Killarney Celtic have reached the Promised Land. After years of close calls and hard luck stories, at both senior and underage level, The Celts have finally secured the national soccer title that they craved so badly. And they couldn’t have done it in more spectacular circumstances.
Sunday’s FAI Youth Cup final was played behind closed doors in line with COVID-19 restrictions but everyone watching online was treated to one of the most dramatic games of football you are ever likely to see.
Celtic came from behind twice and then took a 3-2 lead late on before their opponents, Douglas Hall, snatched an equaliser in the 94th minute to force extra time.
After two goalless 10-minute periods, the match went to penalties and the Killarney side eventually emerged victorious thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Adam Carey, who made three saves, and Emmett O'Shea, who coolly stroked home the winner.
It was an unforgettable game and Celtic manager Matt Keane says he went through “every emotion under the sun” over the course of a gripping 110 minutes plus penalties.
“It was unbelievable. It must have been the best game of soccer ever played in Mounthawk Park in Tralee. It was up and down, we were behind and we were ahead… It was crazy. When we conceded that 90th-minute goal, I felt like crying myself.
"But we got the boys in and we tried to pick them up, and luckily we got over the line in the end.
“It was great to win the shootout because we’ve been unlucky as a club with penalties in the last few years.
"If anyone deserves the credit, it’s Adam Carey. That man is training seven nights a week. He hasn’t missed a session all season and he has been doing extra training with Mike Gustafik. He’s a great lad.”
Keane also revealed that a crucial last-minute change led to Emmett O’Shea taking the match-winning penalty.
“Emmett was actually supposed to be third and someone else was fifth, but I switched them because I just knew Emmett would score the last one.
"He’s as cool as a breeze. You could even see it with his celebration. Not a bother to him.”
Most of this talented squad will now move on to adult football and while Keane would like to see them graduate to the Celtic A team (where he could play alongside them), he feels as though they should have loftier aspirations than that.
“I would be hopeful that they go on to pay for Celtic of course – in one or two years you could put that entire team in for the seniors – but I can see some of them doing more than just playing for Celtic. Some of these guys could easily play League of Ireland.”
But that’s all ahead of them. For now, Keane, his players and his backroom team of Jerry Falvey, Conor McCarthy, Diarmuid Daly and Stefan McMahon will bask in the glory of the club’s first ever All-Ireland crown.
“We sat down at the start of the year and we set ourselves the goal of winning a national tile. We’re delighted that we managed to achieve it and I think it was well-deserved.
"This is a phenomenal group of lads.”
Can you talk your way to fitness?
By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]
By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness
Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.
If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.
What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.
People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.
However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.
Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).
For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.
If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.
It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.
So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.
To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.
Former footballer to launch new book
By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]
By Sean Moriarty
Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.
The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.
In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.
His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.
“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.
O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.
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