U14 Achieve National U14 Blitz Crown

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U14 Achieve National U14 Blitz Crown

by Sylvester Hennesy.

The Kerry u14 Girls team continued their winning ways when they added to the Munster title that they won last week with the even greater achievement of winning the All Ireland u14 Blitz held in Mullingar on Saturday last. Once again on this occasion it was Cork who they defeated in the final and the nine point winning margin reflected the Kerry girls overall dominance of the young Rebel County side. Nicole O’Connor (Ballyduff) and Leanne Mangan (Castleisland Desmonds) were the goalscorers in the final. The Kerry girls had failed narrowly in last year’s final and were determined to go one better on this occasion.
Kerry played six matches in total on the day and won every game. The matches themselves ran for a duration of twenty minutes or ten minutes per half and Kerry used their entire panel of 31 players over the six games.
Amy Fitzgerald, a niece of the legendary Maurice Fitzgerald, was the team captain, while Claire O’Sullivan, Megan O’Connor, Maria Quirke, Niamh De Hora and Sinead Guiney were the team’s best performers on the day.
Kerry manager Denis Healy from the St Pats club in Blennerville was delighted with this victory and their squad must now prepare for the All Ireland quarter final proper which will take place in two weeks time against an as yet unknown opposition. Kerry will now be installed as one of the favourites for that competition also alongside the likes of Galway, Laois, Donegal, Cork and Meath.
The full Kerry u14 All Ireland Blitz winning panel were as follows: Laura Foley (Listowel), Ciara Murphy (Corca Dhuibhne), Sorcha McNulty (Listowel), Kate O’Sullivan (Corca Dhuibhne), Niamh De Hora (Corca Dhuibhne), Sinead Guiney (Desmonds), Sarah Kelly (Southern Gaels), Megan O’Connell (Southern Gaels), Nicole O’Connor (Ballyduff), Meghan Buckley (Dr Crokes), Marie Quirke (Na Gaeil), Claire O’Sullivan (Kenmare), Sabrina Sheehan (Glenbeigh), Naomi Ni She (Corca Dhuibhne), Barbara Browne (Brosna), Michelle O’Connor (Kenmare), Caoimhe O’Sullivan (Kenmare), Niamh O’Connell (Desmonds), Geraldine Cahalane (Kenmare), Eilish Dillon (Listowel), Joanne O’Callaghan (Laune Rangers), Orla O’Donovan (Southern Gaels), Dani Sheahan (Southern Gaels), Aoife Doyle (Kilcummin), Amy Fitzgerald (Southern Gaels), Ayesha Roche (Na Gaeil), Eilish Lynch (Desmonds), Leanne Mangan (Desmonds), Kate Ann O’Connor (Na Gaeil), Alice Neville (Listowel), Megan O’Connor (Ballyduff)

Kerry U-14 Blitz Results 10/05/08 at Mullingar

Round 1 Kerry 2-04 Meath 0-01
Round 2 Kerry 1-06 Wexford 0-00
Round 3 Kerry 4-05 Tyrone 0-02
Round 4 Kerry 2-04 Dublin 0-02
S/Final Kerry 1-06 Laois 2-00
Final Kerry 2-07 Cork 0-04

