Back of the Net: Killarney soccer scene

History makers: MEK United's victorious side with their mentors
History makers: MEK United’s victorious side with their mentors

MEK United
Compiled by Liam Murphy

MEK United’s Under 12 Bears team created history last Saturday when they won their Kerry District League Division 3 match against Fenit Samphires, at home in Fossa.

This was the club’s first ever league win and to add to the sense of history of the occasion, it came exactly a year to the day after the first ever Academy training session took place.

In perfect playing conditions, our team were excited to be playing a home game in Fossa. A wonderful, flowing game of soccer ensued and it is very difficult to pick out a player of the match as every single player really stepped up to the plate.

They played a great defensive first half and the scoreline was 0-0 at half-time.

MEK goalkeeper Scott Carson had a great day between the sticks and made some good saves early on as the nerves settled. Conor Crowley, Matthew Hunt and Mason Courtney were the backs for MEK who put in a graet effort against strong Fenit forwards, with Conor Crowley in particular outstanding

In midfield we had Bailey Carlton, Eddie Moroney, Leo Healy and Jamie O’Sullivan while Stephen O’Brien and Aideen O’Brien were the forwards.

The game looked like it would end in a scoreless draw, not for the lack of shots on goal by both sides. However, Bailey Carlton scored the first of two quick goals in the second half, with the Fenit defence struggling to contain her.

Eddie Moroney took advantage of a long kickout to score MEK’s third and Leo Healy’s goal, to win the game, was a fantastic solo effort. All in all, the whole team truly deserved this historic win and the smiles on the faces of the players, coaches and sizeable crowd said it all. Very well done to one and all.

Academy: Our academy is back training each Saturday at Fossa Astroturf. After training indoors and using the new hall in Milltown, it is nice to be back out doors. We would like to sincerely thank Denis O’Mahony and all involved in the hall in Milltown. It is a fantastic facility and it was great to be able to use the hall when the weather deteriorated. The sheer volume of noise was a testament to how much fun the kids had there.

Training: The training continues next Saturday. The under 6/7 train between 2.15pm and 3.00pm. Under 8s train between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, while under 9/10 players train between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. For any queries contact Pa Murphy on 087-7943220 or Liam Murphy on 087-4145662

soccer ballMastergeeha FC News
Compiled by Tadhg Brosnan

Under 14: Kenmare 4 Mastergeeha 2. A disappointing result for the lads who were ahead twice in the match but failed to push on and secure a much needed victory. They took the lead on 15 minutes after good team play from Adam O’Connor and Philip O’Leary set up Darren Lehane to slot home.

The home side drew level on the stroke of half time but Mastergeeha went ahead early in the second half when Darragh Cashman flicked home O’Leary’s corner.

We tried to push for another goal to secure the win but Kenmare created the better chances as the second half progressed and scored three more goals to take the points.

Premier A:  Killarney Celtic 4 Mastergeeha 1. In this local derby it was the home side that started better to lead two nil at the break. However in the second half Mastergeeha pushed forward and got a goal back when Derry Ahern finished off a good move.

After this Mastergeeha created some good chances with Chris Egan hitting the crossbar, Scott O’Mahoney going close. However in the final quarter the home side finished the stronger with two goals.

soccer ballKillarney Celtic FC
Compiled by Jimmy O’Sullivan Darcy

Meeting: A meeting for all managers of Killarney Celtic will take place on Saturday to give managers a chance to network, give reviews of their season to date, get briefings on welfare, media and club development. Attendance compulsory.

Anniversary: The club is still seeking photographs and memorabilia for a digital archive to mark the 40th anniversary of the club being formed.

College: Congratulations to St Brendan’s College on winning the Corn Uí Mhuiri, especially the many Celtic players involved.

Seniors: Killarney Celtic 4 Mastergeeha 1. Celtic kept up their great form, with Peter McCarthy netting twice and Stephen Hayes and Conall Murphy also hitting the target. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mastergeeha’s Keith Flynn, who suffered an unfortunate injury early in the game.

U16 Div 1: Killarney Celtic B 2 St Brendan’s Park B 4. Celtic put in a massive effort in a great game of soccer, with Evan Lyne and Mark Donnelly scoring for us, but it wasn’t enough against an excellent Park side.

U14 Kerry Cup: Celtic were simply awesome against a brave but outclassed Castleisland, very few teams could have withstood Celtic’s massive workrate, pace, link-up play, and clinical efficiency. The gaolscorers were Ryan O’Grady, Ruairi Doyle, Cian O’Leay, Neil O’Shea, Christian Casey and James Darmody, but this was a day where the whole squad and management have to take a bow.

