Celtic Win Tucker Kelly Cup
with thanks to Christy Leahy.
Killarney Celtic 1 St. Brendan’s Park FC 0
After a scintillating final, that was in the balance until the final whistle, Killarney Celtic under 16 lifted the Tucker Kelly Cup at Mounthawk Park on Monday. The excellent soccer, played by both sides,was a fitting tribute to the memory of Tucker Kelly who was a trojan worker for Fenit Samphires.
There was also a number of outstanding individual displays on both sides. For Killarney Celtic their goal keeper David Spillane, who won the player of the match award, made some incredible saves whilst Cathal O’Shea was superb as was David Clifford. For Park Conor Hurley made an unbelievable save from O’Shea in the first half and Fergal Ryan, playing up front, was a constant threat to the Celtic back four.
Overall the Park created more chances but failed to convert one but winning is about putting the ball in the net, something Killarney Celtic achieved.. Both sides were playing the ball on the ground and play swung from end to end throughout.
Spillane made brilliant full length save to deny Jesse Stafford-Lacey, in the 30th minute, after he had taken a return pass from Ryan and minutes later, at the other end, Conor Hurley held a well struck shot from David Clifford. Sam Tarrrant was to waste a good chance after being put through by Ryan and Spillane set up a counter attack when he quickly released the ball to Peter McCarthy whose cross was met on the volley by Cathal O’Shea but Hurley’s instinctive save was incredible.
Park upped the tempo for the opening minutes of the second half but Spillane made three incredible reaction saves – from a Luke Moynihan shot that he pushed away and then denied Sam Tarrant on the rebound and finally a Fergal Ryan header – all within twenty seconds. When Conor McCarthy replaced Lorcan McMonagle in the 55tn minute he added a cutting edge to the Celtic attack and he changed the momentum of the game in the 62nd minute when Cathal O’Shea raided up the left wing before crossing the ball into the penalty area where McCarthy beat Conor Hurley with a well placed shot to the net at the back post. O’Shea created another opportunity minutes later but went for a goal from a different angle. Killarney Celtic celebrated an important victory at the final whistle
Killarney Celtic; David Spillane, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford, Cathal O’Shea, Billy Courtney, Michael Moynihan, Dean Fitzgerald, Peter McCarthy, Cathal O’Donoghue, Jack Griffin, Lorcan McMonagle. Reserve: Conor McCaqrthy for M<cMonagle
St. Brendan’s Park FC; Conor Hurley, Stefan Okunbur, Karl Mullins, Ferdia O’Brien, Jamie Clifford, Segun Duyile, Luke Moynihan, Emmanuel Abubaker, Fergal Ryan, Jesse Staford-Lacey, Sam Tarrant Rserves: Geraoid Savage and Kieran Carmody for Tarrant and Abubaker