Irish quick out of the blocks to defeat KKG

Senior Football Championship Round 2
Fulham Irish 0-18 Kingdom Kerry Gaels 1-6

On a drizzly afternoon at Greenford, Fulham Irish kept their championship crusade alive in an entertaining game that was do or die for both teams, both having lost their first round outings.

Fulham were quickest out of the blocks notching four points in the first 12 minutes, two from Michael Murphy and one each for Peadar Friel and Lorcan Mulvey.

Having struggled in the early stages, KKG hit a rapid fire 1-1 in the 13 and 14th minute, the goal from Ronan O’Boyle and point from the impressive Rory Mason, to get right back into the game.

Fulham’s forward unit were operating very cohesively and added further points from Martin Hughes, Murphy, Mulvey and a fine individual effort from Dave O’Connor after an incisive run through the KKG defence.

KKG pulled back another point in the 23rd minute, a spectacular long range effort from Mason.

Friel and Joe MacMahon added further points for Fulham Irish before Mulvey and Mason exchanged points on the stroke of half time to leave it 0-11 to 1-6 in Fulham’s favour.

The half time break disrupted Fulham’s rhythm and they struggled to find their feet in the early part of the second half.

KKG worked hard and pressed the Fulham defence making if difficult to create a platform for attacks.

Timmy O’Sullivan and Mason (2) added further points to a solitary reply from Hughes to leave the score at 0-12 to 1-6 with 10 minutes remaining. Fulham Irish had squandered a number of good scoring chances in this period.

However, the effort expended by KKG was taking its toll and Fulham hit a quickfire brace of points from Friel and Liam Turley.

A further point from Hughes when he expertly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper and two late frees from Murphy gave Fulham the cushion to close out the game.

A good performance in tricky conditions, with Michael Murphy, Lorcan Mulvey and Dave O’Connor enjoying the hour for Fulham and Rory Mason the leading light for KKG.

Plenty to build on for Round 3 v Parnells where a win will ensure qualification for the Semi Finals.

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, T Byrne, H Dockry, C Foley, J Gilfedder, R Morgan, J Boyce, M Murphy, S O’Sullivan (L Turley), L Mulvey, D O’Connor, A Hickey, P Friel (J McNelis), M Hughes (C Carroll), J MacMahon

One-sided victory over under-strength Parnells

Fulham Irish 3-24 Parnells 1-07

Fulham racked up an impressive 27 scores in this one-sided league game in fine conditions at Ruislip against an understrength Parnells team.
Although also missing a number of regulars the Fulham Irish lads took control of the game from the throw in and were 1-9 to 0-1 to the good after 15 minutes, the goal coming in the third minute when the industrious Marty Hughes blasted home off the inside of the post.
Fulham dominated the middle third of the pitch with Hurl Dockry, James McNelis and Mickey Murphy all prominent in winning possession and launching quick-fire attacks.
The Fulham Irish inside forward line of Gareth Mc Dermott, Marty Hughes and Peader Friel wreaked havoc, helping themselves to 1-11 to Fulham’s first half total of 1-16.
Parnells by contrast struggled to break the Fulham Irish defensive line and could only manage 2 points in the entire half.
Parnells rallied at the beginning of the second half and went score for score with Fulham Irish for the first 10 minutes, trading early goals, Fulham’s coming from Gareth McDermot in the third minute of the half, the Parnells goal a well worked move down the left of Fulham’s defence.
Fulham Irish once again asserted their control over the game and continued to pick off scores with Liam Turley, James Mc Nelis and John Boyce all getting on the scoresheet. The game concluded with a neat finish from Friel to the net to round off a good afternoon’s work.
Plenty of positives to take form the Fulham Irish performance in a game where they were never really under pressure. Tougher tests lie ahead.

