Feenagh 3 Abbeyfeale United B 0
Feenagh qualified for the final of the Reidy Cup with an emphatic victory over Abbey B last Friday night under the lights at Clounreask. The omens were good for Feenagh from the outset as they pressed their opponents high up the field in their own half, denying them any time on the ball. This impressive work-rate, coupled with some good passages of play and a solid defence laid the foundations for a comfortable victory. Work-rate and good play were to the fore in the opening goal before the break. O’Riordan and O’Sullivan harried their opponents into the concession of a throw. From an ensuing phase of play, John Nix dinked a clever ball over the top and the always dangerous John O’Gorman delivered a composed finish to put Feenagh in front. No other clear cut chances were created in the opening half despite Feenagh enjoying the bulk of the possession. Two quickfire goals early in the second half gave the scoreline a more accurate reflection and put the tie to bed. A Gilbourne corner was nodded on at the near post by Ger O’Gorman for Timmy Lynch to convert from close range. From the terrace it appeared to be an own goal but Lynch celebrated emphatically and was adamant afterwards that it was his! A mis-hit corner from Gilbourne worked to Feenagh’s advantage, as John O’Gorman gathered possession, made space for himself and coolly finished into the bottom corner. The open spaces of Clounreask were to the liking of the O’Gorman brothers, especially in the 2nd period. John was denied a hat-trick by a good save by the Abbey keeper and some good combination play between the two ended with Ger narrowly dragging a shot wide of goal. Subs Dillon and Leahy also went close, Dillon’s chance set up by some good play by Paul Lynch. Spectators and management were as one afterwards in declaring this as Feenagh’s best performance of the season to date and if displays like this can be reproduced on a weekly basis, silverware is sure to follow.
Team: Dan Gayer, Liam Lynch, Timmy Lynch, John Coleman, Paul Lynch, Ger O’Gorman, Ronan Gilbourne, John Nix, Damien O’Riordan, John O’Gorman, Billy O’Sullivan. Subs used: Conor Dillon, Adrian Leahy and Tony Roche
Referee: Pat O’Connor
Feenagh 5 Shannonside 2
Ger and John O’Gorman may have grabbed the headlines the night before, but their efforts were superseded the following afternoon by another O’Gorman, Ryan. Although they are not blood relatives, they are certainly related in footballing ability. Not for the first time this season Feenagh were lethargic in the opening half and found themselves two down at the break. After a half-time rollicking from manager Barry Gilbourne, Feenagh put the visitors on the back foot from the off. There were a number of reasons for this shift in play. The introduction of Liam Óg Doody before the end of the first half shored up the defence. A change in formation to 3-5-2 allowed Richie Walsh adopt a more offensive role. But the main reason for the change in fortune was the play of O’Gorman. Aside from scoring a hat-trick he was busy thwarting opposition advances and instigating attacks for the home side. Good play from Luke Ryan set up his first and he followed this up quickly with the equaliser. Ryan converted a penalty, despite the best efforts of the keeper, to put Feenagh in front. A speculative effort from William Enright deceived the away keeper to put daylight between the teams. O’Gorman completed his hat-trick shortly before the end with a classy finish. Picking up the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area, he evaded a couple of tackles before curling the ball into the top left hand corner of the net. An excellent finish that drew well merited applause from those in attendance.
Team: Shane Ryan, Maurice Fitzgibbon, Evan O’Flynn, Richie Walsh, Jerry O’Brien, Ryan O’Gorman, William Enright, Dylan Hayes-Daly, Josh Moran, Michael Geary, Luke Ryan. Subs used: Gerard Moore,William Murphy and Liam Óg Doody.
Referee: Pat O’Connor
Feenagh 2 Breska Rovers 2
Very much a case of a point gained rather than two lost in this entertaining clash. Breska had the upper hand in the opening half and were it not for the efforts of the defence, particularly Dylan Murray-O’Connor, Feenagh would have conceded more than one goal. Good play from Chloe Fitzgibbon and Ronan O’Connor resulted with a cross from O’Connor being swept home by Lee Madigan. Breska hit the front again in the second half, before a quality delivery from Cian O’Connor found Madigan inside the area. Madigan manoeuvred space for himself before finding the corner of the net with a neat finish. A great save from Conor Heenan ensured the home side secured a point. Some of Feenagh’s attackers had a quiet day by their standards with Ronan O’Connor central to most of the home sides positive play.
Team: Conor Heenan, Dylan Murray-O’Connor, Conor Healy, Eoin Galvin, Diarmaid Ryan, Chloe Fitzgibbon, RonanO’Connor, Ian Kelly, Liam Power,Grace Donegan,Lee Madigan. Subs used:Pa Doherty, Cian O’Connor and Emmet McGill
Referee: Seán Hartnett
Desmond Cup First Round: Feenagh B 1 Knockaderry 4
This tie was effectively over after half an hour, as Knockaderry raced into a three goal lead. To their credit, the side made a game of it after this and but for a sending off and two missed penalties might have gotten closer to their higher ranked opponents. Sherlock and O’Sullivan also came close to getting on the score-sheet. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly Kevin Moore’s spectacular effort from the corner of the penalty area which flew into the top corner of the net.
Team: Jonathan Hartnett, Barry Gilbourne, Timóid Gilbourne, Andy Lyons, Brian Geary, Stephen O’Sullivan, Kevin Murphy, Noel Geary, Kevin Moore, Brendan Sherlock, John O’Halloran. Sub used: Darren Geary
Feenagh 1 (Tomás Galvin) Breska Rovers 0
Panel: Michael Heenan, Shauna O’Connor Tomás Ryan, Seán Holmes, Jamie Doherty, Brian Boyce, Tomás Galvin, Thomas Quaid, Gary Donegan, Josh Gilbourne and Cillian O’Sullivan.
Team of the week
Conor Heenan(12’s), Dylan Murray-O’Connor (12’s), Jerry O’Brien (16’s), Liam Óg Doody (16’s), Brian Geary (B’s), John Nix (A’s), Ryan O’Gorman (16’s), Ronan O’Connor (12’s), Ger O’Gorman (A’s), John O’Gorman (A’s) and Lee Madigan (12’s).
Goal of the week
1. Kevin Moore
2. Ryan O’Gorman
3. John O’Gorman (1st goal)
The numbers drawn in The Village Inn on Thursday the 13th of March were 2, 3, 6 and 10. The jackpot of €3,100 was not won. €20 each to: Lucy Douglas, Dromcollogher, seller Ronan Gilbourne, Josephine Geary, Feenagh, seller Mike Geary, Lily Ann and Leroy Cremin ,Newcastle West, seller John Canty , Liam Power, Kilmeedy, seller Ronan Gilbourne and John Holmes, Feenagh, seller Ronan Gilbourne. The next draw takes place in McGuinness’s on Thursday the 20th of March for a jackpot of €3,200. Tickets on sale in local pubs, shop and promoters. Thanks for your continued support.
The Blues have had a tough start to the season but will be hoping for a change of fortune this Saturday, as they visit the champions, St Patrick’s Athletic. The game is live on RTE 2, with a 3.15 kick off.
Saturday 22nd March
U10 Division 3 Feenagh v Pallaskenry @ 11.30am
Sunday 23rd March
Weekly Observer Division 3 Feenagh B V Carrig Celtic B 230