U12 Girls: Killarney Celtic 0 Inter Kenmare 1. A very young Celtic team gave it everything but a craftier Kenmare made the vital breakthrough.

U12 Premier: Killarney Celtic 2 Castleisland 0. Patrick Lyons and Darren Ryan got the vital goals. The whole team played superbly on the day, but Senan O’Leary was simply phenomenal

U12 Kerry Cup: Killarney Celtic B 1 St Brendan’s Park B 6. Celtic put up a great battle and did their jerseys proud, but Park deserve great credit for the quality of their play.

U12 Kerry Cup: Killarney Celtic C 8 Tralee Dynamos 2. A stunning display by our youngest competitive team. Celtic led by 2-1 at half-time and constantly improved as the game went on. Scorers were Calvin O’Sullivan (2), Jack O’Sullivan (2), Robert Brooks, Cathal Kelly, Timothy McClain and Luke O’Neill.

Team: Congratulations to under 13 player Harry White on making the Kerry Schoolboys/Schoolgirls Team of the Week.

U15 Premier: Killarney Celtic at home to Listowel Celtic, Saturday, venue: tbc
U15 Div One: Killarney Celtic B at home to Mastergeeha, Saturday, 10.30am
U14 Girls: Killarney Celtic away to Iveragh, Saturday, 2.00pm
U13 Kerry Cup:
Killarney Celtic away to Mastergeeha, Saturday, 10.30am
U13 Div One: Killarney Celtic B away to Killarney Athletic, Saturday, 10.30am
U11: Mastergeeha will host a non-competitive blitz this Saturday at 12 noon.

Lotto: The numbers drawn were 8, 13, 15 and 20 with no jackpot winner. John Lyne, Cleeney matched three numbers and won €150. Next week’s jackpot is €3,600 with the draw in the Fáilte on Monday night.

soccer ballKillarney Athletic AFC
Compiled by Alan Daly

Premier A: Killarney Athletic 0 Fenit Samphires 1. Athletic will count themselves unlucky not to have come away from Mounthawk Park with at least a point last Saturday evening after a very tight and entertaining game with both teams playing lovely football. Both teams started brightly with Athletic having a goal harshly disallowed for offside just after the half hour mark. Fenit grabbed the only goal of the game in the second half to steal all three points. Despite the result this was a very positive performance by this much improving team.

Under 17: Killarney Athletic 3 St Brendan’s Park 2. A hard-fought three points for the team were gained after a sloppy opening 15 minutes left us 2-0 down with credit to Park who came straight out of the blocks to play. But the lads kept on playing their football and creating lots of chances with Patrick O’Leary and James Kelly getting on the ball to try to make something happen, eventually resulting in a great comeback with two goals from Luke O’Donoghue and one from Ryan Casey. The whole team showed great character in not giving up and they can be really proud of their performance overall.

Under 16: Killarney Athletic 7 Killorglin 1.Athletic’s under 16 s had a very good win last Saturday in Woodlawn when they grabbed another three points in their quest for League glory. This was a great team performance as Athletic set about their task from the very start and went in at the break with a well deserved 3-1 lead. If the first half was good the second was better as the goals began to flow. For the record, the goals were scored by Fionnbharr Hickey (2) Jason Coffey (2) Mark Fennell, Keith Suter and Caoimhain Boyne,

Under 14: Killarney Athletic 2 Killorglin 1. Our under 14 team came from a goal down to win 2-1, with the goals coming from Emmet Finnan and Eoghan O’Sullivan.

Saturday: U13 Div 1: Killarney Athletic v Killarney Celtic B (10.30am); Kerry Cup U15: Killarney Athletic v Dynamos B (11.00am); U17 Cup 1st Round: Killarney Athletic v Fenit Samphires (2.30pm)
Sunday: Division 1A: St Brendan’ s Park v Killarney Athletic B (11.30am)


300 Club: January winners were: €500 – Ger and Audrey Kearney O’Reilly; €100 each – Johnny O’Connor, Shane Doona/Mark O’Shea, Jim Delaney, Sean Murphy and Paudie Healy.
The February winners were: €500 – Colm O’Donoghue; €100 each – Joe Joe Fleming, Erica McCarthy, Humphrey Lynch, Tara McCarthy-Nagle and  Joan O’Connor.