Fulham Irish: Brian Kavanagh (0-1), Tom Byrne (James Quinn), Shane Mulligan (Mark Mc Caffrey), Chris Foley, Sean O Sullivan (Peter Reddy), Hurl Dockry, John Boyce (0-2), Tom Lowry (Dave O Connor), James Mc Nelis (0-1), Liam Turley (0-1), Micky Murphy (0-5), Paudy Poland (0-2), Peadar Friel (1-2), Marty Hughes (1-3) Gareth Mc Dermott (1-7)

Kingdom fall to Fulham for second time in fortnight

Fulham Irish 0-12 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels 0-7

Played in blisteringly hot conditions in Ruislip, Fulham Irish saw off the challenge of KKG for the second time in a fortnight in this first round Championship encounter.
KKG took the lead with their first attack, slotting over a free and followed up with another from play.
Fulham were struggling to find their legs but opened their account with a Lorcan Mulvey free in the fifth minute. He repeated the feat on 11 minutes to draw the game level.
KKG, playing with the breeze, were enjoying more success in their attacking efforts and tagged on two long range points in the 14th and 15th minutes to lead by double scores at the midpoint of the half.
Fulham continued to graft and were further rewarded with a Gareth Mc Dermott free. With half time approaching, some poor covering in the KKG defence saw Peader Friel break free behind the cover but his low shot was stopped by the KKG keeper. The rebound however was slotted over by Mc Dermot, to leave the teams level at the break, 0-4 each.
KKG started the second half in the same manner as the first with a point in their first attack, but Fulham hit a purple patch hitting 5 points in 6 minutes from Friel, Mulvey, Dean O’Neill and a brace from Danny McGovern.
Fulham continued to control possession without troubling the scoreboard and with just 5 minutes remaining, KKG had reduced the lead to 2 points.
A long range free from McDermot and another from Mulvey gave Fulham some breathing space going into the final minutes, but a scramble in the Fulham goalmouth saw the ball rebound from the inside of the post.
With 4 minutes of injury time played a final point from Mulvey put the game beyond doubt and say Fulham claim the points.

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, J Gilfedder, R Morgan, C O’Connor (J Scully), P Friel, D O’Neill (G Collins), A Savage, S O’Sullivan (H Dockry), S Mulligan (J O Rourke), C Sheridan, R Kealey, B Martin, D McGovern (M McCaffrey), L Mulvey, G McDermot (J Quinn)

Fulham claim the points again with second win over KKG

Fulham Irish 0-12 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels 0-7

Played in blisteringly hot conditions in Ruislip, Fulham Irish saw off the challenge of KKG for the second time in a fortnight in this first round Championship encounter.
KKG took the lead with their first attack, slotting over a free, and followed up with another from play.
Fulham were struggling to find their legs but opened their account with a Lorcan Mulvey free in the fifth minute.
He repeated the feat on 11 minutes, to draw the game level.
KKG, playing with the breeze, were enjoying more success in their attacking efforts and tagged on two long range points in the 14th and 15th minutes to lead by double scores at the midpoint of the half.
Fulham continued to graft and were further rewarded with a Gareth McDermott free.
With half time approaching, some poor covering in the KKG defence saw Peader Friel break free behind the cover, but his low shot was stopped by the KKG keeper.
The rebound however was slotted over by McDermott to leave the teams level at the break at 0-4 each.
KKG started the second half in the same manner as the first with a point in their first attack, but Fulham hit a purple patch hitting 5 points in six minutes from Friel, Mulvey, Dean O’Neill and a brace from Danny McGovern.
Fulham continued to control possession without troubling the scoreboard, and with just 5 minutes remaining, KKG had reduced the lead to 2 points.
A long range free from McDermott and another from Mulvey gave Fulham some breathing space going into the final minutes, but a scramble in the Fulham goalmouth saw the ball rebound from the inside of the post.
With four minutes of injury time played, a final point from Mulvey put the game beyond doubt and saw Fulham claim the points.

