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Defeat in Beaufort on Sat night means that we now have to beat or at least draw with Dingle in our final league game to qualify for this year’s final – defeat would mean we could end up in a play off with any one of Spa, Templenoe or An Ghaeltacht all of whom lie two points behind us in the table.

Even though this was a disappointing result given our recent form, we started with 5 U-21s and introduced another 2 during the game – exposure at this level will stand to these lads as the championship beckons.

Match report:

A thoroughly disappointing display saw us fail to take anything from our penultimate game in Beaufort and with it a great opportunity spurned  to qualify for our first league final since 2013 – all is not lost however and a win or draw in our final game at home to Dingle will see us through.

We were quickest to settle with opening scores from Ryan Carroll and Cormac Coffey before Beaufort registered their first score in the 5th minute,  a pointed free from wing forward Fergal Hallissey.

They added two further points in the next 10 minutes before  we lost Con Barrett to an ankle injury – his replacement Jack Savage was to go on to have a fine game notching five points from frees and a further two from play but Con’s loss was a major blow given his recent good form.

Beaufort were strong around the middle with Nathan Breen and Ronan Murphy giving them a foothold at midfield with strong support from centre back Mike Breen – indeed it was Breen, up supporting his forwards who notched his sides 6th point approaching the 30th minute which was quickly followed by another minor from Ronan Murphy – in between we had scores from Tommy and Jack (2) as we trailed 0-07 to 0-05 as the half time whistle drew near  – it was then that a good run from Ross O’Callaghan from defence saw him link up with Tommy and when his inside pass found John Ferguson his shot was blocked with the foot resulting in a penalty – however, despite hitting the  shot low to the goalie’s right, Ryan Carroll’s effort was saved bringing an end to the first half.

The 2nd half was but two minutes old when we were reduced to 14 players as referee Seán Joy dismissed Cormac Coffey for retaliation when fouled – this seemed to spur us on however  and we scored the next 3 points to lead by one after 10 minutes.

We were now in a real battle for the points being a man down and Beaufort made us pay dearly in the 15th minute when full forward Ronan Ferris goaled after being put through; we again regrouped and added points from Chucky from a “45” and a free from Jack – a long ball into the opposition goalmouth was brilliantly fielded by Tommy but despite being pulled and dragged the referee allowed play to develop and a golden opportunity to draw level was denied.

Beaufort added two further scores as they now exploited the spaces due to their numerical advantage but again Jack and Darragh McElligott reduced the advantage – there were just four minutes of normal time remaining but having stretched the lead to two points the home side made sure of the points when goaling in the 31st minute – a further 5 minutes of added time saw Jack point from a free but it was too little, too late and we left empty handed.

As stated, this was a disappointing performance on the night  with too many players failing to deliver but we still have our destiny in our own hands and any result other than a loss to Dingle will see us qualify to play Dr Crokes in this years final – should we lose to Dingle, we could still end up in a play off as 3 teams lie just two points behind us.

Final Score: Beaufort 2-11, Kerins O’Rahillys 0-13.

Team: Cillian Moran, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan, Darragh McElligott ( 0-01), Cian Sayers, Ryan Carroll ( 0-02, 1 “45”), Karl Mullins, Con Barrett, John C O’Connor, Gavin O’Brien, Padraig Griffin, Cormac Coffey ( 0-01), Tommy Walsh ( 0-02), John Ferguson.

Subs: Jack Savage ( 0-07, 5fs), Seán Collins, Donagh O’Brien.

The game vs Dingle will take place on weekend of 18th August if Kerry are NOT involved in this year’s All Ireland final or on the weekend of October 14th if they are involved; our next senior outing will be against John Mitchels in the Coiste Trá Lí championship on Sunday August 12th in Strand Road with throw in @ 14.00

Best of luck to David & Barry John for next weekends game vs Kildare – a win is a must though depending on the result in Salthill ( Galway vs Monaghan) it may not be enough – here’s hoping that it will and we will be preparing for a semi final on weekend of 11th August.

Garveys Super Valu County Championship:
The draw for this year’s championship will take place on this coming Monday night ( 30th) @ 7 pm at Tralee Bay Wetlands – the format for the championship will be similar to last year and played in a ” Christy Ring” style setup  – the draw is an open draw with first round games scheduled to take place on weekend of 8th Sept.

We exited this year’s championship on Tuesday night last ( 24th) when going under to West Kerry in Strand Road by five points.

We await news from county board on this year’s club championship.

Match report:

West Kerry proved too strong for our U-21s in this first round tie played in Strand Road this evening.

Both teams started tentatively with scores at a premium, the sides tied after 14 minutes on 2 points each, our scores coming from Sean Griffin in the first minute and Shane McElligott soon afterwards from a free.

West Kerry began to dominate however from here to the half time whistle where they had the upper hand at midfield with good support from their centre back and they hit 2-02 without reply in the following 10 minutes – we continued to scrap for possession and with captain Karl Mullins, now at midfield we had the next 3 points, Karl firing over after a good run and Kevin Johnson with two pointed frees – we retired at the break, 7 points in arrears – 2-06 to 0-05.

The second half saw West Kerry continue to dominate scoring 6 points without reply with 3 coming from their midfielder and 2 points from their full forward – we continued to battle and were rewarded on the 14th minute when full forward James O’Connor palmed to the net following good work from Karl Mullins and Rory O’Connor.

