On Monday evening Fossa’s under 16s travelled to Gneeveguilla to play Kilgarvan/Tousist in their East Kerry League final. The lads got off to a steady start with points from Harry Buckley and Emmett O’Shea before a long ball in from Ruairi Doyle bounced nicely for Emmett who left his man for dead to bury low into the net.
Midway through the first half Fossa led 1-5 to 0-1. This followed a productive couple of minutes for Kilgargan/Tousist who clinically put away two goals and it was game on.
Emmett O’Shea again steadied the ship with a couple of points and Jack Clifford chipped in with one top leave it 1-8 to 2-1 at the break.
The second half started with Kilgarvan/Tousist on the attack with goals on their mind. However the Fossa backs time and time again tackled superbly and intercepted several attacks. One of these interceptions led to a fine counter attack move which the very impressive Rossa Bellew slotted away to the net. This was followed by further points from Emmett and Rossa.
The Fossa lads kept picking away at the score board and this, along with some unbelievable saves from Keelan O’Brien in the Fossa goal, kept them in the driving seat. A late goal from Darren Cronin put the game well beyond doubt and its was captain, Harry Buckley who lifted the trophy. On an evening when the Fossa defence were in superb form, special mention must go to young keeper Keelan O’Brien in the Fossa goal who brought off several saves which really needed to be seen to be believed. Pauric Talbot, Cathal Welton and Joe Chaillane gave an exhibition in the full back line. The half back line of Eoin Myers, Patryk Kamosa and Simon Coffey intercepted numerous attacks and set up counter attacks all evening.
Ruairi Doyle again showed why he is one of the top under 16 players in the county with an all-action performance. Colm Talbot bossed the midfield as he normally does and caught some great high balls.
The half forward line of Evan Mannix, Harry Buckley and Darren Cronin worked their socks off all evening and it is this type of hard running, tracking and tackling which often goes unnoticed.
Massive credit must also go to Emmett O’Shea who shook off a heavy knock he received in his man-of-the-match performance for the minors on Friday night to finish off the night with 1-8. This is a young guy who is definitely going to be a special player.
He was ably assisted by Jack Clifford and Rossa Bellew who has been a breath of fresh air since his return from injury. Conor Horgan, James Shaughnessy and Jackson O’Mahony all came on at various stages and continued the hard work displayed by their team mates.
Under 14: Fossa played Kerins O’Rahillys in Ballymac in the Under 14 Division 2 County Final and they came away with the victory after extra time, final score 5-21 to 2-15. The half time score was 1-5 to 1-4 in favour of Fossa with both teams playing great football.
Best on the night were Rocco Sheehan, Peadar Kelleher, Cian Doyle, Sean Dineen, Harry Kelly and Rian Colleran.
Team and scorers: Dean Sheehan, Finn Kennelly, Cian Doyle, Tom Cahillane (Capt), Darragh O’Brien, Sam Buckley, Robert Brooks, Sean Dineen (0-1),Rian Colleran (1-0), Peadar Kelleher (1-0), Ryan O’Leary (1-3), Darren Ryan (0-2), Patrick Lyons (0-5), Harry Kelly (0-6), Rocco Sheehan (2-2), Subs: Ted O’Gorman (0-2), Philip Lyons, Aaron Coffey, Jack Cronin, Gavin O’Leary.
Seniors: Fossa were at home to Gneeveguilla in Round 5 of the county league. Gneeveguilla started well and kicked the first two scores before Donald O’Sullivan opened Fossa’s account with a free in the 12th minute.
Gneeveguilla continued to press and scored the opening goal after 15 minutes to leave them leading by five points. Fossa replied almost immediately when quick thinking by Fintan Coffey saw him send a short free into Chris Myers who calmly slotted the ball to the net for a fine goal.
Three points from Tadgh O’Shea and a point from the returning Lorcan Daly put Fossa in the lead heading towards the break but,on the stroke of half time, Gneeveguilla struck for another goal to leave them leading 2-4 to 1-5 at the break.
The second was a close affair with the exchanges tough and hard. Two points apiece from Tadgh O’Shea and Chris Myers had the deficit down to the bare minimum after 16 minutes but then Gneeveguilla struck for their third goal of the match.
Fossa upped the ante and stuck to the task, Shane O’Sullivan pulled off a fine save to deny Gneeveguilla another goal and it must be said that Shane had a fine game throughout with a couple of brilliant saves.
The young players like Anthony O’Keeffe and Cian O’Shea were playing well, being coaxed along by the senior players in the squad.
In the 26th minute Paudie Clifford produced a brilliant finish to the Gneeveguilla net to put Fossa in front by one point, however Gneeveguilla finished stronger and kicked the last two points to hold on for a one-point victory on a score of 3-10 to 2-12.
Fossa will be disappointed not to have got something out of this game as their performance deserved it, they gave it their all with some fine individual performances all around the pitch. We have lost a few players for the summer due to emigration to the US and other exotic places but it was great to welcome Lorcan Daly back to the fold.
Lotto: The GAA club lotto numbers drawn were 2, 10, 12 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and the consolation winners were Ogie, c/o Pat O’Donoghue, Alan and Natasha O’Sullivan, Pallas Beaufort, Tina Myers, Barleymount East, Cathal Flemming, Curragh Aghadoe and Jamie Murphy, 7 Flintfield Faha. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,750.
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