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James O’Donoghue: notched 2-4

Killarney Legion GAA Club News
Compiled by Enda Walshe

Anyone who paid at the gate coming in to Legion’s Club Championship clash with Dingle definitely wasn’t looking for a refund coming out as this epic finished level, 2-14 each. Even the extra 20 minutes couldn’t separate the teams as they slugged it out for 80 minutes.

Legion looked especially dangerous in the first quarter as James O’Donoghue stole in for a goal and, shortly after, Conor Keane was most unlucky to see his audacious lob come back off the crossbar.

At the other end captain Danny Sheahan and All-Star Paul Geaney had a ding-dong battle as Paul slipped in for a goal and there was little between the sides at half time,1-7 to 1-5 in Dingle’s favour.

There was a slight drought in scoring in the second half with Dingle again slipping in for a goal to open up a five-point gap midway through. But Conor Keane, Thomas Moriarty and James O’Donoghue kept chipping away with Jack O’Neill going through some lung-busting work.

Danny Sheahan powered upfield to win a penalty which was duly converted by James O’Donoghue. The last eight minutes were tense as Danny again stormed forward to nudge Legion in front in injury time before Mikey Geaney, in a rare moment, broke off the shackles of Denis Sheahan to equalise with the last kick of the game.

The pace of the game didn’t drop in extra time as both teams gave their all. Dingle lead by a point with the last play of the game being a Legion free from 50 yards out. Up stepped substitute Finbarr Murphy with ice in his veins to kick a superb point and bring the curtain down on an absorbing draw.

The team management will be delighted with the way the lads never relented and kept going to the bitter end with a draw being most deserving.

Scorers: James O’Donoghue 2-4, Conor Keane 0-4, Thomas Moriarty 0-2, Danny Sheahan 0-1, Denis Sheahan 0-1, Donal Lyne 0-1, Finbarr Murphy 0-1.

Ladies: Killarney Legion 6-11 Laune Rangers 1-7. The senior Ladies travelled to JP O’Sullivan Park in Killorglin and came home victorious with a fine win over Laune Rangers.

With more or less a full panel, they played to somewhere near their potential and ran out deserving winners. There is great building and progress under the stewardship of John Doona and Susanne Smith.

Féile: Direen was a hub of activity last Wednesday as the qualifying round of the National Under 14 Féile was held. Our lads acquitted themselves very well and we’re most unlucky with two of the games going to the wire. The big positive was it gave the management an opportunity for every panel member to get a taste of competitive action. They are back in County League action now with games against Castlegregory and Fossa.

Girls: Our under 16 girls took to the field at Derreen for second round of the county league against Na Gaeil. In what was a very tough and competitive game, the lead swapped hands several times in the first half with the half finishing 2-4 apiece.

Despite Na Gaeil taking the first score of the second half, the Legion girls showed great spirit and determination winning several individual battles around the field to forge into a five-point lead as the game entered final stages. Still there was further excitement as Na Gaeil grabbed a goal late on to force a nail-biting finish but once again our ladies showed great character, in the process doing themselves proud and held out to win on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-7.

Well done ladies. Next game is home against Ballymac.

Fixture: Good news on the fixture front our first round County Championship game against Kenmare Shamrocks has been fixed for Sunday, May 14 at 6.00pm in Direen.

Lotto: The numbers drawn on April 17 were 5, 17, 20 and 28. There was no jackpot winer and Lucky Dip cash winners were Eimear Fennell, Tara Fleming, Coolcorcoran, Lianne O’Sullivan, Kilbrean, Darragh Doherty, c/osenior team and Blathnaid Coffey, Elm Wood.
The numbers drawn on April 23 were 13, 16, 21 and 25 and, again, there was no jackpot winner. Lucky Dip winners were Killarney Ambulance Crew, c/o Blaithin, Timmy McGillycuddy, Direen. M Leahy c/o Holiday Inn. Mary O;Shea c/o Connie and Joanne, senior team chef. Next week’s jackpot is €8,500 with the draw on Monday, May 1 at 9pm in Murphy’s Bar.

Sympathy: Killarney Legion Club extends its sincerest sympathy to John O’Leary and family on the sad passing of his mother Nora, RIP.

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