2015 East Kerry Junior League – Finals
Dr Crokes 1-13 Rathmore 1-09
Dr Crokes won the East Region Division 1 League Final, against Rathmore, in Spa grounds last week, in a classic game of two halves, influenced by the very strong wind. Playing with the wind, in the opening half, and with a strong display in all quarters of the field, Dr Crokes built up a seven point lead by the break. Rathmore had the strong wind in the second half and reduced the margin to two points, with as many minutes remaining, but it was Dr Crokes finished the closing minutes of the game the stronger and ran out winners with a 4 point margin.
Dr Crokes dominated the middle area of the field for much of the opening half and got off to a dream start to lead by 1-03 to nil within the first 8 minutes. Keith O’Leary, opened the scoring with a point from the throw in. Gavin Tucker pointed a free before Keith O’ Leary tapped the ball to the back of the net from a long distance free, well taken by Bryan O’ Shea, who pointed a free shortly afterwards. Tom Kelleher opened the Rathmore account with a point on the ninth minute, and Gavin Tucker replied with 2 well picked off points, the second set up by Mark Egan who made a surging run forward, picked out Gavin who pointed. On the stroke of 15 minutes, Mark T Reen reacted quickly to put the ball to the back of the Dr Crokes net, after the ball passed thought a number of hands, near the goalmouth. Dr Crokes led by 4 points going into the second quarter and increased their lead with three unanswered points from play from the boots of Bryan O’Shea, Gavin Tucker (f) and Keith O’Leary. Score at the break: Dr Crokes 1-08 Rathmore 1-01.
On the restart, Dr Crokes Captain, Keith O’ Leary opened the scoring with a point from the throw in. However, the scoring was evenly balanced for the remainder of the quarter. Rathmore scored 2 points (Stephen Lehane and Mark T Reen, the latter from a nice pass after a solo from defence by Daniel O’ Sullivan). Cian O‘ Neill and Bryan O’ Shea pointed for Dr Crokes, Mark T Reen replied for Rathmore, and Dr Crokes led 1-11 to 1-05 going into the last quarter. Rathmore dominated the middle area of the field in the last quarter and reduced the margin to 2 points, 1-11 to 1-09, with 2 minutes of normal time remaining, Mark T Reen (2) and Stephen Lehane (3) on target for the Rathbeg side. However, Dr Crokes dominated the middle area for the remainder of the game and notched up two points in the closing minutes, the first by Bryan O’Shea and the second from the boot of Jason O’Sullivan. Final score: Dr Crokes 1-13 Rathmore 1-09.
Referee: Brendan Brosnan (Glenflesk)
Joan and Jimmy Doyle presented the James Doyle Memorial Cup to Dr Crokes Captain, Keith O’ Leary.
Dr Crokes team: Johnny O’ Leary, Cillian Fitzgerald, Keith McMahon, Sean Coppinger , Jason Lyne, Mark Egan, Eanna Kavanagh, P. J. Lawlor, James Jones, Gavin Tucker (0-04;2f), Bryan O’ Shea (0-04;3f), Darran O’ Doherty, Cian O’ Neill (0-01), Phillip O’ Connor, Keith O’ Leary (Capt) (1-03;1f). Substitutes: Chris Doncel, Brendan Falvey, Shane Lyne, Jason O’ Sullivan(0-01).
Management: Moss Harmon, Eddie O’ Sullivan, Tadhg Fleming, Pat O’ Shea,
Rathmore team: Shane O’Callaghan, Tadhg O’Mahony, Eugene O’Connor, Colm Kelly, Donal Kelleher, Tom O’Sullivan, Donal Casey, Tom Kelleher (0-01), Padraig Desmond, Stephen Lehane (0-04), Sean O’Riordan (Capt), Johnathan Reen, Patrick O’Callaghan, Daniel O’Sullivan, Mark T. Reen (1-04). Substitutes: Dean Fitzgerald, Shane Reen,
Management: Donal Casey, Louis O’Keeffe, Mark Nagle, Derek Moynihan
Legion 2-14 Spa 1-07
In a local darby, between Legion and Spa, it was Legion who claimed the East Region Division 2 Junior League title last week, in Fossa. Two opening points from Jamie Spillane was Spa’s reward for a bright ten minute start. However, Legion racked up seven points from captain Derek Twomey, Aidan Slattery, Donal Lyne and Andy O’Regan, in the following twenty five minutes. Legions dominance in this period was orchestrated by the high fielding Donal Lyne at midfield, the evergreen full back Sean Hegarty and the hard working centre forward Aidan Slattery whose assistance around the half back line lifted the Spa siege on a number of occasions. Spa created scoring chances in this period but were playing into a gusting wind which made point taking difficult. Midway through the half, Spa attacked from defence, Conor Gleeson and Aidan Mulvaney worked the ball to Alfie Giles. He offloaded to Pat Cronin who won a free 30 metre out which rebounded into the hands of Aidan Slattery and Legion moved the ball quickly to their forward division where Derek Twomey converted. That passage epitomised the tough luck of Spa and the fast profitable moves of Legion. A Jamie Spillane pointed free saw Scott O’Mahony reply with a goal for Legion. Another Spillane free brought the half to a close. Legion 1-7 Spa 0-4.
