Weekend of January 20/21st 2018:
JK Sports 12 Premier:
LB Rovers 1–9 Killorglin
Killarney Celtic A 5 –0 Tralee Dynamos A
Division 1:
Ballyhar A 1–6 Castleisland
Division 2:
Mastergeeha B 1–2 MEK
Killorglin C 3–0 Park B
14’s National Cup Last 32
Villa FC 0–2 Park
Quills Woollen Mills 14 Division 1
Iveragh United 0–2 Ballyhar
Killorglin B 2–3 Killarney Celtic B
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier
Killarney Celtic A 4 –0 Ballyhar
Division 1:
Rattoo Rovers 2–1 Camp Juniors
Inter Kenmare 4–1 Dingle Bay Rovers
Sunday Subway Munster Plate Final
Waterford 4-2 Kerry
Park 14’s win the highlight on a rainy weekend
Park through from Last 32:
While everyone says a home draw in the latter stages of a Cup competition is very important the fact that the St Brendan’s Park 14’s were drawn away to Villa in Waterford certainly didn’t bother them. They won 2-0 and are now into the Last 16 where they will be at home to either Kells Blackwater or Macroom.
The Park were the last Kerry side to reach a National Cup decider when their 16’s fell at the final hurdle. However this side are certainly enjoying a great run this year and in the Waterford IT and started the brighter when a Sean O’Connor shot had to be saved by the Villa keeper.
The Park piled on the pressure from the subsequent corner and following a second one they took the lead on 6 minutes. Colin Doody’s excellent cross was expertly finished by Josh Connolly.
The Park defence withstood the expected Villa onslaught and possible could have been further ahead at half time as they also put pressure on their hosts backline.
Villa again pushed for an equaliser in the second half but Liam Carmody was quick off his line on yow occasions while his defenders around him were putting in some big blocks.
The Park wrapped up their deserved victory half way through the second period. Luke O’Connell set up Cianan Cooney and his shot was met at the back post by Messiah Chirwa and there was no way back for Villa.
There was a further Tralee connection to the win as the team warmed up on the PST installed All-Weather at the Villa.
Top two win in 12 Premier:
Killarney Celtic maintained their 3 point gap at the top of the JK Sports 12 Premier thanks to a 5-0 win at home to Tralee Dynamos. The goals came from the red hot Josh Bowler who netted 3 with Jamie Moynihan and Ted O’Gorman getting one goal each.
Killorglin are chasing Celtic hard and they were too strong for LB Rovers thanks to goals from Ryan Carey, Seamie Diggin, Liam Hayes, Ben Levy 2, Tadgh O’Brien, Eoin O’Connell and Jamie O’Reilly 2.
Castleisland up to join second in 12 Division 1:
In one of the tightest Divisions in the League Castleisland moved into joint second spot alongside Killarney Celtic and Killorglin on 13 points. The trio are just three points behind leaders Listowel Celtic who lead on 16 points.
Castleislands win this weekend came away to Ballyhar at Murt Scott Park. Jack O’Donoghue was on fire hitting 4 goals. These were added to be two from Finn Nolan and one from Kian Downey.
MEK go top of Division 2:
With leaders Camp Juniors not in action MEK took full advantage to move onto 16 points and go one ahead of the pack. The MEK goals came from Sean O’Brien and Cian Fleming with Danny Coffey replying for Mastergeeha B.
Killorglin C moved up the table with a 3-0 win over Park B thanks to an Aaron Doyle hat trick. However it was not as clear cut as the score-line suggests as Paddy Cleary had an excellent game in the Killorglin goal.
8 from 8 in 14’s Division 1:
Ballyhar continue their unbeaten run in the Quills Woollen Mills 14 Division 1 and are now on 24 points from their 8 games. They went ahead in the 10th minute through James Horgan and wrapped up the win with 5 minutes to go thanks to Stephen Palmer.
Killarney Celtic B are up to joint third thanks to a 3-2 win away to Killorglin B. Celtic’s goals came from William Hearty who got 2 and Jack Alonso who got the third.
3 from 3 for Celtic at top of 16 Premier:
Killarney Celtic made it three wins from three games in the Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier. They were 4-0 winners at home to Ballyhar thanks to two goals from Cian McMahon and one each from Jack McCarthy and Cian O’Leary.
Big win for Rattoo in Division 1:
Rattoo Rovers win will be celebrated by all the rest of the top sides in the Tralee Trophy World 16 Division 1. They 2-1 win over leaders Camp Juniors saw them close the gap to four points and they still have 3 games in hand. Nathan McGrath and JP O’Connell got the Rovers goals.
Inter Kenmare moved into third place with a 4-1 home win over Dingle Bay Rovers. Colm OhEartain got the goal for the West Kerry side.
Kerry go down to Waterford in Plate Final:
Kerry went down to Waterford 4-2 in the final of the Subway Munster Inter League Plate final. The visitors to the Waterford IT started the better when a long ball from the back allowed Maurice O’Connell to score.
Waterford looked to hit back quickly but the Kerry defence had the upper hand until 3 minutes before half time. A deflected shot just evaded the fingertips of Jack McGillicuddy in the Kerry goal to level matters at the break.
Kerry were on the back foot in the second half and McGillicuddy made two good saves to keep them in the game. But two quick goals in the 20th and 24th minutes put the home side in the driving seat. Kerry never dropped the heads and pulled one back through Caolan O’Connell and pushed on for an equaliser. Kian McMahon and John O’Connor were both unlucky with efforts before Waterford wrapped up the win catching Kerry on the break in injury time.
Huge numbers at the Trials:
The League’s Emerging Talent Programmes offer all players the chance to further develop their skills under our highly qualified League coaches and also the opportunity to play for Kerry.
There were great numbers at the first trials held this week for the Girls and 11’s ETP. Over 70 girls tried out for the 12’s, almost 50 for the 14’s and 25 for the 16’s – the biggest number ever in the Girls section which is testament to the work being done on girls soccer within the clubs.
15 clubs brought nearly 200 11’s to their trials which is a wonderful sign of the strength of soccer at the younger age groups.
Team of the Week:
Paddy Cleary
Killorglin 12’s
Sean Hill Stephen Palmer Sean O’Connell
Park 14’s Ballyhar 14’s Park 14’s
John O’Grady Sean O’Brien Reece Doyle Daithi Keane Tyrell
Killarney Celtic 12’s MEK 12’s Rattoo Rovers 16’s LB Rovers 12’s
Danny Coffey Colm OhEartain Jack O’Donoghue
Mastergeeha 12’s Dingle Bay Rovers 16’s Castleisland 12’s