First 2 Kerry sides reach National Cup Last 16:
National Cup Last 32:
13’s: Neangh 4-5 Killiorglin AET
Killarney Celtic 0-2 Mervue Utd
16’s Birr Town 4-5 St Brendan’s Park AET.
Kerry Cup’s First Round:
John Murphy 12’s Cup:
Camp B 1-5 Park A
Camp A 4-5 Park C
13’s Cup:
Kingdom Boys 6-0 Ballyheigue Athletic
15’s Cup:
Listowel Celtic B 1-2 Killarney Celtic
Daly’s Supervalu 13’s Division 1:
Listowel Celtic B 1-3 Ballyhar
13’s National Cup:
The Killorglin 13’s travelled to Nenagh, amazingly the same tie came out in both draws! The Kerry side went 1 down but thanks to goals from Jack O’Connor and Gar Hassett they led 2-1 going into the closing stages. However the home side equalised sending the tie into extra time.
The extra period was a cracker with the sides sharing 5 goals and thankfully Killorglin got three of them. Dylan O’Neil, Eoin Clifford and a second from Hassett sent Killorglin into the last 16 and an away trip to Galway to face Mervue United provisionally fixed for the weekend of February 22nd. Should they win that game, and they are certainly capable, they will have a home quarter final – a nice carrot.
Killarney Celtic 0-2 Mervue:
Sadly Killarney Celtic were not able to set up a Last 16 clash with Killorglin as they went down 2-0 to the aforementioned Mervue. The visitors were quickest out of the blocks and were 1-0 within two minutes and they doubled their lead inside the first 15 minutes.
Mervue played with fast strikers and when they turned the Celtic defence they had them in trouble. To Celtic’s credit they battled hard after that early set back but just couldn’t get that first goal that might rattle the Galway side. Both teams deserve great credit for the type of football they played in very bad conditions.
16’s National Cup.
With 15 minutes left in the Park’s game away in Birr the bus was being started up for the trip home as the Kerry side were 4-1 down. However as we all know you can never write off a Park side and 2 goals from Jesse Stafford Lacey, who was completing his hat trick and one from Sequine Douyile saw them draw level.
Into extra time and the momentum was with the Park and Ferdia O’Brien scored the only goal to send the travelling fans wild and the team into the Last 16.
Their game is also set for February 22nd but with Corduff waiting to see who comes from the delayed DDSL section this could be pushed back. The good news for The Park is that they are at home in that game, and indeed home is subsequent rounds if they get through.
Next Up to hopefully progress:
With the two sides already through to the Last 16, the opportunity dawns for four others to join
them. Next weekend is vital on two fronts for both Killarney Celtic and Listowel Celtic in the 12’s Nat Cup Last 32. A win by Killarney Celtic, away to Peake Villa in Tipperary, or by Listowel Celtic who take on Pike Rovers in Limerick will see them move one step closer to the last 8 and with that entry to the Danone Cup play-offs. Both games kick off at 2pm.
In the Last 32 of the 15’s Kingdom Boys travel to Arklow Town where there is also a 2pm kick off while in the same age group Killarney Celtic will have to wait until the following week, February 22nd, for their home tie with Villa from Waterford.
The Kerry Cup’s First Round:
John Murphy Cup:
The first round of the John Murphy 12’s Cup saw Park A and Camp A progress. The Park A side defeated Camp B 5-1. Mervyn Shambala got 2 with Liam Tobin, Conor O’Sullivan and Colin Walsh all getting one each.
The game was played on the Tralee IT as Camp’s pitch was unplayable which probably suited the winners.
Also in the IT Camp A progressed to the next round thanks to a 4-0 win over P[ark C. Eoghsn Lyne, Jack Shannon, Cian O’Grady and David Smith got the goals.
The Park A are away to Killarney Celtic C and Camp are also on the road as they head to Murt Scott Park to take on Ballyhar.
13’s Cup:
Kingdom Boys were too strong for Cup side Ballyheigue Athletic and progressed to the next round thanks to goals from David Rogers, Brian O’Dowd, Codi Douti, Sonny Raamoni, Nathan Holden and Taerrance Carmody. However for a side only put together for the Cup Ballyheigue acquitted themselves and wouldn’t it be great to see them enter the League on a full time basis at 14’s next season.
Kingdom Boys await the winners of their teammates on the B team’s clash with Fenit.
15’s Cup:
Killarney Celtic A travelled to Pat Kennedy Park to take on Listowel Celtic B. The Killarney side won the battle of the Celtic’s 2-1 and would have had an easier progression to the Last 8 except for the excellent goalkeeping of Listowel Celtic’s Cameron Joy.
Daly’s Supervalu 13’s Division 1:
There was one game in the League in the 13’s Division 1. Ballyhar took the points away to Listowel Celtic B 3-1 with Aaran Flynn, Brian O’Driscoll and Dylan Callaghan getting the goals.
Team of the Week:
Cameron Joy
Listowel Celtic 15’s
Eoghan Lyne Brian O’Dowd Mervyn Shambala
Camp 12’s Kingdom Boys 13’s Park 12’s
Junior Ankomah Brian O’Driscoll Jack Shannon Jack O’Connor
Park 12’s Ballyhar 13’s Camp 12’s Killorglin 13’s
Codi Dauti Eoin Clifford Jesse Stafford Lacey
Kingdom Boys 13’s Killorglin 13’s Park 16’s