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Senior County League Division 1 Round 7

Kenmare Shamrock’s 1-06

Kerins O Rahillys  0-12

We made the long journey to Kenmare on Saturday evening to the picturesque surroundings of Fr Breen Park for round 7 of the County League.

Lining out without a number of regulars due to county commitments and injury we trailed from an early Kenmare point.

We levelled in the ninth minute with a point from full forward Diarmuid O Sullivan, the same player kicked his second a minute later to push us ahead. Kenmare then kicked two in a row to regain the advantage midway through the half.

We were very much struggling with our game at this stage, with little cohesion and a huge amount of unforced errors. Kenmare we’re having the better of exchanges and in the twenty sixth minute struck for a goal.

A speculative shot dropped short and Kenmare’s Kevin O Sullivan , left all alone in the square fisted the dropping ball to the net, this put the home side four point ahead.

Barry John Keane kicked a point , but Kenmare would end the half the stronger , adding two further point to leave the half time score 1-05 to 0-03.

At the break it looked ominous for Strand Road , with the team playing well below par and facing a five point deficit.

Indeed the second half started in similar fashion, and were it not for poor finishing from the home side , the tie would have been beyond O’Rahillys, Kenmare wasting five very score-able chances.

It took us until the twelfth minute to get our first score, a point from a Diarmuid O Sullivan free. This seemed to spark us into life , as Tom Hoare kicked a fine point a minute later.

This was soon followed up by a point from the impressive Gavin O Brien , who cut through from the right hand side and a shot for goal was excellently save by the Kenmare goalkeeper, who tipped the ball over the bar.

The next passage of play again saw O’Brien convert a neat score from thirty five yards following another driving run.

At this stage we were dominating around the middle with Sean Walsh , Tom Hoare and Gavin O Brien winning a lot of primary possession. This dominance paid off with Cormac Coffey equalising in the eighteenth minute.

Two minutes later we took the lead when Gavin O’Brien raced through from the left hand side and fisted over from a narrow angle. Gearoid Savage then kicked a good score to put us two ahead.

The home team left the minimum between the sides again with just over five minutes remaining. At this stage it looked like the game could go either way,both teams again guilty of some poor turn overs and decision making.

Diarmuid O Sullivan , who had a fine game , put two between the teams again, and with a minute remaining on the clock , the hard working Sean Walsh kicked a great point from distance.

This would be the final score of the contest, and enough to give us the victory, a victory that did not seem likely for long periods.

While it certainly was not one of our better performances, credit must be given for the resilience shown in the second half to overturn what looked like a certain defeat.

Ross O Callaghan, Cormac Coffey and TJ Heaphy performed well at the back, at midfield Tom Hoare and Sean Walsh worked tirelessly throughout, up front Diarmuid O Sullivan had a fine game and Gavin O Brien was excellent throughout, showing fine leadership particularly in the second half when he contributed three scores to drag us right back into the game.

We now have a three week break until round 8, when we should be stronger with the return of some key players to the squad.

Team:S Foley, D McElligott,R O Callaghan,S Pituch,P Neenan,C Coffey(1),TJ Heaphy,S Walsh(1)T Hoare(1),G O’Brien(3),BJ Keane(1)B Hanafan,G Savage(1)D O’Sullivan(4,1f)S McElligott. Subs Used S Nix for S Pituch HT, P Griffin for B Hanafan HT.

Division 6A County League
Kerins O Rahillys B 2-11 Kenmare Shamrocks B  1-10
The second team recorded a good win at home to Kenmare on Sunday afternoon.

Working hard promoting ladies football in Strand Road as always are our volunteers!
We are a community based club where everyone has the opportunity to play… nobody is left behind!
We promote inclusion, community and respect.
The ladies section of our club is a hive of activity and the progress and talent shown by our players is wonderful to see. We are so proud of you!
We will continue to promote the development  and playing of ladies football in our community. We will also  encourage the participation of all in our community in social and sporting activities .

It’s full steam ahead for us… we are only delighted to have been nominated!
Our first theme is “BE ACTIVE.”

We were delighted to start our ‘One Good Club’ initiative by organising a cake sale for our U15 Féile team during an U12 community games match.
We also invited families from our club to come join us for a cuppa during the cake sale.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and to our volunteers. We are delighted to have made €105 toward our Féile trip.

Best of luck to our volunteers who are putting great work into this programme. We hope that everyone will enjoy themselves.

Check out what’s in store over the coming weeks for everyone in our club and community on our social media .

Kerins O’ Rahilly Gaelic4Girls great bunch of young ladies who love the craic.

Great to see the girls out enjoying themselves again last Saturday …all very excited and full of beans. Credit to the coaches for the work they have put in every week. Unfortunately we didn’t get round to our dance but there’s still time!!

Congrats to Arabella who received her first holy communion last Saturday. We missed you and are looking forward to seeing you next week and hearing about your special day.

Both teams were due to travel to play Listowel Emmets last Wednesday in Frank Sheehy Park. There were concerns about a threat of thunder and lightning so on checking the forecast we thought it better to postpone.

