping their strong lead.

Ballyduff were on again with J.P Enright gaining control of the ball in the 16th minute which he used to score another point. Brian Reidy showed great skill in the next few minutes scoring two further points for Cordal. J.P Enright ended the scores for the half with a late point for Ballyduff. Cordal dominated the half and quickly wore down the Ballyduff side.

Show Their Skills

Half time scores left Cordal with a nine point lead with 1-10 to Ballyduff’s 0-04. The second half provided another chance for the Cordal team to show their skills.

Philip O’Connor was quick to let Ballyduff know what they were up against when he scored his second goal of the day only seconds into the half.

Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin shot a great point minutes later when Cordal were given a forty-five. Brian Reidy was next to take hold of the ball and scored another point for Cordal in the fifth minute. J.P Enright was in command of the ball a minute later and scored a point from a free for Balyduff.

Sean Óg Ó Ciardubhain scored a second point for Cordal when they were given another forty-five.

Micháel Cahill took possession next and he scored a point for Cordal minutes later.

Cordal Held Sway

Cordal now held sway on the pitch. Philip O’Connor and Brian Reidy followed with points a few minutes before the end of the half.

Ballyduff got the last kick in when John Paul Leahy scored a point in the closing minutes of the game. The referee blew his whistle and a triumphant Cordal celebrated a great win.

Full time left Cordal with an impressive 2-15 to Ballyduff’s 0-6. Well done Cordal for this excellent display of football. The defenders played a crucial role in preventing Ballyduff from breaking through to Cordal’s goals, John Brosnan was quick many times to get the ball out of the Cordal danger area. Along with its strong midfield and forward lines it gave Cordal the strength to take control of this game. Next up for the Cordal boys is Round 9 of the league which will see them face Tousist in Cordal.

Cordal team and scorers

1. Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin, 0-02; 2. Flor Griffin, 3. John Brosnan, 4. Billy Cronin, 5. Michael Cahill, 0-01; 6. Padraig Brosnan, 7. Donal McCarthy, 8. Brian Reidy, 0-05; 9. Pa Naughton, 0-01; 10. Dean Poolman, 11. Jason Cronin, 12. Philip O’Connor, 2-05; 13. Michael Flynn, 0-01. Subs: Gearóid O’Leary, Padraig O’Connell, T.J O’Connor, Colin Poolman and David O’Leary.

Cordal Bow to Currow in Bill Tangney Cup

Cordal played Currow on Tuesday the 19th of July as part of the Bill Tangney Cup. Cordal were knocked out with 3-11 to Currow’s 4-16. Hard luck to the Cordal boys who gave a tremendous performance in this match and held strong against Currow having led at the half way mark.

July Lotto Mega Jackpot of €7,200

The July Lotto has a mega jackpot of €7,200. This is now the largest Lotto jackpot Cordal has had to date. The July Lotto will take place at the end of the month in the Shoemaker’s Bar. 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. If you want to buy online go to  Best of luck from Cordal GAA Club.


Cordal V Tousist: Cordal will play Tousist on this Sunday, July 23rd at 2:30pm in Cordal.

Cordal/Scart minors V Beaufort: Cordal/Scart Minors will play Beaufort on Thursday, July 28th. in Scartaglin at 7pm. This game is part of the East Kerry League.

Club Members Meeting

Cordal GAA will be having a club members meeting on Tuesday, July 26th. We invite all members and would like to see some new faces at the meeting.

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