SENIOR CO. LEAGUE DIVISION 3 - ROUND 6
Ballydonoghue 2-14. St. Senans 1-13.
Only one point separated these two sides before the throw-in and a win here for either side would lift the winner clear of the bottom three of the league table. St Senans opened straight from the throw in with a Cathal Kennelly point. From the kickout, Ballydonoghue broke down-field, where full forward Padraig Lyons fielded a great ball before rifling to the Senans net. Senans followed with points from a Sean O’Connell free and Cathal Kennelly from play. Senans were looking that bit sharper at this early stage. Ten minutes into the half, with Senans leading by a point, Adrain O’Mahony was black carded for impeding a Ballydonoghue player’s run after he had laid off the ball. A Padraig Lyons free and a Jim Cremin point from play had Ballydonoghue a point in front at the end of the first quarter. Shortly afterward, David Foran was on the end of a move started by himself to finish to the bottom corner of the Ballydonoghue net. Ballydonoghue added five more points before the break, two from Padraig Lyons and one apiece from Padraig Enright, Paul Kennelly and Eamon Walsh; To St Senans three, two from Sean O’Connell and one from Cathal Kennelly. Half time score: Ballydonoghue 1-07. St. Senans 1-06.
Two minutes into the second half, the sides were level from a Sean O’Connell free. It was nip and tuck for most of the third quarter with the game swinging from end to end in the soaring heat, both sides moving the ball at pace and setting up some well worked scores.
As we approached the final quarter, Ballydonoghue looked to have gained the upper hand and led 1-12 t0 1-7, but Senans weren’t giving up just yet and kicked four points on the trot without reply. With only a point between the teams, with a little over five minutes remaining, Jim Cremin and Sean Weir then exchanged points. Then, with only minutes left in normal time, a ball sent in around the square looked to be covered by the Senans’ keeper, but it hopped off his chest into the hands of the awaiting Padraig Lyons and he finished to the net, to leave four points between the sides with time almost up. Both teams then kicked a point apiece in injury time, but it was Ballydonoghue’s day and a valuable two points in the bag. Final Score: Ballydonoghue 2-14. St.Senans 1-13.
Ballydonoghue; Darren O’Connor, Billy Foley, Tommy Kennelly, Stephen Lonergan ,Paudraig Enright, Micheal Foley, Diarmuid Behan, Martin O’Mahony, Eamon Walsh, Jim
Cremin, Darragh Sheehy, Brian Mason, Jack Behan, Paudraig Lyons, Paul Kennelly (Capt) Subs; Damian O’Carroll (Jack Behan) Dan Power (Brian Mason) Joseph Lynch, Sean Lyons William Kissane.Senans; Darragh Kennelly, Kieran Lyons, Brendan O’ Connor, Alan Kennelly, Adrian Mahony, Phil Keane, Donnacha Brosnan, Damian Somers, Jason Brown (Capt) Paudie Dillion, David Foran, Sean O’ Conno