Athletic denied by strong Rovers

Killarney Athletic AFC News

In the under 17 League semi-final it finished Rattoo Rovers 2 Killarney Athletic 1 in Ballyduff. Athletic travelled knowing that a strong and physical Rovers were in the way of a league final against St Brendan’s Park.

Despite the pitch being in poor condition for possession football, Athletic started brightly and set the opening tempo to the game with two great chances from Harry Potts and Liam Kelliher with a spectacular bicycle kick who was denied by man of the match Rattoo keeper but the score remained 0-0 at half time.

In the second half and Rattoo scored when a strike deflected off the Athletic defence to let the Rattoo striker calmly slot past an inspiring Ollie Cremin in goal. Their lead was short lived as Athletic scored within a minute when a beautiful one touch pass from Ian Prendergast put captain Tadhg Doolan through on goal to put the ball into the Rattoo net.

Chances were plentiful in the game but nothing could separate the sides and the game went to extra time. Cruelly for Athletic, Rattoo’s second goal looked offside but the goal stood breaking Athletic hearts.

It was wonderful team display and special mention to Matthew Maye. On behalf of the management team of Enda, Martin and Damien, thank you. Best wishes to Rattoo and Park in the final.

Result: In the Greyhound Bar KO Cup quarter-final it finished Castleisland AFC 0 Killarney Athletic 3.

Sevens: Application forms for the seven-a-side are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of Killarney Credit Union and at www.killarneyathletic.com.

The closing date for senior entries is Saturday, June 9 before 12.00 noon. The draw will take place on Wednesday, June 13 in Scott’s Bar, Killarney at 9.00pm. The closing date for entry to the underage tournaments will be announced shortly.

Classic: The Killarney Athletic Golf Classic is to be held on June 29 at Mahony’s Point. The entry fee is €400 for a team of four and €100.00 for a tee box sponsorship. This is a fundraiser for the astro pitch development.

Draw: The 300 club draws for April and May will take place next Saturday in Scott’s Hotel at 9.00pm.

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