Reports from the busiest weekends of the season

RESULTS April 14th and 15th 2018:
SSE Airtricity 15’s League
Waterford 0-0 Kerry
Skechers SFAI 13’s Munster Semi-final;
Cork 5–0 Kerry
Regional Semi-Finals:
13’s Killorglin 4–4 Aisling Annacotty AET
Killorglin win 4-3 on pens.
14’s Park3 –2 Galbally 2pm
Kerry Cups:
John Murphy 12’s Cup:
Mastergeeha B 0–6 Park A
John Joe Naughton 13’s Cup:
LB Rovers 2–4 Killarney Athletic A
Healy Family 15’s Cup:
Listowel Celtic 4-6 Killarney Celtic
Rattoo Rovers 2 –1Mastergeeha
Killortglin B 3–6 Tralee Dynamos
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup:
Fenit 0–6 Killarney Celtic
JK Sports 12 Premier A:
Killorglin 1-0 Killarney Athletic
Killarney Athletic 0–1 Killarney Celtic
12 Premier B:
Iveragh United 8–0 LB Rovers
Tralee Dynamos 4–1 Inter Kenmare
12 Division 1A:
Killarney Celtic B 2-1 Listowel Celtic A
12 Division 2A:
Camp Juniors 6–4 MEK
12 Division 1B:
Tralee Dynamos B 1–0 Mastergeeha A
Dingle Bay Rovers 5 –0 Ballyhar A
12 Division 2B:
Ballyhar B 0–8 Killorglin C
Park B 2–0Listowel Celtic B
Quills Woollen Mills 14 Division 1:
Ballyheigue 5–2 Killorglin B
Inter Kenmare 6–4 Killarney Celtic B
14 Division 2:
Fenit 2–2 Listowel Celtic B
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier
Killarney Athletic 0–3 Park A
Ballyhar 3–0 Killorglin
16 Division 1
Inter Kemare 3–0 Iveragh United
Kerry 15’s enjoying life on the road:
Following their 1-0 win away to Galway last weekend the Kerry 15’s League of Ireland side enjoyed another very good result on the road.
This time Kerry headed to the South East to face Waterford with the game switched from the RSC to the Waterford IT. In the end Kerry came away with a good point following a 0-0 draw which was made even better by the fact that they only had 16 players on duty.
Joint manager JP Mullins said that “while we were on the back-foot for some of the second half we defended very well with both keepers Jack McGillycuddy and Aaron O’Sullivan marshalling the back four very impressively.
They will be hoping to continue this good form and add to their four points when they welcome Limerick FC to Mounthawk Park this weekend.
Kerry: Aaron O’Sullivan, Zac Behan, Cian Brosnan, Alan Beaujuoin, Caolan O’Connell, Kian Clancy, Rob Vassiu, Cillian O’Shea, Maurice O’Connell, Cian Wright, Sean Kederski, Jack McGillycuddy, Ronan Teehan, Philip Evans, Sean Horan and Sean Ryan.
Great effort in 16’s Gaynor Qualifier:
The Kerry u16 Girls, under the coaching of Mary and Rebecca Horgan, put in a very good effort in the 16’s Gaynor qualifiers held in Clare. They played the hosts on Day 1 and were unlucky to go down 2-1.
Clare led at half time thanks to an Amidat Karimu goal. Kerry equalised early in the second half thanks to a Gillian Musgrave after she was set up by Aoife Horgan. But it was Clare that won the game with 7 minutes to go when Emma O’Donoghue cracked an unstoppable shot past Ciara Butler in the Kerry goal.
Kerry battled right to the end and were just the width of the post away from grabbing an equaliser but it just wasn’t to be.
In their second game against North Tipperary there was only one goal in it with the opposition just defeating the Kerry girls. South Tipperary were the class team in the qualifier and they defeated Kerry in the final game to qualify alongside Clare.
Skechers SFAI 13’s Munster semi-final:
Having finished second in their Group Kerry were away to the unbeaten Cork in the Skechers SFAI Munster u13 semi-final. Kerry were well in this game until late and had a penalty saved but the home side finished the stronger to qualify from the final.
Cracking day out in Cork for the u12 Girls:
The Kerry 12 Girls ETP made the trip to Cork to take part in their annual tournament where 22 teams from 8 Leagues took part, The 2 Kerry girls teams acquitted themselves very well. Amongst the highlights were a 2-0 win over Wexford with Fiana Bradley scoring both goals, the same score-line in their game against Tipperary where Bradley also scored once and Leah McMahon got the second.
