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.
- Killorglin AFC B 3 – 2 CG Killarney
Killorglin B team were due to play CG Killarney away on Sat. night but the game had to be switched to Killorglin all weather. These 2 teams had already played out a thrilling 3-3 draw a couple of weeks ago so goals were on the card. CG started well and were 1-0 up after 5 minutes as a high ball with a strong wind caught the Killorglin defence and Kian O’Mahony finished it off. CG should of at least got a 2nd as they had some great pressure from corners but it was Killorglin that pulled one back 5 minutes before the break when a Sean Cozzy Costeloe corner was met by the head of Stuart Delaney.
1-1 at the break. Killorglin should have had the advantage in the 2nd half but it was CG that again took the lead when some sloppy defending left in Dave McSweeney to put CG 2-1 up. Killorglin started to get a hold of the ball and with about 20 minutes left Shane Riordan made a great run and cross that Aiden” Nat “O’Sullivan finished for his first goal of the campaign. With about 5 minutes left Killorglin took the lead when substitute Ryan Riordan put a great ball through to Darren Riordan who cooly slotted it away. CG were unlucky not to get an equaliser in the last minute of the game when from a corner had 2 or 3 shots blocked in front of goal. The game finished 3-2 to Killorglin, a good match played in great spirit with CG feeling unlucky not to come away with something.
Some great performances all round on the night with a real team effort but M.O.T.M. went to Darren Riordan who worked tirelessly all night and the winning goal to add.
Next weeks fixtures have the U-17’s at home to Asdee Rovers on Sat 25th @ 3pm. Also the B Team are away to Na Fianna at 2:30 on Sun 26th but that might be changed so keep an eye on it.
- Camp 2 – 1 Killorglin AFC
Only 1 game this weekend for Killorglin senior set up as both the youths and the B team games were called off. The A’s were away to Camp sunday afternoon. Compliments must go to Camp on the great work done on their pitch as its in great shape. As for the game, it was a fairly even contest mostly for the first half with Killorglin’s Aiden O’Sullivan coming closest for the visitors but to no avail. 0-0 at half time – the 2nd half opened up a bit more and there was a few more chances created with both sides coming close – Tony Lyons pulling off a couple of great saves for Killorglin. You could see both sides wanted this game and there was no holding back as the tackles flew in. The introduction of Ryan Keane in 60th minute was to prove fruitful as 5 minutes later Shane O’Connor put a great ball in across goals from a free and Keano met it perfectly with a header to the corner of the net. Camp, to be fair, reacted well to the goal and started to press Killorglin and were rewarded with a goal with 15 minutes to go. A 1-1 draw seemed to be on the cards with time nearly up and would probably been a fair result but Camp pressing to the last minute had a cross from the right met at the back post, Lyons seemed to have smothered it on the line but the referee pointed to the spot. A harsh result on the away team but I suppose we are a few years away from goaline technology yet. Killorglin will have to take it on the chin. All credit to Camp with a great fight back in a game where 3 points will be a big help in what is a very tough division.
Killorglin team: Tony Lyons,Ronan Sayers,Jerry O’Brien,Lar O’Connor(capt),Edwin Kelliher,Darren Houlihan(sub Jake Courtney),Lee Carey,Shane O’Riordan,Stuart Delaney,Shane O’Connor,Aiden O’Sullivan( sub Ryan Keane)…subs not used Darren O’Riordan and Ricky Flaherty.
- Killorglin AFC B 3 – 3 CG Killarney
Only one game this weekend with the youths game called off on Saturday.
Killorglin AFC B’s were at home to CG Killarney. Both teams had wins from their first game of the season and the game got off to a flyer with some lovely passing play from Killorglin which ended with Aiden O’Sullivan slipping the ball through to Darren O’Riordan who tucked it away. 1 up after 5 minutes. CG didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser tho’ as a low cross into the box wasn’t cleared and Killarney struck to make it 1-1. To be fair CG looked the more dangerous in the 1st half and broke midways through the half and were in for a 2nd. Killorglin seemed to be holding on for the break when again a cross from the left which Chris O’Connor in goals was unlucky not to hold onto fell to a CG player and Killorglin were 3-1 down at the break.
