Inter League win and All Ireland Girls final loss the highlights of the weekend:
SSE Airtricity 15’s League
Kerry 3-2 Carlow / Kilkenny
Subway 13’s Inter League
Clare 1-3 Kerry
Clare 4-6 Kerry
FAI U12’s Girls Blitz Final
Mervue United 1-0 Killarney Celtic
Skechers National Cups
13’s Round 2
Bridge United 1-0 Castleisland
Fairview Rangers 2-0 Listowel Celtic
Killorglin 7-1 GB Rovers
13’s Round 3
Carew Park 1-7 Park
15’s Round 3
Ballyhar 2-4 Park
Killarney Celtic 8-2 Kilfrush Crusaders
Nenagh 1-2 Killorglin
JK Sports 12’s
12’s Division 2 North
Fenit 0-8 LB Rovers
12’s Girls Premier
Inter Kenmare 9-1 MEK
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier:
Killarney Celtic 0-1 Killorglin
Killarney Athletic 0-1 Tralee Dynamos
Iveragh United 0-1 Killarney Celtic
13’s Division 1:
Dingle Bay Rovers 8-1 Camp Juniors
Inter Kenmare 4-3 Mastergeeha A
Killorglin B 4-2 Killarney Celtic B
13 Division 2 South
MEK 4-0 Ballyhar
Mastergeeha B 2-3 Ballyhar
Dingle Bay Rovers 5-4 MEK
Killarney Athletic B 5-1 Killorglin C
13 Division 2 North
Listowel Celtic B 2-8 LB Rovers
Park B 4-3 Fenit
Killarney Plaza 15 Division 1
Killarney Celtic B 5-4 Ballyheigue
Castleisland 2-1 Ballyheigue
15 Division 2
MEK 1-0 Inter Kenmare
Listowel Celtic B 9-3 Tralee Dynamos
LB Rovers 8-2 Killorglin B
Western woes for Killarney Celtic girls in Blitz decider:
Killarney Celtic 12’s girls team certainly did the League proud at the FAI National Blitz finals in the AUL in Dublin. Having qualified with three wins Celtic opened their day with a 0-0 draw against Buncranna Hearts.
Next up was a 2-0 win over St Joseph’s from Carlow with Fiana Bradley getting the first goal direct from a corner and Leah McMahon getting the second from a cracking header.
They went into their third game in the Group knowing the needed a win and got it thanks to Fiana Bradley who got the only goal of the game. This set up a semi-final against top Dublin side Glebe North. The Dublin side took the lead in the first half but the Killarney girls levelled thanks to an Aideen O’Brien goal and then got the winner from Ava O’Malley to the delighted of the Celtic fans who travelled in big numbers.
Mervue United saw of a very good Salthill Devon on penalties to et up the 2018 decider. The game was a very tight affair with Aoibhin Kelly having to make a number of good saves. Driven on by Leah McMahon, who was named Player of the Match, Celtic pushed for the winner. As the thoughts were turning to extra time Mervue launched one last attack and despite a valiant effort by the Celtic keeper and her defenders the Galway girl manager to prod the ball home.
The Celtic squad, led by manager Alan O’Sullivan and coach Paul Vermagilio were: Aoibhin Kelly, Grainne Kennedy, Ellie Mai Nugent, Lucy O’Sullivan, Katie Doe, Leah McMahon, Elizabeth Coffey, Aideen O’Brien, Ava O’Malley, Fiana Bradley, Bronagh Dorrian, Shauna Myers, Niamh Dorrian, Lauren Neff, Michaela O’Meara and Andrea Murphy.
15’s League of Ireland side end on a high:
Kerry 3-2 Carlow/ Kilkenny
Kerry completed their 15’s League of Ireland season in impressive fashion as they defeated Carlow/Kilkenny 3-2 at Mounthawk Park. The visitors were looking for their 5th win from 6 games that had already seen them top the Group.
