June 24th – 12th Soccer Notes – Curtain falls on another great year
Kilcornan AFC will hold its AGM this Friday night June 27th at the Community Hall – the AGM concerns both Junior and Underage clubs and all members and anyone who is interested in the affairs of the clubs is urged to attend.
There are still a limited number of places available for SummerSkills Kilcornan which is running the week of the 7th of July. Please contact Gillian on 087 7781225 for more info
Heartbreak for Kilcornan
Friday May 10th saw Kilcornan Juniors travel to Clounreask for an eagerly anticipated League Cup final against Abbeyfeale B. It was a first run out in a cup final for Kilcornan since they brought home the Hogan Cup in 2005 and it wasn’t an easy passage to the final. It started with an away trip to cup specialists Granagh on a crisp Spring Sunday, nothing is ever given handy in Granagh and on the day it top a Mark Murphy thunderbolt from all of 30 yards which arrowed across goal and into the top corner to win the day.
The semi final was no gimme either with Adare travelling to Kilcornan with intentions of putting their relegation battle behind them. It was a ding dong battle from the start, Adare were throwing everything at the home side but chances were few and far between. The game turned into a war of attrition and was only settled with virtually the last kick of the game in extra time, January signing Sean Whelan was sprung from the bench in the 2nd half and after he cut in from the sideline, with both sides on the cusp of the lottery that is penalties he drilled a low shot to the left corner to send a jubilant Kilcornan back to a final and give management duo Danny Ivess and Ronan Hanley a shot at some silverware in their first campaign.
The final itself was a marvellous contest despite the inclement weather, both teams gave it everything. Abbey were a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut, unbeaten in the league thus far and playing themselves into form with all the games they were catching up on. The early exchanges saw Abbey create a few chances, a ball over the top was latched onto by their frontman but a last ditch block from Hugh Sheehy saw the ball behind, the resulting corner saw Anthony Cregan and Abbey beanpole Tom Cahill make their first acquaintance and although there was a half chance the defence stood firm
Disaster struck inside 10 mins though when a free kick was awarded out on the wide left, the ball was swung in and although there didn’t appear to be any particularly clear header the ball inexplicably came through a forest of legs and bounced up into the top of the net to put Abbey one to the good, this however would spur Kilcornan on. The midfield lads were starting to get more involved with Mark Murphy and Alan Ryan getting a grip on the middle and Niall Maher and Kevin O Keeffe offering wide down the flanks but the front men, Rob Carrig and Anthony O Shaughnessy were causing all sorts of problems for the Abbey back division.
With 20 minutes on the clock James O Shaughnessy launched one of his trademark raking passes up the left flank, Rob Carrig looked all the way 2nd best for the ball but somehow managed to take it down and he released Anthony O Shaughnessy through down the left channel, the ball was bouncing, the Abbey keeper was fast closing the angle and the Abbey center halves were bearing down but Anthony coolly clipped the ball over the goalie towards the far corner. From my angle I couldn’t tell where it was going, seemingly from the sideline it was in the air long enough to say a novena for it to drop in and so it did, skimming the underside of the bar as Anthony wheeled away, he hadn’t scored one as important since the Colaiste Mhuire u/16 County Final in Doon!
It was to get better for both Anthony and Kilcornan though. Rob Carrig was instrumental taking a ball down the line and exchanging passes with Anthony before releasing him through on goal, he cut back in from the left and as he came across the box he tucked away a shot to the bottom corner. Kilcornan were well on top at this point and maybe should have been another to the good, David Dolan and Kevin O Keeffe were linking well down the right and a passage of play saw them pick out Mark Murphy with a searching cross but he just couldn’t hit the target and at the half Kilcornan went in 2-1 up and 45 minutes from glory.
The 2nd half was no less entertaining, Abbey came out of the blocks strong again trying to get back on terms and Kilcornan were a little sluggish starting, Abbey however found it hard to create clear cut chances. The wind had picked up significantly and it was proving difficult for Kilcornan to get the ball clear and Abbey tried to turn the screw during a passage of 4 or 5 corners which proved difficult to defend with the swirling gale however David Kelly provided the last line of defence and time and again foiled the Abbey attack. Abbey went close after 20 minutes with an effort which came back off the post after David Kelly got the faintest of touches and was cleared to safety. Kilcornan made a number of positional switches to try to regain control, Niall Maher switched wings, David Dolan was withdrawn for Jason O Shaughnessy and the game reached a huge turning point not long after.
A ball from the left was played in over the top, Jason O Shaughnessy tracked the run of the front man and invariably both went to ground, referee Paul O Brien was in no doubt awarding the free in and dispatching Jason to the early shower with a straight red. Luckily the resulting free was hit over. At this point Kilcornan had begun to sit deeper and Abbey were able to plough on with the man advantage. Wave after wave of attack was repelled and it looked as if the 10 men of Kilcornan would hold out until 2 mins from time the Abbey left winger wandered across the pitch, picked up the ball outside the box and fired low into the far corner leaving David Kelly with no chance and 2-2 is what it would finish in normal time.
