Killorglin crash out of FAI Youth Cup

A depleted Killorglin side were beaten in the FAI youth cup in a tough encounter at the Dragon’s Den on Saturday. With 4 regulars out due to injury, a makeshift Killorglin side hosted Ballingarry, and the opening half hour was a tight affair without clear chances for either side. But just after the half hour mark, a mistake at the back by Killorglin was well finished by the visitors to give them the lead. Stephen O’Loughlin had Killorglin’s best chance just before half time, but despite controlling well, he couldn’t get a strike on target.

The second half saw 4 more Killorglin regulars depart for a Mid-Kerry GAA semi final, and unfortunately this made all the difference. Ballingarry made it two in the opening minutes of the half, and looked the more dangerous side. Stephen O’Loughlin gave us hope when he latched on to a through ball from Shane O’Sullivan Rouse and finished well. But despite huge effort and commitment from all, the visitors ran out 6-1 winners. This youth team are better than the result suggests, and without so many of their usual 11, it was always going to be difficult.

Thanks to Stephen Sealy who deputised in goal, Danny Considine, Darragh Dennehy and Tim O’Shea at the back, who had a tough second half but gave 100% at all times, and Aaron Broderick who looked really bright in midfield when he was introduced. Onwards and upwards!

Seniors Updates from 7th October

2 games this weekend. First off with the A’s getting their league campaign underway with a tough trip away to AC athletic. AC is always a tough physical game but they’ve added a couple of players to the squad this season and from the kick off they put the Killorglin defence on the back foot. Killorglin, with a bit of an injury crisis at the moment, called on some of their youths, Eoin Clifford and Tim O’Shea. After a great game last week Eoin was substituted after a knock so newcomer Anthony Abogunrin was brought in. AC kept the pressure on and from a corner in the 21st min. David Egan headed home to give AC the lead. Killorglin were creating some chances with Anthony Abogunrin making some great runs and in the 35th min. Killorglin were awarded a penalty when Anthony was brought down in the box. Dave Coffey took the penalty but needed his quick feet when the keeper saved but he made no mistake with the rebound. Killorglin back in the game but shortly after Killorglin were struck a second blow when David Coffey had to be stretchered off (hopefully not too serious) and Dan Whittleton was brought in. The 2nd half went very similar to the first with AC putting Killorglin under a lot of pressure. AC added 2 more goals with a great strike from Joseph Diggins, and John Buckley scored from a corner. So a loss to begin the campaign but with some new players being brought in this year, and 3 or 4 injured to come back in, hopefully better days to come.

The C’s had their 2nd game of the campaign at home to Mainebank. Mainebank with promotion and a cup win from last season were going to be a tall order for our C’s in only their 2nd outing and going 2-0 down in the first 5 minutes didn’t help their chances. To be fair, for about 25 mins of the first half they played the better football and with the help of a fantastic strike from Lorca Maher (his first for the club) went in at the break 3-1 down but were still in the game. The next goal was going to be crucial but unfortunately it went to Mainebank . They added 2 more so the game finished 6-1 but with a bit more time together and a couple more games hopefully they can get that first win. Considering this is Killorglin’s 3rd team taking on other clubs with only one team, there is great credit to them. Keep it up lads.

In other news congratulations to all our underage teams this weekend with some great results especially our teams in National Cup. The U-13As who beat GB rovers 7-1 and our U-15As who had a fantastic 2-1 win away to Nenagh. Also congratulations to Ryan Carey on making team of the week. That’s it for now. For all results and fixtures check out kerrydistrictleague.ie

Senior Action Over the Weekend

The Killorglin C team got their league campaign underway Sunday morning at home to Ballymac. With a only a week or so to get organised it was going to be a tall order but to be fair to Killorglin they showed fantastic spirit and at 1-0 down at half time were holding their own. 8 minutes into the 2nd half and Killorglin were 2-0 down. Legs were getting tired by now with a lot of the lads playing their first game in a while. It finished 4-0 to Ballymac with Killorglin missing a penalty at the end of the game. So a tough start but Killorglin can take a lot of positives from the game so hopefully better to come.

