Desmonds senior men secured their Division 1 status for next season with a home draw against Milltown/ Castlemaine.
By Gerdie Murphy
The visitors opened the scoring in the first minute with a free from Jonathan O’Sullivan. This was replied to by Desmonds with points from Kieran Brennan and a free from goalkeeper, Steven Bartlett.
The visitors’ corner-back, Paul Carroll came up to add his name to the score board and to level matters at two points each.
This was followed by a good passage of play from Desmonds. Pat Fitzgerald scored a point followed by a goal from a well worked move and Tomás Lynch put his name on the Desmonds scorers’ list.
At Full Flow
With Desmonds now playing at full flow we saw scores from: Tomás Lynch, Steven Bartlett and Micheál Walsh. Stan Divane had a great chance of a goal at this stage but drove it over the bar.
Milltown/Castlemaine responded with scores from Donal Dennehy and Shane Murphy. This left the scores at 1-08 to 0-6 in favour of Desmonds at half time.
The visitors upped the pace after half time and we saw scores from play by Pa Wrenn and Cathal Moriarty.
Soon after, Shane Murphy burst through the Desmonds defence to score a great goal and to alter the look of the scoreboard to 1-09 apiece.
With the light ever fading came scores from Donal Dennehy and Cathal Moriarty scoring a point each from frees. It was beginning to look like Desmonds were going to lose their fourth game in row.
Two Great points
But, credit to them, they fought back after introducing subs, Cathal Hanifin and Marc O’Connor and they played very well and Hanifin scored two great points from play.
Desmonds full forward Graham O’Connor got a lovely score from play at this stage and the home point and division 1 status was secured.
Jermiah Hayes drove a penalty over the Desmonds cross bar and this was to see the game finish in a draw at 1-13 each. Desmonds remaining game is away to Dingle
Fixtures for Senior and Minor Teams
Senior men’s team will play Tarbert in Finuge on Sunday 21st in the North Kerry League semifinal at 2.30pm. Extra time will be played if required.
Desmonds minor team will contest the North Kerry Division 2 Final this coming Monday, August 22nd against Tarbert/Moyvane at 7pm in Ballydonoghue pitch in Coolard. Here too, extra time will be played if required.
Lidl and the Ladies
Congratulations to the Desmonds Ladies Club on their win in the Lidl competition. There was great celebration at the Tralee Road store on Monday evening – where club members, players and officials were presented with a cheque for €1,000 by regional manager, Declan Murphy and deputy manager, Martin Leen.
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