Junior Co.league Listry v Ballymac      On Sunday 28th July Listry junior footballers played their final Co.league game in Ballymac. Missing a few regulars, Listry fielded four minors, a few from the senior panel and some war veterans. On the day we were well beaten by a Ballymac team that had better footballers than Listry and had a physical dominance in all sectors. Colm Counihan was brilliant as always in goal. Roman Gallagher was good at corner back and had a great game in the second half at wing forward. Mike Quirke at full back will never leave you down and moved to centre back for the second half and attacked at every opportunity.  Tim Scannell at corner back is a great reader of the game and timed his tackles to perfection . Seamus Giles playing in his first junior game started at half back and moved to half forward mid way through the first half. Seamus put in a man of the match performance showing great battling qualities. Cian O Donoghue was strong on the ball at centre back and contributed as much as he could when he moved to mid- field in the second half. Our captain Aidan O Donoghue was a terrific warrior at left half back and did his utmost to encourage the team.At mid field Cain Bradley hasn’t returned to the form he had last year but at times gave us glimpses of the potential he possesses. John Foley took a bit of time to get to the pace of the game , but , once he did, he reminded us of the great player he still is. Killian Broderick struggled with the physical exchanges but the switch with Seamus worked better and can be happy to kick a few points. Mike Buckley tried his best at centre forward and never gives up. Eoin O Donnell was unlucky to came up against a great half back and settled better at corner back in the second half. Jonathan O Connor worked hard at corner forward against a solid Ballymac full back line. Seán O Sullivan tried his best to penetrate the defence from full forward and was our only scoring threat all day, scoring from play and frees. Paudie Horgan chased everything at corner forward and unfortunately a hectic social scene last week took its toll on Paudie. Emmet Kennedy was great to attend the game when he realised numbers were short. Emmet played the second half and was unlucky not to score a goal.  That’s the end of the Junior league and thank you to all the players that contributed.  Junior football provides an introduction to senior football for the minors, keeps the senior panellists playing games and legends like Tim Scannell, Mike Quirke and Colm Counihan can encourage the youth and instill the love and dedication it takes to keep the club going.     The final score was Ballymac 3-17 Listry 0-13 . Congratulations to Ballymac and best of luck in the final.Hard luck to Listry , thank you for the good behaviour and never say die attitude. Thank you to Robert Gallagher for umpire duty. The game was excellently refereed by Ger O Connor from Scartaglen.   

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