The adage “ goals win matches” certainly rang true for our Intermediate footballers, in the opening round of the Co. championship, at Castlelyons, last Sunday afternoon. From the throw-in, Kildorrery took this game by the scruff of the neck. Eventhough, Glanmire had sent over their first point within thirty seconds, Kildorrery, from the resultant kick-out won possession and after great work by Peter O’Brien, Tom Monaghan had the ball in the Glanmire net within the next minute. Shane O’Neill added a point before Glanmire had their second point. A quick reply by James O’Sullivan had Kildorrery 1-2 to 0-2 ahead after only four minutes of play. The losers had reduced their deficit to two points before Finbarr Stapleton finished another Kildorrery move with a goal in the tenth minute. However, this was negatived by Glanmire’s goal in the thirteenth minute. At the end of the first quarter, only a point separated the sides 2-2 to 1-4. 

For the next ten minutes or so, Glanmire came more into the game, controlling the middle third. Kildorrery did have a point from a Shane O’Neill free, but the Glanmire men had pushed into 1-8 to 2-3 lead before a Kildorrery raid yielded a penalty which Dave Kelly duly converted in the twenty-fifth minute. Shane Fitzgerald, Tom Monaghan and Peter O’Brien contributed points before the end of the half while their opponents could only manage a point in injury time. At the break it was Kildorrery 3-6 Glanmire 1-9. After the restart, Glanmire, as in the opening half, were first to score when they pointed a free. But, it mattered little, because Kildorrery had stretched their lead to 3-9 to 1-10 by the three-quarter hour mark. They added four more to Glanmire’s three inside the final quarter to run out deserving winners on the above score. 

This was a heart-warming performance from our boys all of whom displayed grit and determination throughout and reaped their just reward. We congratulate them and their management team on a well-deserved victory and look forward to their progress in the championship.

Team and scorers: Liam Kelly, Sean Kelly, Eamonn O’Connor, Fintan Daly, Will Coffey, Michael Walsh, Finbarr Stapleton 1-1, Shane Fitzgerald 0-2, Andrew O’Brien, James O’Sullivan 0-2, Peter O’Brien 0-1, Dave Kelly 1-0 pen, Shane O’Neill 0-2(0- 1f), Tom Monaghan 1-3(0- 2 fs), Stevie Coughlan 0-2 (0-1f) 



Thursday April 13th Intermediate hurling league Kildorrery v Tracton at Kildorrery 8 p.m.

Note: Intermediate Hurling championship Round 1 Kildorrery v Eire Og which had been fixed for Friday April 21st has been deferred to April 28th



The next fortnightly lotto draw will be held at Walsh’s Corner House, this Saturday night, when the jackpot will be €9,600.


The Avondhu, 13th April 2017