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2011 Seniors Co League Div 2

County League - Division Two

Round 1: Listowel Emmets V Kenmare in Listowel 27/03/2011
Result: Listowel Emmets 0-9 Kenmare 2-18

Listowel Emmets had a big wake up call welcome to Division two on Sunday last in Listowel, as Kenmare made the long journey up North and came away with two well deserved points. Emmets started brightly and were 4 points up in the opening ten minutes thanks to points from Conor Cox, David Sheehy, Noel Kennelly and Denis Walsh. However, that was the only spell of dominance the home side savoured for the rest of the game as Denis Walsh was lost due to injury , while Stephen O'Brien and Paul O'Connor found their feet and tapped points over the bar with ease, Shane O'Neill pulled off a fine save from a shot by Aidan Crowley, however O'Connor goaled in the closing minutes leaving the half time score Emmets 0-6 Kenmare 1-09.

There was no let up for the home side on the resumption as Kenmare powered through a depleted Listowel side who had no answer for the forward line of O'Connor, Crowley and O'Brien. Crowley stroke for Kenmare's second goal and extended their lead by 10 points. Emmets continued to the end with Kennelly, Heaphy and Cox taking points to leave the full time score Emmets 0-9 Kenmare 2-18.

Emmets Team

Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Brian McGuire, John Heaphy, (0-1), David Ryan, Sean O'Mahony, Paudie Buckley, Denis Walsh (0-1), Billy Doyle, David Sheehy (0-1), Ger McCarthy, Noel Kennelly,(0-3), Conor Cox (0-3), Darren Halpin. Subs: MP. Kelliher for D Walsh (23mins), B.Greaney for D. Halpin (HT), R.Halpin for P.Buckley (HT), P.Walsh for D.Ryan(42mins), J.McGuire for B. Doyle (52mins)
Round 2: Listowel Emmets V St. Marys in Cahersiveen 09/04/2011 7pm
Result: Listowel Emmets 1-10 St. Mary's 0-13

Listowel Emmets had a good trip down to Cahersiveen on Saturday night last where they drew with St. Mary's on a scoreline of Emmets 1-10 St.Mary's 0-13. Emmets defied all the odds as they put in a very good performance against last years Junior All Ireland Champions.

As both teams found it hard to pick off scores, it was full back Kieran O'Connor that turned over a high roaming shot from the home side, found the menacing Ger McCarthy who took off on a gallop sending in a low ball to Conor cox who fisted to the back of the St Mary's net. Emmets responded well with a point from Noel Kennelly, the Listowel side did well picking up a lot of breaking ball with Shane Quinn covering every blade of grass on the field. David Sheehy, Jack McGuire and John Heaphy were linking well while Cox and Kennelly took good scores from play. As half time loomed, a stiff breeze picked up, to the advantage of the home side as they finished strong taking three points to leave the half time score Emmets 1-04 St. Mary's 0-7.

Both sides got stuck in from the throw in, with Cox getting another point to leave the Listowel side one in front, as the game progressed it began to get very crowed at midfield with very little clean ball caught with both sides very dependant on breaking ball. St. Mary's made most of their spell of dominance and took some good scores from play to leave the sides level for 3rd time in the game. It was tit for tat again in the closing quarter as both teams went a head at different stages but at the final whistle as at the end of the first half both sides finished level.

Emmets can be very happy with their progress from the Kenmare game, with Noel Kennelly taking 0-8 (0-5 frees) from the game, along with good performances from new comers Jack McGuire and David Enright. Emmets can also be encouraged by solid performances from John Heaphy, Kieran O'Connor, David Sheehy and Shane Quinn.

