The Youths kicked off the year with a fantastic 4-3 victory over Killarney Celtic in the league in Killarney on Saturday. Stephen O’Loughlin opened the scoring after a fine through ball from Evan Madden after 20 mins. And Killorglin doubled their lead when a fine cross field ball from Eoin Clifford was taken on by Ronan O’Shea who had a lot to do but finished with a fine strike into the far bottom corner. The Celtic keeper made some fine saves from Stephen, Eoin and Tim O’Shea but as the first half drew to a close, a fine individual effort from Celtic saw the score at 2-1 at the break.
Killorglin started the second half the stronger team, and a cracking 30 yard strike from Eoin Clifford put us 3-1 up. But Killorglin couldn’t get a 4th despite lots of chances. And Celtic got themselves back into the game when a defensive lapse let them in for a second. And shortly after, they equalised from a corner.
Dean Callan and Shane O’Sullivan Rouse came on and gave us some energy back, but it looked like the points would be shared, before a through ball from Eoin Clifford was excellently finished by Stephen O’Loughlin with just 3 minutes remaining to give Killorglin the 3 points.
First off were the Youths on Saturday at home to St.Brendans Park in the final of the Kerry section of the Munster Youths Cup. This was a tough encounter with the weather conditions not helping. Despite having all the early possession and playing some great football, it was Park who struck first mid way through the first half. But before the break, Jack O’Leary pulled the goal back with a composed finish to leave the sides level at half time. The second half saw Killorglin getting on top and despite Park hitting the woodwork, Eoin Clifford deservedly put Killorglin ahead with about 15 minutes to go. It looked like we were going to see the game out before a fast break and emphatic finish from Park brought the game to extra time. No goals in the first period, but at the start of the second, Evan Madden got the decider to give Killorglin a magnificent victory. They now face Douglas Hall in the last 16 of Munster.
The As had a challenge game Saturday evening against Premier A side Tralee Dynamos. Both teams missing a few players but it was a good run out with Killorglin winning 5-1. A Lee Carey hatrick and also goals from Brendy Breen and Tommy Cahill.
The B’s were away to Killarney Athletic on Sunday morning in the league. With Athletic one place and one point below Killorglin in the table it was vital that Killorglin got something out of the game. The 1st half was fairly uneventful with all the goals coming in the 2nd. It was Athletic that took the lead in the 56th minute with Keith Curtin getting Killorglin back on level terms in the 68th. Athletic thought they had the 3 poits in the bag when they took the lead again with 5 mins remaining but 3 mins into added time a Mitchell O’Sullivan long throw found Mike O’Donoghue who levelled the game. So an important point to keep Mike Griffins men out of the relegation zone.
Finally on Sunday afternoon the Cs were at home to Annascaul/Inch who had 4 wins and a loss from their first 5 games. The game was played in the Killorglin astro pitch in front of a decent crowd (mostly the A’s and B’s..much appreciated lads) Similar to the Bs game there were no goals in the 1st half and with 4 goals coming in the 2nd half. Manus Gallagher with a super clearance off the line from an Annascaul corner the main talking point of the 1st half. 3 minutes into the 2nd half, Annascaul were awarded a penalty which they converted. To be fair, Killorglin probably edged the game up to that point. Then in the 73rd minute Annascaul were 2 up with a wonder strike from about 30 yards giving Chris O’Connor no chance in the Killorglin goal. With 15 mins left Killorglin pushed on and Kieran O’Shea with a fine pass found Aiden O’Sullivan in space and with a terrific strike he got one back for the home team. Killorglin made some changes bringing in Kevin Falvey, Mike Carey and Dean Callan and it was young Dean who levelled the game with 5 mins left with his 1st goal for the seniors. A Kieran O’Shea free found Darren Curtayne at the back post. His header was saved but Callan banged home the rebound. A great result in a very entertaining game. A busy weekend but 2 wins and 2 draws – we’ll take that.
There was only one game this weekend with the Bs at home to Brendan’s Park being postponed. So that left only the C team away to Chlocain Breannain (Brandon for write up purposes). With a valuable point picked up from their previous league game, the C team were hoping for a similar performance. The game started well and 2 free kicks from Captain Kieran O’Shea, Sheazo could have taken the lead, and the 2nd hitting the crossbar. Unfortunately it was Brandon that opened the scoring when, from a corner, Michael O’Dowd headed home. Midway through the half Killorglin thought they had a lifeline when Lorca Maher was taken down inside the box but the ref saw differently. 1-0 at the break. Conor Staunton came on at half time and himself and right back Shane Flynn started to press Brandon up the wings, but it was Brandon who doubled their advantage much the same as the first half – a corner tapped in at the back post from Adam O’Donnell. Killorglin captain Sheazo had to be substituted after picking up an injury and also Dean Callan, Kevin Falvey and Manus Gallagher were brought on. To be fair, Killorglin then had a greatspell (I’m sure it was only a coincidence Sheazo), creating a number of chances with Aiden O’Sullivan getting one back for Killorglin. We could have been on level terms when Shane Moriarty just volleyed over the crossbar from a corner. With 5 mins to go, Brandon got their 3rd (suspicion of offside) – Tadgh Kerin with a tidy finish. So a loss, but a lot of positives to be taken from the game against a well organised Brandon outfit. Some great performances on the day – but a mention for Killorglin’s Chris O’Connor in goal, who made a number of tremendous saves. Still a lot of work to do but that valuable point keeping us off the foot of the table.
