The County Championship rolls around this weekend with Kierans being paired off against a strong-looking Feale Rangers side. There has been trojan work been done in the club the past number of weeks to bring the grounds up to Championship standard and its fair to say come the throw in time of 7pm tomorrow evening that the pitch and the surrounds will be in immaculate condition – all that will be required for a footballing spectacle are two teams chomping at the bit and maybe some glorious sunshine!!
Cordal GAA are delighted to let our many viewers and followers know that our new updated website will be uploaded very soon for your viewing pleasure. As our site nears a whopping 250,000 views in just over three years we have decided to give the site a facelift. We will be taking all your favourite bits of the current site and making some adjustments to streamline and improve the appearance. The new site will also be the home of our online lotto app which will be powered by Smart Lotto. This new app will allow people from far and wide, aswell as those closer to home, play and support the lotto, which is the lifeblood of most GAA clubs! This means of playing the lotto makes it possible for all our ‘expats’ who are no longer in the area be in with a chance to win but also those that are local making it far easier to play while also offering other benefits. There will be full details on all aspects closer to launch date so watch this space..
The conditions on Sunday last were poor to say the least and sadly the standard of football in this one was very much the same. Cordal played with a slight aid of a crossfield breeze and driving rain in the first half and sadly could not get to grips to the game from the off. An error in defense lead to the opening score of the game which lead to the Senans midfielder passing into the back of the net. Handling was proving difficult for both teams but it was the visitors passing and distribution which was costing them the opening half. Kieran O Donoghue pointed the opener for Cordal before Sean Og O Ciardubhain, who had an excellent day at long distance placed balls, converting 3 in a row – one a 55 yarder with a tricky breeze. Senans were showing their class from frees also with their corner forward knocking over a brace which brought it to half time on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-04. Cordal were up against it second half and narrowed the gap early on but they were still making too many mistakes all over the field, this coupled with poor tackling lead to Senans knock a couple more over to keep the visitors at bay. The game entered the final quarter and frustrations were showing which ended with Cordal’s Tim O Donoghue seeing red along with the Senans midfielder and goal-keeper. The game seemed to pieter out after this and after another couple of pointed frees from both sides the final whistle was blown leaving the scoreline 1-08 to 0-8. A poor day at the office for the boys in blue and gold, individual errors, turnovers and no score from play have cost the side the two points, lets hope for a change come the field opening against Firies next month.
Team: Sean Og O Ciardubhain (0-5), Billy Cronin, Paudie Walsh, Tomas Brosnan, Daniel O Connor, Johnny O Connor, Niall O Ciardubhain, John Brosnan, Donal McCarthy, Mossie Enright, Kieran O Donoghue (0-1), Micheal Cahill, Tommy O Mahoney , Padraig Dignan (0-2), TJ O Connor
The photos from the recent Junior Championship loss to Listry are now available to view here
Now here’s your chance to win big prize money and fundraise for your local club at the same time – that’s if you think you know your GAA. Click on fundmyclub.ie and follow the instructions if you want to put your GAA knowledge to the test. Remember you are helping your local club when you are supporting so please get involved and nominate Cordal GAA as your chosen club, thanks!!
Credit Union County League
Cordal will travel to Mountcoal to take on St. Senans on Sunday 10th May in Round 4 of County League,with throw in at 2.00pm. If you could spare an hour, the boys would appericiate your support.
B Team County League Dates
The following is the team fixtures
(please note the games marked * may be subject to change, please check with Club closer to the time )
Round 1: Currow v Cordal Fri 15th May
Round 2: Cordal v Lispole Fri.22nd May
Round 3: * Fossa v Cordal Fri. 29th May
Round 4: * Cordal v Annascaul Fri 5th June
The April’s Lotto took place in the Shoemaker’s Bar on Saturday 25th April. There was no winner on the night and the following were the numbers picked 3,12,26,32. The Lucky Dips went to Rita Lane,Knockbrack,Dan O’Donoghue,Kilmurry,Michael Foran,Moanmore,Pierce Rowsanc, Newcastlewest and Freddie Casey,Scartaglen. The sellers prize went to Maurice Costello. Thanks to all in the Shoemakers Bar for hosting the Lotto,as well as the officers and families of Coiste na nÓg for w job well done. The Club would like to thank everyone who supported and continue to support the Club lotto each month. The May Lotto is now €4,400 and will take place at Cordal Community Centre during the Jamboree weekend , tickets are now on sale. Please support our Club lotto.
Cordal GAA wish to thanks everyone who has kindly donated to the recycling Clothes and shoes collection. Remember the Club always benefit from the ongoing collection of unwanted ,reusable clothes, shoes,belts,bags,curtains and household textiles.The drop off points are Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Castleisland and the Cordal Community Centre.
Sincere thanks to all who contributed to our recent Church gate collection and also thanks to those who helped out at all the church gates.
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 April’s Lotto Jackpot is €4,200 and will take place this Saturday 25th April in the Shoemakers bar. The team leaders this month is the Coiste na nÓg Club, we would like to thanks the members of Coiste na nÓg for all their work organising this months Lotto and we wish them every success with it.
Clothes for Cordal
Cordal GAA are collecting Clothes, Shoes,Belts,Bags, Curtins and Sheets. 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
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.We would also like to appeal to anyone who may not be associated with Cordal GAA but have some cards that they do not need to please consider donating them to our Club.
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