- Killarney Celtic 6 – 1 Killorglin AFC A
Only one game this “All Ireland Football” weekend, the Killorglin A’s were away to Killarney Celtic under lights Friday night. This is always a tough game for any away team as Celtic are a formidable team on the all weather surface. Killorglin got off to a dream start when Ronan Sayers was brought down just outside the box and from the resultant free Mikey Houlihan put the away side 1-0 up. Celtic started pressing and had some great movement up front and after 15 mins they broke down the left side and with a great cross Peter McCarthy met it with an unstoppable header which gave Damien McGillycuddy in the Killorglin goal no chance. With pressure piling on from Celtic, they made 3-1 on the 35th and 37th min. with 2 good long range strikes. Lee carey for Killorglin was very unlucky just before the break not to pull one back for Killorglin.
Killorglin started the 2nd half brightly and began to hold onto the ball and were starting to put a small bit of pressure on the home team. And with the introduction of Shane Riordan and Darren Houlihan, Killorglin looked like they might pull one back. Mid way through the half Mikey Houlihan made a great run and nearly got through the Celtic defence before being brought down. Tempers frayed a small bit and one of the Killorglin players ended up seeing red. That was the end for the away team really as Celtic took command and with the Killorglin team stretched, Celtic put away 3 more in the last 15 mins. despite Damien Mac’s best efforts in goal. With 3 or 4 great stops and saving a penalty aswell, it could have been worse!
Killorglin with work to do but take nothing away from Celtic – they were the better team on the night, though 6-1 maybe a bit unfair to Killorglin with the sending off having a big influence on the game. Hopefully better results to come.
M.O.T.M. for Killorglin was Damien Mc.
Team D.Mc, Ed Kells, Lar O’Connor (capt), Jerry O’Brien, Vinnie West, Lee Carey, Paul Mc, Mikey Houlihan, Ronan Sayers, Shane O’Connor and Aiden O’Sullivan. Subs used Shane Riordan, Darren Houlihan and Sean Costelloe.
Also big congatulations to the 2 Kerry Teams inc. our local lads Peter Crowley and Liam Carey from all in Killorglin AFC…”Up the Kingdom”.