East Kerry Junior League 2009
2007 2008 Fixtures

   Final ----  Dr Crokes  0-12 ---------  Currow  0-9.(Played  in Kilcummin on Wed 3rd June)

 We collected our first Adult trophy of the year as a result of our three point win over Currow in a very exciting, clean game, played in Kilcummin. Great credit is due to the host club for having their field in such impeccable condition. Even though the first half contained a lot of good football, both sides could only manage three points. This was because of poor shooting and good defending by both teams. There were fifteen scores recorded in the second half, our nine points outscoring Currow by three points.

 Our opponents opened the scoring, with a point in the 4th minute. It took us until the thirteenth minute to equalise. Both sides scored two points each in the second quarter, leaving the scores level at the interval at three points apiece.

 Even though the standard was above the ordinary in the first half, it improved even more in the second half and many of the scores recorded were as good or better than you would see in many a Senior final. The teams exchanged points on two occasions in the first seven minutes of the second thirty minutes,  The game was more or less won and lost in the following five minutes, during which period we scored three unanswered points, our margin of victory at the end. Currow fought back straight away and with two unanswered points reduced the deficit to the minimum. The teams exchanged points on two occasions in the next ten minutes,  We finished the stronger however,  adding on two points for a three point win.

 Our team captain Finian Moran did not forget the untimely death of Jimmy Falvey in his acceptance speech. Jimmy, he said, would be sadly missed by all the Gaels of the County. He was a great Fossa man but much loved by Dr Crokes players, many of whom had played with him in St Brendans and in Kerry Minor and Under 21 teams.

 David Neeson was very sound in goal. Best in defence were Finian Moran, David O'Leary and Brian O'Donoghue. Andrew Kenneally and Ian Howard were on top at midfield even though Currow did win a fair amount of possession in the sector. Best in attack were Ruairi Mangan, Denis Galvin and Edmund O'Sullivan.

  Dr Crokes Best Player'  Andrew Kenneally.

  Team and Scorers;  David Neeson; Conor O'Neill, Finian Moran(capt), John Bartlett; David O'Leary, Brian O'Donoghue, Kevin Smith; Ian Howard, Andrew Kenneally; David Looney 0-1, Barra O'Connell 0-2, Shane O'Neill; Denis Galvin 0-3(0-2frees), Ruairi Mangan 0-2, Edmund O'Sullivan 0-3(0-2frees).  Subs;  Chris Egan 0-1, Tommy Regan.

 Congratulation to our mentors John O'Shea, Eamon Fitzgerald And Mike Neeson who put in so much work to win this competition.

 Semi/final                            Dr Crokes 0-11 Spa 0-08 Tues May 19th (Played in Spa)

 After good wins over Kilcummin, Rathmore, Glenflesk and Spa and defeat to Currow, we qualified to meet Spa in the semi final of the competition. We would have been favourites to win this game, which we did, but had to dig deep for our three point victory.

 The teams exchanged points on two occasions in the first seven minutes but then we went two points ahead in as many minutes. The teams swopped points twice in the next ten minutes but there was only one more score in the last ten minutes of the half, a Spa point, to leave us 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the interval.

The game was more or less won and lost in the first seven minutes of the second half, during which period we had four points without reply to establish a five point lead. Both sides had many misses in the next ten misses and the score board was left unaltered. Spa then had two points to leave just a score between the teams. Substitute Chris Egan sent over the insurance point in the 57th minute. This was followed a minute later by a point by our opponents. Even though Spa tried hard to breach our defence for an equalising goal, our rearguard were unyielding in the remaining minutes and we ran out the winner by three points.

 The switching of David Moloney to midfield and Andrew Kenneally to centre forward benefited both the players and the team enormously. David Neeson was very solid in goal. Best in defence were Finian Moran, John Bartlett and David O'Leary. The switch of David Moloney to midfield gave us control of the sector. He got good help from Ian Howard. Best in attack were Andrew Kenneally, Keith O'Leary and Shane O'Neill.

