Our seniors suffered a narrow defeat in Kilcummin on Saturday evening in Round 3 of the County League. With Jamie O’Sullivan and Billy McGuire unavailable through injury, Kevin Breen and Scott O’Mahony came into the forward line while Damien O’Sullivan made his return at centre back. Legion started on the front foot and took the lead early on when Conor Keane jinked inside and swung over a nice point. The lads looked to be moving well but Kilcummin held firm at the back and with nine minutes on the clock they got their first score of the game. Corner forward Mikey O’Shea found some space inside the box and placed a great finish to the corner of the net, and they extended their lead a couple of minutes later through a Kevin McCarthy free. Legion responded positively, however, and two well-struck frees by David O’Sullivan had them back to within a point. Things really seemed to have turned in our favour when Conor Keane’s long, hopeful ball evaded the advancing keeper and floated over his head. Tom Moriarty was on hand to poke the ball home as it reached the line. But Kilcummin were dogged throughout and replied with two fine scores of their own. The sides went in level at the break, 1-3 a piece.
Legion were again quickest out of the traps in the second half, Scott O’Mahony doing well to gather before kicking a great score over his shoulder. Kilcummin equalised through another McCarthy free and moments later the Legion rearguard was breached once more, McCarthy capitalising on a defensive error to fire his side into the lead with a great finish. There were no scores from play for quite a while but four frees, one from McCarthy and three from David O’Sullivan, meant Legion trailed by one with ten minutes to go. Substitute Peter McCarthy broke free and popped over another equalizer with seven minutes remaining and at this point it seemed as though momentum was with the away side, but two superb scores from Philip Casey and Kevin Gorman left Legion needing a goal with time running out. David O’Sullivan, who kicked immaculately all day, sent in a Hail Mary from out by the sideline but unfortunately the ball sailed a bit too far and dropped just over the bar. Kilcummin held on for a 2-7 to 1-9 win.
Legion scorers: David O’Sullivan (0-6, 0-5f), Tom Moriarty (1-0), Conor Keane (0-1), Scott O’Mahony (0-1), Peter McCarthy (0-1)
Team: David Gleeson, Cathal Sheahan, Danny Sheahan, Chris Davies, Darragh O’Doherty, Damien O’Sullivan, Alan Moriarty, Jack O’Neill, Shaun Keane, Kevin Breen, David O’Sullivan, Donal Lyne, Scott O’Mahony, Tom Moriarty, Conor Keane.
Subs: Colm ó Cuív, Peter McCarthy, Mike O’Sullivan, Rob Leen.
We’re at home to Kerins O’Rahillys this Saturday, April 16th in the Club Championship. Throw-in: 6.30pm.
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
We’ve been drawn to play Milltown-Castlemaine in the first round of the County Championship. The game will take place in Milltown on the weekend of May 15th.
The minors finished off a busy week with a great win over Laune Rangers on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-7. A feature of the game was the scoring return of recent Hogan Cup winner Peter McCarthy who accounted for an incredible 2-13. They have now qualified for the County League semi-final. Congratulations to all involved.
The U-12 girls played Ballymac last week in what was, for some of them, their first competitive outing. It took the girls some time to settle and a bigger Ballymac team took advantage of a fast start to get ahead by half time. Our players improved as the game wore on and we finished the stronger team. Showing great heart and a willingness to compete there’s no doubt this game will bring them on a ton. Final score: Ballymac 2-5, Legion 1-1.
Well done to the U-16s who opened up their East Kerry League campaign with a comfortable win over Glenflesk last Monday (April 4th) in Derreen. The lads were always in control and showed great pace and skill from start to finish.
We were delighted to welcome Austin Stacks to the Academy last Saturday for their annual trip to Derreen. Well done to the players, Seánie and all his crew and thanks to all the Austin Stacks mentors and players for a great day of football.
Congratulations to Brian Kelly, Podge O’Connor and Jonathan Lyne, members of the Kerry panel who defeated Roscommon in Croke Park on Sunday. Brian started in goal and kept a clean sheet. They now face Dublin in the final on Sunday, April 24th.
Don’t forget: we’re heading back to The Malton Hotel on Thursday, April 28th for another fashion show. Tickets are great value at just €25, which includes a wine reception. You can get your tickets at The Malton Hotel, Sewells Pharmacy, Keanes Jewellers, Kerry’s Boutique and any member of the Club Executive.
LOTTO ‘EASY PAY’
The club has introduced a new ‘Easy Pay’ direct debit method whereby once you sign up, your numbers are automatically included each and every week. You can opt for the money to be taken directly from your bank account either monthly (€9), quarterly (€25), half yearly (€50) or annually (€100). Direct debit forms are available from Seánie Culloty, Maura McCarthy, Paul Trant, Dan Murphy, Kevin Griffin or any lotto committee member.
A reminder that the club are still seeking new lotto sellers in an effort to raise much needed funds to run the club. We’re looking for as many people as possible to sell just five tickets a week. We’re looking for parents, players and supporters to row in behind us in this venture as every euro raised goes towards improving the club’s facilities. If interested please contact Seánie Culloty on 087 2225325.
The next collection time is this Saturday, April 16th before twelve noon. Bags can be dropped to the clubhouse during training times.