Our A’s were in action Sunday afternoon in the 2nd round of the FAI Junior cup at home to Bunratty. This was the A’s first competitive game of the season. To be fair the first half hour could only be called the “Dave Coffey show”…with goals in the 1st, 15th, 20th and 29th minutes and also won a penalty in the 2nd minute which was missed(sorry Paddy) the tie was all but over. The Killorglin strike force of Dave Coffey and Dylan O’Sullivan were on fire on the day and Dylan got his own hat-trick with some fine finishing. The A team had 3 competitive debutants with the Clifford brothers Jamie and Eoin and Anthony Abogunrin. Eoin Clifford also scoring twice to put the icing on a fine team display. The tie finished 9-2 but credit to the Bunratty side the game was played in great spirit.

Youths Continue Winning Start

Killorglin Youths continued their winning start to the season in the Munster Youths cup in Killorglin on Saturday afternoon. Killarney Athletic were again the opposition, and they proved dangerous in the first half, forcing Jack MacGillycuddy into a number of saves. Goal opportunities for the home side were limited. But Gabriel Griffin marshalled them well at the back, and the teams were scoreless at the break.

A much improved second half display saw Killorglin unlucky on a number of occasions with Dylan O’Neill and Eoin Clifford in particular going close. We were dealt a double blow when Jack O’Leary and Darragh Dennehy, who had put in fantastic displays, went off injured. But 0-0 at full time meant extra time.

And Killorglin finally found the breakthrough in extra time. Eoin Clifford danced through the Athletic defence and a deflection past the keeper gave us a much deserved lead. A fantastic corner routine saw Aaron Broderick flick a magnificent header in for number two. And a wonderful dipping strike from the edge of the box from Stephen O’Loughlin put the tie beyond doubt. A late consolation from Connie Cremin meant it was Killorglin that march on to a second round tie with Killarney Celtic.

Weekend Updates – 23rd September

Just one game this weekend with the B team in action away to Castlemaine Utd. The B’s were hoping for something out of todays game after the losing their first game but their cause wasn’t helped when losing Jack O’Sullivan in the warm up and his brother Mikey 2 minutes into the game. In the 20th minute it was Killorglin that went closest to opening the scoring when Ryan O’Riordan broke the Castlemaine back line and struck a great shot that hit the crossbar. 3 mins later it was Castlemaine that took the lead when Shane O’Sullivan latched on to a good cross and struck well to give Mike O’Grady no chance in the Killorglin goal. In the 26th min, Castlemaine’s Cathal Moriarty doubled their lead with a great run along the end line and slotted away at the near post. Killorglin should of had a goal back when Sean Costello hit a cracking shot from the kick off which caught the Castlemaine keeper off his line which seemed to hit the net but the referee saw different much to the dissappointment of the large away support (well there was 20 or so). On the 1/2 hour mark Castlemaine made it 3 when Cathal O’Connor put in a lofted free kick that O’Grady got a hand to but it hit the back of the net. In the 53rd minute Killorglin’s day got a whole lot worse when Paul Browne was penalised for a tackle outside the box (Browne had to be substituted) and Cathal Moriarty scored from the resultant free. Killorglin did get one back in the 79th min when Anthony Abz was brought down in the box. Dylan Joy stuck the penalty so the game finished 4-1. A  difficult start for Mike Griffin and his backroom staff with 2 tough away fixtures but plenty time to turn it around.

Just a mention for some of our underage teams. Eamonn Foley’s U-13 As had a great 4-3 win away to Tulla with after extra time. Also the U-15 As had a mighty win in the National cup beating Holycross 8-1. The U-13 Bs won 4-2 away to Camp and U-15 Bs had a good draw at home to Dynamo’s with the game finishing 3-3..

The Senior A’s will hopefully get their season underway next Sunday when they take on Bunratty/Cratloe in the FAI Junior cup…full details of all results and fixtures can be found on www.kerrytleague.ie

2018/19 Season Opening Weekend Fixtures

The 2018/19 season got officially underway this weekend with the youth’s and the B team getting their league campaigns underway we are also in the process of adding a third senior squad this season which is fantastic considering we had only one team a couple of seasons ago so best of luck to all.
 
