Asdee GAA   04/02/2019

North Kerry LeagueDivision 2.

Asdee  1-8       Duagh 0-12

The Football season for the year ahead kicked off on Sundaylast in Division 2 of the McCarthys Insurance, Brokers Senior League with  an away game against Duagh. Played in perfectunderfoot conditions between two evenly matched sides  that saw the sides level on no fewer than 4ocassions with the end result hanging in the balance right up to the lastwhistle. The opening half saw scores hard to comeby with defences very tight ontheir opponents and also some poor shooting efforts that saw Duagh kicking 5early wides and it took until the 9th minute before the first scorewas registered with Killian Buckley swinging over an excellent point. From thekickout play swung to the other end and when match Referee, Mike Joy awarded apenalty to Asdee and up stepped Eoin Tydings who tucked the ball into thecorner of the net. Points were exchanged by Martin Scanlon;(3) and Tom Scanlonwith Paul O Carroll and Darren Russell replying for Asdee to tie up the gameafter 25 minutes.Duagh 0-5 Asdee 1-2. Duagh finished the half well and pointsfrom Martin Scanlon, Sean Broderick and Thomas McNamara say them ahead 0-8 to1-2. Certainly the second half livened up considerably with the visitorsgetting stuck in early on and points coming from Eoin Tydings Darragh Keane andMike Breen with Martin Scanlon getting one back for Duagh and by the 7thminute it was all square; Duagh 0-9 Asdee 1-6. The final quarter was hectic asplay ebbed and flowed ; Ger McCarthy and Martin Scanlon for Duagh and MikeBreen and Darragh Keane for the visitors had the team on level terms after 16minutes  but a mighty point from AnthonyMaher say the home side lead and even though Asdee had plenty of the play to atleast get something from the game which they would have deserved;  as the peppered the opposing defence in thosefinal minutes  but credit Duagh who heldfirm and the final scores came from Nigel O Connor and Darragh Keane with thehome team just edging out the victory. This was a very encouraging display fromAsdee who had Shay Doran playing well making his first start at wing back andStephen Lynch listed amongst the substitutes. We also welcome back DarrenRussell after a few seasons away and Con Carmody after a short lay-off. Asdee;James Kelly, Con Carmody, Martin Collins, Conor Keane, Jack Keane, John Doran,Shay Doran, Kieran Kelly, Darragh Keane, Mike Breen, Sean Keane, Capt, DarrenRussell, Paul O Carroll, Eoin Tydings, Eoin Kennedy. Subs; Cyril Dineen forConor Keane,inj, Dinny Dalton for Shay Doran. Referee, Mike Joy, Ballydonoghue.