And then there were 4:
National Cup Quarter Finals:
15’s: Kingdom Boys 1-2 Swilly Rovers.
16’s: Park 3 v 1 Salthill Devon AET
Kerry Cups Quarter Finals:
Tucker Kelly 16’s: Listowel Celtic 2-3 Fenit.
13’s: Kingdom Boys 0-3 Park.
JK Sports 12’s
Park C 8-2 Ballyhar
Park A 2-`1 Killarney Celtic A
Kingdom Boys 4-1 Listowel Celtic A
Killorglin 3-5 Killarney Athletic A
Daly’s Supervalu 13’s
Fenit 0-6 Killorglin B
Foundation Sports 14’s:
Kingdom Boys 5-0 Inter Kenmare
Killarney Celtic 1-3 Listowel Celtic A
14’s Division 1:
Mastergeeha 8-1 Park B
Camp 5-1 Killarney Celtic B
Park B 0-5 Killarney Celtic B – (Midweek))
Killarney Athletic 0-2 Camp – (Midweek)
Killorglin 0 –1 Mastergeeha- (Midweek)
Tralee Trophy World 16’s:
Inter Kenmare 4-3 Park.
National Cup 16’s Quarter Final:
And then there were 4! From the 100’s teams that started out in this section of the National Cup we are down to the semi-finals. And the great news is that one of these will see St Brendan’s Park take on Mungret from Limerick.
The Park booked their place with a come from behind, but well deserved 3-1 after extra time over Salthill Devon. The Park were playing well with Jesse Stafford Lacey pulling the strings and the likes of Luke Moynihan, Fergal Ryan and Ferdia O’Brien all going close. At the defensive end Segun Duyile had to make a last ditch tackle to keep the game scoreless.
The Park went closest when Jamie ‘Gaza’ Clifford floated over a pin-point cross to Luke Moynihan who shot was well saved by Grealish in the Salthill goal.
But in 38th minute The Park were hit by a cruel sucker punch. A free kick was given away just inside their half and Fitzgerald stepped over the ball and Rooney swung in a cross / shot that the wind caught and carried into the Park net.
Shell shocked the Park were almost caught out immediately when Cahill got in behind the defence but pulled his shot wide.
The Park looked for a second like they had gotten a penalty when Gaza Savage was taken down by the keeper and the referee pointed to the spot. However his assistant had his flag up for offside and so the chance was gone.
Into the second half and the Park got their confidence back and the introduction of Kieran Carmody and Sam Tarrent saw a period of domination for the home side. The Park did everything but score with Lacey, Carmody and Ryan amongst those who went close.
And they got their just rewards when Kieran Carmody gambled on a long ball and beat the Salthill Devon keeper to the ball to level matters. And from then on there really looked like being only one winner, but it would take the Tralee boys until extra time to make that dominance count.
Into the second period of extra time and Lacey floated a sweet ball into the box, Sam Tarrent flicked it on and Karl Mullins planted the deftest of headers low into the corner of the Galway boys net.
And with time running out, as expected, Salthill Devon launched a number of attacks, winning two corners. From the second of these The Park broke with Carmody playing in Fergal Ryan who bore down on goal. The Salthill defender had no option but to take him down and Ferdia O’Brien smacked home to send the squad, management and huge crowd into raptures as the Park’s wonderful National Cup run contines.
National Cup 15’s Quarter Final:
Swilly Rovers 2-1 Kingdom Boys:
First the positives – the Kingdom Boys side tried right the way to the bitter end and with a bit of luck could have found an equaliser. There first and second hand performances were poles apart and they will be disappointed with the early goals they conceded.
It had all started very brightly for the Tralee side, in the game played on the superb Listowel Celtic pitch, due to a punishment handed down to Swilly Rovers after alleged racial abuse in the last round.
After 5 minutes Jack McKenna put in a low cross, Odhran Lucey dummied and Dean Meehan hit a good shot but Dane Dunworth in the Swilly Rovers goal proved equal to it.
Eddie Rogers was getting room out wide and put in the next cross but there were no teammates on the end of it. Shane McNamee was causing trouble at the other end and he set up Conor Gormley whose shot went wide.
In the 12th minute Kingdom Boys were hit by a cruel blow. Dunworth hit a long ball, McNamee got on the end of it and forced a corner. From this Conor Gormley somehow got on the end of the cross and bundled the ball home.
Kingdom Boys tried to get back into the game and Dillon Robinson went close but Lady Luck was certainly not wearing a Dynamos shirt in this game. In the 17th minute another corner by McNamee caused mayhem between the Kingdom Boys keeper and centre half and the ball trickled over the line to put the Donegal 2-0 up.
Rian O’Sullivan tried to get things going with some neat deliveries and Liston and Robinson went close but it stayed 2-0 at the break.
Kingdom Boys needed to change the game plan and get the ball wide to try and get in behind Swilly Rovers. To their credit Kingdom Boys did get a grip on the game. Dillon Robinson and Rian O’Sullivan both went close but Swilly Rovers were playing clever, soaking up the pressure and being dangerous on the break.
Cameron Gormley was doing well up front and both he and Brian Diver ensured the Kingdom Boys rear-guard could never relax.
Gormley had a great chance to wrap up the game when he was one on one with McKivern but dragged his shot wide.
In the 42nd minute Kingdom Boys got the break they needed. A corner from Rian O’Sullivan was headed out beyond the edge of the Swilly Rovers box and Diarmuid O’Connor ran onto it and lashed an unstoppable volley to make it 2-1.
