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Kerry U17 Hurling Celtic Challenge Kerry 2 -14 Limerick City 0-6 2016-05-05 21:17:00

Celtic Challenge Win for Kerry U17 Hurlers

Kerry 2 -14 Limerick City 0-6

Kerry kicked off their Celtic Challenge Cup campaign with a fine win over Limerick City in the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday night.

The Visitors started the brightest with Corner forward Michael Slattery rattling the net in the first minute, Slattery was on target again shortly after with a nice point and Barry O’Mahoney put five between the sides after nine minutes with a long range free.

Limerick hit back with a free but the Kerry defence was holding firm with Conor O’Keefe and Darragh Behan keeping out the Limerick tide.

The Kingdom firmly put themselves in the driving seat when Gavin Dooley (Son of Kerry Hurling legend John Mike Dooley) hit 1-1 between the 17th & 19th minute. The goal coming from an impressive side-line cut delivery from wing back Evan Murphy. 

Limerick City replied with the next three points including a well worked 65. Crotta's Barry O’Mahoney completed the half’s scoring with a close range free to leave the half time score: Kerry 2-5 to Limerick City’s 0-4

Both sides traded points early on with the Kerry scores coming from Mícháel McCarthy and Slattery for the Kingdom,But Kerry utilised their bench and had an impressive increase in energy in the last 20 minutes.

Barry O’Mahoney was flawless from free’s and further brace of points each from Goulding & Slattery. Left the result in no doubt.

Full Time : Kerry 2 -14 Limerick City 0-06

Kilmoyley’s Phillip Maunsell was awarded 'Best and Fairest Award' after the match from the match official's.

Kerry’s next outing in this competition will be on Wednesday the 18th of May v Cork City in Austin Stack Park

Kerry Scorers : Michael Slattery 1-4,Barry O Mahoney 0-6,Gavin Dooley 1-1,Darragh Goulding 0-2,Mícháel McCarthy 0-1.


Bryan McAuliffe for S O Mahoney

Cormac Slattery for G Carey

Jeaic McKenna for G Fennessy

Brendan Walsh for P O Mahoney

Adrian Nolan for B O Mahoney

Darren Barrett for A O Sullivan

Chris Creedon for D Goulding

Gerard Leen for M McCarthy

Dan Goggin for G Dooley

Kerry V Limerick City, Gaelic Grounds Wednesday 4th May 2016

Result of game as follows:

U17 Celtic Challenge Result : Kerry 2-14 Limerick City 0-6


The Kerry U-17 Team to play Limerick City in the Celtic Challenge Competition this Wednesday at 7.30 in the Gaelic Grounds captained by Kilgarven’s Gearóid Fennessy is as follows:

1. Adam O’Sullivan                (Crotta O’Neills)
2. Shane O’Mahoney             (St. Brendans)
3. Conor O’Keeffe                  (Lixnaw)
4. Philip Maunsell                   (Kilmoyley)
5. Evan Murphy                      (Causeway)
6. Niall O’Mahoney                (Abbeydorney)
7. Darragh Behan                    (Crotta O’Neills) 
8. Darragh Goulding   (Ballyduff)
9. Gearóid Fennessy (C)         (Kilgarvan)
10. Padraig O’Mahoney          (St. Brendans)
11. Barry O’Mahoney             (Crotta O’Neills)
12. Micheál McCarthy            (Kenmare)
13. Michael Slattery    (Abbeydorney)
14. Gavin Dooley                    (Causeway)
15. Gary Carey                        (Causeway)

Fir Ionaid:

16. Darren Barrett                   (Causeway)
17. Bryan McAuliffe (Lixnaw)
18. Gearoid O’Mahoney         (Causeway)
19. Adrian Nolan                    (St. Brendans)
20. Cormac Slattery    (Ballyheigue)
21. Chris Creedon                   (Kilgarvan)
22. Jeaic McKenna                  (Crotta O’Neills)
23. Gerard Leen                      (Causeway)
24. Brendan Walsh                 (Ballyheigue)


Additional Panel Members:

Nathan Dineen                        (Causeway)

Richard Flaherty                     (Kilmoyley)

Dan Goggin                            (Causeway)

Jack O’Sullivan                       (Ballyduff)

Diarmuid O’Connor                (St.Brendans

Manager: John Hennessy

Selectors: Jerome O’Sullivan, John Healy, Eamon Fitzgerald

Trainer: John Barry

Logistics: Eoin O’Sé

The Celtic Challenge is the only competition in hurling that has

teams from 31 counties participating and, in total, 110 games will be provided to over 1,000 players on 38 teams.

  • The Celtic Challenge is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June 2016. 38 teams will participate in the competition.
  • The programme will run from Wednesday 4th May to Saturday 18th June 2016.
  • The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where a 7 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.
  • Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminaries and Play Offs.
  • The Group Stages will consist of 7 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.
  • After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 5 Divisions prior to participating in the Preliminaries and Play-Offs where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.
  • 5 Finals will be played on Saturday June 18th, 2016 in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.