 The youth’s got their season off to great start with a fine win at home to a strong Killarney Ath. squad. With Gabhan O’Loughlin, Mike Carey and John O’Connor over the what looks like a very strong squad the boys started well and it was Stephen O’Loughlin that put the home team in front within the first 5 mins. Killorglin could have made it 2 or 3 with a number of chances but didn’t convert them and it was Athletic that found the net before the break…1-1 at half time.The 2nd half could have gone either way with both sides having chances but it was Killorglin that took all 3 points when after a great run from Eoin Clifford set up substitute Shane O’Sullivan Rouse to get the winner..some great performances all round with Darragh Dennehy picking up MOTM.
 
 The B’s also in action this weekend.After securing promotion last season it’s going to be tough picking up points and no more tougher than away to Kenmare who were a Prem A side last season.Mike Griffin aided by Damien McGillycuddy and Lar O’Connor had their boys well set up and could of been ahead when Mike O’Donoghue and Sean Turner had chances…Mike O’Grady made a great stop on the 20th min. but just a minute later Kenmare were a goal to the good…Kenmare doubled their lead 10 mins later so 2-0 at the break. In the 62nd min. Killorglin were given a lifeline when Kenmare handled the ball in the box and Dylan Joy tucked away the spot kick. In the 72nd minute Kenmare had their 3rd when a horrible bounce in the box gave O’Grady no chance.Any chance of a comeback went 3 mins from time when Kenmare were awarded a penalty and they converted. Killorglin created a number of chances after this with newly appointed captain Sean Costello hit the crossbar from a free. Jack O’Sullivan did get one back for the visitors but only a consolation…so not the start we wanted but Kenmare will be a tough test for all this season so hopefully better to come…Team Mike O’Grady,Dylan Carey,Paul Browne.Jack O’Sullivan,Keith Curtin,Sean Costello(Capt),Sean Turner,Dylan Joy,Mike O’Donoghue,Ryan O’Riordan and Mikey O’Sullivan…subs Aiden Joy, Diarmuid O’Sullivan,Jerome Houlihan and Mitch O’Sullivan.
 
 The A’s yet to get their season officially underway but had a couple of solid friendlies under their belt with two 2-2 draws against the 2 newly promoted Premier A sides Tralee Celtic and Mitchell’s…Lee Carey,Dylan O’Sullivan, Ryan Keane and David Coffey all on the scoresheet..Tony Lyons had a couple of decent stops between the Killorglin posts as well(better get that in )…very pleasing was senior debuts from 4 of our youths Eoin Clifford, Gabriel Griffin, Tim O’Shea and Conor Burke all with solid performances…congratulations to them I’m sure we’ll see plenty more from them.

Under 15s National Cup 2nd Round

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Having beaten Lough Derg FC in Killaloe two weeks ago in the first round, the Under 15s welcomed Caherdavin Celtic to Killorglin for the 2nd round of the National Cup. And what a cracking game of football. Killorglin lost an early goal when a slip at the back let in the Caherdavin forward who slotted home well. The visitors almost doubled their lead when they had an effort come back off the crossbar. But despite the shaky start, Killorglin grew into the game and started to play the better football. Darragh Mc, Jason and Kieran settled at the back allowing Darragh C particularly to push on, and trojan work from Jack, Kaiya and particularly Aaron in midfield gave us plenty of chances to equalise – Kaiya and Gearoid going close on several occasions.

As the second half wore on, Killorglin were starting to wonder if it was going to be their day at all. Ethan and Stephen on the wings ran themselves into the ground and with 5 minutes to go it was time for some changes. Calum and Callum were introduced to give some physical presence, and with just a couple of minutes left, a flick on from Calum allowed Stephen to outpace the Caherdavin centre back and he remained cool in front of goal with an emphatic finish to bring the game to extra time.

