EA SPORTS U17 LEAGUE OF IRELAND
Kerry FC 4
Limerick FC 0
Kerry turned in a dazzling performance at soccer headquarters in Tralee on Saturday recording a very impressive win over Limerick FC.
In a one sided game in which Kerry were by far the superior side they won this game with comparative ease with their opponents unable to create any decent type of goal scoring opportunities.
Manager Brendan Moloney had his charges well fired up for the game and they did not disappoint him on the field of play turning in a stylish performance which had their opponents on the back foot for most of the game.
They established their authority on this game from the very outset and once they went ahead there was only going to be one outcome from the game.
They ruled the roost at midfield with the excellent Ronan Teahan and Odhran Ferris the playmakers while up front Cianan Cooney was the star of the show willing to take on defenders any time he got an opportunity and they were unable to cope with his electric pace and skill.
He found the net twice and could have got a few more goals with a bit of luck. Kerry wasted no time in finding the net going ahead after just three minutes.
After two previous efforts on goals Cianan Cooney showed his class finishing to the net after great build up play. They could have doubled their lead three minutes later when Odhran Ferris latched on to a Seán O’Connell corner kick, but his header from six yards was wide of the target.
They second goal came in the 14th minute after good link up play Oisín Breen was clear through on goals and after being bundled over in the box referee Denis O’Rourke had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Cianan Cooney gave the Limerick goalie Peadar O’Brien no chance drilling the ball low into the right hand corner of the net.
Kerry’s best goal of the game came in the 17th minute with great interlink play between Oisín Breen, Seán O’Connell and Cianan Cooney spreadeagled the Limerick defence and Odhran Ferris found a pocket of space just inside the box and applied an exquisite finish to put Kerry in the driving seat.
They should have added to their goal tally in the 35th minute when Seán O’Connell left defenders in his wake on a scintillating run down the right wing.
His accurately measured cross found Odhran Ferris with the goals at his mercy but he was unable to test the Limerick keeper. Kerry were out of sight in the 42nd minute after a corner kick Oisín Breen sent a thundering shot to the roof of the net courtesy of the woodwork.
The game was over as a contest at half time and it was no surprise that the visitors brought on substitutes Luca Fitzgerald and Ben Costello in the hope of pulling a goal back.
Limerick’s main ploy was to try and catch Kerry on the counter attack and, while Marcus Hogan and Hubert Zakrzuoski did breach the Kerry defence twice, they were caught offside on both occasions.
Kerry took the foot off the gas pedal a little as the second half progressed and Limerick began to put a few attacks together.
By now it was a case of damage limitation for Limerick and while they enjoyed much more possession they never looked like pulling a goal back with the Kerry keeper Richard Healy having virtually nothing to do for the whole 90 minutes.
While Kerry were unable to add to their goals tally they slowed down the pace of the game as substitutes were introduced and ran out comfortable winners at the end.
It was a fantastic all round performance by Kerry which will give them a huge boost going into their next game.
Next weekend they are on the road again with an away tie against Limerick side Treaty United.
KERRY: Richard Healy, Matthew Horgan, (Ozinna Izeha), Seán O’Connell, Samuel Aladesanusi, Odhran Ferris, Ronan Teahan, (Togor Silong 82) Conor Kerins, (Thomas Whittleton. 46) Oisin Breen, Seán Hill, Colin Doody, Cianan Cooney, (Eddie Moroney 78)
LIMERICK FC: Peadar O’Keeffe, Colm Lenihan, Cael Gaffney, Conor Finn, James Fahey, Conor Finn, Jason, Cushen, (Luca Fitzgerald 46) Kyle Delaney, (Eddie Shaw), Donnacha O’Leary, (Ben Costello 46), Hubert Zakrzuoski, Ronan Tangri
REFEREE: Denis O’Rourke
EA SPORTS U19 LEAGUE OF IRELAND
Wexford FC 2
Kerry played host to a formidable Wexford side on Sunday and after a very good performance came away with a point.
After going into arrears Robert Vasiu equalised with a well taken goal and when Eddie Ward gave them the lead expectations were high that they might win the game.
However, these hopes were dashed when Wexford got a late equaliser. Nevertheless it was a great all round team performance by Kerry who came away with a deserved share of the spoils.