Kerry draw some comfort from Waterford visit

By Paul Murphy Kerry LGFA PRO

 

Lidl Ladies National League Division 2 – Round 2

Kerry 0-15 Kerry 2-09

Both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils after a highly entertaining game in Strand Road. Kerry started brightly with Miriam O’Keeffe pointing inside the first minute. Waterford’s Liz Devine quickly replied for the visitors. With the rain arriving at the start of the game it made for a greasy ball & surface, but this didn’t stop Kerry from driving forward at every available opportunity. The home side were playing more direct from the get go with the forwards showing for it at every available opportunity. Fossa’s Erica McGlynn with two points inside the first five minutes to give Kerry an early 0-03 to Waterford’s 0-01. Waterford’s Eimear Fennell had the deficit down to a one score game, but Kerry were to go on a scoring spree with four unanswered points with the defence as a unit holding firm with Aislinn Desmond in the thick of the action. Miriam O’Keeffe was to be the chief tormenter for the Waterford defence scoring three points two from frees and one from play. Kerry captain Amanda Brosnan added her name to the score sheet with a brace of points one from a free and play and by the sixteenth minute it left the score line reading Kerry 0-08 Waterford 0-02.

 

The score line at this stage reflecting Kerry’s dominance in every aspect of the game. The changes in defence from the opening round draw with Clare were paying dividends in the early exchanges in the game. Maria Delahunty opened her account in the eighteen minute from a free before Niamh Carmody replied in the twentieth minute for the home side. Kerry were guilty of some missed opportunities in the final quarter of the first half, opportunities if they had gone over would have given them a sizeable lead going in at half time and given Waterford a mountain to climb. They also had two goal chances which ended up in the back of the net but on each occasion were ruled out for a square ball infringement.

 

It was however the away side who finished the half stronger with Eimear Fennell scoring her second point of the half and a goal somewhat fortitudes at the end of the first half allowed Waterford to go in at the break just two points down. A deficit they would happily have taken going in at halftime considering Kerry’s dominance in the half. The scoreline reading Kerry 0-09 Waterford 1-04.

Kerry made two substitutions at the start of the second half. Sophie Lynch and Niamh Carmody making way for Siobhan Burns and Anna O’Reilly. Kerry’s Miriam O’Keeffe was the first to raise the white flag in the second half with a point from a free. Waterford soon replied with a point from play and the deficit was again back to a two-point game. Both sides were guilty of some missed opportunities before two points from Kerry’s Erica McGlynn and Emma Dineen her first of the afternoon increased Kerry’s lead to a two-score game.

 

Midway through the second half Maria Delahunty pointed her second of the afternoon from a free to reduce the deficit to a one score game. The home side had a change to increase the lead, but Lorraine Scanlon pulled her attempt of a free wide. Things were about to get a whole lot tougher for Kerry. Substitute Siobhan Burns was sin binned with eleven minutes left on the clock. Waterford were first to react to this with Maria Melahunty with her third point of the afternoon from a free to reduce the deficit to two points. Credit to the home side for regrouping with Lorraine Scanlon pointing from a free in the twenty first minute having missed one earlier from a similar position.

 

The away side quickly replied soon after to reduce the deficit to two. Erica McGlynn got her fourth of the afternoon in increase Kerry’s lead to three with five minutes left on the clock. Waterford were not done yet, up popped Aileen Wall with two minutes left on the clock to draw the sides level. Maria Delahunty added her fourth free deep in injury time to give the away side a one-point lead with little time remaining. Waterford Carragh McCarthy soon received her marching orders for the sin bin.

Credit to Kerry for showing compose and intelligence with little time remaining to engineer one more scoring chance with Beaufort’s Hannagh O’Donoghue duly obliging to send both sides home with a share of the spoils. Final Score Kerry 0-15 Waterford 2-09.

Kerry’s next game is away to Laois on Sunday 24thFebruary. Time and Venue tbc.

