Second Last Weekend of the 2018 Season:
Celtic Celebrate a Couple of Cups:
SSE Airtricity 15’s League:
Cobh Ramblers 1–0 Kerry
John Murphy 12’s Cup semi-finals:
Killorglin 2-1 Castleisland
Killarney Athletic 0-2 Iveragh United
John Murphy 12’s Shield ¼ Final
Dingle Bay Rovers 4-1 Camp Juniors
Ballyhar B 1-2 Killorglin C
John Joe Naughton 13’s Cup Final
Killarney Celtic 3–1 Killorglin
John Joe Naughton 13 Shield semi-finals
Ballyhar 1–3 Dingle Bay Rovers
Fenit 1–3 Tralee Dynamos
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup semi-finals
Fenit 3-3 Mastergeeha
Fenit win 5-3 AET
Killarney Celtic 1-5 Park
Tom Hayes 14’s Shield ¼ Final
Inter Kenmare 6-3 LB Rovers
Healy Family 15 Cup
Killarney Celtic 2-1 Park AET
Tucker Kelly 16’s Shield semi-final
Park B 0-4 Camp Juniors
JK Sports 12Premier
Park 1-1 Killarney Celtic
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier
Killarney Athletic 1–4 Killarney Celtic
Park 0-0 Iveragh United
Quills 14 Premier
Killorglin 3-0 Killarney Celtic
Quills 14’s Division 1
Mastergeeha 0-1 Ballyhar
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier
Park 1-4 Killorglin
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1
Killarney Athletic 6-1 Fenit
Ballyhar 5-0 Fenit
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 2
Ballyheigue 3-3 Windmill United
SSE Airtricity League u15’s
Cobh Ramblers 1-0 Kerry
When this game eventually got going in Pat O’Brien Park, a change of venue from where it had been re-fixed for, it was the home side that started the better with Jake Lynch flashing a header wide. Kerry then needed a last ditch tackle from Sean Kererski on Tieran O’Brien to keep the game scoreless while Sean Dillane and Ryan Guerin also did very well when Cobh looked like opening the scoring.
Kerry were living on little possession but a Sean Ryan run almost paid dividends and a Sean Horan effort went close but the game remained scoreless at the break.
Kerry began the second half on the front foot with the introduction of Cian Brosnan causing Cobh problems. Rob Vassiu and Cian Clancy were also putting balls into the Cobh danger area but the home side stood firn.
Indeed the only goal of the game came from a well- defended Kerry free. In the 63rd minute Cobh broke and won a free kick of their own on the right wing. This was whipped in by Adam McCarthy and when it broke at the back post Brandon Idah was on hand to smash it home at the near post.
Credit to Kerry as from there on they were on top and deserved an equaliser. Cian Brosnan was almost in but the home keeper Gavin Ryan was quickly off his line. The Sean Ryan rounded the keeper and looked like he had scored but the Cobh defender got back to make a great clearance off the line. From the corner Caolan O’Connell flashed his hearer just over.
Kerry continued to push but the Cobh defence held out for an important win. Kerry will take a lot of positives from their last two games as they head into the summer break.
Mastergeeha and Iveragh United to contest 12’s Cup final:
After two very close semi-finals Mastergeeha and Iveragh United will context the John Murphy 12’s Cup final. Killorglin had two goals from Stevie Gannon in their 2-1 win over Castleisland. Iveragh United made the trip to Killarney and defeated Athletic 2-0. Tadgh and Evan O’Sullivan got the goals for the South Kerry side.
12’s Shield semi-final line-up known:
Dingle Bay needed extra time to book their place in the John Murphy 12’s Shield semi-finals. Their quarter final with Camp Juniors finished level at 1-1 at the end of normal time but the West Kerry side were too strong in extra time winning 4-1. The Dingle Bay goals came from James Hoare 2, Cian McGearailt and Sean Roche.
Killorglin C also went into the hat after a 2-1 win over Ballyhar B. Darragh Lynch and Aaron got the Killorglin goals with Sean Daly scoring for Ballyhar B.
The first of the semi-finals took place on Saturday and it was Dingle Bay that progressed to the final with a 3-1 win over Ballyhar. James Hoare scored twice for the West Kerry side and Sean Roche got the third. Aaron O’Sullivan replied for Ballyhar. Killorglin C and Mastergeeha will meet in the other semi-final.
Killarney Celtic crowned 13’s Cup champions:
For the first time since the 13’s Cup was re-named in honour of Park legend John Joe Naughton it will spend the year in the Killarney Celtic trophy cabinet. At Mounthawk Park they had to come from behind to defeat Killorglin who had taken a first half lead. John Burke got their goal in the 26th minute and they held this until just after the break.
Killarney Celtic got the start they needed to the second half when Eoghan Crowley drew them level in the 37th minute. The longer the half went on the stronger Celtic got and Crowley put them into the lead in the 55th minute with his second goal.
4 minutes later and the Cup was on its way to Killarney when Jack O’Sullivan made it 3-1 to Celtic. Nattingan Ryan of Killarney Celtic was named the Tralee Trophy World Man of the Match and captain Timothy Moynihan collected the Cup from Tommy who was representing the Naughton family.
Tralee Dynamos reach 13 Shield semi-final:
Tralee Dynamos will contest the John Joe Naughton Sheild final where they will take on either Killarney Celtic C or Ballyhar. Dynamos booked their place in the final with a 3-1 win over Fenit. Evan Quilligan, Gearoid O’Shea and Luke Horgan got the Dynamos goals with Gerard O’Connor getting the Fenit goal.
Fenit and Park to contest 14’s Cup final:
It took extra time to separate Fenit and Mastergeeha in the John Murphy 14’s Cup semi-final. The game ended 3-3 after normal time with Mastergeeha coming back from 2-0 down. There goals came from Oisin and Colm O’Leary. But Eddie McCarthy was in great form for Fenit and he ended with 4 goals and Robert Monaghan added their 5th to progress.