This Wednesday our Strand Road Blues have a Bye whilst our Kerins O’ Rahilly team will host Corca Dhuibhne in round 3 on Thursday . We have many girls on both teams in the school final on Wednesday evening . Many thanks to Corca Dhuibhne for obliging .

Welcome to Abbey Donegan and Mia Stokoe, we’re only delighted to have you join our terrific bunch of girls!

Congrats to Taylor Kate Leane who lined out for both Kerry U12 development and league sides…last Sunday crowned Munster U12 champions after defeating  Limerick in the final .

Congrats to Taylor Kate Leane, Kerins O’ Rahilly U12 who lined out for Kerry development and league sides from your LGFA team mates and coaches.

Rock Street / Caherslee / Spa Road Community Games team… including Kerins O’ Rahilly players , Ruby Foley, Sennait Forster, Hannah O’ Sullivan, Sarah McGrath, Aoibhinn Corridon and Lexi Keane and Ellie Marie Hobbert.

On a very blustery  evening in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard last Sunday we hosted the Rock Street / Caherslee / Spa Road Community games U12 final v Kenmare .
Both teams played an entertaining game throughout with great skills from backs, forwards and midfielders.
The Kenmare side came out on top on this occasion. Representing us on the day were Aoibhinn Corridon,  Ruby Foley, Sennait Forster, Ellie Marie Hobbert, Lexi Keane, Sarah McGrath and Hannah O’ Sullivan.
Well done to everyone … the players and those who organised this community event.

Should be fun on Wednesday evening when many of our young primary school ladies play the final in Austin Stack Park.
Friends and team mates will become enemies on the pitch for an hour as Scoil Eoin , Balloonagh take on Gaeil Scoil Mhic Easmainn …may the best team win and may the school rivalry be left on the pitch. Enjoy the banter ladies …

Without a doubt the passion, fire and hunger from each player that was out on the pitch last Saturday in Páirc Uí Rinn in the All Ireland Platinum final  was like no other! What a game!! Congrats to everyone and to our Aoibheann McCarthy and Saoirse O’ Connor MacCarthy,  well deserved!

Lots of excitement as our U15 players are getting ready for great Féile games in Mallow on Saturday, June 4th.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to our bake sale.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support so far – thank you also to everyone who has donated to the girls GoFundMe.

If you would like to contribute towards funding these young ladies adventure, you can use this link.
All donations no matter how big or small are greatly appreciated.

These young ladies will be taking a well deserved break shortly as many are sitting their Junior Cert exam . Our last game in the Co. League is v Rathmore and we have home advantage, more details to follow.

After a few hiccups we eventually got going last Friday in Ballyrickard.
What a day and what a game ….Nail biting stuff right until the end . Moyvane held their nerve and saw the game out to narrowly beat us by 2 points. Great performance ladies!
Next Co . League minor game will be in July.

Unfortunately Southern Gaels B team came out on top last Sunday in round 6 of the Donal Curtin Cup 4-10 to 2-03 but our ladies fought until the very final whistle. We were unlucky with a lot of missed points and hitting the crossbar a few times also. Well done to everyone!
A break now for a few weeks to allow for our ladies doing exams. In the final round on June 26th we are away to St. Pats / Churchill.

We’re getting there at long last … many thanks to everyone who has registered to date. Time is running out… just a few more now to complete their registration!!
Remember if you’re having difficulty in anyway at all please contact Karon.

Juvenile Academy 

While the sky’s over Ballyrickard where grey and dull our pitches were beaming with smiling enthusiastic players and coaches in our Juvenile Academy. Another fun filled morning practicing key skills and enjoying a fun game of football learning the rules as they played. We are delighted with the numbers attending and how well everyone is doing. We would like to remind all players to please bring their mouth guards and water.  As always new members are always welcome if you are interested please come along Sunday mornings at 10am in Ballyrickard. Our U8 and U10 Girls will have their first go games in Connolly Park next Sunday at 11am.  All other age groups will train in Ballyrickard at the usual time of 10am.  See you all next Sunday for more fun and games.

Congratulations – we would like to congratulate all the boys and girls who made their communion this weekend we hope you and your families had a lovely day.

Congrats to Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U15 Boys captained by Brayden Pierce , winners of the U15 County League Division 6 Shield Final.

U15 Boys
Huge congratulations to our U15 Boys and their coaches, winners of the U15 County League Division 6 Shield Final.
On Wednesday last we travelled to Cordal for the County League Division 6 Shield Final against Scartaglin. As always the facilities in Cordal were excellent and the pitch was in great condition despite the rainfall all day.

Fortunayely the weather cleared up for the match itself bar a few odd showers. Referee Roland Rogers got us underway and after winning the throw in and moving quick ball into the forwards, Jude Lacey got the opening score of the game.