Man of the match

:Ger McCarthy: Team: Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Ger McCarthy,Shane Quinn, Jack McGuire, Padraig Buckley, Denis Walsh, David Sheehy, David Enright, Noel Kennelly(0-8,0-5f) , Conor Cox(1-2, 0-1F),Billy Doyle Subs: Brian Greaney for B DOYLE (47mins), Rici Halpin for J HEAPHY (57mins), Darren Halpin for P BUCKLEY (66mins)

Round 3: Listowel Emmets V Spa in Listowel on 21/05/2011 (Provisional)

Result: Emmets 1-6 Spa 2-12

Listowel Emmets met with Spa in Round 3 of the County League on Sat night last however, the home team failed to impress and even with a good start to the game, and another good spell in the closing quarter Mike O'Donoghue had done enough to ensure the Killarney side earned the points. Emmets started brightly with good linking play between Padraig Buckley and Brian Scanlan but tenacious defending by Spa meant the ball was in the hands of the ever menacing Michael O'Donoghue who kicked points from all angles. O'Donoghue linked well with Ahern and Gleeson in the closing minute of the half to hit a rocket past Emmets Keeper Shane O'Neill. Andrew Garnett intercepted the kickout and sent a high ball in which O'Donoghue found space and past the Emmets keeper once again leaving the half time score Emmets 0-2 Spa 2-5. Spa continued to apply the pressure on the home team who were now playing with a sizeable breeze to their back, but this failed to materialise into scores as Spa once again took some fine points from play against the weather. Emmets fought hard to the end but the lead Spa had goin in at half time insured their win. Emmets Shane Quinn did goal in the latter stages to make the scoreboard look some bit better for the Listowel side, Conor Cox after a good game missed a penalty on the final whistle for a leg block on Kennelly but all in all Spa were a far superior side and had the game won at half time.

Team

Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Sean O'Mahony, Ger McCarthy (C), Brendan Guiney, Jack McGuire, Paudie Buckley, Denis Walsh, John Heaphy, Conor Cox(0-5, 0-4f), David Sheehy, Shane Quinn, (1-1) Brian Scanlan, Derek Galvin: Subs: Noel Kennelly for B. Scanlan (HT), Brian McGuire for J. Heaphy (47mins), Aengus Fitzgerald for D. Galvin (62mins). Emmets next meet with Milltown Castlemaine in Milltown on Sunday next 29th May at 2.30pm.

Round 4: Listowel Emmets V Finuge in Finuge on 15/05/2011 7pm

Result: Emmets 1-8 Finuge 1-10

Emmets were defeated by their old rivals Finuge in round 4 of the county league. Emmets started the better but wayward shooting by the Listowel side meant that Finuge were 3 points to the good before Emmets registered a score thanks to the boot of Conor Cox. Emmets got more into the game in the closing ten minutes of the half as veteran Paudie Buckley and Denis Walsh and Brendan Guiney got more on the ball. As the first half drew to a close and against the run of play Finuge managed to surge forward with a looming ball into the full forward line, Enda Galvin got to the end of it and hit the back of the Emmets net leaving the half time score Emmets 0-5 Finuge 1-8. Finuge began the better on the resumption but wayward shooting and better defeating by Emmets saw a lot of misplaced shots. In a good movement of play between Ger McCarthy, David Ryan Conor Cox and Brian Scanlan Emmets managed to rattle the back of the Finuge net, this seemed to spur on the visitors as Cox took another point from play, however, the ever menacing Fitzmaurice managed to knock over another point for the home team to keep daylight between the two sides. The closing quarter of the game was intensely fought as Emmets who owned a lot of the ball took two points from play, and had the chance of taking a goal but the ever reliable Pat Corridan got the vital touch to put the ball out of play. Final Score Finuge 1-10 Emmets 1-8. Best for Emmets were Conor Cox, Billy Doyle and Sean O'Mahony. Emmets next meet Spa in the County League back game in Listowel on Saturday night 21st May at 7pm.

Round 5: Listowel Emmets V Milltown Castlemaine in Milltown 29/05/2011 2.30pm

Result: Emmets 2-7 Milltown Castlemaine 1-8

Emmets missing a few regulars travelled to Milltown on Sunday last in round 5 of the county league. Emmets started well with two goal chances before Conor Cox pointed to put Emmets in front. Paudie Buckley and Darren Halpin did well to contain the milltown midfield with Aengus Fitzgerald, Denis Walsh and John Heaphy hassling hard and winning good ball, while the inside forward line did well to convert scores, with Conor Cox a constant danger inside the small square. Milltown still stayed well within in reach of the visitors with Twiss and Murphy taking good scores. With 8 minutes left in the opening half, Buckley and walsh combined well with Kennelly who hit a low rasping shot to the back of the Milltown net, Milltown knocked over another before the half time whistle went leaving the score Emmets 1-04 Milltown Castlemaine 0-5.

