Final Weekend Results and Reports of April 2018:
SSE Airtricity 15’s League of Ireland
Carlow/Kilkenny3 -0 Kerry
SFAI Skechers 12’s Regional semi-final:
Killorglin 1-1 Rathkeale
Killorglin win 8-7 on penalties
John Murphy 12’s Cup 1/4 Final
Killarney Athletic 1-2 Castleisland
Killorglin B 0-4 Killorglin A
Park A 0–0 Killarney Athletic A AET
Athletic win 3-2 on penalties
John Murphy 12’s Shield Round 1
Park D 2-3 Camp Juniors A AET
Listowel Celtic B 1–6 Mastergeeha A
Ballyhar A 3–0 Tralee Dynamos B
Killarney Athletic B 2–8 Inter Kenmare B
Dingle Bay Rovers 7–0 Park B
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup ¼ Final
Listowel Celtic B 2–3 Mastergeeha
Tom Hayes 14’s Shield
Killarney Celtic B 5–2 MEK
Tom Hayes 14 Girls Cup
Fenit 0-7 Listowel Celtic
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup Semi-Final
Ballyhar 1–0 Rattoo Rovers
Tucker Kelly 16’s Shield
Castleisland 2–3 Mastergeeha
Iveragh United 1–0 Killarney Celtic B
JK Sports 12 Girls Premier
Killarney Celtic White 2–1 Fenit
Quills Woollen Mills 14 Division 2
Killarney Athletic B 0-3 Castleisland
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier
Killorglin 4–2 Killarney Celtic A
Carlow /Kilkenny 15’s win in Callan:
Kerry made the long journey to Derdimus Park in Callan, next door to Buckley Park that many will know from the days of Kilkenny City.
It was the home side the opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Zach Bay Hammond got to the ball just before Kerry keeper Arron O’Sullivan. Kerry fought back and when close through Cillian O’Shea, Caolan O’Connell and Sean Kederski. However O’Sullivan had to be alert and made two very good save before half time.
Kerry again had more of the ball in the second half but were probably not aggressive enough and could not find that spark to unlock the well drilled home defence.
The visitors tired and conceded a second to Hammond in the 75th minute and a third when pushing forward in the last minute. Carlow/ Kilkenny ended the game with 10 men but at that stage the game was over. Kerry will welcome Wexford to Mouthawk Park on Saturday week.
Kennedy Cup Preparation Weekend:
The build-up to the Kennedy Cup gathered momentum for a number of squads this weekend. Kerry travelled to the Clare Tournament via UL, the site of the Kennedy Cup, where they defeated North Dublin 8-1. The goals came from Cianan Cooney 2, Rocco Rudjucan, Sean O’Connell, Eddie McCarthy and Messiah Chirwa.
In Clare they went down 4-1 to Galway with Conor Spillane getting the Kerry goal but then defeated Limerick Desmond 1-0 thanks to a Messiah Chirwa goal.
First up on Sunday was North Tipp followed by Athlone as Joe O’Reilly and his management team look at all the squad and try out different combinations.
Kerry won both games beating North Tipperary 2-0 (Sean O’Connor and Eddie McCarthy) and ended a very worthwhile weekend with a 3-1 win over Athlone. Eddie McCarthy, Rooc Rudjucan and Tom Whittleton got the goals.
Killorglin reach 12’s Regional Final:
Killorglin 12’s are the latest Kerry side to reach a Skechers SFAI Regional final joining their u13 club mates who will face The Park, the Park and Listowel Celtic u14’s and Killarney Celtic in the 16’s.
Their dramatic 8-7 penalties win over Rathkeale in mid-week means they will be at home to Caherdavin from Limerick in the decider.
Killorglin led through a Liam Hayes goal and looked to be heading for the win but Rathkeale equalised with virtually the last kick of the game. There was no further score in extra time an so onto a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
It ended with an 8-7 win to the Kerry side with Darragh Foley saving two Rathkeale penalties and Stevie Gannon scoring two, including the winner as all players had taken one with 19 penalties taken in total.
Places taken in the John Murphy 12’s Cup semi-finals:
Castleisland are into the John Murphy 12’s Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-1 win over Killarney Athletic C. Jack O’Donoghue an Finn Nolan got the goals for the winners with Fionn Daly replying for a young Athletic side.
Killorglin were guaranteed a place in the Last 4 as their A and B teams were drawn together in the quarter finals. The A’s won 4-0 thanks to goals two goals from Jesse O’Reilly, one from Conor Buckley and the final goal was an own goal.
Park A and Killarney Athletic could not be separated at the end of normal or extra time at Christy Leahy Park with neither side able to find the net.
