Lee Strand U-14 Co District Champ - Final - Match Report
Monday, 10 June 2013 15:41
Lee Strand U-14 County District Championship - Final - Match Report

East Kerry: 4-13
West Kerry: 3-09

Strand Road was the venue for Wednesday evening's U-14 County District Championship encounter between East Kerry and West Kerry. A fantastic display of footballing skill and ability was on display on what was a lovely evening for football.

East Kerry emerged victorious in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game of football packed full of end-to-end entertainment.
The first half was a pretty equal affair with the sides going tit-for-tat for most of the opening half.

East Kerry were first out of the traps with two early Donnacha O'Sullivan points in the the 3rd and 4th minutes. West Kerry responded through their captain Riain O'Sullivan who levelled the game at 0-02 a piece in the 10 minute of the opening half.

David Clifford (East Kerry) and Riain O'Sullivan (West Kerry) swapped points in the 11th and 12th minutes of the half. East Kerry's Cian Gammell put his side ahead mid-way through the half with a well taken point.

This lead didn't last long however as West Kerry responded with the first goal of the evening in the following minute. Riain O'Sullivan popped off a lovely pass to Liam Ó Bambaire who was goal bound. Bambaire made no mistake and found the back of the East Kerry net to give West Kerry the advantage for the first time in the game, 1-03 to 0-04.

East Kerry continued to attack the West Kerry goal and a further pointed free from Cian Gammell saw West Kerry's lead cut to the minimum with just over 10 minutes of the opening half to play.

Shortly after East Kerry were denied a goal chance when Eoin Ó Brosnacháin pulled off a fine save from a Donnacha O'Sullivan shot.

Ó Brosnacháin was again called in to action in the 24th minute when Donnacha O'Sullivan who was causing all kinds of trouble in the East Kerry forward line sent the ball across the West Kerry goal. A clever David Clifford dispossessed Ó Brosnacháin to slot the ball into the West Kerry net and the lead swung back into East Kerry's favour, 1-05 to 1-03. This was the last input Clifford was to have in the game as he went off through injury shortly after.

East Kerry extended their lead in the 28th minute through a Cian Gammell free before the final point of the half from West Kerry's Riain O'Sullivan saw the score 1-06 to 1-04 in East Kerry's favour at the short whistle.

East Kerry seemed to find another gear in the second half but to West Kerry's credit they never gave in, fighting to the very end of the game despite the loss of Liam Ó Bambaire through injury at the end of the opening half.

East Kerry started the half the quicker with points from Mark Hartnett, Thando Dube and Donnacha O'Sullivan in the opening 5 minutes of the second half to lead by 5 points, 1-09 to 1-04.

East Kerry registered their second goal of the evening in the 8th minute when substitute Luke O'Donoghue linked well with corner forward Donnacha O'Sullivan who made no mistake in finding the net giving his team at 8 point lead.

West Kerry responded immediately with points from Jimmy Grady and Riain O'Sullivan(2) cutting East Kerry's lead to 5, 2-09 to 1-07.

Again East Kerry went on the attack with scores from Cian Gammell (free) and Jack Griffin in the 14th and 16th minutes to extend their lead once more.

East Kerry's third goal, in the 18th minute, effectively saw the game over as a contest. Captain Michael Potts getting his name on the scoresheet to let the score 3-11 to 1-07 in East Kerry's favour.

Both sides swapped points in the minutes that followed with Donnacha O'Sullivan converting a free for East Kerry and Niall Ó Géibheannaigh pointing for West Kerry.

East Kerry's fourth goal came in the 22nd minute when substitute Luke O'Donoghue, who set up his side's second, was himself the scorer and it was 4-12 to 1-08 in East Kerry's favour with less than 10minutes remaining.

Two late goals from West Kerry, the first from sharp-shooter Niall Ó Géibheannaigh in the 24th minute and the other from substitute Jack Ó Sé in the final minute was a case of too little, too late as the final whistle went shortly after the let the full-time score: East Kerry 4-13 to 3-09 West Kerry.

After the game Reggie Griffin, Vice-Chairperson Coiste na nÓg Chiarraí, presented the "Sylvie Mason Memorial Cup" to East Kerry captain Michael Potts while congratulating both sides on an extremely sporting and entertaining game of football.

East Kerry:
Patrick Daly, James Kelly, Lorcán McMonagle, Mark Fitzgerald, David Kenny, Michael Potts, Thando Dube, Jack Griffin, Cian Gammell, Cian O'Callaghan, Donnacha O'Sullivan, David Clifford, Mark Hartnett.

West Kerry: Eoin Ó Brosnacháin, Brian Dowling, Brian Kennedy, Nathan Ó Flannúra, Marc Ághas, Brian Ó Conchúir, Frank P. Sauerland, Michéal Lyne, William Goodwin, Cathal Ferriter, Liam Ó Bambaire, Michael Scanlon, Niall Ó Géibheannaigh, Riain O'Sullivan, Ruadhá Mac Cárthaigh