Athletic spot on as Schoolboys and Girls Season comes to a close:

Under 13 Cup Final: Killarney Athletic 1-0 St Brendan’s Park.

With the Park winning the Under 13 League and Athletic runners up there was never going to be much between these sides and so it turned out. The game was played at the peerless Celtic Park before a good crowd and everybody was of the same opinion that it would take a moment of inspiration or a set piece that would win the game.

Indeed these two sides make up a larger percentage of the Kennedy Cup panel so they players certainly know each other very well.

And so it turned out with the only goal coming from the penalty spot in the final quarter of the game. Athletics Dylan O’Sullivan was taken down in the box giving referee Tom Kerrisk an easy decision to point to the spot.

Ronan Buckley calmly stroked home the penalty to win the Cup for his side and complete a memorable day for himself as he also captained the team and was voted Player of the Match. Athletic  probably just about deserved their win as they created the better chances and hit the post late in the first half when Mikey Casey’s shot beat the Park keeper but cannoned away off the woodwork.

The Park’s best chances came from corners and free kicks but Athletic keeper Darragh Curran was having a very good day between the posts.

In the other goal Shane Benner was also in good form and handled everything that Athletic threw at him and to be fair to him he had no chance with Buckley’s well taken penalty.

Athletic had the best of the early exchanges with Buckley and Dara Lehane setting up Casey but the Park keeper was out quick. The continued to push and Dylan O’Sullivan was very unlucky not to score with a header after a Buckley corner.

At the other end Padraig Griffin was just to high with his header from a Sean Dukes corner.

Dukes was excellent all day and his corner was very well held by Curran as the second half got underway. 

Duggan and Kyle Bustard were doing their best to put their side in front and Duggan combined with Stafford Lacey but the Athletic rear guard stood firm. Duggan himself then let fly from distance but Curran held well.

Mikey Casey was very lively for Athletic and he tested Benner as did Adam O’Shea but the Park keeper held his ground.

As they game reached the hour mark it looked like Athletic would go in front. Casey ran onto a through ball and beat the defence and out rushing keeper and slotted the ball low towards the goal but at the last minute, with Athletic celebrating the ball took a turn at the last minute and rolled wide of the post.

The Park then attacked and nearly snatched the lead themselves with Nolan going very close.

But the tide was with Athletic and the penalty followed just after put the Blues in the driving seat. Both sides made changes with The Park bringing on Connolly, Hill and Tobin and Athletic introducing Craig Courtney. And the Park had one last chance when Padraig Griffin’s cross was just too far ahead of the stretching Connolly and so the Cup goes to Woodlawn.

Both sides ended the game with ten players when a little frustration led to a few ‘hand-bags’ but it shouldn’t detract from a great game by two sides who deservedly have shared the League and Cup honours this season.

Killarney Athletic: Darragh Curran, Gavin White, Jack Lenihan, Owen O’Meara, Alan Daly, Michael Foley, Dylan O’Sullivan, Dara Lehane, Ronan Buckley, Adam O’Shea and Mikey Casey. Subs Aidan Fleming, James Mundy, Conor O’Donoghue, Craig Courtney, Keith Moloney, Kevin Coffey.

Referee: Tom Kerrisk, Assistants Brian Healy and Finbarr O’Connor.

The Park: Shane Benner, Brandon Barrett, Sean Fitzmaurice, Colin Griffin, Christopher Leen, Kyle Bustard, Gary Nolan, Padraig Griffin, Sean Dukes, James Duggan, Jesse Stafford Lacey. Subs used Murrough Connolly, Rory Hill, Dwyer Tobin. Not used Jason Diggins and Kieran Dwyer.

Girls Under 14 Cup Final: Listowel Celtic 5-2 Camp:

Camp’s less experienced side made Listowel Celtic fight all the way for their win in the Under 14 Girls Cup final. Savanah McCarthy and Megan O’Connor put the North Kerry girls 2-0 up but Clogadh McKenna, who had an excellent season, pulled one back for Camp.

