Denny KDL Round Up; Weekending Sunday 12th March 2017

Weekending Sunday 12th March 2017

By Tommy Naughton


FAI Junior Cup 1/4 Final


Saturday 11th March 2017
Killarney Celtic  2-1  Janesboro (Limerick) , AET .
Killarney Celtic became the first ever Kerry side to reach the semi final stage of the FAI Junior Cup after they defeated Limerick side Janesboro Fc in the 1/4 Final on Saturday night. In front off a crowd which was estimated to be over 1600 they showed fantastic heart and team work to come from behind and for the third round in a row finishing the game with ten men.
In truth Janesboro started the game the better creating numerous chances in the first half as Celtic seemed to give their opponents to much respect and space . Shane Clarke went close after nine minutes from a header when he found himself umnarked inside the penalty area. Minutes later as Janesboro up the tempo Wayne Sparling headed the ball clear off his own line onto the unsderside of the crossbar after Clarke got on the end of a corner from Aled Harkin. Midway through the first half Catal O’Shea seemed to be taken down in the penalty area but Celtic’s appeals were waved away by match referee Finbar Murphy. Adrian Power then had two chances in the matter of seconds when first he was denied by a sliding challange from Chris O’Leary but when the rebound fell kindly for him Roy Kelliher stood tall to deny him . Janesboro struck for the lead after 32 minutes when John Tierney fired a shot on the half volley from just outside the penalty area which just about beat Roy Kelliher thanks to the swerve and dip on the shot. Janesboro should really have doubled their lead minutes later when a quick throw found Power in behind the defence with only the keeper to beat but he decided to try lob the ball over the keeper only to miss the target at the far post. Roy Kelliher then produced a full length save to deny Tierney when he again tried his luck from long rang . The final chance of the half fell to Celtic when Peter McCarthy just failed to get a touch on to the ball from a Chris O’Leary throw and the Janesboro keeper was happy to gather the lose ball.
The second half saw a different Killarney Celtic side than the first . For the remainder of the game Celtic hasseled and harrassed every player never giving them a moments rest on the ball. Wayne Sparling went close eary on when he pounced on some defensive miscommunication only to see his effort just go over the top. On the hour mark Celtic got level when Jamie Spillane rose highest to powerfully head home a Pa McGrath coner to send the huge home support wild. From here on you could feel the momentum shift and their really was only going to be one winner. Peter McCarthy was denied by Janesboro kepper John Mulready as Celtic went in search of the lead goal. Celtic keep pushing forward and with great work in the middle of the park from Matt Keane , Pa McGrath and Padraig O’Connor they never let Janesboro get a grip on the game and in truth Janesboro never trouble the Celtic goal in the second half apart from a rare set piece from distance. With three minutes remaining of normal time Peter McCarthy was shown a straight red card and while some clubs would have dropped their heads Celtic dug deep and still looked the more dangerous side in the remaining few minutes while Janesboro looked happy for the game to go to extra time.
In the first period of extra time neither side created any real clear chances but with just five minutes remaining in the second half Celtic struck for the famous and already historic winner. After great work from Cathal O’Shea who never gave a ball away cheaply all night he some how got into to the penalty area where his shot was half blocked and fell into the path of the on rushing super sub Stephen Hayes who made no mistake in firing the ball low past the keepper to send the Celtic players , substitutes , managers , coaches and supporters wild . In the middle of the celebrations Janesboro Shane Clarke was shown his second yellow card . Janeboro final chance came with the last kick of the game when they were awarded a free on the endline but once again the man of the match Jamie Spillane was on hand to clear the danger and the final whislte went to start the long night of celebratons in Killarney .
Killarney Celtic will now face holders Sheriff from Dublin in the Semi Final in a County Kerry venue which will be decided in the coming weeks on the weekend 8th/9th April. Well done to everyone involved in the club on first reaching the semi final and secondly on their hosting of a great occasion on Saturday night.
Killarney Celtic ; Roy Kelliher, Chris O’Leary, Jamie Spillane, John McDonagh (capt), Brendan Falvey, Wayne Sparling, Pa McGrath, Matt Keane, Padraig O’Connor, Peter McCarthy, Cathal O’Shea. Subs used , Conor Randall, Stephen McCarthy, Anthony O’Leary .