 Dr Crokes Best Player;  David Moloney;

 Team and Scorers;  David Neeson; Kieran Ward, Finian Moran(capt), John Bartlett; David O'Leary 0-1, Brian O'Donoghue, Kevin Smith; Andrew Kenneally 0-1, Ian Howard; Donal Cronin 0-1, David Moloney, Barra O'Connell; Keith O'Leary, Edmund O'Sullivan 0-4(frees), Shane O'Neill 0-3.   Subs;  Niall O'Connell, Chris Egan 0-1, Rory O'Sullivan, Shane Kavanagh.

 

 Round 2 ----  Dr Crokes 1-8---  Currow  2-9 (played in Lewis Road)

  Our Junior squad disappointed at home in round 2 of the League, going under to Currow 2-8 to 1-9. This was a surprise, following our splendid display in the opening round when we had a big win over Kilcummin. We were missing three of the panel but there were sufficent players available, many of whom have aspirations for the senior team. It didn't happen for them in this game. John O'Shea's squad will be hoping to return to their winning ways in future rounds  and make it to the qualifying stages. Currow deserved to win this game, exposing the Crokes rearguard for two first half goals, which determined the result.

 David Neeson in the Crokes goal wasn't given the cover he deserved and could not be faulted for retrieving the O'Neills on two occasions. John Bartlett and the tigerish Tommy Ryan tried hardest to stem the Currow tide but even when they broke up the Currow attacks, they lacked team support to turn defence into attack. The forwards never combined as a unit  and shots at goal were often taken from unsuitable positions. David Moloney had a great hour at midfield but in attack , only Shane O'Neill and Denis Galvin played to their potential.

 This team can bounce back and make the qualifiers by upping their performances on future Tuesday evenings.

IMPRESSIVE OPENING EKL DEBUT BY JUNIOR SQUAD

The junior squad got their season off to a flying start recently with a clear-cut 1—18 to 0-2 win away to Kilcummin in the first round of the EKL .

In the equivalent game at home last year Dr Crokes were defeated.

The salient factors in this big win were three fold. A solid 2 month pre-season training regime along with the senior squad, which included regular stints in the newly equipped club indoor gym stood well to the team in the heavy match conditions. The close co-operation between team manager John O ‘Shea and his senior counterparts meant that a full squad was available for the game. Full credit must also go to the players, who realised that proving their worth  with the junior is the most likely way of  playing themselves on to the senior team.

With such a high score line the forwards deserve special mention., but the real stars on this occasion were the defenders.

On home territory Kilcummin piled on the pressure in to the village end goal, in that first half seeking early advantage, but the Croke backs did not yield an inch. David Neeson was the essence of reliability between the posts ,fronted by newly appointed captain Finian Moran in great form.

Corner back Kieran Ward, impressive with the minors stepped up to the challenge of this grade with an air of confidence that will stand him well this season. John Bartlett did well in to complete a reliable full back line.

Towering centre back Ian Howard showed the signs of early season fitness, well flanked by veteran Kevin Smith and Buddy O Leary.

Winning midfield is a ‘sine qua non ‘for match success. James Jones and David Moloney gave their senior aspirations a real timely boost.

Even though they missed 3 goal opportunities in that first half, the forwards realised that tacking on the points is a real formula for success and by half time they had a healthy balance in the bank leading by 9 points to 2.

They proceeded to top up the deposit of points in that second half, and it was no surprise when Donal Cronin got in for the game’s only goal. Top scorer for Dr Crokes was Edmund O Sullivan.

All 5 subs were give match time,. Tenacious wing back Tommy Ryan was rested  in preparation for the forthcoming c’ship games for the Deaf series. The junior team wishes Tommy the best of luck in the series.

Dr Crokes…D. Neeson, K. Ward, F. Moran ( captain ),J. Bartlett, D. O Leary,

I.Howard, K. Smith, D. Moloney,,J. Jones . R. Mangan, A. Kennelly, D. Cronin, D. Galvin, E O Sullivan, S O Neill,

Fixture……April 21st, 7.30 pm at home to Rathmore. Subsequent rounds continue on consecutive Tuesday evenings.