Survival feels good!
Last weekend saw us play the Relegation play off final in the Intermediate A football championship v Kinsale on Saturday in Pairc Ui Rinn . The loser of this match was to be relegated to Junior status. This match was of huge significance and importance to the club. Preserving our dual intermediate status and maintaining our presence at a level above junior which some opine can be hard to break from was crucial. If you find yourself in that situation the journey back can be arduous and long and for some never meets the desired destination.
You will note from our previous footballing encounters within this campaign that we were under some pressure coming in to this fixture but then Kildorrery people will say that when our backs are to the wall we can achieve at those critical times. I would also add that our encounter with Mitchelstown was also a barometer of the positive evolvement of this team. While losing that fixture you could see the semblance of positivity from the new team that was emerging. The importance of this fixture wasn’t lost on the team who ultimately stepped up. A galvanisation of effort in the last couple of weeks to ensure no stone was left unturned meant that the tie was going to reflect the absolute ultimate effort. Manager Tony McCarthy along with Selector Stephen slattery aided by Ronan Sheehan as coach knew this was a pressure fixture but kept a steely and quiet determination about them as they approached this encounter. Always believing that the task at hand could be accomplished and always believing in the team.
In front of a small crowd the first half was to prove a nervous and tetchy thirty minutes for Kildorrery.
Kinsale registered the First point before the ever responsive William Fouhy kicked Kildorrery off with a point to level it. Following some clumsy and nervous play Kinsale added a goal after a ball hit the post and fell to the grateful Kinsale inside forward who obliged. With eight minute gone Kinsale led 1-2 to 0-1.
Kinsale tacked on another before Kieran Hurley responded with a well taken point and at the water break Kinsale led 1-3 to Kildorrerys 0-2
Kildorrery started the second quarter very positively and had three goal chances in quick succession which we failed to convert before A second converted goal chance for Kinsale had our hearts in our mouths. The feeling of this cant be happening as the scoreboard read Kinsale 2-4 to Kildorrery 0-2 with twenty seven minutes gone. Kinsale tacked on another before half time and at the thirty minute mark the score line registered Kinsale 2 05 to Kildorrery 0 02.
It was precisely at this time the ever loyal Kildorrery contingent in the crowd were fielding calls from those exiled from the match to get the lie of the land. Nerves were evidential and as the second half started one could only imagine the tough and honest talking that was done at half time.
Well it was evident that whatever was said it had the effect of spurring our boys into action and with Dylan back on having come off slightly injured Kildorrery registered its intent with a point for Jamie from a free. He further reduced the gap to seven shortly after with another point. We were down seven now but our momentum was starting to gather. And with 39 minutes gone as Kinsales lead was still a healthy 2-06 to our 0-04 we knew we were starting to play up to the potential we could. This meant playing direct football and heading route one. Sometimes it clicks. You find yourself in the groove. No time to think about how we got to this but one job to do and one route to take. A sustained period of pressure followed and when James o Sullivan was dragged down in the penalty box there was no question on who was taking it. Jamie o Gorman stepped up and buried it. The crowd paced the stand with nerves. The twitter followers jumped for joy. The club secretary was too busy to field calls. This was intense. O Gorman was immense and when he added another point the gap was at four. The pulsating pace Kildorrery played at despite weary and tired legs was crazy. The older members of the team put their bodies on the line. The once suave kicking styles displayed by these stalwarts gave way to contact in whatever form to ensure possession, and quite frankly techniques and style did not matter. They were leading by example and you could tell the younger members were responding in kind and when Cathal Harrington goaled this was proof of the pudding. At this time Finbarr Stapleton came on for Conor Kent. Well done to Conor on what has been a significant year in his Kildorrery GAA career. Finbarr used his guile and experience to weave his influence and without doubt the substitutions Kildorrery made on the day were all impactful.
Soon after Kildorrery were in ecstasy as Shane Fitzgerald levelled it and as the water break came the score line read two goals and six points apiece. This was outstanding. A joyous comeback.
Kinsale took the lead after the water break and Kildorrery made two more substitutions, Sean Cunningham for Kieran Hurley and Fintan Daly for Jerry McCarthy.
Peter o Brien kicked a savage point after this to level and when Will Fouhy stepped up with the left peg we led for the first time. Kinsale levelled straight away. Pulses raced. The ball moved back and forth.
