Denny Premier A League Final Preview

Denny Premier A League Final
Sunday 21st June 2015
Tralee Dynamos Afc  v  Listowel Celtic Afc
Kick off , 2.30pm
Venue , Mounthawk Park Tralee
Match Officials; Stuart Templeman, Anthony Morrison & Thomas Sheehy

By Tommy Naughton

The Denny Premier A League title will be up for grabs on Sunday when the top two sides Tralee Dynamos and Listowel Celtic meet in Mounthawk Park.

Tralee Dynamos finished top of the division just two points ahead of Listowel Celtic after 18 games in their first season in Denny Premier A after their return from the League Of Ireland A Championship a few years ago. In their league campaign Tralee Dynamos won 12 games , drew 5 and only lost on one occasion. Tralee Dynamos have the best goal scoring record in the division scoring 52 goals while they conceded 22 goals along the way.

Listowel Celtic this season have won 12 out of their 18 league games this season while they have also drawn 3 games and lost 3 games. Listowel Celtic have scored 51 goals and conceded 26 goals in their league campaign. This will be Listowel Celtics second year in a row reaching the League final where they narrowly lost last season in a replay against Castleisland Afc.

The two meetings between the two sides this year have been very tight with neither side being able to get the better of the other. In the opening game of the season Tralee Dynamos hosted Listowel Celtic where the game finished one all with Eddie Joe Walsh giving Listowel Celtic a first half lead but this was cancelled out by a goal from John Farragher midway through the second half meant the points would be shared . The second meeting in Listowel in November finished 2-2 where Chris Kerins gave Tralee Dynamos the lead which they held to half time . Ten minutes into the second half and the game was all level thanks to a goal from Kevin Bambury .Paudie Quinn put Listowel Celtic in front with a goal from 25 yards midway through the second half but in the 94th minute Tralee Dynamos were awarded a penalty which Derek o Brien slotted home to share the spoils .

Both sides have had great cup runs outside of the county this season. Tralee Dynamos reached the Munster Junior Cup final where they were beaten by Carrick United while Listowel Celtic reached the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup where they lost away to North End United in Wexford.

It would be very hard to pick a favourite going into this game as the two sides are very well matched and maybe they might need another day to be separated. The winners of this final will represent Kerry in the Keanes Jewellers Munster League Champions Trophy where they will have a home first round tie against Hibernians of Waterford.