Cups go to different Clubs:
John Murphy 12’s Cup Final:
Killorglin A 2-1 The Park
Tom Hayse 14’s Cup Final:
Park A 5-2 Ballyhar
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup Final:
Killarney Celtic 4-1 Park B
JK Sports 12’s Premier:
Killarney Athletic 0-0 Park A
12’s Division 1:
Castleisland 1-4 Mastergeeha
12’s Division 2:
Killarney Athletic B 3-0 Camp Juniors
12’s Division 3:
Fenit 5-1 MEK
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 2
Dingle Bay Rovers 0-3 Iveragh United
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Tralee Dynamos 5-3 Listowel Celtic A
Camp Juniors 4-2 Park D
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier:
Tralee Dynamos 2-4 Killarney Celtic
Killarney Celtic B 3-0 Ballyhar
Killarney Athletic 3-3 Mastergeeha
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier:
Park a 2 –0 Killarney Celtic
Even age Cups go to different Clubs:
Following on from the season it was Cup Finals weekend with the even ages – 12’s, 14’s and 16t – finals being played at the excellent Mounthawk Park.
Killorglin take the 12’s Cup and the Double:
First up was the 12’s Final for the John Murphy Memorial Cup with arguably the two best teams of the season contesting the decider. Killorglin, who had won the League and were hunting the double, faced off against The Park who were runners up in the League.
And it proved to be a cracker. Eoin Hassett put Killorglin 1-0 up in the first half and they doubled that lead with 10 minutes left when a James O’Sullivan header flew into the net.
Credit to The Park they kept going and set up a grand stand finish when Cianan Cooney pulled on back with a few minutes to go. And as the Park ran out of time it was Killorglin that were celebrating.
Eoin Hassett was named Man of the Match and members of the Murphy family presented the Cup, named after Tom who was involved in the Schoolboys League during the early years.
Second half goals give 14’s Cup to Park:
The Park were favourites to lift the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup but were pushed all the way by Ballyhar. The Tralee side opened the scoring in the 15th minute through Colin Walsh. But while Ballyhar might be from Division 1 they certainly were not outclassed by the Premier side and they pulled level early in the second half through Seamus Nagle.
However they did need goalkeeper Cian Ring to be in great form and he made two big saves to keep his side in the game.
The Park began to take control and went ahead in the 52nd minutes when Junior Ankoma showed his strength to hold off the defence and score. Leo Gaxha added a third as his speed got him past the Ballyhar defence. The excellent Colin Walsh then scored twice in quick succession to complete his hat-trick which also earned him the Man of the Match performance.
Ballyhar never gave up and got one back when Jack McCarthy scored to make it 5-2 but the Cup goes to the boys from Christy Leahy Park. They were presented with the Tom Hayes Memorial Cup by Denny and Stephen Hayes in memory of Tom who was the first of three generations of the Hayes family who, so far, have been involved with the League.
Killarney Celtic retain the 16’s Tucker Kelly Cup:
Killarney Celtic A were up against a strong Park B side whose appearance in the final shows the strength of the Tralee club. Celtic started the stronger and Pierce Lyne Roberts was the first to go close. They then opened the scoring when Lee Downing got past a few defenders to score in the 12th minute.
The Park fought back when Aaron Ward and Conor Higgins went close and they got their break in the 22nd minute when they were awarded a penalty and Celtic were reduced to 10 players. Gary Vaughan was sent off for a tackle as the last man back and John Ward scored from the spot to level the scores at half time.
Celtic almost went in front early in the second half by Jack Rodgers pulled off a fabulous save from a Fleming header. The pressure told in the 60th minute when Mike Doyle scored from a corner and in the 67th minute the Park will be disappointed to have conceded from another corner. This time it was Michael Devlin who scored with a free header from a Fleming corner.
Sean Doherty completed the scoring to see Killarney Celtic retaining the Tucker Kelly Cup, named after the man who was the heart of Fenit and soccer in Kerry for many years and who was sadly lost at sea. Mary Kelly presented the Cup and the Man of the Match trophy to Lee Downing.
While the Leagues are coming to an end there are still some major issues to be sorted out.
Park take 2nd in 12 Premier:
The Park got the point they needed to secure second place in the JK Sports 12 Premier as they drew 0-0 with Killarney Athletic. Killorglin are the champions in this Division.
2nd for the Kilbrean Boys:
Mastergeeha wrapped up second place in the 12’s Division 1 with a 4-1 away to Castleisland. Dara Callaghan hit three and Donagh Fahey the 4th in the win.
Athletic take points in Division 2:
Killarney Athletic took the points from Camp Juniors as they ended the season in 4th place.
Fenit win in Division 3:
A Dylan Ryan hat trick and 2 from Eddie McCarthy gave Fenit the points in their last game in this Division. Bailey Carlton had an excellent season and replied for MEK who really enjoyed their first season in the League.
Iveragh United excellent season continues:
Iveragh United travelled to Dingle knowing they needed the three points to take the Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 2 title and they did that with a 3-0 win. Liam O’Connor and Cathal O’Shea were the scorers for the side from Caherciveen who are enjoying a great season. This was their 4th title, including one for their Girls team, of what has been a very good season for the club.
Listowel Celtic 4th in 14’s:
Despite going down to Tralee Dynamos Listowel Celtic remain in 4th place in the Foundation Sports 14 Premier and can still finish 3rd. Tralee Dynamos will be happy to have taken the scalp at the end of a tough season. Sean Kennedy and Soni Rramini were on the mark for a Dynamos that worked hard all the way to the end of the season.
Camp take 14 Division 2 on last day of the season:
The two top sides in the Foundation Sports 14 Division 2 met in the last game with the winner taking the title. And it was Camp Juniors who took the win and the three points which sees them crowned champions with the Park as runners up.
Cian O’Grady 2, Lenny McGaley and Caoilean O’Connell were the scorers for Camp Juniors in their 4-2 win with Leon Gallagher and Alan Brosnan replying for the Park.
Point will give Killarney Celtic the 15 Premier title:
Killarney Celtic put themselves in the position of needing only a point from their last game against the Park to be crowned Champions. However if the Park win that game there will be a play-off. Celtic defeated Tralee Dynamos 4-2 to move the three points ahead of the Park. Ryan Kelliher 2, Michael Lenihan and Evan Lyne scored for Celtic with Shar Chaudry and Adi Cena replying for Tralee Dynamos.
Point gives Mastergeeha the win:
Mastergeeha’s 3 all draw with Killarney Athletic gave the Kilbrean side the title with a game to spare. Sipo O’Neill with 2 and a Dylan Murphy penalty gave Mastergeeha the point with Danny Cronin, Harry Potts with a volley and Liam Kelliher scoring a 30 yard screamer saw Athletic getting a point.
A Michael Slattery double saw the Park defeat Killarney Celtic 2-0 and the three points ensured they were crowned Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier Champions. Killarney Celtic are runners up.
Team of the Week:
David Costello Liam O’Connor Raymond O’Neill
Camp Juniors 14’s Iveragh United 13’s Castleisland 12’s
Bailey Carlton Liam Kelliher Sean Hill Dylan Murphy
MEK 12’s Killarney Athletic 15’s Park 12’s Mastergeeha 15’s
Ryan Kelliher Eoin Hassett Sean Kennedy
Killarney Celtic 16’s Killorglin 12’s Tralee Dynamos 15’s