Athletic keeper Fionn O’Neill was in top form on the penalties saving three of the Park’s spot kicks. Successful kicks from Tom Benson, Liam Cronin and Thomas Healy saw the Killarney side through to the Last 4. Justin O’Sullivan and Jack Slattery scored the penalties for the Park.
Camp Juniors first team through in 12’s Shield:
Camp Juniors are into Round 2 of the Shield after an extra time win over Park D in mid-week. The Tralee side opened the better and Camp Juniors had to come back twice with goals from Fionn Dario and Mark Farrell to send the game into extra time. And with the momentum it was Camp that got the winner from David Moore. In a sign of how close the game was Camp Juniors keeper Karl Michels was the man of the match.
On Saturday there were joined by Ballyhar who saw off Tralee Dynamos B while Mastergeeha were too strong for Listowel Celtic B. The scores for the Kilbrean side were Danny Cronin, John Hughes, Gavin Barry, Aidan Cronin, Liam Hogan and Kieran Nagle.
Inter Kenmare B are also through after an 8-2 away win at Killarney Athletic. 3 players scored twice for Inter – Neal O’Shea, Donnacha O’Sullivan and Dawid Grebowiec while Liam O’Sullivan and Jack Sweeney got one each.
Dingle Bay Rovers proved a little too strong for the Park B. For the West Kerry side Diarmuid O’Seadhne scored a hat trick, Sean Roche got 2 as did James Hoare with Cian O’Cinneide also getting on the score-sheet.
Mastergeeha first team in 14’s Cup semis:
A Colin O’Leary hat trick was just enough to see of Listowel Celtic B in the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup quarter final. Mastergeeha won 3-2 to go into the hat for the Last Four. Jack O’Keeffe and Jack Carty replied for Celtic.
Listowel Celtic 14 Girls into Cup semi-final:
Listowel Celtic 14’s Girls are into the Cup semi-final alongside Inter Kenmare, Killarney Athletic and Camp Juniors. The North Kerry sides booked their place following a 7-0 win over Fenit. Kelly Enright hit 3, Ciara Henderson 2 with Grainne Musgrave and Tara Enright getting one each. Katie Hussey and Dervla Jeffers were the best on the day for a Fenit side that battled to the end.
Killarney Celtic B into 14’s Shield Last 4:
Killarney Celtic B defeated MEK in the first of the John Hayes 14’s Shield 5-2. MEK led at half time 2-1 with goals from Eddie Moroney and Charlie Keating. But Celtic turned things over in the second half and qualified with goals from Jack O’Sullivan, Denis O’Sullivan 2 and Danny O’Brien.
Ballyhar first into 16’s Cup final:
There was only 1 goal between Ballyhar and Rattoo Rovers in the Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup semi- final. It went to Craig Boyle O’Sullivan to send the side from Murt Scott Park into the decider.
Tucker Kelly 16 Shield Round 2 taking shape:
Mastergeeha are into the second round of the Tucker Kelly 16’s Shield as they held off a late comeback from Castleisland. Mastergeeha went 2-0 inside 10 minutes thanks to goals from Ian O’Connor and a Philip O’Leary penalty.
Paudie Murphy made it 3-0 midway through the second half but Castleisland fought back with two late goals. However Mastergeeha held of their challenge and progress to the next round.
IIveragh United made home advantage count as thy defeated their visitors Killarney Celtic B 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Iveragh’s Luke Harty.
Killarney Celtic 12’s Girls White top Premier B:
Killarney Celtic 12’s Girls White side are top of the Premier B following a 2-1 win over Fenit. Michelle O’Meara hit both goals for Celtic while Lily Nowak replied for Fenit.
Castleisland up to second in 14’s Division 2:
Castleisland’s 3-0 win over Killarney Athletic B sees them move up to second place in the Quills Woollen Mills 14’s Division 2. They are four points behind leaders Fenit with a game in hand.
Killorglin into third as they defeat the Division leaders:
Killorglin defeated Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier leaders Killarney Celtic 4-2 to move into third place in the table. Two goals each from Stephen O’Loughlin and Ethan Coffey gave Killorglin the win. Daniel Okwute and James Darmody got the Celtic goals who still lead the table by 6 points.
Team of the Week:
Camp Juniors 12
Craig Boyle O’Sullivan Danny Kavanagh Luke Harty
Ballyhar 16’s Dingle Bay Rovers 12’s Iveragh United 16’s
Neal O’Shea Paudie Murphy Jack O’Donoghue David Moore
Inter Kenmare 12’s Mastergeeha 16’s Castleisland 12’s Camp Juniors 12’s
Tom Benson Colin O’Leary Stevie Gannon
Killarney Athletic 12’s Mastergeeha 14’s Killorglin 12’s