Sunday 20th November
Numbers were: 1, 2, 3, 26
1. Suzanne Smith
2. Mary Healy
3. David Walsh
4. John McCullagh
5. Norma Griffin
Next draw Sunday 27th at 8pm Murphys Bar
7.30pm this Friday night, November 25th,will see David Randles chair our Annual General Meeting. Your attendance at this important club event is as always appreciated .
O DONOGHUE CUP QUARTER FINAL
The seeds of this win for Killarney Legion were sown in the first half when despite playing against a gale force wind they retired to the Direen dressing rooms with a one point advantage, 0-6 to 0-5. This was down to playing a smart brand of football, retaining possession, staying out of the tackle and making timely incisive attacks at the opportune time. Central to all this was the influence of James O Donoghue who conducted the orchestra with great poise while Padraig Lucey picked up the baton when required also.
Both teams made late changes, Matt Keane replacing Gary O’Leary for the visitors while Darragh Lyne and Will Shine were absentees for the home side, with Luke O’Donoghue and Thomas Moriarty in their stead. Kilcummin started the brighter, using the elements to move the ball quickly, and led with two points from Noel Duggan(free) and the impressive wing back Philip Casey. James O Donoghue rotating positions constantly in the attack got his side on the board with a free before Cian Foley judged the elements perfectly to land a fine point. O Donoghue with a free and Ryan O’Grady with a point from a mark drew the sides level before Kieran Murphy planted a 45 through the posts. It was around the end of the first quarter that Padraig Lucey started to dictate around the middle and good use of the ball drew fouls from the Kilcummin defence which O Donoghue punished. Thomas Moriarty clipped over a nice point from the corner but it was Kilcummin who had the last word of the half, a free converted by wingback Casey.
The one thing you can never have when you face a team as spirited as Kilcummin is complacency and while holding a half time lead after playing against the worst of the weather might give you a sense of it , it’s important to thread carefully. Noel Duggan made sure Kilcummin got the second half off on the right note with a point and with some strong runners in their ranks they are well capable of holding any team . Both teams were now also down to fourteen men as a result of a skirmish that happened as they left the pitch at half time, Shane McSweeney and Denis Sheahan both seeing red. O Donoghue picked up from where he left off with two more, one from a free and from play. A pivotal moment saw Kilcummins outstanding defender Dara O Callaghan see a black card and this was Legions que to push on. O Donoghue from a free made it 0-9 to 0-6. Padraig Lucey then fielded a Brendan Kealy kick out to set up Thomas Moriarty and O Donoghue again with a fisted effort opened up a five point ,0-11 to 0-6.
An astute piece of thinking from Kieran Murphy sent Noel Duggan through on goal , his first shot batted away by Brian Kelly , who again denied Duggan from the rebound. That visit was not a waste though as Philip Casey struck over his third point. Both teams ran their benches in an effort to maintain momentum and it was Legion who garnered more with points from Thomas Moriarty, Finbarr Murphy( a superb assist by Cian Gammell), O Donoghue and a fine effort from Gammell . Kilcummin to their eternal credit kept plugging away with further scores from the ever accurate Noel Duggan. They had a few half sights at goal but the Legion defence, competent throughout, held firm.
The semi final draw will take place on Sunday afternoon following the Spa Listry quarter final. Gneeveguilla will face Glenflesk in the last quarter final with the winners joining Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion in the pot.
KILLARNEY LEGION..Brian Kelly, Rob Leen, Darragh Doherty, Cathal Sheahan, Peter O Sullivan, Danny Sheahan, Jonathan Lyne, Padraig Lucey, Cian Gammell(0-1), Denis Sheahan, James O Donoghue(0-9), Luke O Donoghue, Ryan O Grady(0-1), Jamie O Sullivan, Thomas Moriarty(0-3)
Subs.. Finbarr Murphy(0-1) for Luke O Donoghue, Shaun Keane for Jamie O Sullivan, William Shine for Thomas Moriarty, Podge O’Connor for Cathal Sheahan
Last Friday night Chairperson of the Ladies Committee Ted Healy ran a very informative and efficient end of year review at a well attended AGM in the Clubhouse. He thanked his fellow officers for their huge support, all the management teams for their years work and each gave a comprehensive run down on their season with particular reference to playing numbers. The positive to be gleaned from these was that at U12 and U14 level it is earmarked to have 2 teams competing at these grades. The numbers at U16 and Minor are also self sufficient but will need careful management. Tributes were paid to outgoing Senior manager John McCarthy who stepped down this year alongside Desiree Crowley. Mairead O Donoghue has served her time as County Board Delegate but no doubt will continue her busy involvement in the club with playing and coaching. Ladies PRO Elizabeth Mohan is off on her worldly travels and her contribution in promoting the teams fixtures, results and activities was also widely acknowledged. In the coming weeks the various management teams will be put together but with two teams at U12 and U14 as outlined there will always be a need for extra volunteers so please lend a hand if you can. In his closing address Chairman Ted thanked the clubs sponsors for their generous support, Main Club Chairman Dave Randles for his unstinting support and paid tribute to Club member Selina Looney on her sterling work as Chairperson of the Kerry Ladies Gaelic Football County Board.
COMMITTEE FOR 2023..Chairperson Ted Healy, Vice Chairperson Mike Doody, Secretary Oonagh Moynihan, Treasurer John Foran, PRO Enda Walshe, Childrens Officer Linda O Donoghue, County Board Delegate TBC