Games played despite Storm Deirdre’s disruption:
Subway SFAI Inter League
13’s Kerry 6–2 Limerick County
15’s South Tipperary 2-4 Kerry
12 Girls Premier
Camp Juniors 4-1 MEK
14 Girls Premier
Castleisland 0-0 Camp Juniors
Daly’s Supervalu 13 Premier
Tralee Dynamos 2–2 Park
13’s Division 1
Inter Kenmare 0-3 Camp Juniors
13 Division 2 South
Ballyhar 4-2 Mastergeeha B
Killarney Plaza 15 Premier
Ballyhar 3–7 Park
Inter Kenmare 2-2 MEK
Tralee Dynamos 4-4 Listowel Celtic
Subway Inter League Reports:
Kerry 13’s qualify for home Plate semi-final
Kerry 6-2 Limerick County
The Kerry 13’s ended the League phase of the u13 Subway Munster Inter League with a big win at home against Limerick County. At Mounthawk Park Kerry got off to the perfect start and Keelan O’Shea put them 1-0 up after 5 miniutes.
Kerry continued to dominate the first 30 minutes and goals from Mint O’Connor, Andrew Kerins and Jack Slattery had the home side in control. Limerick County pulled one back to leave Kerry 4-1 ahead.
With third place up for grabs in the group Kerry pushed on and they added two more goals from Barry Fitzsimons. While the visitors did add a second it was Kerry that took a good win to finish behind Limerick Desmond and Limerick District but ahead of Clare, North Tipperary and Limerick County.
This give Kerry a bye into the Munster Plate semi-final where they will be at home to the winners of Clare and South Tipperary with the game scheduled for the weekend of January 12th /13th.
Kerry 15’s win away to reach Plate Final
South Tipperary 2-4 Kerry
Kerry travelled to Cahir Park for a huge game with not just a place in the Munster Plate Final up for grabs but also the chance to keep their National hopes alive.
And they did it following a 4-2 win in a game that they dominated for long periods. The visitors got off to the perfect start and were 1-0 up after 6 minutes. Adam Segal and Rocco Rujeuvcan set up Colin Doody for the goal.
It got even better for Kerry as Raymond O’Neill and Doody combined to find Segal on the edge of the box and he made no mistake from 18 yards.
Oisin Lavin was by far the busier keeper in the South Tipp goal saving from Tom Whittleton and Segal with Sean O’Connell creating havoc on the left wing.
However these saves gave the home side confidence and they were back in the game in the 16th minutes when Donnach Troy showed good feet in the box to beat Sean Moloney in the Kerry goal.
Moloney then had to make a great double save after a South Tipp corner and the home side looked for an equaliser. And that equaliser came on the stroke of half time when Tristan McCormack’s perfect free kick gave Moloney no chance and the game was tied at 2-2 at the half.
Both managements knew that the next goal was vital and it was Kerry that took over again after the break. Rujeuvcan, Cianan Cooney and Cillian Murphy all went close before Kerry took the lead again. Cooney did well when he found space in the box and his shot across Lavin ended up in the corner of the net. With the Kerry defence on top South Tipp were unable to create any meaningful chances and Kerry should have wrapped up the win but O’Connell hit the post and Tom Whittleton’s follow-up came off the crossbar.
They did get the insurance goal late in the game when Cianan Cooney smashed home an unstoppable shot to wrap up the 4-2 win.
This now means that Kerry will face North Tipperary on the weekend of January 19th and 20th with the winner also qualifying for the Subway SFAI National semi-final.
Camp chasing top 3 spot in 12 Girls:
There has been some great action in the 12 Girls Premier and Camp Juniors 4-1 at home to MEK has seen then continue their push for a top 3 spot.
Killarney Celtic White and Inter Kenmare girls have a gap at the top and the title looks between them with Celtic White 3 points ahead but with a game more played.
Camp Juniors are now onto 10 points thanks to goals from Miraim Sheehan, Anna Roberts, Aisleigh Horan and Ciara Slattery and are just 2 points behind Listowel Celtic who are in 3rd place but who do have 2 games in hand over Camp.
