On Wednesday evening, last week our Minor B1 footballers failed in their bid to capture the North Cork League title when they went under to Clyda Rovers, in the final at Kilavullen. The final score-line read Kildorrery 0-11 Clyda Rovers 2-16.

A stronger physical Clyda side, aided by the breeze, started this game in a most determined fashion, sending over three points in the opening five minutes. Kildorrery’s first score came from an impressive Paddy Pigott in the tenth minute. The sides exchanged a point before Clyda had their fifth point just at the end of the quarter and added another before Cathal Harrington pointed a free in the seventeenth minute, which proved to be Kildorrery’s last score in this half, while the winners continued to dominate. At the interval they led 1-9 to 0-3.

Kildorrery restarted well with Eddie O’Regan sending over the first of his brace of points inside a minute, only to see Clyda reply with two points and their second goal before ten minutes of this second half had elapsed.  However, Kildorrery continued to battle on and repeated sallies up-field resulted in frees (3) which Anthony Crowley converted and a Cathal Harrington point from play had reduced the deficit to 0-8 to 2-11 by the three-quarter hour mark.  Two minutes into the final quarter, Clyda sent over their twelfth point to which Eddie O’Regan replied with his second. With less than six minutes of normal time remaining, the winners had four more points to Kildorrery’s two and so they became deserving winners on the above score.

Apart from those mentioned others to impress were Kevin Noonan, Anthony Crowley, Timmy O’Sullivan and Sean Cunningham.

Team and scorers:  Darren Caplice, Niall Higgins, Mattie Walsh-O’Grady, Conor Kent, David Hunter, Kevin Noonan, Richie Hurley, Kieran Hurley, Anthony Crowley 0-4fs, Pierce Pigott, Timmy O’Sullivan 0-2, Eddie O’Regan 0-2, Sean Cunningham, Paddy Pigott 0-1, Cathal Harrington 0-2(0-1f).  Subs. Michael Caplice for Pierce Pigott, Paddy Hartnett for N.Higgins, Emmet Slattery for K.Hurley, Padraig O’Flynn for E.O’Regan.



Our intermediate footballers survived to get another bite of the cherry when they drew with Mayfield, in Round 3 of the Co. Championship, at Mallow, last Friday evening. This game never reached the standard which might be reasonably expected from this grade.  Aided by the breeze which blew diagonally across the pitch, Kildorrery started well with P.J.Keating sending over the opening score inside two minutes. Mayfield’s first attack yielded a penalty which they converted in the fifth minute. Kildorrery replied immediately with Shane Fitzgerald gaining possession from the resultant kick-out and sending over the first of his three first-half points. Mayfield had a point from play before Kildorrery were awarded a penalty in the thirteenth minute which Tom Monaghan uncharacteristically, failed to convert. The impressive Shane Fitzgerald sent over his second point two minutes later and Richie McEniry with a point had the sides level after seventeen minutes.  However, the next three scores came from the city side and with less than two minutes of normal time remaining led 1-4 0-4. Three points to one for Mayfield before the break left Kildorrery trailing by the minimum 0-7 to 1-5 at that juncture.

Kildorrery started the second half well with Finbarr Stapleton sending over two points in quick succession only to see them immediately negatived by like scores from Mayfield who went on to add two more before substitute James McEniry had a point in the fortieth minute and three minutes later substitute Stevie Coughlan pointed a free. At the end of the third quarter, Kildorrery were still a point in arrears 0-11 to 1-9.   Less than a minute into the last quarter, Mayfield had a point from a free, which proved to be their last score of the game, while Kildorrery had a point each from Finbarr Stapleton and Tom Monaghan. For the last eight minutes of normal time plus injury time neither side raised a flag and so they must meet again.

Tony Watson in goal, made two outstanding saves early in the second half, one from a penalty and one from close range, which surely saved the day for us.

Team and scorers: Tony Watson, Ian Butler, Eamonn O’Connor, Cormac O’Baoill, William Fouhy, Michael Walsh, P.J.Keating 0-1, Shane Fitzgerald 0-3, Peter O’Brien, Jamie O’Gorman, Finbarr Stapleton 0-4, Dylan Kent, Richie McEniry 0-1, Tom Monaghan 0-2(0-1f), James O’Sullivan.  Subs. James McEniry 0-1 for D.Kent. Liam McGrath for E.O’Connor. Stevie Coughlan 0-1 for J.O’Gorman.  Sean O’Sullivan for R.McEniry. Anthony Crowley for J.O’Sullivan. Shane O’Neill for M.Walsh(inj.)



Saturday September 1st. Intermediate Hurling Championship V Aghabullogue in Ballincollig at 4:45pm.  We wish the best of luck to team and management.



The next Club lotto draw will take place at Walsh’s Corner House, this Saturday night when the jackpot will be €5,600.



Somebody out there must have the Ladies Football and Camogie Clubs’ scratch card with the winning time of 16 minutes 2 secs. for the first goal in the All-Ireland hurling final. There is a prize of €200 waiting for you if you have that card.



At last Monday’s weekly Club meeting a vote of sympathy was passed to the wife, family and relatives of the late Con Cooney, Fermoy, on their recent bereavement. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.


The Avondhu, 30th August 2018