Dominos Pizza Reserve Cup 1st Round


Sunday 12th March 2017
Strand Road  2-2  Castleisland B .
Tralee Bay Fc  2-7  AC Athletic .
Denny Division 1B side Strand Road and Denny Premier B side Castleisland B will have to mett again to see who will advance to the second round of the Dominos Pizza Reserve Cup. Castleisland raced into a two goal lead with goals from Danny Feehan and Steven Divane before goals from Jamie Sheehan Leen and one from Adam O’Mahoney in the dying minutes secured a replay for Strand Road .
Dominos Pizza Reserve Cup Holders AC Athletic are into the next round after they proved to be to strong for Tralee Bay Fc on Sunday afternoon. Joseph Diggins scored four goals with Colin Sheehy getting two and one from John Mike Dooley .



Denny Premier A 


Friday 10th March 2017
Tralee Dynamos  0-4  Dingle Bay Rovers .
Dingle Bay Rovers are up to fifth place in the division after they defeated Tralee Dynamos on Friday night. Gareth Hickey Brosnan, Joe Sheehy, Sean Fitzgerald and Shane Houlihan all scored a goal each for Dingle Bay Rovers .



Denny Premier B


Sunday 12th March 2017
Classic Fc  0-2  Mastergeeha Fc .
Camp United  3-0  Killarney Celtic B , Walkover .
Mastergeeha Fc moved to the top of Denny Premier B on Sunday when they defeated Classic Fc thansk to a goal each from Colm Lenihan and Noel Moynihan .
Camp United are up to fifth place thanks to the aid of a walkover from Killarney Celtic B on Sunday morning.



Denny Division 1B


Sunday 12th March 2017
Windmill United  3-2  Ballymac Celtic .
Listowel Celtic B  3-0  Inter Kenmare B , Walkover .
Windmill United remain in third place after they defeated Ballymac Celtic on Sunday morning where Gary Savage scored twice for Windmill United with Paudie Bailey getting one while Shane O’ODonoghue scored twice for Ballymac Celtic .
Listowel Celtic B are up to fourth place thanks to the aid of a walkover from Inter Kenmare B on Sunday .



Denny Division 2


Wednesday 08th March 2017
Ballybunion FC  2-0  Castlemaine United B .
Saturday 11th March 2017
CS Clochainn Breannainn  3-2   Windmill United B .
Sunday 12th March 2017
Ballyheigue Athletic B  3-3  Mitchels Avenue B .
Annascaul Inch United Fc  2-1  CS Abbeydorney .
Ballybunion remain in third place after they defeated sixth placed Castlemaine United on Wednesday night with two goals coming from Jamie Culloty .
CS Clochainn Breannainn picked up theri fourth win of the season when they got the better of Windmill United B on Saturday evening. Donal Kennedy scored another hat trick for CS Clochainn Breannainn with Breandain Savage and Brandon Boyle scoring for Windmill United B .
Ballyheigue Athletic B and Mitchels Avenue B both picked up a point each from their clash on Sunday where Lee O’Sullivan scored a hat trick for Ballyheigue Athletic while Nathan O Leary, Scott Hennessy and Craig Locke scored for Mitchels Avenue B .
Annascaul Inch United in fourth place closed the gap on the leaders when they defeated second placed CS Abbeydorney on Sunday with a goal each from Paul Whelehan , Eoghan O’Donnell while Stevie O’Sullivan scored for CS Abbeydorney .



Denny U17 League


Saturday 11th March 2017
Killarney Athletic  1-1  Castleisland Afc .
Listowel Celtic B  1-5  Killarney Celtic .
Sunday 12th March 2017
Tralee Dynamos  3-0  Killorglin Afc .
Killarney Athletic and Castleisland Afc picked up a point each on Saturday where Harry Potts got on the score sheet for Killarney Athletic .
Killarney Celtic moved top of the division with a win away against Listowel Celtic B team on Saturday where Jake Kelly was on target for Listowel Celtic B .
Tralee Dynamos are up to fourthe place after the defeated Killorglin on Sunday where Niall Sertuxta scored twice and one from Leo Gaxha .