Club Notes 10th September 2023

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Monday 11th September


A disappointing climax to our campaign with a three point defeat to Milltown / Castlemaine in the semi-final final played at a pristine Fitzgerald Stadium. Trailing by three at half time, 0-9 to 0-6, an early second half goal put us on the back foot. Despite a Ryan O Grady penalty and an Eoghan O Sullivan point cutting the gap to two with twelve minutes remaining , we couldn’t get any closer and Milltown Castlemaine ran out 1-13 to 1-10 winners. They now meet Fossa in the final, who were themselves victorious over Austin Stacks. 


A great performance from our Under 11 boys last Thursday evening in their first East Kerry league game vs. Listry . 30 boys togged out  in glorious weather at home in Derreen with the two teams from both clubs produced some great football and gave it their all for 50 minutes . Thanks to Nigel Shevlin and John Keane for referring the games, and thanks to Listry for visiting us and best of luck in the remaining games.


The Legion minors travelled to Castleisland for the quarter-final of County B Club championship last Saturday . Playing with the aid of a strong breeze they started brightly, and with our forwards combining well, we led 0-11 to 0-4 at half time. Castleisland made a strong start to the second half with 4 quick points. At the midway point in the second half, castleisland struck for a goal, which drew the home side level. The final fifteen minutes were keenly contested, and Legion held a one point lead as the game ticked into injury time. However, Castleisland struck for a second goal to lead by 2 points deep into injury time. The Legion lads didn’t panic and worked the ball up where Daire Murphy was fouled for a penalty. Brián O’Shea stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way to secure the win in dramatic style.
Team ..Joshua Alade , Adam O’Neill, John O Grady , Cian Scannell , Kevin Looney , Cillian Murphy , Ronan Fahey , Bryan Walsh , Aindi O’Cathasaigh, Tom Benson 0-3, Brian O Shea 1-1, Jason O Sullivan 0-1, Evan Cox , Oisin Fleming 0-11, Eanna Kearney .
Subs Daire Murphy 0-1, Tony Daly , Finan Blackwell , Eoin Murphy ,Jack Culloty.


The Legion U12 Girls – Green team travelled to Firies for their first match of the East Kerry league during the week and with the hosts quick out of the blocks, they settled into an early lead. However, Legion fought back and were only down a point at the end of the first quarter. While the second quarter saw Legion settle into the game, momentum turned again at the half when Firies put the Legion girls under fierce pressure . When Legion did break down the field, they were unlucky not to get some much needed scores, and on the night, the hosts took the points. All credit to the girls who never gave up. Thank you to Firies for a sporting game, and thank you to the referee officiating on the night.
At the same time our U12 White Team made the trip to Milltown Castlemaine for the second match of their East Kerry campaign. The game saw a closely contested opening quarter with only a point in the difference. We opened up some daylight between our opponents through winning some good possession and combining that with good team play. Milltown were never going to lie down, and some lapses in focus put us under pressure. With some positional changes and discussion about getting back to our earlier game play, the girls steadied the ship and steered us through to the win. Thanks to all who made the trip and to Milltown Castlemaine for a solid contest. Also, thanks to the referee officiating on the evening.


On what was a busy week for our  ladies’ sides, there was no joy for our u15 outfit in their u15 Co Championship quarter final, but it certainly wasn’t for the lack of effort. Corca Dhuibhne made the long trip from the west and, after a blistering start, led the game 1-03 to 0-00 after 10 minutes. Our ladies did superbly to battle back with some very well worked scores to draw level at the break. The 2nd half was a right battle with plenty of chances at either end. At the final whistle, the result wasn’t clear, but unfortunately for us, Corca Dhuibhne had managed one more score than us to take the game by a single point and advance to the semi final Final score Legion 4-07 Corca Dhuibhne 3-11.


Big shout out to John Bowler of Eddie Rockets, New Street Killarney who has sponsored a set of jerseys for the  Mothers and Others team who are representing the club at the National Gaelic for Mother’s and Others blitz in Portmarnock on Saturday next, 16th September
Many thanks to John and Eddie Rockets for the support and best of luck to the ladies at the weekend.


Last Saturday morning saw the launch of our brand new Academy Jersey. The new design reflects a modernisation of the style with the round neck replacing the traditional collar style. A new feature also is the logo of Randles Brothers Nissan Dealers who’s main club sponsorship now embraces the Academy. We would like to place on record our thanks to Keanes Jewellers for the outstanding support they gave the Academy since 2015 and obviously thank our main Club sponsors Randles Bros for their unstinting support.