Killarney Celtic 14’s Girls crowned Munster Champions:
MWFAI Cup Finals:
Killarney Celtic 3-1 Hollyhill (Cork)
Listowel Celtic 1-3 Nenagh Girls
National Cup:
12’s National Cup: Kingdom Boys 1-2 Killarney Celtic.
13’s Limerick FC 0-6 Killarney Celtic
14’s Pike Rovers 5-3 Kingdom Boys
16’s Killarney Celtic 2-3 Herbertstown
Aisling Annacotty 3-2 Killarney Atheltic.
JK Sports 12 Premier:
Killarney Athletic 4-5 Park A
Listowel Celtic 8-2 Killorglin A
12’s Division 1:
Castleisland 0-8 Park B
Camp 4-6 Inter Kenmare
Park C 0-2 Listowel Celtic B
Mastergeeha 2-1 Fenit
Killarney Celtic C 1-8 Ballyhar
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Listowel Celtic A 7-1 Inter Kenmare
14’s Division 1:
Camp 6-0 Killarney Celtic C
Park B 0-2 Killarney Athletic A
Masteregeeha 7-3 Killorglin
Tralee Trophy World 16 Division 1:
Park C 3-3 Listowel Celtic
Inter Kenmare 6-5 Killarney Celtic B
Mastergeeha 2-2 Castleisland
U14 Cup Final: Killarney Celtic 3-1 Hollyhill:
Killarney Celtic u14 Girls created history on Saturday at the UL in Limerick when they defeated Hollyhill from Cork to claim the Munster WFAI Cup on a 3-1 score-line. Celtic started brightly and Hannah O’Donoghue proved their intentions by flashing a shot just wide.
However they were rocked shortly after when Siobhan Burns went down with what looked like a serious ankle injury. The clubs medical staff felt it was too dangerous to move the player and an ambulance was called and the game held up. Siobhan was able to watch the rest of the game from a car before being taken to Tralee where she was kept in overnight and operated on for a broken bone on Sunday morning.
Once the game restarted, Ciara O’Brien replaced Burns but Hollyhill took over and went into the lead on the 20th minute when Cathryn O’Sullivan found space in the box to flash the ball home.
However this Celtic team have showed maturity beyond their years all season and they quickly put this set back behind them and took the game to Hollyhill. Hannah O’Donoghue was causing the Cork girls all sorts of problems and only for their keeper Kelly Lacy Celtic would have been well ahead.
Lacy also saved from Erical McGlynn, Fiadhan Tagney and Katie Stack as Celtic peppered the Hollyhill goal but it stay 0-1 at the break.
However it took only two minutes of the second half for Celtic to be level. A good passing movement involving Sonia Smith, Rebecca Murphy and Aoife O’Callaghan put O’Donoghue through on goal and this time she found the back of the net.
Celtic were well on top and O’Donoghue got her second ten minutes later. This time she outpaced the Hollyhill defence and gave Lacy no chance with a low shot to the corner of the net.
Anytime Hollyhill did press on the break the Celtic rear-guard were not too troubled and stand in keeper Grace Cahillane showed great hands when needed. She was in for the unfortunate Carmel Looney who missed the game following an appendix operation earlier in the week.
Celtic wrapped up the win when Hannah O’Donoghue got her and her team’s third, this time with a well-placed header from a corner.
O’Donoghue was also named Player of the Game and was presented with her trophy by the FAI’s Pat Halpin while her delighted captain Fiadhna Tagney lifted the Cup.
Killarney Celtic squad was: Grace Cahillane, Sonia Smith, Erica McGlynn, Fiadhna Tagney, Rebecca Murphy, Kealie O’Connor, Lauren Rintoul, Aoife O’Callaghan, Katie Stack, Hannah O’Donoughe, Sonia Burns. Subs Ciara O’Brien, Ciara Moynihan, Katie Halpenny, Annie O’Donoghue, Anne O’Reilly, Allanah O’Sullivan, Ava Looney.
U16 Cup Final: Listowel Celtic 1-3 Nenagh Girls:
Unfortunately Listowel Celtic just missed out on making it a Kerry double as they went down 3-1 to Nenagh in the 16’s decider. The North Kerry girls were well in the game until late in the first half when Nenagh took a 1-0 lead through Chloe Connolly.
Into the second half and Nenagh looked to push home their advantage but Listowel Celtic were unlucky themselves not to score with Savanna McCarthy driving her team on. McCarthy, Ashley Kelliher, Sarah O’Brien and Jackie Horgan all went close.
However somewhat against the run of play Neangh doubled their advantage. Charlotte O’Neill in the Listowel goal made a great save from Lorna Shine but the rebound rebounded off the attacker and rolled over the line.
But any Listowel Celtic team doesn’t go down with-out a fight and Savanna McCarthy scored a cracking goal from outside the box to give them hope.
But try as they might they couldn’t get the equaliser and it was Nenagh who got a third when O’Neill was just unable to get a hand on a long range effort.
However there was some small consolation for Listowel Celtic when Savanna McCarthy was named as Player of the Match.
National Cup:
Killarney Celtic 12’s are into the hat for next weekend’s National Cup Open Draw for the round of 32 and still in contention for the Danone Cup qualifying blitz, which is played out separately by the remaining 8 teams in the 12’s section. They just got the better of Kingdom Boys in the all Kerry clash winning 2-1 after extra time. Niall McGillicuddy and Ryan O’Grady were on the mark for Celtic.
