Match Reports




Division 5 vs Kerins O'Rahillys

posted 14 Jun 2018, 02:00 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 2-9 Kerins O'Rahilly's B 7-6

In a goal fest in Knocknagoshel it was the visitors whose forwards ran riot pillaging seven goals, four in the first half and three in the second. John McGrath opened the scoring with a point from play for the visitors. Knocknagoshel replied with a point from play from full forward John O'Keeffe. Donagh O'Brien got the visitor's first goal with a lobbing shot that dipped in to the top corner out of reach of the Knocknagoshel goalkeeper.  Paudie Griffin who looked lively throughout turned his man and ran in along the endline to score their second goal. Their forwards combined very well in this period with some slick passing in contrast to some poor passing from the home team. The half time score stood at 4-3 to 0-4 with Knocknagoshel's other points coming from a 45 by David O'Donoghue and a point from play from the boot of Shane O'Connell. 

Rory O'Connor raided forward from his half back position to goal early in the second half for the visitors and put the game completely out of reach of Knocknagoshel. The home side did raise their game in this half and had two goals of their own from midfielder Shane O'Connell who combined well with his forwards to open up the heart of Rahilly's defence. Points from Denis Collins(2), John Walsh and John O'Keeffe helped put a degree of respectability on the scoreboard for the home side but Rahilly's ability to score goals at will ensured they would take the two league points on offer and give themselves a fighting chance of finishing in the top half of the group

Novice Semi Final vs Asdee

posted 14 Jun 2018, 01:58 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel seniors lost to Asdee in the semi final of the county novice championship on a score of 2-9 to 2-6. 

The match was played in Ballybunion on a blustery Saturday evening. Knocknagoshel had a strong opening half and led by a point at the break, 1-3 to 1-2 with John O'Keeffe getting the goal.  Shane O'Connell (2) and John Walsh scored the points. 

Playing with the breeze in the second half Knocknagoshel dominated possession but failed to make it tell on the scoreboard and had 13 wides and missed numerous opportunities in this half. John O'Keeffe scored a second goal and John Walsh and Cillian O'Connor scored a point each but Knocknagoshel were wasteful on a number of occasions while Asdee made better use of limited possession with Darragh Keane being their scorer in chief.

County League vs Austin Stacks B

posted 11 Apr 2018, 00:26 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 1-9 Austin Stacks B 2-7

Knocknagoshel were left to rue missed opportunities in the first half as they lost out to Austin Stacks B by a single point on home soil. The home side opened the scoring through a Niall Barrett free. David Cahill had a chance to extend the lead but his shot for goal was saved in the 7th minute. Niall Barrett had two further frees converted by the 15th minute for the home side but they missed further chances from both play and frees. Alan Duggan opened the visitors account with a pointed free in the 17th minute. Knocknagoshel were dominating in most areas at this stage and after a good move John O'Keeffe struck the post with a shot at goal. William Kirby pointed for Austin Stacks and Alan Duggan pointed his second free to level the sides before Niall Barrett put Knocknagoshel in the lead with a free to leave the score at half time 0-4 to 0-3 in favour of the home team. 

In the second half both teams traded points early on before Cian Liston was in the right place to tap the ball to the net to give Austin Stacks the lead for the first time in the game. Knocknagoshel responded well to this setback with a point from John Walsh and a sweet move which ended in Niall Barrett striking for goal. Alan Duggan who played well for the visitors throughout had two points on either side of a John Walsh point for Knocknagoshel before Cian Liston ploughed through for Austin Stacks and rattled the net to put his side two points to the good heading into the home stretch. Knocknagoshel wasted some further scoring opportunities before John Walsh pointed from play in the 27th minute of the half but time ran out for the home side and it was Austin Stacks who took the two county league points on offer. 

Final score was Knocknagoshel 1-9 Austin Stacks B 2-7. 

County League vs Tuosist

posted 11 Sep 2017, 01:15 by Shane O'Connell   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 01:15 ]

This was far from a dead rubber game as Knocknagoshel sought to lift themselves from the base of Division 5 and Tuosist facing Castlegregory in the semi final of the junior championship next weekend. 

