A fantastic game of football saw Killorglin narrowly defeated on the all-weather pitch on Saturday afternoon. Despite conceding an early goal from a corner, the defence grew into the game and Stephen, Darragh, Ruairi and Oisin looked solid. However, the game was a battle in midfield and Park had enough pace and skill to give Aaron, Jack O’Leary and Sean a tough game. Within a few minutes of conceding, we were level from a Sean Corcoran strike, after some good work by Jack O’Connor. And despite Gearoid being kept quiet up front, he was unlucky not to grab a goal on a number of occasions. Niall was having to work hard in midfield and given the closeness of the game, we were reluctant to make changes. Cian in goal had an excellent game. But in the end, with Gearoid and Niall picking up knocks, we had to change things around. Ethan looked lively when he came on, but unfortunately with a couple of minutes to go, we conceded a late goal. Nothing Martin (who had replaced Cian as keeper) could do about the strike. Despite the result, I was proud of the performance and this team will have better days.
Team: Cian Naylor, Stephen O’Loughlin, Oisin Cronin, Darragh McKeefry, Ruairi Murphy, Aaron Broderick, Jack O’Leary, Sean Corcoran, Niall Carey, Jack O’Connor, Gearoid Hassett. Subs: Martin Fay, Ethan Coffey, Jason O’Sullivan, Kaiya Flaherty, Sean Kissanne
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.
Listowel Celtic came to Killorglin on Saturday and we were expecting a tough game – and so it turned out. Having struggled in midfield in previous games, we played three in the centre and Darragh McKeefry, Jack O’Leary and Niall Carey were superb in the first half, breaking up play well, and dominating the middle of the park. Jack O’Connor and Aaron Broderick were dangerous in attack, and Gearoid Hassett playing up front on his own, gave Celtic plenty to worry about. It was Gearoid who opened the scoring in the first half, and in truth, we were unlucky not to increase the lead on several occasions. But Celtic upped the pace in the second period, and got a deserved equaliser midway through the half. Cian Naylor in goal made some great saves to keep us in the game, and Sean Corcoran was strong alongside Ruairi Murphy in the middle of defence. But some fresh legs were needed and the introduction of Stephen O’Loughlin and Ethan Coffey relieved the pressure at the back, and Killian Burke gave us back control of the game in midfield. A fantastic final ten minutes saw Gearoid get a second, followed by goals from Darragh McKeefry, Ethan Coffey and Jack O’Connor. A fantastic display and a deserved result. Team: Cian Naylor, Kaiya O’Flaherty, Ethan Garcia, Ruairi Murphy, Sean Corcoran, Niall Carey, Jack O’Leary, Darragh McKeefry, Aaron Broderick, Jack O’Connor, Gearoid Hassett. Subs: Martin Fay, Stephen O’Loughlin, Ethan Coffey, Oisin Cronin, Jason O’Sullivan, Killian Burke, Sean Cleary.
A strong Kingdom Boys side came to Killorglin on Friday night, and despite a fairly even opening 10 minutes, the visitors took control, racing into an early three goal lead. And in truth, Killorglin were guilty of poor defending and were overrun in midfield. Despite a couple of better attacks approaching half time, Killorglin went into the break 4-1 down (Ethan Coffey forcing the Kingdom Boys defence into putting the ball into the back of their own net after a fantastic corner from Darragh McKeefry).
The second half gave us some hope with Ethan Coffey scoring after Gearoid Hassett was fouled for what should have been a penalty. Then a long range free kick from Jack O’Connor put us back in touching distance. But the visitors came on strong again, and finished with a flurry, and although 8-3 was flattering, they were the better side on the night.
A brace from Gearoid Hassett and a long range effort from Jack O’Connor saw Killorglin race into an early lead, but the home team responded well and the first half ended in the concession of two goals. In the second half, the game looked to be slipping away from Killorglin as another Park goal put the sides level. With Gearoid Hassett coming off after picking up a knock, and substitute Jack O’Leary taking a heavy tackle just minutes after coming on, we were under pressure. The outstanding Sean Corcoran in midfield turned in a big performance to keep us in the game (and made it into the Kerry Schoolboys Team of the Week – click here), and when Ethan Coffey used his pace to bag two goals, we breathed a sigh of relief. Despite conceding another late in the game, and Darragh McKeefry clearing one off the line, we were good for the three points.
Team: Martin Fay, Oisin Cronin, Sean Cleary, Darragh McKeefry, Cian Naylor, Sean Corcoran, Jack O’Connor, Stephen O’Loughlin, Niall Carey, Gearoid Hassett, Ethan Coffey. Subs: RuairiMurphy, Jack O’Connor, Kaiya O’Flaherty, Jason O’Sullivan.
Registration for all players from Under 10s / Junior Academy to Under 16s will take place in CYMS hall on Wednesday 7th August at 8pm, followed by the club AGM. It is vitally important that every parent with a child looking to play soccer for Killorglin AFC in 2013/2014 should attend if possible. We need to assess the number of teams in each age group and if you do not register on the night, it means entering teams in the league, and providing adequate facilities is very difficult. We urge you to please make every effort to attend on the night.
Note: Only parents are required to attend for registration.
Congratulations to our U12s who won the Kerry U12 Cup on Saturday morning. They beat Killarney Athletic 4-0 to take home the trophy. It was a well deserved victory and the performance of the team was a credit to all involved.
Goal scorers were Dillon O’Neill, Geariod Hassett (Man of the Match) and a double from Dean O’Callaghan
John Murphy Under 12 Cup Final – Killorglin AFC vs Killarney Athletic
After knocking out Kill Celtic (league champions), Park and a tricky tie away to Kenmare, Killorglin go in as slight favourites but take nothing away from Athletic. Our last encounter finished 1-1,with a keeper and solid back four who have an average of a goal a game. Upfront Gearoid Hassett is having a season to remember and has scored against every team with 3 hat tricks, including one against Celtic in the cup. As the top scorer in the county he will be looking to add to his tally. With midfield duo of Eoin & David in the centre they are getting stronger as a team. John ‘the giant’ Dennehy gave a man of the match display against Kenmare from right back and scored his first of the season, Jack O’Connor & Dylan O’Neill on corner duties are as dangerous as any David Beckham on their day. Hopefully they will have the luck of the green and will bring back the cup to mark a memorable year.
An EGM will be held in the CYMS in Killorglin on Tuesday 28th May at 8pm for all Parents of Junior, Academy and Underage Killorglin AFC teams. This meeting directly affects all teams for next year, and indeed the future of the club.