And extra time really belonged to Killorglin with Darragh C and Dylan getting the ball forward early to Niall and Gearoid (who had moved out to the wing) to keep us threatening. We looked the more likely side to win it, and Gearoid was extremely unlucky to see at least two almost certain goals deflected wide. Callum Moriarty was strong in midfield when he came on for Aaron and finally the breakthrough came with 5 minutes or so left before the dreaded penalties. A quick corner from Gearoid saw the ball break to Stephen, and this time a composed finish into the bottom corner gave Killorglin a deserved win. Unfortunately the game ended on a sour note when the visitors lost their discipline and a number of Killorglin players were carried off injured after extremely poor challenges. Frustration from Caherdavin I’m sure, but left us all the more delighted to send them packing!!

Team: Cian Knight, Darragh Callan, Darragh McKeefry, Kieran O’Sullivan, Jason O’Sullivan, Kaiya O’Flaherty, Jack O’Leary, Aaron Broderick, Gearoid Hassett, Stephen O’Loughlin, Ethan Coffey, Niall Carey, Callum Moriarty, Calum Russell, Dylan Francis, Conor Murphy, Jack Magillacuddy

U12 Kerry League

K.Athletic 1-11 Killorglin

Killorglin kicked off there season with 3 points.
Killorglin had a good start with Paul Costello & John Burke and opening  the scoring wwas Captain for the day John Touhy opened the scoring this was followed by 4 goals from Marc Murphy whos finishing was very good with good link up play from all front 3, half time 5-0.

Second half Killorglin made several changes and all subs made an impact, Andrew Owens scored 2 one which was a well taken volley from a tight angle other scorers were Stevie Gannon, Dara Crosby, Tom Garry and a top corner strike from long distance from Dara OConnor.

A good team performance by all with everyone playing half a game.

Team:
1st half:Dara Crosby, Rian OSullivan, Tony Og Duffy, Fionn OSullivan, Paul Costello, John Burke, Marc Murphy, Dara OConnor, John Touhy.

2nd half: Brian Cahill, Killian Riordan, Tony Og Duffy, Tom Garry, Fionan Griffen, Andrew Owens, Jack Lynch, Stevie Gannon, Oisin Birnmingham.

Killorglin Boys Triumphant in Kennedy Cup

Local boys Dylan O’Neill, Ronan O’Shea and Alex O’Connor had a fantastic week in Limerick at the Kennedy Cup. Kerry beat the Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL) 1-0 in yesterday’s final at the University of Limerick.

Kerry Kennedy Cup Team

The first real chance of the game fell to DDSL attacker Callum Thompson, but Kerry goalkeeper Alex O’Connor, who had to stay alert throughout the game, did well to save his shot. Dylan Murphy’s goal just before the break ensured that a new name is on the trophy at the expense of the defending champions. Murphy fired home off the underside of the bar from a Dylan O’Neill corner on the stroke of half-time, moments after James Clarke saw his long-range drive come back off the Kerry bar. Instead of simply holding onto that lead, Kerry pushed forward in the second half in search of a second goal. They were the one’s applying most of the pressure during that period.

The DDSL moved defender Ray O’Sullivan up front in the final five minutes and he managed to get his head to a far-post cross, but O’Connor plucked the ball out of the air. The Kerry defence, which only conceded one goal in the tournament, had heroes in captain David Dineen, Paddy O’Rourke and keeper Alex O’Connor. The cup goes to the Kingdom for the first time ever, and to Munster for the first time since Limerick District won it in 2000.

Kerry Radio update after the final

Video with Brendan Hogan (Facebook)

KERRY (squad):

A O’Connor (Killorglin), R O’Shea (Killorglin), D O’Neill (Killorglin), M Kelliher (Killarney Celtic), D Rogers (Traless Dynamos), J Rusk (St Brendan’s Pk), D Dineen (Killarney Celtic), D Murphy (Mastergeeha), P O’Sullivan (Killarney Celtic), P D’Arcy (Killarney Celtic), R Kelliher (Killarney Celtic), S Vasiu (St Brendan’s Pk), D Lyne (Killarney Celtic), P O’Shea (Mastergeeha), P O’Rourke (St Brendans Pk), C Kane (Camp Juniors), M Lenihan (Killarney Celtic), J Sheehan (St Brendan’s Pk), C Ryan (Killarney Celtic), D McKenna (Listowel Celtic).