Kevin Noonan came on for Cathal Harrington at this point and immediately some Great work by Noonan led to another Jamie point.
We’re up 1. Kinsale draw level. Point per Kevin Noonan and yet again Kinsale point and we go level again. Can we do this? The whistle blows. Extra time. Two goals and ten apiece.
Tired and weary bodies huddled for a break. Extra time was going to be ten minutes a side. The crowds emotion was rising. The thought of not making it could not be entertained. We had brought back what looked like an unassailable lead and had in fact led. The questions go around in your head. But you cant do anything. Its down to the fifteen on the field. They were the ones that dug deep. They had crossed the physical and mental barriers and stood up when it mattered.
When Kinsale registered the first score and indeed the third and fourth score of the half after Kevin Noonan had added another, one felt the mettle that was shown previously could emerge once more, and it did. Fouhy kicked another to leave one between us and going in to half time of Extra time the score line read Kinsale two goals and thirteen to Kildorrerys two goals and twelve. Mere dust between us.
One last swig of water and one last moment to rest the body and into the fray the boys went again. O Gorman levelled it immediately. Kinsale came back and pointed. We’re one down. The clock reads seven minute left. We can still be ok here, surely? John hunter came on for Timmy O Sullivan. James the older brother levelled it. Over and back, to and fro. The question arises do we have to come back and play again? Could we survive the aftermath of this titanic effort. Time is practically up at this stage and at the death we secured a forty five. Peter O Brien in his infinite wisdom beckoned Tony Watson from the goal to take it. The older generation handing the baton over with what would be the final kick of the game. The crowd were glued. Watson composed himself. The players willed him the best. The young goalkeeper duly obliged and in cluxtonesque style fashion kicked the ball through the uprights with grace and confidence. This was beyond words. The baton handed to a new generation who crossed the line to huge cheers from the crowd and when the final whistle blew the scenes of celebration and emotion were profoundly moving. This was an outstanding victory by an outstanding group of players and mentors.
This journey built character . There were moments we questioned ourselves throughout the year. There were moments we asked ourselves tough questions but on Saturday the answers were given. Its time to build on this year. It’s time to appreciate that we have the raw materials and we have the enthusiasm. Its also time to see that this team were able to stand up when it counted. Winning matters. Playing at the highest level we can matters. The group that went to pairc ui rinn on Saturday were immense. Well done to management, team and the ever present Elaine and Caroline who tended to those weary bodies on the day and throughout the year. We leave the year with a renewed sense of vigour and look forward to the footballers of tomorrow coming of age once more in 2022. Well done all. The pulses are still racing!!
Well done to our Under 17’s who secured a plate victory recently. Well done!
We are delighted to announce a link up with The Print House, Mitchelstown, for a Club shop.
Orders taken only online on the link below.
Closing date for Christmas orders 15th October
(Club gear can also be purchased on the O Neills site)
There was no winner of the lotto this week. The numbers drawn were 2,25,30,31.
The lucky dip winners were:
- Will Duggan, Hill Crest ,Mary O’Donnell, Scart
- Gerard Colbert, Glenahulla ,Marie Geary c/o Tom Jackson
- Dave Roche, Kilworth ,Tom O’Regan, c/o Dave Roche
Jackpot next time €4,200
Next draw Monday 15th
You can now play online at https://smartlotto.ie/kildorrery-gaa/
Kildorrery Home Bingo books are now on sale in Centra, Post Office, Community Office & Maxol. Snowball prize this week is €300.
Drive in Bingo Friday night @ 8pm in the Creamery Yard Many Thanks for your continued support.
Message from ladies club
Kildorrery Ladies Football & Camogie AGM will be held on Thursday night, 2nd Dec. 8.30pm, in Kildorrery GAA hall. All members welcome.
All motions to be received to Kildorrery.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 12th Nov.
There are many Congratulations to convey this week.
Congrats to Michael Lillis, part of St. Ita’s team who won Imokilly Junior A hurling championship today for the first time.
Congrats also to Kilworth on their Junior football winning performance.
Congratulations to Stevie Kent who won €250 in the county board draw.
Final congratulations goes to @DunneSolicitors our club solicitor who won the regional sole practitioner award recently. Great news and well deserved Jacqui and team.
Votes of Sympathy
Votes of Sympathy were passed to the Fox,Sheerin and Lane families on their recent bereavement.
Monday November 8th 8.30pm.
The Avondhu, 4th November 2021