Aghada GAA Club

Founded 1885

Co. Cork

Rooneys reindeers lead the way for Christmas

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Starting with todays U16 B1 County Football league semi win at St Michaels, Aghada 2-13 Sam Maguires 2-9. Extra time loomed at one stage but the lads pulled away to keep the sleigh powering towards the 25th...

And especially for Johnty- U 15 League final Monday night, Aghada 4-10 Kilmurry 2-14

One man one goal one mission.Championship and League double for the u15 Footballers.

The scene is set in the dressing room by 6pm in advance of a 7.15pm start.

Top class facilities were available for these 2 sets of December footballers and what followed was a

“fantastically entertaining game of freeflowing football from two very committed teams, with two differing game plans”, a fast high scoring game that went right to the death after an explosive start from Kilmurry. So on Monday 3rd December Aghada and Kilmurry went into battle again, the 3rd meeting between the clubs in 3 weeks and the second time these 2 same teams met in a final.

And this game by no means resembled the championship final form 2 weeks ago. Kilmurry came out of the blocks with intent and had a point on the board after 3 minutes. In the 4th min they kicked a wide and then went 2 ahead.

A minute later Eoin Motherway kicked a great score from a long ball in. Kilmurry went straight up on the attack and kicked their 2nd wide, a tally that was to grow. From the kickout Shane Lewis gathered, fed Conall Rooney and his long ball in was clinically dispatched by Oran Crowe and after 7 minutes it was Aghada who led 1-1 to 0-2. But there was no let-up from Kilmurry. They were to score in the 8th, twice in the 9th and again in the 10th minutes to lead 0-6 to 1-1. So Kilmurry win the first 10 minutes.

And now it was Aghadas turn. Jack Colbert finished a god passing after Motherway was blocked and the ball was recycled more times than a babys bottle until the opportunity was there. And 3 minutes later Crowe kicked a huge score to make it 1-3 to 0-6 after 11 minutes. Over the next few minutes Aghada went into overdrive. During this spell Kilmurry were to go 12 minutes without a score. A huge garryowen from Scott from top of the left was fielded at the back post by Oran Crowe and he finished form a tight angle to make it 2-3 to 0-6 after 14. A hand in by an Aghada defender sets them moving again from the back and the ball end up with Eoin and he slots over again. 2-4 to 0-6 to the reindeers from the East. And within a minute from the kickout Fintan goals to make it 3-4 to 0-6 after 17 minutes, what was to be Aghadas last score of the half going 13 minutes to the break kicking 2 wides in this spell.

After 5 minutes Kilmurry started adding up the points again scoring 1-3 from the 22nd minute to the short whistle. At 3-4 to 0-8 Cian made a super point blank save after 26 minutes followed by a point a minute later and from the kickout that was lost Kilmurry goaled to make it 3-4 to 1-9. Serious pace to this game and there was to be no letup in the second half and it got tougher in every aspect possible. The wide count was Aghada 3 Kilmurry 4.

Aghada were to go a further 6 minutes without a score at start of 2nd half while Kilmurry notched 1-2 to lead 2-11 to 3-4. But Aghada were to outscore them 1-6 to 0-3 in the remaining 27 or so minutes. Aaron came in for Conall and Pete Ban came in for Shane. Some young fella asked why Moths wearing no.15 is back in the full back line, “workrate” was the answer. Seanie Call, MJ Stafford , Lachlan all digging in and doing their bit. The smallest defender Murph threw his body in front of a kick to make a block with the teams tied and once Aghada got the ball into the Kilmurry half the get out of jail card was played. 2 points, 1 each from a free and play killed off Kilmurry and the relief form the screaming mothers behind this scribe was defeaning. To come from behind having trailed for most of the 2nd half is a testament to the character of the group. The wide count finished Aghada 3 Kilmurry 11. For some the season carries on…..

Aghada u15 panel is Michael Joseph Stafford, Jack Corkery, Sean O' Callaghan, Tommi Oosthuizen, Thomas Land, Scott Whyte, Cian O' Shea, Fionn O' Connell, Danny McCarthy, Donagh Collins, Kalem Keane, Conall Rooney, Lachlan Greig, Shane Lewis, Ronan Murphy, Pete White, Aaron Atkinson, Michael Corkery, Isaac Mirner, Oran Crowe, Fintan Cody, Jack Colbert, Eoin Motherway, Sean Busteed.

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