Heart­break as O’Rahillys nar­rowly lose to Crokes

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS -

KERINS O’RAHILLYS SE­NIORS

A loss in Lewis Road was to be our lot on Sun­day last but not be­fore ex­tra time was needed to sep­a­rate the sides in this year’s county league di­vi­son 1 fi­nal - see match re­port be­low.An­other epic en­counter in Lewis Road saw Dr Crokes take the divi­sion 1 league ti­tle but only af­ter a see saw bat­tle which was even­tu­ally de­cided in ex­tra time.

We went into this game with only one com­pet­i­tive out­ing in the last 6 weeks but be­lied this stat when rac­ing into a 1-03 to nil lead against the odds and the slight breeze; Gavin O’Brien was the goal scorer just like he was in the county semi fi­nal when he ini­ti­ated a move from mid­field and run­ning strongly through fired a shot which was ini­tially par­ried but his fol­low up saw him find the net; Dr Crokes were hit with an early blow when John Payne saw red for a late chal­lenge on Jack Savage a hand­i­cap with which they strug­gled all day.

We were on top at mid­field where David Moran gave a tow­er­ing per­for­mance for the eighty min­utes and con­tin­ued to take the game to the Kil­lar­ney side but some poor de­ci­sion mak­ing cost us and we were only two to the good on 19 mins when Daithi Casey re­acted quick­est to Gary’s penalty save to fire to the net. Crokes con­tin­ued to press and hit the front five min­utes from the half time whis­tle with a point from Tony Bros­nan which was quickly fol­lowed by a Micheál Burns goal on 33 min­utes we were not to be out­done how­ever and when Tommy fielded a high ball in be­hind the Crokes cover he found the net with a left footed drive to leave the min­i­mum be­tween the sides at the in­ter­val.

De­spite the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage, our lack of match sharp­ness con­tin­ued to tell and we failed to cap­i­talise on some good chances when first Jack was de­nied by Shane Mur­phy and the re­sul­tant “45” failed to trou­ble the score board. Crokes con­tin­ued to press, hold­ing the ball well and find­ing their men with great ac­cu­racy as a re­sult they had moved into a seven point lead on 20 mins, 2-13 to 2-06, Jack be­ing our only scorer in this pe­riod.

It was then that we again upped the ante with great play from Jack, Tommy and David and we were thrown a life line when awarded a penalty which Jack duly con­verted there was now only two points be­tween the sides and scores from Cor­mac, up sup­port­ing the at­tack and Jack tied the sides as the fi­nal whis­tle sounded and ex­tra time loomed.

Crokes were now up to their full com­ple­ment of 15 and us­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence to telling ef­fect, had the greater re­solve to see them through on a fi­nal score line of 2-20 to 3-12.

De­spite the loss, this was a ter­rific dis­play given the ev­i­dent rusti­ness and lack of match prac­tice and shows how close we are to the Kerry and Mun­ster cham­pi­ons.

It ends our sea­son not as we would have wanted it but its one we can look back on with a cer­tain de­gree of sat­is­fac­tion and no lit­tle pride where we have al­ways given our all and left ev­ery­thing on the pitch.

Team: Gary Kis­sane, Danny O’Sul­li­van, Ross O’Cal­laghan, David Mur­phy, Chucky Car­roll, Karl Mullins, Cor­mac Cof­fey, Tom Hoare, David Moran, Gavin O’Brien, Jack Savage, Dar­ragh McEl­lig­ott, Barry John Keane, John Fer­gu­son.

Subs: Gearoid Savage, Gearóid Dil­lane and Ja­son O’Leary.

AGM:

A good sized at­ten­dance in the Healy Rooms on Sat night for our AGM were given a run down on club ac­tiv­i­ties for the past year in a wide rang­ing and com­pre­hen­sive sec­re­tary’s re­port.

The high­lights in­cluded the suc­cess of the se­nior team in reach­ing the county league fi­nal and the semi fi­nals of the county cham­pi­onship - there were wins over Feale Rangers, Dr Crokes and St Bren­dans which saw us meet Dr Crokes again in a county semi fi­nal only to come up short; there was the suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion of our B team in the county league which saw over 45 se­nior play­ers play county league foot­ball and the se­cur­ing of our se­nior sta­tus for the com­ing year.

There were re­ports on our mi­nors and U-21 teams, ju­ve­nile and ladies ac­tiv­i­ties, mem­ber­ship and fundrais­ing as well as trib­utes to long serv­ing grounds­man Ed­mond Quirke and to Tom & Eileen O’Shea who handed over the lease on Char­lie’s Bar in Jan­uary.

Haulie Kerins in his Chair­man’s ad­dress thanked all of those who had as­sisted him dur­ing the year mak­ing his job eas­ier than it might have been; he thanked the se­nior man­age­ment team for their work and ded­i­ca­tion and the play­ers who once again gave their all for the club; again he paid tribute to Ed­mond Quirke and wished him well in the fu­ture. He thanked all the man­age­ment teams of the var­i­ous teams which saw us com­pete in 13 adult com­pe­ti­tions play­ing over 80 com­pet­i­tive games.

Kathy McCarthy was the re­cip­i­ent of the Club Woman of the Year for her tire­less work as ju­ve­nile sec­re­tary as well as her ef­forts in help­ing to en­sure we held a very suc­cess­ful Strictly Come Danc­ing in March; Frank O’Con­nor ( Tiler) was awarded the club man of the year for his work in or­gan­is­ing a very suc­cess­ful 10K, as­sist­ing on match days in sell­ing lotto tick­ets and tak­ing ad­mis­sion fees and for his over­all will­ing­ness to help out when ever called upon - both Kathy and Frank were wor­thy win­ners.

All out­go­ing of­fi­cers were re­turned for the com­ing year with the only va­cancy to be filled be­ing that of PRO fol­low­ing Pat Flavin’s de­ci­sion to step aside fol­low­ing two years in the role.

LOTTO

There was no win­ning ticket in last week’s lotto draw, win­ning num­bers: 1, 6, 19 & 20 - no­body matched 3.

Next week’s jack­pot will be €3,500.

The five en­trants for the spe­cial De­cem­ber draw are as fol­lows: Kay Stack, Liam Grif­fin, Ogie Moran, Tim Scan­nell and Mau­reen & Mary Ann Flem­ing.

Tick­ets €2/3 for €5 can be pur­chased on­line, from the club house and from the fol­low­ing out­lets: Couni­hans, Princes St., Fo­leys on the Castle­maine Road, The Abbey Inn & Jimmy’s on Strand Road.

CON­DO­LENCES

To the fam­ily of Con Grif­fin late of Bishop Moyni­han Cres­cent, Kil­lar­ney and formerly of Cahills Park;

To the fam­ily of Liam Duffy of Ca­her­anne;

To the fam­ily of Nora Kel­li­her O’Grady of Clon­more, Bal­ly­mullen

To the fam­ily of John Healy, Re­nanir­ree, Cork ( brother of our for­mer chair­man Pat)

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Danny O’Sul­li­van Kerins O’Rahilly’s up against Colm Cooper, Dr Crokes in the Kerry Co Credit Union Se­nior League Divi­sion 1 fi­nal at Lewis Road, Kil­lar­ney on Sun­day.Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

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