Celebrations for Boys and Girls teams as Season begins to wind down:
John Murphy 12 Girls Cup and Shield:
Semi- Finals:
Killarney Celtic 6-0 Camp Juniors
Inter Kenmare 2-0 Listowel Celtic
Cup and Shield Final:
Cup Final: Inter Kenmare 1-0 Killarney Celtic
Shield Final: Listowel Celtic 5-2 Camp Juniors.
John Joe Naughton 13 Shield Final:
Killorglin C 1-3 Iveragh United
John Joe Naughton 13 Cup semi-final:
Killarney Athletic 2-0 Listowel Celtic
John Joe Naughton 13 Cup Final:
Park A 4-2 Killarney Athletic
Tucker Kelly 16 Cup Semi- Final:
St Bernard’s 0-3 Park A
Tucker Kelly 16 Cup Final:
Killarney Celtic 2-5 Park A AET
League Results:
JK Sports 12’s
Iveragh United 0-0 Killarney Celtic
Park A 2-0 Listowel Celtic
Division 1:
Inter Kenmare 3-0 Camp Juniors
Division 2:
Killorglin B 2-0 Killarney Athletic B
Mastergeeha 0-4 Dingle Bay Rovers
Tralee Dynamos 4-1 MEK
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 1:
Listowel Celtic B 0-0 Killarney Celtic
Mastergeeha 7-0 Listowel Celtic B
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Killorglin 1-0 Park A
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier:
Tralee Dynamos 3-0 Listowel Celtic
Dingle Bay Rovers 0-1 Park
Division 2:
Fenit 0-4 Rattoo Rovers
12 Girls Cup and Shield Decided:
The 4 teams remaining in the John Murphy 12 Girls Cup met at Christy Leahy Park for the Cup and Shield Decider. First up were the semi-finals and Killarney Celtic were just a little too strong Camp Juniors who have made great strides this year.
However Celtic’s experience saw them through to the Cup final thanks to goals from Ellie May Nugent, Brona Dorrian, Faina Bradley and Aine Fitzgerald. Camp Juniors would contest the Shield decider.
In the other game it was a closer affair with Inter Kenmare once again showcasing the work that is being done at Girls level in the club and they defeated Listowel Celtic 2-0. The Inter goals came from Grace Foley and Maja Garsteaks.
The Cup Final: This was a cracking game of end to end soccer with defences on top throughout. Players worked very hard to close down the opposition and anything that did get through the keepers on both sides were able to deal with.
Credit to Inter they probably did get into more attacking positions but there was no breakthrough with extra time approaching. However Inter’s Chloe Cremin had other ideas and her mazy run ended with her just squeezing the ball past the Killarney Celtic keeper to win the game for her side. To make it even sweeter for Chloe she was named Player of the Match. The John Murphy 12 Girls Cup was presented to Inter by League Fixtures Secretary Tadgh Healy.
The Shield Final: Goals might have been scarce in the Cup final but there was no shortage of them in the Shield Final. Twins Caoimhe and Siobhan O’Sullivan both scored from Camp Juniors but there goals were not enough to see them win the Shield.
Listowel Celtic have been producing top girls players for years and this squad is no different. Player of the Match Kelly Enright scored 2 with Ella Buckley, Mary Kearney and Ciara Henderson getting one each to see their side lift the prize.
Park keep the John Joe Naughton Cup at home:
With The Park already in the John Joe Naughton 13’s final the issue of who they would meet in Saturday’s decider was decided in mid-week. Killarney Athletic took on Listowel Celtic and it was a tight affair with the first half score-less. However the Killarney side took over in the second period and goals from Alex Hennigan and Darragh Looney saw Athletic book their place in the final.
Cup Final:
The late John Joe Naughton was a Park man and for the second time in the three years this Cup has been named in his honour will reside in the Park for the year.
Messiah Chirwas opened the scoring for The Park after being put through by Cianan Cooney. And it was Cooney that doubled the Park’s lead with a well struck volley. But Athletic were never going to go down without a fight and Alex Hennigan pulled one back after a great run and shot.
However into the second half and the Park’s strength saw them begin to control proceedings and they restored their 2 goal advantage when Josh Connolly set up Chirwa for his second. The same two players combined again five minutes later to effectively wrap up the win with Chirwa completing his hat-trick.
Athletic fought to the end and pulled another goal back late on through Conor Gammell but time ran out an the Park were crowned worthy winners. Chirwa was named the Player of the Match and was presented with his trophy by the League’s Brendan Hogan with Tommy Naughton representing the family in presenting the Cup.
Iveragh United make it two Shield win in two weeks:
Iveragh United won the 12’s Shield last week and came into this game looking to retain their u13 Shield. It was a game of two halves with Killorglin scoring first when the pounced on an Iveragh United defensive error. The South Kerry side can be thankful to their keeper Cian O’Sullivan as he produced a string of saves to keep the score at only 1-0.
