Five players from the White’s Cross Club were selected onto the division’s representative side Seandún, for this year’s Cork County Senior Football Championship. Any player playing with premier intermediate, intermediate or junior clubs is eligible to play for their divisional side, of which there are eight, in the Cork county senior football championship. Murt Kelleher, Paddy O Brien and Edwin Buckley have been involved with this squad for a number of years now. Conor Buckley had opted out in 2009 because he had spent the early part of the year in Australia and Denis O Regan was drafted into the 2010 squad for the first time.
In the opening round of the championship Seandún were pitted again the south-east barony, Carrigdhoun. In the forced absence of team captain Paddy O Shea, who missed out on the game due to an injury sustained with the Cork senior footballers, Murt Kelleher had once again the distinction of taking over the captain’s duties. Played at Pairc uí Rinn, this game was one in which Seandún always looked comfortable, even if playing below their ability. Paddy O Brien and Conor Buckley were unavailable for this clash – Murt played at midfield, Denis O Regan at wing-forward and Edwin Buckley inside in corner-forward. The side won out on a 1-11 to 0-8 scoreline.
Next up was much more formidable opposition, and a side touted as one of the favourites to win out this year’s championship, the west Cork representatives, Carbery. Thus Seandún entered this game, played in sweltering hot conditions in Brinny, as rank underdogs and indeed to add to their woes, five of their starting side from the previous round win were ruled out, through injuries. This meant a major reshuffle of the Seandún starting fifteen, with Paddy O’ Brien brought into wing-back and Conor Buckley to wing-forward. Denis reverted to his preferred position, where he sided up alongside Murt, giving an all White’s Cross pairing in the middle of the field.
The game started as many had envisaged with Carbery quick off the mark, and had four points on the scoreboard before the Seandún lads could settle. However what proceeded certainly did not follow the script, as the City Divisional outfit showed scant regard for their illustrious opponents. John Paul Murphy from St Vincents put over a number of frees, while Edwin, who was full of running and coming deep from his corner forward berth, popped over a fine score from play to draw it level after 24 minutes. However Carbery tagged on a couple of more points and led 7 points to 5 at half-time.
When Carbery tagged on early second half points to take a commanding five point lead, it looked the game was taking its predicted course once more. However a surging run from Brian Dillons’s clubman Brian Barrett culminated in him scoring a fine individual goal – game on again! This was followed by a superb point from the hard-working Conor Buckley which drew the sides level again with less than 10 minutes remaining. Murt and Denis were totally dominating matters at midfield at this juncture and Seandun went up 2 points when the second Brian Dillons clubman, Cian McCarthy goaled. However, in a welter of excitement, Carbery drew level and in turn went one up again. Seandún would not lie down and equalised yet again. They even had a late chance to snatch victory but Cork senior midfielder Alan O Connor, who had been bossed about the place for most of the previous 30 minutes, did very well to stop a last ditch 45 free kick from going over the bar.
White’s Cross club has never before had such large representation on a Seandún side, and we applaud the heroics of our five players, and indeed of the entire panel and management. Here’s hoping that they can overcome the west Cork men in the replay!