Killarney Legion 0-9
Kerins O’Rahillys 0-8
Legion picked up a huge win on Saturday evening in Derreen when they overcame a very strong Kerins O’Rahillys outfit in the opening round of the Club Championship. Having lost their opening three games of the County League, one of those defeats coming against Rahillys a few weeks back, the lads showed a great deal of character to pull through at the end of what was a fiercely contested match.
Both sides fielded strong teams as Kerry stars Brian Kelly, Podge O’Connor, David Moran, Barry John Keane and Tommy Walsh all lined out for their respective clubs, although Legion went into the game without the services of Jonathan Lyne and James O’Donoghue.
Jamie O’Sullivan and Rahilly’s wing forward Greg O’Connell exchanged points in the opening minutes before youngster Donal Lyne gave Legion the lead with a well-taken score. Barry John Keane equalised shortly after and with ten minutes on the clock the teams were tied at two. David O’Sullivan, who had kicked well in our previous game against Kilcummin, picked up where he left off and swung over two nice frees to put his side ahead by two. At the other end the lively Jack Savage pulled one back for Rahillys with a fine effort but another of Legion’s youngsters, Hogan Cup winner Peter McCarthy, responded with great point of his own a few minutes later. As the half drew to a close Barry John Keane reduced to the deficit to the minimum once more and Legion went in at the break one point to the good, 0-5 to 0-4.
There was controversy five minutes into the second period when Kerins O’Rahillys were reduced to fourteen men, Jack Savage getting his marching orders for committing his second bookable offence. The Tralee team reacted well, however, and Barry John Keane levelled the tie with a free two minutes later. Legion sharpshooter David O’Sullivan was unerring in front of the posts and two more quick-fire frees put Legion two points up heading into the last quarter.
Luck was on Legion’s side soon after when the ball fell to John Ferguson inside the box but his side-footed effort somehow deflected off a defender and looped over the crossbar. David O’Sullivan compounded their misfortune just moments later when he kicked a superb score to make it 0-8 to 0-6, and Legion managed to widen the gap to three on the fifty-three minute mark when Jamie O’Sullivan kicked a monster score from out towards the left sideline.
Rahillys pushed on manfully in the closing stages in the hope of clawing themselves back into the game. Tommy Walsh popped over a free from close range to cut the lead to two and, as the game ran into added time, David Moran kicked an excellent 45’ to make for a very nervous few minutes for the home crowd. They just failed to find the equaliser, however, and Legion held on for a priceless victory.
Legion scorers: David O’Sullivan (0-5, 0-4f), Jamie O’Sullivan (0-2), Donal Lyne (0-1), Peter McCarthy (0-1).
Legion: Brian Kelly, Chris Davies, Danny Sheahan, Podge O’Connor, Darragh O’Doherty, Damien O’Sullivan, Alan Moriarty, Jamie O’Sullivan, Shaun Keane, Jack O’Neill, David O’Sullivan, Donal Lyne, Peter McCarthy, Billy McGuire, Conor Keane.
Subs: Kevin Breen for Donal Lyne, Denis Sheahan for Jack O’Neill, Tom Moriarty for David O’Sullivan, Cathal Sheahan for Darragh O’Doherty, Conor Culloty for Danny Sheahan.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the Club Championship and Legion will play Dr Crokes on Saturday, April 30th in Kilcummin. Throw-in: 6.30pm.
Hard luck to the senior ladies who were beaten last weekend by Beale in the County League. Legion were short some regulars but battled hard and actually finished the game the stronger team. Final score: Killarney Legion 1-7 Beale 1-12. Speedy recovery to Claire Tangney who had to be replaced during the game due to a knee injury.
JUNIOR EAST KERRY LEAGUE:
Killarney Legion 2-15
Legion came out on top in this sporting if slightly one-sided affair in Derreen last Tuesday evening (April 12th). The home side started with a young and energetic team and they were very lively from the outset, especially in attack where they looked dangerous from all angles. Fresh from their Hogan Cup triumph with the Sem, Finbarr Murphy, Mike Pierce and Peter McCarthy all put in impressive performances and linked well with their fellow forwards who all managed to get their names on the scoresheet. Kilcummin did their best to stem the tide but a goal from Murphy gave Legion a healthy lead going in at the break. With Colm ó Cuív doing a great job in midfield and Seán McCarthy and Rob Leen marshalling the defence, Legion stretched their lead further in the opening stages of the second half. Credit to Kilcummin they kept tipping away and they got some reward when Chris Keane bagged a couple of goals to close the gap. The result was never really in doubt, however, and Conor Culloty capped a solid team performance with another goal late on.
Killarney Legion 4-11
An Ghaeltacht 4-05
Legion came out on top of this Division 1 tie but huge credit must go to both teams who played out a thrilling and skilful game in Derreen despite the very challenging conditions.
Tickets are still available for our fashion event which takes place at The Malton Hotel on Thursday, April 28th. At just €25 a head, tickets are great value and can be purchased at The Malton Hotel, Sewells Pharmacy, Keanes Jewellers, Kerry’s Boutique and any member of the Club Executive.
If you’re interested in selling some lotto tickets to help raise much-needed funds for the club, please contact Seánie Culloty at 087 2225325. Also if you’d like to avail of our Easy Pay system to automatically enter your lotto numbers every week, forms are available from Seánie, Maura McCarthy, Paul Trant, Dan Murphy, Kevin Griffin or any lotto committee member.
Congratulations to former player Catríona O’Sullivan who got engaged last week to boyfriend Neil. Catríona is the daughter of club stalwart Maria and sister of senior player David. All the best to Catríona and Neil from everyone at the club.