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Club Notes 20th August 2023

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Better late than never for our Senior Men as they eventually outpaced a fiercely competitive Laune Rangers side is this Group C encounter played at a lush Direen. They would be grateful to custodian Brian Kelly whose heroics denied the Killorglin side at pivotal moments . When the visitors did storm the gates it prompted a 0-6 to 0-1 scoring run in the final ten minutes to secure the precious two points. The first half was an even affair with Eoghan O Sullivan, Padraig Lucey, Ryan O'Grady and William Shine sending the teams to the dressing room with the home side one point ahead, 0-5 to 0-4. With the elements in their favour you'd expect the hosts to push on but a  combination of missed chances and stubborn opposition had the Launesiders ahead entering the final eight minutes. But points from Shine(2) and Jamie O Sullivan(2) gave Peter McCarthy the chance to draw level. Half time substitute James O Donoghue hit a boomer to get the noses in front and an Eoghan O Sullivan point sealed the deal. A hard fought win secures a quarter final place with the upcoming trip to Kilcummin deciding the table toppers. Final score Killarney Legion 0-14 Laune Rangers 1-9.
Team..Brian Kelly, Darragh Fleming, Danny Sheahan, Rob Leen, Cian Gammell, Darragh O Doherty, Darragh Lyne, Padraig Lucey(0-1) , Jamie Alade Finbarr Murphy, Jonathon Lyne, Eoghan O Sullivan(0-3), Ryan O Grady(0-1), Will Shine(0-5), Peter McCarthy(0-1)
Subs used..James O Donoghue(0-1) for Ryan O Grady, Jamie O Sullivan(0-2) for Finbarr Murphy, Peter O Sullivan for Jamie Alade, Shaun Keane for Padraig Lucey

Our U13 Boys participated in the prestigious Rose Cup in Tralee on Saturday and emerged as winners of the Shield Competition. We were drawn in a group with Ballymac, St James Galway and Milltown Castlemaine. We had good victories over Ballymac and Milltown Castlemaine and lost to a strong St James Galway Team. This qualified us for the semi finals where we overcame St Senans before winning the final against Austin Stacks. A great achievement for the boys to emerge as winners in such a well run competition. Thanks to all our supporters for the encouragement throughout the tournament .

The Legion U12 Girls represented our club very well on Saturday at the U12 Munster LGFA blitz which was hosted by Moyvane GAA. It was a really well organised blitz which had an emphasis on friendly match play and the spirit of good sportsmanship. Legion entered two teams into the blitz and all 23 girls had plenty of game time and a lot of fun. The hosts treated us to an excellent spread of food and beverages. A great day out for the club and for the Legion girls was had. Thank you to the supporters who travelled, the coaches who made the day happen and our most gracious hosts. Next up is the County League final game for the Green Team away to Beaufort on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the week there were no rewards in our Legion U12 Girls White team final against  a strong Laune Rangers team. In the first quarter, we got off to a slow start, conceding a number of goals, which kept Laune Rangers firmly ahead for the rest of the evening. We steadied the ship thereafter and delivered some nice points to help the scoreline. We struck back  a number of times, but alas, the die was firmly cast in Rangers favour. We'll take some lessons from it and head back to the training ground. Thanks to all who made the trip!!

Our U14 girls concluded their county league campaign on Sunday afternoon with two deciders, both played at Milltown. First up was the Division 3 Final against  Kilcummin. A strong breeze coming in from Castlemaine harbour made conditions awkward for both sides. Playing into the breeze in the first half , the Legion girls played a strong running game and were able to register a few goals on the scoreboard. The game opened up a bit more in the second half but the early goals proved to be crucial in deciding the outcome. Legion kept the scoreboard ticking over to take the victory on the day. Final score ...Kilcummin 1-06
Killarney Legion 5-13
The Division 6 final followed next where John Mitchels were the opposition. There was little between the sides when they met in the group stages and another close contest ensued. The Legion girls played with the wind at their backs in the opening period and took a slender lead into the half time break. 

Stout defending at each end of the pitch was a feature of the game and the close contest had the supporters on the edge of their seats. John Mitchels powered back into the game and edged in front with 10 minutes remaining. Despite a huge effort from the Legion girls, they couldn’t close the gap and John Mitchels took the spoils at the final whistle. Final score .
John Michels 0-13
Killarney Legion 0-09. 
Well done to all the girls playing today who gave us all a fantastic feast of football and worked their socks off all day. Thanks to Milltown for hosting both games and to referee Jeremiah O’Sullivan for officiating   

The girls will now look forward to the East Kerry league which commences next weekend.

MKL Gaels were our opponents on an unusually fine summer's evening in Fossa last Wednesday in the Division 3 County League final . The combination side made the better start leading 3-4 to 0-4 at half time but whatever was said with the halftime cup of cocoa the girls thundered into the game , hitting 1-6 without reply to draw level . MKL though awoke from their slumber to hit the final seven points of the game to run out 3-12 to 1-10 victors.

The Club extends its sympathies to the family of David Fleming, formerly of St Brendans Terrace. David brother Donie is a staunch Legionnaire all his life, giving great service to the club. And also to our neighbours Dr Crokes and the family of Malachy Walsh on the untimely death of Malachy. May they both Rest in Peace.

Best of luck to Paddy Osborne with his second book titled "When your numbers up" which was launched during the week. Following on from the success of Paddy's first effort "The Baxter Boys" we hope the numbers are up in all good bookshops and it's available locally in O Connors in Beech Road and Easons in New Street.

Results Monday August 14th
Numbers were 14,16,18,28 Bonus 21
Match 3s  / Lucky Dips:

1.Vincent Scott c/o Pat Moynihan

2. Laura Galvin Milltown Malbay Co Clare
3. Gerard Cullinane 18 Daltons Avenue
4. Meg + Paddy Lynch Ross Road
5. James Twomey 2 Church Road Grove, Tramore