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, J Gilfedder, R Morgan, C O’Connor (J Scully), P Friel, D O’Neill (G Collins), A Savage, S O’Sullivan (H Dockry), S Mulligan (J O’Rourke), C Sheridan, R Kealey, B Martin, D McGovern (M McCaffrey), L Mulvey, G McDermot (J Quinn)

Fulham see off KKG again in Championship victory

Fulham Irish 0-12 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels 0-7

Played in blisteringly hot conditions in Ruislip, Fulham Irish saw off the challenge of KKG for the second time in a fortnight in this first round Championship encounter.
KKG took the lead with their first attack, slotting over a free, and followed up with another from play.
Fulham were struggling to find their legs but opened their account with a Lorcan Mulvey free in the fifth minute, and he repeated the feat on 11 minutes, to draw the game level.
KKG, playing with the breeze, were enjoying more success in their attacking efforts and tagged on two long range points in the 14th and 15th minutes to lead by double scores at the midpoint of the half. Fulham continued to graft and were further rewarded with a Gareth McDermott free.
With half time approaching, some poor covering in the KKG defence saw Peader Friel break free behind the cover, but his low shot was stopped by the KKG keeper. The rebound however was slotted over by McDermott to leave the teams level at the break at 0-4 each.
KKG started the second half in the same manner as the first with a point in their first attack, but Fulham hit a purple patch hitting 5 points in six minutes from Friel, Mulvey, Dean O’Neill and a brace from Danny McGovern.
Fulham continued to control possession without troubling the scoreboard and with just 5 minutes remaining, KKG had reduced the lead to 2 points.  A long range free from McDermott and another from Mulvey gave Fulham some breathing space going into the final minutes, but a scramble in the Fulham goalmouth saw the ball rebound from the inside of the post.
With four minutes of injury time played, a final point from Mulvey put the game beyond doubt and saw Fulham claim the points.

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, J Gilfedder, R Morgan, C. O’Connor (J Scully), P Friel, D O’Neill (G Collins), A Savage, S O’Sullivan (H Dockry), S Mulligan (J O’Rourke), C Sheridan, R Kealey, B Martin, D McGovern (M McCaffrey), L Mulvey, G McDermot (J Quinn)

Stirring second half sees Fulham rule the Kingdom

Fulham Irish 2-06 Kingdom/Kerry Gaels 1-08
Wednesday, July 31 2015

In the proverbial game of two halves in good conditions at Ruislip, Fulham Irish staged a stirring second half comeback to edge out Kingdom/Kerry Gaels by a solitary point and secure a place in the Division 1 league final this Sunday.
Fulham Irish needed at least a draw to reach the final while nothing less than a win would be enough for Kingdom/Kerry Gaels to secure the remaining spot in the decider.
Adding a further twist to proceedings was the fact that these teams will meet in the first round of the Senior Championship in 10 days’ time, so there was much at stake in this match.
Kingdom/Kerry Gaels exploded out of the blocks with a first minute point from Stephen Kilcoyne and found themselves 3 points to no score up after 10 minutes, having slotted over two frees.
Kingdom Kerry Gaels’s pacey possession game was causing problems for the Fulham Irish rearguard, and Kilcoyne helped himself to a quick fire brace of points in the 14th and 15th minutes to further their advantage.
This was followed immediately by a Kingdom/Kerry Gaels goal from Joe Callan, the result of some fine passing and support play, orchestrated by the lively Ronan O Boyle who benefitted from a poor turnover by Fulham Irish in their own half.
A 20th minute point from Paudy Poland stemmed the flow somewhat, and as Fulham Irish slowly gained a toehold in the game, Lorcan Mulvey, on as an early substitute on his return from injury, slotted over a further point.
With half time approaching, a Fulham Irish turnover released Andy O’Regan through on goal and after turning down the chance to pass, shot weakly into the keeper’s arms to leave the half time score Fulham Irish 0-02, Kingdom/Kerry Gaels 1-06.
With nothing to lose, Fulham Irish started the second half on the front foot and the first attack saw Mulvey palm the ball to the Kingdom/Kerry Gaels’ net, meeting Poland’s fisted pass from the edge of the square.
This reinvigorated the Fulham Irish effort and they enjoyed the majority of possession in the early part of the half. Poland slotted over a free before Mulvey struck his second goal of the evening on 7 minutes.
Kingdom/Kerry Gaels responded with a Kilcoyne free, but defensively Fulham Irish had become much more alive to the job in hand and increasing dominance at midfield created opportunities for O’Regan and Conor Sheridan to claim a point apiece after some persistent attacking play.
With 15 minutes to go the teams were level and much of the remainder of the game was a tense and attritional battle to retain possession and open up a scoring chance.
The result was put beyond doubt with two minutes remaining when Mulvey drove over the final point of the evening and Fulham Irish held on to the single point lead to the final whistle, after a late miss from Kilcoyne to secure a draw.
This was a high intensity effort from both sides and set down a marker for the future battles ahead

