Cordal/Scartaglen U16’s played Firies on Monday 13th of April at Cordal GAA pitch in Round 4 of the East Kerry League. Firies started the game well and were leading well at half-time. Cordal/Scartaglen spent their time in the dressing room well, coming out and playing much better in the second half taking some excellent and well worked points. The score finished Cordal/Scartaglen 0-07 to Firies 2-11.
Next up for the team is Round 5 of the East Kerry League with an away fixture against Rathmore on Monday 20th of April, full report in next week’s report.
Cordal/Scartaglen Under 14’s travelled to Duagh on the Wednesday the 15th of April. Cordal/Scartaglen played very well, unfortunate to lose in the end by 5 points. Well done to the team, better times will come as the season continues.
The team played Finuge in Scartaglen on Wednesday 22th of April, full report in next week’s edition.
Cordal played Ballydonoghue in Cordal on Sunday the 19th of April in Round 2 of the Under 12 County League. Playing well, the game was tight with visitors were leading by 7 points to 4 at half time. Unfortunately the visitors scored 2 goals early in the second half which meant Cordal had to chase the game. The final score was Cordal 2-06 to Ballydonoghue 2-15.
The Under 12’s have a Bye on Round 3, they play at home in Round 4 on Sunday 3rd May at 6.00pm to Keel.
The Junior Championship rolled around last weekend and the tie between Cordal and Listry offered all you could ask for in a knock out competition. The game played out with explosive intensity from start to finish, the perfect conditions over the weekend allowed for a cracking encounter between the two East Kerry sides . Phillip O Connor, who displayed his county standard throughout the game was the first on the scoreboard before the home side answered back with a quick brace to go into an early lead. It was tit for tat for the majority of the first half but it was the home side, who were playing into the breeze, who would fair out better on the board as they went in at half time with a two point lead 0-6 0-4. This Cordal side seem to prefer the tag of underdogs and when they are supposedly written off is when you see their best football and the second half was truly an example of that. With the wind to their faces they took the game to Listry, battled hard all over the field and started putting some great moves together. TJ O Connor got the first and after a Listry double, the hard work from everyone in the team started to pay off as the visitors hit three on the bounce to go one up, game on. Listry hit back immediately to tie the game again before Cordal put a passage of play together that culminated in two points from Micheal Cahill, his second arguably the score of the game, which all thought was enough to win the tie. The home side started to show their pedigree and started knocking on the door in the hope of at least a draw, with 2 minutes on the clock they hit the equalizer, and from the resulting kick out won the break and slotted over the bar to win it. It was a cruel blow for the boys in blue and gold as they felt they had done enough to progress to the next round, not to be. Well done to both teams for offering up what the Championship is all about..excitment and drama, best of luck to Listry in round 2 against Firies.
Sean Og O Ciardubhain (0-1), Daniel O Connor, Paudie Walsh, Tomas Brosnan, John Brosnan, Johnny O Connor, Niall O Ciardubhain, Donal McCarthy (0-1), Brian Reidy (0-1), Micheal Cahill (0-2), Phillip O Connor (0-3), Mikey Horan, Kieran O Donoghue, Padraig Dignan (0-1), TJ O Connor (0-1)
Subs: Billy Cronin, Tim O Donohgue
The photos from the weekends county league win are available to view here.
Cordal/Scartaglen U16’s played Spa on March 30th in Round 2 of the East Kerry League, another good day out with the team winning away from home on a score-line of Cordal/Scartaglen 2-15 to Spa 0-05. Well done to the team and their mentors under the guidance of Michael Cahill and John Walsh on a very successful year so far. The team had a Bye in Round 3 of the East Kerry League.
Next up for the team is Round 4 of the East Kerry League with a home fixture against Firies on Monday 13th of April, full report in next week’s report. On Monday 20th April next, the team continue their league campaign with a trip to Rathmore, please turn out and support.
Cordal/Scartaglen Under 14’s travelled to play Asdee/Ballylongford on the 8th of April. Playing well, the visitors were up 3 points at half time. The teams were level with 3 minutes to go, however Cordal/Scartaglen were unlucky to concede a goal. Also conceding two frees before the final whistle, the final score did not reflect the true nature of the game. Final score Cordal/Scartaglen 2-11 to Asdee/Ballylongford 3-14.
Next up for the team is a trip to Duagh on Wednesday 15th of April, full report in next week’s edition.
Also Cordal Under 12’s started their 2015 campaign with a trip to North Kerry to play Asdee/Ballylongford in Round 1 of the Lee Strand County League. Playing well, they were down just a point at half time on a score-line of Cordal 3-04 to Asdee/Ballylongford. However, Asdee/Ballylongford won the match, on a score-line of Cordal 3-06 to Asdee/Ballylongford 5-12.
Well done to the team on their performance. Round 2 of the Under 12 County League see Cordal at home to Ballydonoghue on Sunday 19th of April at 6.00pm, full report in next week’s edition. The Under 12’s have a Bye on Round 3, they play at home in Round 4 on Sunday 3rd May at 6.00pm to Keel. Please turn out and support the next generation of players to wear the jersey and represent their club and parish with pride.
