Munster U16 League
Killarney RFC 8 Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne 5
In a low-scoring match in Aghadoe on Saturday, Killarney overcame Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne – and the elements - in their final home game in the first stage of the Munster U16 League.
Both teams came into this fixture in excellent form having won their first three matches of the season.
Tight early exchanges were a sign of things to come as scores proved very hard to come by. Killarney started very well defensively despite playing into strong wind and rain, but they were unlucky to lose captain Scott Carlton to injury after just six minutes.
The hosts battled hard under sustained pressure from RCD but they held their nerve to reach half-time without conceding. As they were unable to break the deadlock themselves, the half-time score was tied at zero.
The men from Dingle put up a strong defence of their own in the second half, making Killarney dig deep. The deadlock was finally broken when Shane O’Sullivan slotted a penalty to nudged Killarney into a 3-0 lead. The home team began to feel as though they might just be getting the edge as they created space to attack wide left of Dingle’s defence, but conditions and the intensity of the defence led to a knock-on.
As the match reached its conclusion, neither side had flinched. Matters were eventually decided in the final five minutes.
Killarney managed to get a foothold within the opposition 22 to make a crucial assault on the Dingle line. The clinching score they so desperately sought all day arrived when they found an overlap wide on the right and Dara Stack breached the defence to touch down on the line. The try wasn’t converted but Killarney now had a two-score lead. The heavy lifting was done.
Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne kept battling and they cut the deficit with a try of their own in the closing moments, but it was too little too late.
The teams will see each other again soon: they will meet in the semi-final of the West Munster Cup later in the season.
Next up for Killarney is the visit to Killorglin/Iveragh this weekend. They then face Abbeyfeale/Listowel away on the weekend of November 20/21.
KILLARNEY: Mark Kennelly, Cian Russell, Shane O’Sullivan, Scott Carlton (captain), Jack Donoghue, Bryan Walsh, Dara Stack, Adam Lynch-Herlihy, Alex Courtney-Sheehan, Dylan O’Brien, Kris O’Leary-Sacristan, Ciarán Doyle, Gearóid O’Connor, Connie Counihan, Tomás Chambers, Ronan Bennett, Pierce Leslie, Jake Leahy, Senan Cotter, Sam Dennehy and Tomás Swords.
Lakers add Boahen as Miller returns to Canada
Scotts Lakers (St Paul’s) have replaced one Canadian with another this week as Division 1 graduate Godwin Boahen replaces the outgoing Ben Miller.
Miller impressed despite the team’s slow start to the season and he will certainly be a loss as he returns to his native country.
However, the club have a ready replacement in former University of Illinois player Boahen. The 5’11” guard from Toronto made his debut against the Panthers last weekend as he and Miller shared minutes in a six-point defeat. Boahen scored 16 points.
“The club would like to wish Ben Miller well as he returns home to his native Canada this week,” an official Lakers statement read. “We would like to acknowledge the impact Ben had on the club through his involvement with the National League senior men’s team and his coaching of the club’s juveniles.
“We would like to thank him most sincerely for his time and effort.”
The Lakers face the Limerick Sport Eagles and the Limerick Celtics at home in December along with an away derby game against the Killarney Cougars at the end of the month.
Relegation battle has town divided
By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]
By Sean Moriarty
This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.
After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.
In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.
Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.
Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.
“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”
Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.
“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”
Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.
The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.
Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.
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