Kerry Team & Scorers: R White, C O’Brien, A Desmond, E Lynch, S Lynch, A O’Connell, K Cronin, L Scanlon (0-1f), A Brosnan (0-2 1f) (C), E Dineen (0-1), C Murphy, N Carmody (0-1), M O’Keeffe (0-5 3f), E McGlynn (0-4), H O’Donoghue (0-1) Subs:A O’Reilly for S Lynch, S Burns for N Carmody both half time. A O’Callaghan for M O’Keeffe 50min,

 

Waterford Team & Scorers:

K Moroney, C McCarthy, K McGrath (C), R Casey, K McGrath, E Gildea, T Kiely, E Murray, K A Hogan, A Wall (1-0), M Delahunty (0-4f), C Fennell, E Fennell (0-2 1f), M Ryan, L Devine (0-1), S Dunphy (0-1) (1-0 Kerry own goal) (0-1)

Subs: K Hayes for E Gildea, L McGregor for E Fennell.

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CLUB OFFICER TRAINING Kerry LGFA

Kerry GAA have kindly invited club officers of Kerry LGFA clubs to attend their club officer training evening. You can attend the following club officer training night in Killarney:

  • 19th Feb in the Innisfallen suite, Gleneagle Hotel Killarney .

We’d encourage all club officers to attend please

The club officer training will cover Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer & PRO officers

REGISTRATION IS AT 7:15PM

Words of encouragement from 8 time all Ireland winner

 

Almost two hundred attended the Abbeydorney Ladies football presentation on Sunday evening last in the Meadowlands Hotel. Special guest Ann Costello holder of eight All Ireland medals and six county championship medals presented the medals to the winners of the various competitions from u-6 up to u-16. The under 6,8 and under 10 teams had a most enjoyable and fruitful year doing very well in the competitions and tournaments in which they participated in. our under 12’s captured two north Kerry titles while our under 13 girls captured our first Sandra Keane with fantastic performances in the John Mitchels grounds during the summer.

The Abbeydorney under 14 girls won the north Kerry u 14 A championship making it two in a row with a fantastic victory over Austin Stacks and our under 16 girls claimed the Div. 2 North Kerry title following a ding dong battle with Finuge/ St. Senan’s in the final.

At county level our under 13 were defeated by Southern Gaels by two points in the u 13 championship while our u – 15 girls lost by three to the same opposition in their county final.  Ciara Mc Carthy, Melanie Higgins, Aisling Ní Ainiféin and Katelyn Leen claimed Munster championships with the Kerry under age teams and their contributions were recognised.

Megan Hickey and Gemma Lawlor wore the Primary Game jersey while numerous club girls are helping their respective schools and colleges so all in all everyone involved in the club can be proud of the strides made during another busy year and now look forward to 2019 and the challenge of transitioning the juvenile success to the junior ladies team over the coming years.

The Abbeydorney ladies football club would like to thank all in the Meadowlands Hotel for accommodating us and a special word of thanks to our sponsors Tom and Denise Reliant for their continued support and encouragement.

Rory Kilgallen take top Ladies post as Long and Quill become Minor Managers

There was a big shake up for the Kerry ladies footballers this week with the announcement of Rory Kilgallon as their Coaching and Academy Coordinator for the Kerry LGFA. Donal Barry explores all the changes

 Kilgallen New Coaching and Academy Coordinator

Rory Kilgallen of John Mitchels has been appointed to the newly created role of Coaching and Academy Coordinator for the Kerry LGFA.

In the role Kilgallen will be responsible for the the development and structuring of all Kerry LGFA academies, and one of his major briefs will be the upskilling of coaches involved in the academy process. It is believed that Rory is the ideal person to raise the bar and improve standards of coaching in the county, and to ensure that all players are developed to the level necessary for intercounty football.

Kilgallen brings a vast amount of experience to the role. As a player he distinguished himself as a goalkeeper with his club John Mitchels for many years, winning an U21 County Championship medal in the process. Rory also represented Kerry at the U21 grade, and he played with the Kerry senior team during the 1984 National League campaign.

His coaching pedigree is even more impressive. Kilgallen’s record with Kerry underage teams reads as follows ;

2014 – Assistant manager to the Kerry U/14 team that claimed Munster and All Ireland honours.

