Peak performance: Kilrossanty goalkeeper Darren Mulhearne under pressure from Ballinacourty's John Gorman during their County SFC clash at Fraher Field.   | Photo: Michael Kiely

Peak performance: Kilrossanty goalkeeper Darren Mulhearne under pressure from Ballinacourty's John Gorman during their County SFC clash at Fraher Field. | Photo: Michael Kiely

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In some sections of the media the GAA received some negative criticism last weekend for its low key launch of this year’s All-Ireland Football Championship which began a week earlier with a game thousands of miles from the Irish shore with the meeting of New York and Galway on American soil.
The same criticism could not be forwarded in the direction of our own county board however as they got the 2010 Lawlors Hotel County Senior Football Championship off to a flying start with a hugely exciting game between last year’s beaten semi-finalists Ballinacourty and Kilrossanty at Fraher Field on Friday last.
From the first minute to the last these two teams served up some fine football and kept the large gathering on the edges of their seats, especially in the last ten minutes.
Kilrossanty got off to a flying start, going five points up inside the opening ten minutes. Kilrossanty’s hightly-rated young forward Paul Whyte opened the scoring with just four minutes played and four minutes later when Joey Veale blasted past Ballinacourty’s stand-in netminder Richie Ryan it was game on.
Not being left to stroll in the park as some suggested, Ballinacourty’s first score came just past the midway mark in the opening half when John Gorman pointed. Three minutes later they were right back in the game as the Patrick Hurney set up his older brother Garry to blast past Darren Mulhearne in the Kilrossanty goal.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full match report.