Killarney Celtic 12’s and Athletic’s 15 claim League titles as Cup Finals begin next weekend

Every game vital from here on in:

JK Sports 12 Premier:

Killarney Celtic 1-0 Park

Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier:

Listowel Celtic 0-4 Killarney Celtic

O’Callaghan’s Coaches 14 Premier:

Kingdom Boys 3-0 Fenit

Park 5-3 Mastergeeha

Killarney Plaza 15 Premier:

Killorglin 0-3 Killarney Athletic

15 Div 1:

Mastergeeha B 2-0 Listowel Celtic B

Tralee Trophy World 16 Div 1:

Iveragh Utd 2-0 Inter Kenmare

Reports:

With a number of the Divisions now at the real business end every game is now very important.

This week saw another two champions crowned with Killarney Celtic taking the 12’s Premier crown and Killarney Athletic the 15’s title.

JK Sports 12 Premier: Killarney Celtic went into the last game of the League knowing that only a home win over St Brendan’s Park would give them the League.  The Park held a one point advantage as the sides kicked off. The game was played in front of a big crowd and played in a wonderful manner with both sides totally committed to playing football. And it was the home side who got the all important goal thanks to a Jack Hanrahan effort that beat the otherwise excellent Park keeper.

Keepers were to play a big part in this game and Celtic needed their net minder Robert Osbourne to be at his best as he saved a penalty by the Tralee side.

One of the nicest aspects of this excellent game was the way the Park’s youngsters behaved after their defeat. Unlike a certain senior Cup final recently when the defeated side walked off The Park boys, after their initial disappointment all congratulated the Celtic team and applauded them as they received their trophy from Kerry Schoolboys League Secretary Padraig Harnett.

This was a wonderful advertisement for Kerry Schoolboys Soccer and while The Park will be disappointed they will have better days. For Killarney Celtic its back to back JK Sports 12 Premier titles.

Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier:

With Kingdom Boys not playing till Bank Holiday Monday Killarney Celtic knew they had to win away to Listowel Celtic mid week to put the pressure on the Tralee side. They duly did on a 4-0 score-line thanks to goals from Oran O’Donoghue, Kasper Malinoski, Cian Gammell and Chris O’Donoghue.

This now sees Killarney Celtic move onto 25 points from 9 games played with Kingdom Boys their opponents in the last game of the season. However the Tralee side, who are on 22 from 8 played know they can’t slip up against Mastergeeha. If they do win it will set up a winners takes all clash for the Premier title.

O’Callaghan’s Coaches 14 Premier:

This Division sees the same clubs as the 13 Premier, Killarney Celtic and Kingdom Boys, battle it out for top honours. However here Celtic are in pole position as they have 25 points from 10 games with Kingdom Boys on the same mark but having played a game more. Goals from Sam Tarrant, Cian Liston and Rian O’Sullivan saw Kingdom Boys defeat Fenit to move onto that 25 point mark. It is the other Killarney side that will have a big say in where the title goes. Celtic face Athletic on Monday which leaves them with The Park to play. Kingdom Boys last game sees them face Athletic so it is still all to play for with Celtic in the driving seat.

The Park guaranteed themselves third place in this Division with a 5-3 win over Mastergeeha. A Paul O’Connor hat trick wasn’t enough to give Mastergeeha anything from the game at Christy Leahy Park as the home side had goals from Jack Lacey, Anthony Shanahan, Luke Moynihan, Karl Mullins and Kieran Carmody.

Killarney Plaza 15 Premier:

Killarney Athletic have been unbeatable in this Division and this week wrapped up the title with two games left to play. They picked up their 8th straight win thanks to a 3-0 score-line away to Killorglin and that left them uncatchable by Listowel Celtic and The Park who are battling it out for second. Michael Foley scored twice and Adam O’Shea once in their latest win. Listowel Celtic lead The Park, who have a game in hand, by four points and can take the runners- up spot with a win over Listowel Celtic in their last game of the season.

15 Division 1:

Mastergeeha’s 2-0 win over Listowel Celtic B sees them take 4th spot in this Division behind League winners Kingdom Boys, Fenit and Ballyhar. Only 4 points separates the top 4 after a very exciting 11 game programme.

Tralee Trophy World 16 Div 1 Shield:

With Iveragh United getting the points from Inter Kenmare on a 2-0 score-line it means that the Shield section of the Under 16 Division 1 will go down to the last game. Iveragh are now tied with Ballyheigue at the top of the section but are finished their game. Ballyheigue who are on 12 points have one game left, against Inter Kenmare who are on 10 so they will go into that last game knowing that a win will give them the 16 Div 1 Shield.

Players that deserve special mention:

Brian O’Regan, Fenit 14’s goal keeper, Robert Osburne and Jack Hanrahan, Killarney Celtic 12’s, Michael O’Gara and Thomas Burke, Park 12’s, Sam Tarrant, Cian Liston and Rian O’Sullivan, Kingdom Boys 14’s and Michael Foley and Adam O’Shea, Killarney Athletic 15’s.

FIRST CUP FINAL OF THE SEASON:

Sunday next sees the first Cup final of the season with Killarney Celtic and Listowel Celtic meeting in the Daly’s Supervalu 13’s Cup Final at Tralee Dynamos pitch while just across the road in Christy Leahy Park Killarney Celtic B and Listowel Celtic B meet in the 13 Division 2 play-off. Both sides finished on 19 points from their 8 games so this one will decide where the trophy goes and will have extra time and penalties if required.

Back to the Cup Final and it’s top against third. Killarney Celtic have a better League record and are still in line for the double and have also beaten their North Kerry namesakes in both their League encounters.  Looking at the Cup runs to the final Killarney Celtic defeated Park B 6-1 away, Kingdom Boys 3-1 at home in what was a very good win and then were too strong for Camp in the semi finals.

However past results will count for nothing on the day and no Listowel Celtic side ever comes to a Cup final to make up the numbers. Their run has taken them past Asdee, Killorglin away in what was probably their best win and defeat Mastergeeha, again away in the last four.

It really is hard to call this one but maybe just the fact that Killarney Celtic has the double in their sights might just give them that extra incentive.