Bal­ly­donogue im­press in fi­nal

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Mairead O’Sul­li­van

NORTH KERRY SFL DI­VI­SION 1 FI­NAL

Bal­ly­donoghue 2-13 Castleis­land Des­monds 1-5

THIS game was played on Satur­day evening last in the Em­mets pitch Lis­towel, thank you to the Em­mets club for the use of their fine fa­cil­i­ties.

It was the first ti­tle up for grabs for the year for the se­nior clubs and it was Bal­ly­donogue reign­ing North Kerry Cham­pi­onship hold­ers who lay down a marker, over­com­ing an un­der pow­ered Des­monds out­fit with ease.

Bal­ly­donoghue for the first time this year had a full panel back on the side­line and seemed to be kick­ing into gear just in time for this year’s Cham­pi­onship, they won’t be giv­ing up their ti­tle with­out a fight.

Des­monds were first on the board with a pointed free in the first minute from the boot of Cian O’Con­nor, It took Bal­ly­donoghue un­til just af­ter the sec­ond minute to re­spond from the very hard work­ing Jim Cremin.

From here on in it was all Bal­ly­donoghue tick­ing the score board over with points from Paul Ken­nelly (2), Padriag Lyons (2f), Dara Sheehy, Jack Fo­ley, and an­other from Jim Cremin to bring us to the 25th minute.

Bal­ly­donoghue then seemed to lose a bit of their shape and Des­monds started to drive at their goal mouth, but it was one of Bal­ly­donogue’s young stars Michael Fo­ley who showed lead­er­ship driv­ing up the field from the full­back line to lay the pass off and then take the re­turn and fire the ball over the bar.

This seemed to rally his team again, with Bal­ly­donogue seven points up, it was a late long ball into the Bal­ly­donoghue goal mouth that found the fist of Stan Di­vane for Des­monds only goal of the game. Half-time score Bal­ly­donogue 0-9 Des­monds 1-2.

With Bal­ly­donogue hav­ing all the hard work done they were still only four points up when the game re­sumed. It was Bal­ly­donogue’s Jim Cremin who was the leader on the pitch for me and in the sec­ond half of the game scored 1-2 to se­cure his sides vic­tory. Adding a sec­ond goal for the Bal­ly­donogue men was Padraig Lyons and with some su­perb long range kick­ing by Paul Ken­nelly.

It was a bad day at the of­fice for the Des­monds men with Cian O’Con­nor their only scorer in the sec­ond half adding two points from play. Des­monds had their fair share of pos­ses­sion.

In the 24th minute of the sec­ond half Luke Lyons drove a rocket of a shoot to the top cor­ner of the net only for it to re­bound off the wood­work, but for all the pos­ses­sion Des­monds had they just could not make the ball stick in the full for­ward line.

Man of the Match went to Martin O’Mahoney Bal­ly­donoghue spon­sored by Christy and She­lia Walsh, The Well, Lis­towel.

DES­MONDS: Stephen Bartlett, Gearoid Leonard, Mau­rice Lynch, Ciaran Breen, Luke Lyons, Barry Lynch, Padriag O’Con­nell, Brian Leonard, Pa White, Stan Di­vane, To­mas Lynch, Gearoid McCarthy, Mark O’Con­nor, Cian OCon­nor, Gra­ham O’Con­nor Subs: Pa­trick Ho­ran for Gearoid McCarthy, Tadgh Walsh for Gra­ham O’Con­nor, John Be­g­ley for Stan Di­vane

BAL­LY­DONOGHUE: Dar­ren O’Con­nor, Michael Fo­ley, Jason Fo­ley, Billy Fo­ley, Thomas Ken­nelly, Diar­muid Be­han, Colin O’Mahoney, Jim Cremin, Brian O’Seanachain, Dara Sheehy, Jack Fo­ley, Padraig Lyons, Paul Ken­nelly Subs: Brian Mason for Jack Fo­ley (in­jury), Stephen Lon­er­gan for Diar­muid Be­han, John En­right for Billy Fo­ley, Padraig En­right for Colin O’Mahoney, Stephen Fo­ley for Padraig Lyons

REF­EREE: Billy McEl­lig­ott (Lis­towel Em­mets)

DI­VI­SION 1 REL­E­GA­TION PLAY-OFF

Lis­towel 2-21 Bal­ly­long­ford 0-6

PLAYED at Frank Sheehy Park Lis­towel on Fri­day night un­der lights.