Kerry also had two very impressive 0-0 draws with Dunlin and Cork, two of the most powerful Leagues in the country, while the A teams only loss of the day and the only goal they conceded was in a 1-0 defeat to Limerick Desmond.
Killorglin into Skechers 13’s Regional final:
Killorglin have reached the final of the Skechers 13’s competition, and the possibility of an all Kerry final if the Park can beat Avenue United, Killorglin went 1-0 down in the firsh half but early in the second half Niall Tadgh O’Brien equalised. Danny O’Connor then scored twice in quick succession to put Killorglin in control. However the visitors pulled one back and then equalised with the last kick of the game. In extra time it was the Limerick side that scored but with time running out John Burkes free kick was headed home by O’Brien to send the game into the dreaded penalty shootout.
Killorglin had replaced regular keeper Darragh Crosby who went off with a ham string injury. Aisling missed their first penalty and Killorglin through Paul Costello, Darragh O’Connor, Stevie Gannon and John Burke scored all 4. Then Darragh Foley who had replaced Crosby turned out to be the hero saving Aislings last penalty to send his side into the final.
Park 14’s set up an All Kerry Regional final:
St Brendan’s Park 3-2 Galbally United
A beautiful morning in Tralee turned into a really blustery, difficult afternoon for good football. However, Park started this SFAI Regional semifinal on the front foot and playing a wonderful passing game. Josh Connolly, Cianan Cooney and Sean O’Connell were combining superbly down the left flank and David Feeley was linking up well with his front three to keep the pressure on Galbally.
Early half-chances were spurned by Park before a ninth minute corner from Colin Doody was cleared back to him and his fine delivery went deep into the Galbally box where midfielder Seán O’Connor expertly placed his header into the bottom corner of the net.
Park were playing the better football but a mixup in midfield five minutes later led to Galbally equalising against the run of play. The ball was driven over the top for centre forward Owen O’Sullivan to run onto and smash a fine shot past Liam Carmody in the Park goals. O’Sullivan proved to be a handful for the Park lads all day and his battle with a determined Luke O’Connell from Park was engaging throughout.
Two minutes after conceding Park produced a superb passage of play from back to front and when Messiah Chirwa put Colin Doody through his effort was agonisingly just millimeters wide.
Doody was involved again ten minutes later when he took a pass from the excellent Seán O’Connor in midfield and linked with David Feeley. Feeley could have taken the shot himself but instead played an inch perfect pass to Cianan Cooney and the young winger slotted home brilliantly to give Park a deserved lead at the break.
The conditions were tough for players and spectators alike but the Galbally lads seemed to grow stronger after the break, just like the wind. They equalised in the tenth minute of the second half in fortuitous enough circumstances. A debatable free was awarded to Galbally twenty yards out when it seemed it could easily have gone the other way. The young Park boys in the wall will be hoping there was no video evidence of the goal. A gaping hole appeared in the wall and John English gratefully planted his shot to the keepers right to level matters.
Galbally could have gone ahead five minutes later. It seemed that the ball was kicked out of the Park keeper’s hands but as the referee waved play on, Luke O’Connell was the most alert and brilliantly cleared the ball just as O’Sullivan was about to score for Galbally.
Samuel Aladesanusi shot over the top soon after to relieve some of the pressure on the Tralee lads while Messiah Chirwa was working his socks off in midfield alongside Conor Kerins and Cillian Murphy had come on up front to make a nuisance of himself. It was Murphy who latched onto a huge clearance by Liam Carmody with fifteen minutes to go and his expert flick put Cianan Cooney through with a one v one on the Galbally keeper. Cooney, with typical coolness made no mistake and calmly rolled the ball into the Galbally net to put Park back in front.
The game ebbed and flowed until the final whistle. Chirwa forced himself into some good positions as did O’Sullivan at the other end. Luke Casey entered the fray for the Park for the final ten minutes and acquitted himself well, having stepped up from the U-13s. Neither defense yielded over those final minutes and Park just about deserved their place in the Regional final. They will now meet either Killorglin or Listowel Celtic in the final making it an all Kerry affair.
Final Quarter Final places sorted out in Cup:
There were a number of Kerry Cup quarter final places to be decided. In the John Murphy 12’s Cup The Park were too strong for Mastergeeha B. Jack Slattery led the Park scoring and his goals were added to by others from Seamus Kelly, Justin O’Sullivan and Jay Jay Olajitan.
