Cup Final Season Begins

Cup line-ups completed plus previews:
12’s John Murphy Cup Semi Final: Inter Kenmare 0-8 Killorglin
13’s Cup Semi Final: Inter Kenmare 2-1 Kingdom Boys
14’s Tom Hayse Cup Semi Final: Castleisland 0-7 Kingdom Boys.
15’s Cup Semi Final: Inter Kenmare 2-2 Ballyhar AET.
Ballyhar win 3-2 on penalties.
16’s Tucker Kelly Cup Semi Finals: Killarney Athletic 0-3 Park A
Killarney Celtic B 0-4 Park B.
The line-up for the Kerry Cups are now completed and the finals get underway this weekend. There were a number of big semi- finals down for decision over the past week.
In the John Murphy 12’s Killorglin booked their place in the final with an 8-0 win over Inter Kenmare, who were probably still feeling the effects of a successful Community Games run. But take nothing away from Killorglin as this is a very good side that finished just outside the top two of the very competitive JK Sports 12’s Premier. In the Cup semi-final their goals came from Eoin Clifford, Gearroid Hassett, David Mangan and John Dennehy. Killorglin will face Killarney Athletic in the decider.
There was better luck for Inter in the 13’s Cup semi-final as they defeated Kingdom Boys 2-1 in Kenmare to set up a clash for the Cup against Killarney Athletic. David O’Sullivan put Inter ahead before Mikey Kelliher equalised for Kingdom Boys. But it was home side’s Boki Nikic that got the all-important winner.
Kingdom Boys proved too strong for Castleisland in the semi- final of the Tom Hayse 14’s Cup as their quest for the double continues. Dara Lowth and Dillon Robinson both hit 2 each with Diarmuid O’Connor, Odhran Liston and Dan Goggin getting one each. The final will be a Tralee / Listowel clash with Kingdom Boys facing Listowel Celtic.
The 15’s Cup semi-final was an epic encounter going all the way to penalties. In the end Ballyhar move onto the final after a 3-2 penalty win over Inter Kenmare. Denis Cronin hit both Inter goals with William Hickey replying with both for Ballyhar. In the finish Ballyhar went through 3-2 on penalties with Cian O’Connor in goal proving to be a hero.
The Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup final will have the unique pairing of the Park A v Park B. The A’s went through 3-0 thanks to goals from James Duggan, Jesse Stafford Lacey and Robbie Duggan knocking Killarney Athletic out.
Two B sides battled it out for the other place with the Park B getting the better of Killarney Celtic B. Goals from Karl Mullins 2, Kyle Bustard and Luke Moynihan saw the Park B through.
Full Cup Finals Line-up:
11’s: Listowel Celtic v Killarney Celtic.
John Murphy 12’s: Killorglin v Killarney Athletic.
13’s: Killarney Athletic v Inter Kenmare
Tom Hayes 14’s: Listowel Celtic v Kingdom Boys
15’s: Killarney Celtic v Ballyhar.
16’s Park A v Park B.
Girls: 12’s Listowel Celtic v Killarney Celtic.
14’s Killarney Celtic v Listowel Celtic.
Preview for next weekend:
The Kerry Schoolboys Girls Cup finals get underway this weekend with the 13’s and 15’s Cup’s taking place in Mastergeeha and the Tom Hayse 14’s in Christy Leahy Park in Tralee on Sunday 19th.
The 13’s Cup sees Killarney Athletic taking on Inter Kenmare. Both sides had home win in the first round with Athletic knocking out Mastergeeha and Inter getting past Behy Rovers. Round 2 saw Athletic winning away in Camp while Inter had a good win at home to Killarney Celtic. Both sides were home again in the semi- finals where Athletic as expected knocked out their neighbours Killarney Celtic C while Inter saw off Kingdom Boys. As Killarney Athletic are a Division 1 side coming up against a Premier team in Inter Kenmare I am going to give my nod to the latter. Kick off in Mastergeeha is 2pm
Prediction: Inter Kenmare.
The 15’s Cup Final is the first of Sunday’s treble deciders and it sees Killarney Celtic, who are looking for the League and Cup double (they need a point from there last League game) take on a Ballyhar side who proved that on their day they can be a match for anyone, as their run in the National Cup proved. Celtic beat Listowel Celtic, the club mates Celtic B and The Park to reach the decider with Ballyhar knocking out Killarney Athletic B, Kingdom Boys and Inter Kenmare on penalties. Kick-off in Mastergeeha is at 12 noon.
Prediction: Killarney Celtic.
With the Kennedy Cup looming many of those involved will be playing in the Cup finals and the Tom Hayes 14’s is no different. Facing each other will be Listowel Celtic and Kingdom Boys with the Tralee side hoping to land the double after winning a very competitive 14 Premier title. However Listowel Celtic weren’t far away so this could go down to the wire. Kingdom Boys run saw them get over Park B, Killarney Celtic B and Castleisland while Listowel Celtic’s run was the more difficult with wins over Fenit, Mastergeeha and Killarney Celtic in a 5-4 extra time cracker. With 8 of those still on the Kennedy Cup panel in action this is a must see. Kick off at Christy Leahy Park is 12 noon.
Prediction: Kingdom Boys