We would dominate the first 15 minutes of the game with Jamie McCarthy adding further points before Michael Horan got Scarts first point to reduce the deficit.  Our reply was excellent with a pin point kick out from Ruari Kennedy setting up an attack that led to Nick Lacey turning his man and finishing to the near post to raise the green flag.

Shortly after that Jude Lacey pounced on a short kick out to steal the ball and agonisingly miss a lob on the keeper but did increase our lead to 1-4 to 0-1.

Judes movement was causing problems inside for Scart and again he was unlucky when attacking at an angle his shot beat the keeper but rebounded off the post. Jamie McCarthy recovered to score a point.

Scart rallied and mounted a few attacks but excellent defending from our boys limited them to a single score, again from the boot of Horan.  After weathering the storm we pulled away even further when Jamie McCarthy’s shot dropped short into the Scart net.

Unfortunately we would loose Nick Lacey to injury which was a blow that was further compounded when Scart next attacked and Horan finished a great move to give Ruarì no chance in goals. Nick was replaced by Conor Cronin who himself was retuning from injury.

Aaron Horgan swapped points with Aodhan O’Connor to leave the half time score Kerins O’Rahillys 2-6 to Scartaglin 1-3.  As expected Scartaglin started the second half strongly and within 15 minutes of the restart both teams were level.

The battle between Oisìn Croin and Brayden Pierce of KOR and Cormac Walsh and Michael Horan was great viewing and the Scart boys were starting to turn the screw with Horan scoring 1-2 to level the game.

Ryan Walsh Murphy had dropped back to try and get a handle on Jamie McCarthy and that was also turning into a great battle. Jamie would add 2 frees to cancel out 2 scores from Scart leaving the score 2-8 a piece.

With just over 12 minutes remaining we would be dealt another hammer blow with Jamie receiving a blank card for a 10 minute sin bin.

The game was now in the melting pot with scores level, KOR down to 14 men. Scart were implementing a dangerous running game and in the next 5 minutes continuous attacks were met with ferocious defending from our back, Cillian McGrath, Daniel Aneke and Connor Donnelly getting hands in for dispossessions on more than one occasion while Sean O’Mahony, Christian Dunne and Ciaràn Griffin all left there men to sniff out danger with at least 2 goal chances repelled.

With backs to the walls and scores level our captain Brayden Pierce stepped up in midfield to drive us forward. He kicked the go ahead score before combining with the excellent Aaron Horgan for a massive goal to give us a 4 point lead.

At this stage we made 4 substitutes in quick succession with Cian Fitzgerald, Cayden Roche, Kevin Horgan and Brendàn Meehan all coming on. Ryan Onekewere and Daniel McCarthy had put in massive shifts and got a well deserved rest along with Jude Lacey and Conor Donnelly.

Brayden added another massive point from distance and was showing great leadership qualities and soon after Jamie rejoined the game to steady the ship.  Scart were now pushing everyone forward and Brendàn Meehan and Oisìn Cronin were vital to winning ball and driving out of defence.

A dangerous attack from Scart was cut out by sweeper keeper Ruarì Kennedy who then stroked a cultured pass up the wing to Brendàn Meehan who in turn worked a ball to Cayden Roche up the wing, Cayden threw a fantastic dummy and opened up the field with the ball played into Cian Fitzgerald who turned his man and finishing to the bottom corner. A great piece of skill from the young Fitzy.

Great scenes at the final whistle for the boys who have worked very hard since January. Many injuries have knocked us back this year but not the efforts of the boys who have shown great progress. Brayden accepted the trophy as captain and also led the sing song in the dressing room. Many thanks to our sponsor Ballyseedy for the great support this year. We were very proud to show off our new jerseys.

Final Score:
Kerins O’Rahillys 4-10
Scartaglin 2-8

Man of the Match:
Brayden Pierce

Jamie McCarthy 1-5
Aaron Horgan 1-1
Nick Lacey 1-0
Cian Fitzgerald 1-0
Jude Lacey 0-2
Brayden Pierce 0-2

Great memories always for this Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U14 division 1 team who went on to represent Kerry in Portlaoise in 2012 in Féile!

Lotto Coordinator
Our club are looking for an honest ,trusted and committed club member to coordinate our weekly lotto,this would involve approx 2/3 hours work per week mainly on Mondays and Tuesdays,
If you are interested in helping out,please reply  to Tony Corridon at

Club Function Rooms to Rent.
The club currently have two function rooms available to rent.
The upstairs Pat Healy Room is a large function room perfect for exercise classes, seminars, meetings, private functions , parties etc.
Downstairs is a smaller more intimate venue again ideal for any event.
The rooms are available at hourly, daily or weekly rates.
For further information contact Katie at 087 6967542

Lotto Results
May 16th


No Winner of Jackpot €5,200

Match  3 winners €25

Brian Moran

Hazel Nix

Draw for 4 €250 December 2022
Gerard Collins DD
Chris Griffin c/o Rock St PO
Audrey Ryle c/o Rock St PO
Mary Kerins c/o Dollie
John O Shea

Next Weeks Jackpot €5,300

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