It was the visitors who opened the scoring with a point from Mike Tim O'Sullivan. Knocknagoshel replied with a point from John O'Keeffe. Colm Brosnan swapped points with Niall Barrett before Tuosist pulled ahead with three points on the run two coming from Aaron Morris and a Colm Brosnan free. Niall Barrett pulled back a point from a free for Knocknagoshel but Tousist had three further points before half time two coming from Michael Healy and one from Colm Brosnan to leave the half time score at Knocknagoshel 0-3 Tuosist 0-8. 

In the second half Mike Tim once again opened the scoring with a point before Knocknagoshel started to eat into Tuosist's lead. Niall Barrett had two frees for fouls on David Cahill and he followed it with a good effort from play. Mike Tim replied with two points of his own before Knocknagoshel's centre back cut through the centre to slot over a nice point. Substitute Steven O'Connell tapped over a point with his left and Conor Sheehan struck over a long range point to narrow the gap to two for Knocknagoshel. The same player won the resulting kick out and found the lively David Cahill in space. He rounded his man well and tucked the ball neatly in the bottom corner to give the home side the lead for the first time. Two Niall Barrett frees and a point from play extended the lead to four before Flor O'Sullivan pointed for Tuosist to help lift the siege. Colm Brosnan reduced the deficit to two before Niall Barrett pointed for Knocknagoshel to ensure a home win on a score of 1-13 to 0-13.

County League vs Moyvane

posted 26 Jun 2017, 00:55 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 0-4 Moyvane 5-9

Knocknagoshel shipped another heavy defeat in this Division 5 clash which took place at the earlier time of 5p.m. in Knocknagoshel on Saturday evening last. Moyvane got off to the perfect start with a point from play in their first attack from their livewire corner forward Colin Enright. Centre forward Timmy Noonan quickly added another point and followed it up with a goal inside the first five minutes of the game. Playing with the aid of a lively breeze in the first half Moyvane had a firm foothold in midfield where Donal Leahy won the majority of kick outs in the air. Knocknagoshel did get on the front foot on a number of occasions in the half but were wasteful in possession near goal and missed some good chances when presented with free kicks. Meanwhile Moyvane threatened with every attack and had points from Eoin Stack, Martin Stack and Brian Stack before Donal Leahy got on the end of a flowing move to rattle the net for their second goal. They added two more goals through Brian Stack and Martin Stack to leave the half time score at 4-5 to 0-0 in favour of the visitors. 

Knocknagoshel raised their game in the second half and with the breeze to his back Niall Barrett kicked a fine point from outside the 45 metre line. Conor Sheehan who moved from full back to centre forward added another point with his left leg before Colin Enright struck for Moyvane’s fifth goal of the day. Moyvane introduced their subs and Niall Mulvihill got his name on the board when he tapped over after cutting in from the left wing. Aidan Keane added another from a free before Niall Barrett kicked his second point of the half for the home team. David O’Donoghue who played well when moved to midfield for Knocknagoshel kicked a fine long range point after a solo run from inside his own half. This was to be Knocknagoshel’s last score as Moyvane added a further two points from Colin Enright and Martin Stack to leave the final score at 5-9 to 0-4 in favour of Moyvane.

County League vs Austin Stack B

posted 15 Jun 2017, 01:00 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 1-4 Austin Stacks 1-11

The home side went into this game with a depleted outfit and it was to prove too much to gain a result against an experienced Austin Stacks side. 

Knocknagoshel did get off to the brighter start with a long ball into the penalty area resulting in the award of a penalty which David O'Donoghue duly dispatched to the net. Theo Diggins got the visitors off the mark with a well taken point in the fourth minute and this was followed by two points from play from the lively Dale Counihan to level matters by the twelfth minute. John Dennis was handling a lot of ball in the middle third for Stacks and he converted a free in the fourteenth minute to put his side ahead for the first time. Austin Stacks were starting to run at the Knocknagoshel defence and created an overlap which resulted in a goal for Andrew Moynihan in the fifteenth minute. This was followed by a point from Dale Counihan and three consecutive points by the excellent John Dennis in the twenty fourth, twenty sixth and twenty eighth minute. After a foul on John O'Keeffe, Niall Barrett lofted over a point from the resultant free to leave the half time score at 1-1 to 1-8 in favour of the visiting team. 

