U16 Division 1Finals
North Kerry Bord na Nog
Monday 13th May Throw in 7.30pm
U16 Division 1 Final
Ballydonoghue 4-15 St Senan's 0-06 in Moyvane
Having finished the league campaign proper in positions 1 and 2, it was left to Ballydonoghue and St Senans to line out against each other in the 2013 Division 1 North League final played in Moyvane on Monday, May 13th.
A good crowd gathered in what can only be described as weather conditions more akin to what we expect in December with a very strong wind blowing into the village goal and icy showers falling sporadically during the game.
The wisest person in North Kerry probably expected Ballydonoghue to win this game pulling up as they have for the past 4 years or so been a power house at their age level in North Kerry and beyond, however in the initial stages of this game Senan's hadn't read the script and tore into the game with vigour and commitment and for most of the first half the Mountcoal lads gave as good as they got and matched Ballydonoghue stride for stride. A miseed penalty after a fantastic diving save by John Scully in the 10th minute could have given Senans a real hold on this game as their forwards were giving the Ballydonoghue backs plenty to think about and 3 fantastic points from David Behan plus 2 from Cathal Kennelly signalled Senan's intent to bring the game right to Ballydonoghue. As the half progressed though you could sense that Ballydonoghue were finding another gear and once they got their passing game together they began to pick off scores and torment the Senans's defence. In the 22nd minute Jason Foley goaled for Ballydonoghue and in the next 7 mins they would score 3 more goals from Jack Foley (2) & Dara Sheehy to leave the half time score Ballydonoghue 4-03 Senan's 0-05.
Playing with the aid of the strong wind at the start of the second half Ballydonoghue pinned Senan's into their own half but the pressure did not reflect on the score board as Ballydonoghue were guilty of some wayward kicking. It was 8 mins into the second half before Senan's managed to cross the half way line but missed 2 point opportunities mainly as a result of the strong wind. At this stage Ballydonoghue got their passing game together once again and began to rattle of some excellently taken scores. Senan's didn't manage to score in the second half until the 25th minute by which time the game was over as a contest.
The score line will suggest that this game was one way traffic and it would be a disservice to Ballydonoghue to say otherwise, however St Senan's tried and tried to the bitter end and to their immense credit not once did they hang their heads. In honesty this Ballydonoghue team are capable of beating anything North Kerry and more can throw at it, so there is no need for the Senan's lads to feel too down about this defeat as they possess some excellent footballers and for the neutral present in Moyvane on Monday last, they will have gone away with a great deal of faith and pride in North Kerry football.
Teams & Scorers:
J Scully, C Horgan, J O' Connor, J Lynch (0-02), K O' Connell, (J Behan 49) M Foley (0-01), D Doyle (0-01), (L Kissane 52 mins), Brian O Seanachain, J Foley (1-01), K Lynch (0-01), D Sheehy (1-02), K O' Donnell (0-01), W Kissane (0-02) S Mason (44 mins), J Foley 2-02, B Mason 0-02, (M Dee 53) D Power.
C Stack, D O' Regan , D Brosnan, G Galvin, K Lyons, A O' Mahony, R Nolan, C Brown, P Dillon (D Browne 49th min), B Keane (Capt), C Kennelly (0-02) D Stack (0-01), C Kennelly, J Hennessy (43 mins), D Behan (0-03), D Kennelly, M O' Rourke.
Referee: D Hickey (Duagh)