East Kerry Notes August 16th 2015
East Region Minor League Division 1 Semi Final
Dr Crokes 2-17 Firies 2-13
Dr Crokes showed early indications of dominating this East Kerry Minor League Division 1 semi final, sponsored by the Tatler Jack, played at Lewis Road on Monday evening last when they led by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Indeed it might have been worse for Firies but for a brave save by Luke Doran preventing a Jack Griffin goal. However, Firies didn’t read the script and when Liam Brosnan popped the ball over the Crokes defence to Jake Flynn for a Firies goal, it was game on. Cathal O’Shea and Niall O’Donoghue made it 1-4 to 0-5 in Firies favour – Mikie Casey adding the Dr Crokes point. Dr Crokes midfielder, Paul Clarke, won a kick out and powered through the Firies defence off-loading to Dylan Sullivan who coolly slotted the ball to the net to give Crokes a one point lead – 1-5 to 1-4. Firies finished the half in dominant fashion holding Dr Crokes to a single point for twelve minutes due to great defending by Jason O’Connor, Padraig O’Mahony, Daniel O’Connor and centre back Cian O’Callaghan. Firies added five points from William Courtney (2), Cathal O’Shea, Donnacha O’ Sullivan and Connal Murphy. The industrious Brendan Coppinger registered one for Dr Crokes. Half time Firies 1-9 Dr Crokes 1-6.
Dr Crokes adopted a very tight marking game in the second half. Their wasteful first half of nine wides was amended. They added three points from Dylan Sullivan, Mikie Casey and Adam O’Shea to draw level after six minutes. Firies went two ahead from Ciaran Flynn and Cathal O’Shea after great turnover ball won by Jason O’Connor in defence. Dr Crokes Mikie Casey and Brendan Coppinger added two points and the sides were level again after thirteen minutes, 1-11 apiece. Luke Doran saved well for a 45m free and when Adam O’Shea converted it at the three quarter stage, Dr Crokes led for the first time since the tenth minute. They pushed home their advantage by adding a further 3 points from Adam O’Shea (2) and Creagh Courtney – 1-14 to 1-11. Again Firies took up the challenge. Donnacha O’Sullivan won possession on the wing and floated the ball into the Dr Crokes square where corner forward Ciaran Flynn made no mistake for the levelling goal – 1-14 to 2-11. Niall O’Donoghue put Firies a point ahead. But the Dr Crokes response was swift and with strong play from John Kerrisk and Mikie Casey they worked a diagonal pass to Adam O’Shea who rattled the net- 2-14 to 2-12 in Dr Crokes favour with ten minutes left. The Firies men were visibly tiring at this stage and Dr Crokes pressed home their advantage. Mark Shea and Donnacha O’Sullivan swapped points. Dr Crokes finished strongest with a further two points from Mark Hartnett and top scorer Adam O’Shea and they progress to the final on a score of Dr Crokes 2-17 Firies 2-13. Dr Crokes play Spa in the Final, in Spa.
Referee: Donal Casey Scartaglen.
Dr Crokes: Tony Clifford, Mark Fitzgerald, Jack Lenihan, James McAuliffe, Mark Shea(0-01), John Kerrisk, Creagh Courtney(0-02), Paul Clarke, Mikie Potts, Brendan Coppinger(0-02), Mikie Casey(0-04), Jack Griffin, Adam O’Shea(1-06, 0-2 frees, 0-2 45s), Dylan O’Sullivan(1-01), Michael Buckley. Substitutes: Mark Hartnett(0-01), Shane O’Connor, Conor Harrington.
Firies: Luke Doran, Jason O’Connor, Shane O’Donoghue, Padraig O’Mahony, Seamus Barry, Cian O’Callaghan, Daniel O’Connor, William Courtney(0-03, 0-2frees), Cathal O’Shea(0-03), Niall O’Donoghue(0-02), Connal Murphy(0-01), Liam Brosnan, Ciaran Flynn(1-02), Donnacha O’Sullivan(0-02,0-1free), Jake Flynn(1-0). Substitutes: Evan Cosgrove, Patrick Daly, Eddie O’Rourke, Shane Kennedy, Philip Lyons.
Under 14 East Kerry Championship
The East Kerry Under 14 championship, sponsored by MD O’Shea, is under way. The outcome of preliminary round games which are taking place this week will determine the gradings. There will be extra time, if necessary, in all games throughout the championship. East Kerry Coiste na nÓg will appoint the referee and look after the expenses. Results must be sent to Mary Donnelly by the home club immediately after all games.
East Region Under 11 Go Games
The East Region Under 11 Go Games, sponsored by MD O’Shea, were wrapped up on Sunday last with a great game between Kenmare and Kilcummin, in Kenmare. Thanks to all the clubs for the great co operation throughout which facilitated the smooth running of these fixtures.
Best of Luck
The best of luck to the Eoghan Ruadh and East Kerry Under 16 teams in the County Under 16 Divisional Championship on Wednesday evening. East Kerry play Feale rangers in Lewis road and Eoghan Ruadh are away against the winners of Mid Kerry V South Kerry. Both games are at 6.30pm. Winners are through to the quarter finals. Losers play off on the 23rd August.
Very best wishes from All in East Kerry to the Kerry Senior and Minor Teams and management in the All Ireland Football Championship Semi Finals next Sunday. Go n-éirí libh.
Kelloggs Cul Camps 2015
East Kerry/ Kenmare Cúl camps were completed this week with Gneeveguilla and Fitzgerald Stadium camps well attended. Thanks to all clubs for the use of pitches and dressing rooms. The facilities are a credit to all clubs with parents and players delighted with the excellent local venues. Vince Cooper East Kerry/ Kenmare GDA extends thanks to the fantastic club coaches working over the seven weeks. The feedback at all the camps was very positive.
Kerry South Under 15 Team
The Kerry South Under 15 Team took part in a National Under 15 Blitz in Clare on Saturday last. Sligo, Clare and Limerick took part on the day with all the players and management enjoying the experience. Liam Brosnan (Kerry South Under 15 Manager) was delighted with the effort and team work displayed by all players during the day. Thanks also to the supporters who travelled for the blitz.
Congratulations to Kerins O’ Rahillys on winning the County Under 21 Championship.