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Club Championship:

In the end it was all about the result, less about the performance. The final score line of 1-13 to 1-11 means we finish 3rd in our group behind winners Dr Crokes and second placed Austin Stacks but more importantly ensures the spectre of relegation from senior ranks now rests between An Ghaeltacht and Kenmare who finished bottom of group 2.

The conditions in Gallarus were more akin to an October encounter which ensured this was one was going to go right down to the wire; we were boosted by the inclusion of Kerry midfielder David Moran which meant for the first time this year, we had a full squad to choose from .Our opponents were not so lucky, being unable to call on Kerry panellists Brian O’Beaglaoich and Eanna O’Conchúir.

The home side won the toss and elected to play with the elements in the opening half with wind and driving rain making good football difficult.

However, it was us who were the quickest to settle and following Barry John’s opening point within 40 seconds, full forward Diarmuid O’Sullivan latched onto a ball a minute later to drive a low shot to the net past baideroir  Tomás Mac an tSaoir – it was a wonderful start and though Dara O’Sé replied shortly with An Ghaeltacht’s opening point from a free, Jack Savage with two pointed frees had us ahead  1-03 to 0-01 after the first quarter.

It was noticeable that David Moran was having a big influence around the middle at this juncture but in the next 15 mins An Ghaeltacht began getting more bodies into the middle third, thus making it impossible to win primary possession and when the ball went to ground they seemed to have more bodies available to pick up the breaks.

Slowly, they worked their way into the game with Padraig O’Se prominent and were two adrift, 1-04 to 0-05 when a long delivery caught our defence napping and Seán M O’Conchúir gathered to fire past Gary Kissane – a further two points saw An Ghaeltacht lead at half time 1-07 to 1-04 – this was scarcely imaginable given our good start but An Ghaeltacht’s passion and hunger had them deservedly in front.

The resumption saw us on the front foot from the outset and David Moran kicked a great score to reduce the deficit to two points; a sideline ball was then transferred quickly to Tommy Walsh by the quick thinking Jack Savage but his powerful drive was diverted out for an unconverted “45 ” which led to a degree of frustration creeping in.

Two points from the impressive David Moran from distance plus a Barry John effort had us level with 15 minutes remaining.

An Ghaeltacht edged ahead again but Jack had us back on level terms again from a free – it was all to play for as we approached the final 10 minutes but again we were out of luck when Con Barrett broke through and his floated ball to the far post was just too high for Tommy to get something from.

Another period of stalemate followed and the score stood at 1-11 apiece as we entered the final minutes – a Barry John run along the end line seemed to nudge us ahead but the referee called him back for over carrying when it looked like he was being fouled as he broke through.

The resultant kick out saw us exert strong pressure on the opposition’s defence resulting in a turn over for over holding with the resultant free being converted by Jack to give us the lead – another period of pressure on the kick out again resulted in a free which Jack duly converted – this was to end the scoring and we emerged victorious by two points.

Overall,this was a great team effort with each and every player playing his part – the difference in the end was the performance of David Moran, available for his first outing in the club championship and one wonders what might have been had we been able to call on him for our earlier encounters.

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan, Shane Brosnan, Ryan Carroll, Karl Mullins, Cormac Coffey, Con Barrett, David Moran (0-03), Gavin O’Brien, Tommy Walsh, Jack Savage ( 0-07), Barry John Keane ( 0-03), Diarmuid O’Sullivan ( 1-0), John Ferguson.

Subs: Cian Sayers, Tom Hoare, Gearoid Savage, Padraig Griffin, John C O’Connor.

County League: We return to county league action next Sat 21st when An Ghaeltacht visit Strand Road in round 3 – throw in is @ 17.00 ; our B team make the long journey south to Valentia on Sunday 22nd to play the locals where throw in is @ 14.00


We travelled to Castleisland on Friday night last ( 13th) to play the locals in county league; in a below par performance, we were no match for the Desmonds boys who ran out deserving winners.

Junior Blues:

JP O’Sullivan Park was the venue on Weds night last (11th)  for our Féile group where we were paired alongside division 1 sides,  hosts Laune Rangers and Kilcummin.

