League of Ireland 15’s the highlight of a busy final week

The Final Finals:
League of Ireland
13’s Athlone 5–2 Kerry
15’s Kerry 1-0 Athlone
12 Girls Cup Final
Inter Kenmare 0-2 Killarney Celtic White
12 Girls Shield Final
Iveragh United 3-0 Killarney Celtic Green
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup Final
Inter Kenmare 2-1 Killorglin
Tom Hayes 14’s Shield Final
Killarney Athletic 1-3 Park B
Healy Family 15’s Cup Final
Killorglin 2-0 Killarney Athletic
12 Girls Premier
Listowel Celtic 4–1 Killarney Celtic
12 Girls 1A
Camp Juniors 4-2 Killarney Celtic Green
Kerry 15’s claim 3rd spot after Phase 1
The Kerry 13’s and 15’s League of Ireland sides faced Athlone in the final round of Phase 1 games. The 13’s travelled to Lissywollen with 4th place on the line between themselves and their hosts Athlone.
Top 3 for Kerry 15’s: The 15’s welcomed Athlone to Mounthawk Park knowing that a point would guarantee them a place in the Top 3 in the Group and into the Top 12 section of the League. These 12 will be broken down into the Groups of 6 as the battle for the 15’s League of Ireland heats up.
And Kerry completed an excellent Phase 1 defeating Athlone 1-0. The only goal of the game came from Cianan Cooney in the second half in a game that Kerry deserved to get all three points.
The results see Kerry finish behind Cork and Galway but 5 points ahead of Athlone so third placed was a well-deserved reward for a very good effort in their first ten games.
Kerry 13’s end Phase 1with a defeat in Athlone: The Kerry 13’s were caught with three late goals inside the last 7 minutes as they lost 5-2 away to Athlone. JJ Olijitan put Kerry ahead but the home side went 2-1 up before the break. Andrew Kerins equalised for Kerry but they were now playing against the wind and were hit with three late goals. Kerry will know their opponents in Phase 2 later this week.
Kerry Girls in Gaynor Trophy action:
The first of the two big weekends in underage girls football took place in UL. The 13’s Gaynor saw 20 Leagues taking part while 23 Leagues will play in the 15’s Gaynor at the end of the month.
Kerry went down 2-0 to Clare in their opener with both goals coming in the second half. They went 1-0 down to Longford but Ellie Mai Nugent scored a deserved equaliser. The NECSL only missed out on the Gaynor Cup section on goal difference and were unbeaten in the group. Fiana Bradley scored for Kerry from a free kick but the damage was done in the first half as the North East Counties side won 5-1.
The sides met again in the semi-final and this time it was much closer with the NECSL getting the only goal late on when they were playing with the wind. Kerry ended their tournament by playing Clare on Monday morning.
Killarney Celtic takes Girls 12’s Cup:
The final of the 12 Girls Cup, played as part of a Cup and Shield double header at the excellent Kilbrean Park venue, the home of Mastergeeha FC. There was very little between Killarney Celtic White and Inter Kenmare when they met in the League and the first half echoed this. However Celtic took over in the early stages of the second half and they got their reward Niamh Cantillon scored to give Celtic the lead.
Credit to Inter Kenmare they put in a great effort but they were caught again when goal machine Eve Culhane scored a second it was game over. For Inter Kenmare Thein Doran, Helena O’Donoghue and Claudia Merchel were the best on the night.
12 Girls Shield goes down South:
Iveragh United went into the 12 Girls Shield Final as favourites. They met Killarney Celtic Green as part of the double header at Mastergeeha. The South Kerry side are in the Premier A section while Celtic Green were 2nd in Premier 1B.
Killarney Celtic battled hard early on against the physically stronger Iveragh side who eventually made the breakthrough when Katie O’Connell finished well from inside the box. This was the only goal of the first half so after the break the next goal would be vital. And it was O’Connell who got it again after being set up by the excellent Katie Foster.
With Celtic, led by Player of the Match Kate Forde, Caoimhe Cronin and Jessica Leggate pushing to get one back they were caught on the break and Vilta Paulauskiene wrapped up the win.
Inter win the 14’s Cup:
The Tom Hayes Cup is in the Inter Kenmare trophy cabinet after a cracking final against Killorglin in Mounthawk Park. Both sides had chances in the first half with Yago Cornide and Darragh O’Connor going closest for Inter and Dara O’Connor and John Burke the best for Killorglin. And it looked like the side lines would go in scoreless at half time. However Sean Treyvuad had different ideas.
A good passing movement by Inter saw Ollie O’Shea and Cornide set up Treyvaud who showed great feet to finish low past Darragh Crosby in the Killorglin goal.
Things got worse for Killorglin early in the second half when their keeper was late to a ball and collided with the Inter attacker and the referee Tom Sheehy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and sending off the keeper.
The Killorglin management sent Brian Cahill into goal but his first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Darragh O’Connor put Inter 2-0 up from the penalty spot.
But for the last 20 minutes of the Killorglin took over and gave it a great go to get back into the game. When Conor Hayes scored it was game on. However Inter Kenmare held out and were presented with the Tom Hayes Trophy by Dinny Hayes.
Park B take 14’s Shield:
St Brendan’s Park B proved a little too strong for a battling Killarney Athletic side who had earlier wrapped up the Division 1 title but were a little under strength for the Cup final. The Tralee side got the opener early in the first half through Arek Jaszczyski and held the lead for the rest of the half.
They doubled their lead midway through the second half when Stephen Barrett scored and Rodrigo Phinto got the Park’s third after being set up by Man of the Match Sean Moynihan.
Killarney Athletic never gave up and pulled one back inside the last 10 minutes when Thomas Healy scored but they ran out of time.
Killorglin the Healy Family Cup Champions
Following a scoreless first half in the Healy Family 15’s Cup final Killorglin got the perfect start to the second half when they broke the deadlock. A long ball into the Athletic box was not cleared and it was scrambled home. It was all Killorglin with the Killarney Athletic keeper Matthew Ellaga being much the busier. He made a number of big saves including one from Ryan Diggin to keep his side in the match.
Athletic were struggling to create and an Alex Hennigan effort was the closest they came to equalising. But late on the second goal came from Killorglin from the excellent Eoghan Hassett who was named Man of the Match.
12 Girls Premier goes to a play-off:
Killarney Celtic travelled to their Listowel namesakes knowing that a point would have given them the 12 Girls Premier title. However it was the home side that took the win 4-1. Listowel Celtic’s goals came from Laura Falvey 2, Holly Boyle and Caoimhe Lynch with Ellie Doolan replying for Killarney Celtic.
This result means that Killarney Celtic and Inter Kenmare will need to play-off for the 12 Girls title.
Camp Juniors come from behind to win 12 Girls 1A:
Killarney Celtic Green needed to defeat Camp Juniors to force a play-off in the 12 Girls 1A. And for a while it looked like this would be the case as Jessica Leggate put the Killarney side 2-0 in the first half. However by half time the game was level when Suvi O’Connor and Saoirse Wenk scored.
And it was Camp Juniors who scored twice more in the second half to end this section of the League on 4 wins from 4 thanks to a second goal from O’Connor and one from Miriam Sheehan.
Roll of Honour:
Boys: Eoin Hassett, Killorglin, Pearse Lowth Tralee Dynamos, Ewan McCrohan Killarney Athletic, Jack Joy Castleisland, Yago Cornide Inter Kenmare, Sean Moynihan Park.
Girls: Kate Forde Killarney Celtic, Vilta Paulauskiene Iveragh United, Suvi O’Connor Camp Juniors, Laura Falvey Listowel Celtic.