Milltown threw everything at Emmets in the opening ten minutes of the second half but tenascious defending by the entire Emmets back lines meant scores were hard to come by, Milltown did however goal after a shot from Derek Twiss who rounded his man and shot low to the corner of the net. Milltown began to look like they were begining to dominate at center field but cheer hard graft and effort by the Listowel half back and forward lines meant they were not going to give up without a battle. Kieran O'Connor in a great movement of play linked well with Jack McGuire and John Heaphy and hit a rasping shot past Joe Daly to drive Emmets in front once again. With 10 minutes left to go both teams closed down and looked for the vital score, Emmets found one from Conor Cox and with that after a long wait finally Emmets registered their first win in Division two. This was a huge team effort from the 17 lads that showed up in milltown, backs were against the wall, each of them came out fighting, well done to all involved. Final Score Emmets 2-7 Milltown Castlemaine 1-8. A speedy recovery to Brian Scanlan who picked up and injury in the second half. Emmets next meet St. Pat's at home on Saturday 26th June.

Team

Shane O'Neill, Sean O'Mahony, Kieran O'Connor (1-0), Jack McGuire, Brendan Guiney, Brian McGuire, John James Buckley,Paudie Buckley, Darren Halpin, John Heaphy, Denis Walsh, Aengus Fitzgerald, Conor Cox (0-4), Noel Kennelly(1-2), Brian Scanlan (0-1) Subs: Mike Kennelly for B.Scanlan(injured) 45mins.

Round 6: Listowel Emmets V St. Pat's in Listowel on 25/06/2011 at 8pm

Result: Emmets 0-5 St. Pat's Blennerville 1-14

Listowel Emmets suffered a heavy defeat to St. Pat's Blennerville on Saturday night last on a scoreline of Emmets 0-5 St. Pat's Blennerville 1-14. An under strength Emmets started well in the opening quarter with points from Denis Walsh. Emmets defence worked well especially the full back line of Fergus Reen and Sean O'Mahony holding the St. Pat's Blennerville side to 5points and aided by a stiff breeze. Half time score Emmets 0-2, St. Pat's Blennerville 0-6

St. Pat's came out all guns blazing in the second half, and began to get on top at midfield breaking and winning the ball at ease, Emmets defence did well with the onslaught but failed to get the ball over the bar in this half, goal from Liam Sullivan ensured victory for the tralee side and two valuable points in the process. St. Pat's proved to be a lot stronger and fitter on the day, while the home side lack discipline and scoring forwards.

Emmets Team

Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Sean O'Mahony, Jack McGuire, Brendan Guiney, John J Buckley, Padraig Buckley, Darren Halpin, John Heaphy, Denis Walsh (0-4, 0-2f), Aengus Fitzgerald (0-1), David Ryan, Noel Kennelly, Shane Quinn. Subs: Ger McCarthy for John J Buckley (45mins), Mike Dillon for Darren Halpin (45mins), David Enright for Aengus Fitzgerald (50mins), Cormac Mulvihill for John Heaphy (55mins), Graeme Tarrant for David Ryan

Round 7: Listowel Emmets V Castleisland Desmonds on 23/07/2011 at 7.30pm

Result: Emmets 1-6 Desmonds 4-11

Emmets were comprehensively beaten by Castleisland Desmonds on Saturday night last on a scoreline of Emmets 1-6 Desmonds 4-11, Emmets missing a few regulars never got off the blocks with Kieran Brennan scoring a goal in the opening minutes. Emmets opening score came from Conor Cox, followed moments later by a nice point from Brian McGuire, Emmets were attacking well but lack of accuracy and good defence by Desmonds converted to little scores by the Listowel side. On the 25th minute Desmonds struck for their second goal of the game however, Emmets reacted well a ball from Brian McGuire sent in a good ball to Conor Cox who was brought down in the square with Noel Kennelly stricking the penalty to the back of the net, leaving half time Emmets 1-2 Desmonds 2-5.

