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Acorn Life Round 1 Match Reports & Results 2014-06-25 11:59:00

Round 1 of the Acorn Life County Under 21 Football Championship was played on Wednesday evening and resulted in wins for South Kerry, Austin Stacks, Kilcummin/Rathmore, Shannon Rangers, St Kierans, Kenmare District and Feale Rangers. The St Brendan's V Kerins O’Rahillys 1st Round game will be played on July 2nd in Ardfert due to St Brendan's involvement in the Senior Championship this coming weekend.
The Draw for Round 2 will be made on Radio Kerry on Friday in the Lunchtime Sports bulletin. Round 2 games are scheduled for July 2nd. 
Match Reports

South Kerry 3-15 East Kerry 3-14
East Kerry travelled to Cahirciveen to play South Kerry in the U21 County Championship. The game itself started slowly with both teams finding scores hard to get but a goal by Robert Wharton for South Kerry midway through the half changed all that for the home team and by half time they led by 1 – 9 to 0 – 7. 
Ciaran Keating increased South Kerry’s lead with a pointed free but back came East Kerry with two points from Dara Roche and Conor Keane. Then David O’Donoghue scored a goal for East Kerry to put them back in the game in the 36th minute. Both teams exchanged points before Conor O’Shea scored a goal for South Kerry to put them 4 points up again. Further points for South Kerry from Ciaran Keating (2), Conor O’Shea and Dylan O’Donoghue had South Kerry leading by 2 – 15 to 1 – 11 with 50 minutes gone. In the 51st minute Dara Roche scored a goal to give East Kerry a lifeline. Padraig de Brún and Kieran O’Driscoll exchanged points before another goal by Dara Roche brought East Kerry level with 5 minutes remaining. When East Kerry’s substitute Paudie Clifford scored two quick points, one from a free, it seemed as if they had pulled the game out of the fire as the game was now into added time. South Kerry had one last attack and when East Kerry committed a foul about 35 meters out we wondered would Ciaran Keating take his point or try for a goal. The ball dropped in just about crossbar height and Dan Cronin in the East Kerry goal seemed to catch it but unfortunately for him the ball fell from his grasp and Denis Daly pounced on it to punch it to the net and give South Kerry a one point lead once again. From the kick out East Kerry went on the attack and won a free about 35 meters out but Paudie Clifford’s effort went just wide of the right upright. The final whistle went at the kick out and so South Kerry won a thriller with the final score 3 – 15 to 3 – 14.
*Before the game a minutes silence was observed for the late Georgie Curran of Valentia. Georgie played at midfield for the Kerry minors when they defeated Westmeath in the 1963 All Ireland final.

Austin Stacks 3-17; Dingle 1-5.
Conditions were ideal for football in Connolly Park – no sun, no breeze and the slight shower that did come, came when the teams were in the dressingrooms at half time.
Stacks started the better and led by two points to no score by the 5th minute with Danny Carroll on target from play and Darragh O’Brien converting a free after he, himself, was fouled. But Dingle pounced on a defensive error in the 9th minute and corner forward Diarmuid McCarthy took his goal superbly.
This seemed to ignite the visitors and, by the 20th minute, they had added a further four points with Stephen Boland putting over two frees and Tomás Sheehy and Garrett Hickey adding one each from play. In the closing minutes of the half the Rock also converted four, all from play, with two each for Eamon McAllen and Darragh O’Brien. Dingle led by one at half time (1-4 to 0-6).
But one couldn’t explain the total collapse of the West Kerry side in the second half. They managed just one point in that half, a converted free by wing back, Tadgh Browne in the 54th minute, while the home side added a further 3-11, all from play.
Dingle, it must said, were without at least eight players ( including their Minors who are on the Kerry panel) who, normally, would be on their starting 15. 
Austin Stacks: Patrick Fitzgibbon, Dylan Harnett, Eoghan McKivergan, Tom McLoughlin, Seán Ryan, Ciarán O’Connell, Barry Walsh, Greg Horan (1-0), Conor Jordan (0-1), Kyle Fitzgibbon (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-4 – 1 free), Shane Crowley, Eamon McAllen (1-3), Danny Carroll (0-5), Ciarán Flanagan.
Subs used: Colin Griffin (0-2), James Galvin, Calvin Foley (1-0), Breandán Caball (0-1).
Dingle: Luke Wallace, Daithí Kennelly, Patrick O’Connor, Liam Boland, Patrick Sheehy, Micheal Flannery, Tadgh Browne (0-1 free), Mikey Flannery, Stephen Boland (0-2 frees), Garrett Hickey (0-1), David O’Connor, Tomás Sheehy (0-1), Gavin Curran, Diarmuid McCarthy (1-0).
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Clounmacon).

Kilcummin/Rathmore 3-13 Gaeltacht 1-11
The club combination proved far too strong for a game a game Gaeltacht outfit in this first round match played in very humid conditions in Kilcummin last Wednesday evening.
The winners put some lovely flowing moves together in the first half and effectively finished this game by half time by outscoring the visitors by 3-5 to 0-3. Kevin Mc Carthy accounted for 2-2 while John O Keeffe tacked on 1-1 before retiring injured at the break. 
Gaeltacht put in a much improved 2nd half performance and actually out scored Kilcummin/Rathmore by 1-8 to 0-8 their goal coming close to the end from Sean Bambury. 
The winners had many good performances on the night but special mention has to go to Conor Jenkins, Donal Maher and Noel Duggan in defence, Brian Moynihan and Gary O Leary at midfield and John Friel and Kevin Mc Carthy who accounted for 2-4 from play.
Gaeltacht were best served by the wholehearted Eanna O Connor at midfield, Kevin Begley in defence and Pol Walsh and Dara O Shea in attack.
Teams: Kilcummin Rathmore Shane Murphy, Donal Maher, Conor Jenkins, T.J.Friel, Damien O Leary,(Capt) Noel Duggan, Tadgh Moynihan, Brian Moynihan, Gary O Leary, Kelvin Teahon, Kevin McCarthy, Killian O Connor, John O Keeffe, Kieran Murphy, John Friel.
An Ghaeltacht: Briain Ó Murchú, Cathal Ó Gairbhí, Cian Ó Murchú, Fiách Ó Loingsigh, Mairtí Ó Gormáin, Caoimhín Ó Beaglaoich, P.J. MacLámh, Eánna Ó Conchúir, Padraigh Ó Sé, Shane Ó Doaghn,Pól Breathnach, Colm Ó Beaglaoich, Eoghan Ó Muircheartaigh, Dara Ó Sé, Sean Ó Bambaire.​