**Under 12s win Premier League Title**

Under 12 17th May 2015

It was jubilation for our Under 12 squad who won the Premier league on Saturday 16th May 2015 with a game to spare, after a 1-0 home win against Killarney Celtic (Dylan Moriarty with the goal). A huge congratulations to all the players involved, and credit to their coaches for all the hard work throughout the season – Robbie Evans, Maurice O’Shea & Paul Whittleton.

Under 13 Kerry Cup Final

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  • Killorglin AFC 0 – 4 St Brendans Park

It was heartbreak for Killorglin in the Kerry Cup final in Mounthawk Park on Friday night, as the premier league leaders proved just too strong on the day. Early pressure from Park was absorbed well with Darragh McKeefry marshalling Jason O’Sullivan, Dylan Francis and Kaiya O’Flaherty in defence. Cillian Burke was outstanding in Midfield, while Jack O’Leary and Aaron Broderick  put in an amazing effort to keep Killorglin pushing forward, and playing good football whenever possible. But about 15 minutes in, Park scored the opening goal, and followed up with a second about 5 minutes later. Killorglin heads didn’t go down, and despite having to be disciplined in tracking back, Stephen O’Loughlin and Ethan Coffey on the wings did exceptionally well in attack. With Gearoid Hassett up front, Killorglin always looked like they could get one back. Just before half time, Gearoid latched on to a through ball from Jack O’Leary and was unlucky not to slip one past the Park keeper. 2-0 at the break, but it was clear that everyone was committed to getting back into the game.

The second half started well for Killorglin, with Ethan and Stephen keeping Killorglin pushing forward, and Aaron in particular showing amazing energy. Martin in goal was dealing with any Park pressure, but the stand out player for Killorglin was Gearoid. On a difficult night, with little support up front, he always looked a threat, showed fantastic touch and skill, and was unlucky on several occasions not to get on the scoresheet. When Stephen was replaced by Dylan Moriarty mid-way through the second half, Gearoid dropped deeper and kept Killorglin competitive. But when Park scored a third with about 10 minutes to go, it was looking like cup glory was a step too far. Max Doyle replaced Dylan Francis at full back, and Callum Russell swapped with a shattered Kaiya, and both did well for the remainder of the game. With 5 minutes to go, Park got a fourth, but Killorglin finished the game with their heads held high. I was proud to manage the team tonight. Each and every player gave 100% and that is all I could have asked. Even after the game, the players picked up their medals, and watched Park lift the cup with respect and envy. This team will have better days ahead – but should look back on this final with no regrets.

Team: Martin Fay, Jason O’Sullivan, Dylan Francis, Darragh McKeefry, Kaiya O’Flaherty, Cillian Burke, Jack O’Leary, Aaron Broderick, Stephen O’Loughlin, Gearoid Hassett, Ethan Coffey. Subs: Dylan Moriarty, Max Doyle, Callum Russell, Dean Francis

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Under 13s Reach Kerry Cup Final

John Joe Naughton Kerry Cup Semi-Final

  • Killorglin AFC 3 – 0 Tralee Dynamos

Killorglin faced last year’s premier league champions in the Kerry cup semi final on Thursday night (30th April). And although the home team had a full squad to choose from, it was always going to be a challenging tie. And so it proved from the word go. The first ten minutes were played at a frantic pace. While Dynamos looked good on the ball, Killorglin kept their own shape and imposed themselves on the game. Jack O’Leary really looked up for the game, and the captain dominated the midfield, encouraging those around him, and breaking up play well. Cillian Burke and Aaron Broderick made up a midfield three that gave the visitors no space, and it was Aaron that gave the home side the lead mid way through the first half. An in-swinging corner whipped in from the right side was half controlled by Stephen O’Loughlin, and despite not being able to get a clean strike away, the ball fell kindly for Aaron who tucked it away brilliantly. Towards the end of the half, a long-range free kick from the visitors saw Martin Fay parry over the bar well to keep the home side in front. Fantastic organisation from Darragh McKeefry at the back kept the Dynamos attacks to a minimum. Kaiya O’Flaherty, Jason O’Sullivan and Dylan Francis were superb alongside Darragh. 1-0 at half time.

