Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship Quarter Finals
Kenmare District 2-14
East Kerry 0-8
AFTER a tough opening half Kenmare outscored East Kerry to progress to the semi final of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship.
Dara Roche opened the scoring for the visitors and Padraig O'Connor put them two up before points from Adrian Spillane and Brian Crowley levelled matters. Cian Hallissey then struck for a goal and Kevin O'Sullivan followed with a point with Jeff O'Donoghue replying for the visitors to leave the halftime score 1-4 to 0-3 for Kenmare.
East Kerry, with the strong wind to their backs, reduced the lead to the bare minimum following points from O'Donoghue again (2) and Gary O'Sullivan, but Brian Crowley and Teddy Doyle restored Kenmare's four point advantage.
While Jeff O'Donoghue replied with a point once again, Kenmare took control in the final quarter and ran out deserving winners with points from Denis O'Neill, John Spillane (2), and Cian Hallissey and a goal from John Rice to seal a deserved win for the homeside.
Mid Kerry 2-13
IN a first half of entertaining football in which Kilcummin / Rathmore were the more prominent outfit goals from John Moynihan and Jer Sheehan helped the home combination lead at the break by 2-4 to 1-5 with the divisional side's goal coming from Kieran Courtney.
Most of the second half was about the power of Mid Kerry where they established an early dominance with a goal and point from Marcus Mangan and 0-3 from Gavin O'Grady. A late siege by the East Kerry outfit driven by Kieran Murphy and John Moynihan saw a number of goal chances go a begging, but Mid Kerry with great defending from Pa Kilkenny and Gary Nagle ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-06.
Austin Stacks 3-11
Shannon Rgs 0-5
THE Stacks Under 21 machine moved into top gear in Connolly Park on Wednesday evening as a near flawless display had the Shannonsiders threading water from the off. The game was a totally one sided affair with the Rock in total command particularly at the back.
Stacks led from the off amassing a 1-6 to 0-1 lead with Ciaran O'Connell the dominant force around the middle aided by the ever improving Alan Duggan. The last line quartet of Barry Galvin, Paul Galvin, Alan Crean and Harnett were once more impenetrable and foundation for many attacks. The eight point lead at the break was fully deserved with Sean Ryan and Ciaran Flanagan providing the ammunition for the flying Danny Carroll with Eamonn McAllen once more finding the net from an acute angle.
Upon the restart the Rocky ascendency continued with a punched goal from Ciaran Flanagan ending the contest in the 40th minute. Captain Brendan O'Neil, Eoghan McKivergan and Joe O'Kelly repelled the Rangers attack continuously throughout and when McAllen finished superbly again in the 55th minute the tie was emphatically over.
Unexpectedly given the absence of five key personnel this team has surpassed all expectation in qualifying for the semi finals of this tournament. They now enter the semi-final hat with Mid Kerry, Kenmare District and St Kierans.
Austin Stacks: Barry Galvin, Paul Galvin, Alan Crean, Dylan Harnett, Eoghan McKivergan, Brendan O'Neil(capt), Joseph O'Kelly (0-2), Ciaran O'Connell, Alan Duggan, Brendan Caball, Sean Ryan, Shane Crowley (0-1), Ciaran Flanagan (1-3), Danny Carroll (0-5, 4f), Eamonn McAllen (2-0) Subs: James Galvin, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Shane Greensmyth
St Kierans 2-22
West Kerry 3-10
ST Kierans came out on top in their clash with West Kerry in the quarter final of the Acorn Life under 21 Football Championship, on a final scoreline of 2-22 to 3-10.
St Kieran's were very strong from the beginning. Scores from Thomas Hickey, Philip O'Connor and Mike Finnegan saw Kieran's take an early lead. A missed goal chance for West Kerry was costly especially after St Kieran's Philip O'Connor netted the ball in the 17th minute.
West Kerry's James Crean was very impressive for his side pointing three of their first half points. Tomás Ó'Ciobháin provided strong resistance for the West Kerry side. The half-time score was St Kieran's: 1-12 West Kerry: 1-5.
West Kerry played a much better second half however Kieran's maintained their momentum and could not be caught by their opponents. A St Kieran's goal by Thomas Hickey in the sixth minute was followed by a West Kerry goal scored by Brian Rayel.
West Kerry's Adrian Rayel and Garret Noonan both found the net in the second half. Kieran's Declan O'Mahony and Shane O'Connor were good on defence. Despite West Kerry's best efforts in the second half they were no match for St Kierans.
St Kieran's: Thomas Hickey 1-5, Philip O'Connor 1-4, Mike Finnegan 0-5, Adam Barry 0-3, James Walsh 0-2, Padraig Ó'Sé 0-2, Shane O'Connor 0-1, Tomas Lynch 0-1
West Kerry: Tomás Ó'Ciobháin 1-2, Garret Noonan 0-1, James Crean 0-5, Adrian Rayel 1-0, Brain Rayel 1-0, 1-0, Colm Hurley 0-1