BackoftheNet: Killarney soccer scene

soccer ballMastergeeha FC News
Compiled by Tadhg Brosnan

Under 13: Mastergeeha 4 Killorgiln 0. The Under 13s started the new year well with a good win at home on Saturday morning. Two goals from Cian Foley and one each from Brendan O’Leary and Gearoid Mulvihill gave the boys the deserved win.

Under 15: Iveragh 0 Mastergeeha 7. In this game in South Kerry, Mastergeeha were the better team. Paul O’Shea, Dylan Murphy, Darragh O’Leary and two each from Sean Brosnan and Niall O’Connor made the difference in a good team performance.

Youths: Mastergeeha 6 Killarney Athletic 3. Mastergeeha started well in this local derby and played the better soccer throughout. James Nagle hit a hat-trick and Gearoid Kerins, Sean O’Leary and Jake Moynihan were the other scorers following a good team performance.

Premier A: Tralee Dynamos 1 Mastergeeha 0. In this tough game in Tralee the seniors battled all the way with last year’s champions. The home side started the better and went ahead in the 15th minute. Mastergeeha created some chances in the first half with Derry Ahern going closest and played much better in the second half with Scott Mahoney and Gearoid Kerins unlucky not to score.

Division 1 B: Mastergeeha 2 Killorglin 2. The seniors were the better side but it was the visitors that took the lead early on. However Mastergeeha equalised shortly after when Damien Breen passed to Eoin Horan to score. After this Damien Breen hit the upright with a good shot before Alan Brosnan scored with a header just before the break. In the second half the seniors continued to dominate with Chris Keane and Damien Breen going close. However with five minutes remaining, the visitors got the equaliser and even though Mastergeeha pushed for the remainder of the game they could not get the winning goal.

soccer ballKillarney Athletic AFC News
Compiled by Alan Daly

KO Cup: Killarney Athletic 1 Castleisland 1 .In a very competitive and exciting Greyhound Bar KO Cup game, Athletic can count themselves unlucky not to be through to the next round. We fell behind against the run of play 15 minutes in.

However we were level just before the break with a wonder strike from Shane Doolan. In the second half it was Athletic who pushed for the winner with only a goal-line clearance ensuring the visitors got a replay.

Fixtures: Saturday – Under 12 Premier: Park A v Killarney Athletic (10.30); Under 14 Premier: Killarney Athletic v Killorglin (11.45); Under 16 Division 1: Camp v Killarney Athletic (12.30)

Sunday – Premier A: Tralee Dynamos v Killarney Athletic (11.30).

Injury: The club wishes a speedy recovery to senior player Rob Hunt who dislocated his knee while playing with the Bs last Sunday.

Thanks: The club would like to thank each and everyone who did a wonderful job restoring the playing surface and the Ferndale grounds, making the pitch playable last weekend.

soccer ballKillarney Celtic FC News
Compiled by Jimmy O’Sullivan Darcy

Quiz: Support our Under 14s in the National Cup Last 32 at our fundraising table quiz for their trip to Donegal to play Bonagee United. It will be on in the Killarney Avenue Hotel at 7.30pm, Friday, January 22. Underage and adult teams welcome. The cost of a table is €25 and there will be spot prizes and raffle on the night.
Questions, based on 2014, have been compiled by Jimmy Darcy and Padraig Harnett.
The quiz will be followed by a Celtic party and awards night. All welcome.

Anniversary: We will shortly be compiling a digital archive of club photos, news reports and memorabilia to mark the club’s 40th anniversary this year. Current and past members are asked to rummage out whatever you might have in display cases, old biscuit tins and photo albums.

Cup: Killarney Celtic 5 Dingle Bay Rovers 3. This was a thoroughly exciting Greyhound Bar KO Cup game from start to finish. Dingle went 2-0 up but Celtic powered back with a great header by Joe Hurley, a penalty neatly converted by Gary Keane, and a clinical strike by Trevor Nagle.

Dingle weren’t finished by any means and came back to draw level but a superb goal by Peter McCarthy put us back in front and Trevor Nagle sealed it with his second goal.

As well as the aforementioned, Roy Kelliher, Brian Spillane, Conall Murphy, Chris O’Leary, Stephen McCarthy, Fergal O’Donoghue, Cathal O’Shea, Conor Randall, and Stephen Hayes were all outstanding for Celtic.

Premier B: Ballymac Galaxy 5 Killarney Celtic B 1. A great effor, but in fairness Ballymac showed great class and composure and ran out deserving winners.

Under 17 League: Killarney Celtic 4 Listowel Celtic 0. An understrength Celtic couldn’t match the visitors. Listowel were superb but Celtic gave it everything they had.

Under 16 Division 1: Killarney Celtic 7 Asdee 1.A brilliant performance by all involved. Evan Lyne grabbed a hat-trick, with Keelan Deegan scoring twice and Caolan Ryan and Colm Cagney also on target.

Under 15 Premier: Killarney Celtic 3 Inter Kenmare 0. Celtic made it four wins from four games with a convincing victory over a good Kenmare outfit. Evan Lyne struck twice and Ryan Kelliher was also on the mark for us.

Under 15 Division: Killarney Celtic 1 Killarney Athletic 3. We lost 3-1 despite an Adam Kissane’s superb goal. Athletic won on merit but we put up a great battle.

Under 13 Premier: Killarney Celtic 7 Inter Kenmare 0. Celtic were in scintillating form here, with Daniel Okwute unstoppable and Harry Byrne, Ronan Coffey, Kieran Dennehy, Cian McMahon and William Shine all on the mark as well.

Under 11: Killarney Celtic at home to Killorglin. Killarney Celtic hosted Killorglin Under 11s on Saturday morning. They played three games, Celtic winning one and Killorglin winning two – which is of course irrelevant. What really matters is that every player got plenty of game time and every player enjoyed themselves.

Team: Congratulations to Under 13 player Daniel Okwute on making the Kerry Schoolboys/Schoolgirls Team of the Week.

Fixtures: Munster Junior Cup: Killarney Celtic away to Holycross, Limerick,  UL Astro Pitch, Sunday (2.00pm)
Munster Youths Cup: Killarney Celtic at home to College Corinthians, Saturday (2.00pm)
U16 Premier: Killarney Celtic away to Listowel Celtic, Saturday (2.00pm)
U14 Premier: Killarney Celtic away to Tralee Dynamos, IT Tralee, Saturday (1.00pm)
U14 Div 1: Killarney Celtic B away to Camp, Saturday (11.00am)
U12 Girls: Killarney Celtic away to Killarney Athletic, Saturday (2.00pm)
U12 Premier: Killarney Celtic away to Tralee Dynamos, Saturday (11.45am)
U12 Div 1: Killarney Celtic away to Mastergeeha, Saturday (10.30am)
U12 Div 2: Killarney Celtic C away to Listowel Celtic, Saturday (12.45pm)

Lotto: The numbers drawn were 8, 12, 20 and 23. There was no jackpot winner and Match 3 winners were Fiona Cronin, Coolgarrive; Jennifer Lynch, Fossa; Geraldine Fleming; Den c/o Arbutus; Fred O’Sullivan c/o Ray; Stephen Brosnan; PJ Lynch, Fossa; Brack c/o Mary. They receive €20 each. Next week’s jackpot is €2,200 with the draw in The Fáilte on Monday night.