We played Kilcummin  in our first game and from the off were the better side with great play from our mid-fielders, Jack Savage and Seán Healy who supplied a steady stream of ball to our forwards who were quick to convert their opportunities into scores.

Tomás Kennedy had our opening score which was followed by a Seán Healy goal and a Ben O’Brien point to leave us 1-02 to nil ahead inside the opening minutes; soon after,  Danny Hennessy found the target from a free and this was followed by a great score from Jack Savage from distance. Danny added another after a foul on Darragh O’Connor and then Sean Healy powered through from midfield for a fine goal – 2-05 to nil at half time.

The second half saw us add further points from Danny (2) before Ben Hanafin, up from defence, fired in a shot which ended up in the net for a capital goal – Kilcummin, tired after their first round defeat to Laune Rangers did eventually get on the score sheet but it made little difference to the final outcome.

The 2nd game vs the hosts Laune Rangers was the acid test but we faced a physically bigger team  who dominated the early exchanges hitting us for 3 goals which effectively killed off the game as a contest – they led 3-04 to 0-02 at the break, Danny with two pointed frees and though we matched them in the second half with both sides scoring 2 points each, it was not to be and Laune progressed to the semi finals next weekend.

Great credit is due to all the players who gave their all and to Barry, Ger & Shane for their time and effort.

Panel: Thomas Maguire, Jake Foley, Matthew Higgins, Ben Hanafin, Tom Flavin, Coren Hughes, Eric McMahon, TJ Heaphy, Jack Savage, Seán Healy, Gearóid Meehan, Danny Hennessy, Cian Moran , Darragh O’Connor, Ben O’Brien, Tomás Kennedy, Cormac Gallagher.

Coiste Trá Lí: We next play Na Gaeil in the semi final of this year’s league in Strand Road on Weds night next, 18th; we were unlucky losers to the same opposition in the opening round when going down by a point but with home advantage should be able to reverse the earlier result – Austin Stacks have already qualified for this year’s decider.

Another busy morning in the Cliff. With a sprinkle of rain & sunshine there was a great attendance from the children, which shows their eagerness to learn the skills of the game. All the parents kept warm with a fresh cuppa & a treat.
As always a big thank you to all the hard working coaches, you can already see the children improve each week under their watchful eye.
A huge Congratulations to our Players of the week.
U6 Boy     Dominik Fako
U6 Girl      Ava O’Donoghue

U8 Girl      Aoife O’Connell

U16’s had no game this week, But start off again tomorrow evening Monday the 16th April
Away to Churchill in the Central Region at 7pm.

U14’s A Team  Feile
This week Wednesday 18th April V Na Gaeil

U14’s B Team hosted Laune Rangers at home in Ballyrickard on Wednesday the 11th April at 7pm.
This was their best performance so far this season . Everyone gave 100% putting in a great effort ,but to be beaten in the end by a stronger Laune Rangers Team.
Final Score KoR 3-6
Laune Rangers 5-19
U14’s B Team have no game this week as they have a bye in the County League.

U12’s A&B Teams played away to Firies this evening at 6pm
A Team,  they played a strong physical Firies team this evening . It was a close game all the ways through and every one playing their hearts out till the final whistle. The hard work paid off,  as they were victorious in the end by only 2 points.
Final Score 5-7 KoR
5-5 Firies

The B Team, they all played their hearts out for the entire game , but could never get on top of a stronger
Firies Team. Final Score 5-22 Firies
1-4 KoR
The U 12’s A&B Teams Next game planned for Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 6.30pm has now been changed to Tuesday the 24th April 2018 at home in Ballyrickard to Moyvane at 6.30pm.
U12 Girls
The North Kerry League final between Kerins O’Rahillys and Corca Dhuibhne was played on Tuesday evening last, April 10th in Gallarus.
Both teams lined out with a full complement of players on a dry but windy evening.
In the first half The Blues played with a strong wind to their backs and with Kelly Fitzgerald in flying form at full forward ( scoring a goal and 4pts in the first half) they took the lead from the start.
Aoibhín MacCarthy at no. 11 won some great ball setting up and getting some great scores. Lauren Doody at centre half back was very solid in defence and also scored a pt from play.
At the half time whistle our Strand Road girls lead by 1-8 to 1-2.

