‘’Life’s battle doesn’t always go to the strongest or fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.’’
Dogged self-belief and a real passion to play the game for what it should be got our lads over the line on Sunday playing a robust and at times attrition like football that kept us out of reach for good parts of this game but only just.
The first minute found ourselves with a glorious chance of a goal per Finbarr Stapleton and you felt that if Kildorrery’s running game was going to be the order of the day here we would be ok. Finbarr didn’t convert but that didn’t stop him being so influential in a game that could have been hard to distinguish yourself such was the nature of the play.
Our opening score as per Tom Monaghan was the result of a superb kick out and excellent link play from the constantly running Stapleton the calm Mike walsh and finally monaghan to add the finish. Glenville responded with a few points but Monaghan was to prove ever the accomplished left peg he is by adding the first of four vitally converted frees for the day. Another added per Jerry mcacrthy and we seemed to be finding our range. After an unusually missed free by Monaghan on the 15th Glenville tacked over a brace leaving very little between us. A very dubious tackle led to Tom converting again from the given free and one felt as we edged towards half time that we were psychologically on top. After glenville responded with a point we responded with good work by our half forward line to make space on what was becoming to look like a crowded pitch for Shane o Neill to score a point. This was followed by an excellently executed goal by none other than Eamonn o connor who manning the full back berth and the sterling defence of Kelly and daly found himself tracking from ball deep in midfield and using his experience to be in the right place at the right time. Experience is everything and this goal on the 28th minute was crucial. Shane fitz playing in the Midfield berth was also vital to taking the game to glenville and his positional ball was vital to getting our half forwards in space which was difficult as glenville didn’t want to seem to play an open game.
Will coffey half back knew he was in a testing encounter too. After james Sullivan followed with another excellent point it enabled us to go in at the half time mark 1 07 to 0 06 ahead.
Half time and you knew the first thing glenville would do is come at Kildorrery. They did indeed start the second half strongly and only for an excellent save from Liam Kelly could have goaled. Kelly was alert all day.Glenvilles dead ball accuracy as well as an additional point brought them to within a point of us in the first 15 minutes of the second half and the score line read 1 08 to 0 10 with ten minutes remaining. Glenvilles indiscipline was probably to prove their undoing as Kildorrery kept the cool and ground out the scores per Tom Monaghan James o Sullvan,Shane o neill and Sean o Sullivan who had come on as a sub for his brother James. James point in this period was important to stem the light glenville flow from gathering any further momentum. Peter O Brien and Stevie Coughlan continued to work hard to assist where the breaks would come to aid our score taking in the forwards.
The Final 15 minute period was difficult as kildorrery did not manage to impose any type of pattern or shape to take advantage of the extra men on the field. This is a learning curve also but you would think that as we progress in championship which is the place you want to be that we will have the opportunity to further finesse our running game to do what we can do best. For this match, we were in a fight and the guys stood up as only they can and when we look back on this match we will be glad we came through it and on we progress to round 4 where we await our opponents whomever they will be when the draw is made.
Well done all involved.
Scorers Kildorrery Tom Monaghan 5pts 4Fress, E O Conor 1-0, Shane O Neill 0 03, James O Sullivan 0-02,Jerry McCarthy Sean O Sullivan 0-01 a piece,
Team: L.Kelly,S.Kelly,EoConnor,F.Daly,W.Coffey,M.Walsh,F.Stapleton,S.Fitzgerald, C.O Baoill,JoSullivan,PoBrien,J.McCarthy,S.ONeill,T.Monaghan,S.Coughlan
Subs: D.Mcnamare for Baoill Blood. Baoill for mcnamare, Mcnamara for Daly,Sean O Sullivan for S Kelly
The Avondhu, 8th June 2017