Aghada GAA Notes 17/4/2017
Aghada G.A.A. Club to Host a Spectacular Collection of G.A.A. Memorabilia
On Sunday the 7th of May between 11am and 4pm Denis O’Sullivan from Ballynoe will bring his fantastic collection of G.A.A. memorabilia to Aghada Community Centre. On display will be a large collection of photo albums which will include hurling and camogie teams from all grades, from many decades and from all corners of the country. There will also be a magnificent collection of memorabilia on Cork hurling legend Christy Ring. A large collection of recordings of hurling and camogie matches on audio cassettes, c/d’s and dvd’s will also be there. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to hear selected scores on audio cassettes by legendary broadcaster Michéal O’Hehir, Míchéal Ó’Muircheartaigh, John Cashman, Paudie Palmer and Declan Drake. There will be lots more items on display, too many to mention.
All are welcome to pop in for a look at any point during the day. Admission is free. This is an exhibition not to be missed by anyone with any interest in G.A.A.
The lotto Jackpot is a whopping €18,750 !! Get your ticket for only €2 and be in with a chance of winning the jackpot. The draw takes place on Thursday night the 20th of April in Rosie’s Bar, Lr. Aghada.
Senior football Championship Preliminary Rd – Aghada 0-13 v Dohenys 1-8 – 15/4/2017 6pm, Ovens
The Aghada Senior footballers had to go to the well more than once in a tense tight game against Doheny’s from Dunmanway last Saturday evening, but when the final whistle sounded, it was Aghada that celebrated after winning their opening championship game for the 1st time in a number of years. The result only puts Aghada into the 1st round proper v UCC, but also the win removes Aghada from the relegation playoffs for 2017.
Played in Ovens in ideal weather conditions, Aghada got off to a great start and would lead 4 points to no score with just over 10 minutes played. Will Leahy fisted the opening point after a good run up field from wing back Jordan Tynan. Next Conor O’Driscoll, who played very well at midfield, did the donkey work to release Aaron Berry, who in turn put Pearse O’Neill in for the second point. 2 minutes after that O’Neill had his second, this time Shane Bennett was the provider. Aaron fielded the resulting kick out and slipped in Matt O’Connor, who finished nicely from the right corner. Aghada were flying at this point, but then seemed to play a bit more conservatively for the rest of the half. There was no score for either team for 10 minutes but gradually the West Cork side were getting on top. Mike Russell was doing a fine job on Doheny’s danger man Mark Buckley. The Cork U21 had missed a few efforts under pressure from Russell, but he finally opened Dohenys account with a point from play on 23 minutes. He hit 2 more in the next 4 minutes, 1 ’45 and another from play, All of a sudden with 5 minutes to go to the break Aghada’s good start was all but wiped out. Doheny’s continued to press. Outstanding centre back Jake O’Donoghue broke up one of their attacks with a fine blockdown, and when Aghada broke up the field, Shane Bennett drew a free which Cian Fleming pointed. At half time Aghada led 5 V 3 and would have the slightest of breezes for the second period.
On resumption Cian Fleming was first to trouble the scoreboard with a point from play after a great drive out of defence from young Kyle O’Shea. The was to signal the start of a fantastic second half from the Aghada full forward, who would finish with a 7 point tally, each score better than the next. The Dunmanway outfit had the next 3 points however, a Buckley free and 2 from play from corner forward Mark Quinn and now the sides were level. On 10 minutes Jake tackled 2 Dohenys men and forced a turnover. He was then fouled and Fleming slotted over the free. A minute later the same two players were instrumental again as Jake broke up another Dohenys attack and Fleming finished the counter attack with a fine point from play. Next Fleming hit an excellent ’45 and Aghada were 3 to the good again. Like the 1st half there was no score for the next 10 minutes or so. Both defences were on top and in truth both teams made some basic errors in passing and picking off ground etc. Debutant wing back Kyle O’Shea drove up the field on 21 minutes and kicked a super point from the left wing to restore Aghada’s 4 point lead. Back came Doheny’s again. They earned a penalty on 24 minutes when the Doheny’s forward was brought down when through on goals. Buckley buried a fine penalty. Next he pointed from play and in 2 minutes the lead was gone again and the sides were all square heading down the home stretch. Substitute Daryel O’Brien set up Fleming, who kicked a monster point on 28 minutes, but as normal time elapsed a Buckley free had the sides all square yet again. A couple of stoppages in the second half meant that 2 or 3 minutes was always going to be added on and in the 32nd minute, Fleming spoiled a short Doheny’s kick out and after winning possession popped over the lead point. Doheny’s went long with the next two kick outs, but the evergreen Pearse O’Neill went highest on both occasions to make two marks, just as his team , and Aghada supporters, needed them most. After getting the second mark, he nonchalantly drove his foot through the ball and it flew straight between the posts for the insurance point. Celebrations started for the Aghada faithful when the final whistle sounded from the resulting kick out. A great win, plenty guts shown from the Aghada team, who will now face UCC this coming weekend.
