Castleisland Mart Club Championships

Last weekend the Castleisland Mart Club Championships, in all grades, continued. We attach match reports for our corespondents. We would like to thank those who attended and reported on the games on our behalf. 

Senior Club Championship
Rathmore 1-10 Legion 0-11
Rathmore booked their place in the Semi Final of the Castleisland Mart senior Club Championship after a two point victory in Rathbeg last evening. Legion played with the breeze in the first half and they opened the scoring with two points from James O' Donoghue in the first five minutes, one from play and one from a free. Rathmore responded with points from Mark Reen and a Donal O' Sullivan free to tie up the game but further points from James O' Donoghue and David O' Sullivan gave Legion a two point advantage midway through the half.
Rathmore however clawed their way back into the game with three Michael O' Riordan frees in the 19th, 28th and 30th minute to give the homeside a one point advantage at the break, 5 points to 4.
David O' Sullivan for the visitors and Donal O' Sullivan for Rathmore swapped points on the resumption but then Legion scored three unanswered points, two from James O' Donoghue, one from play and one from a free, and a point by Killian Tracey to move two clear by the 40th minute.
Referee Pat Sheehy then awarded Rathmore a penalty after a Legion defender picked the ball off the ground in the square and John Buckley rattled the penalty into the net to give Rathmore a one point advantage 1-06 to 0-08.
Padraig Lucey tied up the game soon after with a point for Legion but then Rathmore, getting to grips with the game around the middle of the field, raced into a three point lead with two points from Donal O' Sullivan, and another by Mark Reen. A Conor Keane free for Legion in the 25th minute left two between the sides again and after Donal O'Sullivan and James O'Donoghue exchanged points Legion had a great goal chance which was brilliantly saved by Padraic McCarthy to preserve Rathmore's two point lead. Legion kept pressing for the goal in the final minutes and they very nearly got one when Conor Keane's free deep in injury time rebounded off the cross bar, but Rathmore it is who march on to the semi finals where they will meet St Michaels Foilemore, on a score of Rathmore 1-10 Legion 0-11.



This was a close hard fought encounter played in Wet and Windy Conditions at Kilcummin last Evening.
Laune -Rangers had the best possible start when, after A Blistering shot was brilliantly saved and deflected away by Brendan Kealy, in the following goal Mouth Melee the ball broke to Rangers corner forward Ryan Lucey who finished to the net in the 2nd Minute.
Peter Crowley cut through the kilcummin defence Twice and was fouled which resulted in 2 tap over Frees for Mike F RUSSELL and when Shane Mc Sweeney added a point Rangers were comfortably ahead 1-3 TO no score after 15 minutes.
Kilcummin fought back well however and held Rangers scoreless for the second Quarter adding 6 points, including 2 each from D J Fleming and Gary o leary but it took 2 further Kealy saves To avert Danger as Rangers introduced Liam Hasset To the game and the sides were on level terms at the interval; Kilcummin 0-6 Laune-Rangers 1-3
Shane McSweeney and Mike F Russell swapped points on the resumption and The game Heated up considerably as both sides sought Advantage with Kilcummin introducing Kevin McSweeney and John and Kevin McCarthy and Jerry Coffey making an immediate impact for Rangers with a good point after good inter play with M. F Rrussell and Pa Joy in the 50th minute.
The exchanges were Tough and uncompromising throughout the second half with every score hard earned and the sides were still deadlocked with five minutes to go after Kilcummins Jamie o Sullivan and Gary o Leary combined To put Kevin McCarthy Through for a point. Johnny Carey, who was strong in the Rangers defence, linked up with Centre Half back Jeremy o Leary for the latter to point from play in the 56th minute and when Crowley and Russell combined to feed Shane McSweeney for a second point it was Advantage Rangers with time running out.
Kilcummin fought back Admirably and had the Rangers defence under severe pressure as Ian Devane added a fine point in the 60th minute to leave the minimum between the sides and Kilcummin had a last gasp chance to tie the game but Brendan Kealy's effort from a "45" fell short and was cleared as referee Ger Lynch blew the final whistle to leave Laune Rangers winners on a score of Laune Rangers 1-7 Kilcummin 0-9. The winners now meet Dr Crokes in the semi-final.


