Senior County Club Championship 2009


Round 2- Ardfert 1-11-   Dr Crokes 1-09

Even though most pundits made us favourites to get through to the semi final of this prestigous competition Ardfert had other ideas and ground out a two point victory. There is no doubt that we had a great chance of winning this game. With fifteen minutes to go the advantage lay with us. We were two points up, had the strong wind in our favour and had a numerical advantage, fifteen against fourteen. Our opponents had a goal in the 46th minute to go a point in front and from this to the end it was nip and tuck and the game was their to be won by either side. The teams were level at the end of the sixty minutes but in injury time, Ardfert dug deep and knocked over two points and gained a place in the semi final.

Our opponents had the advantage of the very strong breeze in the first half and were four points to no score in front after fifteen minutes. Two points by Colm Cooper in the 17th and 22nd minute narrowed the gap to two points. Ardfert outscored us four points to one in the remaining minutes of a half that lasted thirty seven minutes.

A goal and a point in the first three minutes of the second half equalised the game. There's a defining time in every game and I feel that the next ten minutes of this game were very unproductive for us. We had the strong wind in our favour, had an amount of possession but failed to register a score. We had two points before the end of the third quarter to put us in a winning position, with fifteen minutes to go. Our opponents struck for a goal in the 46th minute, to go ahead by a point. Two points without reply in the next seven minutes put us the minimum in front but Ardfert equalised with five minutes to go. Both sides were down to fourteen players at this stage. The teams exchanged points before the 60th minute, so it looked as if the game would go into extra time. Our opponents however had other ideas and showed great mental strength to score two points before the referee sounded the final whistle in the 65th minute.

Best in defence were James Cahillane, John Payne and Shane Doolan. Johnny Buckley had a very good game at midfield. In attack Colm Cooper, Jamie Doolan and substitute Eoin Brosnan, who had all the scores between them, stood out.

Dr Crokes Best Player;  Johnny Buckley.

Team and Scorers;   Alan Kelly; John Payne, Luke Quinn, Mike Moloney; Shane Doolan, James Cahillane, Batt Moriarty; Johnny Buckley, James Jones; Daithi Casey, James Fleming, Brian Looney; Kieran O'Leary, Colm Cooper 0-6(0-3frees), Jamie Doolan 0-2.  Subs;   Eoin Brosnan 1-1.



Dr Crokes 2-15 Rathmore 3-11 (Sun 3rd May Lewis Rd)

The neutral verdict on this game was that neither side deserved to lose. Both sides did however have their chance of winning, we when we led by seven points, ten minutes after half time and our opponents who had a point lead going into injury time in ordinary time. We equalised and went on to win by a point in extra time.

The teams exchanged points in the first five minutes. We had three points without reply in the next five minutes. Rathmore equalised with a goal, midway through the half to get back on level terms. We had a point a minute later but our opponents went into the lead for the first time, with a goal in the 18th minute. We hit back quickly with a well taken Kieran O'Leary goal from a precision assist by Colm Cooper. Our opponents equalised in the 25th minute but we finished the half strongly with four unanswered points for an interval lead of 1-9 to 2-2.

We started the second half very well and three points without reply put us seven points clear after 40 minutes. Rathmore got on top at this stage and a goal, followed by a point reduced the deficit to three points. We had a point in the 45th minute but the last quarter belonged to our opponents who outscored us five points to nil, to take a point lead into injury time. With practically the last kick of the game, Colm Cooper equalised for us from a free.

A Colm Cooper goal from a Kieran O' Leary pass gave us a great start in extra time. Scores were hard to come by and the only other score in the first period  was a Rathmore point. Points were exchanged in the 13th and 14th minute and our opponents reduced the deficit to the minimum, with a point in the 17th minute. We got possession of the ball at this juncture and played 'keep ball' for the remaining minutes and qualified to play Ardfert in the next round.

Best in defence were the outstanding Shane Doolan, John Payne and James Cahillane. Ambrose O'Donovan and Johnny Buckley more than held their own at midfield. We had great displays in attack from Brian Looney, Colm Cooper and Kieran O'Leary.

Dr Crokes Best Player;  Brian Looney, who scored six points from play.

Team and Scorers;  Alan Kelly; Luke Quinn, Mike Moloney, John Payne; Batt Moriarty 0-1, James Cahillane, Shane Doolan; Ambrose O'Donovan, Johnny Buckley 0-2; James Fleming, Eoin Brosnan, Brian Looney 0-6; Kieran O'Leary 1-2, Colm Cooper 1-4(0-4frees), Daithi Casey. Subs;   Jamie Doolan, David Moloney.