Sorry no write up last week – hadn’t the heart. There were 2 games – the A’s played Killarney Celtic A’s AGAIN but despite a decent display we went down 4-1 eventually. Dan Whittleton with the goal. The C’s were out last sunday morning against table toppers Ballymac Celtic with a game to forget going down 8-2. Ricky Flaherty and Lorca Maher with a cracker got the Killorglin goals.
Things were looking up a small bit this week the C’s were out midweek in the Dragons Den against Mainebank who they had lost 6-1 to a couple of weeks ago. A fantastic team performance saw them come away with a well deserved 2-2 draw. Killorglin coming back twice with goals from captain fantastic Sheazo (penalty) and a late goal straight in from the corner from Aiden O’Sullivan who had a great game.
Our youth’s were away to Mastergeeha on Saturday and kept their good form going with a 4-2 win. Dylan O’Neill opened the scoring with a cracking strike from the edge of the box. He then turned provider for Stephen O’Loughlin’s first with a great run and through ball which was nicely finished. Aaron Broderick then had a goal bizzarely ruled out when he made a fantastic run across his man to score. A mistake at the back let Mastergeeha in against the run of play to bring the score back to 2-1. But shortly afterwards, Ronan O’Shea played a wonderful ball across for Stephen O’Loughlin to make it 3-1. And before half time, Killorglin put the tie beyond doubt when an emphatic run from Danny Considine, saw him feed Stephen O’Loughlin to complete his hat trick. A sloppy goal from Mastergeeha mid way through the second half completed the scoring, but Killorglin were unluck not to add to their tally with James Hurley, Dean Callan and Stephen O’Loughlin going close before the end. Man of the match (despite Stephen’s hat trick) goes to Dylan O’Neill with a wonderful all round performance. This win keeps Killorglin on top of Section B of the Youth’s League.
The A’s were also in action Saturday night away to Killarney Celtic B’s in the league. They also came away with a 4-2 win with goals coming from Lee Carey (2), Dan Whittleton and Tommy Cahill in his 1st game of the season (dancing career didn’t work out). Darragh Bergin also made his debut for the A’s – so Killorglin A’s back up to 3rd in the table and hopefully after a shaky start to the season they are back on track.
That’s it for now for all results and fixtures check out “www.kerrydistrictleague.ie”
Only one game this week with the youths in action in the 2nd round of the Munster youths cup at home to Killarney Celtic. Killorglin from the kick off had Celtic on the backfoot and were 3-1 up at the break with Stephen O’Loughlin scoring twice, and Dylan O’Neill setting up one and scoring another. Celtic’s Evan Looney got one back from a freekick just before half time. But the 2nd half continued much the same as the 1st and it wasn’t long before Stephen O’Loughlin had his hat-trick and Killorglin their 4th with a super team goal. Some great passing from the back from Stephen Sealy and Dylan O’Neill to set up O’Loughlin. The game finished as a contest when Jack Evans found Dylan O’Neill at the back post and he made it 5-1. Some fantastic performances all round with Jack O’Leary having a stand out game only just back from injury. Killorglin into the 3rd round of the cup – lets hope they can keep the good form up.
Fixtures for next weekend…the youth’s are at home to Mastegeeha 2pm on Sat 10th in the league (CANCELLED), Saturday evening in the dragons Den the B team take on Classic FC (B) at 7:30pm and then on Sunday 11:30 (venue TBC) the A’s take on Killarney Celtic “A” in the 4th round of the FAI Junior cup. All support is greatly appreciated for what promises to be a cracking game!