St Michaels Foilemore 2-6 Dingle 1-6
St. Michaels Foilmore hosted Dingle in Club Championship on Saturday
evening. Johnny Clifford opened the scoring for the home side with a point
while Dingles opening score was a goal from Mikey Geaney after twenty five
minutes of play. Johnny Clifford was the goal scorer for St. Michaels
Foilmore. St. Michaels Foilmore had a two point lead at half time, score
1-4 to 1-2. Bernard Kelly was the scorer of St. Michaels Foilmore second
goal and points from Ronan O Connor and Johnny Clifford helped their side
to victory as the game finished 2-6 to 1-6 in favour of St. Michaels



Intermediate Club Championship
Spa 1-15 St Marys 3-9 After Extra Time
A point from a sideline kick by substitute Adam O'Reilly with the very last kick in extra time rescued favourites Spa in this exciting Castleisland Mart IntermediateClub championship quarter final tie at Spa last evening. A booming free from over 60 yards by Kerry's Brian Sheehan a few minutes earlier looked like giving victory to the South Kerry side before O'Reilly's heroics ensured that the sides must meet again, most likely next weekend.
Despite playing against the wind Spa had looked the more likely side in the first half, and after Michael O'Donoghue and Brian Sheehan had swopped early pointed frees, O'Donoghue struck for a Spa goal in the 7th minute after being put thru by Shane Lynch. Sheehan and O'Donoghue again swapped points from frees before Damien O'Sullivan with a great solo effort increased Spa's lead to four points at the end of the first quarter. The South Kerry side were playing a very defensive game at this stage but as the half wore on they came more into the game and points from Paul O'Donoghue, Brian Sheehan and a fine effort from Austin Constable left just a point between the sides as half time approached. However Spa finished the half strongly with four points in as many minutes, including two from Andrew Garnett, to open up a five point gap at the break, 1-7 to 5 points.
The home side were dealt a severe blow just before the interval however when their talismanic attacker Michael O'Donoghue had to retire with a leg injury.
Niall O'Mahony increased the Spa lead to six shortly after the resumption before the game sprang to life with two goals in as many minutes from St Mary's super sub, Sean Cournane to level the game with just five minutes gone in the new half. Niall O'Mahony from a free and play put Spa two to the good at the three quarter stage but the introduction of Kerry Minor, Denis Daly, was beginning to reap dividends for St Marys and two Brian Sheehan frees from 45 yards had the sides back on level terms with 12 to go. The home side finished strongly however and points from Niall O'Mahony, Ivor Flynn and Anthony O'Sullivan seemed to have given Spa victory but Denis Daly rescued his side when in one last ditch attack, he cut in from the right and planted the ball in the far corner of the net to set up Extra Time, the score at the end of normal time reading 1-13 for Spa to 3-7 for the Marys.
There was only one score in the first period of extra time, a point by Daniel Daly for St Marys as Craig Hickey for Spa and then Sean Cournane for the visitors went very close to scoring goals that might have won the game for their sides. Eoin Cronin levelled from a free 3 minutes into the final period of extra time but then came Sheehans long range rocket to give his side the lead before Adam O'Reilly came to Spa's rescue with that last gasp equaliser from the sideline.
Final score again Spa 1-15 St Marys 3-9.
Teams and Scorers: Spa; Conor O'Riordan, Paul Russell, Matthew Moynihan, Cormac Cronin, Shane Lynch, Damien O'Sullivan, Eoin Cronin (0-1), Andrew Garnett (0-2), Anthony O'Sullivan (0-2), Jamie Spillane, Niall O'Mahony (0-4, 2Fr), Alfie Giles, Michael O'Donoghue (1-3, 0-3 Fr), Ivor Flynn (0-2), Ryan Carroll. Subs used: Cian Tobin for O'Donoghue Inj, Craig Hickey for Flynn, Adam O'Reilly (0-1) for Giles, Giles for Russell. St Marys; Damien Horgan, Sean O'Shea, Niall O'Driscoll, Keith Curran, Darragh O'Sullivan, Brain Curran, Kieran O'Driscoll, Bryan Sheehan (0-6 fr), Austin Constable (0-1), Aidan Walsh, Decaln Keating, Rory Keating, Daniel Daly, Paul O'Donoghue (0-1), Dan O'Sullivan. Subs: Sean Cournane (2-0)for R. Keating, Conor Quirke for ?, Denis Daly (1-0) for D. Keating.
Referee: Denis Sayers (Austin Stacks).


