Cup Joy the big news from this Weekend:
National Cup Last 16
14’s Park3-3 Kells Blackwater AET
Park won 7-6 on penalties
Cherry Orchard 4- 1 Killorglin
15’s Camp Juniors 3–2 Douglas Hall AET
Girls National Cup 16’s Last 8
Listowel Celtic 5– Park (Ennis)
Kerry Cup’s First Round:
John Murphy 12’s Cup Round 1:
Killarney Celtic A 3–0 Mastergeeha A
Iveragh United 7–1 Killarney Athletic B
LB Rovers 6–3 MEK
Killarney Celtic B 5–3 Killorglin C
Tralee Dynamos B 1–5 Killorglin B
Killarney Athletic C 3–1 Park D
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup Round 1:
Killarney Athletic A 2–3 Killarney Celtic A AET
Killorglin B 2–7 Ballyhar
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup Round 1:
Mastgergeeha 1–6 Rattoo Rovers
Killarney Athletic 4–0 Killorglin
League Fixtures:
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division
Killarney Celtic B 1–6 Listowel Celtic
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1
Ballyhar 3-3 Tralee Dynamos
Skechers National Cup on theDouble:
To reach the Last of the Skechers National Cup is a great achievement as over 200 clubs take part in each age group. Saturday was a very proud day for the League with The Park 14’s and Camp Juniors 15’s qualifying for the Quarter Final draws.
Park prevails on penalties: This St Brendan’s Park team could have been forgiven for not looking forward to this penalty shoot-out in the National Cup win over Kells Blackwater. Spot kicks have not been kind to them in the past but Saturday was their day and after a nail biting finale they are through to the Last 8 of the 14’s National Cup.
They certainly did it the hard way as they had to come from behind three times to take the game to penalties. The Park created the best of the early chances but the visitors were well in the game and never left the Tralee side settle on the ball.
Kells had the wind in the first half and played with a tall centre forward but the Park defence stood firm and the game was scoreless at half time. But that soon changed. Kells took the lead early in the half but their lead only last three minutes. Kieran O’Connor levelled with a cracking free kick from distance. The visitors went back in front after 18 minutes but the Park boys again raised their game and got the equaliser they deserved, even if it was late on! Colin Doody’s pinpoint corner was met by the head of Cianan Cooney to send the game into extra time.
Again in extra time Kells went ahead just before the break but buoyed on by a big home support the Park came again and Messiah Chirwa and Doody combined to set up Cillian Cooney who showed coolness beyond his year to place an unstoppable shot past the visiting keeper.
And so onto the penalties – 10 brave Park players stood up to the challenge scoring 7 and with Liam Carmody saving 2 it was St Brendan’s Park that was celebrating on and off the field at the end of a titanic struggle.
Killorglin go Out: While Killorglin will be disappointed to go out 4-1 away to Cherry Orchard they should be proud of their display against one of the countries biggest clubs and of their run in this competition. Jason O’Connor got the goal for Killorglin.
Camp Juniors send the Hall home heartbroken: The journey into the unknown for the Camp Juniors 15’s continues as Cork’s hot shots Douglas Hall became the latest side to fall. Played before a huge Camp crowd at Mounthawk Park it went all the way to extra time before the local side progressed 3-2 and into the Last 8 of the Skechers National Cup, a huge achievement for the club.
In a sign that homework pays dividends a YouTube video was the inspiration for Camps amazing opener. From the kick off Caolan O’Connell caught the opposition keeper off his line and the home side were 1 up.
But mid-way through the half Douglas Hall were level. Camp were denied what they thought was a free kick and were caught short at the back and the visitors equalised to leave the sides level at the break. And things got better for the Cork side 10 minutes into the second half as they went ahead from a close in header.
But this Camp side fear no one and set about getting back into the game. After a number of good passages of play they got their just deserts. Caolan O’Connells rasping effort was parried by the keeper and Maurice O’Connell was quickest to react to send the game into extra time.
And the same player wrote himself into the Camp Juniors record books as he powered home the winner with a header 5 minutes into extra time following a well worked Camp corner.
Listowel Celtic reaches FAI Women’s u16 Cup Last 4:
The good news in the National Cups continued on Sunday when Listowel Celtic’s 16’s girls progressed to the semi-finals. They defeated Park from Ennis 5-3 in a roller coaster of a game. Aoife Horgan, who has just been named on the Irish u15 squad, put the home side 2-0. However the Park hit back with 3 goals of their own to take the lead.