In the second half the girls from the west exerted a lot of pressure scoring a second goal and a few pts thus reducing the lead. However midfielders Ella O’ Connor and Sophie Hassett dominated for the Blues catching most kick outs and scoring pts from play and frees.
Other girls who deserve a special mention for their performance on the night are Saoirse MacCarthy, young Aoibheann McCarthy who scored a goal and Nathali Mulumba who at wing forward was outstanding contesting every ball.

When the final whistle blew the score was The Blues 2-17 / Corca Dhuibhne 2-05.
This was a great win for these up and coming footballers. Sharon Roche on behalf of The North Kerry Board presented the Cup to the winning capt. Aoibhín MacCarthy who gave a lovely speech and called for three cheers for Corca Dhuibhne.

The winning team lined out as follows…. 1. Millie O’ Brien 2. Ava Ward, 3. Rachel Foley, 4. Millie Hayes, 5. Fiadh McCarthy, 6. Lauren Doody (0-1) , 7. Saoirse MacCarthy, 8. Ella O’ Connor (0-1), 9. Sophie Hassett ( 0-3), 10. Aoibheann McCarthy (1-0) 11. Aoibhín MacCarthy (capt) (0-5), 12. Nathali Mulvihill (0-2), 13. Farah Leahy, 14. Kelly Fitzgerald ( 1-5)  , 15. Aoife Behan.
( Amy Behan- injured) .
Thanks to everyone for travelling back to support the girls and to our water girl Katie Nix.
U14 Girls
Great performance by our girls in the Féile competition last Saturday, April 14th in Caherslee where divisions 3 and 4 played. Kerins O’Rahillys were drawn in a group with Milltown / Listry and Rathmore. The girls played Milltown / Listry in their first game and won comfortably 3-11 to 0-1.
In their second game they played Rathmore. This game proved to be some battle on the pitch. Our girls never gave up and the final score was   Kerins O’Rahillys 1-3 , Rathmore 2-2.
Great football played by all. Rathmore met Fossa in the final.
Congrats to Fossa and their management as they head off to Louth in June.
U16 Girls
The girls had their first game last week when they were home to a very strong Castlegregory team.
Their next game is away to Churchill. Fixture to be confirmed.
Senior Ladies
Texts will be sent about training and next game. We are home to Glenflesk next week. Fixture to be confirmed.
Reminder: don’t forget to return your registration forms and fee.

New members are always welcome. Our girls are well looked after in Kerins O’Rahillys. For further details email or phone or text Shirley (086) 8713552.

Fund raiser- Masters Challenge:
Our annual fund raiser based on the results of the Masters was another outstanding success raising  much needed funds for the running of the club; there was much excitement daily over the week end as the results were collated and eventually Philip Sicat with a score of ( -56) was declared the winner – Philip picked up his winnings of €500 from the club during the week. Many thanks to all who sold tickets and to all who showed their support.

There was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot of €3,500 where the winning numbers drawn were: 4, 7, 13 & 30. There were two match 3 winners, Maria Jan Wojtalile and Tom McCarthy and each gets €25. Jackpot next week will be €3,600 – tickets €2 each, 3 for €5 can be had from the club house.

The five entrants for the special December draw (4  X €250) are as follows: Brendan O’Brien, Trish McCarthy, Gillian Lawlor, Brian Dillon and John Kelly.

Charlie’s Bar & Bistro:
Mike O’Connor and his team are now up and running continuing the great tradition of serving good food in a warm and friendly atmosphere; all sporting events can be seen live in the bar and the addition of a big screen has added greatly to the enjoyment. Daily specials are always on offer, meeting room available for all functions and with ample free parking, Charlie’s is the ideal spot to catch up with friends, discuss the match and have a good time. All enquiries to (066) 7124956.

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