Time to sup­port our soc­cer lads in their new sea­son ahead

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - John ReReidy’s 087 2359467

LAST Sun­day, Septem­ber 10, both Castleis­land AFC se­nior sides kicked off their sea­sons with games in the Denny Premier Leagues.

The first team played Mastergeeha at home in Castleis­land at 11.30am. The B team trav­elled to Camp United in the Premier League B with a kick-off at 2pm. Both teams re­turned full points. The A team earned their points with a 1-0 win while the Bs opened their ac­count with a 2-1 win in the west.

Look­ing for­ward to the long sea­son ahead, newly elected club PRO, Neil O’Sul­li­van – who dou­bles as B team joint man­ager with martin ‘Mazza’ Mo­ri­arty – ap­pealed for lo­cals to drop up to the Lim­er­ick Road grounds for their home games.

“The first team will once again be com­pet­ing in the top di­vi­sion of Kerry soc­cer, Denny Premier A. As al­ways this is go­ing to be a very com­pet­i­tive di­vi­sion with five or six teams in the run­ning to be crowned cham­pi­ons,” said Neil.

Man­ager Dan Maun­sell will be start­ing his first sea­son in charge of the A team and has bol­stered his squad by adding a num­ber of play­ers from last year’s suc­cess­ful B team.

Last year’s Premier B top scorer, Jonathan Downey, will be look­ing to con­tinue his goal scor­ing form into Premier A. He will be joined by other mem­bers of the suc­cess­ful B squad, in­clud­ing Mike Cahill, Barry Lynch, Daniel Downey and Seán Óg Ó Ciar­dub­háin.

They will be join­ing ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Ai­dan O’Cal­laghan, Ti­mothy Walsh, Colin McCarthy and Dean Pool­man. This will give Dan a strong squad to pick from with two to three play­ers bat­tling for ev­ery po­si­tion.

Premier A this sea­son will be very tough with some top teams bat­tling it out for the ti­tle. The likes of Din­gle have strength­ened their squad bring­ing in play­ers from all over Kerry, the two Kil­lar­ney sides will once again be in the thick of things with last year’s cham­pi­ons, Kil­lar­ney Ath­letic look­ing to re­tain their ti­tle.

Castleis­land will be look­ing to get off to a strong start af­ter a great turnout and ef­fort dur­ing pre-sea­son.

The B team will be com­pet­ing in the sec­ond di­vi­sion of Kerry Soc­cer, Denny Premier B. Af­ter win­ning this di­vi­sion last sea­son the team could not be pro­moted as we al­ready had a team in Premier A.

New man­agers Martin ‘ Mazza’ Mo­ri­arty and Neil O’Sul­li­van will be look­ing to re­build the squad af­ter more than half the team have moved up to join the A panel. This pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for a new batch of younger play­ers to come through the ranks and nail down a start­ing spot on a se­nior team.

Some of last year’s ti­tle win­ning team have been re­tained and will form the spine of the team. Play­ers like: Martin He­witt, Ger Byrne, Shane O’Lough­lin, Stephen McCarthy and Ea­mon McLough­lin will be joined by younger play­ers such as Ethan Bros­nan and Dar­ren Maun­sel as they look to re­tain the Premier B ti­tle and re­main com­pet­i­tive in the di­vi­sion.

This will be an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult task with the qual­ity of teams con­test­ing Premier B this sea­son. The favourites, Tralee Celtic have come up from Di­vi­sion 1A and added some very ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to their squad in­clud­ing a num­ber of ex Tralee Dy­namos play­ers.

It’s sure to be an­other ex­cit­ing and hope­fully suc­cess­ful sea­son for the se­nior sides this year.

“We hope to see new faces up at the field dur­ing the year for home games.

“En­try is free to all home games and fix­tures will be posted on the Castleis­land AFC Face­book page at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery week,” Neil con­cluded.

At a pre-sea­son train­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day night were: Dan Maun­sell (left) man­ager of the Castleis­land AFC A Team with B Team man­agers, Martin ‘Mazza’ Mo­ri­arty and Neil O’Sul­li­van. Neil is also fill­ing the role of club PRO for the sea­son. Photo by John Reidy

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