Kerry V Waterford, Munster Senior C/ship Semi Final
Kerry 3-14 Waterford 1-7
By Sylvester Hennessy.
Kerry progressed to a Munster Final meeting with Cork when they defeated Waterford by 13 points, in the Ladies Munster semi-final, in Kill, Co Waterford, on Saturday night last.
Kerry had only six days to recover from their National League final defeat in Ennis yet they managed to regroup well and produce a very good performance against a Waterford side who defeated Kerry at this stage of the competition last season.
Robbie Griffin and his selectors made a number of changes in personnel from the League final. They started Maura O’Connor, Joanne Brosnan and Sarah Jane Joy in defence, moved Mairead Finnegan to midfield, Mags O’Donoghue accordingly switched to the half forward line, Ciara O’Sullivan played on the forty yards while Aoife O’Sullivan came in at half forward. Patrice Dennehy moved into the inside forward line where Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh switched to full forward. In all four of the starting fifteen against Cork in the League Final made way.
It has to be said however that the selectors certainly learned some valuable lessons from the League final defeat with most of the switches working well.
Kerry took twenty minutes to settle in this game and were level at 0-4 apiece after the first quarter, They finished the first half strongly however with Patrice Dennehy, Aoife O’Sullivan and Ciara O’Sullivan all scoring some beautiful points form play to hand Kerry an interval lead of 0-9 to 0-4.
Waterford made a tremendous start to the second half when centre forward Sinead Ryan’s speculative shot beat a stranded Deirdre Murphy in the Kerry goal. Kerry displayed their newfound resolve however when they immediately replied with a goal of their own. Geraldine O’Shea combined with Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh and last season’s Young Player of the Year showed great maturity for one so young to coolly slot the ball into the back of the net.
Waterford pierced the Kerry defence once more a minute later. Michelle Ryan bore down on goal but was upended by Deirdre Murphy. The young goalkeeper received a yellow card and Kerry were reduced to 14 players for a further 10 minutes.
Kerry need not have worried however as their superior fitness, gained from a lengthy League campaign, began to tell. Patrice Dennehy, who finished the game with 1-4, stole in for Kerry’s second goal when she ran onto a Geraldine O’Shea through ball and rounded the keeper and soccer styled it into the net.
Ciara O’Sullivan added another point straight form the kick out to stretch Kerry’s lead to 9 points. Waterford continued to hassle and harry but they were chasing shadows for the remainder of the game as Kerry finally found their winning stride. Geraldine O’Shea added a couple of good points from play before young Ni Mhuircheratigh, who was reintroduced when Deirdre Murphy returned from the sin bin, punched her second goal to the back of the net. Patrice Dennehy rounded off the scoring with another well-taken point from play.
Kerry now face Cork in the Munster Final on July 12.
They will have learned a little more about themselves over the past few weeks. Cork will expect to beat them well in the Munster final. They have
every right to hold that opinion. How much Kerry have learned however will only be known in eight weeks time in the red heat of championship battle this summer.
Kerry: Deirdre Murphy, Maura O’Connor, Grainne Ni Fhlaharta, Katie Gleeson, Joanne Brosnan, Caroline Kelly, Sarah Jane Joy, Mairead Finnegan, Bernie Breen, Mags O’Donoghue, Ciara O’Sullivan (0-5, 1f), Aoife O’Sullivan (0-1), Patrice Dennehy (1-4), Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh (2-0), Geraldine O’Shea (0-4, 1f) Subs: Shona Lynch for Ni Mhuircheratigh, Ni Mhuircheartaigh for Lynch, Debra Murphy for Aoife O’Sullivan and Catherine Sexton for Ciara O’Sullivan
Waterford: Amy Jordan, Rebecca Halahan (0-1), Donna Frost, Louisa Hogan, Louise Ryan, Elaine Power, Geraldine Kennelly, Michelle McGrath (0-1), Cliona O’Keefe, Linda Wall, Sinead Ryan (1-0), Roisin Monanhan, Mairead Wall, Michelle Ryan (0-4,3f), Mairead Ryan (0-1) Subs: Nora Dunphy for Mairead Wall, Mairead Wall for Sinead Ryan

Pat Lawlor CUP Final…
Southern Gaels 3-08 V Castleisland Desmonds 5-10.
Southern Gaels were no match for a much faster and younger team as Castleisland Desmonds outplayed and out classed the South Kerry opponents in the Pat Lawlor Cup played on Friday evening in Cloon, Killorglin.

Pat Lawlor Shield.
Round 9. Played last night Friday May 9th
Duagh a bye
Glenbeigh 0-05 v Churchill 2-09
Cloumacon scr v Rathmore w/o
Castleisland Desmonds B 1-02 V Firies 3-04
Currow 1-08 v Abbeydorney 3-11
Ballyduff 6-09 V Milltown 2-09.

As it stands Abbeydorney are on 16 pts after 9 games in 1st place, Ballyduff and Rathmore
are tied in 2nd place on 14 points and have to play each other yet. Firies have crept in
to 4th place with 12 points.

KK Hyraulics Tralee Junior A League.
Rnd 3. SUNDAY 11th May
Rathmore 0-05 V Dr Crokes 2-07
Na Gaeil 1-17 V Austin Stacks1-06
Ballyduff V Southern Gaels B ( Refixed for June 1st )
Sneem – Kenmare a bye
KK Hyraulics Tralee Junior B League.
Rnd 3, SUNDAY May 11th
Ballyduff B 1-05 V Brosna 2-11
Currow V Milltown ( Refixed for Fri May 30th )
Duagh 3-09 V Churchill 1-02
Clounmacon 2-07 V Firies Sun 4-06
Castleisland Desmonds B 6-12 V Brosna 0-02
For the Week coming:
KK Hydraulics Tralee Junior A League
Rnd 4. 18th May
Sth Gaels B V Rathmore
Austin S V Ballyduff
Sneem – Kenmare V Na Gaeil
Dr Crokes a bye

KK Hydraulics Tralee Junior B League
Rnd 4, May 18th
Milltown V Ballyduff B
Churchill V Currow
Brosna V Castleisland B
Clounmacon V Duagh
Fires V Tarbert

The DJ Fitzgerald Car Sales sponsored U12 Co League gets underway next Fri May 16th with the Division 1 as follows
Division 1:Rnd 1: 16th May
C/Des V Chorca D
Sth Gaels V Finugue
Ballyduff a bye
Then followed by pre lim rounds as follows
U12 Preliminary Rounds for North Kerry
R1 16th May
NK1 Na Gaeil V Churchill
NK1 Moyvane V Austin Stacks
NK2 Listowel Emmets V KOR
NK2 Castlegregory V John Mitchells
Abbeydorney a bye
U12 Preliminary Rounds for South Kerry
R1 16th May
Dr Crokes V Kenmare
Rathmore V Firies
Glenflesk V Currow
Scartaglin a bye
Laune Rangers V Legion
Kilcumin V Spa
Glenbeigh v Milltown

Paddy White, PRO Kerry Ladies Gaelic Football

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