Goals from Mathew Moynihan 2, Alex Hennigan and Paddy Foley were enough to see Killarney Athletic defeat MEK 4-2 in the John Joe Naughton 13’s Cup. Leigh Meehan and Jack Mallon got the MEK goals.
In the Healy Family 15’s Cup Killarney Celtic were 4-2 winners away to Listowel Celtic in mid-week. Daniel Okwute hit 4 with Cian Doe getting 2. Dylan Quinn 2, Adam Segal and Tom Harte replied for Listowel Celtic.
The final place in the Last 8 was between Rattoo Rovers and Mastergeeha with the Kilbrean side taking the win 2-1. Mark Fitzgerald and Cian Foley scored for Mastergeeha with Sean McGrath replying for Rattoo.
League Up-Dates:
Gap remains three points in 12 Premier A:
Killorglin defeated Killarney Athletic 1-0in mid-week with the only goal coming from Ben Levy. The gap would have been wider except for the Athletic keeper Fionn O’Neill who made three great saves.
On Saturday Killarney Celtic also defeated Athletic 1-0 with Josh Bowler getting the all- important goal. Killarney Celtic leads Division Premier 1A from Killorglin with two games left to play.
Iveragh Lead 12 Premier B:
Iveragh United are at the top of 12 Premier B after they defeated LB Rovers with goals from Evan O’Sullivan 3, Fintan Sullivan 2, Finn Barrett, Thomas O’Brien and David Kennedy.
Tralee Dynamos are in second after a 4-1 win over Inter Kenmare. Shayne Stack and Adam Evans both hit two goals each. Ben O’Callaghan replied for Inter.
Vital win in 12’s 1A:
Killarney Celtic B’s 2-1 win over Listowel Celtic sees the sides swop places at the top of the JK Sports 12 Division 1A.
Dingle Bay top of 12’s Division 1B:
Goals from Dingle Bay Rovers James Hoare 3, Conor Corduff and Danny Kavanagh saw the West Kerry side go top of the table after they beat Ballyhar. Tralee Dynamos B will be delighted to have picked up three points following a 1-0 win over Mastergeeha A.
Killorglin C and Park B win in Division 2B:
Goals from Aaron Doyle, Darragh Lynch, Alex Scannell, Jack Evans and Dylan Ladden saw Killorglin C defeat Ballyhar B. The Park B were 2-0 winners over Listowel Celtic B.
Ballyheigue into 3rd in 14 Division 1
Ballyheigue are up to 3rd in the Quills Woollen Mills Division 1after they defeated Killorglin B 5-2.Sean Brown and David Crowley were the Killorglin scorers.
Inter B defeated Killarney Celtic B 6-4 thanks to goals from Jamie O’Regan 3, Adam Gul and Yago Cornide.
Fenit held but continue to lead the way in 14 Division 2:
Fenit had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw with Listowel Celtic B with Eddie McCarthy getting both the Fenit goals. They now lead Castleisland by 7 points but the second placed side have two games in hand.
Killarney Athletic Girls joint second in 14 Premier
In the Quills Woollen Mills 14 Girls Premier Killarney Athletic girls are into joint second place after they defeated Fenit 2-1. Pia Hickey got both goals for Athletic with Saoirse O’Donovan getting the Fenit goal.
Park second in 16 Premier:
Goals from TJ McMahon, Nick Izehi and Darragh Moriarty gave The Park all three points in their 3-0 win in Woodlawn over Killarney Athletic to move into second place in the Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier.. One place behind them are Ballyhar who were 3-0 winners over Killorglin.
Inter 3rd in Division1:
A 3-0 win over Iveragh United sees Inter Kenmare into 3rd in the 16’s Division 1.
Team of the Week:
Fionn O’Neill
Killarney Athletic 12’s
Diarmuid Fitzgerald Thavien Buckley Ben Donnellan Aaron Dinham
Camp Juniors 12’s LB Rovers 13’s Fenit 14’s MEK 12’s
Darragh Lynch Edgar Mataliev Jamie O’Regan
Killorglin 12’s Dingle Bay Rovers 12’s Inter Kenmare 14’s
Jack Slattery Leon Daly Jason O’Sullivan
Park 12’s Tralee Dynamos 15’s Killarney Celtic 12’s