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2012 ACFL2A Match Reports

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ACFL2A (Round One)

Rathkenny and St Colmcilles end all square

St Colmcilles sent over an equalising free six minutes into stoppage time in this opening round A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 19th

Rathkenny 0-08

St Colmcilles 0-08

Rathkenny opened the scoring with a well taken Donal Curtis point on two minutes. The seasiders replied with a free on nine minutes before Rathkenny retook the lead through Owen Elliott. St Colmcilles hit a purple patch to lead by two when popping over the next three points.

Two Murt Donnelly frees levelled matters approaching halftime before St Colmcilles popped over a free on the stroke of half time to lead 0-5 to 0-4.

The seasiders increased the lead to two on thirty-two minutes from a free before Rathkenny had a penalty saved three minutes later. Donnelly popped over his third free on thirty eight minutes to reduce the gap to the minimum before Ivan Lenehan levelled matters on forty nine minutes. Donnelly put Rathkenny in front with a long range effort from play before St Colmcilles levelled matters once again within a minute. Substitute Cathal McCabe edged Rathkenny back in front with two minutes of normal time remaining. St Colmcilles got the last score deep into injury time with the last kick of the ball. Both sides will feel they could have gone away with the points, but a draw was probably the right result in difficult conditions.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, D. McBride; R. Gore, B. Carolan, D. Donegan; B. Meade, J. Donegan; B. Lenehan, D. Curtis (0-1), O. Elliott (0-1); M. Donnelly (0-4), C. Reilly, I. Lenehan (0-1) Subs – C. McCabe (0-1) for Curtis, C. Meade for McBride, R. Timmons for B. Lenehan


ACFL2A (Round Two)

Nobber take home the points

A late scoring burst ensured Nobber came away from Rathkenny with the points in this second round A League Division 2 clash played in Rathkenny last Sunday, February 26th.

Rathkenny 0-06

Nobber 0-09

Rathkenny opened the scoring through a Murt Donnelly free on three minutes followed up by a Brian Farrell free four minutes later to level matters. It was seventeen minutes before Farrell put Nobber in front. This was followed almost immediately by a lovely score from Brian Meade for the hosts. Farrell again restored Nobbers’ advantage on 26 minutes. Cody Reilly levelled matters again in the final minute of the half before Nobber sent over with the last kick of the half to lead 0-04 to 0-03 at the break.

John Donegan restored parity inside two minutes of the second half and we had to wait until the fiftieth minute for the next score. This arrived from substitute Owen Elliott who edged Rathkenny back in front. Nobber dug deep and edged back in front with two scores in three minutes to lead by one with six minutes left on the clock. David Donegan went upfield to level once again with three minutes left. However the final three scores of the game were Nobbers ands they left with the spoils.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; D. McBride, J. Macken, D. Curtis; R. Gore, T. McKeever, D. Donegan (0-1); B. Meade (0-1), M. Macken; I. Lenehan; M. Donnelly (0-1), B. Carolan; J. Gore, J. Donegan (0-1), C. Reilly (0-1).
Subs – C. Meade for McBride, C. Curtis for Lenehan, B. Lenehan for Gore, O. Elliott (0-1) for Carolan, C. McCabe for Donnelly


ACFL2A (Round Three)

Seneschalstown secure third win

The hosts maintained their unbeaten start to the A League Division 2 campaign with a hard earned victory over neighbours Rathkenny last Sunday morning.

Seneschalstown 0-14

Rathkenny 1-09

Seneschalstown started brighter playing against the strong breeze with the opening three points inside five minutes. Rathkenny settled to equalise by the eleventh minute with points from Owen Elliott and a brace of frees from Jack Gore. The hosts extended the lead by two points by the seventeenth minute. Rathkenny then had a five minute spell that yielded 1-2 without reply. A pointed free from Brian Lenehan was followed by Rathkennys goal. John Donegan fielded in centre field before a pinpoint pass picked out Owen Elliott. His quick thinking left Donal Curtis one on one with David Lyons, and he calmly slotted to the net, to put Rathkenny in front. Brian Lenehan added a further point before Brian Sheridan slotted two Seneschalstown frees to leave it 1-5 to 0-7 at the break.
The hosts were once again quicker out of the blocks to restore their lead by the three quarter stage. Brian Lenehan kicked over his third point of the day to level matters on 47 minutes. Seneschalstown edged two in front with nine minutes remaining. Rathkenny dug deep to level through scores from Jack Gore and Owen Elliott with three minutes left on the clock. The hosts put over three successive scores to lead by three going into injury time. Rathkenny had one further chance as a pile driver from Richie Timmons clipped the crossbar and went over.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, Joe Gore; D. Donegan, D. Keogan, R. Gore; J. Donegan, T. McKeever; B. Lenehan (0-3), C. Reilly, I. Lenehan; Jack Gore (0-3), O. Elliott(0-2), D. Curtis (1-0).

