Ferrybank’s Junior hurlers qualified for the final of the John J Murphy sponsored competition, with a thrilling win over a spirited Dunhill side in Ballybeg last Sunday morning, winning on a scoreline of 5-10 to 1-15.
Goals win matches, and in this case, two crucial second-half goals paved the way, just when it looked Dunhill were going to go on and win the game, after reducing a nine point deficit. Playing with the breeze in the opening half, it took 10 minutes for Ferrybank to open their account, at which Dunhill had two points on the board, when a long ball went into the Dunhill defence, and Marty Freeman was first to react and his shot went in off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Minutes later, Greg Murphy scored a fine point.
Ferrybank got more ball from there on, and started to set up scoring chances, which Tony Heffernan, James Murphy, Philly Blake (2) scored points. Dunhill’s forwards were asking questions of the Ferrybank defence, but the lads held firm, keeping their goal intact. Crucially, just before half-time, Marty got his and Ferrybank’s second goal, when again he was first to pounce on a loose ball and from close range struck it to the back of the net, opening a six points lead. Seconds before the break, Alex Power’s long range shot deceived the Dunhill goalie and went into the net, ensuring a 3-06 to 0-06 lead the break.
Dunhill, aided with the breeze in the second-half, quickly began to eat into the Ferrybank lead, hitting six unanswered points in the third quarter. Things didn’t look good for Ferrybank at this stage as they were finding it hard to create scores. However, Greg Murphy picked up a loose ball, went on a solo and hit a fine shot into the net to give Ferrybank some breathing space. This was quickly followed with a Marty Freeman point with his boot. Dunhill refused to lie down, and were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to leave the minimum between them entering the closing stages.
Ferrybank fought hard for everything, and they worked up the ball to the forward line in which Tony Heffernan collected and blasted the ball to the net, and this was quickly followed by points from Darryl Griffin, Paul Carew, and the impressive Philly Blake who went on a sixty yard solo, and steered the ball over the bar to cap a great display from the team, who had to really dig deep, when Dunhill were coming at the them in waves in the early stages of the second half.
Ferrybank will now play St. Saviours or St. Mollerans in the final in a couple of weeks’ time.
PANEL: Keith Power, Paul Martin, Aidan Sinnott, Cian MacCathmhaoil, Conor Hogan, Chris Hoban, Alex Kinsella, Darryl Griffin (0-01), Philly Blake (0-04), Alex Power (1-0), Greg Murphy (1-01), James Murphy (0-01), Marty Freeman (2-01), Tony Heffernan (1-01), Tommy Burtchaell, Paul Carew(0-01), Pat O' Neill.
UNDER 15 FOOTBALL:
It was so near, yet so far, for the Under 15 Footballers last Sunday morning, where Ferrybank were edged out by Rathgormack. Ferrybank started brightly, but failed to hit the target, resulting in a number of wides, but Ola settled the nerves, with a fine solo run from midfield before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.
Rathgormack got to gripes with the game, and found it easier to take their points than Ferrybank. At the half time break, Ferrybank held a slender 1-03 to 0-5 lead. In the heavy conditions, both teams worked the ball, and created some goal chances, with the Rathgormack goalie pulling off three top saves. Despite trailing by two points entering the final ten minutes, Ferrybank levelled the game up, and it looked like they would go on a win the game, but with one final twist, Rathgormack gained possession, worked the ball up to the Ferrybank defence, and scored the winning point, resulting in a 0-10 to 1-06 win.
Hard luck to the team, as they gave it their all on the day.
PANEL: Jordan McEvoy, Reece Phelan, Glen Power, Lee Clark, James O' Meara, Eddie Daly, Charlie McLoughlin, Aiden Humphries, Ola Akjwende, Shane Oates, Ruaidhri McGarrity, John Collins, Oran Power, Shane Purcell, Izaak Richards, Jake Butler, Sean Heffernan, Dwayne Kearns, Daniel Griffin, Jeffrey Balogun, Ciaran Odhanu.
UNDER 15 HURLING:
Its County Final action next Sunday for the Under 15 hurlers, as they take on Stradbally in the decider. Following their great win in the Eastern final last week, the lads will be keen to do the double. At the time of going to press, no time or venue has been confirmed, so keep an eye on the social media page for an update, as your support will be appreciated on the day. Best of luck lads.
UNDER 21 HURLING:
Ferrybank’s U21 hurlers will team up again with Erin’s Own in this year’s Eddie O' Donnell sponsored competition. The combined team have been drawn to play Passage, with the winners playing Mount Sion or Roanmore in the quarter-finals. No date has yet been confirmed for the Passage game.
The annual night at the dogs takes place on Saturday 18th November at the Kilcohan Greyhound Stadium, starting at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale shortly, and we would ask all members, players, supporters and families to come along and support this great night out.
Once again, the main door prize will be kindly sponsored by Harvey Travel, Gladstone Street; a weekend away in the four star Castlerosse Hotel Killarney, which includes breakfast and an evening meal. The second prize is kindly sponsored by Murphy & Larkin Carpentry services is an attic stairs and fitting. So keep a note of this date in your diary folks, and we will look forward in seeing you there.
Clothes Collection is still running folks (and will be all year round). So if you have any of the following lying around the house...
- Paired Shoes
- Soft Toys
- Mobile Phones *
- Laptops *
* Mobile phones and laptops to be kept in a separate bag please.
Please drop them down to the club.