Club Notes 21st August 2022

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Monday August 15th
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Our Senior Men’s team made it three wins from three in the group stages of the Intermediate Club Championship with a deserved win over John Mitchels in Direen this Sunday afternoon . And while the win will not be filed under the classic category , the most important thing at this stage of any championship is the W. The victory saw us top the group and thereby guarantee a home venue for the quarter final. The draw for that stage was made on Sunday evening and it sees us face fellow East Kerry team Kilcummin.  John Mitchels as always played with huge commitment and  a defensive obdurity that needed patience which for most of the time we showed.

Conor Keane back in the starting line up after an injury interrupted season lived up to his surname in the opening quarter firing over two fine points while James O Donoghue showed his dexterity off both feet adding two more. John Mitchels James Duggan was equally impressive in this period slotting over four points but Jonathan Lyne, Padraig Lucey and Jameso with two more saw us lead 0-8 to 0-4 with 20 minutes gone. There was a fallow period with the scoring for about eight minutes which was broken by Mitchel’s wingback John Horgan while Conor Keane struck the final score of the half to leave it at 0-9 to 0-5.
Shaun Keane, Darragh Lyne and Luke O Donoghue were introduced at half time with Rob Leen, Peter McCarthy and Sam Benson making way and again the game hit a bit of a flat spot with scrappiness creeping in. Alan O’Donoghue made it a three point game but Mitchels never really threatened much as Brian Kelly hit a boomer, the recently introduced Thomas Moriarty clipped over a lovely score, and the industrious Luke O’Donoghue notched another to move us six clear, 0-12 to 0-6. Brian Kelly hit another long range free, needed at the time to steady the ship, after defender Cathal Sheahan saw red rather innocuously. James Duggan, the visitors best player, got their seventh and final point while sub Jamie O Sullivan made it double scores at the end, 0-14 to 0-7. It was good to see Darragh Lyne make an appearance as a second half substitute following his return from the USA.
The quarter final of the Intermediate Club Championship vs Kilcummin is foxed for Direen this Sunday August 28th with a 2.30pm throw in. 
Team.. Brian Kelly(0-2), Darragh O Doherty, Rob Leen, Cathal Sheahan, Peter O Sullivan, Danny Sheahan, Jonathan Lyne(0-1), Cian Gammell, Padraig Lucey(0-1), Peter McCarthy, James O Donoghue(0-4), Denis Sheahan, Ryan O Grady, Conor Keane(0-3), Sam Benson.
Subs.. Shaun Keane for Rob Leen, Darragh Lyne for Peter McCarthy, Luke O Donoghue(0-1) for  Sam Benson, Thomas Moriarty(0-1) for Ryan O Grady, Jamie O Sullivan (0-1) for Denis Sheahan.


Our U14 Girls had qualified for the County League Final which was played in Currans last Thursday evening. Facing them was the West Kerry combination of Dingle/ Annascaul/Castlegregory. Needing to be at their best against such a physically stronger team they struggled to find the form that helped them reach this far and had to give way to the girls from the West. With an East Kerry competition kicking off very soon there is no better place than the pitch to get your mojo flowing again.
The U15 Girls welcomed Na Gaeil to Direen in the  Club Championship last Tuesday evening. Playing against a strong wind in the first half they played cleverly and that saw them trail by two points at half time. A strong defensive showing in the second half , allied to the aid of the elements, saw the girls push on and win by a scoreline of 4-5 to 1-10. They now face ISG in the semi final in Direen this Tuesday August 23rd at 7pm.
The U17s are at home also, on Thursday August 25th, when they play Corca Dhuibhne in the Club Championship Quarter finals. Throw in is 7 bells.


A busy weekend for the lads. On Saturday they participated in the Rose Cup, making a comeback after a Covid enforced absence. They all won three of their group matches where they got the better of Austin Stacks B, Listtowel Emmets and Na Gaeil. Having played John Mitchels in a titanic tussle in the County League earlier this year they knew what a tough opponent they would be and so it proved as the Tralee side emerged victorious in the Cup semi final. A great experience for the team though to play in a marvellously run tournament.


The Minor Club Championship commences on Saturday September 3rd. We have been drawn away to Beaufort. The winners progress to the Championship semi finals while the losing team are in the Shield semi final. This is a new competition that guarantees at least two games.


Hats off to Eamonn Maguire and the field committee who look after the mowing and more recently the relaying of the goalmouth. The pitches are in pristine condition, a tribute to everyone who sees after them.


We wish Eoghan O Sullivan a speedy recovery from a shoulder operation he underwent this week. Part of this year’s Kerry U20 panel the injury deprived him of any game time but all going well he’ll be ready for the road again in 2023.


The District side accounted for their neighbours Eoghan Ruadh in the quarter finals of the District County Championship in Rathmore last Wednesday evening. They now face Tralee District in the John Mitchels complex this Wednesday August 24th at 7pm. We have a healthy representation with Cillian Murphy, Bryan Walsh, Aindi O Cathasaigh, Oisin Fleming all starting. They are joined in the match day squad by Luke Courtney and Finan Blackwell. And amongst the management team is Nigel Shevlin. We wish the lads well in their semi final.