A year of highs and lows for our Footballers

THE first part of the Millstreet GAA review focuses on  Millstreet GAA clubs Football season 2009

Millstreet GAA hosts its AGM in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on this Friday night commencing at 8pm. Looking at a football review this week, the JAFC campaign began on a 0-11 to a 0-7 defeat to defending holders Cullen. There was no disputing that Cullen were worthy winners yet Millstreet paraded six minor players over the hour and delivered a creditable showing.

Subsequently, Millstreet cantered clear of Newmarket 4-16 to 0-9 in the second round. Once Millstreet got into their stride upon the resumption, they possessed far too many aces in the pack for a second string Newmarket combination.

Read the full review of Millstreet GAA Football 2009 on the Corkman website

Millstreet’s hopes of progress were scuppered by eventual champions Kanturk on a narrow 0-11 to 1-7 loss in the third round at a rainlashed Kiskeam. On the balance of play, Kanturk just about deserved their success yet a young Millstreet side can take alot of positives from a game that hung on a knife edge all through the hour.

From the U21 B Football Championship, Millstreet got the measure of Dromtariffe 1-11 to 2-5 in a semi final before they pulled out all the stops to better Kiskeam 2-12 to 2-10 in a thrilling decider.

From a game that ebbed and flowed, Millstreet timed their run to perfection, erasing an eight point deficit. Far from folding, Millstreet responded to the challenge with commendable gusto in either half.

Millstreet competed in the Co. Premier 2 Minor Football Championship, stunning Kinsale 1-15 to 3-8 in the opening round.

Trailing by five points approaching the end of normal time, Millstreet finished in the ascendency to swing the outcome. Millstreet built upon a flying start to overcome Aghada in the third round played at Mourneabbey.

Victory was fully deserved for Millstreet given their industry and whose dominance was rewarded.

However Bantry Blues got the measure of Millstreet 4-14 to 2-14 in a quarter final played at a sizzling Annahala. The game ebbed and flowed through the opening 60 minutes but in the subsequent bout of 20 minutes in extra time, Bantry timed their run to perfection and two goals ripped the heart out of a battling Millstreet challenge.

A consistent effort in the league secures Millstreet a place in a semi final against Carbery Rangers with O’Dononvan Rossa awaiting the winners in the decider.

Looking at the JBFC, Millstreet managed to dig out a workmanlike performance to overcome Tullylease 1-16 to 15. And a late scoring burst powered Millstreet to victory 2-5 to 1-5 over plucky Meelin in a keenly contested semi final

Millstreet hopes of an outright win faltered on a 3-8 to 1-6 defeat to Freemount in the decider played in Millstreet. Those in attendance took a welcome respite from the recent inclement weather and on a splendid sod, Freemount offered excellent controlled football on combining clever teamwork and keen marksmanship.

Millstreet enjoyed better fortunes in the JBFL and swept to outright spoils though it took extra time to free themselves from the shackles of Lyre on a 2-11 to 1-9 win over Lyre in a riproaring final played at a bitterly cold Mallow.

From a game that ebbed and flowed throughout the opening hour, the tide began to flow in Millstreet’s direction in the first spell of extra time. Significantly, Millstreet offered new found clinical streak that held a significant bearing on the game with key scores putting distance between the sides.

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