Celtics’ girls in with National Cup elite

Christian send’s Killarney Celtic to heaven:
11 Boys Cup Final: Listowel Celtic 1-1 Killarney Celtic
Killarney Celtic win 6-5 on sudden death penalties.
12 Girls Cup Final: Listowel Celtic 2-1 Killarney Celtic AET.
14 Girls Cup Final: Killarney Celtic 5-0 Listowel Celtic
WFAI 14’s Cup Round 2: Killarney Celtic 9-5 Corbally (Limerick).
On a scorching day in Listowel the final two Cup finals went ahead in Listowel Celtic’s grounds as part of the clubs 50 anniversary celebrations.
With the temperatures reaching nearly 80 degrees great credit must go to all the young players for the displays they put on and thankfully with plenty of water breaks all came through without sun stroke!!
Listowel Celtic got the perfect start in the 11 Boys Cup final when Sean McGrath swivelled onto a cross and volleyed home to give the home side the lead.
Killarney Celtic pressed hard but found Listowel Celtic keeper Shane O’Sullivan in great form and he made a number of great saves to keep his side in front.
The visitors then made a change bringing on Conor Henderson and he had an immediate impact. He got on the end of a good passing movement and found space in the box and finally beat O’Sullivan to level matters.
Into injury time and the sides could not be separated with both sides managing to force a number of corners but both defences held firm.
With the game looking destined for extra time Listowel Celtic’s Conor Hogan got the ball just inside his own half, took a few steps forward and let fly. But to Killarney Celtic’s relief the ball crashed back off the crossbar.
Into penalties and the first 10 penalties were top quality with neither keeper having a chance. So it was sudden death and with Listowel Celtic going first they needed to score to keep the pressure on their Killarney namesakes.
However up stepped Christian Casey in the Killarney Celtic goal and he dived full length to turn away the Listowel spot kick. Now it was down to Killarney Celtic’s Ian O’Connor to keep his cool and he did so magnificently to give his side the victory.
Listowel Celtic’s number 4 Tim Moloney was named Man of the Match after a superb display in defence.
The 12 Girls Cup final, between the same two sides was just a tight and exciting. Again Listowel Celtic got the better start and took the lead through Michelle Walsh. Kate Murphy levelled matters for Killarney Celtic and despite great play by both sides neither could break the deadlock in normal time.
Both sides were pressing for the winner in extra time and with 5 minutes to go Finnola Keane drifted in behind the Killarney Celtic defence and was spotted by Player of the Game Aoife Horgan who treaded a pin point pass through to Horgan. She still had work to do but kept her composure to smash home the winner to make it an even great celebration for her as she also captained the side.
What a week for Killarney Celtic’s 14 Girls:
With a number of girls on both sides just back from the Gaynor Cup it was expected that the 14’s Cup final between Killarney Celtic and Listowel Celtic would be a tight encounter.
Played mid-week at Killarney Celtic it turned out to be a night to remember for the home side. A 5-0 win sees the 14 Girls Cup enter the Killarney Celtic trophy cabinet for the first time. Emma Dineen got 2 as did Hannah O’Donoghue while Fiodhna Tagney netted the other.
This gave the Killarney Celtic great confidence as they faced Corbally from Limerick in the 2nd round of the WFAI 14’s Cup. This is the first time that Killarney Celtic has entered a Girls team in this competition and now they are into the Last 8 in the country and into the open draw.
This was a high scoring encounter with Killarney Celtic opening up a 5-1 lead at half time. However Corbally hit back in the second half and brought it back to 5-4. However the Killarney Celtic girls dug deep and added four more goals to Corbally’s 1.
Hannah O’Donoghue had another day to remember and added to her growing reputation hitting 5 goals. Emma Dineen netted 2 while Fiodhna Tagney and Lauren Rintoul both netted one each.
Listowel Celtic were hoping to put their Cup disappointment behind them in the same competition when they welcomed Tulla from Clare to Tannavalla.
And great credit to the North Kerry girls as the also qualified for the last 8 of the competition with a 2-1 win thanks to two Leah Henry goals.
What are the odds of an all Kerry ¼ final or a meeting of the two sides in a later round?