Subs – R. Timmons (0-1) for Reilly, C. Meade for D. Donegan, D. McBride for J. Donegan




ACFL2A (Round Four)

Rathkenny register first win

Rathkenny finally registered their first win with a strong second half performance in this A League Division 2 game played in Rathkenny last Friday evening, March 30th.

Rathkenny 2-14

St Michaels 1-07

The visitors opened the scoring on six minutes before Rathkenny settled with two Brian Lenehan points and a point from Brian Meade. The visitors reduced the gap on the quarter hour mark, before finding the net a minute later to lead by two. The lead became three when they popped over another point with ten minutes of the half remaining. Brian Meade reduced the gap two minutes later before the visitors sent over their final first half score. Three minutes before the interval Jack Gore slotted to the net after a fine team move. There was still time for Owen Elliott to send over on the stroke of halftime to leave it 1-5 to 1-4 to the hosts.

St Michaels levelled matters within a minute of the restart. Rathkenny then hit a purple patch when scoring 1-5 without reply in the next eight minutes. Brian Lenehan pointed with a free before slotting home a penalty within a minute after Donal Curtis was upended in the large parallelogram. Further scores came from Owen Elliott, Lenehan again, Jack Gore and the hard working Derek Smith. St Michaels reduced the gap ten minutes into the second half before points from Richie Timmons and a sublime free from Lenehan extended the lead further. St Michaels got their final score with ten minutes remaining. Final scores from Owen Elliott and Donal Keogan wrapped up the points for the hosts.

Rathkenny - J. Martin; M. Macken, M. Brien, D. McBride; C. Meade, D. Keogan (0-1), R. Gore; J. Macken, D. Smith (0-1); B. Lenehan (1-5), B. Meade (0-2), D. Curtis; R. Timmons (0-1), O. Elliott (0-3), J. Gore (1-1).

Subs - R. Martin for McBride, R. Curtis for D. Curtis, C. Reilly for Timmons



ACFL2A (Round Five)

Dunderry take points in scrappy affair

The hosts better second half finishing ensured they secured both points in this dreary A League Division 2 affair played in Dunderry last Sunday afternoon, May 6th

Dunderry 0-08

Rathkenny 0-06

The visitors had a depleted team, missing eight Senior Championship starters from the week before. They started brightly however with midfielder Ronan Curtis levelling Dunderrys first minute score with a good point on two minutes. Owen Elliott sent over two scores in as many minutes before Dunderry reduced the deficit on the six minute mark. Elliott sent over again for the visitors’ fourth point inside the opening seven minutes. Dunderry levelled matters with a brace of points by the twenty third minute. Colin Curtis sent over Rathkennys fifth point two minutes before the break before the hosts once again levelled matters to leave it 0-05 a piece at the break.

Scores were at a premium after the break however as Dunderry edged back in front two minutes in. Rathkenny levelled through Donal Curtis on forty two minutes, but it proved to be their final score as chances were badly missed. Dunderry sent over two final scores to run out two point winners in a scrappy second half when a total of nine wides left both sides scratching their heads compared to the ease of first half scores.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, R. Gore; C. Meade, M. Brien, D. McBride; R. Curtis (0-1), D. Smith; I. Lenehan, R. Timmons, B. Carolan; C. Curtis (0-1), D. Curtis (0-1), O. Elliott (0-3)

Subs - R. Martin for M. Macken, D. Barron for Timmons, M. McBride for Carolan



ACFL2A (Round Six)

Rathkenny given a hard lesson

The string of bad results continued for Rathkenny away to Gaeil Colmcille in this A League Division 2 tie played in Grangegodden last Saturday evening, May 12th.

Gaeil Colmcille 5-11

Rathkenny 0-04

The host played much the better football in the opening minutes and created numerous chances to lead by four after nine minutes. Rathkenny settled with the next four scores with some well taken scores from Richie Timmons, Owen Elliott, Brian Lenehan and Donal Curtis to draw level after twenty-four minutes. They were to rue six first half wides however as the hosts struck with 1-1 in the closing two minutes of the half to lead by double scores 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.

