Cordal finished the Division Five league in sunny Ballybunion, claiming their final victory against Asdee, ending a successful County League Season. The Cordal team easily overcame the Asdee side claiming a twenty-point lead at full-time with 4-16 to 0-08. The victory was all the sweeter with Cordal receiving the league trophy and leaving Division 5 as champions, having been unbeaten throughout the duration of the league.
The first half set the pace of the game. Cordal were brisk with their scores and points were being added every second minute of the half. Asdee struggled but held some shape in the first quarter with scores coming from Eoin Tyding and Mike Breen. Cordal’s Philip O’Connor shone bright right out the gate, adding a goal and a point to the Cordal tally in the first three minutes. Brian Reidy and Gary O’Leary extended Cordal’s points scored and another goal scored by T.J O’Connor in the eighth minute.
Philip O’Connor repeated his technique in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He scored another point and a goal in the 19th minute. T.J O’Connor kicked over a point in the minute after before Asdee got back with the ball to score a point in the 22nd minute which was scored by D. Keane. Eoin Tyding scored Asdee’s final point of the half in the 24th minute before Cordal’s Philip O’Connor kicked the ball over the bar before the referee blew the whistle. Half time but Cordal thirteen points ahead at 3-09 to Asdee’s 0-05.
Cordal kept up their momentum in the second half and John Brosnan scored one of the quickest goals I’ve ever seen with the unsuspecting Asdee goalie barely warmed up. Kieran O’Donoghue, Philip Griffin, Sean Walsh and Kieran Enright all added points to the Cordal tally which put the boys well ahead of the opposing team by the end of the second half. The ref blew up the game with Cordal twenty points ahead at 4-16 to 0-08.
The Cordal team left the game as champions having topped the Division Five County League table and having held an unbeaten streak for the duration of the league. A historic duo of father and son got to play side by side as County League champions; Mossie and his son Kieran Enright which was great to see. The team had a mix of young and old but there’s been great comradery between one and all and it was evident on Sunday. The day was a happy occasion for the Club as the team received the league trophy with many supporters cheering them on. Team Captain Philip O’Connor gave a heartfelt speech where he praised his team mates and management. He hoped that the team will be able to build on the victory and grow as they move on to Division Four. Philip also said he is as proud with the win as he would be on any team and more so as he talked about the great love he has for his local GAA Club where his grá for gaelic football began.
The trophy was presented by County Board Officer Eamonn Whelan who congratulated the Cordal team on their achievement. It was a great day for the Club all round and it was wonderful as PRO to see the team prosper throughout the County League and be rewarded for it in the end. It was terrific to see week on week the loyalty of the players and fans towards Cordal GAA Club. I wish the Cordal Seniors continued success in their upcoming matches and in Division 4 next year.
1. Sean Óg O’Ciardubhain
2. Gary O’Leary (0-1)
3. Johnny O’Connor
4. Pádraig Brosnacán
5. Michéal Cahill
6. Flor Griffin
7. Donal McCarthy
8. Kieran O’Donoghue (0-2)
9. T.J O’Connor (1-1)
10. Philip O’Connor cpt. (2-4)
11. Brian Reidy (0-2)
12. Philip Griffin (0-2)
13. Kieran Enright (0-1)
Subs: Sean Walsh (0-3); John Brosnan (1-0); Daniel Kearney; Tim O’Donoghue; Jason Cronin; Mossie Enright; Ger Byrne; Billy Cronin; Mike Flynn Jr; Tim O’Donoghue; Daniel O’Connor and Padraig Brosnan.
Cordal team and supporters pose for a club photo. Back Row (L-R) Gerry Mannix, Tom Dennehy Kevin Walshe, Kieran Enright, Michéal Cahill, Jason Cronin, John Brosnan, Donal McCarthy, Billy Cronin, Ger Byrne, Flor Griffin, Philip Griffin, Johnny O’Connor, Mossie Enright, Daniel Kearney, Paudie Walsh, Padraig Brosnan, Mike Flynn, Eamonn John O’Donoghue, Padraig O’Connell, Richard O’Donoghue, Domo O’Ciardubhain, Maurice Costello, Paddy Flynn, Cathal O’Donoghue and Sean O’Connell. Front Row (L-R) Kieran O’Donoghue, Mike Flynn Jr., Sean Walsh, T.J O’Connor, Philip O’Connor, Sean Óg O’Ciardubhain, Gary O’Leary, Brian Reidy, Pádraig Brosnacán, Tim O’Donoghue, Daniel O’Connor, Andy O’Leary and Ryan Dennehy.