St Farnan’s bow out to Curry
ST FARNAN’S CURRY 0-10 2-13
Kennedy’s Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final
ST Farnan’s, last year’s intermediate championship runners up made their exit from this year’s championship following defeat to Curry in the quarter final on Saturday last.
This game was played in damp muggy weather which made conditions underfoot very slippery. Curry got a great start when Red Óg Murphy got two points from frees. Patrick O’Connor got one back for St Farnan’s from a free . In the thirteenth minute however Curry were dealt a blow when team captain, John Feeney received a straight red card for a foul on Patrick O’Connor which left his side with fourteen men. Adrian Marren got a third point for Curry before St Farnan’s hit a purple patch in the game adding five points without reply, three from Martin Mulligan followed by one each from Mark Devaney and Finnian Cawley. Curry introduced substitute Sean Davey for Sean Colleary which had an immediate impact as Curry got a brace of points. Patrick O’Connor got the final point of the first half from a free to leave the half time score, St Farnan’s 0-7, Curry 0-5. Good work was done by both goalkeepers in the first half to deny both sides a goal.
After the break it was Curry who dominated play as St Farnan’s couldn’t take advantage of the extra man. Tommy Henry found the net with a well taken goal after good movement throughout the field. Adrian Marren and Red Óg Murphy posed a lot of problems for the St Farnan’s defence despite their best efforts. St Farnan’s couldn’t get on the scoring board from play as they had a number of movements turned over. After 23 minutes Curry led 1-12 to 0-9. Curry’s scores again came from Adrian Marren and Red Óg Murphy. St Farnan’s points came from frees taken by Ciaran and Patrick O’Connor. Mark Devaney was given a black card with six minutes left of normal time and replaced by Stephen Mulligan. St Farnan’s made every effort to get that elusive goal in the last few minutes of the game but couldn’t make the breakthrough. It was Red Óg Murphy who finished to the net in what was to be the last piece of action to leave a gap of nine points between the sides and see his team advance to the semi final.
Curry were deserving of their victory as they were more clinical with their efforts. St Farnan’s will be disappointed with their second half display in particular, as they failed to use the extra man to their advantage. With nine under 21 players in their starting line up, however, the team will be hoping to build on this experience for the future.
St. Farnan’s: Keith Lang, Conor Gordon, Trevor Kilgannon, Eamonn Kilgannon, James Weir, Matthew Lang (Capt), Kevin Mc Gee, Patrick O’Connor (0-4(3f), Martin Mulligan (0-3), Gavin Connolly, Finnian Cawley (0-1), Mark Devaney (0-1), Ciaran O’Connor (0-1f), Ryan Mc Coombe, Iarla O’Connor. Subs used in second half: John Quinn for Trevor Kilgannon, Stephen Mulligan for Mark Devaney, Cormac Hallinan for Conor Gordon, Stephen Feeney for Martin Mulligan.
Curry: James Mc Donagh, Aaron Kearns, Tommy Stenson, Craig Gallagher, Kevin Reilly, John Feeney (Capt), Gary Walsh, Jonathan Durkin, Sean Colleary, Michael Gordon, Adrian Marren (0-6(1f), Oisin Higgins, Red Óg Murphy (1-5(5f), David Mc Donagh, Tommy Henry (1-1). Subs used: Sean Davey (0-1), Enda Walsh, Kenny Morley, Alan Reilly. REFEREE: John Griffin.