Senior Updates 28th October 2018
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.