2016 – Manager of Kerry U/14 team that claimed the Munster title and were beaten All Ireland finalists.

2018 – Manager of Kerry U/16 team that claimed the Munster title and were beaten All Ireland finalists.

Kilgallen has been involved with underage Development squads since 2011 and has been Chairman of the North Kerry Ladies Board since 2013. He is also currently the club secretary with John Mitchels GAA ,and is also a member of the Austin Stack Park Development Committee.

 

Killarney man Donal Doherty takes senior reins

Donal O’Doherty of the Spa club in Killarney will be the new Kerry senior ladies manager taking over from Na Gaeils Eddie Sheehy.

 O’Doherty played senior football for a number of years with the Spa club and also won an All Ireland vocational schools medal with Kerry in 1990 when they defeated Cavan in the final. Incidentally, the manager of that Kerry vocational team was Pat O’Shea , the current manager senior mens county champions of Dr Crokes.

Donal O’Doherty was the manager of the Killarney team that won the senior ladies county championship this year, and he was also in charge of the Spa ladies team that were successful in the Junior grade. He has extensive experience as a coach with Spa at all age levels and is the former manager of the Killarney Celtic senior men’s soccer team.

He is currently the Kerry LGFA Development officer but will now vacate this role to concentrate on his Kerry management duties. He has named Spa clubmate Tim O’Connor as a selector and Donal O’Sullivan of Killorglin will look after the strength and conditioning work. Two further selectors will be named over the coming weeks.

 Long and Quill join forces as Minor managers

 Meanwhile Darragh Long of Austin Stacks and Declan Quill of Kerins O’Rahillys were ratified as joint Kerry minor ladies managers. Long is a former Kerry minor and u/21 star and is in the top 5 for championship appearances for his club. Long won a senior county championship medal when Austin Stacks defeated Mid Kerry in the 2014 County Championship final.

 Declan Quill of Kerins O’Rahillys is the holder of 2 All Ireland senior medals with Kerry and also starred at minor and U21 level for his county. He played senior football for Kerry from 2001 to 2005 and in total made 14 championship appearances scoring 0-9. He was a regular starter for Kerry in their National League campaigns and amassed 4 goals and 99 points in his 34 games.

 Doona and McCarthy in charge of Underage

 The U/16 management were also ratified and John Doona of Legion will make the step up from the U/14’s to manage the team. John will be joined by Nora O’Connor of Rathmore, Gillian Healy Austin Stacks,Eamon Kissane of Beaufort, and Colin O’Leary of Rathmore as selectors with Padraig O’Sullivan of Southern Gaels as strength and conditioning coach.

The U/14 management will see Charlie McCarthy of Rathmore LGFA take the management reigns the Gneevegulllia man will be joined by Alan Foley of Beaufort and Hannah Devlin of Killarney Legion as selectors. There will be two further names added to the ticket over the next couple of weeks.

 

Kilgallen New Kerry LGFA Coaching and Academy Coordinator

Rory Kilgallen of John Mitchels has been appointed to the newly created role of Coaching and Academy Coordinator for the Kerry LGFA.

In the role Kilgallen will be responsible for the the development and structuring of all Kerry LGFA academies, and one of his major briefs will be the upskilling of coaches involved in the academy process. It is believed that Rory is the ideal person to raise the bar and improve standards of coaching in the county, and to ensure that all players are developed to the level necessary for intercounty football.

Kilgallen brings a vast amount of experience to the role. As a player he distinguished himself as a goalkeeper with his club John Mitchels for many years, winning an U21 County Championship medal in the process. Rory also represented Kerry at the U21 grade, and he played with the Kerry senior team during the 1984 National League campaign.

His coaching pedigree is even more impressive. Kilgallen’s record with Kerry underage teams reads as follows ;

2014 – Assistant manager to the Kerry U/14 team that claimed Munster and All Ireland honours.

2016 – Manager of Kerry U/14 team that claimed the Munster title and were beaten All Ireland finalists.