On the resumption Desmonds kicked on from the first half and found scores at their ease, taking 2-6 from the second half while Emmets could only find 4scores. Best for Listowel Brian McGuire and Kieran O'Connor did well on the ever menacing Brennan, Conor O'Neill did well also.

Emmets Team: Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Sean O'Mahony, Shane McGuire, Shane Quinn, Jack McGuire, Padraig Buckley, Brian McGuire (0-1), Conor O'Neill (0-1), Noel Kennelly (1-0pen), John Heaphy, David Ryan, Conor Cox (0-3, 0-2f), John J Buckley Subs: Bryan Greaney (0-1) HT, David Enright for S.Quinn (37mins), Mike Dillion for John Heaphy (44mins), Graeme Tarrant for N.Kennelly (57mins) D. Halpin for S.O'Mahony (51mins)

Round 8: Listowel Emmets V Kilcummin on 13th August 2011 at 7.30pm in Listowel

Result: Emmets 0-9 Kilcummin 0-11

Listowel Emmets and Kilcummin met in round 8 of the county league on Saturday evening last in Listowel, the home side got off to a great start thanks to Conor Cox and with ten minutes left in the half the home side were 5 -1 up. Emmets had a chance to put further daylight between them and the Killarney side when Conor Cox's one on with the Kilcummin keeper ended up over the bar. Kilcummin added a further two from O'Donoghue and McCarthy leaving it 5 a piece at the break . On the restart Emmets added over another point from Conor Cox but Kilcummin piled on the pressure gathering a lot of breaking ball, taking 4 scores in the process, while the home side kicked 4 wides, Emmets had a strong final quarter and thanks to Conor Cox and Shane Quinn brought them back within two points of Kilcummin leaving the final score Emmets 0-9 Kilcummin 0-11. Emmets will feel unlucky on the day as it was game they should have got something from as the race to stay in division two intensifies.

Emmets: Shane O'Neill, Fergus Reen, Kieran O'Connor, Sean O'Mahony, Ger McCarthy, Shane Quinn, Jack McGuire, Paudie Buckley, Noel Kennelly (0-2f), Conor O'Neill, Denis Walsh, David Enright, Bryan Greaney, Conor Cox (0-7, 0-4f), John Heaphy Subs: D RYAN for D ENRIGHT (45), C MULVIHILL for J HEAPHY (50), M DILLON for B GREANEY (53), JJ BUCKLEY for P BUCKLEY (53)

Round 9: Listowel Emmets V Skellig Rangers in Portmagee on 4th Septemeber at 2pm

Result: Emmets 0-6 Skellig Rangers 1-2

Emmets seniors had a great win over Skellig Rangers in Portmagee on Sunday last in far from idyllic conditions Emmets were two points up at the break with Shane Quinn, Jack McGuire and John Heaphy impressive. With scores hard to come by after the break both teams were guilty of ugly play but the home team got more into it and snatched a tie but thanks to Conor Cox Emmets found the front and stayed there. Well done to all involved in a well deserved victory. Emmets next meet Glenflesk away on the weekend of 25th September, this is another must win game for Emmets if they wish to stay in Division two.

Round 10: Listowel Emmets V Glenflesk in Listowel on Sat 25th September at 6.30pm