Legion points from Alan Moriarty and Donal Lyne were cancelled by Tim Hussey and Padraig Courtney as Spa had now upped their work rate. Twelve minutes into the half it paid a dividend and Conor Gleeson raised a green flag following a goalmouth scramble – 1-9 to 1-6 in Legions favour. The Legion response was swift. Derek Twomey pointed a free. Then came the killer blow. Legions David McCarthy broke through the defence and blasted for goal. Aaron Farrell parried. McCarthy won the rebound, passed Farrell and struck again. In nipped Michael Murphy to catch the shot. But Murphy was adjudged to have taken the ball over the line – 2-10 to 1-6 for Legion. With ten minutes left it looked all over for Spa and four further points from Aidan Slattery, Derek Twomey and David McCarthy sealed the win as Jamie Spillane got a final consolation point from a free. Final score: Legion 2-14 Spa 1-7.
East Kerry Vice Chairman Johnny Brosnan presented the Tim Lenihan Memorial Cup to Legion Captain Derek Twomey.
Referee Jim O’Connor (Scartaglen)
Legion Team: KJ Griffin, Peter McCarthy, Sean Hegarty, Brian Doolan, Darragh O’Doherty, Alan Moriarty (0-1), Bryan Griffin, Donal Lyne (0-2, 0-1 free), Andy O’Regan (0-1), Rhys Farrell, Aidan Slattery (0-3), Derek Twomey(Capt) (0-6, 0-4 frees), Scott O’Mahony (1-0), David McCarthy (1-1), Ciaran O’Grady. Substitutes: Damien Lyne, Finbarr Murphy, Michael Pierce
Spa Team: Aaron Farrell, Michael Murphy, Brian Lynch, Conor Gleeson (1-0), Conor Cronin, Aidan Mulvaney, Conor O’Callaghan, Donal Murphy, Shane Fenton (Capt), Conor Kearney, Jamie Spillane (0-5, 0-4 frees), Alfie Giles, Pat Cronin, Padraig Courtney(0-1), John Falvey. Substitutes: Timmy Hussey (0-1), Paul Russell, Brendan Lynch.
O’ Donoghue Cup Draw
The draws for the O’Donoghue Cup, Fr Galvin Cup and O’ Sullivan Cup, East Kerry Championships, 2015, will be held on Thursday 21st May at 8.30pm in the Gleneagle Hotel. Club Chairpersons, Secretaries, PRO’s and East Kerry Delegates are invited to attend.
Presentation of Medals
East Kerry Coiste na nÓg is holding the presentation of 2014 County Championship Medals to the East Kerry U16 and U14 teams on Friday evening, 15th May, starting at 9.15pm in Fitzgerald Stadium.
Fixtures U16 East Region League Finals
The East Region U16 Finals, sponsored by MD O’Shea, are on Thursday 14th May at 7pm, Division 3: Rathmore V Fossa, in Beaufort; Division 4: Kenmare V Gneeveguilla, in Kenmare. Extra time if necessary in both games.
Primary Schools Boys Skills Competition
The East Kerry/Kenmare Primary Schools boy’s skills competition took place, East Kerry in Dr Crokes and Kenmare District in Kenmare. The teams consisted of three players and showed excellent skill levels during the event with all players delivering fantastic performances.
Presentation Monastery NS won the East Kerry team event and Loreto NS the individual category. In Kenmare, Sneem NS tied with Kilgarvan Central NS. Thanks to PJ Reidy for his assistance in organising the events. Primary School teachers continue to give valuable support in marking sheets on the day. St Brendans College students continue to provide a great amount of time to support this worthy competition.
Congratulations to players from East Kerry clubs (Firies, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen) on the St Pats, Secondary School, Castleisland, who won the Munster U16 ½ Bobby Buckley football final, recently.