The visitors again started brightly in the second half, but straight from a Dynamos corner, Stephen O’Loughlin picked up a loose ball on the edge of his own penalty area and set Gearoid Hasset away with a good clearance upfield. With Stephen in support, Gearoid showed wonderful skill and balance to beat three defenders, and a slip the ball past the keeper to put Killorglin well and truly in control of the tie. For the first time in the game, the visitors realised they had to chase the game, and this opened up space for Ethan Coffey, Gearoid and Stephen up front. Killorglin were now looking more likely to nick a third than concede. Another good save from Martin in the Killorglin goal saw the home team mount an incisive attack, and when Gearoid Hasset was taken down in the penalty area it looked a certain penalty. Even the opposition stopped briefly waiting for the whistle, but the ref wasn’t giving it! However, Stephen O’Loughlin was alive to it, and took the ball off a Dynamos defender and beat the remaining defender and keeper with a lovely strike! At 3-0, Killorglin looked comfortable, and Cillian Burke worked tirelessly to help Killorglin keep ownership of the middle of the park. The introduction of Dylan Moriarty gave the home team even more to trouble Dynamos, and Dylan was unlucky on a number of occasions. Another good take from Martin in goal late on ensured a clean sheet and a Kerry Cup Final against Park in Mounthawk Park next Friday (May 8th) at 8.30pm.

Team: Martin Fay, Jason O’Sullivan, Dylan Francis, Darragh McKeefry, Kaiya O’Flaherty, Aaron Broderick, Cillian Burke, Jack O’Leary, Ethan Coffey, Gearoid Hassett, Stephen O’Loughlin. Subs: Dylan Moriarty (on for Stephen), Dean Cahill (on for Ethan), Max Doyle, Callum Russell.

Goals: Aaron Broderick, Gearoid Hassett, Stephen O’Loughlin

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but with fixtures changing daily to accommodate the end of season run in, it was better to not post fixtures, than to post inaccurate ones, or even try to keep up with the changes!!

Fixtures – Saturday 28th March

Friday 27th March

Under 16 Premier

  • Killorglin AFC v Tralee Dynamos – 7:30pm

Saturday 28th March

Under 11 – Kerry Cup Quarter Finals

  • Killorglin AFC A v Iveragh – 2pm
  • Killorglin AFC B v Mastergeeha – 10:30am

Under 13 – Kerry Cup Quarter Finals

  • Inter Kenmare v Killorglin AFC A – 11:30am

Under 15 – Kerry Cup Quarter Finals

  • Killorglin AFC v Castleisland – 12:30am

Thursday 2nd April

Under 14 Premier

  • Killorglin AFC A v Killarney Celtic A – 6pm

Fixtures – Saturday 21st March

Under 9s and Under 10s

Mini Blitz – Killorglin – 2pm – OFF

  • Killorglin AFC
  • Mastergeeha
  • Camp
  • Killarney Athletic
  • Castleisland

Under 12 Premier

  • Killorglin AFC A v Park A – 10:30am

Under 12 Shield

  • Killorglin AFC B v Killarney Celtic B – 3pm

Under 14 Shield

  • Killorglin AFC B v Iveragh – New Date Thursday 26th March 5:30pm

Under 16 Premier

  • Killorglin AFC v Tralee Dynamos – 11:45am

Celtic Logo

Glasgow Celtic East Camp with Killorglin AFC
Under 11’s to Under 16’s.
Date: Monday April 6th – Friday April 10th 2015
Venue: ISK, Dragons Den
Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: €80 per player (Let us know if more than 1 member of family attending)
Contact: Your team manager
Deposit Due: €40 Due on Wednesday March 11th 2015
Remainder Due: Wednesday March 25th 2015