National Cup journey comes to an end:
National Cup 14’s ¼ final – Killorglin 0-2 Mervue
Kerry’s interest in this season’s National Cup came to an end at the weekend with defeat of Killorglin in the quarter finals of the u14 section. They went down 2-0 to Mervue in the Dragon’s Den as the Galway side got revenge after Killorglin knocked them out at 13’s last season. It is a great achievement for the team and management to get to this level two season’s in a row.
In the game both sides started nervously with most of the action centred around the middle of the field. However in the 15th minute Mervue forced a corner and after taking it short the ball found its way to the net to give the away side the lead.
Killorglin worked very hard to try and get back in to the game and just before half time Gearoid Hasssett played in Eoin Clifford who was one on one with the keeper but the Mervue net-minder won the battle.
Mervue were rattled but came out quickest for the second half and Killorglin needed keeper Alex O’Connor to make two great saves to keep it at 0-1. He was injured making one save but was able to play on.
The home side then created two great chances from set pieces with firstly Jack O’Connor just heading over a Dylan O’Neill corner and then Gar Hassett flicked on a ball to Roan Moriarty whose shot was just too high.
It was now end to end action and the Killorglin defence had to be alert on a number of occasions as Mervue looked to close out the game. It was still in the melting pot until the final minute when Mervue broke as Killorglin were throwing everyone forward and with almost the last kick of the game made it 2-0 to break the Kerry boys, and their large crowd of supporters, hearts.
Killarney Celtic Girls progress:
Killarney Celtic u16 Girls are into the 2nd round of the Munster WFAI Cup after a 5-0 win over an understrength Ferrybank side from Waterford. Celtic were always in control and amongst had goals from Lauren Rintoul, Fiadhan Tangney, Kate Stack and Aoife O’Callaghan to set up a quarter final trip to Dungarvan.
Iveragh Progress in Shield:
There was one local Shield game on Sunday with Iveragh United defeating Killorglin B 4-1. Ian Moriarty got a hat trick including one from just inside his own half and Dylan Huggard got the 4th.
Team of the Week:
Iveragh United 16’s
Sean Og Moran Philip O’Leary Aaran Flynn
Camp Juniors 14’s Mastergeeha 14’s Ballyhar 14’s
Darren Ryan Rachael Riordan Declan O’Donoghue Sean O’Connor
Killarney Celtic 12’s Inter Kenmare 12’s St Bernard’s 14’s Listowel Celtic 14’s
Leo Gaxha Ian Moriarty Daniel Cronin
Tralee Dynamos 14’s Iveragh 14’s Castlemaine 16’s