2018 – Manager of Kerry U/16 team that claimed the Munster title and were beaten All Ireland finalists.

Kilgallen has been involved with underage Development squads since 2011 and has been Chairman of the North Kerry Ladies Board since 2013. He is also currently the club secretary with John Mitchels GAA ,and is also a member of the Austin Stack Park Development Committee.

Siofra O’Shea To Receive Munster Player Of The Year

It has just been announced that Kerry Ladies U16 star Siofra O Shea has received the Munster Young Player of The Year from the Ladies Football Association.

Dr Crokes GAA Weekly Round Up

Ladies East Kerry U 14 final

The club’s Under 14 girls finished off their competitive season with a fine win in their Division 2 B Final v Milltown/Listry. It didn’t take the girls long to get over their excitement of playing in the hallowed arena of the Fitzgerald Stadium. After a few early misses for points they got into their stride and opened up a four point gap in the first quarter. Milltown/Listry had our 6 defenders busy for the following 15 minutes, but credit to them all, they, worked extremely hard with fine blocking and dispossessing, which gave the forwards ample opportunity to add further points resulting in Dr Crokes taking an eight point lead to the dressing rooms  at half time. After the first score of the second half by Dr Crokes, it was our opponents who found their rhythm and had their supporters off their feet with excitement. It was at this critical spell that Milltown/Listry were awarded a penalty, but a fantastic save by Faith Lockett had Crokes supporters cheering and it also lead to a score for the team directly from that play. Now with their tails up , Dr Crokes played some lovely combination football with all the girls supporting each other throughout the field. They added a further goal and a point to finish on a scoreline of 1-10, enough to see the team captain Debbie Maye be presented with the East Kerry plaque by Ladies East Kerry Board Chairman David Randles. 

Dr Crokes U14 East Kerry Division 2 B Winners – Teagan O’ Sullivan, Rocha Clifford (0-01), Laura O’Shea, Sarra Neher, Emma Kelly(0-01), Sinead Oliver, Sarah O’ Sullivan, Aisling Crowe, Rebecca Fleming, Jean Foley; Cara O’ Sullivan; Alicia Keane; Eimear Cronin(0-03); Laura O’Carroll; Pia Hickey(0-03); Katie McCarthy(1-01); Kelly O’Sullivan; Selina Collins; Eimear Finn; Kyla O’Leary; Niamh O’Donoghue; Lucey O’Leary; Ella Galvin; Faith Lockett, Amy Clifford; Kate O’ Donoghue; Amy Leahy and captained by Debbie Maye. The management and players are very appreciative of the work of the Ladies East Kerry Board and the Fitzgerald Stadium in having the final of the competition in the fantastic surrounds of the Fitzgerald Stadium. Both teams enjoyed the opportunity to play there. To the O’Sullivan family (Safe Hands Dry Cleaners) for their support through their sponsorship of a set of jerseys for the U 14 girls and finally to all the parents for their support throughout the year. Míle Buíochas.

 

Scor 

Scor na nOg will be starting up for children who will be under 17  years old on 01.01.2019. Contact Ger Lyne on 086 1541840 for more information.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Pat O’Shea our Senior Team Manager who has been appointed Games Development Manager and will be responsible for Football development in six Munster Counties.

Congratulations to Elaine Kavanagh and Eddie Giblin on the birth of their baby girl Kate Mary.

 

Lotto

Lotto 6, 14, 15, 25. Jackpot E3000 Not Won Match 3 6 by €70. Next draw on Sunday 30th of September in Tatler Jack. Jackpot E3300.

 

Na Gaeil Ladies Crowned Divison 1 Champions

County League Division 1 Final

Na Gaeil 4-8 Rathmore 1-13

Na Gaeil added the Division 1 County league title to the Intermediate championship that they claimed a few weeks ago with an impressive victory over Rathmore in Scartaglin last Sunday.

