Danone tastes slightly bitter for Kingdom Boys:
The Southwest Regional Final of the Danone Cup, an International tournament for Under 12’s took place in Rathkeale last weekend. 12 teams were looking to win the section in order to qualify for the National Final and battle for a place at the World Finals in Poland.
Defending Champions Killarney Celtic, who just lost the National Final by a goal last year, St Brendan’s Park and Kingdom Boys, who received a late entry were the three Kerry sides in action.
Celtic were first into action against Cappamore and got off to the worst possible start, going 1-0 behind from the penalty spot after 2 minutes. However Lee Downing equalised and Ryan Kelliher put Celtic ahead and they looked like they were going to get their day off to a winning start. However in the last minute another ball over the top wasn’t dealt with and Cappamore equalised.
Penalties were taken – to be banked in case of sides finishing level – but Celtic lost these 3-2.
Kingdom Boys got their day underway as they faced Celtic while at the same time The Park were meeting Nenagh in the second round of matches.
Kingdom Boys and Killarney Celtic couldn’t be separated, drawing 0-0 but this time Celtic won on sudden death spot kicks. But the point gained by Kingdom Boys would prove vital.
Nenagh defeated The Park 1-0 and as this was their second win, having already defeated Abbeyfeale they were through as Group 1 winners. They would face Herbertstown in their last four game.
Kingdom Boys went into their last Group game against Cappanore knowing that a win would see them into the semi finals and knock both of their group rivals out.
And the Tralee boys dually got the win thanks to a goal from Kevin Williams to set up a semi final against Avenue United who won Group 2.
After two exciting semi finals it was Kingdom Boys and Nenagh who would face each other in the decider. Kingdom Boys had goals from John Carmody and Kevin Williams in a 2-0 win over the Clare side.
The final was always going to be a tight affair, with Nenagh slight favourites, and so it proved. Sean Duggan was impressive in the Kingdom Boys goal and made a good save to keep the game scoreless. However the Tipperary boys were a little stronger physically and took the lead in the 8 minute (games are played over two 10 minute periods) when a corner was partially cleared and the Nenagh played smacked the ball through a group of players.
Into the second period and Kingdom Boys up the ante and pushed on looking for the equaliser. John Carmody, Dillon Robinson and David Rodgers all went close but they ran out of time.
Kingdom Boys will be a little disappointed in not going all the way to Dublin but can look back with pride in the way they represented the League in reaching the regional final.
The Kingdom Boys squad on duty on the day was: Sean Duggan, Donal Dillane, Tadgh Brick, Thomas Dywer, Ben Falvey, David Rodgers, Barry Lyons, David O’Connor, Mikey Kelliher, Cathal Dunne, Sean Foley, John Carmody, Kevin Williams and Dillon Robinson.
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier Plate:
Ballyhar had already wrapped up the Premier Plate section before their final game so won’t be too disappointed with their 5-2 loss to The Park. Don O’Sullivan and Kian O’Callaghan scored for the League champions while goals from Owen Moynihan, Ciaran Killeen, Jack Lynch, Gearoid Dillane and Dean O’Connell gave The Park all three points.
Killarney Athletic also took three points in their final league game thanks to a 2-0 over Fenit.
O’Callaghan’s Coaches 14 Premier:
Fenit and Killarney Athletic are in mid table but still served up a thriller sharing seven goals. The home side took the points on a 4-3 score-line thanks to goals from Sean Higgins 2, Thomas Lenihan and Dara O’Connor. Killarney Athletic’s goals came from Michael Pierce and two from David Shaw.
14 Division 1 North:
Ballyhar are champions of this Division while Camp were 3rd and both shared the points in their last League game.
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1:
This was the Division with the most action of the weekend as second place was up for grabs. Kingdom Boys already had the title wrapped up but Fenit and Ballyhar went into their last games with the runners up spot there for the taking.
Fenit were first into action and added three points to their 21 point total to move to 24 and go two ahead of Ballyhar. Cian McGarry got two for Fenit with Jimmy Shanahan, Gordon Burrows and Thomas Lenihan added further scores.
But their hopes of keeping second place were dashed when Ballyhar defeated Listowel Celtic B 5-1 at Murt Scott Park. John McMahon had two goals, Kieran O’Connor, Jamie Lynch and William Courtney were the other scorers for the home side who take the second spot in the Division.
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier:
The Park take second spot in the Division as runners up to Killarney Celtic and took the three points from their second last game with Fenit, winning 2-0.
In the 16 Division 1 Plate Iveragh were 3-0 winners over Listowel Celtic in a mid table encounter.
17 Girls Cup Semi Final:
Listowel Celtic booked their place in the decider against Camp /Park thanks to a 5-1 win over Killarney Celtic. Savanah McCarthy and Lauren Flavin both hit two while Rebecca Horgan got the fifth.
There were not enough games this week for a Team of the Week but there were a number of outstanding performances that deserve mention.
These are Savanah McCarthy and Lauren Flavin in the Girls and in the Boys Kian O’Callaghan, Ballyhar 13’s, Shane Walsh, Park 13’s, Thomas Lenihan, Fenit 14’s, David Shaw, Killarney Athletic 14’s, Ryan Dolan, Fenit, Eoin Kennedy, Mastergeeha and William Courtney, Ballyhar all 15’s.
11’s Blitz at John Giles Walk of Dreams:
Clubs wishing to enter the 11’s Blitz which will take part in Mounthawk Park on Monday May 7th as part of the John Giles Walk of Dreams Celebrations must contact the League Secretary as soon as possible. Only the first 16 teams entered will be allowed take part. The Blitz will kick off at 11am and run until 2.30pm, being finished in time for the start of the Walk of Dreams.