Kerry have been competitive all season and a bit of luck could have seen then possible top Carlow/Kilkenny. And in this their last game Kerry again showed this winning 3-2.
The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes but Kerry levelled when Sean Horan got on the end of a great Caolan O’Connell pass. Into the second half and again Carlow/Kilkenny took the lead but Kerry responded right away and were level thanks to Rob Vassiu.
And Kerry sent their big support home happy when Eoin McGrath finished a great passing movement the saw then go the length of the field for the winner – a fitting end to the season.
Thoughts will now turn to next season which will begin in March with trial dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Double Delight in Clare:
Kerry opened their Subway 13’s Inter League campaign with a very good 3-1 win away in Clare. Jack Slattery, Fionn Nolan and Thomas Healy.
Both sides had two squads on duty and in the Development Games Kerry won 6-4. Eoghan Shire hit two with Mikey Murphy, Andrew Kerins, Andrew Owens and JJ Olajitian getting one each. Kerry will be at home to Limerick Desmond later in the month.
Skechers National Cup News:
In the 13’s National Cup Killorglin had a big home win against GB Rovers in Round 2. Their goals came from Stephen Gannon and Liam Hayes who got two each with Ryan Carey, Andrew Owens and Conor Buckley netting one each.
Unfortunately Castleisland lost 1-0 away at Bridge United while Listowel Celtic lost 2-0 away at Fairview Rangers in Limerick.
However there was much better news for The Park who are a round ahead. They had a good win away to Carew Park. The Tralee sides goals came from an Andrew Kerins hat trick and one each from Justin O’Sullivan, Jack Slattery, Ryan McMahon and Emanuel Manu.
The Park were also winners in the 15’s National Cup as they saw off Ballyhar in Round 3 at Murt Scott Park. Sean O’Connor and Cillian Murphy both got two each for the Park while Stephen Palmer and Fionn Griffin scored for Ballhar.
Killarney Celtic were too strong for Kilfrush Crusaders. Dara O’Connor and Mike McCarthy both scored two each with William Harty and Ryan O’Leary getting a goal each.
Killorglin made it a hat trick of wins for Kerry sides as they went to Nenagh and won 2-1. The home side led 1-0 at the break but second half goals from Jack O’Sullivan from a Daragh O’Grady pass and an Eoghan Hassett strike late on sees the Kerry side into the Round 4,
VITHIT League Round-Up:
Rearranged games in the 12’s League:
There were two re-arranged games in the JK Sports 12’s Leagues. In the JK 12’s Division 2 North LB Rovers were too strong for Fenit. Sam Enright and Oran O’Sullivan hit two goals each with Alex Craske, Zack Walshe, John Curtin and Oisin Goggin getting one each.
In the 12 Girls Premier a more experienced Inter Kenmare saw off new comers MEK. The Inter goals came from Helena O’Donoghue, Phoebe O’Shea, Maggie McCarthy and Thien Doran. Ellen Moriarty scored for MEK.
Busy week across all the 13’s Divisions:
Just one goal was enough in the 13 Premier:
In the Daly’s Supervalu 13’s Premier both games were won by just the one goal. Paddy McMahon got the winner for Tralee Dynamos as the defeated Killarney Athletic in Woodlawn. But they needed keeper Emanuel Brankovic to be in top form to ensure the win.
Killarney Celtic made the long journey to Iveragh United a winning one with the only goal being scored by Mikey Murphy midway through the second half following good play by Jason O’Reilly and Jamie Moynihan.
In mid-week Killorglin were also winners by just one goal when a Ryan Casey corner was forced to the net in a melee of players at Celtic Park defeating Killarney Celtic 1-0.
Home wins in the 13’s Division 1:
Goals from Joe Linnane and Cian McGearailt, who both hit hat-tricks, and one each from Sean Roche and Danny Kavanagh gave Dingle Bay Rovers the win over Camp Juniors.
