Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Tralee Town Board Senior League

Kerins O’Rahillys 1-14

Na Gaeil 1-09

Our Senior team started their year with a hard-earned win over a competitive Na Gaeil outfit after a well contested game in Strand Road on Sunday last.

We started well and Jack Savage made an immediate impact when he kicked a fine score from 30 yards in the first minute. Super defending by Rory O’Connor then began a move carried on by Gearóid Dillane and Barry John Keane’s pinpoint pass saw Jack Savage raise his second white flag of the day.

He added another minor from 14 yards after Ross O’Callaghan and Sean Walsh combined to pick him out.  Na Gaeil then responded to make it 0-3 to 0-2.

We added two further points through a superb score from Cormac Coffey from distance and a fine 30-yard left-footed effort from Tom Hoare, whose ability to field from our kickouts and make marks was a feature of the first half.

Cormac Coffey then played Gearóid Dillane through but the Na Gaeil keeper made a fine save from close range at the expense of a point.  Sean Walsh then pointed after being placed by Rory O’Connor.  Na Gaeil rallied though to bring it back to a two-point game and we went into the half time break with a lead of 0-07 to 0-05.

On the resumption, O’Rahillys introduced Daniel Nix and Brian Scannell but Na Gaeil stormed into the game and it took two great blocks from Karl Mullins to help ensure that the visitors only registered a single point in this spell.

Then, a move which was initiated by goalkeeper, Gary Kissane, saw the Blues construct a necklace of passes that culminated with Nix feeding Jack Savage who split the posts from 25 yards.

The sides swopped points, with Savage adding to his tally, before Strand Road introduced Jason O’Leary into defence, with Donagh O’Brien and Rory Molloy now forming the left flank of the attack.  Molloy immediately linked with Barry John Keane in a move which saw Cormac Coffey’s diagonal ball find Ryan Carroll in space in front of the Na Gaeil posts, but to their relief, his shot just cleared the crossbar.

Spurred on by this reprieve, Na Gaeil put together a flowing move which split the home defence and although Gary Kissane pulled off a fine save, the rebound was finished to the net to leave the sides tied at 0-10 to 1-07.

Back came O’Rahillys and scores from Jack Savage and Daniel Nix provided some breathing space before a volleyed point for the Killeen side reduced the deficit to a minimum once more.

However, with the game in the balance, it was O’Rahillys who produced a flowing move down the right which was finished by Daniel Nix to give the Blues a four-point cushion.

In command now, the home side produced another move down the right flank which saw Barry John Keane extend the lead with a lovely point, before Jack Savage added another from a free and Strand Road introduced Gearóid Hartnett and Tom McGrath into the fray.

Na Gaeil weren’t finished yet though and with a final throw of the dice they broke through O’Rahillys’ defence, but Gary Kissane was quickly off his line to cut down the angle and ensure that the visitors had to settle for the final point of the game in a 1-14 to 1-09 victory for the Strand Road men.

Kerins O’Rahillys: G Kissane; S Collins, D McElligott, D O’Sullivan; C Coffey, K Mullins, R O’Connor; R Carroll, R O’Callaghan; T Hoare, BJ Keane, J Savage; G Savage, S Walsh, G Dillane. Subs: D Nix, B Scannell, J O’Leary, D O’Brien, R Molloy, G Hartnett, T McGrath.

Tralee Town Board Minor League, Div 1

Kerins O Rahillys 3-9 Ballymacelligott 2-11

Early exchanges were even in this clash, with both teams topping up the scoreboard with points.  Our midfielder Ben Foley, had to be replaced due to a head injury after 20 minutes and it was a real blow to our game plan as  we struggled to stay in the mix and went five points down.  However, we displayed great resilience to rally with three 3  goals, courtesy of Liam Magee, TJ McMahon and Conor Hayes and a very spirited second half performance saw us get over the line by a single score.  Stephen Nix, Conor O Sullivan and Conor Hayes excelled in what was a great team performance.

LADIES NOTES

U12 GIRLS

Indoor training continues in Tralee Sports Complex on Tuesday 5-6p.m. All welcome.  Best wishes to Ciara Gallagher and hope that you have a speedy recovery.

U14 GIRLS

A great turnout again last week at training. Keep it up girls.

U16 GIRLS

Training continues on Tuesday from 5-6p.m.  Best of luck to everyone with your mocks.

MINOR GIRLS

Training continues as normal.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Best of luck to the girls doing their mocks. To the T.Y. girls who are heading off to Berlin, hope you have a ball.

JUNIORS

Training continues on Tuesdays.  Bring a friend, try something new, take the risk and have fun.

RECRUITMENT

Recruitment continues for 2019.

Being part of our club will give your daughter far more than football. She will make new friends, learn to be part of a team, teach her that her presence is important and that others are relying on her. We instil dedication and commitment and most importantly we will give her some of the best memories of her life. For further details phone or text Shirley (086) 8713552.

KERRY v WATERFORD

We are honoured to be hosting Round 2 of the National League in Strand Road on Sunday, February 10th. Throw in at 3p.m.

Looking forward to seeing plenty of support for our Kerry Senior Ladies on the day. Best of luck to The Kerry Ladies!

JUVENILE ACADEMY

The Academy kicks off next Sunday, 10th February, indoors at Tralee Sports Complex.

Timetable: 11am-12pm – U6s boys & girls along with the U8 & U10 Girls.

Followed from 12-1pm – U8 and U10 Boys.

I’m sure all will be excited to get back into the football ⚽️.  All new members welcome.

U12’s have been training with a couple of weeks indoors in the Green School Wednesdays 7-8pm.  The U14’s will join this training in the Green also.

The U16’s will be back training in the next few weeks.  They will be informed of the schedule by the relevant coaches.

The U14’s travelled to Nemo Rangers in Cork last Saturday, 2nd February, to the annual Mick O’Brien Tournament.  We played the home side in the first match and although we played well, they were the stronger team & ran out winners in the end and went on to eventually win the tournament.

Our 2nd match was against crack Dublin side St Vincent’s. We played well against a powerful and physical team.  Our boys kept going right until the final whistle, but we were beaten by a stronger side.

After the 1st round of games, we were placed in the “C” final against Limerick side Mungret, who are coached by ex O’ Rahillys player, David Foley. Our lads again played well and never gave up the fight but fell short in the end against a strong side.

All the players enjoyed the experience of the day, which is the most important aspect at this age group.  We brought a very young team including U12s – yet each and everyone played their part on the day and did their club proud.  Thanks to the coaches & parents who travelled to help out & support the team.

SNIPPETS from “top of the right”

·         Best wishes to Senior Panellist, Shane McElligott, for his sojourn in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

·         Senior players, Tommy Walsh and David Moran helped Kerry to a three-point victory away to Cavan in the second round of the National League on Sunday last, ensuring that the Kingdom boast full points after the first two games.

·         Senior player Jack Savage with 0-8, top scored for IT Tralee in their Sigerson Cup Round 3 encounter with St Mary’s College Belfast – but the northern college prevailed in a tight encounter.

·         Senior player Tom Hoare started at midfield for UL in their Sigerson clash with IT Carlow, but the Leinster college edged the contest down the stretch to set-up a quarter final clash with UCC.

CONDOLENCES

The club wishes to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Anne Margaret Lyons of Cahill’s Park.  RIP.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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