No Joy for footballers
Sunday 26th September Intermediate A championship v Aghabullugue 4pm Kanturk.
On a wet Kanturk pitch we succumbed to an energetic Aghabollogue side in this round robin game 2 championship match. Agahabollogue started with purpose and intensity and somewhat of a flair as they asserted themselves to the task very early in the match. They looked accomplished and while our opening quarter was punctuated with some positive passages of play with the ever-present Will fouhy and Dylan Kent linking well to score one of our two points of this quarter we were chasing this game right from the off. Keeping Aghabologue in sight was going to prove to be a monumental task. Aghabollogue seemed to consistently use the width of the pitch to their advantage playing smart football to the channels that helped them create space and maintain what was a comfortable lead in the opening quarter and after scoring a goal in the 10th minute it seemed to kick them on again. This was to prove the foundation stone for what would be their ultimate success for when the referee would blow the final whistle.
It must be said that Aghabollogue have some exceptional players in their pack and noteworthy was their fast and lively forwards that tormented our defence right from the off. Particularly Thomson,Casey, and Bradley playing in the 11,13 and 14 positions respectively who all seemed to bring the scoring boots for the outing. At the Water break Aghabollogue led 1 07 Kildorrery 0 02.
The second quarter saw a very spirited display from Kildorrery and particularly Will fouhy playing midfield. Fouhy took the game to agahabollogue in this quarter and to his credit added a goal and a point after developing some positive passages of play which saw him moving the ball at pace with support running off the shoulder which enabled him on the receipt of that positive forward momentum receive the ball again and convert successfully.
This was after Aghabollogue had converted a goal per David Thomson. Again, using the width and the channels to bring the ball into space right in front of our goals to convert.Aghabollogue seemed to be consistent in their approach in terms of creating space for themselves.
As half time approached there seemed to be an inevitability about the mountain, we were climbing but the preceding fifteen minutes of play were positive and a further point from Jamie meant the complexion at half time reflected more positively as we trailed Aghabollogue 2 10 to Kildorrery 1 05.
Aghabollogue finished out this period particularly well with a brace of points and perhaps one might hazard a signal of their intention for the second half.
The team gathered at half time and you could tell from the earnest faces and conversation that was going on that no matter what the outcome was the boys would give it the best they possibly could.
The Kildorrery crowd were as supportive as ever and as the rain eased for the second half thoughts turned to the thirty minutes ahead and attempting to claw back that deficit and maybe even further afield in terms of what the final yearly outcome may bring.
At half time Conor Kent came on for PJ keating. No matter what the outcome and where we land at the end of this year it is always progressive to see new faces emerge on the team as the succession planning begins in earnest with the emerging of a new generation. Conor did a fine job and brought himself into play well contributing where he was asked.
The third quarter was dominated by Aghabollogue tacking on 1 06 to their tally. We really had no answer for the incessant pressure and width Aghabollogue were applying to their game and so the scoreboard absolutely reflected that superiority at the Water break with Aghabollogue on 3 16 and Kildorrery on 1 06.
Kildorrery made some substitutions before that water break to try and stem that tide with veteran campaigners Richie Mceniry coming on for Kevin Noonan and Eamonn o Connor for Cathal Harrington but there was an inevitable conclusion to this match and so the guys did as much as they could considering the circumstances. We were devoid of any chances and apart from that passage earlier in the match with Fouhy pushing the opposition understandably we found it hard to raise the tempo. That’s not a slight on this team. Intermediate football has changed in the years since we’ve assumed that status. Fast paced and moving the ball quickly in the coherent fashion aghabollogue took a few years to perfect too. They’ve travelled that journey!
Our team mixed with those of much experience, and none will contribute to the evolution of Kildorrery football which is at hand. While there might have been a sense of inevitability about this outcome from an early stage there were moments which were enjoyable to watch and there was an introduction of new faces and names that will be successful for Kildorrery with the larger ball in the future. The final score ended Aghabollogue 4 20 Kildorrery 1 08. The team and management applied themselves in the best way they could against a well-tuned aghabollogue side.
Next up for us will be a challenging encounter with Mitchelstown who registered a win over Glanmire in the same competition also played last Sunday.
Team: Liam Kelly, Jerry McCarthy,Cormac O Baoil, Pj Keating,Ian Butler,Shane Fitzgerald, John Hunter, Jamie O Gorman, William Fouhy, Kevin Noonan, Dylan Kent, Darren McNamara, James O Sullivan, Peter O Brien, Cathal Harrington.
Subs: Conor Kent for john hunter Half time, Richie Mceniry for Kevin Noonan 40 Mins, Eamonn o Connor for Cathal Harrington 40 Mins, Sean Cunningham for Darren McNamara 50 mins, And Timmy o Sullivan for PJ Keating 50 Mins.
1961 Cork Minor Football team commemoration
On Mnoday event to commemorate the 1961 Cork Minor Football winning team which was represented by Kildorrerys Tom and Ned Monaghan alongside Mithelstowns Ned Coughlan and John McGrath.
Pa walsh chairman opened the night by introducing the recipients before handing it over to Tom Monaghan to say a few words. Tom in his own inimitable way relayed with accurate precision the details of the time. Toms ability to recall is breath-taking. Next up Ned Coughlan said a few words as did John Mcgrath before Ned Monaghan highlighted the simplicity of that time and how in the evenings they simply hurled and played football. Ned closed those preceding by poignantly reciting the Hurley player by Winnifred M. letts.
It was the 60th anniversary of the first of Cork’s 11 All-Ireland minor football titles.
Kildorrery’s Tom Monaghan scored 2 goals and a point that day.
Thanks sincerely to all those who catered on the night and looked after us all with a welcome cup of tea. It was greatly appreciated and lovely evening was had by all.
Saturday 9th October Intermediate Hurling Kildorrery V Midleton 4pm in Fermoy
Best of luck to all the team and management involved.
The juvenile AGM will take place on Octobe5 15th. Further details to be announced.
Best wishes and congratulations to Aine o Connor and David Herbert who got married recently.
The Lotto draw will take place Monday night October 4th.
Please ensure all books are dropped into Monaghans post-box on Sunday by 6pm.
Kildorrery Home Bingo Books are on sale now in Centra,Post Office & Community Office & Maxol Snowball prize this week is €300.Thanks for your support
Drive in Bingo Friday night @ 8pm in the Creamery Yard Many Thanks for your continued support.
Monday October 4th 8.30pm
The Avondhu, 30th September 2021