Goals from Player of the Match Zack O’Shea added to be two from Barry Fitzsimons and one from Neal O’Shea gave Inter Kenmare B a narrow 4-3 win over Mastergeeha A. Kieran Nagle hit two Liam Horgan one for Mastergeeha
Killorglin B were 4-2 winners at home to Killarney Celtic B. Jessie O’Reilly, Jack Evans, Shane Clifford and Ryan O’Connor were on the mark for the winners.
Mid-Week and Weekend action in 13’s Division 2:
MEK and Ballyhar got the action underway in the 13’s Division 2 South. And it was MEK that took the win with goals from Aaron Dinhm, Cian Fleming, Sean O’Brien and Eanna Murphy.
On Saturday MEK again hit 4 but this time they conceded 5 to Dingle Bay Rovers who came back from 3 down at half time. Kieran Morgan hit 3 with Jack Sheehy and Padraig Manning also on the mark.
Killarney Athletic B had goals from Luke Doolan 2, Jamie Vousden, Liam Hannafin and Ryan Brady in their 5-1 win over Killorglin C.
Home and Away wins in 13’s Division 2:
LB Rovers had an 8-2 away win at neighbours Listowel Celtic B thank s to two hat-tricks from Kieran Sheehan and TJ O’Sullivan with Patrick Walsh and Leigh Meehan, who won the clubs John Giles Foundation Penalty Shoot-Out during the week.
An Aaron Harty hat-trick was not enough to get anything for Fenit as they lost out 4-3 to Park B. Sean Corkery hit a hat-trick for the Tralee side with William Jakovi getting the 4th goal.
Wins for Fenit and Inter Kenmare in the 14’s Girls:
In the JK Sports 14’s Girls Fenit Girls enjoyed the perfect start to their League with a 2-0 win at home to Camp Juniors. Lily Novak outsprinted the Camp defenders to put her side 1-0 up and Lana Gaudino added a second when a Novak shot was parried by the Camp keeper. Katie Fitzmaurice, Ciara O’Dowd and Ciara Collins also did very well.
Eabha Lyne was the best on the day for Camp Juniors who never gave up on the day and had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for off-side.
Newcomers Castlielsand got off to a great start at home to Inter Kenmare going ahead in the 6th minute. However this Inter side has been playing together for a few years and levelled very quickly afterwards through Tara Desmond. Saoirse Buckley put Inter ahead and Chloe Cremin made it 3-1 before the break. Inter added goals from Laoisa Casey, Chloe Cremin with her second and Grace Foley to take the win. Shauna Wilkinson had the distinction of scoring the first goal for Castleisland.
Games in the 15’s Division 1 and 2:
Killarney Celtic B took the points in their mid-week clash with Ballyheigue. Felim O’Sullivan and Dara Keraney both scored twice for the North Kerry side who made a great comeback in the second half but just ran out of time going down 5-4.
Ballyheigue played again on Saturday and were unlucky to go down 2-1 to Castleisland with O’Sullivan again on the mark.
Homes sides win in 15’s Division 2:
Only one goal separated MEK and Inter Kenmare and it was the Mid and East Kerry side that got the goal with Shane Evans getting the goal inside the last 10 minutes. Listowel Celtic B had goals from Jack Carty, Tony Boland, Sean Keane, Eddie Healy and Darragh Carey in their 9-3 win over Tralee Dynamos.
LB Rovers had goals from Joe Finch, Kieran O’Carroll, Jack Sheehy, Darragh Fitzpatrick and Thavien Buckley in their win over Killorglin B.
Team of the Week:
Tralee Dynamos 13’s
Daniel Murphy Dara Donnelly Roan Daly
Castliesland 13’s Balllyheigue 15’s MEK 13’s
Kieran Sheehan Joe Linnane Gavin Barry Oran Horgan
LB Rovers 13’s DB Rovers 13’s Mastergeeha 13’s Killarney Athletic 13’s
Ryan Carey Aaron Harty Andrew Kerins
Killorglin 13’s Fenit 13’s Park 13’s