Iveragh took over in the second half and Oisin Breen’s introduction was a turning point. He scored with a stunning long range effort just after coming on to tie up the score at 1 all and they would have gone ahead but Killorglin keeper Brian Cahill matched his opposite number in making a string of saves. But it was Breen that forced Iveragh into the lead and then Aodhan Breen scored to ensure another Shield would be heading to Chaerciveen.
Iveragh’s Ronan Teahan was named Man of the Match and he received his prize from Brendan Hogan while Tommy Naughton presented the Shield in memory of his father to Iveragh United.
Double Delight for Park 16’s:
The Park 16’s had a busy week with their Tucker Kelly semi-final in midweek seeing them get past St Bernard’s 3-0. Sean McGrath scored twice and Jordan Barry once in the win that kept their hopes of a League and Cup double alive.
And the Park started the final in the same way as they did in the semi-final by scoring early. Jordan Barry put the Tralee side 1-0 up and this was followed by another from Sean McGrath on the half hour. Killarney Celtic needed a spark and Ryan Kelliher provided it before the half by pulling a goal back.
Park looked to kill of the game and created a number of chances but we caught in the last minute for not taking any of them. Patrick Darcy levelled the game very late on to send it to extra time. Celtic would have been hoping to carry the momentum into the extra period but it was the Park that proved to be clinical. David Oba scored twice and Jordan Barry once to warp up the extra time win.
Man of the Match was James Sheehan and the Tucker Kelly Cup was presented to the Park by League MC Member David Slattery.
League Round-Up:
Top two in 12’s Premier share the points:
Killarney Celtic and Iveragh United have been the top two in the JK Sports 12 Premier Division and their positions as winner and runners up were confirmed before their 0-0 draw. The Park defeated Listowel Celtic can still finish third and it was the Tralee side that took the three points when the sides met thanks to two goals from Dara Cunnane.
Inter only 2 points off Athletic at the top:
Inter Kenmare’s 3-0 win over Camp Juniors has seen them move to within two points of Divisional leaders Killarney Athletic with both sides having two games to play.
Dingle Bay Division 2 Champions:
Dingle Bay Rovers have this Division sown up a few weeks ago but like all good champions they wanted to go out with a win and they did that by winning away at Mastergeeha 4-0. The West Kerry boys goals came from Danny Kavanagh, James Hoare, Oscar Donegan and Cian O’Cinneide and the win sees them finish on 33 points from 12 games.
Two goals from Mathew Naughton gave Killorglin B the points over Killarney Athletic B while Tralee Dynamos were 4-1 winners at home to MEK. This sees the Tralee side needing one win from two games to wrap up second place in the Division.
The Dynamos goals came from Gearoid O’Se, James Downing and 2 from Evan Quilligan with Sam Buckley getting the goal. It was not as comfortable as the score line suggests as there was only a goal in the game with 10 minutes to go. But MEK did need a great display from the excellent Mathew O’Connor in the goal to keep them in the game.
Celtic’s draw but its Killarney’s title:
In the Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 1 Killarney Celtic have been champions for a number of weeks and in their final game they shared the points with their North Kerry namesakes.
Mastergeeha were too strong for Listowel Celtic who were playing their first of two games to round out their season. Mastergeeha on the other hand can force a play- off for second place if they can beat Castleisland. In the Listowel game the Mastergeeha goals came from Donagh Fahy 2, Dara O’Callaghan 2, Colin O’Leary 2 and Daniel Kelly.
Killorglin get the three points needed:
In the Foundation Sports 14 Premier the top two side met in a decider with Killorglin getting the win they needed to take the title. A Tom Whittleton goal was the difference between the sides as this Killorglin side have now won their League 3 years in a row.
Both keepers were in great form in this game with Jack McGillicuddy and Sean Broderick showing why they are the keepers on the keepers on the Kennedy Cup squad.
Top positions still up for grabs in 15 Permier:
Tralee Dynamo’s three points from a 3-0 score-line over Listowel Celtic means they are still in contention for a top two position in the Killarney Plaza 15 Premier division. They are on 19 points with Killarney Celtic leading the way on 22 points but they do have a game in hand.
The Park defeated Dingle Bay Rovers through a Sean McGrath goal to move onto 12 points but they have only 7 games played.
Rattoo top of Division 2:
New boys Rattoo Rovers will be delighted to win a Division on their first season in the League. They defeated Fenit 4-0 in their latest game thanks to goals from JP O’Carroll, Nathan McGrath, Martin Mannix Brosnan and Mikey Kelliher.
Team of the Week
Mathew O’Connor
MEK 12’s
James Downing Ronan Teehan Ryan Carey
Tralee Dynamos 12’s Iveragh United 13’s Killorglin 12’s
Darren Ryan James Sheehan JP O’Carroll Donagh Fahy
Killarney Athletic 13’s Park 16’s Rattoo Rover 15’s Mastergeeha 13’s
Messiah Chirwa Ryan Kelliher James Hoare
Park 13’s Killarney Celtic 16’s Dingle Bay Rovers 12’s