Kerry Ladies News and Notes 20.07.2015

Congratulations to Kerry LadiesU16’s on wonderful win on Wednesday, as they defeated Dublin in the All Ireland A Semi Final on a scoreline of 3-14 to 3-09. Kerry started the brighter side with Hannah O’Donoghue getting an early goal and she was to prove a thorn in the Dublin side all day with her direct and powerful running.  This was followed up by a point by Erica McGlynn from distance. Kerry kept significant pressure on Dublin and Emma Dineen was winning good possession in midfield.


However Dublin caught the Kerry defence unaware and Danielle Lawson got her name on the score sheet with a goal. But Kerry didn’t panic and could have considered themselves unlucky when they had a goal disallowed from an apparent square ball, Hannah O’Donoghue looked up to see Erica McGlynn hovering near the goal and she palmed it in but it wasn’t counted. But Kerry followed up with points with Fiadhna Tangney, Erica McGlynn and Hannah O’Donoghue. Dublin again came back with a goal from their hard working corner forward Caoimhe O’Connor. But again the Kerry reply was swift with Hannah O’Donoghue receiving a pass from Fiadhna Tangney ghosted through the Dublin defence to hit a great solo effort goal. Half time score Kerry 2-08 Dublin 2-01. Kerry appeared to be cruising at the start of the second half with points from Liz Mohan, Erica McGlynn and goal from Aoife O’Callaghan. However the Dublin spirit showed strong  with Dublin beginning to dominate proceedings around the middle. Kerry began to struggle to win their kick outs with Dublin easily winning their own and also mopping up any breaking ball. Loose Kerry passes were also intercepted however Dublin could not penetrate the Kerry defence with any meaning as Tara Breen and Faye O’Donoghue put their body on the line at times with block downs and tenacious defending.  Also some wayward shooting from the young Dublin girls and bit of luck also played its part. Dublin did secure a penalty when corner forward  Caoimhe O’Connor was brought down and she coolly slotted it home. Kerry through some superb long range points from Hannah O’Donoghue and Erica McGlynn quelled any further fight back and settled Kerry nerves to seal their spot in the All Ireland Final. Final Score Kerry 3-14 Dublin 3-09.

Kerry Ladies Team and scorers: Laura Teahan, Tara Breen, Fay O’Donoghue (Capt) Kate Maher, Anna O’Reilly, Ciara Murphy, Laoise Coughlan, Emma Dineen, Leah Henry, Fiadhna Tangney (0-2 1F), Ciara O’Brien, Liz Mohan (0-2), Erica McGlynn (0-5), Hannah O’Donoghue (2-03), Aoife O’Callaghan (1-02 1F). Subs: Sarah Leahy, Labhaoise Walmsley, Moira O’Flaherty,  Rachel Mulvihill, Emma McCarthy, Rebecca Murphy,   Nora O’Connell,  Maeve McGivern, Brid Ryan, , Sophie Lynch, Ciara Ni Griffin.


It was a busy weekend on the domestic front also with finals across 3 different age groups. On  Tuesday night the U14 Div 2 Final took place in Firies between Southern Gaels and Inbhear Sceine Gaels. It was a close game with never much separating the sides, with the result hanging in the balance until the final whistle. In the end Southern Gaels piped it, final score Southern Gaels 3-03, Inbhear Sceine Gaels 3-02. On Thursday night the Glebe Kitchens U12 Div 1 Final took place between Southern Gaels again and Listowel Emmetts, a real South versus North Kerry battle. Unfortunately for the North Kerry side, Southern Gaels possessed too much firepower and physical strength and came away victors. Final score Southern Gaels 7-14 Listowel Emmets 2-10.

The third final of the week on Friday saw Southern Gaels hoping to make it three from three as they met Laune Rangers in the Randles Bros Nissan Senior Club Championship Final. Unfortunately Laune Rangers were missing too many key players with Edel Murphy, Bernie Breen and Tara Breen unavailable. This meant considerable re organisation of their team. Laune Rangers started much the brighter side with county star Sarah Houlihan very lively. However Southern Gaels clawed back any lead the Rangers had gained and began to tack on scores with Linda Cronin and Deirdre Corridan getting some good long range scores, with Linda also raising the green flag. Half time score Laune Rangers 0-5 Southern Gaels 1-08. In the second half Southern Gaels took over completely with Laune Rangers having to defend in frantic packs. Southern Gaels ended the game as a meaningful contest mid way through half, but credit to Laune Rangers they continued to fight on with goals from Patrice Dennehy and Amy Foley. Final score Southern Gaels 7-18, Laune Rangers 2-7. Southern Gaels Captain Cecilia O’Sullivan accepted the title from David Randles, sponsor Randles Bros Nissan.


There was also some semi finals in the Randles Bros Nissan Championship in all grades. On Wednesday in the Junior B Spa were home to Causeway. With the home side dominating midfield, Causeway struggled  to get a stranglehold on the game, with injuries to key players also hampering them.  Final score Spa 2-14 Causeway 2-07. On Thursday in the Junior A Semi Final a very depleted Abbeydorney were home to pre competition favourites Corca Dhuibhne. Abbeydorney held them well until half time, but in the second half their dominance of possession was converted into scores, while the home side when they worked the ball forward struggled to earn the scores required. Final score Abbeydorney 0-06 Corca Dhuibhne 7-10.  In the other semi final on Sunday it was the battle of the Black and Amber as Austin Stacks travelled to Dr Crokes.  Stacks were first off the mark with point in their first attack laying down the gauntlet to their hosts but Rehanne O’Shea got her side into the lead with 4 unanswered scores of her own.  Laura Rogers was beginning to dominate midfield for the away side ands a result they were the first to raise a green a flag. Both teams went in level at half time Dr Crokes 0-07  Austin Stacks 1-04. The home side started this half much brighter and had points from Megan Kiel and Rehanne O’Shea again.  They were awarded a penalty after foul on Siobhan Burns which Amanda Brosnan put away coolly. Crokes were now in 6 point lead with 10 minutes to go.  The away side threw everything they had into attack but the home side were resolute in their defending without giving away unnecessary frees. Final Score Dr Crokes 1-13 Austin stacks 1-8.In the other Junior B semi final it was goals galore as Clounmacon/Moyvane were home to a newly resurgent Firies. In the end it was Firies that pulled away Clounmacon/Moyvane 4-10 Firies 5-12.

Next weekend sees the Randles Bros Nissan County Senior Championship commence, with all games on Saturday 25th July. Fixtures include Dr Crokes/Kilcummin versus Inbhear Sceine Gaels. Dr Crokes have had a good run in the Junior A Championship and will benefit with Kilcummin players of the calibre of Eilish O’Leary and Debra Murphy joining forces with them. Can envisage a home victory here. Scartaglen are home to Spa/Rathmore; Spa another side going well solo in the Championship while Rathmore were agonisingly close to defeating Na Gaeil in the Intermediate final. A nod towards the travelling the combination side. While the clash of the weekend is a repeat of the Senior Club Championship Southern Gaels at home to Laune Rangers. You can expect that Laune Rangers will field a much experienced and tougher side than they did on Friday. However Southern Gaels still have a much more evenly balanced side, so still expect them to shade it.

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