The foundation for the Tralee side’s victory lay in an impressive first half performance when they took a wind assisted 2-7 to 0-4 lead in a the break. Na Gaeil scored goals from Jadyn Lucey and Ayesha Roche in that first half while Meagan Sheehy (2),Meabh Barry (2),Megan O’Connor, Clodagh McHugh and Nora O’Connell added points. Rathmore’s 4 scores came from the boot of the very accurate Noreen Murphy.

Rathmore came back strongly in the second half with Murphy, Aislinn Desmond and Aoife O’Callaghan especially prominent. An early Norma O’Mahony goal gave them some hope. but in spite of a plethora of scores from Murphy, Na Gaeil had too many aces in their pack and added further goals from Roche and Sheehy sealed their victory. Na Gaeil had fine performances from goalkeeper Laura Fitzgerald, Deirdre Kearney, Eilis and Brid O Connor, Sarah Barrett and Susan Fernane.

Na Gaeil scorers;

Meaghan Sheehy 1-2, Ayesha Roche 2 goals, Jadyn Lucey 1 goal, Megan O’Connor 0-2, Meabh Barry 0-2, Clodagh McHugh (0-1),Nora O’Connell(0-1).

Rathmore scorers;

Noreen Murphy (0-10), Norma O’Mahony (1-2), Aoife O’Callaghan(0-1).

Killarney defeat Rathmore in epic struggle

Randles Bros Senior Championship Final 

Killarney 0-10 Rathmore 0-9 

Killarney are the 2018 County Senior Ladies champions after a rip roaring one point victory over Rathmore at Legion GAA field last Sunday. 

The Dr Crokes/Fossa/Spa outfit had to call on every ounce of determination to pull through in the finish in a game that exemplified everything that is good in championship football. 

In games as tight as this there has to be a heroine and Killarney had one in the shape of young substitute Niamh Stack. The Dr Crokes U16 player made a marked impression when she entered the game and her excellent point from the right hand side in the 55th minute proved to be the match winner as Rathmore tried in vain to manufacture an equaliser in the dying minutes.

The game didn’t start well for Killarney and Rathmore went 3 points to nil ahead after 8 minutes, thanks to 2 free kicks from Noreen Murphy and one from play by her sister Eileen. Killarney replied a minute later with an Amanda Brosnan free kick. The combination side were wasteful in possession though, and Rathmore pushed 0-4 to 0-1 ahead when Noreen Murphy pointed following a good pass from the impressive Caroline Reen. 

The game appeared to be slipping away from Killarney but they responded brilliantly and scored 3 points between the 15th and 18th minutes to level the contest, with Mairead Finnegan, Amanda Brosnan and Kate Stack doing the honours. It was now Killarney’s turn to dominate and with Loreta Maher, Kate Maher,Anna O’Reilly and Meghan Kiely especially prominent, they lorded possession for the next 10 minutes. They failed to trouble the scoreboard however, and Rathmore landed 2 points from Eileen and Noreen Murphy to leave them 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at the half time break. 

Killarney started the second half with all guns blazing and 2 pointed frees from Amanda Brosnan and Kate Stack levelled the game. Centre half back Aislinn Desmond began to take the fight to Killarney, and Katie Buckley pushed Rathmore one ahead in the 34th minute. Cassandra Buckley then saw yellow – and the sin bin – for Killarney, but they responded well to this set back when the hard working Amanda Brosnan pointed to level the game once more. 

Rathmore didn’t have the advantage of an extra player for long as Mary Collins also visited the sin bin two minutes later. From this point on Killarney started to take control of proceedings. Points from the flying Anna Clifford and Kate Stack pushed them two ahead and seemingly in control. Rathmore are known for their never say die attitude and refused to wilt. Desmond, Aoife O’Callaghan and Katie Buckley took the fight to their opponents and they were rewarded when the excellent Noreen Murphy slotted over 2 points to level the game yet again. 

It was anybody’s game now, but with 5 minutes remaining on the clock, up stepped super sub Niamh Stack with a golden point to nudge Killarney one ahead. Rathmore tried desperately to find an equaliser, but the Killarney defence stood firm, and as the final whistle sounded they emerged as 2018 senior county champions. 

