On a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon Ahane went head to head with St Senan’s in the Minor B Football Quarter Final. The game would end with 8 goals being scored in the 60 plus minutes of action. St Senan’s were quickest off the mark and got their first score in the first 60 seconds. Ahane’s first score came from Ruairi Cronin in full forward. Ruairi would end the game with 2-03 to his name. His first goal coming the 5th minute as he got on the end of a dropping ball into the square. St Senan’s recovered well and got a point in responses. Both teams battled hard in the mid field area and there were some good turnovers from both sides. There was some beautiful pieces of fielding that lead to some good scores from both sides. Ahane will be disappointed with the wide count as they ended the game with 11 wides. As the game went to the first water break the score was Ahane 2-04 St Senan’s 0-03. Ruairi got Ahane’s first two goals, the second one was a misplaced short kick out that landed at Cronin’s feet and he kicked it in along the ground beautifully and rattled the back of the St Senan net.
St Senan’s began to settle into the game the second quarter ad they got two points, Colm Slattery Wright however got on the end of a good ball and slotted it into the back of the St Senan’s net to ensure that Ahane held onto their lead. St Senan’s goalkeeper made four fine saves and he pushed the ball out for 45’s on a number of occasions. Ahane got their second goal just before half time and this time it was from the boot of Shane O’Grady. Half time and the score was Ahane 4-04 St Senan’s 0-05.
St Senan’s got their first goal in the seldom half after 4 minutes, they lobbed a ball into the square and it snuck in under the bar, they then went on and scored the next two points but in the 7th minute Ahane got their fifth and final goal with a well worked ball in and a well taken team score. Things started to change in St Senan’s favour as they got their second goal due to a miscommunication in the Ahane defence line. As the referee blew the whistle for the second water break the score was Ahane 5-06 St Senan’s 2-08. St Senan’s out played Ahane in the final quarter and despite some good saves from Evan O’Leary in goals they still managed to get another goal in the 28th minute of the half. Ahane held their nerve however and remained calm for the remainder of the half and own out on score line of Ahane 5-07 St Senan’s 3-09.
Ahane are now in a semi final, the fixture will go up on social media once we get it.
Ahane Team: E. O’Leary; G. Rowsome, B. Murphy ( C ), L. O’Mara, T. Marsden (1-00), K. Morrissey, A. Murrihy; S. O’Grady (1-00), A. Carroll; P. Donohoe (0-01), M. Donnellan (0-01), J. Kelly (0-01), C. Coulter, R. Cronin (2-03), C. Slattery Wright (1-01)
Substitutes: J. Barry, O. Furlong, A. Holmes, E. Madigan, C. O’Connell (2nd ½ for C. Slattery Wright) W. O’Leary (2nd½ for P. Donohoe), J. Butler (2nd ½ for C. O’Connell (Inj)), S. Den Dikken (2nd ½ for S. O’Grady), M. Hickey, C. O’Brien, D. O’Connell, C. Ryan