Seniors Review – 30th March 2014

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.

Results – Sunday 9th March

 Senior B

  • 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.
Regards Con.

Results – Sunday 2nd March

Senior A

  • Killorglin AFC 2 – 2 Spa Road

Senior B

  • 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.
Regards
Con

Results – Sunday 8th December

Senior A

  • 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.

Results – Sunday 1st December

Senior B

  • 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.

Fixtures – Sunday 1st December 2013

Senior B

  • 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..!!

Results – Sunday 24th November

Senior B

  • Killorglin AFC 1 – 7 Listowel Celtic

One game this week in the senior section, the B team were at home to Listowel Celtic on Sunday morning but the news was not good.The game started ok with neither team making much impact until about the 20th minute when Listowel won a free just outside the Killorglin area. From the cross they scored the first goal from an unchallenged header. They went on to get a 2nd in similar fashion from a corner and got a third just before half time.

Not looking good at half time but to be fair to Killorglin they kept the heads up and had 2 or 3 good chances early in the 2nd half with Shane Riordan and Jacko foley both going close before Killorglin got their reward. They got an indirect free inside the Listowel area and with a clever touch from Kieran “Sheazo” O’Shea rolled the ball on for Jacko Breen to tuck it away. That was as good as it got for Killorglin after that as a solid penalty claim by Shane Riordan was dismissed the resulting play led to a fourth from Listowel. And that was the end of the game as a contest. To be fair, the lads pushed on but to no avail. The game finished 7-1 to the visitors. Even Listowel will admit Killorglin didn’t deserve that scoreline but no excuses. There is some defensive homework to do. Hard to pick a MOTM with a scoreline like that, but credit to Jacko Breen who did get the goal and kept trying the whole game. Things need to improve – lets hope it starts next week.

 

Fixtures – Sunday 24th November

Senior B

  • Killorglin AFC v Listowel 2.30pm (THIS MAY CHANGE)

 Other News

The seniors are having their night out Friday night in Bunkers. With the A-team collecting last seasons Premier B winners trophies and the B-team eventually collecting their trophies from 2010/11 season, it should be a good night out for anyone who wants to give a call. Kick off is around 9 o’clock.

Results – Sunday 10th November

Senior – Premier A

  • Killarney Athletic 5 – 1 Killorglin AFC

The A’s were away to Killarney Athletic on Sunday morning, and after a great start to the game took the lead with a fantastic goal from David Coffey. Unfortunately that was as good as it got as the home team started to get the upper hand and by half time were 3-1 up. The game finished 5-1 to Athletic so the A’s still with work to do to get up to speed with the Premier A division.

Senior – Division 1B

  • Skelliga FC 3 – 1 Killorglin AFC

The B team were also away on Sunday morning to the newly formed Skelliga FC. Skelliga are very strong this year and will be hoping to win Division 1B so it was always going to be a tough ask for Killorglin. But the game was closely matched for about 20 minutes until Skelliga made the breakthrough with a goal that could have easily been pulled back for offside. But to be fair to the lads they kept plugging away and were rewarded with an equaliser just before half time. A corner from Pa Knightly was swung in, Shane Riordan with the nod back and Kevin O’Brien with a fantastic strike on the volley to finish it off. So Killorglin went in at half time in good form.

The second half was nip and tuck until about the 65th minute when, from a Skelliga corner, Brendy Breen was adjudged to have leaned in and handled the ball. It was a harsh decision and Skelliga went 2-1 up from the spot. Killorglin heads seemed to drop a bit after that and with a great move from Skelliga they got a 3rd. Killorglin kept going and had a few chances with Shane Riordan going very close towards the end but with no luck. Still a lot of positives to take from the game with good performances from Dan Horgan and Kevin O’Brien (M.O.T.M.) back in the team. There will be easier games ahead for the B’s with 4 out of the 5 games played having been against the top 3 teams in the division.

Results – Sunday 20th October

Senior A

  • Killorglin AFC 0 – 3 Castleisland

The visitors were extremely well organised and put Killorglin under pressure from the start and scored midway through the first half. It stayed at 1-0 at half time. Killorglin started the second half a lot better and looked like they might equalise until a mix up at the back left Castleisland in for a second. That killed off the game and it ended 3-0 to the visitors. Killorglin still with work to do…

Youths

  • St Brendans Park 9 – 3 Killorglin AFC

The youths were in action on Saturday away to Park. Killorglin are finding it tough to get numbers at this level and had only the bare 11. They held Park to 2-1 at half time but the floodgates opened in the 2nd half and a flurry of goals by the opposition meant the game finished 9-3 to Park. Killorglin scorers were Liam Carey (2) and Aidan Cox.

Results – Sunday 13th October

Senior A

  • Killorglin AFC 3 – 0 Camp United

A great win at home to Camp Utd finished 3-0 with goals coming from Ryan Keane, Shane O’Connor and Johnny Carey (penalty) after Paul Macca was brought down. Their keeper was sent off so camp finished out the game with 10 men but the contest was over at that stage. 3 points from 2 games shows the A’s are not out of their depth. Lee Carey had an outstanding game back from injury and was M.O.T.M.

Senior B

  • Sneem 3 – 1 Killorglin AFC

Unfortunately the B-Team didn’t have the same good fortune. With 1 or 2 players missing and Damien Mc pulled out just before the game it meant a few changes, but the lads acquitted themselves well and it remained 0-0 at half time. Killorglin got a dream start to the 2nd half with Frankie DiCanio latching on to a lovely through ball from Pa Knightly and slotting it away. But unfortunately Sneem got back into the game and also took the lead with a couple of long balls – which are very hard to control on the astro surface. They also got a 3rd from a corner…but to be fair our lads they never gave up. Team was: Niall O’Shea, Jacko Breen, Stuart Delaney (capt), Dan Horgan, Mike Carey, Mitch, Brendy Breen, Jamie O’Sullivan, DiCanio, Pa Knightly and Ryan O’Riordan. Subs Gerome Houlihan (on for Mitch), Carlos Bras (on for Jacko Breen) and Nat for Ryan…also Alan O’Dwyer and Jacko Foley. It’s always hard to pick M.O.T.M. when you lose but Stuart played a captains role right to the end of the game and will have to go to him. Still 4 points from 3 games is not too bad considering no game for a month, hopefully back on track next week…