Kingdom Boys needed to keep the pressure on and were pushing players forward. Kennedy and McKenna hit shots but the Swilly Rovers player were putting their bodies on the line and made good blocks.
The Donegal boys had another great chance to go 3-1 up from the penalty spot but Conor Gormely missed to give Kingdom Boys more hope.
And they nearly made that chance count in the last minute when O’Connor was fouled on the very edge of the box. Rian O’Sullivan managed to get the ball up and over a 6 man wall but Dunworth dived full length to his left to push the ball wide and so end Kingdom Boys brave run to the last 8.
In the 13’s Cup Killarney Celtic, Listowel Celtic and Mastergeeha were already through to the semi-final and the last spot was between Kingdom Boys and The Park. After goals from James Sheehan 2 and Junior Ankomah it was The Park that progressed.
There was also one place left in the Tucker Kelly semi-finals as well and Fenit grabbed it following a 3-2 away win at Listowel Celtic. Cathal Kennelly and Jack Holly scored for the home side but goals from Sean Higgins, Chris Murphy and Connie O’Brien saw the join The Park, Killarney Celtic and Inter Kenmare in the last four.
U11 Mini Blitz:
The young players from Listowel Celtic, the Park A & B and Killorglin A & B joined hosts Camp in a mini blitz.
JK Sports 12 Division 1:
Leaders Ballyhar were much too strong for the Park C and goals from Dylan O’Callaghan, Colin O’Sullivan, Josh McCarthy, Adam Jensen, Patrick O’Connor, Jason Brennan, Cian Reen and Darragh Brosnan saw the boys from Murt Scott Park move three points closer to the title.
JK Sports 12 Premier:
Champions Kingdom Boys ended their League campaign with another win at the dented Listowel Celtics hope of a second placed finish. Dara Broderick, Sean Kennedy, Leo Gaxha and Adam Jones all hit one each with Micheal Nolan replying for Celtic.
However they will feel a little better as the other Celtic side – Killarney- with whom they are level on points also went down. Neil O’Shea scored for Celtic from the penalty spot but goals from Nathan Sheehan and Mervyn Shalemba saw The Park close to within a point of both Celtic’s.
Killarney Athletic will be delighted to get a win after lots of hard work. Athletic’s Simon Bartkiewicz was unstoppable hitting 4 with Emmet Finnen getting the other in a 5-3 win over Killorglin. Gearoid Hassett got 2 and Aaron Broderick the third for Killorglin.
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 2:
Killorglin B were too strong for Fenit in the first of a number of mid-week games that were played as the kids were off school. Jack Carey and Aaron Broderick both got two each with Jack O’Leary the other.
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Kingdom Boys win over Inter Kenmare sees them move to the top of the table and past The Park. Dan Goggin, David Couchman and David O’Connor were amongst the scorers.
Listowel Celtic kept up the pressure on the Tralee sidewith a 3-1 win over Killarney Celtic who stated the day level on points with them. Scott Winter scored twice and Fergal Wall the third for Listowel Celtic with Micheal Devlin replying for Killarney Celtic.
14 Division 1:
The 14 Division 1 was the busiest of the week with action both midweek and on Saturday. Leaders Camp defeated Camp 2-0 to defeat Killarney Athletic thanks to two goals from Seamus Boyle. Athletic were one of their rivals so this was big and rounded off a great week for Camp as earlier they were too strong for Killarney Celtic B. 2 from Davidas and Darragh Butler and one from Conor Brien were enough to give the leaders the points.
But Killarney Celtic B had picked up a valuable three points earlier in the week with a 5-0 win over Park B. Mike Doyle got 2, Conor Lucey and Evan Lyne one each with goalkeeper Trevor O’Shea scoring the fifth from the penalty spot.
Mastergeeha are also amongst the top teams and took maximum points from their two games. They defeated Killorglin 1-0 and were too good for Park B at the weekend. Dylan Murphy, Niall O’Connor and David Twomey both scored two each with Paul O’Shea and Philip O’Leary getting one each.
Tralee Trophy World 16 Shield:
Inter Kenmare and Park B had a cracking game in the Tralee Trophy World 16 Shield. Denis Cronin scored 2 and Darragh Siochru and Daniel Taylor the other goals in a 4-3 win. John O’Brien scored twice for the Tralee side with Rory Kelly the other goal.
ABC for the Kerry Girls:
The Kerry 12’s girls team had a great tournament in Cork, the first time they wore the Kerry jersey. They did something that all Kerry sides love to do – beat Cork! It ended 3-2 with Aoife Horgan netting the hat-trick. Next up was Tipperary and again the Kerry girls came put on top 4-3. Aoife hit another hat-trick with Caoimhe O’Shea getting the fourth. They went down to Limerick in the third game 5-2 with Aoife again scoring the goals but despite this it was a great start to long careers for these girls.
Team of the Week:
Evan Looney Conor O’Leary Conor O’Brien
Killarney Athletic 12’s Mastergeeha 14’s Camp 14’s
Scott Winter Evan Maher David Couchman Thomas Lenihan
Listowel Celtic 14’s Killarney Celtic 14’s Kingdom Boys 14’s Fenit 16’s
Daniel Fitzpatrick Aaron Broderick Mervyn Shambala
Inter Kenmare 14’s Killorglin 13’s Park 12’s