There was no indication at this stage of the complete dominance which the hosts would produce in the second half. If it wasn’t for the heroics of John Martin in the Rathkenny goal, the scoreline would have been far worse. The Kells side upped their game and added two further points in the opening ten minutes of the second half to lead by six. Two goals and two points were then added in a five minute spell, before the flood gates opened with a further two goals and two points in the closing ten minutes. Rathkenny spurned easy chances and faded as the hosts took total control to win comfortably in the end.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; M. Macken, J. Macken, R. Gore; D. Curtis (0-1), C. Meade, D. McBride; R. Curtis, D. Smith; C. McCabe, B. Lenehan (0-1), J. Gore; R. Timmons (0-1), O. Elliott (0-1), M. McBride

Subs – C. Rock for M. McBride, C. Curtis for D. McBride



ACFL2A (Round Seven)

Rathkenny secure win

Rathkenny won a tight affair to bring home the points in this A league division 2 game played in a very sunny Rathkenny last Saturday evening May 26th.

Rathkenny 1-08

Trim 0-09

The opening quarter was an interesting affair which was littered with missed chances but Trim led 0-2 to 0-1 following scores in the fourth and thirteenth minutes. Rathkenny opened their account with Owen Elliott splitting the posts on the quarter hour mark. Trim got their third and final score of the half three minutes later. The hosts replied instantly with Jack Gore reducing the deficit to the minimum and the same player drew the sides’ level three minutes before the break. The crucial goal came from Owen Elliott who was quickest to react to a ball around the square and finished to the net. Darren Barron extended the half time lead to four with a free right on half time.

Both teams got an early score in the second half Jack Gore replying to Trims opening minute score. Trim started to claw back at Rathkennys four point lead with the next three scores. Richie Timmons extended the lead back to two with nine minutes remaining. The scoring was tit for tat till the end of the match as Rathkenny got two final scores from Stephen McCabe and Donal Curtis to win by two points despite kicking sixteen wides during the game.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; T. McKeever, M. Brien, R. Gore; I. Lenehan, D. Donegan, C. Meade; J. Macken, R. Curtis; M. Macken, D. Curtis (0-1), J. Gore (0-3); D. Barron (0-1), S. McCabe (0-1), O. Elliott (1-1).

Subs – R. Timmons (0-1) for Barron, B. Carolan for M. Macken



ACFL2A (Round Eight)

Rathkenny defeat League leaders

Rathkenny defeated table toppers Simonstown in this A league division 2 game played in sunny Simonstown last Wednesday evening June 6th.

Simonstown 0-11        

Rathkenny 0-15

The hosts were quickest out of the blocks with the opening two points after five minutes. Rathkenny opened their account with a fine point from Richie Timmons after six minutes. The hosts extended their lead before a long range free from Jack Gore and a John Donegan point levelled matters at the quarter hour mark.

The hosts popped over the next two points before Timmons reduced the gap with a free eight minutes before the break. Simonstown replied with their last score of the half on twenty seven minutes before Timmons added his third point of the night to leave it 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of the hosts at the break.

The hosts extended their lead within a minute of the restart before Jack Gore reduced the lead. Again Simonstown popped over the next score but Rathkenny replied with three of their own through Jack Gore (2) and Owen Elliott to lead for the first time on forty-two minutes. The sides traded the next four scores of the game with Elliott adding both of Rathkennys points leaving the visitors leading by the minimum with seven minutes left on the clock. An injury to Simonstown full-forward Hank Traynor delayed matters for several minutes, before he had to leave the field. Half back Christy Meade extended the men in Red and Blacks lead before Elliott added his fourth point of the half on fifty five minutes. Simonstown added their final point a minute later. Rathkenny finished stronger with scores from Owen Elliott and Stephen McCabe to close out the game.

Rathkenny – J. Martin; T. McKeever, M. Brien, R. Gore; I. Lenehan, D. Donegan, C. Meade (0-1); J. Macken, R. Curtis; J. Donegan (0-1), D. Curtis, J. Gore (0-4); R. Timmons (0-3), S. McCabe (0-1), O. Elliott (0-5).

Subs – D. Smith for McKeever, C. McCabe for R. Curtis, R. Martin for R. Gore