Latest News Letter By John Ahen   17/07/2016

ARAGLIN GAA

 

Performance yes – result no

 

Araglin 1 – 12

 

Ballyhooly 3 – 09

 

The stakes were high in Glanworth on Wednesday 6th July when the ‘old firm’ of Araglin and Ballyhooly battled it out for a coveted place in this year’s Cork county junior B (1) football championship final. We approached the game in a positive frame of mind and were pretty much at full strength.

 

While a lot of Ballyhooly’s focus is on hurling this year, we knew that a showdown with ourselves would get their competitive juices flowing and that nothing would come easy from such a fit and mobile side.

 

Aided by a slight breeze we had an excellent first half – similar in many aspects to the way things unfolded against Abbey Rovers in our recent drawn league final. Our ‘go to guy’ in the form of James Kearney was in sparkling form and a converted free cancelled out a Ballyhooly point scored in the opening minute.

 

There was a hold up in play while Tom Lyons was tended to, however, he was able to resume following treatment. Gus put back to back points together before the very genuine, Alan Bourke, chipped in with a score of his own. Unfortunately, a lot of our good work was undone by some slack defending which allowed Ballyhooly in for a goal. Goalkeeper, Mark Hickey was furious with some of those in front him and let them know all about it. Ballyhooly’s goal came in the 6th minute. We settled again and Gus from a free and Dooner (a free) following a foul on the attack minded Cain O’Mahony, kept the scoreboard ticking over.

 

A rejuvenated Tom Lyons was another bright spot for us and he struck over a beauty from the 45 metre mark. Seamie and Shay were doing well in the middle of the field, Frank Finn was working over time and Paul Hickey and John Tobin were pretty much on top of things.  Ballyhooly stayed in touch but were struggling with our aggression and purposeful play.

 

We moved the ball very well out of defence and while the final pass wasn’t always precise, we attacked in numbers with Dave Browne, Cain O’Mahony and Paddy Kenneally causing a lot of bother.  An unlucky bounce over Gus’s head saved Ballyhooly from going further in arrears but our pressure did pay off when Paddy Kenneally buried to the net from close range.

 

1 – 07 to 1 – 02 was a fair reflection of where the balance of power rested and we went to the dressing rooms in good form.

 

A foul on the influential Paddy Kenneally presented his brother, Tom, with a free taking chance that he seized. Bad news was to follow and just under two minutes of the second half had elapsed when Ballyhooly helped themselves to another goal. Dave Browne opened his account to bring us to 1 – 09 and another foul on Cain, gave Gus a straight forward close in free (1 – 10 to 2 – 03).

 

Dooner got our 11th point from play before Gus was the victim of a heavy hit that put him on the ground for a while. We didn’t seem the same after this. Our first change saw the workmanlike and steady, Kevin Condon taken off to be replaced by Neilus Kearney. Our next change saw impact man, Brendan Allen come on for Alan Bourke who worked extremely hard throughout. The next alteration was enforced as Laurence Lomasney, who has been in excellent form, had to come off with a leg injury. A late change saw Mitch Barry sprung for Paddy Kenneally (obviously these changes were spread out through the second half).

 

Ballyhooly’s third goal wasn’t a thing of beauty but it pushed them into the reckoning and without really playing well they had tied the game 1 – 11 to 3 – 05. Truth be told, we were looking short of ideas at this stage and again, a bit like last week’s league final, we didn’t handle the situation well. We lacked the composure to get on the ball and pick out a really good pass, we were hurried in our execution and made some poor decisions at a crucial times.

 

Entering the last 5 minutes, the momentum was with Ballyhooly and at this juncture they took the lead for the first time. From their perspective, it was perfect timing, they’d clung on for nearly an hour and were now poised to strike. Cain O’Mahony who had an impressive game kicked over a point on the stroke of 60 minutes when the score line was 1 – 12 to Ballhooly’s 3 – 07. As with the Castletown’ encounter, there was additional time to be played and Noel O’Regan (who also refereed that league final) added on 4 minutes.

 

While we were swaying at this stage, the game was still very much alive and there for the taking. It must be said that Ballyhooly showed the better nerve and added points in the third and fourth minutes of injury time. We battled to the end but were visibly shocked to see this game slip agonisingly from our grasp.

 

Yes, it was hard to take but when you go back on the video, we had chances to put a stake in Ballyhooly’s heart only to falter at the key moment. Noel O’Regan’s fourth minute of added time was enough for him and he brought the contest to an end. By their own admission, Ballyhooly rode their luck, but that’s sport and games are not over until the last second. There was a lot of talk afterwards that we were very ‘leggy’ at the end and this may have been a factor. Ballyhooly were congratulated afterward and wished well in the final – on a good day and firing on all cylinders they are capable of competing with the remaining teams left in this championship.

 

Araglin team, scorers and panel: Mark Hickey (GK), Laurence Lomasney, John Tobin, Kevin Condon, Paul Hickey, Frank Finn (captain), Tom Lyons (0 -01), Shay Russell, Alan Burke (0 – 01), Tom Kenneally (0 – 03, 2 frees), Seamie O’Gorman, Cain O’Mahony (0 – 01), Paddy Kenneally (1 – 00) Dave Browne (0 – 01) and James Kearney (0 – 05, 3 frees). Subs used: Neilus Kearney for Kevin Condon, Brendan Allen for Alan Bourke, Sean Allen for Laurence Lomasney (injured), Mitch Barry for Patrick Kenneally. Panel: Peter O’Loughlin, Tom Browne, Michael Lyons, Philip Corbett, Dave Neligan, Kieran O’Donovan and Brian Bourke.

 

Reiteoir: Noel O’Regan (Kilshannig)

 

Noel handled the game well.

 

Venue: Glanworth had most things in order, but it was a pity that no one could be found to operate the scoreboard.

 

Lotto results from Thurs. 7th July

 

Numbers drawn: 01, 05, 06 & 10 (no winner). Lucky dips to: €50 - Eileen Ahern c.o. P.J. Ahern, ESB, Fermoy; €50 – Padraig Hickey, c.o. Breeda Kenneally, Lyreen, Araglin and Kepak, WGH; €25 – Maura Hyland, c.o. Fitzgerald Hurleys, Araglin and €25 – Tom Cashman, c.o. Maurice Reidy, Lyre, Araglin. This Thursday night’s lotto jackpot is worth €1,600.

 

Carnival time

 

For the community activist in Araglin it’s ‘yellow jacket’ time as all able bodied men and women are pressed into service helping out at the carnival. The duties may be run of the mill, but make no mistake, anyone that can fill a gap is wanted. Fair play to the carnival committee, they always seem to be able to sign up a few people who stray into the area. On a more serious note, the carnival is now a huge logistical concern requiring in excess of 70 stewards, a team of gardai, a professional security firm, a unit of the Red Cross and a state of the art CCTV system. Our club would urge individuals in a position to help out over the next 10 days to do so.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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