THE young footballers of Cordal / Scartaglin GAA clubs took to Fitzgerald Stadium the home of Kerry football on the recent All Ireland Football final day to play Glenflesk in the East Kerry U-14 Football Championship Final.
Though Glenflesk started brightly, and dominated much of the opening minutes of play, they had only one point to show for it. This was due mainly to good man marking by the Cordal/Scart backs and especially a very strong full back line. They were willing and able to cover every move that Glenflesk threw at them.
From this inside play Cordal / Scart midfield and half forward line started to grow in confidence.
Their very first attack of any substance yielded a goal from the boot of wing forward Kieran Enright. This was followed by a point by a point from T. J. O'Connor - who would prove to be a thorn in the Glenflesk side for the remainder of the game.
Cordal/Scart now enjoyed a period of dominance and took full advantage of this with a further goal scored by Cillian O'Connell. The sides swapped points but Cordal/Scart scored two vital points from Florence McCarthy and T J O Connor to leave them ahead at half time on a score of Cordal/Scart 2- 03 Glenflesk 0-03.
The second half started with a repeat of the first with Glenflesk throwing everything at the Cordal / Scart goal. The pressure paid off and they managed to reduce the gap to three points. With the game now flowing in Glenflesk's favour, Cordal/Scart made two substitutes that would bring matters back under their control.
Shay Walsh for Sean Walsh, and Sean O'Connell for Cillian O'Connell entered the fray. They also crowded the midfield area and this allowed them to regain a grip on possession and a greater supply to their forwards. They were now running at Glenflesk with great results and points from T J O'Connor and Shay Walsh increased the Cordal / Scart lead. Glenflesk were now defending very deep and this left Hugh O'Connor with time to sweep up most of the Glenflesk attacks. However, there was one more major attack to come from Glenflesk. This resulted in Cordal /Scart conceding in a poorly defended goal area.
Time was not on Glenflesk's side as the teams exchanged further points before referee Tom Carmody blew the final whistle. Final score Cordal Scart 2-09 Glenflesk 1-09.
Maire Falvey Vice chairperson of the East Kerry GAA Board presented the shield to Cordal / Scart joint captains Padraig Fitzmaurice and Jack Walsh.
She praised the high standard of football played by both teams.