Cordal played host to Scartaglin in the East Kerry derby that lived up to expectation throughout. The visitors started much the better as Cordal struggled to get out of the blocks, within 5 minutes of throw in, Scart’s Denis Lenihan had the ball in the back of the net after an error in defense. They widen the mark to 1-2 to no score before the home side got in to the game. Cordal’s Padraig Dignan got the first of the day and would convert a further 4 in a row from placed balls to kick-start the home sides intentions for the day. Mike Coakley and Sean O Connor would further increase the Scart lead before Brian Reidy knocked over a fine point to leave the half time score 1-04 to 0-06 in favour of Scart. Cordal came out all guns blazing in the second half and had an early goal themselves as Tommy O Mahoney finished with a fist into the back of the net as Dignan pointed his sixth of the day to push them three points up. Sean o Connor was proving equally accurate from frees as he knocked over a brace as too did Lenihan either side of an excellent Cordal move that Micheal Cahill knocked over, the game was well and truly on. Phillip O Connor converted two fine frees to give the home side a two point advantage as Scart pushed for a goal but had to settle for a point to leave the full-time margin with a point in it, Cordal 1-10 Scartaglin 1-09. An excellent game for the paying spectators as it had all the hallmarks of a hard-fought battled hardened local derby, well done to both teams.
Sean Og O Ciardubhain, Johnny O Connor, Paudie Walsh, Tomas Brosnan, Daniel O Connor, John Brosnan, Niall O Ciardubhain, Donal McCarthy, Brian Reidy (0-1), Micheal Cahill (0-1), Phillip O Connor (0-2), MIkey Horan, Tommy O Mahony (1-0), Padraig Dignan (0-06), TJ O Connor
Subs Kieran O Donoghue, Billy Cronin, Tim O Donohgue, John Mannix
In round three Cordal will welcome our neighbours from Scartaglen on Saturday 11th April at 6.30pm. Please come to the pitch and support our men in Blue & Gold. We wish the team and management the very best of luck.
We would also like to inform you that the Club’s Bar will be open for refreshment after the match with live entertainment on the night provided by Mike Williams.
Church Gate Collection
Sincere thanks to all those who contributed to our Church Gate collections last weekend before all Masses. The Club would also like to acknowledge and thanks all those who helped with the collection. Your support is very much appreciated.
The April’s Lotto Jackpot is €4,200 and will take place on Saturday 25th April in the Shoemakers bar. The team leaders this month is the Coiste na nÓg Club, we would appreciate if all families would get behind and support your Club in this months Lotto. Remember its the Children of the Club that will benefit from the funds collected,as they are the stars of the future.
Date for your Diary
The official reopening of the redeveloped pitch will take pace on Sunday 7th June, with a jam packed weekend expected,more details over the coming weeks.
Topaz Cash for Clubs
Cordal GAA are continuing to collect cards for the Cash for CLubs competition. We ask that you would please continue to purchase €40.00 of fuel from a topaz station,collect a card and receipt at the till.The 1st prize is €10,000, with a large number of cash prizes, each club that returns 300 completed will receive €250.00.Please return completed cards to Nora Fealey.
Clothes for Cordal
Thanks to everyone who have donated clothes,shoes,bags,sheets,curtains and belts over the years. Remember that this is a continuous collection by the Club and all funds raised will help runs the Club. Donations can be dropped off at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Main St. Castleisland and at the Cordal Community Centre.
Minor Football League
Our Minors received a walk over on Good Friday as Kerins O’Rahillys B Team failed to show for the game.The Minors are out again on Friday 17th April when they will play Fossa away. The very best of luck to the team and their management.
Cordal played host to Gneeveguilla last Friday night in the relegation play-off in Division 1 of the East Kerry Super League. This game had the hallmarks of a challenge as both teams were short a number of regulars and the usual pace for football at this time year was not to be seen. The visitors were the first to score and had doubled their lead within a couple of minutes before Cordal got their first of the game. The first half played out in an open nature with both teams having attack on their minds but it was the County League Division 2 side who were the more accurate leaving the half time score 9-3. The second half started the same with the boys in green and gold dominating proceedings in front of goal as they totted up the scores, Cordal missing a few of their usual talismen unfortunately couldn’t match, as the deficit widened. The home side were awarded a late consolation as they were awarded a penalty with 5 minutes remaining which TJ O Connor dispatched into the corner but the damage was well and truly done by this stage leaving the game on a final scoreline of 17 points to 1-06. Cordal succumb to the lower tier of East Kerry for next year, our lads found it tough going in the top division this year and will welcome more competitive football next year!
Sean Og O Ciardubhain, Daniel O Connor, Mossie Enright, John Mannix, Flor Griffin, Micheal Cahill, Niall O Ciardubhain , John Brosnan, Brian Reidy, Padraig O Connell, Kieran O Donoghue, Thomas Reidy, Michael Flynn, Tommy O Mahony, TJ O Connor
Subs: John Culloty, Garry O Leary, Jason Cronin, Tim O Donoghue, Jack McCauliffe, Padraig Brosnan
“To Be Part Of A Team Means Everything”
These were the first impressive words spoken by past pupil, Cordal’s and Kerry’s Philip O’Connor when he addressed the children of Kilmurry National School on Friday 27th March. The energetic children, enthusiastic teachers and assistants were successful in achieving an Active Flag for their School. The pupils of School took part in a number of activities to achieve this prestigious award. Philip who is no stranger to these children, spoke of his love of sports and told them to become involved in any Club they liked, “it don’t matter what sport you like, once you like it and stay with it”Philip said. “Sport is a great way of keeping active, fit and staying healthy,”he said. Philip also spoke of the “importance on being part of a Club, as it is a sure way of making and keeping friend for life.As people grow up, life can become hard at times and it is important to have something you can come back to and enjoy in the company of friends,because to be part of a team means everything”,he added . Before Philip got the honour of raising the Active Flag,he thanked the teachers for inviting him back and he wished the pupils the very best of luck in everything. As always Philip took the time to chat with the neighbours, friend and he also stood for some photos afterwards. We hope Philip will make a return visit to the School in September with the Sam Maguire under his arm!. Cordal GAA wish to congratulate the children and teachers of Kilmurry National School on their fantastic award.Once again our local school has taken pride and place in our Community.