Killorglin had a lot of work to do in the 2nd half and brought in big Brendy Breen to tighten up midfield. Killorglin got a corner which Darren swung in dangerously and one of the CG players turned into his own net – back to 3-2. Killorglin kept pressing and showing a lot more commitment were rewarded with a 3rd when a good kickout from Chris onto Shane Riordan who knocked it down to Darren who with a great strike got his 2nd. 3-3
There was a couple of chances either way after that but it finished 3-3.
Team was Chris O’Connor,Christy Murphy9Sub Graham Griffen),Mike Kells(capt),Damien Mc,Dillon Carey9Brendy Breen),Andre O’Sullivan (sub Ricky Flaherty,Ed Kells,Mikey Houlihan,Aiden O’Sullivan and Darren Riordan.
- 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”.
- Annascaul 1 – 3 Killorglin AFC B
2 games this weekend for Killorglin. The B-team got their season underway with a fantastic win away to Annascaul FC (played in KDL). After a poor start which saw Niall O’Shea (starting in goal for the B’s) unlucky to give away a penalty after about 20 mins and picking up an injury at the same time, Chris O’Connor stepped into goals with his first job to pick the ball out of the net. To be fair to Killorglin though, they kept their heads up and started to play some lovely football – all working hard for each other and they were rewarded with a goal before half time. From a corner, Stuart Delaney had 2 attempts at goal, one off the crossbar and a second stopped on the line before Shane Riordan struck on the loose ball to make it 1-1 at half time. Killorglin got off to a dream start in the second half and Shane Riordan got his 2nd after Aiden “Nat” O’Sullivan hit the woodwork with a great shot – Shane was in the right place to nod home his 2nd. Annascaul, to be fair, put on a bit of pressure after that and were unlucky not to score from a corner but with about 20 mins to go Killorglin got a 3rd after some lovely passing play saw Nat turn inside the box and lay on the ball to Mikey Houlihan who cooly slotted away the ball. The game was effectively over at that stage but Annascaul kept plugging away. However, Killorglins defence stayed solid under the ever youthful Mikey Kells. There was massive performances all over the pitch for Killorglin but m.o.t.m. had to go to Shane Riordan who worked tirelessly all day and 2 goals aswell. A good game played in great spirit.
Killorglin Team: Niall O’Shea (sub Chris O’Connor), Christy Murphy, Ed Kelliher, Mikey Kells, Dillon Carey, Mike Carey(sub Ryan O’Riordan), Stuart Delaney(Capt.), Mikey Houlihan, Shane Riordan(sub Kian Griffin), Aiden O’Sullivan, Sean Costelloe. Subs: Alan O’Dwyer, Gerome Houlihan, Thomas Etherington, Damien Mc.
- Killorglin AFC Youths 1 – 1 Killarney Athletic
The Youths also got their season underway on Sat. with a home game to Killarney Athletic. Derek George’s lads played some lovely football and even though they went behind in the 1st half they never lost heart and were rewarded for their efforts when young Darren Houlihan found the net in his first game for the youths. The game finished 1-1 which was probably a fair result. m.o.t.m. went to Jack O’Connor who worked his socks off all day and with some players missing saturday to come back into the reckoning hopefully Killorglin can hold their own in that division this season.
Thats it for this week – we will take next Sunday off and wish the Kerry team the best of luck !!!
“Up the Kingdom”
The lads have had some great performances of late and got a great draw against a strong Park team and probably unlucky not to take all 3 points. The game finished 2-2 with 2 goals from the newlywed (marraige must be suiting) Paul McKenna. The first a cracking strike from outside the 18 yd box, before Park equalised. Macca made it 2-1 before half time with a clever header from a throw in. Park levelled again in the 2nd half. Killorglin had a couple of penalty shouts turned down in the 2nd half also but were holding on in the end. Still a point that manager Mike Griffen would have probably taken and thats a run of 4 games unbeaten. M.O.T.M. goes to the honeymooner Macca with his first goals of the season and hopefully the A’s getting closer to holding Premier A status.
