League of Ireland 15’s
Athlone 2-1 Kerry
Skechers SFAI 14’s Regional Final
Kildiimo 3-0 Killarney Celtic
Tom Hayse 14’s Cup
Killarney Celtic B 0-8 Park A
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup
Killorglin 4-4 Listowel Celtic AET
Listowel Celtic won 6-5 on penalties
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier
Killarney Celtic 1-4 Ballyhar
Inter Kenmare 3–6 Camp Juniors
12 Girls 1A
Killarney Celtic Green 3-0 MEK Kickers
MEK Starz 6–2 Killarney Athletic
14 Girls Premier
Inter Kenmare 5-0 Fenit
League of Ireland:
15’s Athlone 2–1 Kerry
Kerry made the trip to Athlone to open their League of Ireland 15’s campaign but came away with a 2-1 defeat. Cianan Cooney got the Kerry goal with the team also having two goals disallowed. Athlone got the winner with 15 minutes to go. The Kerry management, while disappointed, will take a lot of positives from this game where 19 players made their seasonal debuts.
They will be at home to Cobh Ramblers next week with the game in the KDL kicking off at 1pm. Cobh went down 4-0 to Galway in their opener.
The 13’s home game against the same opposition was postponed and they will now open their campaign away to Cobh Ramblers on Saturday. The game takes place on the Carrigiline All Weather from 2pm.
Killarney Celtic 14’s National Cup adventure is over:
While Killarney Celtic will be a little disappointed that they could not end their Skechers National Cup campaign with a win they will still look back on a good campaign.
They reached the last 32 of the competition and then beat Shannon Town to reach the 14’s decider. They took on a good Kildimo United side on the UL All Weather. The Desmond League had knocked out Aisling Annacotty and Ennis to reach this final.
And Kildimo did all the damage in the first half with Ciaran McMahon hitting two early goals. Celtic were finding it difficult to create any opportunities of their own and with 10 minutes to go to the break McMahon completed his hat trick.
The Killarney side never gave up trying and in the second half had a few half chances but Kildimo held out to become the first team from the South West Region to win the 14’s Regional title.
Park 15’s the Last Team Standing: This leaves St Brendan’s Park’s 15’s as the last Kerry side left in National Cup action. They have had a fabulous run to reach the Last 4 where they will welcome Stella Marris from Dublin to Tralee.
While a number of the Park players from this side have now moved onto the Kerry 15’s League of Ireland they showed that the u14’s that they can call on will not weaken the side. They proved this with the win over Kells /Blackwater in the Last 8.
No side will look forward to coming to Christy Leahy Park with the big game scheduled for the first week of April.
Park and Listowel Celtic through in 14’s and 16’s Cup:
The Park A as expected were too strong for Killarney Celtic B in the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup. Goals from man of the match Dylan Hobbert, Venus Jahiri, Darren Cunnane, Jamie O’Shea, Callum O’Sullivan, Odran Ferris, Noah Townsend and Obina Izahi sees the Tralee side set up a home quarter final against Listowel Celtic.
The other sides left in the Last 8 are Inter Kenmare who will play the winner of LB Rovers and Dingle Bay, Killarney Athletic who are at home to Killorglin A and Mastergeeha welcome Iveragh United to Kilbrean Park.
There was a cracker in the Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup where it took a sudden death penalty shoot-out to separate the sides. Callum Russell hit a hat trick and Dylan Moriarty one for Killorglin with Chris McQuaid and Dylan Quinn getting two each for Listowel Celtic as the game ended 4-4 after extra time.
Both sides missed on of their 5 penalties and then scored the first in sudden death. However Listowel Celtic keeper Jack Moloney became the hero as he saved Killorglin’s next penalty and Cathal McElliggott showed great coolness to score his spot kick and wrap up the win.
Listowel Celtic will play Ballyhar in the Last 8 with the other ties being Park versus Iveragh United, Camp Juniors welcoming Inter Kenmare and Killarney Athletic at home to the Park B.
Leaders win in the 16 Premier
Camp Juniors have extended their lead to 12 points at the top of the Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier division. This came after their 6-3 away win at Inter Kenmare. Maurice O’Connell hit 4 with Thomas O’Donnell and Cian Cronin getting the other goals. Campo were 4-0 up at half time but Inter put in a great effort in the second half and had goals from Aidan Crowley, John McCarthy and Caleb Brosnan.
Ballyhar defeated Killarney Celtic at Celtic Park 4-1 to move up to joint second place in the Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier. Aaron O’Shea hit three for Ballyhar with Peter Cosgrave getting the fourth. Cian McMahon replied for Killarney Celtic.
Ballyhar are now up to second place and are three points ahead of The Park but do have more games played than the Tralee side.
Girls League action on Bank Holiday Monday:
The Girls action this weekend took place on Bank Holiday Monday. In the 12’s 1A Killarney Celtic Green defeated MEK Kickers 3-0. Jessica Leggatte hit two and Hannah Casey the other goal for Celtic who had Kate Murphy as their best player. MEK Kickers Kate Murphy had a great game in goals with Yvonne Carroll and Micheala Flynn also impressing.
In 1B MEK Starz proved a little too strong for a young Killarney Athletic side who battle hard all game. On the score-sheet for MEK were Keeva Riordan, Hooly Barrett, Emily Buckley and Avril Rooney.
In the 14 Premier a strong second half saw second placed Inter Kenmare close the gap on leaders Killarney Celtic Green. Inter are now 6 points behind the hoops but do have a game in hand. Inter led 1-0 at the break but added 4 unanswered in the second half with Tara Desmond 2, Chloe Cremin, Tamara Nikic and Laoise Carey the scorers.
Kennedy Cup Squad named:
The Kennedy Cup 2019 will unusually run from Tuesday to Saturday due to the Republic of Ireland;s Euro qualifier on the Monday. The tournament in UL is only 85 days away and begins on June 11th.
Kerry are second seeds and have been drawn in Group 5 with last year’s runners up Kildare and District Underage League, Clare and Limerick County.
In a chance to the Group format Kerry will open against Limerick County and then take on Clare with their final Group game against KDUL.
Head Coach Robin O’Day and assistant Noel White have selected the following squad for the tournament: Kalvin O’Sullivan, Luke O’Neill, Shay O’Meara and Timothy Moynihan from Killarney Celtic, the St Brendan’ s Park players Obina Tswakayi, Odhran Ferris, Ray McGrath and Richard Healy, the Listowel Celtic duo of Cormac Dillon and Shane Horgan and Iveragh United’s Donagh O’Sullivan and Oisin Breen.
Kerry continued their build-up to the tournament with a 1-1 draw against West Cork with Oisin Breen on the mark for the county.
Inter Kenmare are represented by Sean Treyvaud and Yago Cornide, Killarney Athletic by Alex Hennigan and Maidchi Lynch with Hugh Lenihan (Mastergeeha), Alex Hoare (Tralee Dynamos), John Burke(Killorglin) and Sam Buckley (MEK) completing the squad.