Killarney; Linda Bruggener, Anna O’Reilly, Kate Maher, Gina Crowley, Meghan Kiely, Kayleigh Cronin, Cassandra Buckley, Loretta Maher, Amanda Brosnan (0-4, 3f), Erica McGlynn, Kate Stack (0-3,1f), Mairead Finnegan (0-1), Lynn Jones. Subs; Niamh Stack(0-1)(L Jones 43), Katie Talbot(M Finnegan 55). 

Rathmore; Sinead Warren, Sarah Murphy, Laoise Coughlan, Rachel Fitzgerald, Norma O’Mahony, Aislinn Desmond, Mary Collins, Kate O’Mahony, Katie Buckley (0-1), Brid Ryan, Caroline Reen, Aoife O’Callaghan, Danielle O’Leary, Noreen Murphy (0-6,5f), Eileen Murphy (0-2). Subs Aileen Sheehan )E Murphy 45), Chloe Fitzgerald (L Coughlan 48), Susan Cahill (K O’Mahony 55),. 

Referee; Mike Hennessy Ballyduff 

Na Gaeil sweep away Gaels

Randles Bros Intermediate Ladies Final 

Na Gaeil 5-10 ISG 0-2 

Na Gaeil put last years disappointment of losing the Intermediate championship final firmly behind them when they defeated an understrength ISG side at Legion GAA last Sunday. 

The Tralee side were dominant all over the field from start to finish and ISG had no answer to their pace and finishing power. The ISG cause wasn’t helped by the absence of some key players, but while they would have made a difference, it is unlikely that Na Gaeil would have been beaten. 

Na Gaeil held the aces all over the field, and their rapid fire forward line had ISG in all sorts of trouble throughout the game.  Ayesha Roche was most impressive at centre half forward, and along with flying wingers Megan Sheehy and Jadyn Lucey, the trio contributed  2-7 to the final scoreboard. 

The O’Connell sisters Mary and Nora dominated the midfield exchanges, and with Megan O’Connor proving to be an ideal inside target, there really was nothing that ISG could do. 

In fairness to the ISG side they never stopped trying and they can look back on the game as a learning curve. Laura O’Sullivan, Clodagh Quinlan, Julie O’Sullivan and Emma O’Sullivan in particular kept taking the fight to Na Gaeil even when things were going against their team as a unit. 

Na Gaeil led by 3-4 to 0-1 at half time with the first goal coming from Megan O’Connor after Mary O’Connell showed great vision to put her through. Ayesha Roche added the second goal in the 28th minute, and shortly afterwards corner forward Clodagh McHugh added a third. 

It was more one way traffic in the second half and despite some dogged resistance from the O’Sullivan’s and Quinlan for ISG, Na Gaeil added 2 more goals from Jadyn Lucey and Megan O’Connor to finish as impressive 23 point winners. Na Gaeil will now go forward into the Munster campaign where they will face the Waterford champions with the date and venue to be decided. 

Na GaeilLaura Fitzgerald, Sarah Quigley, Susan Fernane, Kate Anne O’Connor, Eilish O’Connor, Deirdre Kearney, Brid O’Connor, Nora O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Jadyn Lucey(1-1), Ayesha Roche (1-3), Megan Sheehy (0-3, 2f), Clodagh McHugh (1 goal), Meabh Barry, Megan O’Connor(2 goals).Subs used; Marguerite Maunsell, Carla Hanafin, Clodagh O’Connor, Erika O’Sullivan (0-1), Sarah Barrett 

ISG; Michelle O’Connor, Sandra O’Sullivan, Orla Randles, Ciara Price, Majella O’Sullivan, Caroline O’Sullivan, Aoife Crowley, Julie O’Sullivan, Laura O’Sullivan, Emma O’Regan, Aisling Kelliher, Ciara O’Shea, Emma O’Sullivan (0-1f), Clodagh Quinlan, Ciara Cronin (0-1). Subs used; Kathy Riordan, Ella Granville, Sarah Taylor, Kate Cronin. 

Referee; John Ross Ballyduff