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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 24th July, 2014

 

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Kerry Girls claim All-Ireland title

Kerry’s U14 Girls brought the first All-Ireland of 2014 back home to the Kingdom as they beat a fancied Mayo by 6-8 to 4-9 last Sunday, claiming the title for the first time since 2008.

Kerry had their mettle severely tested when Cork beat them well in the first round but the girls’ character showed as the avenged that defeat in fine style in the Munster Final.

That put them into a semi-final against Cavan, where Kerry won out by 5-7 to 4-3 to set up a date with Mayo and destiny. After a long, tough, and thrilling hour of football, it was Kerry’s Erica McGlynn and her team-mates who lifted the trophy.

Assistant manager Rory Kilgallon was delighted with the result.

“It was an absolutely pulsating contest, a great game on a very hot day. Mayo made the better start but we settled and converted a penalty to come back into it.

“We were on top but a Mayo goal just before the break meant that we were just two in front.

“Mayo came out with all guns blazing and went five in front, but the girls responded magnificently.

“Their character really showed as they turned it around by ten points. Mayo attacked in waves for the last ten minutes but our defence kept them out.

“It was a fantastic display by the girls, we really had heroines all over the field. They are a brilliant bunch to work with and they have a fantastic bond.”

 

Christy Leahy nominated for FAI Award

Christy Leahy, the Kerry’s Eye columnist and a founder/member and president of both his beloved St. Brendan’s Park and the Kerry District League itself, has been nominated for the prestigious FAI Communications Award.

FAI Director of Communications Peter Sherrard said that, “So much work is done every year by PROs, journalists and photographers to bring the drama of Irish football to a wider audience. The standard of entries in recent years has been exceptional and these awards honour the volunteers and professionals who deliver coverage for the sport with such determination and passion”.

Nobody could deny that Christy absolutely fits the description, as St. Brendan’s Park chairman Martin Conway explains.

“Christy is a man in a million. He has been involved in this club right from the start back in 1971, he has held numerous Kerry posts, and he is always there for anything that we are doing.

“We named our ground after him with very good reason. A club is like a family, and Christy is the head of our family.”

It is a tribute both to the passion of those involved in Kerry soccer and those who report on it to note that Christy is Kerry’s second nominee, with Kerry Schoolboys/Schoolgirls PRO Padraig Harnett winning the award in 2012.

The awards will be presented at a formal dinner in Athlone this Friday 25th, prior to the Association’s AGM.

The Kerry Senior football squad report a clean bill of health ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final appearance in Croke Park on Sunday week.

Declan O’Sullivan missed South Kerry’s 3rd Round Championship game against Milltown/Castlemaine with a knee injury but the Dromid man has made solid progress in the past few weeks and is fit and ready for action.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has also drafted in the impressive Conor Keane from Legion and Thomas Hickey from Castleisland Desmonds.

Both have impressed in training recently and are welcome additions to the Kerry senior training panel.

The Kerry management have been putting the squad through their paces with three training sessions a week and reports from the camp are that preparations are very much going to plan.

Kerry’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with either Sligo/Galway/Tipperary will be part of a Croke Park triple header on August 3rd with a throw-in time of 2pm.

There has also been some disquiet in the county that the Kerry Minors have been asked to play the following day in a double header in Thurles.

The Kerry v Kildare All-Ireland Minor quarter-final will throw in at 3.45 on the bank holiday Monday, August 4th. Kerry’s All-Ireland Junior semi-final clash with Sligo has been confirmed for August 9th at a venue yet to be confirmed.

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Savannah brings Celtic good cheer

It may have been a disappointing week for Listowel Celtic, losing for a second time to Castleisland this time in the Greyhound Bar Cup Final.

But their spirits were lifted following the trail of success being blazed by their Irish U19 star Savannah McCarthy.

Having gotten through their qualifying group in April the Irish U19 girls made history in reaching the European Championship Finals.

 At the draw the Girls were placed in Group B along with Spain, England and Sweden.

‘The History Girls’ as the squad are now known for their heroics, opened with a great 1-0 victory over the Spanish.

Next up was the ‘Auld Enemy’.  England went 1-0 up in the 36th minute but McCarthy equalised with a bullet header from a Megan Connolly corner.

A late winner by  substitute Keeva Keenan took the Irish girls into their final group match against Sweden. The Scandinavians  took an early lead.

But again McCarthy headed home a Connolly free to equalise.

Connolly herself got the winner when she cracked a volley off the underside of the crossbar to give the Irish all three points and an unbeaten Group campaign.

Next up is the Netherlands in the semi-final which kicks off at 5pm today, Thursday, with Spain facing hosts Norway in the other game. The final is on July 27th.

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