Celtic take seasons first Cup

Cups, Leagues and Shields:
John Murphy 12’s Cup Final:
Killarney Celtic 1 -0 Park
13’s Cup Semi-final:
Park 1-0 Listowel Celtic
15’s Cup Semi-final:
Killarney Celtic 5-2 Kingdom Boys
JK Sports 12 Premier:
Killarney Athletic 3-4 Killroglin
Division 1:
Camp 9-1 Castleisland
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 1:
Killarney Athletic B 7-1 Listowel Celtic B
13’s Division 2:
Killorglin B 1-3 Listowel Celtic C (played mid- week)
Killorglin B 6-3 Kingdom Boys B
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
Camp 1-4 Mastergeeha
Park B 2-0 Killorglin
Tralee Trophy World 16 Shield
Mastergeeha 2-0 Listowel Celtic
Foundation Sports 14 Girls Premier:
Killarney Athletic 2-7 Killarney Celtic
John Murphy 12’s Cup Final:
The first of the Schoolboys and Girls Cup finals was played on a perfect surface in Killorglin. However the home club could do nothing about the strong wind. The Park played with it in the first half but weren’t able to get that vital breakthrough. The closest they came was when Celtic keeper Dylan Doona turned a Mervyn Shambala shot onto the post.
Into the second half and Killarney Celtic got the vital score when a long range Neil O’Shea free-kick went all the way to the Park net.
The Tralee side were not able to find an equaliser despite trying hard and Killarney Celtic held on to claim the John Murphy Cup which was presented to their Captain and goal scorer Neil O’Shea by Mary Murphy.
The Park’s Colin Walsh was named Man of the Match.
Cup Semi-finals:
13’s Cup: St Brendan’s Park 1-0 Listowel Celtic.
The 13’s Cup semi-final was a tight affair between St Brendan’s Park A and Listowel Celtic A. Played in mid-week in Christy Leahy Park it was the home side that got the only goal of the game. Sebastin Vassiu was the Park’s hero and they now go forward to face Killarney Celtic in the final.
15’s Cup: Killarney Celtic 5-2 Kingdom Boys:
Played in windy conditions in Celtic Park this was always going to be a game for long range efforts and the opening goals game this way. Killarney Celtic struck first when a David Clifford free kick moved in the air past the Kingdom Boys keeper. The Tralee side equalised 15 minutes later. A long range Diarmuid O’Connor effort found the bottom corner of the Celtic net. Kingdom Boys suffered a blow when Odhran Liston went off injured.
It stayed that way until early into the second half when Celtic took a lead they would never surrender. Lorcan McMonagle swung in a dangerous corner and David Clifford was on hand at the back post to nod home. They extended the lead ten minutes later with a great team goal. Thando Dhube played in Cian Gammell whose low cross was met by the inrushing Micheal Potts to make it 3-1.
Credit to Kingdom Boys they upped their game and threatened on a few occasions. They got their reward when a Rian O’Sullivan free flicked off the head of a Celtic defender to put the Tralee side back in business.
Celtic were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after the referee spotted an infringement and Michael Potts made no mistake to open the gap up again to two goals. The Killarney side wrapped up the win when Mark Harnett did well to control the ball, beat a defender and picked out Potts who nodded home his hat-trick and set up a final against Killorglin, pencilled in for Saturday May 24th.
League Reports:
JK Sports 12 Premier
Killarney Athletic and Killorglin played out a middle of the table cracker with 7 goals scored. Killorglin took the points away from home with a 4-3 win. Garroid Hassett scored twice, Daire McKeffery once and the other an own goal. For Athletic Evan Looney got two with Emmet Finnan getting the other.
12 Division 1:
Second placed Camp are chasing Ballyhar and closed the gap to three points with a big win over Castleisland. Adam Costello and Alan O’Leary both scored twice with Caolan O’Connell, Eoghan Lyne, Darren Hickson, Conor O’Leary and David Smith all getting one each.
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 1:
Killarney Athletic B were the outstanding team in this division all season and after their win over Listowel Celtic B they were crowned champions. Seamus Gallagher got 2 as did Evan Talbot while Danny Cronin, Liam Kelliher and David Moriarty got one each. Athletic didn’t drop any points sincew the opening game of the season and so are deserved champions.
13 Division 2:
Killorglin B were hoping to take 6 points in their chase of Camp as they played mid-week and at the weekend. However they had to make do with three as they went down to Listowel Celtic C in their first game. Ethan Coffey scored for Killorglin but two from the prolific Sean McGrath and one from Michael Nolan gave Listowel Celtic C the points.
There was better news for Killorglin B on Saturday as they emerged 6-3 winners over Kingdom Boys B. Leo Gaxha got 2 and David Rogers one for the Tralee side but 2 from Dylan O’Neill and one erach from Marin Foley, Dean Callan, Eathan Garcia and Jack McDonagh gave Killorglin B a valuable three points.
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
There was a surprise in this Division as leaders Camp went down to Mastergeeha who are now into second place. Dylan Murphy scored 2 for the Kilbrean boys with Seamus O’Leary and Paul O’Shea also scoring.
Further down the table Park B were 2-0 winners over Killorglin B.
Tralee Trophy World 16 Shield:
Mastergeeha got the points they needed from Listowel Celtic to win this Shield section of the 16’s Division 1 Shield.
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Killarney Celtic girls only need a point from their last game with Listowel Celtic to win the 14 Premier as they lead the North Kerry side by three points with one game to play. They were too strong for Killarney Athletic in mid-week. Elena Martinez top scored with a hat trick. Kate Stack, Mairead Bennett, Anna Clifford and Ciara O’Brien scored for Celtic who also had good performances from Edel Harnett in goal and also from Aoife Callaghan and Erica McGlynn.
Ellen Coffey got both goals for Killarney Athletic.
Team of the Week:
Dylan Doona
Killarney Celtic 12’s
Liam Kelliher Diarmuid O’Connor Devon Burns Diarmuid O’Hara
Killarney Athletic 13’s Kingdom Boy’s 15’s Park 12’s Camp 14’s
Michael Nolan Stephen McCarthy Daire McKeffery Cormac O’Connor
Listowel Celtic 13’s Park 12’s Killorglin 12’s Mastergeeha 14’s
Michael Potts Seamus Gallagher
Killarney Celtic 15’s Killarney Athletic 13’s
The Sem – All Ireland Champions:
Congratulations from everyone in Kerry Schoolboys Girls Soccer to the St Brendan’s College Killarney Minor Boys (under 15 ½) team that won the All Ireland final in Waterford during the week. They were 2-1 winners over Dublin’s Templeogue College with the goals coming from Cian Gammell and Michael Potts in a very good performance from all involved. This is a very good squad of players who all play in the League and could go on to win more All Ireland Schools titles in the coming years.