Lee Strand U-14 County League, Div. 8 Replay - Match Report
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 22:24
Lee Strand U-14 County League Division 8 Final Replay

Castlegregory 3-16
Knock/Brosna 2-10

Castlegregory produced a fantastic display of attacking football in this thrilling County League u14 Division 8 final replay in Churchill on Friday evening last. The West Kerry side dazzled in an opening half that saw them kick a fine total of 1-11 to Knock/Brosna's 2-3. Both sides produced real quality football and it was Knock/Brosna who made the more positive start, inspired by their rampaging Captain and midfielder Milan Williams, who scored two early goals to give his side an early 2-1 to 0-2 lead. Castlegregory took some time to settle but once they got to grips at midfield they reeled off an unanswered total of 1-5 to take a 1-8 to 2-2 lead after 20 minutes of play.

William Goodwin was in inspirational form at wing back and he kicked four points from play in a wonderful display of attacking wing back play that fellow West Kerry man Tomás O'Se would have been proud of. Jimmy O'Grady and Lee Courtney gained control in the middle while Michael Scanlon and Mikey Lyne were on fire up front.

It was Captain Scanlon who grabbed an all important goal in the 15th minute. The wing forward coolly slotted home after ghosting past the Knock/Brosna defence. Paul Walsh replied with a pointed free to reduce the margin to 2 once more but points by Goodwin, Lyne and O'Grady just before the interval gave Castlegregory a 1-11 to 2-3 half time lead.

A second half downpour did little to dampen both sides' spirits. The impressive John Walsh opened the second half scoring with a point but Castlegregory's Jimmy O'Grady replied with 2 pointed frees before Milan Williams added another for Knock/Brosna. Mikey Lyne's fisted goal early in the second half was followed by two further O'Grady points to give Castlegregory what looked like a winning 2-15 to 2-5 lead. Castlegregory's accuracy proved the difference between the sides none more so than O'Grady who finished the game with 7 points.

There proved to be another twist in this saga however as Patrick Moriarty dragged Knock/Brosna back into the game firing over 5 points in a row to reduce the margin to just 5. The combination side drove forward in search of a goal but some heroic defending by David Sheehan, Brian Dowling, Nathan Griffin, Brendan Walsh and Vincent Hussey held Knock/Brosna at bay. Niall Moynihan was also solid as a rock in goal. Moynihan had proved Castle's hero in the drawn game pulling off a couple of brilliant saves in the 2-15 apiece thriller in Ballymac.

Knock/Brosna's efforts proved fruitless however as Castlegregory swept forward in a counter attack that was finished with a winning goal by Lee Courtney. The hard working Coiste Na Nog Secretary Tadhg OHalloran presented the winners shield to Castlegregory Captain Michael Scanlon. O'Halloran praised both sides for providing great entertainment in both the drawn game and the replay. He also thanked Churchill Chairman Michael Moriarty for the use of the Churchill grounds and thanked referee Anthony Kennedy from Listry who proved to be a more than capable official on the night.

Castlegregory: Niall Moynihan, Brendan Walsh, Brian Dowling, David Sheehan, William Goodwin (0-4), Nathan Griffin, Vincent Hussey, Lee Courtney (1-1), Jimmy O'Grady (0-7, 5f), Michael Scanlon (1-2), Mark Fitzgerald (0-1), Mikey Lyne (1-1), Patrick O'Donoghue Subs: Cillian Hennessy for O'Donoghue, Darragh Butler for Hussey, Lachlann O'Leary, Craig Spillane, Owen O'Toole, Cian O'Grady

Knock/Brosna: Cillian O'Connor, Darragh O'Connor, Andrew Tess, Darren Browne, Gavin Relihan, Kieran Ward, Darren Horan, Milan Williams (2-1), John Walsh (0-2), Darragh Nash, Paul Walsh (0-1, 1f), Patrick Moriarty (0-6,4f), Jack McAuliffe Subs: Josh Ennis, Aaron Fay, Maurice Roche, Callum Hawkins, Jimmy Kelly

Ref: Anthony Kennedy (Listry)