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
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
Under 15s – Division 1
- Killorglin AFC 2 – 0 Killarney Celtic B
A very competitive match of a high standard with both teams looking to play football from the off.
Killorglin got the break through on 35 minutes when the Firies duo of Shane Burke and Liam Butler combined nicely as Butler rifled a shot from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.
The dagger blow came 20 minutes into the second half when good defensive work from Killorglin led to a swift counter attack and goal scoring supremo Mark O’Connor found the keeper’s near side to double the lead.
Top drawer performances for Killorglin came from, Conor Sugrue at left back who consistently impressed defending and going forward, Gary O’Connor who was a rock at centre back and Cathal Crosby in centre mid who was involved in everything good that the home team did.
This team now have 3 wins out of 4 and will look to keep their good run of form going in a competitive division.
Team: Jack O Grady, Conor Sugrue, Sean Arthurs, Gary O’Connor, Dylan Fitzgerald, Shane Burke, Cathal Crosby, Ethan Griffin, Mark O’Connor, Mark Lynch, Liam Butler, David Moriarty, Dean Callan, Kieran Whittleton, Liam Carroll
An amazing performance from Killorglin Under 15s saw them beat Killarney Celtic 2-0 in Tralee in the Kerry Cup final. Goals from Conor Standen and Padraig Cronin late in the second half saw the Premier League side beaten by Killorglin’s Division 1 team. Dylan O’Sullivan gave a man of the match performance. Many congratulations to Pat, Stuart and all the team on a fantastic win!!
Under 11 A
- Killorglin AFC 3 – 3 St Brendans Park
Under 11 B
- Killorglin AFC 0 – 3 St Brendans Park.
Under 13 A – National Cup
- Kingdom Boys 0 – 4 Killorglin AFC
Having been 0-0 at half time, second half goals from Dylan ONeill, Gearoid Hassett, Jack O’Connor and substitute Gary Murphy put Killorglin through. MOTM: Martin Foley. Congratulations to Michael Carey & Co who book their place in the last 32 in Ireland.
Under 13 B
- Kingdom Boys B 0 – 10 Killorglin AFC
Goals coming from Jack Carey and Dara McKeffry with hat tricks, Jack Evens, Ruairi Murphy, Gabriel Griffen & Steven Sealy.
- Killorglin AFC 8 – 0 Asdee
- Asdee 2 – 2 Killorglin AFC
The U-17’s were away to Asdee on Saturday and came away with a valuable point. It was a game with chances galore but stayed goalless at half time.The second half was a different prospect and a goal from Daniel Whittleton put Killorglin ahead. But some poor marking from 2 set pieces gave Asdee a 2-1 lead. Then with less than 10 minutes on the clock that man Dan stepped up again to gain a point for Killorglin. A great game from both sides with some solid performances from 2 goal Daniel Whittleton, Jack O’Connor and Neil Cronin, but M.O.T.M has to go to the man between the posts Kevin Coffey with an outstanding game in goal. Derek George taking a lot of positives from the game.