Extra time was more of the same, Kilcornan were out on their feet and struggling with being the man down, Sean Whelan and Paudie Ivess were introduced as fresh legs for Anthony O Shaughnessy and Alan Ryan and Sean went in as a target man up front and the switch almost paid dividend immediately when Rob Carrig spun away from his man and clipped a ball in for Sean, however he took the first on first time and his shot was always rising over the bar. Rob created a chance from nothing in extra time out on the left which saw his shot clip the crossbar, to add to the long range free he had hit the bar earlier in the game, but the numbers were with Abbey and they were on top. Halfway through the first period of extra time an innocuous free was given for Abbey 35 yards out. The ball clipped in was met by Tom Cahill at the edge of the box and flicked on towards goal, the looping header proved too much for David Kelly who scrambled across and although he got a hand on it was only able to knock it into the side net.
It was a cruel blow for Kilcornan who’d played so well but there was still time and they threw everything forward in the time that was left, the game got very stretched and Kilcornan left a skeleton crew at the back, indeed Abbey should have sown the game up when they broke with numbers but when the final shot came in Hugh Sheehy managed to get his body in the way to block. At the final whistle there was jubilation for Abbey and desolation for Kilcornan who felt unlucky not to have seen out the ninety minutes.
It was however a step in the right direction with this new backroom staff consolidating the team, challenging well in the league for a large part of the season and getting to a final of a cup and we wish them the best of luck for the coming season.
TEAM: David Kelly, David Dolan, Hugh Sheehy, Anthony Cregan, James O Shaughnessy, Kevin O Keeffe, Alan Ryan, Mark Murphy, Niall Maher, Anthony O Shaughnessy, Rob Carrig
Subs: Jason O Shaughnessy (David Dolan), Paudie Ivess (Alan Ryan), Sean Whelan (Anthony O Shaughnessy), Paul Larkin, Noel Mulcair, Fergal Nash, Patrick Byrnes, Mike Kelly, Tim Mulvihill, Ronan Hanley, Johnny Fitzgerald, Tony Scanlon
Kilcornan remain unbeaten to win double.
What a year for Kilcornan u14 team who went through the whole year undefeated to claim the league and cup double and reached the last 16 of Ireland.
On the local front in the league the high points were a 4 all draw with Creeves after being 4-2 down in our first league match and a solid 5-1 win away to Broadford, in the cup we edged out a gallant Glin Rovers side 6-2 in the final after coming from 2-1 down in the first half other notable wins in this competition were an 8-1 win at home again to Broadford where the field was at its splendid best and a tough 1 nil win away to Ballingarry.
In the national cup we had a super run where we beat Regional of Limerick city 3-1, we then beat Herbertstown in the next round also 3-1, we travelled to take on the mighty Killarney Celtic away in the next round and came away 3-2 winners and then it was a 3 nil win at Ringmahon Rangers and onto the last 16 where we met Mervue Utd of Galway, Although we could feel a bit unlucky with the 5-2 defeat as we felt with a bit of luck we might have sneaked a result, Mervue proved to be serious opponents as they went all the way to the final.
Our panel of players were Kevin Walsh, Eric Costelloe, John McSweeney, Tomas O Connor, Daniel Hayes, Cian Enright, Rory and Edward McMahon, Padraig Hartigan, Cathal Downes, Liam O Sullivan, Eoin Clifford, Conor Arthur, Ronan Quinn, Alan McGrath and Jack McCoy. A special well done to managers Ger Costelloe and Gavin O Shea. Our captain for the year was Liam o Sullivan.
Kennedy cup 2014.
Kilcornan were well represented in this squad by the following; John McSweeney, Eric Costelloe, Tomas O Connor, Eoin Clifford, Ronan Quinn, Cathal Downes and Liam O Sullivan. well done to all.
Limerick Desmond lge u13.
Well done to our representatives who reached the Munster final where they lost 2 nil to Cork, they were, Kevin Walsh, Daniel Hayes, Tomas O Connor, Padraig Hartigan and captain Cathal Downes.
Kilcornan u 16 lge.
Kilcornan had a super year in the 3rd division of the u16s our team were managed by Davie Downes and Kevin O Keeffe and were duly rewarded with a near faultless display as the team went undefeated until the last game of the season when they already had the league in the bag, stand out games of the year were a solid 1 all draw with Adare away and 2-1 win at home to Glantine when the chips were down, also the 3-2 win at home to 2nd place Pallaskenry was a high point. In the cup we just came up short against St. Itas and lost 1 nil, this team was made up of a lot of the u14 team and mixed in well with the older u16s.
The panel of players were as follows, Eric Costelloe, Kevin Walsh, Sam Ross, Cathal Downes, Caolan Rushe, Padraig Roche Mulcaire, Ronan Quinn, Eoin Clifford, Conor Staff, Dara Mullane, Stephen O Brien, Dylan Finan, Bill Casey, Tomas O Connor, Liam O Sullivan, John McSweeney,
Kilcornan u/11's 2014 squad
Kilcornan u/12 Girls – Aoife Cregan winning goal scorer of the shield final
Kilcornan U/12 Girls – Celebrating a winning season - 3 of the squad represented the club in the u/12 Desmond League Squad: Becca O Brien, Aoife Cregan and Eve O Sullivan.
Captain Rebecca O Brien celebrates victory with shield and her sisters Faye and Emma O Brien