The Park were too strong for Killarney Celtic whose only goal came from a Callum O’Grady penalty. Cillian Murphy put the Park 1-0 up at half time and then 2 goals from Cianan Cooney made it 3-0. Celtic pulled a goal back from that penalty but the Park added goals from Conney with his third and Aladesanusi to wrap up their Cup final place.
Inter Kenmare take the final place in 14’s Shield semi-finals:
Inter Kenmare and LB Rovers were involved in a cracker in the Tom Hayes 14’s Shield semi-final. Inter went 3-0 up but LB pulled it back to 3-3 thanks to goals from Jack Mallon 2 and Jack Sheehy. But Inter re-grouped and hit three more without reply. Adem Gul ended with 4 goals and there were added to be goals from Sean Tryvaud and Jamie O’Regan.
The draw for the 14’s Shield semis sees Killorglin B take on Castleisland and Killarney Celtic B facing Inter Kenmare.
2nd Cup of the day for Celtic:
Killarney Celtic picked up their second Cup of the day at Mounthawk Park when they saw of The Park after extra time in the Healy Family 15’s final. Killarney Celtic took the lead in a very close and exciting encounter early in the second half thanks to a Joshua Livingston goal.
However The Park kept battling and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 65th minute courtesy of Dan Fischer. There were no further goals in normal time and in extra time it looked like it would go all the way to penalties. However Cian McMahon had other ideas and he hit a 20 yard screamer to the top corner that deserved to win any Cup final. The Cup was presented to Killarney Celtic by Tadgh Healy representing the Healy family.
Camp Juniors to meet Mastergeeha in 16’s Shield semi-final:
Two goals from Cian O’Grady and one each from Coleman O’Meara and Adam Costello saw Camp Juniors book their place in the Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup semi-final. In this they will meet Mastergeeha who defeated Iveragh United in their semi-final.
Killarney Celtic takes second in the JK Sports 12 Premier:
A 1-1 draw in their final game of the JK Sports 12 Premier between Killarney Celtic and The Park meant that Killorglin were crowned champions by 2 points. JJ Olajitan scored for the Park and Jamie Moynihan for Celtic which brought them to 23 points with Killorglin on 25. Killarney Athletic took third and Park 4th. In the Shield section Iveragh United were the winners from Tralee Dynamos, Inter Kenmare and LB Rovers.
Killarney Celtic end 13 Premier season with a win:
Killarney Celtic had goals from Eoin Crowley, Luke O’Neill and Cathal Kelly in their 3-1 win over Killarney Athletic who had Josh Coffey on the mark. Celtic have played all their games in the Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier and are on 17 points but Iveragh United had the chance to go level on points and still have games in hand when they played Friday night.
In that game Iveragh drew 0-0 with The Park to move onto 15 points with three games to play. The Park move onto 12 with two games left.
Ballyhar win battle of top 2 to become 14 Division 1 Champions:
This was always going to be the vital game in the Quills Woollen Mills 14’s Division 1 and it was Ballyhar that took the win 1-0 over title contenders Mastergeeha. Stephen Palmer got the only goal that was enough to see the side from Murt Scott Park crowned 14 Division 1 champions.
Killorglin joint top of 15 Premier:
Killorglin’s 4-1 win over The Park in the Killarney Plaza 15 Premier sees them level at the top of the table with Camp Juniors who still have one game to play. Callum Russell, Callum Moriarty and Adam Owens got the Killorglin goals. David Callaghan got the Park’s goal as they remain in third place with one game to play.
Important win for Athletic in 15’s Division 1:
Killarney Athletic enjoyed and important 6-1 win over Fenit thanks to goals from Rossa Bellew 3, David Osieba, Jason Lee and Aaron O’Sullivan. Athletic were impressive at the back with big performances from Rian O’Brien at the back and Darragh Doolan in goals.
Ballyhar have been the champions in this Division for a few weeks and wrapped up their League season with a 5-0 win over Fenit. Peter Cosgrave got 2 with the other goals coming from Aaron O’Shea, John Power and Brian Burke.
Windmill United and Ballyheigue tied for third in 15 Division 2:
Goals from Windmill United’s Adam Hegarty and Eric McMahon 2 sees them level with Ballyheigue in third place in the Killarney Plaza 15’s Division 2. But Ballyheigue have one game left against Dingle Bay and a win will move them into second place on the final table.
Kerry trio feature in Irish u16’s games in Sweden:
There was a time when to have any player on an Irish underage team was a rarity. Those days are long gone and things reached another level this week.
Kerry had three players on the Irish u16 team –Leo Gaxha, Sean McGrath and Sean Kennedy – at the UEFA Development Tournament in Sweden.
All three featured in their opening 2-0 defeat hosts Sweden and again in the defeat to Austria with Sean Kennedy starting the game. Kennedy saved his best for the last game against Turkey. He came off the bench in a game that McGrath and Gaxha started in. Kennedy fired in the equaliser with 5 minutes to go and then hit another in the penalty shoot-out that Ireland won. It was a proud week for the League to see three players that came through its ranks lining out together in the Green of Ireland.
Team of the Week
Killarney Athletic 15’s
Sean Daly Jack Sheehy Rian O’Brien
Ballyhar 15’s LB Rovers 14’s Killarney Athletic 15’s
Finn O’Neill Luke Horgan Sean Roche Dylan Ryan
Park 12’s Tralee Dynamos 13’s Dingle Bay Rovers 12’s Fenit 14’s
Eoghan Crowley Eric McMahon Adem Gul
Killarney Celtic 13’s Windmill United 15’s Inter Kenmare 14’s