SATURDAY, September 28 marked the high point of a long journey for the Valentia Young Islanders senior footballers when they recorded their first South Kerry Football Championship match win since 2005, by defeating Renard in Renard on a score 1-12 to 0-10.
2005 was an auspicious year for the islanders who defeated Dromid Pearses at the Con Keating Park, Cahirsiveen in the South Kerry Senior Championship final, the year of their centenary. Little did they realise that it would be a further eight years before they would record their first match win in the championship, let alone winning it out.
The islanders will again face Dromid Pearses on Saturday, November 2, in The South kerry Championship semi final. It wil be a double header in Waterville, where St. Marys of Cahirsiveen and Bally-Foilmore will meet in the other semi final. Midfielder, Brendan O'Sullivan,who was in America for the summer is a welcome addition as is his first cousin the London based John Curran, who celebrated his 21st birthday last weekend over there.
These are tough times for the islanders and the economic downturn with its inevitable emigration has hit them hard. They have struggled in the past number of years to muster a first fifteen for many games. Thus, they will go in as rank underdogs against the men from the environs of the Inny river, but they will not be found wanting for effort or commitment on the day.