Em­mets were well on top in al­most ev­ery sec­tor of the field and aided with the wind they pressed home their ad­van­tage to go 1-13 to a point ahead by half time, with Conor Cox, Brian Sweeney to the fore and mid­fielder Cor­mac Mul­vi­hill get­ting the goal.

Bal­ly­long­ford while play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to their op­po­nents cre­ated some good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties the best one cul­mi­nat­ing with a Dar­ren Mur­phy goal bound shot hit­ting the butt of the post mid way through the half.

Bal­ly­long­ford in­creased their tally in the sec­ond half but Em­mets kept the score­board tick­ing over to ease to vic­tory. Conor Cox fin­ished out the scor­ing with Em­mets sec­ond goal be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle to main­tain their sta­tus in Di­vi­sion 1.

MI­NOR CHAM­PI­ONSHIP DI­VI­SION 2 SEMI FI­NAL

Bal­ly­long­ford/As­dee 1-4 Bal­ly­duff/Duagh 5-11

PLAYED in a blus­tery Coolard on Sun­day morn­ing last this game turned out to be a very one sided af­fair and was ef­fec­tively over af­ter the first quar­ter.

Bal­ly­long­ford / As­dee were play­ing with the aid of the wind, but it was Bal­ly­duff / Duagh who were play­ing the bet­ter foot­ball and by the 16th minute Michael Kirby and Christo­pher White had the ball in the net on four oc­ca­sions to put them 4.2 to no score ahead.

Bal­ly­long­ford / As­dee be­gan to come to grips with their op­po­nents and Conor Keane slot­ted over their only point of the half. Half­time score Bal­ly­duff / Duagh 4-4 Bal­ly­long­ford / As­dee 0-1.

The sec­ond half was a more even af­fair with Eoin O’Con­nor and Conor Car­mody adding on a fur­ther three points while Sean Han­ra­han pushed up from mid­field for a well taken goal.

Bal­ly­duff / Duagh only needed to keep the score­board tick­ing over as they added on an­other seven points with their fifth goal com­ing from a high ball from Padraig Shana­han which de­ceived Cathal Don­ran in the Bal­ly­long­ford / As­dee goals.

Con­grat­u­la­tions

THE ref­er­ees for the 2017 TG4 All Ire­land Fi­nals have been named. Kerry na­tive Sea­mus Mul­vi­hill will take charge of his first TG4 Se­nior All Ire­land Fi­nal be­tween Dublin and Mayo on Septem­ber 24 in Croke Park at 4pm.

Sea­mus has over 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and will be ref­er­ee­ing for the sec­ond time in Croke Park af­ter pre­vi­ously of­fi­ci­at­ing at the 2015 TG4 Ju­nior All Ire­land Fi­nal be­tween Louth and Scot­land. Best of luck to Sea­mus and his of­fi­cials from all in North Kerry Foot­ball.

FIX­TURE

SUN­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 14 Ju­nior Brendan Boyle Memo­rial Cup

Duagh B v Fin­uge B, Coolard noon

Johnny Stack Chair­man North Kerry Foot­ball Board pre­sent­ing the McCarthy In­sur­ance Lis­towel spon­sored North Kerry League Di­vi­sion 1 cup to Paul Ken­nelly Bal­ly­donoghue af­ter they de­feated De­monds in the fi­nal on Satur­day evening in Lis­towel. Photo by John Stack

Photo by John Stack

Bal­ly­donoghue North Kerry Di­vi­sion 1 League Cham­pi­ons 2017 af­ter de­feat­ing Des­monds in the fi­nal played in Sheehy Park Lis­towel on Satur­day evening

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