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Weekly Notes 20/04/15

posted 20 Apr 2015, 05:23 by Kissee Wardlaw   [ updated 20 Apr 2015, 05:38 ]
: The first round of the Intermediate Championship began last Sunday as Currow made the long trip South to face us in the April sunshine. They met a Rangers side that had several players ruled out with injury, Aidan 'Dash' O' Sullivan being ruled out during the warm up. After a pulsating match that ebbed and flowed, it ended after extra time on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-11. Both teams showed good movement and intensity and a draw more than likely was a fair result after both teams offered up a great spectacle for the supporters.
The first half was evenly contested with Anthony O' Driscoll competing well with Seamus Scanlon around the middle and Brian Hickey controlling affairs from centre back. Currow were on the scoreboard with Johnny Buckley and Mike McCarthy scoring with Daragh Sullivan and Alan Devane responding well with points for Rangers. Currow were given a boost after a mix up in the home defence allowed them in for a soft goal. However, Skellig responded well when corner forward Micheál O' Sullivan angled a ball towards goal and it looped into the net over Shane O' Leary's head to make the scoreline 1-4 to 1-2 at HT, Rangers being in the lead having played against a slight breeze.
The second half started and Currow stormed out of the blocks when atacking running from Ian Somers saw Dan O' Shea score again. However, Diarmaid Keating pointed over two superb points and at this stage it was point for point. Daragh O' Sullivan, kicked over another placed ball but Currow kept coming back and had another scored free from Dan O' Shea. Stephen O' Sullivan, Brian Hickey and Brendan Murphy defended well and this allowed Rangers to push on and equalise from the effective Daragh O' Sullivan after a great surging run from Brian Murphy resulted in a 45'.
The draw after full time meant two 10 minute periods of extra time were played and Currow started brightly again and went two clear with good wing back play from Mike Hanafin. The pace, intensity and flow of the game meant some of the players were cramping up but the effort by both sides remained 100 per cent. Substitutes were made by both sides to freshen things up and keep the momentum going. With minutes remaining, Currow were leading and on the verge of progressing to the next round when the home side were awarded a free. Daragh O' Sullivan showed nerves of steel, stepped up and curled over a great free kick from 35 yards to level proceedings to the sound of the final whistle, 1-11 to 1-11.

Team: P. O’ Sullivan Brian Murphy Stephen O' Sullivan(Glen) Stephen O' Sullivan (Ardcost)  Gerard O’ Sullivan Brian Hickey Ronan O' Shea Anthony O' Driscoll, Alan Devane Brian O’ Sullivan Diarmaid Keating Brendan Murphy Daragh O’ Sullivan Sean Courtney Micheál O’ Sullivan. Subs used: Brendan O' Sullivan Mike Keating, Daniel O' Sullivan

Fixtures: Our minor team play Templenoe away this Wednesday at 7pm in the last round of the County League.
Our senior team are due to play Currow in the replay of the first round of the Intermediate Championship this Sunday in Currow at 2pm with the winners facing Castleisland Desmonds in the next round.
U-16: Our U-16's play Templenoe this evening in Valentia at 6.45. Good luck to them!
U-12's: Well done to our U-12's who beat Cromane on Sunday in the County League.