O’Do­herty is new Kerry ladies man­ager

Quill and Long to man­age mi­nor ladies foot­ballers

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - BY DAN KEAR­NEY

DONAL O’Do­herty of the Spa club in Kil­lar­ney is the new Kerry se­nior ladies foot­ball man­ager, fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment at last week’s Kerry LGFA county board meet­ing at which the in­ter-county man­age­ments at all age groups were rat­i­fied.

O’Do­herty played se­nior foot­ball for a num­ber of years with Spa and also won an All-Ire­land Vo­ca­tional Schools medal with Kerry in 1990 when they de­feated Ca­van in the fi­nal. In­ci­den­tally, the man­ager of that Kerry Vo­ca­tional team was Pat O’Shea, the cur­rent man­ager se­nior men’s county cham­pi­ons of Dr Crokes.

O’Do­herty was the man­ager of the Kil­lar­ney team that won the se­nior ladies county cham­pi­onship this year, and he was also in charge of the Spa ladies team that was suc­cess­ful in the Ju­nior grade. He has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as a coach with Spa at all age lev­els and is the for­mer man­ager of the Kil­lar­ney Celtic se­nior men’s soc­cer team.

He is cur­rently the Kerry LGFA De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer but will now va­cate this role to con­cen­trate on his Kerry man­age­ment du­ties. He has named Spa club­mate Tim O’Con­nor as a se­lec­tor. Donal O’Sul­li­van of Kil­lor­glin will look af­ter the strength and con­di­tion­ing work. Two fur­ther se­lec­tors will be named over the com­ing weeks.

Mean­while, Dar­ragh Long of Austin Stacks and De­clan Quill of Kerins O’Rahillys were rat­i­fied as joint Kerry mi­nor ladies man­agers. Long is a for­mer Kerry mi­nor and U-21 star and is in the top five for Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances for his club. Long won a se­nior county cham­pi­onship medal when Austin Stacks de­feated Mid Kerry in the 2014 County Cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

Quill is the holder of two All-Ire­land se­nior medals with Kerry and also starred at mi­nor and U-21 level for his county. He played se­nior foot­ball for Kerry from 2001 to 2005 and in to­tal made 14 cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances scor­ing 0-9. He was a reg­u­lar starter for Kerry in their Na­tional League cam­paigns and amassed 4 goals and 99 points in his 34 games.

Else­where, the U-16 man­age­ment was also rat­i­fied and John Doona of Le­gion mak­ing the step up from the U-14 team to man­age the team. John will be joined by Nora O’Con­nor of Rath­more, Ea­mon Kis­sane of Beau­fort, Gil­lian Healy from Austin Stacks and Colin O’Leary of Rath­more as se­lec­tors, with Padraig O’Sul­li­van of South­ern Gaels as strength and con­di­tion­ing coach.

The U-14 man­age­ment will see Char­lie McCarthy of Rath­more take the man­age­ment reigns, where he will be joined by Alan Fo­ley of Beau­fort and Han­nah Devlin of Kil­lar­ney Le­gion as se­lec­tors. There will be two fur­ther names added to the ticket over the next cou­ple of weeks.

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