- Killorglin AFC 7 – 0 Balloonagh
Only 1 senior game this weekend – the B team were at home to Balloonagh in the all weather on sunday at 3:30. With the A’s having no game, the B team had a strong squad to pick from and 3 points were a must. Killorglin started the game brightly with some great passing and movement with everyone looking for the ball. Vinnie and Cozzy using the wings were able to stretch the opposition and before long we were 1-0 up. Some lovely movement between Shane Riordan and Kevin O’Brien up front, saw Shane chipping the keeper. Jamie O’Sullivan made it 2-0 with a fantastic strike from about 25 yards out (I know – we couldn’t believe it either). And just before the break, Kevin O’Brien FINALLY got that goal we knew was in him. 3-0 at the half time break.
With 4 more goals (Cozzy 2, Shane 1 and the ‘back from injury’ NAT with 1, it finished off a solid performance to win 7-0. Balloonagh didn’t help their cause by having 2 sent off in the 2nd half but take nothing away from the lads – great performances all round (Chris O’Connor with a couple of great stops in goal, and also Shane Riordan up front who ran tirelessly for the 90 mins. But M.O.T.M. had to go Cozzy with some great passing and 2 goals, although substitute Niall O’Shea almost had the moment of the match with a 70 yard run that nearly ended in a goal – probably just as well!!
The team: Chris O’Connor, Sheazo, Stuart Delaney (capt.), Jamie O’Sullivan, Jacko Breen, Cozzy, DiCanio, Brendy Breen, Vinnie West, Shane Riordan and Kevin O’Brien. Subs: Jed Teahan, Nat, Niall O’Shea, Alan O’Dwyer….Oh and MITCH.
Finally I would just like to take this chance again to wish the U-13s the best of luck in their Qtr. final and also to take this chance to wish the Gunners the best of luck in their semi. I know ye are all behind them. (lol) The U-17’s are playing the next 2 monday evenings in the all weather at 7pm and the senior A’s are in the KDL next Sat. evening (15th) at 5:30.
- Killorglin AFC 2 – 2 Spa Road
- Killorglin AFC 1 – 5 AC Athletic
The A’s were at home to Spa Road who are a team in similar relegation trouble as ourselves so 3 points was a must. With some changes in personnel – 3 players being drafted in from the B team (Dan Horgan,Kevin O’Brien and Shane Riordan), the A’s got off to a good start with some nice passing and creating some good chances. On around the half hour mark were rewarded with a great goal from captain fantastic “Fla” when from a great corner from Kevin O’Brien he powered home an unstoppable header. Killorglin went in at the half deservedly 1-0 up.
The 2nd half continued in a similar fashion with Killorglin still controlling the game (Jerry O’Brien in great form in midfield) and with about 15 mins left on the clock 2 of the subs combined to score Killorglin’s 2nd. Ronan Sayers rising to flick on a great ball, and Ryan Keane cooly dinking the ball over the keeper for goal number 2 (even though goal line technology had to be brought in to confirm). With 15 mins left on the clock Killorglin looked like collecting a much needed 3 points but with about 5 mins left Spa pulled 1 back and with the last kick of the game Spa got the equaliser. Disappointing in the end but definitely a big improvement and hopefully with weather permitting, a few games together and the win will come. Good performances all round with Kevin O’Brien getting the nod for M.O.T.M. with a hard working performance and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
The B team on the other hand, unfotunately had nothing go right. They were at home to AC Athletic who were playing Prem B last year so had plenty of experience. But making no excuses, the ball just wasn’t going where we were looking and after about 10 mins were 1-0 down, and 2 down after about 20 mins. But to be fair to the lads they got stuck in and with about half an hour on the clock got a free about 30 yards out and Sheazo (only back from injury) pulled one back. If we could have held that till the half things might have been different but we conceded again and went in at half time 3-1 down. There were a couple of changes in the second half but to no avail. Another 2 goals from AC and the game finished 5-1. Not a good day in the office and a pity after a couple of good performances but lets hope for better next week. M.O.T.M. went to Chris O’Connor for some good saves in the 1st half to keep us in the game.