Result: Emmets 0-11 Glenflesk 0-9

Emmets kept their Division two hopes alive with a four point win over Glenflesk at home on Sunday last, thanks to a phenomenal display by Conor Cox and hard work from Noel Kennelly, Padraig Buckley and Brian McGuire. Playing conditions were far from ideal in the opening quarter but after a brisk movement of play between Noel Kennelly and Brian McGuire, McGuire pointed from 30yards on the 3rd minute. Eric O'Donoghue and Seamus Moynihan did well for the East Kerry side but they were well matched by Padraig Buckley and Brian McGuire, sloppy defending from the Listowel side saw Damien McCarthy and Jeff O'Donoghue exchange points. Cian Horan took another point from play under severe pressure from Fergus Reen. However, this is the last time Glenflesk would lead in the game as Emmets got stuck in with McGuire, Quinn and Ger McCarthy picking up a lot of breaking ball. Sean O'Mahony made way for Brendan Guiney on the 23rd minute to marshal the lively Jeff O'Donoghue. Emmets Bryan Greaney and Conor Cox exchanged points, with Cox taking a fine point from play culminating from a fine fetch at midfield by Kennelly worked well with McGuire to find Cox who pointed well under pressure. Emmets led at the break by one leaving the half time score 0-6 to 0-5.

Conor O'Neill made way for Jamie Barry at half time while Stephen O'Donoghue came on for Damien McCarthy in the full forward line for Glenflesk. As Emmets hit a purple patch Conor Cox took three points one from a free to put Emmets three in front. Emmets attacked everything and the pressure applied by the half back and half forward line was telling as Jamie Barry won a low ball from Buckley found Kennelly who hit for goal to be denied by the keeper. In the next movement of play Glenflesk were baring down on the Listowel goal but Guiney intercepted to see his attempt shoot over the bar for a glenflesk point! Jeff O'Donoghue and Cian Horan took two more points from play as Stephen O'Donoghue entered for Dennehy. As the closing 10 minutes approached Cox pointed another free to see Emmets extend their lead to two. Emmets defence did well to hold a borage of attacks led predominately by Seamus Moynihan while Cox took his seventh from play. Kennelly coverted a free in the dying seconds to secure Emmets victory. This was a game with very heavy hits with both half back lines dominant, Emmets and Glenflesk both go to the final round now with everything still to play for. Emmets Scores: Conor Cox (0-10, 0-7f), Brian McGuire, Bryan Greaney, Noel Kennelly (0-1f) each.

Round 11: Emmets V Castlegregory in Castlegregory on Sun 6th November at 2.30pm

Result: Emmets 1-10 Castlegregory 0-13

Emmets drew with Castlegregory in Sunday last in a clash which would see winner survive in division two and losers demoted to division three. This game lived up to all expectations with the Listowel Side opening the scoring with a point from Conor Cox, this was quickly followed by a pointed free from Noel Kennelly and another moments later from Derek Galvin. Emmets controlled the opening quarter with both Paudie Buckley and Brian McGuire performing well. As Emmets went 0-4 to no score up thanks to a good point from John James Buckley it looked as if Emmets would cruise to on to victory. However Michéal O'Sé began to make his presence felt at midfield finding Alan Fitzgerald who opened their scoring on the 21st minute, Cox linked well with Galvin and Kennelly to put Emmets 4 points up again but the Castlegregory come back began in earnest as indiscipline in the Emmets defence saw the home side take 4 points in succession from frees. Conor Cox pointed again for Emmets to leave the half time score 0-8 to 0-7 .

The Castlegregory purple patch continued into the second half as both sides were level for the first time in the game, Emmets only danger man Conor Cox fired over another point to leave the minimum between the sides, Brian McGuire and Denis Walsh linked well as Walsh on a darting run that saw him glide around his marker, and with still a lot to do, he drilled the ball low across the keeper and into the back of the net. However. it was far from over as Emmets began to squander their chances with wide after wide while Castlegregory drove forward and took three unanswered points from play. The closing minutes of the game saw Castlegregory get their equaliser. All in all a draw was a fair result for both sides who gave it their all.

Emmets Team

Shane O'Neill, Sean O'Mahony, Brendan Guiney, Jack McGuire, Ger McCarthy, Shane Quinn, John J Buckley (0-1), Brian McGuire, Padriag Buckley, Noel Kennelly (0-2), Denis Walsh (1-0), Conor O'Neill, John Heaphy, Conor Cox (0-6, 0-3f), Derek Galvin (0-1) Subs: Fergus Reen for Sean O'Mahony (45mins), Billy Doyle for Padraig Buckley (48mins), Bryan Greaney for John Heaphy(55mins), Morgan Sheehy for Derek Galvin (56mins)