Three-in-a-Row a Bridge Too Far for Cordal/Scart Minors

Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO. ©

Cordal/Scart 0-08  Rathmore 3-09. East Kerry Minor C Championship Final

Cordal/Scart minor team arrived in Dr. Croke’s Football Club on Sunday for the East Kerry C Championship Final.Hopes were high of a third final win in a row after a glittering season of success and victories for the joint team.

Report by Paddy Flynn

They were up against a big competitor, Rathmore. And they had only just beat them in a previous match by one point so they knew a challenge was ahead.

The game got underway at 12noon to good dry winter conditions. Cordal/Scart started strong but couldn’t seem to get a break.

Great Start for Rathmore

At the end of the first quarter Rathmore were a goal and four points up. Brian Friel scored the first of these points in the second minute and scored again from a free.

Dean Fitzgerald scored a point in the seventh minute. Ian Cremin scored a point out of a 45 in the 13th minute.

Ian Cremin finished their display with a goal in the 14th minute. Cordal/Scart were facing a strong offensive but Sean Horan picked up the boy’s spirits with a point in the 15th minute. Dean Fitzgerald scored again for Rathmore with a point in the 18th minute.

Sean Walsh was Cordal/Scart’s next scorer kicking a point over the bar in the 27th minute. Dean Fitzgerald was on again and scored another point for Rathmore only a minute later.

Rathmore joint captain Naoise Clifford (left) with referee, Tom Moriarty and Cordal/Scart captain, Kieran O'Donoghue. Photograph: Paddy Flynn.
Rathmore joint captain Naoise Clifford (left) with referee, Tom Moriarty and Cordal/Scart captain, Kieran O’Donoghue. Photograph: Paddy Flynn.

Cordal/Scart Demoralised

Cordal/Scart were demoralised as the half ended with a second goal for Rathmore scored by Dean Fitgerald. The half time score left Rathmore with a strong ten point lead at 2-06 to Cordal/Scart’s 0-02.

Cordal/Scart played better in the second half with Sean Horan scoring a point in the seventh minute. Cordal/Scart also held the Rathmore attack back until the 10th minute when Mark Ryan scored a goal.

Brian Friel and Dan Murphy further extended Rathmore’s lead in this quarter with a point each. Cordal/Scart were also setback in this quarter when Sean Horan sustained a shoulder injury and had to come off.

Gave it Their All

Despite the setback Cordal/Scart gave it their all in the last quarter and outplayed their Rathmore opponents, scoring five points to Rathmore’s two.

Rathmore’s Brian Friel scored a point from a free in the 22nd minute. Jason Cronin followed suit for Cordal/Scart in the 24th minute.

Eddie Horan was also a strong asset for Cordal/Scart team scoring two crucial points in the final few minutes. Sean Walsh gave Cordal/Scart it’s final score with a graceful point in the 31st minute and Rathmore’s Darragh Rahilly finished the match up with the final point of the game.

Referee, Tom Moriarty blew the final whistle putting Cordal/Scart’s hopes of a win to bed. Rathmore put up the stronger fight and came out victorious with 3-09 to Cordal/Scart’s 0-08.

Winners’ Trophy

East Kerry’s Vice Chairman Johnny Brosnan awarded the winner’s trophy to Rathmore and thanked the main sponsor ‘Tatler Jack’s’ as well as thanking both teams for a clean game.

Rathmore’s joint-captain, Donal Moynihan gave the victors’ speech and he praised Cordal/Scart for their good fight.

Cordal/Scart should be proud of their truly spectacular season after winning two of their three finals.

They also did the double beating Annascaul/Lispole in the County League Division 3A final earlier in the year and also beating Currow in the East Kerry Division 2 final.

Hopefully next season will see the continuing success of the joint Cordal/Scart Minor team after this successful year.

The Cordal/Scart Team and Scorers: 1. Conor Mitchell; 2. Padraig Brosnan; 3. Jack McAuliffe; 4. Sean O’Connell; 5. Pádraig O’Connor; 6. Josh Kerin; 7. Adam Fallon; 8. Kieran O’Donoghue, captain; 9. Sean Horan, 0-01; 10. T.J O’Connor; 11. Eddie Horan, 0-04; 12. Sean Walsh, 0-02; 13. Jason Cronin, 0-01; 14. Kieran Enright; 15. Cathal O’Donoghue; Subs: Jack Walsh for Cathal O’Donoghue, Jack Flynn for Sean Horan, Jason Browne for Adam Fallon.

Referee, Tom Moriarty of Killarney Legion.

November Lotto At Tom McCarthy’s Bar

The Cordal GAA Club November Lotto has a jackpot of €2,200.

This month’s Lotto will take place on this Sunday, November 27th in Tom McCarthy’s Bar, Castleisland.

The club’s Coiste na nÓg members are in charge of this month’s draw. There are now three ways to play.

As always you can get Lotto tickets from our sellers, at Kearney’s Post Office or at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear.

You can also go to to buy tickets online.

The annual ticket lets you play for twelve months non-stop and is only €50. This is the equivalent to less than a euro a week for the year.

Please keep playing and supporting our Lotto.

However you play, the Best of Luck from Cordal GAA!

Cordal GAA Club AGM

Here’s a date for your diaries. Cordal GAA Club will hold its annual general meeting on the coming Thursday, December 1st at 7:30pm.

The AGM will take place in Cordal Community Centre.

We encourage you all, young, old, players and supporters to come down on the night. We also encourage you to get involved in the club committees this year.

We love to see new faces on the club board and it is great to see some of our young members getting involved in the running of the club.

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