3 Kerry Schoolboys Cups in new trophy cabinets:
13’s Cup: Inter Kenmare 3-0 Killarney Athletic
Tom Hayse 14’s Cup: Listowel Celtic 1-4 Kingdom Boys
15’s Cup: Ballyhar 0-2 Killarney Celtic.
13’s Cup Final:
The first three Kerry Schoolboys Girls Cup finals have been decided with Inter Kenmare taking the 13’s, Kingdom Boys the Tom Hayse 14’s and Killarney Celtic the 15’s.
In the 13’s Inter faced Killarney Athletic and got off to the best possible start by going 1-0 up inside 15 minutes. Daniel Casey’s pass found Daniel Fitzpatrick who made no mistake. Both sides had chances before the break but neither could add to the score.
Inter manager Aidan Murnane, resplendent in his new Cup final suit and Sunderland tie, knew that one goal wasn’t going to be enough and he rang the changes. He brought on Tom Murnane and from his pass Dillon O’Connor made it 2-0.
Athletic battled hard to get back into the game and did come close to pulling one back but once Murnane and O’Connor combined late on for a third it was game over.
Man of the Match, Inter Kenmare’s Dillon O’Connor received his trophy from Colm Dunlea, representing the League.
Tom Hayse Memorial 14’s Cup:
Having won the League Kingdom Boys went into the Tom Hayes Cup Final looking for the double. They faced Listowel Celtic in the decider and were certainly the team that started the best. Odhran Liston’s early brace gave the Tralee boys a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes. The first came following a Rian O’Sullivan pass while Liston was fastest to react when Dillon Robinsons shot came back off the post.
Listowel Celtic were stunned for a bit but to their credit they dug in and really put it up to the Tralee boys for the next fifteen minutes without getting the reward they deserved.
20 minutes into the second half and from an O’Sullivan corner Eddie Rogers rose highest to head home to make it 3-0. Again credit to Listowel Celtic, a lesser team might have dropped their heads, they fought back again and following a very good team move Cathal Kennelly made it 3-1.
If they could pull another one back it would be game on but Kingdom Boys are made of strong stuff and not only repelled the danger but added an insurance goal. Dara Lowth, who had been a handful for the Celtic defence all day and had the ball in the net earlier only for it to be ruled off side, wrapped up the win and the double with Kingdom Boys 4th goal.
Brian McCarthy, who works with the Irish senior management set-up, was on hand to present the Man of the Match trophy to Kingdom Boys Rian O’Sullivan who also captained the side in a day to remember for the young star player.
15’s Cup:
Killarney Celtic are leading the Premier and were looking for the first leg of a possible double when they met Ballyhar, who themselves proved to be a great Cup side with a long run in the National Cup. The first goal would be vital with both sides cancelling themselves out and it was Celtic who got the breakthrough just before half time.
The Killarney side broke clear and Cathal O’Shea showed great vision and unselfishness to set up Conor McCarthy to open the scoring.
Again in the second half there was nothing between the side and it took until very late on for Celtic to get their second and wrap up the game.
Cathal O’Shea was the man that got it and in doing so brought Killarney Celtic the Cup and earned himself the Man of the Match Award.
The League would to thank Mastergeeha and St Brendan’s Park for the use of their excellent facilities and also to both sets of officials who handled the games with the expected professionalism.
League Round-Up:
JK Sports 12 Girls Premier: Listowel Celtic 8-0 Killarney Celtic B
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier: Inter Kenmare 0-2 Killarney Celtic
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Div 1: Killarney Celtic C 0-0 Killarney Athletic
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier: Mastergeeha 0-3 The Park
League Reports:
While the League is winding down all games are now very important. Listowel Celtic continue lead the way in the 12 Girls Premier and this week were too strong for Killarney Celtic B. Goals from Fionula Keane, Aoife Horgan, Ciara Hudson and Caoimhe Spillane were enough to give the North Kerry girls the three points.
Killarney Celtic wrapped up fourth spot in the Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier by taking the points against Inter Kenmare.
In Division 1 Killarney Athletic went into their final game of the season against Killarney Celtic C knowing that a point would give them second place and pip Mastergeeha for the spot. And they got the point they needed in a 0-0 draw. Credit also must go to Celtic C who despite having nothing to play for showed great pride and passion in holding the Divisions runners up scoreless.
The Killarney Plaza 15 Premier continues to be a nail bitter with it still looking like it will go down to the last game of the season. The Park need to win their final two games and then beat Killarney Celtic to set up a playoff with the latter and achieved the first part by getting the points against Mastergeeha.