U21 A Football – East Cork Final – Aghada 4-10 v Fr. O’Neills 1-6 31/3/2017
In the end they did it in style, retained the title of champions of East Cork, however the final tally on the scoreboard in no way reflects how close the match was for the majority of the night. With 25 minutes played in Shanagarry in the 2nd half it was a 3 point game. Aghada hadn’t scored since the 10th minute of the half and O’Neills were well on top since they had goaled in the 18th minute. Aghada were struggling to get past the half way line, but O’Neills, despite the possession, weren’t finishing aswell as they could have. Wingback Jordan Tynan disposed his opponent on his own ’45 and took off on a solo run. He played a one two with Marcus Leahy and then another with John Looney and when he then rounded another O’Neills defender, he was through on goals. One on one with the ‘keeper, he calmly slotted home for a super goal and the cup was heading back to Aghada for the 4th successive year. A John Looney free as normal time elapsed was followed by two goals in injury time. The 1st a super soccer finish from Jordan Ryan after a great pass from Aaron Berry, and the 2nd came within a minute when substitute Cian O’Driscoll smashed home to put an unlikely gloss on the scoreboard and sparked celebrations among the Aghada faithful.
O’Neills had started the game in fine fashion, drawing a good save from Ciaran O’Shea inside 2 minutes, and then pointing the free which resulted from the scramble that followed. A second free doubled the lead on 5 minutes and Aghada were yet to mount any attack. Full back Kalen “Tommy” O’Donoghue lifted the siege with a strong run from defence, before finding John Looney with a pass. Looney in turn found centre forward Luke O’Connell who pointed smartly to open Aghada’s account on 6 minutes. Next big brother Jake O’Donoghue followed Tommy’s lead, when he broke forward from centre back, before being brought down when through on goals. Danny Creedon pointed the free and the sides were level, 11 minutes gone. Aaron Berry hit a fine point with the outside of his boot and Looney had another after good play from Ryan and O’Connell. O Connell then hit his second after taking a pass from Creedon, but O’Neills had 2 from play themselves to leave just the minimum in it. O’Connell then set up Ryan for another score, and good work defensively from Charlie Terry helped setup Berry for another outside of his boot special. A minute later Aghada had a let off when the O’Neills hit the side netting when through on goals. The Ladysbridge/Ballymacoda outfit had the last say of the half with a fisted point on 31 minutes.
Fr. O’Neills turned to play with the wind in the 2nd half, but John Looney had the opening two scores. First a point and then after the O’Neills keeper had saved from Jack Farmer and Kevin O’Hanlon, he volleyed to the back of the net to give Aghada a good lead. O’Neills pointed on 7 minutes, before Farmer pointed after being set-up by Leahy. O’Neills almost goaled on 14 minutes, shooting just wide, but made no mistake on 18 minutes to leave the score Aghada 1-9 v O’Neills 1-6. That was the end of the scoring until Aghada’s late scoring burst which yielded 10 points in 6 minutes.
All that was left was for Captain Tommy O’Donoghue to accept the cup on behalf of the squad, from proud Aghada man Michael O’Brien. Congratulations and well done to all involved. Aghada Team and scorers – Ciaran O’Shea, Aaron Butler, Tommy O’Donoghue, Kyle O’Shea, Mark Healy, Jake O’Donoghue, Jordan Tynan(1-0), Marcus Leahy, Charlie Terry, John Looney (1-3 1f), Luke O’Connell (0-2), Aaron Berry (0-2), Jordan Ryan (1-1), Daniel Creedon (0-1 f) Kevin O’Hanlon. Subs Used: Jack Farmer (0-1), Shane Dorney, Aaron Stafford, Cian O’Driscoll (1-0).
Senior football league Division 3 – Aghada 2-16 v Nemo Rangers 2-9
Our senior footballers got their 1st win in the league when they had a comfortable win over Nemo’s second team in sundrenched Rostellan last Sunday the 2nd of April. Aghada, and Cian Fleming in particular, were quick out of the blocks, with corner forward Fleming kicking 3 fine points from play in the 1st 10 minutes. Nemo had only one in reply in this period, but on 11 minutes Aghada needed ‘keeper Ciaran O Shea to make a fine stop preventing a certain goal. Nemo pointed a free on 15 minutes, but 2 minutes later Shane Bennett goaled with a smart finish after Fleming played him in. Next Tom O’Neill pointed after 1st dispossessing his man and Aghada had a 1-4 v 0-2 lead. From the kick out Rangers with 2 fine passes went the length of the pitch and smashed home a great goal of their own. They followed this up with another free and all of a sudden it was a one point game again, with 10 minutes to go the short whistle. From here to the break Aghada outscored the city outfit 3 points to one, the pick of which was a fine finish from Fleming after a good run up field from wing back Jordan Tynan. 1-7 v 1-4 at half time and Aghada would have a nice wind behind them for the second period.
Again Aghada were quick out of the blocks. Recent signing Daryel O’Brien had been introduced after 2 minutes of the 1st half to replace Pearse O’Neill who picked up an injury. The former Kildare senior really dictated the whole Aghada forward line and pulled the strings in an impressive attacking performance. He kicked his 2nd point from the 2nd half throw in and then set up Kevin O’Hanlon for another 3 minutes later. Nemo had the next 3 points, 1 from play and 2 placed balls to leave just 2 points between the sides, and 10 minutes gone. The game was decided however in the next 10 minute period, with Aghada notching 1-5 with only a point in reply from Nemo. 1st Marcus Leahy on his senior competitive debut put through Tynan for a point. Next the impressive Jake O’Donoghue played a super pass to Kevin O’Hanlon, who buried the leather in the back of the Nemo net. The Aghada defence was playing well, with Timmy Hartnett particularly excellent. Aaron Berry next pointed a monster attempt, before a Bennett point increased his personal tally to 1-2. Then O’Brien 1st hit his 3rd of the day with his left peg and then set up Fleming for another minor. 2 more points followed for Aghada from the boots of Will Leahy and another from Hanlon. Aghada now had their total of 2 – 16 and Nemo were on 1-8. To their credit they never gave up and the Capwell outfit hit 1-1 in the closing minutes but it was as they say, too little too late, and Aghada claimed the points on offer. Another recent signing also made his debut, Sam Burgess from Donegal, who came on at wing back in the second half and played well.
Aghada team – Ciaran O’Shea, Kyle O Shea, Kalen O Donoghue, Tim Hartnett, Aaron Berry(0-1), Jake O Donoghue, Jordan Tynan, Tom O Neill, Conor O Driscoll, Will Leahy, Pearse O’Neill, Jack Farmer, Shane Bennett(1-2), John Looney, Cian Fleming(0-5). Subs Used Daryel O’Brien (0-3), Kevin O’Hanlon (1-2), Marcus Leahy, Mark Healy, Sam Burgess and Aiden O’Connell.
Wednesday 5th of April Junior football league Aghada v Cobh in Cobh at 8pm.
Friday 7th of April Senior football lge Aghada v Glanworth in Rostellan – time TBC