It was also a good day for Celtic in the 13’s when the long delayed first round clash away to Limerick FC finally took place. Killarney Celtic had goals from Patrick Darcy 2, Ryan Kelliher, Jared Barton, David Cantillon and Evan Smith in a 6-0 win. To be fair to Limerick FC they hadn’t played a game in 6 weeks as their appeal against expulsion for playing an over player went all the way to the FAI where the club was cleared to play. However this is a very strong Killarney Celtic side who are now looking forward to the draw this Saturday.
But the National Cup is over for Kingdom Boys 14’s who went out 5-3 to Pike Rovers. Dan Goggin and Dara Lowth with two were the Tralee sides scorers.
Both Killarney sides also went out of the 16’s section with Killarney Celtic losing 3-2 to Herbertstown after extra time. Peter McCarthy and Micheal Potts got the Celtic goals. Killarney Athletic lost on the same score-line away to Aisling Annacotty. Athletic were 2-1 up thanks to goals from David Naughton and Joe Glinowood. The Limerick side equalised with 13 minutes to go and got the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.
League Round Up:
Some of our young stars were in action in two Blitz’s that the League is running throughout the season. The under 7’s and 8’s from Killarney Celtic, Inter Kenmare, Killarney Athletic and Mastergeeha enjoyed some great games at Celtic Park in Killarney while over in Christy Leahy Park teams from the Park, Camp, Listowel Celtic and Castleisland also had a great day of soccer.
JK Sports 12 Premier:
With the top sides in National Cup action the sides playing in this Division were looking to take the points to close the gap on those above them. The Park just got the better of Killarney Athletic in a 9 goal thriller. Owen Benson, Symon Bartkiewicz 2 and Eoghan O’Sullivan got the goals for Atheltic but Eoin Higgins and Colin Walsh both scored twice and Mervin Shambala once to give the Tralee side the points.
Listowel Celtic are three points closer to both Killarney Celtic and Kingdom Boys after they proved too strong from Killorglin. Sean McGrath, Robert Foley, Kevin Goulding, Ted Moloney, Micheal Nolan and Conor Hogan all got on the score-sheet while Ethan Coffey replied with 2 for the visitors to North Kerry.
12’s Division 1:
Ballyhar’s sixth win from their six League games s ees them topping the table on their own. They were too strong from Killarney Celtic C with Dylan and Nathan O’Callaghan, Gearoid Coffey, Brian O’Driscoll and Jason Brennan all scoring. Castleisland who had been level at the top, but with a game more played, suffered a loss to Park B. Cillian Ryan, Robert Kerins, Darragh Blennerhasset and Destinee Nana were the scorers for The Park.
Inter Kenmare put themselves back into contention and have moved level with Camp whom they beat 6-4 in a high scoring encounter. Eoghan Lyne hit two which were added to by goals from Adam Costello and Alan O’Leary. But they came up just short and thanks to scores from Tommy Cronin, Daniel and Colin Crowley, Sennan Sheehy, Mick Looney and PadraIg Looney which sees Inter onto 12 points.
Listowel Celtic B were 2-0 winners away to Park C while Mastergeeha kept the points at Kilbrean Park as they were 2-1 winners at home to Fenit. Philip O’Leary and Adam O’Connor were the home sides scorers.
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
In the only game played in this Division Listowel Celtic took the points from their home game against Inter Kenmare. Cillian Spillane top scored with 4 and Jake Kelly and Jack Sheehan were also on the scoring lists.
14 Division 1:
Camp moved into the joint lead of the Division with a 7-0 win at home to Killarney Celtic C. Davidas, Killian Quirke, Dara Butler, Colin Moriarty, Gearoid Lyne and Seamus Boyle got the Camp goals to sees them level with Killarney Celtic B at the summit.
Killarney Athletic remain in third after their 2-0 win away to The Park B who were unlucky not to convert some of their chances.
Mastergeeha were the other winners as they defeated Killorglin 7-3. Paul O’Shea was the top scorer with 3 and his hat trick was added to by goals from Niall O’Connor, Conor O’Leary, David Twomey, and Daniel Dennehy.
Tralee Trophy World 16 Division 1:
With leaders Park B not playing Mastergeeha closed the gap by 3 points with a 2-1 win over Castleisland. Paul O’Connor scored both goals for the Kilbrean side with Patrick Horan replying for Castleisland.
Inter Kenmare are well in touch and they took the three points in a high scoring clash with Killarney Celtic B. The sides shared 11 goals with Inter just getting the better of Celtic 6-5. Darragh Siochru and Brendan O’Sullivan scored for Inter but their teammate Denis Cronin deserves a special mention as he hit his third hat trick in three games.
Cillian Rice and Stephen McCarthy both scored twice for Celtic with Alfonso Terry netting the fifth.
John O’Brien from The Park and Listowel Celtic C’s Cathal Kennelly had to fight over the match ball as both hit hat tricks in a 3 all draw.
Team of the Week:
Aodan Brown
Castleisland 16’s
James O’Donoghue Owen Benson Patrick Horan
Mastergeeha 16’s Killarney Athletic 12’s Castleisland 16’s
Dan Goggin Aaron Broderick Dara Butler Liam Tobin
Kingdom Boys 12’s Killorglin 12’s Camp 14’s Park 12’s
Hannah O’Donoghue Sean McGrath Brendan O’Sullivan
Killarney Celtic 14’s Girls Listowel Celtic 12’s Inter Kenmare 16’s