KERRY U14s headed to the Banner last Saturday to compete in the Munster blitz in Ennis. Based at the Eire Og club, Kerry's first outing was against a Cork outfit who were first out of the blocks with two swift goals.
Kerry regrouped with 1-3 to draw the game. Next up was a second Cork team that Kerry handled better and beat on a scoreline of 4-2 to 2-3. This saw Kerry face Limerick in their last game, and buoyed from the previous win, they duly overcame the Treaty County with a 4-2 to 2-1 result. Kerry were now in a final against their hosts Clare, and to get to this juncture was a great achievement.
The final was played at 1.30 and Kerry began well with two points. However the Banner girls proved that little bit stronger at this age group and bagged three goals during the game. That was how the game finished.
Kerry can take great heart from taking on the traditonal counties and competing very well at this level. A very solid bunch of players coming through for the Inter County scene in the next few years. Our thanks to Joe Walsh, Eoin Lawlor & Tee Reil O'Connor who travelled with the team.
All-Ireland Junior Championship Rd 3, Kerry v Meath
This game takes place this Sunday at a time and venue to be advised. A home game for Kerry, a win here will see them through to the All Ireland Final. However a blow to the set up with the news that the Kerry minor captain Patrice Diggin will be unavailable due to illness is a cause for concern. Her ability to score, win ball and huge workrate will be missed.
Manager David Doyle will look to the other experienced campaigners like Laura Collins, Michelle Carroll and Annmarie Leen to step up to the challenge that Meath will pose. Meath travel full of confidence having beaten Monaghan and just coming up short by two points to Kildare. They must win to force a playoff and remain in contention.
All-Ireland U-16 Championship Semi-final
Kerry will face Meath on August 11 and while the Kerry girls accounted for their opponents at this grade last year with ease, underage teams are never a done deal the following year. That said, the Kingdom have been training well with Jessica Fitzell returning to the set up. Joe Walsh and Eoin Lawlor will look to the seasoned campaigners who are up to the age to take this game to Meath. Kerry to overcome the Royals at a neutral venue to be announced.