Laune Rangers 2-9 Shannon Rangers 4-8
The weather was far from ideal at the beginning of this County U21 Championship first Round tie in Killorglin, as a torrential downpour in the hour before throw in made playing conditions difficult from the outset. Shannon Rangers adapted best though and got the opening score through a PJ Connelly point in the opening minute. John O’Shea levelled matters shortly afterwards but it was Shannon Rangers who raised their game considerably over the next few minutes to give them a commanding lead. Two goals from Padraig Boyle and one from Ger O’Sullivan, as well as another PJ Connelly point saw the North Kerry side lead by 3-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Points for Laune Rangers by John Tyther & John O’Shea were cancelled out by Ger O’Sullivan & Kevin Bowler for the visitors, the latter deflecting over the crossbar from a great save by Gary Naughton in the Killorglin goal. Laune Rangers found their form in the second quarter though, and a David Costello goal followed by points from Eoghan O’Sullivan, Costello & John O’Shea brought Laune Rangers back into the game before the break. The Half Time score was: Laune Rangers 1-6, Shannon Rangers 3-4.
The Shannonsiders began the second half in a similar fashion to the first & following points from Padraig Boyle & Ger O’Sullivan (free), Boyle completed his hat-trick with a goal to restore the convincing lead they had enjoyed early in the game. John Tyther & Gavin O’Shea added points for Rangers to leave them trailing 4-6 to 2-7 with a quarter remaining. Ger O’Sullivan pointed another free for the visitors while Aaron Gamble & Westley Delaney pointed for Laune Rangers, but the final point of the game came from substitute Jeremiah Tydings to make the final score in Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-9, Shannon Rangers 4-8.
Michael O’Sullivan & David Costello never stopped trying for the home side, while Shane Daly caught two balls from sailing over the bar in the first half, which evoked memories of former Kerry great Dara O’Sé’s exploits in times past. Kevin Bowler was always a danger going forward from wing back for the North Kerry side, while Ger O’Sullivan kicked his frees and took his goal well. However, the Man of the match was easily full forward Padraig Boyle. The Ballyduff man’s individual tally of 3-1 proves that his sporting talent doesn’t stop with a camán & sliotar.
Laune Rangers: Gary Naughton, Seamus O’Sullivan, Keith Sheehan, Finnin Brosnan, Aaron Gamble (0-1), Michael O’Sullivan, Aidan Cox, Daniel MacBeth, Shane Daly, Gavin O’Shea, John Tyther (1-2), Westley Delaney(0-1), David Costello (1-1), Eoghan O’Sullivan (0-1), John O’Shea (0-3). Subs: George Evans, Neil O’Shea, Fergus Oman, Ethan Diggin, Cian Foley.
Shannon Rangers: Peter McMahon (Beale), Phillie Blake (Beale), Martin Collins (Asdee), Cathal Kennedy (Ballyduff), Padraig Enright (Ballydonoghue), Diarmuid Behan(Ballydonoghue), Kevin Bowler (Ballyduff) (0-1), Eamon McElligott (Ballylongford), Andy O’Connell (Beale), Ger O’Sullivan (Tarbert) (1-4), Darren Russell (Asdee), Mick Tydings (Asdee), PJ Connelly (Ballyduff) (0-2), Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff) (3-1), Ian Mannix (Beale). Subs: Jeremiah Tydings (Asdee) (0-1), Padraig Lyons (Ballydonoghue).

St Kierans 2-11 Dr Crokes 2-6
St Kieran’s secured a win in round one of the under 21 Championship after overcoming Dr Crokes on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-06 in Knocknagoshel.
The home side got off to a strong start with Patrick O’Keeffe getting the first score of the match after just ten seconds. Kieran’s looked lively with Adam Barry and Timmy Finnegan getting early scores. 
Poor defence by St Kieran’s saw Dr Crokes sneak a goal in the fifth minute. This was followed two minutes later by another Crokes goal, both scored by Chris Doncel, which put Crokes in control of the game. St Kieran’s were determined however and points from Thomas Hickey and Gearóid McCarthy closed the gap between the sides. 
St Kieran’s Shane O’Connor levelled matters with a goal in the 25th minute but Crokes Daniel Healy answered back with a point putting his side ahead at the break. The half time score was Dr Crokes 2-04, St Kieran’s 1-06. 
St Kieran’s dominated the second half, with Dr Crokes only scoring two points in this period. Thomas Hickey was impressive throughout for the home side, despite being double teamed. Both teams made good use of their subs in the second half. 
Kieran’s Vinnie Horan found the back of Crokes net to push the home side ahead early in the second half. Good defence from the home side saw them prevent Crokes securing easy scores. It finished St Kieran’s 2-11, Dr Crokes 2-06. 

Remaining Results:
Kenmare District 1-10 West Kerry 0-12
Feale Rangers 2-7 Mid Kerry 0-9