With the wind to their backs Knocknagoshel matched their opponents in the second half and had the opening score with a well taken point from David O'Donoghue. Niall Walsh closed the gap to five points with a point from the right hand side in the 41st minute. Dale Counihan continued to be the fulcrum of the Stacks attack and he pointed in the 47th minute. Knocknagoshel defended stoutly through Gary Downey, Denis Collins and Conor Sheehan and were rewarded on the counter attack when Conor Sheehan slotted over a well taken point from the left hand side. Dale Counihan pointed a free after a late tackle on Danny Carroll and Andrew Morrissey of Radio Kerry fame got his name on the scoresheet with the last kick of the game to leave the final score at 1-11 to 1-4 in favour of Austin Stacks. 


Knocknagoshel are likely to struggle for the next few matches until some of their injured players and those doing their leaving cert return to action. Meanwhile Austin Stacks will take encouragement from the result and will be looking to build on the result over the coming week's matches. 

Novice Championship vs Scartaglen

posted 9 May 2017, 05:39 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 1-7 Scartaglen 0-11

In a keenly contested district derby played at Willie Walsh Park Knocknagoshel, Scartaglen edged out Knocknagoshel by the slimmest of margins to qualify for the semi finals of this year's novice championship. Niall Barrett opened the scoring in the second minute with a pointed free after a foul on Michael Walsh. In the sixth minute Scartaglen had a great chance of a goal but Danny Walshe showed reflexes that belied his age when he got down low to save a palmed effort from Pa Rahilly that was destined for the bottom corner. Sean O'Connell pointed from play for the visitors in the seventh minute and they extended their lead when David Kerins' goalbound shot was tipped over the bar by Danny Walshe. Knocknagoshel missed two frees that were to prove costly as Pa Rahilly proved unerring at the other end from placed balls scoring two in succession. Alan Horan raided from his half back position to point for Scartaglen while Michael Walsh replied for the home side. Niall Barrett was denied by Scartaglen's goalkeeper who knocked it out for a 45 which David O'Donoghue pointed. Daniel Murphy pointed from play after a good move for Scartaglen and followed it up with a free to put Scartaglen four points to the good. Knocknagoshel's full forward Shane O'Connell who was proving a threat throughout was fouled in the square resulting in a penalty which David O'Donoghue duly converted leaving the home side trailing by a single point at the break.

In the second half both teams were evenly matched with two early points for Scartaglen putting three between the sides but substitute John O'Keeffe replied with an excellently taken point from play for Knocknagoshel. A minor altercation saw Michael Walsh of Knocknagoshel receive a yellow card while Brendan Rahilly of Scartaglen received red. Michael Horan of Scartaglen put his side three in front before Niall Barrett replied with a long distance free. Michael Walsh pointed from play and David O'Donoghue converted a 45 to make it all square with only minutes remaining. A foul on Pa Rahilly resulted in a free for Scartaglen which the same player converted to give his side a narrow win on a score of Knocknagoshel 1-7 Scartaglen 0-11.

Division 5 vs Ballyduff

posted 27 Mar 2017, 07:39 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 1-7 Ballyduff 1-8

Knocknagoshel and Ballyduff met in Willie Walsh Park Knocknagoshel with both sides eager for a win after losing the previous week. Knocknagoshel played into the strong breeze in the first half and it was Niall Barrett who got them off the mark with a point from a free in the fourth minute. The home side failed to build on it as they found it difficult to pick out passes against the wind and Ballyduff kicked four points in a row two of which came from play by Edddie Joy and Jack Sullivan. Full forward John Paul Leahy used the wind to good effect when kicking over two long range frees in the eleventh and twelfth minute. David O'Donoghue reduced the deficit  for Knocknagoshel with a point from play in the twentieth minute. David Goulding was a constant threat for Ballyduff and kicked a sweet point from play in the twenty fifth minute. John Paul Leahy pointed a free three minutes later to leave the half time score 0-6 to 0-2 in favour of the visitors. 