Rebecca Horgan made it 3-1 just before the break but credit to Camp Niamh Kennedy again only put the minimum between the sides. However Listowel Celtic’s extra guile and experience saw them hit two more without reply from Sarah Moriarty and Aoife Shine to wrap up the Under 14 Cup and complete double.

Best for Listowel Celtic on the night was Megan O’Connor while for Camp keeper Hanna McCarthy and midfielder Nell O’Connor were the stand-out players.

Moriarty’s Centra Under 11 Div 2 Play-off:

Castleisland defeated Listowel Celtic B 4-1 to finish runner-up behind Fenit. Eddie Horan hit 2 and Jason Brown and Josh Horan one each as Castleisland took the second spot in the Div  table.

JK Sports Under 12 Div 2 Play Off:

Mastergeeha B 4-1 Park B. Iveragh United had this division wrapped up early so the real battle was for second spot. Mastergeeha B and The Park B both finished level on 19 points so had to go to a play-off to decide who took the runners-up spot. The Kilbrean side took a 3-0 lead through Paudie O’Connor and two from Shane Sullivan but the Park got themselves back in the game through a goal from Seanie McGinley.

However within a minute Mastergeeha had scored again through Luke Murphy and weren’t going to be denied.

A Big Thank You:

The management committee of the Kerry Schoolboys Girls League, under the chairmanship of Martin Conway would like to thank all the clubs, players and management, referees and parents and guardians for their excellent co-operation enabling us to have the Schoolboys and Girls League finished by the second last weekend of May.  With 20 divisions and 9 Cup competitions it is now a huge League and the MC feels is it vital to finish its activities, bar of course the Kennedy Cup, in May to give everyone a much needed break.

The MC also wants to thank the local print and radio media for the wonderful coverage we got throughout the year. The AGM of the Schoolboys Girls League will take place on Thursday June 30th and we will be back with the new season in late August / early September.

Finally best of luck to our Kennedy Cup squad and management as the complete their final preparations for the tournament in mid June.

Athletic spot on as Schoolboys and Girls Season comes to a close:

Under 13 Cup Final: Killarney Athletic 1-0 St Brendan’s Park.

With the Park winning the Under 13 League and Athletic runners up there was never going to be much between these sides and so it turned out. The game was played at the peerless Celtic Park before a good crowd and everybody was of the same opinion that it would take a moment of inspiration or a set piece that would win the game.

Indeed these two sides make up a larger percentage of the Kennedy Cup panel so they players certainly know each other very well.

And so it turned out with the only goal coming from the penalty spot in the final quarter of the game. Athletics Dylan O’Sullivan was taken down in the box giving referee Tom Kerrisk an easy decision to point to the spot.

Ronan Buckley calmly stroked home the penalty to win the Cup for his side and complete a memorable day for himself as he also captained the team and was voted Player of the Match. Athletic  probably just about deserved their win as they created the better chances and hit the post late in the first half when Mikey Casey’s shot beat the Park keeper but cannoned away off the woodwork.

The Park’s best chances came from corners and free kicks but Athletic keeper Darragh Curran was having a very good day between the posts.

In the other goal Shane Benner was also in good form and handled everything that Athletic threw at him and to be fair to him he had no chance with Buckley’s well taken penalty.

Athletic had the best of the early exchanges with Buckley and Dara Lehane setting up Casey but the Park keeper was out quick. The continued to push and Dylan O’Sullivan was very unlucky not to score with a header after a Buckley corner.

At the other end Padraig Griffin was just to high with his header from a Sean Dukes corner.

Dukes was excellent all day and his corner was very well held by Curran as the second half got underway. 

Duggan and Kyle Bustard were doing their best to put their side in front and Duggan combined with Stafford Lacey but the Athletic rear guard stood firm. Duggan himself then let fly from distance but Curran held well.

Mikey Casey was very lively for Athletic and he tested Benner as did Adam O’Shea but the Park keeper held his ground.

