CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP REPLAY
Dingle 1-11 Killarney Legion 1-12
While most people thought that a Legion win here in Dingle was a longshot the seniors certainly took an altogether different view of matters as they turned in another fine team performance.Built on a defence that was determined and aggressive – and they needed to be – the game swung from end to end.The opening quarter saw the sides swop score for score to leave it at 3pts.each when man of the match Jack O Neill turned over a Dingle ball and found Conor Culloty with a pinpoint foot pass and he cooly placed his shot to the net.The home side were stung into a response and a series of points saw the Legion go in at the break leading on a 1-7 to 8pts.scoreline.Nobody in the fine crowd doubted that this game would go down to the wire and so it transpired as the exchanges intensified.James O Donoghue’s movement dragged the Dingle backs out of position regularly thus opening the way for the other forwards who weren’t shirking from hard graft as they kept up the pressure on the Dingle backs.Having slipped into a 4pt.lead the Legion seemed to have made a decisive break but with 15 mins.left on the clock Dingle took advantage of a rare defensive mix up and duly punished it with a goal to leave the minimum in it.However Conor Keane produced a sublime point as he cut the ball with the outside of his boot whilst going away from goal to steady the ship.Dingle pushed hard and narrowed the gap to a single point but it was noticeable that they found it hard to overcome a resolute Legion rearguard and with their talisman Paul Geaney well marshalled by Danny Sheehan the clock ticked towards full time as both sides swopped points and with the clock just marking the third minute of injury time the final whistle blew to be greeted by loud cheers and immense satisfaction by the big and vocal Legion support that made the trip to Daingean Uí Chúis which was much appreciated by the management and team.
Club Championship Semi-final – Killarney Legion V Kenmare Shamrocks,Sunday May 7th.at 1.30 p.m.venue to be decided.
Co.Championship Round 1 Killarney Legion V Kenmare Shamrocks,Sunday 14th.May in Derreen.(We’ll be sick of the sight of each other by the end of it!).
The U16 Girls continued their good form in their third league game against Ballymacelligott.The good conditions on the main pitch suited our girls who set a fast pace and displayed some lovely flowing football as they comfortably controlled the game.The game saw two goals scored for the Legion from Rebecca Walshe and Ciara Randles.A handsome return of 18 pts.from the forwards against a concession of 1-5 showed how well in control they were throughout.So they face Glenflesk in their final league game and do so in fine fettle.
Not to be outdone our u14 girls continued their county league div.2 campaign with a home game against Corca Dhuibhne.They took control of the game early on and despite conceding a couple of goals late in the first half went in at halftime on a score line of 2-6 to 2-1.Corca Dhuibhne started the second half strongly and reduced the deficit to 3 points before the Legion girls stepped up their performance again and through some excellent movement, passing, tackling and score taking restored their advantage.In an excellent game which flowed from end to end, Legion showed resolute defending and with emerging leaders on the pitch, came out on top on a score line of 4-13 to 4-6.
Heartiest congratulations to Mikey Bernard O Donoghue and wife Edel on the birth of their son Jamie Michael,a dead cert for a Legion senior jersey.
What a week for Adam Kissane who scored a goal for the u16 boys at the start of the week and finished it a number of days later by having his appendix removed,hopefully he will soon be back on playing fields picking up where he left off.
COISTE NA N-ÓG
Next Sunday sees the G.A.A.celebrate the 50th.Anniversary of Coiste na nÓg and to mark the occasion a parade will be held for the clubs of East and Mid Kerry involving children from 6 to 16 in Killarney starting at 11.30 a.m.