A chastening enough experience

Tom Moriarty’s introduction made a big difference for Legion

Legion GAA Club News
Compiled by Jimmy Reen

In the latest Championship outing it finished Austin Stacks 4-13 Killarney Legion 3-6. Right from the off, Austin Stacks hit the net and turned in a totally dominant first half display that effectively ended this Kerry SFC encounter game as a contest. An over-worked Legion defence struggled and on the other side too much hard won ball was dropped short to the goalie or cut off by the Stacks’ rearguard.

Facing into the second half 10 points down was in itself a huge ask and in a repeat of the first minute of the game the Stacks struck for another goal with their first attack.

Ironically the next 20 minutes saw the Legion wake from their lethargy and with Chris Davies and Cathal Sheahan outstanding in the backs allied to the introduction of Conor Keane and Tom Moriarty they took the game to their vaunted opponents.

Indeed with Billy McGuire the full forward line they showed that with some crisp hand passing and better support running that they could make progress.

Goals from Jamie O’Sullivan, Conor Keane and James O’Donoghue gave some semblance of respectability to the scoreboard but, overall, it a chastening enough experience.

Under 14: The Under 14 County League final finished Killarney Legion 5-7 Na Gaeil 3-18. As was the case with the seniors, a poor first half performance was to cost a gallant Legion side against a very neat Na Gaeil team. Going in at the break trailing 2-10 to 2-3 left them with a fair deficit to make up.

They gave it a good go, however, and managed to close the gap to just a single point and then full forward Jamie O’Sullivan was desperately unlucky to see a goal bound bullet rebound off the crossbar and away to safety.

Two cracking goals by Donnchadh Warren, at critical stages, breathed new life into the Legion and indeed the same player was unlucky to have a shot for his third blocked. At the other end Legion goalie Aaron O’Sullivan registered three fine saves at crucial stages to keep his goal intact and with the backs growing in confidence and Jamie Alade dominant in the middle the forwards got their hands on plenty ball.

It was a pity that Kieran Pierce was just getting over a bout of sickness as his contribution is always vital. Na Gaeil were a well-coached side that kept that vital gap on the scoreboard and despite the Legion’s heroics time just ran out on them. Well done lads.

Exams: It’s that time of year again as many of our younger members face into the Leaving Cert. Hopefully the experience won’t be too taxing and we wish them every success in the coming weeks.

Sympathy: The Killarney Legion GAA Club extends its sincerest sympathy to the O’Leary family, Farranfore, on the death of, Willie, whose son, Michael, was a most popular player with the club some years ago.

Ladies: Our 14 girls unveiled their new design jersey at a launch. The ladies’ section of the club continues to flourish with membership on a parity to the boys. This is testament to the great work done by our coaches and officials at this level. Jerseys sponsor Sean Murphy continues to work diligently for the club.

Lotto: The lotto numbers drawn were 12, 16, 17 and 21 but there was no jackpot winner. €50 lucky dip winners were Jonathan Casey, Caitriona Carroll, Tony Taggart, Kay Doona and Pat Moynihan. Next week’s jackpot will be €10,000 with the draw on Monday at 9pm in Murphy’s Bar.

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