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, J Gilfedder, J Scully, A Savage, B Martin, R Morgan (S Mulligan), P Davis, A O’Regan, S O’Sullivan, C Sheridan, H Dockry, D McGovern (L Mulvey), P Poland, J O’Rourke, R Kealey

Fulham withstand late rally to defeat Neasden

Fulham Irish 2-9 Neasden Gaels 2-4
Sunday, July 26 2015

Although they enjoyed total domination of the score board for 55 minutes in this 6th round league game at a wet and miserable Ruislip, Fulham had to withstand a late rally by Neasden, who were fighting to maintain their Division 1 status.
Behind on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-3, Neasden struck 2-1 in the dying minutes in a late but futile attempt to salvage something from the game.
Fulham started the game brightly and a brace of points from Padraig Poland followed by a quick 1-1 from Danny Mc Govern saw them race to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes.
Fulham had adapted better to the wet conditions and moved the ball through the attack quickly and confidently despite the slippery surface.
Neasden got off the mark with a sweetly pointed free in the 13th minute but with Fulham dominating in the centre of the park, Poland and McGovern both particularly lively and the industrious Benny Martin and Conor Sheridan orchestrating some neat link play, Fulham tagged on a further 4 points to leave the half time score 1-7 to 0-1.
Neasden got the first score of the second half with a pointed free, but sharp approach work from the Fulham lads saw Danny McGovern finish elegantly to the top right corner of the net for his second goal of the afternoon. Fulham added further points from McDermott and Poland in the 11th minute, but this was to prove their last score of the day.
Both sides toiled in the deteriorating conditions, but little headway was made by either team until Neasden’s late purple patch.
Overall a satisfactory result, setting up a mid-week head to head with KKG for a place in the league final.

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, J Gilfedder, D O’Connor (D Clancy), J Scully, P Davis, R Morgan, A Savage, H Dockry, S O’Sullivan, C Sheridan, P Poland, B Martin, J O’Rourke, G McDermott, D McGovern

Bruising encounter sees Fulham conquer Towers

Fulham Irish 2-10 Round Towers 0-06
Sunday, July 19 2015

At a windy Mitcham, Fulham Irish dominated from start to finish in a bruising encounter as the referee tended to let the game flow and took no notice of the illegal tackles and hits going in.
Playing against the strong breeze, Fulham Irish controlled the ball well and opened the scoring with a goal from James O’Rourke.
Despite the amount of possession, a combination of poor decision making and poor finishing meant only 4 more points were added in the opening half, through Dean O’Neill, Peadar Friel, Rian Kealey and Conor Sheridan.
That left the half time score Fulham Irish 1-04 Round Towers 0-04.
Now playing with the advantage of the strong breeze, the second half was slow to develop but Towers were really struggling to penetrate the Fulham Irish defence.
Points by Friel and a couple from David Duggan extended the lead before an Andrew O’Regan goal sealed the win.
Further points from Benny Martin, O’Rourke and Sean O’Sullivan completed the scoring.
In a dour struggle of a game, it was good to win over Round Towers who usually play above themselves when Fulham Irish visit them in Mitcham.
Star men on the day were Ciaran O’Connor, Roger Morgan and Aidan Savage

Fulham Irish: B Kavanagh, C O’Connor, R Morgan, A Savage, D O’Neill (D Clancy), M Walsh (M McCaffrey), H Dockry, A O’Regan, S O’Sullivan, C Sheridan (J Buckley), R Kealey, B Martin, P Friel, J O’Rourke, D Duggan.