Rochestown Park Hotel Div 1 Football League - 11/02/2018
Last Sunday the senior footballers travelled to Skibbereen in West Cork and came away with a draw, after winning our first match in the league the management team used the opportunity to make a few changes in personnel for this fixture. In extremely poor wintery conditions Ballincollig played with a very strong wind in the first half, Pa Kelly opened the scoring with a free followed by a delightful point by Kevin Browne. Another point followed soon after when Luke Fahy attacked with pace down the right wing and scored from distance despite the Skibbereen back fouling him in the process. This score extended the lead to three points to one after twenty two minutes. Another good move created the opportunity of another well taken point by Kevin Browne to extend the lead but in the final three minutes of the first half O’Donovan Rossa scored two points to narrow the lead to one point at halftime.
Ballincollig opened the scoring from the start of the second half with points from Eoin O’Reilly and Pa Kelly before Skibbereen replied with two hard earned points. With the wind making it very hard to score, Ballincollig now were dominating possession but scoring chances were hard to come by, so when Sean Kiely and Pa Kelly widened the lead to three points with only minutes left it looked like a win was on the cards. With time almost up Skibbereen launched one last attack and broke into our penalty box and forced a shot that was spectacularly saved by our goalkeeper Shane Hogan but unfortunately he could do nothing about the rebound and Skibbereen got the goal that levelled the match. Final score Ballincollig 8pts – O Donovan Rossa 1-05. Best for Ballincollig were Gearoid O Donoghue, Shane Murphy, Colin Moore and JP Murphy.
Scorers ; P.Kelly 3pts, K.Browne 2pts, E.O’Reilly, L.Fahy and S.Kiely 1pt each.