That’s it for this week. For all fixtures and results check out www.kerrydistrictleague.ie
There were 3 games this weekend in the senior section. The A’s were in action Sat evening at home to Killarney Celtic B in the league. After losing 2 weeks ago in their 1st game of the league campaign 3 pts were vital but it was the away side that struck first. Celtic’s Stephen McCarthy made a great run through the Killorglin defence and struck well giving Chris O’Connor deputising in goals for the injured Tony Lyons no chance. On the 20 min mark Killorglin were back on terms when from a Mike Carey corner Paul McKenna headed home. Killarney playing better than their league position suggests had 2 or 3 great chances but Chris O’Connor was equal to them so 1-1 at the break. 6 mins into the 2nd half Killorglin had the lead with a great move starting from Pa Knightly at right back and well finished by the left back Paddy Collins. 6 mins later Celtic were back on terms when from a free the Killorglin keeper was only able to parry the ball out and Killarney’s Ryan Kelliher was quickest to the rebound. In the 70th min Killorglin were dealt another injury blow when Pa Knightly had to be carried off with was turned out to be a fractured shin(we wish him a speedy recovery)…5 mins later Killorglin’s night got worse when Stephen McCarthy found himself in space and with another good run and excellent strike got his 2nd and Celtics 3rd. It would of been easy for the heads to drop but Killorglin made a few changes bringing in Dan Whittleton, Tim O’Shea and Eoin Clifford and 5 mins later Lee Carey was brought down in the Celtic area and it was Whittleton that was given the task of taking the penalty…he made no mistake so the game level for the 3rd time. With time nearly up and both sides looking like a draw was on the cards it was that man again Lee Carey who never stopped running during the whole game nipped in when Celtic’s defender headed back to his keeper and gave Killorglin the 3 pts with a lovely finish… Young Ronan O’Shea came on late for his senior debut but credit to the home side for never giving up
The B’s were away to top of the table Castlegregory and after a good draw at home last weekend to Kenmare were hopeful of a good performance again. Unfortunately they found themselves 1-0 down after 3 mins. In the 29th min they were back level when Brendan Aherne scored. The 2nd half started similar to the 1st and 2 mins in Castlegregory were 2-1 to the good.Killorglin made a couple of changes bringing in Dylan Joy and Anthony Abogunrin…in the 62 min C’Gregory were 3-1 up. 3 mins later though Killorglin pulled one back when Captain Sean Costello headed home from a corner. Chris O’Connor, Ryan Riordan and Mike O’Donoghue were also brought in and in the 78th min Killorglin thought they were back on level terms when Aiden O’Sullivan headed home but the goal was not given despite the Killorglin protests. 3 mins later Killorglin had a penalty, Dylan Joy stepped up but the keeper saved so double disappointment…C’gregory added 2 more goals to add to Killorglins woes so the lads finding it tough with the step up this season but to be fair Castlegregory are top of the table.
Finally the youths were also in action on sunday morning at home to Ballyhar with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw. Killorglin started the better of the 2 with chances for Conor Burke and Dylan O’Neill testing the keeper early on but unfortunately Conor had to go off with an injury. With the break in play Ballyhar got the opener but Killorglin levelled before the break when Stephen O’Loughlin scored from a Dylan O’Neill cross. Killorglin welcomed back goalkeeper Alex O’Connor who had been on duty with the Kerry u-17’s and he made 2 fine saves but with Killorglin pushing for the win were caught out when a long ball found the back of the Killorglin net. Killorglin well on top for the final half hour introduced Ronan O’Shea, Shane O’Sullivan and Stephen Seely with both Shane and Stephen unlucky not to score. With time running out Ballyhar looking like taking all 3 pts but for a wonder strike from captain Gabriel Griffin with 2 mins left on the clock. Killorglin nearly took all 3 pts when Dylan O’Neill and Stephen O’Loughlin nearly scored but for some fine keeping to tip the ball away from both, and a point a piece was probably a fair outcome. A man of the match performance from Jack O’Leary, who was introduced early on for Conor Burke.
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!
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.
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.
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 !!!
Monday night football returned to Killorglin with a cracker of a local derby. The game started with a flurry for Castlemaine as they raced into a deserved 2 goal lead as they took the game to the Killorglin lads.
But that all changed in the 2nd half as Killorglin’s Gavin McKenna took hold of the game. He was all over the pitch and try as they could Castlemaine couldn’t get the better of him. 15 minutes into the second half McKenna unleased a thunderbolt of a shot that cannoned off the crossbar – bounced just behind the line and up into the roof of the net. Even the ref got in on the act in congratulating McKenna.
It was the start of the comeback that saw Jack O’Connor get the equaliser from a corner and goalkeeper Kevin Coffey keeping the game level with a couple of high class saves late on.
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.
With Gearoid Hassett out injured, and Cian Naylor unwell, it was a tough game for Killorglin who had beaten Listowel at home a few weeks back. But right from the start, we were on the back foot. And although we had many chances, we never really looked like competing. Two good goals from Ethan Coffey were about as good as it got!!
Mastergeeha 7 – 3 Killorglin AFC
Killorglin AFC 0 – 5 Killarney Athletic
The youths were at home on Saturday to Killarney Athletic, but athletic were a bit too strong for our boys and the game ended in a 5-0 win for the visitors.
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.