- 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”
- Killorglin AFC 2 – 2 Castlemaine
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.
- 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.
- Listowel Celtic 10 – 2 Killorglin AFC
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.
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.
- Dingle 6 – 2 Killorglin AFC
The Youths played away to dingle on Saturday and with a lot of the actual youth team missing, we were once again relying heavily on the U-17’s. Although the game finished 6-2 to Dingle in the end, the lads acquitted themselves well with Neil O’Shea and Daniel Whittleton (penalty) getting the goals.
- 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…
- 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.
- Aisling Annacotty 4 – 1 Killorglin AFC
The U-17’s had the daunting task of heading for Limerick today up against a good Limerick side in the FAI Umbro U-17 challenge cup. Derek George’s boys knew it was a big ask, but acquitted themselves well. In the end they went down 4-1 but at 2-1 at half time, were still in with a chance (Daniel Whittleton scored the goal). This will be great experience for the lads and they will have learned a lot from the game