Annascaul 0-10 Ardfert 1-12
Ardfert were deserving winners of this Castleisland Mart quarter final against a depleted annascaul side in a cold windy Paddy Kennedy memorial park on Saturday evening. Jason Hickson opened the scoring with a pointed free for the homeside in the fourth minute, but it was all Ardfert after that and points from John Paul Leen and two from Eoin McCarthy were followed by a goal from Darren Wallace to give Ardfert a lead that they never relinquished. Indeed that lead could have been greater but Annascaul goalkeeper Tommy Pierce brilliantly saved Michael Moloneys penalty in the 12th minute.
Annascaul centre back James Farrell tried to ignite the home side with an inspirational point which was immediately cancelled by a good point from John Dowling but points from Dowling and Darren Wallace pushed Ardfert further ahead with two pointed frees from Jason Hickson keeping Annascaul in touch to leave the half time score; Ardfert 1-6 Annascaul 0-4.
Ardfert were dominating the midfield exchanges with John Dowling and Trevor Wallace in control and Brian Moloney picking up a lot of breaking ball and they could have been out of sight were it not for some wayward shooting that resulted in seven wides before the interval.
Annascaul introduced Adrian O'Donnell and Jamie O'Driscoll at the interval and started well with two points from Jason Hickson that reduced Ardfert's lead to a goal but that was as close as they came and entering the final 10 minutes there was still a goal between the sides. The large home crowd were roaring their side on but it was Ardfert who finished stronger with two pointed frees from John Dowling and Thomas Moloney to end up winners on a score of 1-12 to 0-10. Ardfert now meet Finuge in the semi final.
Tommy Pierce was in brilliant form in the Annascaul goal Colm Barry and James Farrell defended valiantly but up front they were over dependant on the free taking ability of Jason Hickson. Ardfert were dominant in most areas, Mike Moloney was rampant at wing back causing numerous problems with his attacking runs, John Dowling gave a man of the match display at midfield and Darren Wallace with 1-3 and Thomas Moloney were the pick of the forwards.
Annascaul; Tommy Pierce, Colm Barry. James Scanlon, Eoin O'Neill, Andrew Finn, James Farrell, Garrett O'Donnell, Emmett Kennedy, Eamonn Lenihan, David Clifford, Jason Hickson, P.J. Foley, Aidan Crean, James Crean, Shane Foley, Subs; Adrian O'Donnell, Jamie O'Driscoll, Jonnie O'Driscoll.
Ardfert; Nicholas O'Sullivan, Stephen Leen, Rory Horgan, Mike Clifford, Eamonn Corridan, Darren Dinneen, Michael Moloney, John Dowling, Trevor Wallace, Damian Wallace, Brian Moloney, John P Leen, Christopher Wallace, Eoin McCarthy, Thomas Moloney


Novice Club Football Championship Quarter Final

Renard 0-05, Valentia 0-09
Valentia got off to the best of starts with points from Brian O'Connor, Paul O'Sullivan, Ger O'Shea, Sean O'Sullivan and a free from Mark Lynch. Brian O'Sullivan and Daragh O'Neill scored for Renard to make it Renard 0-02, Valentia 0-05 at half time. Daragh O'Neill pointed from a free for Renard, with Shane O'Connor answering back quickly for Valentia. Richard Quigley in goal for Valentia saved a goal bound shot from Killian Young. John Shanahan answered back with two free for Valentia, and Daragh O'Neill then replied with two free for Renard. Brendan O'Sullivan who came on as a substitute finished the scoring for Valentia and left it Renard 0-05 to Valentia 0-09.

Junior Club Championship Quarter Final

Brosna 0-8 Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-12.
In a highly entertaining Junior Championship Quarter Final Glenbeigh Glencar secured a semi final spot with victory over last year's Novice champions, Brosna. Kerry forward Darren O'Sullivan opened the scoring for Glenbeigh Glencar but Brosna responded with 2 quick points from captain Tom McGoldrick. The sides exchanged scores for the rest of the half with some good scores from both sides and at half time the score stood at Brosna 5 Pts, Glenbeigh/Glencar 4 Pts.
The away side started the 2nd half the better with 2 pointed frees from Gavin O'Grady giving them the lead but Brosna weren't finished and further scores from McGoldrick and Paul Reidy put Brosna back in the lead. Jason McKenna and Kerry minor Adam Barry swapped scores before a great point from Darren O'Sullivan drew the side's level. Glenbeigh Glencar upped the tempo after this and added the winning points to leave the final score: Brosna 8 Pts Glenbeigh/Glencar 12 Pts. Eamon Kiely and Mikey O'Connor for Brosna were outstanding from start to finish with Joe McGuillicuddy and Fergal Griffin best for the victors.