Co.League Div.1 Rd.9
Killarney Legion 0-17 Spa 2-8
As was to be expected this local derby did not disappoint as both teams played out a keenly contested game.A stiff breeze blew towards the town end and it did have a part to play especially for the Legion who had it to their backs in the first half.Having settled into their stride with 3 early points the Legion were caught with a goal from Spa as the backs who other wise were sound failed to close down the centre.This brought a good response though as they kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely with some top class point taking with no fewer than six different players registering.Spa were using the quick kickout to good effect but when the Legion forwards pressed up on it the game turned with Billy McGuire dominating under the high ball and this greatly improved the supply to the forwards.The halftime whistle saw the Legion go in ahead with a healthy 0-12 to 1-3 lead.Picking up where they left off the Legion added two more points and looked to be on course for a comfortable win but Spa got the bit between the teeth and a 4 pt.burst gave them renewed energy and the game became a dog fight when they took advantage of a turnover and a second goal saw the margin down to just a brace of points.The exchanges were tough as the play swung from one end to the other and Spa ensured a tense finish as another point saw the minimum between the sides.However this was as close as they got as the homeside gathered themselves again and with better control of the ball they widened the gap to 3 as the final whistle blew for a deserved win.Danny Sheehan,Damien O Sullivan and Darragh Doherty were soundness itself at the back and once again Jamie O Sullivan led the forwards with a personal tally of 9 pts.Young Peter McCarthy had a fine game throughout as had Aiden Slattery and two crucial saves from Conor McCarthy were to prove to be invaluable towards the win.The performances of late have been improving steadily and while the results may not have matched this win was merited and a testament to the work being done on the training field.
A throw back to Old Killarney with the innovative re-introduction of the street leagues.Up and running in Derreen they are inclusive,fun and for the children involved deadly serious.Future stars on the way.
Killarney Legion3-8 Tuosist/Kilgarvan 6-14
A flying start saw the combination side run up agood 8pt.lead before the Legion managed to settle themselves into the game.Having done so their best period followed as the hit three goals to leave them just a single point in arrears at the halftime break.The Legion started the second half as they finished the first in good form but when taking the easier option of points probably would have been more rewarding at least three attempts at goal proved fruitless.This gave Tuosist/Kilgarvan the break they needed and they duly took their chance by adding a series of goals of their own to see them comfortable winners in the end.Indeed Legion had reason to thank Robert Osbourne in goal for a string of fine saves as well as a fine goal line fetch from centre back Conor O Leary.
KERRY V GALWAY
Disappointing to say the least,a poor performance and one would have to ask why a player the calibre of Paul Geaney has to defend on his own 20m line when Kerry were lacking penetration in the forward line.Hopefully Kerry can regroup for a very tough away assignment to Monaghan.