That’s it for this week, by the way congratulations to the U-13’s on a fantastic achievement on reaching last 8 of National Cup. Best of luck in the Qtr. finals from all in the senior camp.
- Killorglin AFC 2 – 1 Killarney Athletic
The A team were in action on Sunday to Killarney Athletic who beat us 5-1 in the reverse fixture a couple of weeks ago. So it was nice to turn it around even though our boys gave Athletic the dream start when Sheazo was (adjudged harshly) to have brought down the opponent in the box. Athletic 1-0 up after 3 minutes, but the lads kept the heads and midway through the half, captain fantastic “Fla” in his new midfield role connected sweetly on the half volley on a loose ball and levelled the game.
1-1 at half time and Killorglin looked comfortable in the 2nd half without creating too much. But from a corner Paul Patrick nodded down and “Keano” struck and put the home team 2-1 up. Athletic then had a man sent off and it looked like Killorglin would finish off the game, but to be fair to Athletic they kept the pressure on and only for some good goalkeeping and a last minute header off the line from sub Lee Carey it could have ended in a draw. Killorglin deserved the win though and its 3 points that were vital if they are going to get back on track. A great result for Chucks and Jerry Kells and some good performances especially from M.O.T.M. Jason Foley back in goals.
Sending on photo of Ryan Lucey with Killorglin’s new signing. They’re just ironing out final details of contract in Harrods today. He’s supposed to be handy enough. Probably no Jacko Foley though!!!!!
Killorglin’s New Signing
- Killorglin AFC v Killarney Athletic 11.30am
Come along a give your support
- Killorglin AFC 6 – 0 Ballyheigue
The senior B-Team were in action on Sunday at home to Ballyheigue and were in desperate need of a big result after some poor performances of late – and thats exactly what they gave. With some key players out including captain Stuart Delaney, Brendy Breen and DiCanio through injury, there needed to be a bit of a revamp and the Kelliher brothers Mike and Edwin stepped up to the task. The game was evenly enough matched until a couple of minutes to half time when young Shane Riordan struck on a loose ball outside the box and put the home team 1-0 up going in to the break.
This gave the home team a bit of confidence and they started to get a hold on the game and from a corner Shane Riordan pressed the Keeper and the ball dropped behind the line (we’ll give him that one for effort) Killorglin took the foot off the pedal after that and left B’heigue into the game but with a great run from Jamie O’Sullivan rounding 2 players he slotted away Killorglins 3rd. Vinnie West on for Jacko Foley with a good run up the right wing struck for the 4th. Then the “goal of the game” with a Lionel Messi like run from the half way line saw Pa Knightly coolly slot away the 5th. Late sub Ryan O’Riordan also put away a great strike to make it 6-0. A massive performance with every man on the pitch giving 100% and hopefully will give us the confidence for the rest of the season. M.O.T.M. had to be Edwin Kelliher in as sweeper. Nice to see him back in action. Team was Chris O’Connor, Dan Hogan, Edwin Kells, Damien Mc(capt.), Jacko Breen, Mike Kells, Pa Knightly, Jamie O’Sullivan, Shane Riordan, Kevin O’Brien and Jacko Foley. Subs Vinnie West, Mitch & Ryan Riordan.
- Killorglin AFC v Ballyheigue FC 2.30pm
The seniors had their night out last Friday night with both senior teams collecting trophies. Our chairman (Michael Lynch) presented the trophies and a great night was had by all. Also, our best wishes and a speedy recovery go out to our treasurer Batty Foley who snapped his “Achilles” last Wednesday night. That’s all for now folks..!!