Club Notes 14th May 2023

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Monday 15th May


Castleisland Desmonds were the visitors to Direen for the latest round of the Credit Union County League. A stiff breeze backed the Island men in the first half  but they never really cashed in on the advantage of the elements as Ryan O’Grady with four points, the impressive Rob Leen and Finbarr Murphy had the home side 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at the short whistle. A Jonathan Lyne goal , following good work from Ryan O’Grady again,  was the perfect start to the second half and when Jamie O Sullivan and Finbarr Murphy chipped in with further scores it was looking ominous. But the visitors rallied briefly with three unanswered scores and it took points from Eoghan O Sullivan and Will Shine to steady the ship. The game was put beyond all doubt by a Ryan O’Grady goal  , a fact cemented by an emphatic finish from Will Shine, who put the gloss on a 3-14 to 0-7 win.
TEAM..Brian Kelly, Podge O’Connor, Danny Sheahan, Rob Leen(0-1), Peter O Sullivan, Darragh O Doherty, Kieran O Donoghue, Padraig Lucey, Cian Gammell, Eoghan O Sullivan(0-1), Jonathan Lyne(1-0), Finbarr Murphy(0-2), Ryan O Grady(1-6), Jamie O Sullivan(0-2), Peter McCarthy(0-1)
Subs.. Will Shine(1-1), Darragh Lyne, Luke O’Donoghue, Shaun Keane, Sam Benson.
Milltown is the destination next Sunday May 21st with the game pencilled in for a 2pm throw in time.  
The Senior B team picked up their second win in the Division 6 with a narrow win over Churchill on Friday evening. Although the scoreline, 4-10 to 4-9 , would indicate a tight encounter  they held the upper hand for long periods , only to withstand a late Churchill onslaught. Firies will come to Direen next weekend, keep an eye on social media for a confirmed throw in time and date.


The Senior Ladies made the long trip north to Clounmacon earlier this morning for their Donal Curtin Round four clash. Short a number of players due to unavailability it didn’t take the North Kerry side long to take control of the game from the  and they ran out worthy winners on a comfortable scoreline. To our girls credit they did not drop the heads and kept going to the final whistle. Next up is a home game against Ballymacelligott. 


Well done to our Under 10 girls who put on a great display at half time in Sunday Mens County League clash in Direen. They enjoyed their run out and some fine skills were on display.
Both U12 teams were in action this week. The Green team faced Laune Rangers in Direen on Tuesday while the White team were in Spa on Wednesday evening. There were plenty positives to be taken from both outings but at the same time a few things to improve on. Great to see a healthy turnout though over both nights.
The U14s , Division 5 team, came back from North Kerry with a well earned win over Ballyduff. The home side had the better of the first half and built up a healthy lead but credit to the girls they upped the ante in the second half and ran out 4-7 to 3-6 winners.
The Minors, shorn of a few players, battled hard against a strong Inbhear Sceil Gaeils side on Monday in Direen. But the overall depth of the visitors saw them have too much for the home side. The Minor league takes a break for the State Examinations and we wish anyone sitting them the very best of luck.


The U9 Go Games continued in Currow during the week. Twenty two boys took part in these games which are seen as a gentle introduction to full blown matches in a non competitive environment. It’s great to see the improvement in the teams as the games progress. Well done team and coaches.
Our two U13 teams travelled to Connolly Park on Sunday evening to play Austin Stacks in Round 1 of Phase 2 of the County League
A good performance from our Green Team saw us emerge with the victory. Some good teamwork and score taking in the first half saw us lead by 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval. With our defence on top and driving the team forward we kept the scoreboard ticking throughout the second half. An important win for the team in what is likely to be a closely fought group, the final.score was 0-13 to 0-04. Our White Team fought valianty throughout the entire game and kicked some excellent scores but ultimately came up short. Next up for both teams is another trip to Tralee next Sunday evening to play Na Gaeil in Round 2
Our Legion U15 White Team qualified for the Division 2 County League final where they will meet Na Gaeil this Wednesday, May 17th, in Listry. They got there the hard way with a dramatic penalty shootout win in a wintery Ballymacelligott last Wednesday. Playing into the breeze in the opening half they did well to hold the hosts to just four points and thereby went in level. Ballymac improved somewhat in the second half, a fact underlined by the three point lead they held with the game entering its final moments. A late Legion onslaught resulted in a penalty which was dispatched to send the game to extra time. Both defences were on top in extra time with scores at a premium, and it sent the game into penalties. Nobody blinked in the shootout until Legion keeper James Murphy produced the first stop, diving to his left. Eoin Murphy stepped forward , knowing that a successful attempt would send Legion through to the final and he had the coolest head in the ground to duly oblige. Hard luck to Ballymac – they were so close to winning the game and it was a great sporting contest.
The U17 Boys came out on top in a local Derby in the second round of the East Kerry League. A rousing finale saw them pinch the result on a 2-14 to 3-9 scoreline. Further tests against Kenmare(May 22nd) and Kilcummin(May 29th) lie in wait.


The Club extends its sympathies to Maragret Brosnan and family on the death of her mother Margaret Crowley. Originally from Blarney she was residing in Killarney with Margaret and husband Padraig in Scrahan Court.
Also to the family of our neighbour in Direen, Sean O Riordan. Sean was a good supporter of the Club, always calling in on his daily stroll of the neighbourhood.
May both Margaret and Sean Rest in Peace.