A strong run from midfield from Karl saw him find the net to leave us seven points in arrears and when he again found his range to raise a white flag, we had the deficit down to six- 2-12 to 2-06. West Kerry again raised the siege with a score from their wing forward but in another attack Rory O’Connor outjumped the keeper to fist to the net to leave just five points between us with 6 minutes plus injury time to be played.

This was as good as it got as the westerners continued to drive forward and though we matched them score for score to the end it was not enough and we finished five points down, 2-17 to 3-09 at the final whistle.

The loss of senior panellists Tom Hoare and Gearóid Savage was too much to bear and on the night the divisional side were deserving winners. Karl Mullins along with Sean Collins, Rory O’Connor, Darragh & Shane McElligott were our stand out performers and never gave up in a game we were always chasing.

Unfortunately West Kerry were unable to furnish a team sheet in advance of the game.

Team: Cillian Moran, Aidan Mangan, Kieran Mangan, Seán Collins, Rory O’Connor (1-0), Karl Mullins ( 1-02), Jordan Foley, Darragh McElligott, Donagh O’Brien ( 0-01), Shane McElligott ( 0-02), Padraig Griffin, Seán Griffin ( 0-01), Gearóid Dillane, James O’Connor ( 1-0), Kevin Johnson ( 0-03).

Congratulations to our minors who were victorious on Sat evening last in the Coiste Trá Lí division 2 league final when beating Ardfert. This was a fine team display but special mention must be made of Jordan Foley and Daniel Bowler who were dominant throughout – TJ McMahon was our goal scorer with good scores coming also from Conor Hayes, Aidan Mangan and the aforementioned Daniel Bowler – Stephen Nix too got in on the act from defence. Well done to Paul Ryan and his management team.

Summer Camp:

Our summer camp kicks off today ( Mon 30th)  and a great week ahead is promised – already scores of kids have registered for the week long activities and if you have not already done so, its still not too late to get involved – please remember to bring your lunch and a drink. Camp will be held daily from 10.30 to 2 pm

Family fun day:

The family fun day was a great success with a huge turnout of adults and kids alike – there was plenty for everyone from skipping to stilt racing to arts and crafts but the main attraction was the human soccer table which provided much fun and merriment throughout the day. The weather played its part too as did Declan and Paddy who donned their chefs hats dishing out delicious burgers and hotdogs – a sincere thanks to all who helped out in any way and to the parents and of course the kids who made it all possible.


We have qualified for the town league final where we will face Churchill – we await details of time and venue.

We had a big win over Na Gaeil on Monday night last in the final group game in Central league. We were on top from the first whistle and playing some delightful football went in ahead at half time, 3-09 to 0-02. The second half continued in the same manner and we ran out comfortable winners on a final score line of 5-18 to 1-04 – this result means we top the table and now play Ballymac in the semi finals on this Monday night ( 30th) in Strand Road at 7 pm – support would be greatly appreciated.

Our B team were not so lucky when beaten by a physically stronger Austin Stacks side last Monday in their semi final played in Connolly Park – well done to the lads and to Oliver for this time with this group.

Hard luck to Darragh, Eric, TJ & Jack who were part of the North Kerry squad who participated in the semi finals of the Jim Power tournament held in Dungarvan at the weekend. They were unlucky losers to North Cork in the opening round losing out by 3 points and though they were successful in their next game, their first game loss ruled them out of progressing.

We had success in the U-15 competition played in Portlaoise where the North Kerry team managed by Mark Fitzgerald and including Jerome Daly advanced to the semi finals which will be played on August 18th. North Kerry had outstanding wins over Dublin, 1-11 to 1-03 and Laois 3-09 to 3-03 which sets them up nicely for the semis  – well done lads. South Kerry also progressed to the semi finals.


We travelled to Gneeveguilla on Weds last in search of further points following recent wins over Kilgarvan and John Mitchels. We conceded an early goal but got on top soon afterwards and with some good scoring went in at half time ahead by two points, 1-8 to 1-06. The second half saw us up the ante with a flurry of goals and though Gneevguilla fought back we had done enough to win – final score: 4-15 to 4-10. We now play Ardfert on this Weds night ( Aug 1st) in Strand Road @ 7 pm

The 7 a side blitz continued last week and following wins over Annascaul/Lispole and Desmonds we now will contest the finals this coming Friday night in Currans.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm .


Well done to our girls. We were beaten in the final of The Sandra Keane Tournament by Laune Rangers. They never gave up. Congrats to Laune Rangers.
Development training commences next Saturday, August 4th in Killorglin. More details to follow.


Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm in Ballyrickard.


Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays in Ballyrickard. Full attendance required.


There was a great buzz in Strand Road yesterday as members of the community came together and had a wonderful day. There was something to suit all ages. Thank you to all who helped out especially Paddy, Carol and Declan for the wonderful barbecue. Everyone chipped in to help out and can’t praise our young ladies from the ladies club enough for helping out.

There was no winning ticket in last week’s lotto draw where the winning numbers were: 18, 22, 23 &  31 – there was no match 3 winner. Next week’s jackpot will be for a grand prize of €5,100. Tickets ( €2/3 for €5)  can be purchased online, in the club house or at any of the following locations: Jimmys on Strand Road, Counihans Princes St and Foleys Spar Castlemaine Road.

The five entrants for the special December draw are as follows: John O’Connor ( c/o the Bar), Trish Goodall, Madeleine, Tony Corridon and Paul Stephenson.

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