Aghada team – Andy O’Donoghue, Tim Hartnett, Mike Russell, Kalen O Donoghue, Jordan Tynan, Jake O Donoghue, Kyle O’Shea(0-1), Tom O Neill, Conor O Driscoll, Will Leahy(0-1), Pearse O’Neill(0-3), Aaron Berry, Shane Bennett, Cian Fleming(0-7, 2f,1’45), Matt O’Conner(0-1). Subs Used Ronan Kennedy, John Looney, Jack Farmer, Daryel O’Brien.
Pleased Aghada selectors after win over Dohenys- John O’Neill, Aiden Kelleher, Kevin O’Connell (missing from pic is 4th selector Pat O’Connor)
Junior C Football Championship Aghada 2-6 v Glenville 1-12 ,Thursday 13/4/2017, 7pm,Ballinacurra
Our 3rd team had their 1st round of their championship last Thursday the 13th of April. It was also a semi final, and Glenville’s 3rd team were the opponents. Aghada started the game brightly. Captain Charlie Terry found pacey corner forward Cian O’Driscoll who took off on a solo run, beating two defenders before blasting past the Glenville ‘keeper to open the scoring with a goal. Aghada were well on top for the opening 10 minutes but failed to finish on a number of occasions. They nearly had a second goal also, when corner forward Luke O’Connell saw his goal bound effort well saved. Gradually Glenville found their feet. They hit a point from play after 10 minutes, and a few minutes later they put together a nice attacking move that finished with a goal of their own. On 16 minutes Aghada got through on goals again, but this time full forward Ray Savage dragged his shot narrowly wide of the right hand upright. Glenville made Aghada pay for this miss and how. A super cross field pass found their corner forward who planked the ball into the top corner of the Aghada net, giving young David O’Sullivan in the Aghada goals no chance. Next up veteran of veterans Gerard Melvin was fouled when on the attack and Ray Savage pointed the resulting free. However as happened on a number of occasions, from the resulting kick out, Glenville replied instantly with a point of their own. They had another on 23 minutes, before Charlie Terry linked up well with Sam Burgess before kicking Aghada’s 2nd point. Then on 26 minutes young Cal Bawden, burst forward from wing back and kicked a fine score to leave just a goal between the sides. However again from the kick out, Glenville replied and when they pointed a free on the stroke of half time, they had a comfortable 2-5 v 1-3 lead at the break.
Aghada got the worst possible start to the second half, when the Glenville forwards were 1st to react to a rebound off the post and pounced for their 3rd goal. Cian O’Driscoll was fouled when bearing down on goals 2 minutes later and pointed the free himself. A Glenville point from play on 9 minutes marked an 11 minute period of no scoring from either outfit, with defences well on top. Michael Gilroy and Shane Dorney were particularly impressive at the back for Aghada. Melvin converted a free after being fouled himself on 21 minutes and when O’Driscoll did the same 2 minutes later, there was a hint of a comeback in the air. However the Glenville outfit had other ideas and effectively put the game to bed with 5 minutes to play when they struck for their 4th major of the night. To Aghada’s credit they kept going right to the end. Cian O’Driscoll played a nice one two with Ger O’Brien and buried his and Aghada’s second goal with 3 minutes to play. Glenville however hit 1-1 in these 3 minutes, the 5th goal summing up Aghada’s evening after O’Sullivan initially made a good stop only to see Glenville goal the rebound. In the end the better team won, even if the score line slightly flattered them at the end.
Aghada Team and Scorers – David O’Sullivan, Michael Morrissey, Michael Gilroy, Alan Walsh, Cal Bawden(0-1), Brian Wall, Shane Dorney, Paul Daly, Sam Burgess, Charlie Terry (capt)(0-1), Gerard Melvin(0-1 f), Alan Creedon, Luke O’Connell, Ray Savage (0-1 f), Cian O’Driscoll (2-2, 0-2f). Subs Used – James Gilroy, James O’Leary, Richie Condon, Ger O’Brien.