Murphy and Kelly Cup’s and Bernardo’s Trophy

Murphy and Kelly Cups have new homes while Killarney Celtic retain Bernardo’s Trophy:
John Murphy 12’s Cup Final: Killorglin 4-0 Killarney Athletic
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup Final: Park A 1-0 Park B.
On the second weekend of Cup Final action, with the Kerry Schoolboys Girls League season coming to a close, the spotlight last weekend was on the Boy’s 12’s and 15’s finals down for decision.
The 12’s John Murphy Cup decider was between Killorglin and Killarney Athletic with the former going in as favourites. The missed out on winning the League by one win and were determined to claim the Cup to end the season with silverware.
But credit to Athletics youngsters they really put it up to Killorglin even when they went behind to a Dillon O’Neill strike in the first half. It stayed 1-0 to Killorglin until well into the second half. Indeed in that period the Killorglin keeper had made a number of good saves to keep his side ahead.
In tight Cup finals a touch of class is often needed to win and all year Killorglin’s Gar Hassett has been scoring for fun.
With 20 minutes to go he got the ball just inside his own half and while there were defenders chasing back and the keeper he beat he never looked like missing and rolled the ball into the corner of the net to put Athletic 2 up.
Athletic now had to chase the game and were caught late on by two late Dean O’Callaghan goals which wrapped up the win for Killorglin.
Hassett was named Man of the Match, a fitting way to round off his very impressive season.
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup Final:
The Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup final had the unusual pairing of The Park A v Park B. It was played before a big crowd as the centre piece of The Parks open day at Christy Leahy Park.
If anyone thought that it would be easy for the A’s their club mates on the B team had different ideas. In the end all that separated the sides was a Ryan Dolan goal, set up by Colin Griffin, which gave the A’s the League and Cup double.
But it could have been so different if Fergal Ryan’s goal wasn’t harshly ruled out. Ryan’s disappointment was tempered a little when he was named Man of the Match.
Shane McLoughlin was a member of the double winning team but didn’t play as he recovers from injury. Everyone involved in the game wished him the best of luck as he heads over the Ipswich Town on a two year scholarship starting in July.
Bernardo’s Trophy:
Killarney Celtic have retained the 11’s Bernardo’s Trophy following a victory over Clonmel in the final of the invitational tournament, played in Cork this year.
The U10’s went down 5-4 on penalties to the same opposition in the final of their competition. However while disappointed they were thrilled when Cian O’Sullivan was named as player of the tournament.
League Action:
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier: Killarney Athletic 1-3 Park A
Tralee Trophy World 16 Division 1: Ballyhar 5-1 Killarney Celtic B.
It is certainly more about quality than quantity with only a few League games remaining. The Killarney Plaza 15 Premier is certainly going down to the wire and the Park need to win their remaining games to force a play-off with Killarney Celtic, who they still have to play.
The added their latest three points and move onto 24/9, three behind Celtic, following a 3-1 over Killarney Athletic. Ferdia O’Brien, Fergal Ryan and Luke Moynihan were on the mark for the Park while James Suter got the Athletic goal. Unfortunately for the Athletic boys they missed a penalty.
The League and the club would like to wish David Naughton all the best in his upcoming Irish trials.
Ballyhar went into their last game of the season at home to Killarney Celtic B knowing that they needed all three points to claim the Tralee Trophy World 16 Division 1 title. Celtic B had only pride to play for and did put it up to the home side but in the end goals from Donnacadh O’Connor 2, William Courtney, Daniel O’Sullivan and Connall Murphy were enough to secure the League title for Ballyhar. Luke Doran replied for Killarney Celtic B from the penalty spot.