Opening day loss for U-17s

SSE Airtricity Under-17 league - Cobh Ramblers 2 Kerry 1

Kerry's Daniel Okwute of Kerry in action against Dylan O'Halloran
Kerry's Daniel Okwute of Kerry in action against Dylan O'Halloran

Kerry opened their SSE Airtricity Under-17 league programme at Carrigaline on Saturday and got off to a losing start going down to Cobh Ramblers in a keenly contested game.

Both Cobh goals came from free kicks, which will be disappointing from Kerry's point of view.

Kerry started very positively and went ahead after 17 minutes when Nick Izehi played in Daniel Okwute who applied a great finish. And they were unlucky not to double their lead when a shot from John Carmody came back off the crossbar.

The home side equalised in 34th minute with a free kick from Luke Kennedy with Kerry disappointed that what looked like an offside in the built up to the goal was overlooked by the officials in charge.

Both sides created a few more chances that yielded nothing and it was 1-1 at the interval.

The home side started the second half strongly and they regained the lead in the 48th minute when Dylan O'Halloran latched on to a Luke Kennedy free kick at the back post and he headed powerfully to the net.

Kerry almost equalised shortly afterwards but Cian Brosnan's shot came back of the post.

Kerry pushed for an equaliser and even though they had a couple of chances it failed to materialise and the home side hit the post in the final minute of the game.

While Kerry will be disappointed at losing the game they will be very pleased with their performance in the first half where they matched their opponents in most departments of play.

However they need to ensure that they apply the same intensity over the whole 90 minutes.

Their achilles heel was defending dead ball situations where they looked vulnerable and they will have to focus on ironing out this issue before their next game.

They play their first home game of the season at Mounthawk Park next Sunday when they entertain Bray Wanderers and they will be hoping to make home venue count.

Hopefully soccer fans around the county will come out in strength to support the team. The kick off is at 2pm.

Bray had a 2-2 draw with Cork City last Sunday and that clearly demonstrates how strong a side they are.

Kerry: Dylan Donna, Kian Clancy, Tom Doyle, Nick Izehi, Cian Brosnan, Craig Boyle O'Sullivan, Josh Toomey, Conor Henderson, Nathan Gleeson, John Carmody, Daniel Okwute.