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Pres Senior Football

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On Thursday the 10th of October, the Pres Senior Football team took on Mitchelstown C.B.S in the first round of the county championship in Kildorrery gaa club. Pres were led out by captain Brian Hayes and included Cork minor Patrick Campbell.

Mitchelstown C.B.S started well with the help of a strong wind, scoring 2 early points. Pres began to work their way into the game with points from Ethan Twomey. Despite playing against a strong wind the Pres team showed their dominance with great scores coming from Darragh French and Sean Condon before Brian Hayes made a strong carry through the centre of the Mitchelstown defence where he offloaded the ball to Patrick Campbell who fired the ball into the back of the net.

The first half wasn’t all Pres as Mitchelstown broke down the defence and a simple hand pass over the full backs head gave the Mitchelstown attacker an easy chance which was finished low into the bottom corner. This was quickly followed by another goal but Pres fought back with a goal from Sam Cunningham who scored a first time finish after a stray handpass went his way. This left the half time score 2-11 to 2-03 in favour of Pres.

In the second half Pres made use of the strong wind pining Mitchelstown back in their own half and kept the score board tipping over until Mitchelstown sprung a counter attack and went for goal which was followed by a brilliant double save by Gavin Kelleher before Mitchelstown finally converted on the third attempt. This however was Mitchelstown final score of the game. Pres added another goal through Sam Cunningham before finishing off with points from Ethan Twomey and a final 45 from Brian Hayes ended the game with a final score of 3-25 to 3-3. Patrick Campbell was outstanding scoring 1-7 from play.

Pres now march on to the next round where they face the winners of Schull C.S and Colaiste Treasa Kanturk. Pres are also due to face Mitchelstown in the Munster championship where they will hope to continue this fine run of form. A great performance from all involved as they now eagerly wait for an opponent in the next round.

Aidan Barry and Conor Higgins

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