However they could not handle Aoife and she hit another two to put Listowel Celtic back in control and Cliona Pierse wrapped up the win with the 5th.
Kerry Cup’s Get Underway:
While the rain played havoc with the first rounds of the Cups a number of ties in the even ages did take place.
John Murphy Cup 1st Round: Killarney Celtic are through to the second round thanks to a 3-0 win over Mastergeeha with the goals coming from Jason O’Reilly, Josh Bowler and the third being an own goal. Also into the hat are LB Rovers as they overcame MEK 6-3. Patrick Walsh hit three for the winners which were added to by goal from Michael Houlihan, TJ O’Sullivan and Leigh Meehan. Sean O’Brien, Tadgh Gosney and Aaron Dinham replied for LB Rovers.
Goals from Killarney Celtic B’s Eamon Guiney, Kieran Boyne, Jack Tagney 2 and Lucas Sowerby saw them get past Killorglin C 5-3. There was better news for Killorgln B as they progressed 5-1 over Tralee Dynamos B for whom Mohammed scored. For the victors Jack McGrath and Darragh Clifford both scored 2 each with Cian O’Brien getting the 5th.
Iveragh United were too strong for Killarney Athletic B and are through thanks to goals from Evan O’Sullivan, Fintan O’Sullivan, Finn Barrett, Tadgh O’Sullivan, Thomas O’Sullivan and David Kennedy.
Killarney Celtic C are also in the John Murphy 12’s Round 2 hat thanks to two goals from Liam Hennigan and one from Luke Doolan in a 3-1 win over Park D.
Tom Hayse 14’s Cup Round 1: Ballyhar and Killarney Celtic are the first sides into Round 2 of the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup thanks to wins over Killorglin B and Killarney Athletic A.
Ballyhar’s goals came from Stephen Palmer3, Luke Ring 2, Colm O’Shea and James Horgan as they were 7-2 winners over Killorglin B. The Killarney derby was a cracker in Woodlawn. Hugh O’Malley gave Athletic the lead after 20 minutes and they kept the lead to half time.
Mike McCarthy equalised for Celtic 10 minutes into the second half but Athletic were in front again 10 minutes later through Sean Dineen. As time was running out Luke Crowley and Ryan O’Leary set up McCarthy for his second at it was all tied up at 2-2.
Into the second period of extra time and a Luke Crowley corner put Celtic ahead for the first time in the game and they held out for the win but needed three big saves from Jack O’Donoghue to keep Athletic from forcing penalties.
Tucker Kelly 16’s Round 1: Rattoo Rovers were winner at Kilbrean Park as they progressed past the home side 6-1. The Rattoo Rovers goals came from Reece Doyle 2, Mikey Kelliher, Padraig Sullivan, Nathan McGrath and Darragh Quinlan. Paudie Murphy had made it 1-1 ten minutes before the break when he scored for Mastergeeha. It could have been a different story if Rovers Shane O’Sullivan had not pulled off two great saves when the game was tied at 1-1.
Killarney Athletic saw off Killorglin win 4-0 thanks to goals from Eoin Benson who got 2 and 1 each from Eoghan O’Sullivan and Lawrence O’Donoghue.
Only a few games in the League:
In the Moriarty’s Centra 11’s Dingle Bay and Fenit met in a number of games in the Tralee Sports Complex All Weather. The West Kerry side were slightly the better on the day.
Listowel Celtic made it 8 wins from 8 in the Daly’s Supervalu 13’s Division 1 as they saw off Killarney Celtic B under lights at Celtic Park on Friday night. Shane O’Sullivan hit a hat trick Cormac Dillon got 2 and James Wong the last goal while Fionn Noctor replied for Killarney Celtic B.
Ballyhar dropped their first points in the Killarney Plaza 15’s Division 1 as their closest rivals Tralee Dynamos held them to a 3-3 draw that keeps the race for the title very much alive. Peter Cosgrave got 2 and Ethan Campbell 1 for Ballyhar with Danny Burke 2 and Sean Dillane getting the Dynamos goals.
Team of the Week:
Shane O’Sullivan
Rattoo Rovers 16’s
Connall Clifford Stefan Carrig Kieran O’Connor Jamie Moynihan
Tralee Dynamos 15’s Listowel Celtic 13’s Park 14’s Killarney Celtic 12’s
Leigh Meehan Conor Gammell Harry Byrne
LB Rovers 12’s Killarney Athletic 14’s Ballyhar 15’s
Maurice O’Connell Jason O’Connor Tadgh Gosney
Camp Juniors 15’s Killorglin 14’s MEK 12’s