For MEK Kickerz Izzy McGrath continued her impressive scoring streak getting their goal with Kate Falvey, Sinead O’Sullivan and Ali O’Sullivan also impressive.
No goals in 14 Girls clash on new Castleisland All Weather
Congratulations to all in Castleisland AFC on the opening of their very impressive astro turf pitch. The first game saw the host clubs girls take on Camp Juniors. Castleisland are in 4th place on the table but had to rely on their keeper Eirn O’Connor who was excellent on the day.
MEK are only a couple of points behind them and has Saoirse Meghan as their best player on the day.
Tralee sides can’t be separated in 13 Premier clash:
With very little between the sides chasing leaders Killorglin both Tralee Dynamos and The Park would have been looking for 3 points in the latest derby.
However they had to settle for a point each following a 2-2 draw. JJ Olijatan and Bruno Borrows got the goals for the Park who are only 4 points off second place. Dynamos are two points further back but have a game in hand over The Park. Thomas Derege got both the Dynamos goals.
Inter lead 13’s Division 1 but others with games in hand:
In the Daly’s Supervalu 13 Division 1 Inter Kenmare’s 3-0 win over Camp Juniors sees them open a 4 point gap at the top of the table. However their 5 wins and 1 draw from 8 games means they are on 16 points but their closest rivals Castleisland are on 12 points with 4 wins from 4 games played.
Killorglin are also on 12 points with one more game played than Castleisland while Dingle Bay are still in contention on 10 points.
Ballyhar close gap at the top of the 13 Division 2 South:
A strong second half performance from Ballyhar at Murt Scott Park sees them move onto 16 points from 8 games played. They are now just two behind leaders Killarney Athletic B who do have a game less played.
The game was tied at 1-1 at half time with Robert Kelly scoring for the home side and Emmet Spillane getting the goal for Mastergeeha B. However in the second half Kelly completed his hat-trick and Daithi O’Shea added a 4th for Ballyhar with Adam Whitty getting the goal for Mastergeeha.
Mastergeeha B remains in 4th place on 10 points just three behind Dingle Bay Rovers in third.
Park strengthen second place in 15 Premier:
Killorglin who were not in action are the top side in the Killarney Plaza 15’s Premier and are unbeaten in their 4 games.
The Park made the trip to Murt Scott Park a winning one to cement their second place. They are now three ahead of Ballyhar who they beat in this game and also have a game less played.
Cianan Cooney, Ben Hannafin and Cian O’Neill all scored twice for the Park with Colin Doody getting the other goal. Luke Ring, Colin O’Shea and Charlie Keating replied for Ballyhar.
Points shared with 4 of the top 5 drawing:
MEK are three points clear at the top of the Killarney Plaza 15 Division 2 after their away draw with third placed Inter Kenmare. Leo Healy and Kevin Harant got the MEK goals who are now on 16 points from 8 played. Inter Kenmare stay in third place with 11 points from 7 games played.
Listowel Celtic are in second place on 13 points but have only played 6 games. They were also held to a draw from their trip to Tralee to play Dynamos. Darragh Carey had a good day for Listowel Celtic hitting a hat trick with Adam Segal getting the 4th.
Tralee Dynamos will still hold hopes of getting into the top three and their goals came from Alex Hoare 2, Jack O’Donoghue and Donagh Stephenson.
Applications open for League of Ireland Head Coach Positions:
With the assessments starting in early January and the 13’s and 15’s League of Ireland kicking off in March the Kerry Schoolboys Girls League are looking for applications for those interested in the Head Coach position at both ages.
Applications by email to: League Secretary Aidan Murnane – email@example.com by Thursday night December 20th including qualifications – Minimum UEFA B. Garda vetting and Child Welfare number.
Team of the Week:
Castleisland 14’s Girls
Sean O’Sullivan Con O’Connell Leo Healy
MEK 15’s Mastergeeha 13’s MEK 15’s
Donagh Stephenson Darragh Carey Saoirse Mehigan Adem Gul
Tralee Dynamos 15’s Listowel Celtic 15’s Camp Juniors 14’s Girls Inter Kenmare 15’s
Cian O’Neill Izzy McGrath Robert Kelly
St Brendan’s Park 15’s MEK 12 Girls Ballyhar 13’s