Killarney Legion 1-16 Watervile Frank Caseys 0-8
A steady downpour for the entire first half impacted in a big way on the quality both teams served up.In a cagey and often error strewn first period both defences had the upper hand however delivery of good ball to the forwards was often errant and over ambitious considering the conditions.The Legion did have a trump card in Jamie O Sullivan at full forward and he was the stand out performer on the day with a personal tally of 9 pts.while narrowly missing the net on two further occasions.The Legion led by just two points at the break and it took Waterville less than 5mins of the second half to level matters,this shook the home side into action and a scoring burst of 6pts.opened a winning gap.Shaun Keane was a huge influence in midfield and the introduction of Conor Keane added a big threat and he hit 1-1 from play.Danny and Cathal Sheahan were steady and consistant in the Legion rearguard and needed to be as cousins Barry and Sam O Dwyer were a constant threat as proved when alert Legion goalie Conor McCarthy had to pull off two top drawer saves and his pinpoint kickouts were a huge boost.This win sees the Legion make a welcome return to Div.1 of the County League and so far have remained unbeaten in what is a tough division.Another highlight was the return of Peter McCarthy after a protracted absence due to injury and he certainly left his mark with a fine point and some very intelligent running off the ball.Well done to the senior panel and management on winning promotion.
U16 DIV.1 CO.SEMI-FINAL
Killarney Legion 2-12 Rathmore 2-10
If you needed assuring that East Kerry was the hotbed of Kerry football look no further than the U16 County League Division 1.Dr Crokes,Legion and Rathmore are all at the top alongside Tralee kingpins Austin Stacks.There is only the kick of a ball between the 4 sides and this was reflected in the semi finals last midweek.While Crokes and Stacks were drawing in one semi,ourselves and Rathmore had a humdinger of a game in Ratheg – never an easy place to come away with a win.The homeside settled quicker and ran up a 4 points to 2 lead but our lads definitely had their heads switched on and battled manfully and this was reflected in a superb second quarter where we harvested 2 goals thanks to the rampaging Adam Kissane and sharpshooter Ryan O Grady.This gave us a deserved half time lead of 2-3 to 0-5.
The third quarter again belonged to Rathmore as they seized the initiative but once again our lads stuck to the task,playing a brand of football obviously honed on the training field.Niall McGillycuddy was to the fore in this period,his point taking stalling Rathmore while giving huge energy to his own teammates.In the end we ran out 2 points winners 2-12 to 2-10, and make no mistake about it,it was well earned against an outstanding Rathmore side.With the replay of the other semi final to be played,the final promises to be another arm wrestle and we wish our lads the very best in the final.Their performances to date mean they richly deserve their place in the showpiece.Outside of those already mentioned it would be unfair to single out anyone else as it was a superb team effort.Well done lads.
Alas no joy for Kerry against Roscommon but well done to Mícháel Devlin,Darren Looney and the injured Barry Slattery who represented the club so well.Congratulations to Sarah Leahy and the Kerry Ladies who advanced to the All Ireland semi-final in what has been a great year so far.
SOUTH KERRY DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
We were well represented by Cian O Leary,Ryan O Grady,Eoghan O Sullivan and Niall McGillicuddy (four of our brightest prospects)as they won a country wide tournament in Offaly.
A resounding success would be the verdict on this years summer camp with just short of 100 children attending.Great to have the services of James O Sullivan who over saw the event and Séanie Culloty our Saturday Academy co-ordinator and as usual Chairman Enda Walshe who has grown the camp over the past few years.A total of 14 coaches were in attendance and their great work and dedication made the event run so well.
Congratulations,long life and happiness to former manager Ciarán Cronin and his new bride Cora McSweeney who got married this past week.
In a week where there was so much success and positive things the news came that a former friend and player had tragically passed away at a very young age.The club was shocked to hear that David O Connor(Murphy)had died in Clare where the family moved to.David was an integral part of a very successful Legion side (most of whom are now the backbone of our senior team)that won a county minor title in 2011.Popular and a fine athlete he would no doubt have gone on to great things had he remained in Killarney but this he achieved when the family moved to Sixmilebridge in Clare where he went on to play county u21 hurling and make the senior club side as a regular.He was also an accomplished golfer to show just how talented he was.A sad loss of such a gifted and popular young man.Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a Anam dílis.
Winning no’s – 10,11,16,28.No winner.Lucky dips,(1)Adrian O Sullivan,Ballaugh(2)Siobhán O Brien,c/o P.G.Lynch(3)Elaine Kavanagh,c/o St.Olivers(4)Padraig Casey,Faha(5)Noel Moloney.Next weeks jackpot € 13,300.Draw on Monday
21st.August.Play online at www.legiongaa.com