Molyneaux Cup 2009


Round  1 -----  Dr Crokes 0-10  Kerins O'Rahillys  3-4.

Goals win games and this was the story once again in our match against Kerins O'Rahillys. Even though we had ten scores to their seven , their three goals gave them a three point win, and qualification for the next round.

Our opponents got off to a good start, with two points in the first five minutes. We equalised in the next five minutes. Kerins O'Rahillys went through for the first of their three goals in the 20th minute and followed up with a point a minute later, to go four points clear. We had a point a minute later but our opponents caught our defence off guard in the 23rd minute, racing through for a goal for a six point lead. We had the last two scores of the half, two points, to go in at half time, four points in arrears, 2-3 to 0-5.

We had nearly all the play in the third quarter but all we had to show for it were three points and double that amount in wides, to go into the last quarter, a point in arrears, 2-3 to 0-8. We unfortunately allowed our opponents in for a well taken goal in the 48th minute for a four point lead. We again dominated the last ten minutes but missed chances and good defensive work by Kerins O'Rahillys denied us scores. We did score two points to their one in this period but fell short by three points at the final whistle.

David Neeson could not be blamed for the goals conceded. Best in defence were Conor O'Neill, Kieran Ward and Shane Myers. Ian Howard and Barra O'Connell gave us supremacy at midfield. Denis Galvin, Shane O'Neill and Keith O'Leary were best in attack.

Dr Crokes Best Player;  Barra O'Connell.

Team and Scorers;  David Neeson; Kieran Ward, Finian Moran, Conor O'Neill; Shane Myers, John Bartlett, Kevin Smyth; Ian Howard 0-1, Barra O'Connell 0-1; David Looney, Ruairi Mangan 0-1, Shane O'Neill 0-2; Denis Galvin 0-3(0-1frees), T J Cronin 0-1, Keith O'Leary.   Subs;  Shane Kavanagh, David O'Leary 0-1, Alex O'Sullivan, Kevin Landers.