Domino's Pizza U17 Tournament
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:52

dom1001Mid Kerry and East Kerry had impressive opening round wins in this inaugural Dominos Pizza U-17 Inter Divisional League, with two more games due to be played midweek, as this competition looks to make the job of Mikey Ned O'Sullivan and his minor selectors in choosing a Kerry minor squad more straight forward.

This competition looks like its going to be a huge success and its great to see Dominos Pizza come on board and be associated with such a successful product in its first year - the two complement each other in terms of quality and good taste.
At Caherslee on Friday night a very well drilled Mid Kerry side proved too strong for the North Kerry Bombers, winning on a 2-12 to 1-8.
Tarbert's Andrew Doherty struck for a 3rd minute North Kerry goal but that was to be their only score of the opening half as Mid Kerry took over and put the issue beyond doubt.
Daniel McBeth (Laune Rangers) was the star of the show at midfield where he ruled the roost and scored 1-3. Jonathon O'Sullivan (Milltown/Castlemaine) scored 1-2, including a goal from a penalty while John O'Shea (Laune Rangers) scored 0-2 while Beaufort's Brendan Cronin completed the scoring as Mid Kerry led 2-8 to 1-0 at half time. north kerry re size
North Kerry made six half time changes and did improve in the second half with Darragh Leahy (Emmets) curbing man of the match McBeth but with the Beaufort pair of Danny Healy and Liam Carey still running the show up front for Mid Kerry, they decided to defend their lead.
North Kerry had two early frees from David Keane ( Emmets) and another from Ricky Hanlon ( Emmets) but it was an uphill struggle and despite three further points from Kerry minor David Foran, Mid Kerry thanks to points from John O'Shea, Jonathon O'Sullivan and Liam Carey sealed an impressive win.

On Saturday at the Fitzgerald Stadium East Kerry easily accounted for a depleted South Kerry side, 5-21 to 0-6. South Kerry was missing eight of their starting fifteen and should fare better in the remaining rounds.
This game was over by 1-11 to 0-4 with Conor Keane getting the goal while Tony Brosnan kicked 0-5, Micheal O'Shea (0-3) and the impressive Mikey Burns kicked two fine points but was creator in chief.
Sean O'Sullivan with two points and one each from Diarmuid Keating and Vinny Casey was a meagre return. mid kerry resize
East Kerry cut loose in the second half Dr Crokes Darran Doherty coming on and scoring 2-2, while Dara Rice ( Fossa), and Conor Keane with further goals completed the rout with Tony Brosnan ( Crokes) finishing with 0-8 but South Kerry will be a different proposition when restored to full strength.

Eoghan Rua/Kenmare 1-9 Tralee 1-9

This was a very close contest with Tralee leading 0-7 to 0-2 at the break but Eoghan Rua/Kenmare fought back in the second half to share the spoils.
Tralee scorers in the opening half were - Eamon McAllen and Kyle Fitzgibbon with 2
points each while Ciaran Flanagan, Greg Horan and Rory Doyle scored 1
Philip Casey and goalkeeper turned corner-forward Roy Kelliher were
the two scorers for the Eoghan Rua/ Kenmare combination. so it all depended on what happened in the second half.
Eoghan Rua/Kenmare resumed a transformed side with Tom Kelliher playing well at midfield for Eoghan Rua/Kenmare, and his side added six unanswered points - 4 from Templenoe's Killian Spillane and one apiece from Darragh Roche and Kelvin Teehan, to go ahead 0-8 to 0-7 after eighteen minutes of the second half.
The remaining twelve minutes were absorbing stuff with Tralee counteracting the influence of Tom Kelliher by moving fullback Barry Walsh to midfield.
Two points from Kerry minor Greg Horan and Akeem Molloy were followed by a fine goal from Ciaran Flanagan giving Tralee a 1-9 to 0-8 with 3 minutes left to play and it looked curtains for the combination.
But Eoghan Rua/Kenmare finished with a flourish with a point by James
McCarrick and a goal by Killian Spillane who was outstanding and so the sides finished level and a point apiece.

West Kerry 1-12 St Kieran's /St Brendan's 1-10

St Kieran's /St Brendan's Mike O'Brien had the first effort but failed to convert in the opening minutes, minutes later West Kerry's first attack saw Daniel O'Connell's effort hit the upright and the loose ball fell to his team mate Cathal Bambury who raised the green flag. Scores in the opening half were at a premium as both sides battled the winter elements and West Kerry aided with a strong breeze led 1-7 to 0-1 at half time as Eanna O'Connor, Pol Breathnach and Colm Ó Muirthile added 7 points from play in the opening half.
St Kieran's /St Brendan's in the second half played with more fluency in their game, added the second score, a point from Eoin Courtney, followed by another from Ivan Parker. West Kerry replied with a point from Pol Breathnach to keep the West Kerry advantage at eight
St Kieran's /St Brendan's pushed forward in several attacks which culminated in five points without reply to reduce the margin to just 3 at the end of the third quarter. West Kerry added another point and then after a scramble St Kieran's /St Brendan are goaled to reduce the margin to 1. But West Kerry pushed on to recover with 3 fine efforts from play as St Kieran's /St Brendan's tried to close the gap and did so to just 2 as the full time whistle blew and West Kerry collect the points in their first game in this the Interdivisional U17 League with the final score - West Kerry 1-12 St Kieran's /St Brendan's 1-10


Round 2 to be played on 11th Nov 2012

West Kerry V Mid Kerry in Lispole G.A.A Grounds @ 12 noon
Tralee V South Kerry in Cromane G.A.A Grounds @ 12 noon
North Kerry V St Kierans/St Brendans in Knockagoshel G.A.A Grounds at 12 noon
East Kerry V Eoghan Rua/Kenmare @ 12 noon (Venue to be confirmed)