As they game reached the hour mark it looked like Athletic would go in front. Casey ran onto a through ball and beat the defence and out rushing keeper and slotted the ball low towards the goal but at the last minute, with Athletic celebrating the ball took a turn at the last minute and rolled wide of the post.

The Park then attacked and nearly snatched the lead themselves with Nolan going very close.

But the tide was with Athletic and the penalty followed just after put the Blues in the driving seat. Both sides made changes with The Park bringing on Connolly, Hill and Tobin and Athletic introducing Craig Courtney. And the Park had one last chance when Padraig Griffin’s cross was just too far ahead of the stretching Connolly and so the Cup goes to Woodlawn.

Both sides ended the game with ten players when a little frustration led to a few ‘hand-bags’ but it shouldn’t detract from a great game by two sides who deservedly have shared the League and Cup honours this season.

Killarney Athletic: Darragh Curran, Gavin White, Jack Lenihan, Owen O’Meara, Alan Daly, Michael Foley, Dylan O’Sullivan, Dara Lehane, Ronan Buckley, Adam O’Shea and Mikey Casey. Subs Aidan Fleming, James Mundy, Conor O’Donoghue, Craig Courtney, Keith Moloney, Kevin Coffey.

Referee: Tom Kerrisk, Assistants Brian Healy and Finbarr O’Connor.

The Park: Shane Benner, Brandon Barrett, Sean Fitzmaurice, Colin Griffin, Christopher Leen, Kyle Bustard, Gary Nolan, Padraig Griffin, Sean Dukes, James Duggan, Jesse Stafford Lacey. Subs used Murrough Connolly, Rory Hill, Dwyer Tobin. Not used Jason Diggins and Kieran Dwyer.

Girls Under 14 Cup Final: Listowel Celtic 5-2 Camp:

Camp’s less experienced side made Listowel Celtic fight all the way for their win in the Under 14 Girls Cup final. Savanah McCarthy and Megan O’Connor put the North Kerry girls 2-0 up but Clogadh McKenna, who had an excellent season, pulled one back for Camp.

Rebecca Horgan made it 3-1 just before the break but credit to Camp Niamh Kennedy again only put the minimum between the sides. However Listowel Celtic’s extra guile and experience saw them hit two more without reply from Sarah Moriarty and Aoife Shine to wrap up the Under 14 Cup and complete double.

Best for Listowel Celtic on the night was Megan O’Connor while for Camp keeper Hanna McCarthy and midfielder Nell O’Connor were the stand-out players.

Moriarty’s Centra Under 11 Div 2 Play-off:

Castleisland defeated Listowel Celtic B 4-1 to finish runner-up behind Fenit. Eddie Horan hit 2 and Jason Brown and Josh Horan one each as Castleisland took the second spot in the Div  table.

JK Sports Under 12 Div 2 Play Off:

Mastergeeha B 4-1 Park B. Iveragh United had this division wrapped up early so the real battle was for second spot. Mastergeeha B and The Park B both finished level on 19 points so had to go to a play-off to decide who took the runners-up spot. The Kilbrean side took a 3-0 lead through Paudie O’Connor and two from Shane Sullivan but the Park got themselves back in the game through a goal from Seanie McGinley.

However within a minute Mastergeeha had scored again through Luke Murphy and weren’t going to be denied.

A Big Thank You:

The management committee of the Kerry Schoolboys Girls League, under the chairmanship of Martin Conway would like to thank all the clubs, players and management, referees and parents and guardians for their excellent co-operation enabling us to have the Schoolboys and Girls League finished by the second last weekend of May.  With 20 divisions and 9 Cup competitions it is now a huge League and the MC feels is it vital to finish its activities, bar of course the Kennedy Cup, in May to give everyone a much needed break.

The MC also wants to thank the local print and radio media for the wonderful coverage we got throughout the year. The AGM of the Schoolboys Girls League will take place on Thursday June 30th and we will be back with the new season in late August / early September.

Finally best of luck to our Kennedy Cup squad and management as the complete their final preparations for the tournament in mid June.