In the second half Knocknagoshel opened the scoring with Niall Barrett kicking a point from play. Ballyduff cemented their lead in the game when the ball fell to Chris White and he found the back of the net. The visitors extended their lead with a John Paul Leahy pointed free in the seventeenth minute. Knocknagoshel upped their performance from here to the end and Padraig Reidy pointed from play in the eighteenth minute. Kieran Downey pointed a 45 and this was followed by another point from play by Padraig Reidy. Niall Barrett slotted a free a minute later to leave a goal separating the sides. David Goulding scored a point from play for Ballyduff to extend their lead to four points with minutes remaining. Knocknagoshel threw everything at Ballyduff as they went in search of a goal and when Michael Walsh was pulled down Niall Barrett rattled the roof of the net from the resulting free. It proved too little too late for Knocknagoshel as Ballyduff held on for a well deserved victory and their first brace of points in the county league. The final score was Knocknagoshel 1-7 Ballyduff 1-8

Division 5 vs Cromane

posted 27 Mar 2017, 07:38 by Shane O'Connell

Cromane 0-14 Knocknagoshel 1-7

Cromane made it two wins in a row in Division 5 with a stirring second half fightback at home to Knocknagoshel on a windy Sunday afternoon.
The stiff breeze favoured the visitors in the first half and they were decamped in the Cromane half for the first quarter.
A feature of the half was the long-range kicking of Knocknagoshel midfielder Michael Walsh, who kicked three excellent scores. 
The visitors led by 0-2 to no score after ten and had stretched their lead to 0-5 to 0-2 courtesy of Michael Walsh's third after 20 minutes. 
Two excellent Paul Patrick O'Sullivan frees (into that strong breeze) hauled Cromane back to within one, 0-5 to 0-4, after 27 minutes. But then Knocknagoshel opened up their biggest lead of the game courtesy of a fine goal from Niall Barrett just before half time. This pushed his side out to a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the interval.
Cromane restarted well, using the breeze wisely, and kicked three points (Paul Patrick O'Sullivan (free), Micheál Shaughnessy, and Lee Carey) within three minutes of the restart to narrow the gap to one, 1-6 to 0-8.
Knocknagoshel's John O'Keeffe gave his side some respite by kicking their only score of the half to push them two ahead, 1-7 to 0-8.
With the game in the balance Cromane needed some inspiration: step forward Mikey Houlihan who kicked three points in five minutes, included two mighty lofted efforts from 40m out to put Cromane ahead, 0-11 to 1-7 with ten left.
Cromane finished strong and points from Paul Patrick O'Sullivan (two) and Finbar Casey sealed a four-point win. 

Division 5 vs Valentia

posted 27 Mar 2017, 07:37 by Shane O'Connell

Knocknagoshel 0-10 Valentia 1-6

Knocknagoshel gained two valuable league points when they overcame Valentia by the slimmest of margins in Knocknagoshel on Sunday last. Both sides were missing key players with the visitors having no substitutes available to call on. Valentia started the brighter with a pointed free from John Shanahan followed by a point from play by their full forward Stephen Sheehan. It took Knocknagoshel a while to settle and their first score came from a Niall Barrett free in the seventh minute. He followed it with a point from play in the fourteenth minute to level matters. The crucial score of the half came minutes later when a long ball in broke kindly to Ger Lynch and he rattled the net from close range to put Valentia in the driving seat. Niall Barrett soon replied for Knocknagoshel with a long range point from play. The visitors extended their lead to four points with a John Shanahan free and a point from play by Kieran Donoghue. Knocknagoshel narrowed the gap to two before half time through a free from Niall Barrett and a point from play from midfielder Conor Sheehan.

Knocknagoshel started the second half with more urgency and had the scores level after two minutes with a pointed free and a point from play both coming from the boot of Niall Barrett. The visitors weren't ready to wilt and moved two points in front in the tenth minute courtesy of long range points from Stephen Sheehan and John Shanahan. Niall Barrett then reduced the deficit to one when he slotted over after good work by Michael Brosnan of Knocknagoshel. With the game entering the closing stages it was Padraig Reidy of Knocknagoshel who stepped up to take control of matters and he swung over two points in the space of two minutes after great runs from his centre back berth. Valentia had a chance to level from a free but it dropped short and was cleared by the Knocknagoshel defence and so they held on at home to gain their first brace of county league points.

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