Special K: Kingdom Boys join Killorglin in Nat Cup’s Last 8

Only weeping for Willow:
15’s National Cup Last 16:
Kingdom Boys 2-1 Willow Par (Athlone)
John Murphy 12’s Cup:
Park B 2-9 Castleisland
Tom Hayes 14’s Cup:
Castleisland 1-3 Park A.
Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup:
Park A 9-0 Park B.
JK Sports 12 Premier:
Killarney Celtic A 1-1 Kingdom Boys
Killorglin A 1-2 Park A
Killarney Athletic 1-7 Listowel Celtic A
Division 1:
Killarney Celtic C 1-2 Mastergeeha
Fenit 3-4 Inter Kenmare
Park B 5-1 Listowel Celtic B
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
Killarney Athletic A 3-3 Killorglin A
Park B 2-5 Camp
Killarney Celtic B 4-0 Killarney Celtic C
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier:
Killarney Athletic 4-1 Fenit
16 Division 1:
Listowel Celtic 1- Mastergeeha
Inter Kenmare 9-1 Killarney Athletic B
Foundation Sports 14 Premier:
Killarney Celtic 2-0 Listowel Celtic.
National Cup Last 16:
Kingdom Boys 2-1 Willow Park:
Kingdom Boys came into this game on the back of a very good win away to Arklow Town while Willow Park had received a walk-over as a result of Cork pulling out their team so it was hard to know how good they were.
To be fair they started the better and pinned Kingdom Boys back without causing too many threats. However the Tralee side played their way into the game and forced a succession of corners. Rian O’Sullivan swung them in and from the last one Brian Kennedy headed just over.
These opportunities gave Kingdom Boys belief and they began to take control with O’Sullivan pulling the strings in midfield. He flashed a shot wide as did Dean Meehan and Dara Lowth, who was becoming a thorn in the Willow Park side, set up Oran Liston but Colin Lynch made a very good save in the visitors goal.
Kingdom Boys were forced to make an early change when keeper Donagh McKiveran pulled up injured and was replaced by Simon Driaghi, who went on to have a very good game.
Willow Park were living on scraps but the lively Brian Moloney gave Kingdom Boys a scare when he got in on goal but Kennedy made a goal saving tackle.
But the breakthrough was only around the corner. In the next attack Rian O’Sullivan sprayed a great ball out to Lowth who took it on and spotted Dillon Robinson steaming in and picked him out with an inch perfect pass to put the home side ahead in the 25th minute.
5 minutes later and the Last 8 looked to be a real possibility. Eddie Rogers cross was controlled by Robinson who had his back to goal but he managed to swivel and score a cracker.
Into the second half and it was more of the same with Lowth and Liston having the best of the Kingdom Boys chances while Martin and Troy tested Driaghi but he was equal to both efforts.
As the game entered the final quarter we almost witnessed a spectacular goal when Robinson picked up the ball inside his own half, skipped up 4 defenders and almost beat the goalkeeper but he just managed to stick out a leg.
As the game wound down Kingdom Boys can be forgiven for thinking about the next round and an away trip to either Swilly Rovers or Castlebar and they conceded with almost the last kick of the game.
The 2013/14 National Cups will be known for many reasons and not all of them the right ones, but here it is turning into a very good competition with both Killorglin and now Kingdom Boys into the Last 8 with the possibility of more to come.
Kerry Cup’s:
There was action in the John Murphy 12’s Cup, the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup and Tucker Kelly 16’s Cup. In the 12’s Castleisland progressed to the last 8 with a 9-2 win over Park B. Connie O’Connor hit 5, with Dan Kelly and Roy Donoghue also on the score sheet.
The Park are into the Last 8 of the Tom Hayes 14’s Cup thanks to a Robin McCarthy hat trick in a 3-1 win over Castleisland. Sean Horgan had put Castleisland ahead in the first half.
In a repeat of last year’s final The Park A were too strong for their teammates Park B. Jesse Stafford Lacey, Kieran Carmody, Ferdia O’Brien, Luke Moynihan, Fergal Ryan and Seguine Duyile all scored.
League Round Up:
JK Sports 12 Premier:
In the JK Sports 12 Premier Kingdom Boys dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 1 all draw by Killarney Celtic at Celtic Park. The Tralee side had gone ahead but Podge Looney equalised for the home side. However Kingdom Boys are well in control of this Division and still have an 8 point gap at the top. Listowel Celtic’s 7-1 win over Killarney Athletic moves them into second and it came about thanks to goals Sean McGrath (3), Kevin Goulding (2), Tadgh O’Carroll and Michael Fogarty. The Park are a further point back in 3rd after a 3-1 win over Killorglin A. Colin Walsh and Mervyn Shambala were the scorers.
12 Division 1:
With none of the top three at the start of playing, Ballyhar, Killarney Celtic and Castleisland not playing other sides were looking for 3 points to close the gap. The biggest movers are Inter Kenmare who are now 3rd. They just got the better of Fenit 4-3 to move to within three points of second placed Celtic. Sean Lucey got 2 with the others coming from Oisin Quill and Daniel Crowley. Mastergeeha took the points in their clash with Killarney Celtic C. Evan Buckley and Con Fleming swopped goals before Philip O’Leary gave all three points to the Kilbrean side.
The Park B had a hat trick from Martin Loucher, an og and a goal from Jack Burke in their 4-1 over Listowel Celtic B. But the day ended on a sad note for Burke who broke his arm. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
Foundation Sports 14 Division 1:
Camp and Killarney Celtic B continue to top the table here but with Camp having a game in hand. Camp were 5-2 winners away to Camp. Jack Farrell and Seamus Boyle scored two each with Killian Falvey getting the other. Both Killarney Celtic sides in this division met and as expected the B’s won. Alan Murphy, Eddie Murphy and Jordan Lee did the best for the B’s with Jack and Kevin O’Connor the best for the C’s. Celtic B and Camp are now on 18 points.
Killarney Athletic and Killorglin were involved in a cracker sharing 6 goals. Jason Coffey, Reece Hegarty and Finbar Murphy scored for Athletic with Mark O’Connor 2 and Evan Madden scoring for Killorglin. The draw leaves Athletic 4 points off top spot but with two games in hand.
Tralee Trophy World 16 Premier:
There was only one game here with Killarney Athletics win moving them to within a point of second place. Padraig O’Brien hit a hat trick and Shane O’Donoghue the fourth while Oisin O’Brien replied for Fenit.
Division 1:
Second played third in Listowel with Celtic taking on Mastergeeha and it was the Kilbrean boys who kept up the chase on leaders The Park with a 2-1 away win. David Gleeson and Paul O’Connor from the penalty spot got the Mastergeeha goals.
Inter Kenmare moved above Listowel Celtic after they proved too strong for Athletic B. Daniel Taylor, Darragh Siochru, Dara Sweeney, Dan Twomey, Chris O’Sullivan and Joe O’Sullivan all scored.
Team of the Week:
Eoin Brosnan
Camp 14’s
Dara Devine Kevin Goulding Mark O’Connor
Kingdom Boys 15’s Listowel Celtic 12’s Killorglin 14’s
Darragh Sweeney Conor Leahy Finbarr Hickey Bobby O’Regan
Inter Kenmare 16’s Mastergeeha 12’s Killarney Athletic Fenit 16’s
Podge Looney Connie O’Connor Robin McCarthy
Killarney Celtic 12’s Castleisland 12’s Park 14’s