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County League vs Asdee

posted 31 Mar 2016, 02:46 by Shane O'Connell   [ updated 31 Mar 2016, 02:47 ]
Asdee  1-7    Knocknagoshel  0-14. 

Played at O Rahilly Park, Ballylongford on Sunday last Knocknagoshel picked up the league points on offer after a well contested encounter that say both sides very much off target but when the final whistle sounded the key to Knocks victory was their determined play and when faced by a strong wind in the second half and with Asdee playing well and ahead by a 3 point margin and looked set for a win with 15 minutes remaining it was the boys from Knock who dug deep and put in a storming finish and led by James Walsh (7points overall) finished the half kicking 7 points without reply and finished the game deserving winners. 

In the first half, Knock with the aid of a stiff wind were much sharper and John O Keeffe opened the scoring for the visitors. At the other end a mix up in the Knock defence left Noel Long in for a handy goal after 9 minutes. James Walsh hit 2 points and the Knock half back line excellent causing endless problems running at the Asdee defence where Eoin O Carroll was excelling in his defending role. Eoin Kennedy and Mike Brosnan exchanged points and even though John Doran and Darragh Keane were winning their midfield battle it was Knock who were scoring. End to end play resulted in both sides squandering easy goal opportunities and it took a full length save from Knocks keeper Aidan Walsh to deny Darragh Keane from point blank range. James Walsh kicked further points and Asdees most impressive Paul O Carroll left the half time score Knock 0-6 Asdee 1-2. 

Asdee had wind advantage in the second half and were quickly into their stride with Paul O Carroll, Mike Breen and Noel Long on target and after 6 minutes were 1-5 to 0-6 ahead. Niall Barrett and Mike Breen exchanged points and at the three quarter stage the game became a bit niggly and players got involved but in fairness Referee Brendan Griffin had everything under control. When play resumed with the home team ahead by 2 points and when Paul O Carroll kicked a glorious point from an acute angle stretching the lead to 3 points it looked good enough for the league points; however this was as good as it got for Asdee as Knock took complete control and with James Walsh, (3) Niall Barrett, Denis Collins, Michael Walsh and Richie Cotter kicking points it was Knock who held out. 

Michael Brosnan, Denis Collins and John Brosnan were others to impress for the winners while for Asdee Kieran Kelly, Sean Keane, Con Carmody and Martin Collins all battled hard. 

Teams and scorers; 

James Kelly, Eoin O Carroll, Martin Collins, Con Carmody, Kieran Kelly, Sean Keane, Brian Coughlan, John Doran, Darragh Keane, Mike Breen, (0-2), Eoin Kennedy, (0-1), Michael Walsh, Paul O Carroll, (0-3), Noel Long, (1-1), Dinny Dalton. 

Aidan Walsh, Michael Murphy, John Brosnan, Darragh O Connell, Conor Sheehan, Padraig Reidy, Denis Collins (0-1), Darragh O Connell, Mike Brosnan (0-1), Dan Roche, James Walsh (0-7, 2f,1 '45), John O Keeffee, (0-1), David O Donoghue, Michael Walsh, (0-1), Nial Barrett, (0-2). 
Subs used, Cillian O Connor, D Leahy, Micheal Shine,  Richie Cotter,(0-1). 

Brendan  Griffin, Clounmacon.