Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club News Round-Up

Kerry midfielder, Lorraine Scanlon - one of the more experienced of the local players on duty with the Kerry Ladies in the Munster championship final against Waterford on this Saturday. ©Photograph:John Reidy
Kerry midfielder, Lorraine Scanlon – one of the more experienced of the local players on duty with the Kerry Ladies in the Munster championship final against Waterford on this Saturday. ©Photograph:John Reidy

Castleisland Desmond’s Ladies’ GAA Club will be well represented on this Saturday, July 8th when the Kerry ladies play Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final in Mallow.

Aisling Leonard, Eilís Lynch, Lorraine Scanlon, Andrea Murphy, and Labhaoise Walmsley are involved with the team.

The throw in for this match is due at 3:15pm.

Good luck to the team and the club players involved.

Tháinig siad, Chonaic siad, Bhuaigh siad.

The team from West Kerry, An Ghaeltacht arrived in Castleisland on Friday evening to play Castleisland Desmond’s Senior Men’s team in Round 7 of the Division 1 County League.

The game was played in beautiful sunshine and after eight minutes of play we were to see the first score from An Ghaeltacht with Dara Ó Sé open his account with a point from play, this was duly followed by full forward Seán M. Ó Conchuir score the first of his three points in the first half. Desmonds opened their account with full forward Graham O’Connor scoring a point from play on the 10th minute.

A Strong Breeze

We were to see the An Ghaeltacht No. 13 Óigi Ó Sé open his account with a point in the next minute.

An Ghaeltacht were aided with a strong breeze and we then saw a mix up amongst the Desmond’s defence and it resulted in a Tomás Ó Sé scored, first goal of the game.

Then we say saw Desmond’s Gearoid McCarthy score a point from play in the 16th minute.

Immediately after, Dara Ó Sé made a run from midfield and he scored the West Kerry side’s second goal and it was now 2-4 to 0-2.

Gerdie Murphy 02/07/2017
September is this way: Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club PRO Gerdie Murphy in his ‘Big Day’ rigout on his return from Killarney after Sunday’s Munster Football Finals. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Missing Easy Scores

Unfortunately, Desmond’s were guilty of missing some easy scores in front of the opposition goals and this was to prove costly in the half.

An Gaeltacht scored five points with two of these from Tomas Ó Sé and one each from Colm Ó Muircheartaigh, P.J. Laimh and Sean M. Ó Conchúir.

Desmond’s corner forward, Cian Hickey O’Connor was tormenting the Gaeltacht full back line with some great solo running at goal and we were to see him fouled twice.

Cian O’Connor scored the resulting frees and Hickey O’Connor added a point from play to leave the score at the short whistle Desmond’s 0-5 Gaeltacht 2-9.

Desmond’s faired better in the second half and we saw the Pat Fitzgerald score a lovely point from play in the first minute and Sean M. Ó Conchúir replied with another point from play for the visitors.

Pulling the Strings

Colm Murphy, who had been introduced to the game, was now pulling the strings in the half forward line for the home side and it resulted in three points – one from himself and two frees from Cian O’Connor.

But, Gaeltacht had come to Castleisland intending to win this game and we saw them score six more points: Three from Dara Ó Sé and one each from: Eanna Ó Conchúir, Seán M Ó Conchuir and Cathal McGearailt. This was to see them finish the game on 2-16. Desmond’s scored three more points from Cian O’Connor, and one each in the dying embers of the match by Stan Divane and Cian Hickey O’Connor. The final score was Castleisland Desmonds 0-12 to An Ghaeltacht 2-16.

Juniors Bring the Spoils from Currow

Desmond’s Junior men’s team played Currow on Monday in Currow in the Co. League and came away with the spoils on the score of 2-8 to 1-12.

No Final luck for Paris and Jessie

No luck for Paris McCarthy and Jessie Cahill who were part of the Kerry U-14 team that lost out to Galway in the All Ireland Football Final in Nenagh.

Well done to all of the girls and team mentors and parents that travelled by bus to support the girls.

Well Done Hannah

Well done to Hanna Herlihy who took part in the Cumann na mBunscoil half time game in the Kerry V Cork Munster Final game last weekend in Killarney.

On Monday, July 10th. the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp will be held in Castleisland from 10am to 2:30pm and finishing on Friday, July 14th.

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U-14 Boys to Play St. Pat’s

The Under 14 boys play St.Pat’s, Blennerville on Monday, July 10th at home in the field in the Central Region League. Throw in at 7pm.

They drew their game last Monday night on the score of Desmond’s 5-13 Annascaul/Lispole 5-13 in a very enjoyable game of football by both teams.

U-16s in Thriller Against Ardfert

The U-16 boys played a trilling and exciting home game against Ardfert on Wednesday in the county league losing on the score of 2-13 to 2-12 .

Their next game is on Wednesday, July 19th away to Glenbeigh/Glencar in the league at 7-30pm. Congratulations to Desmond’s Adam Donoghue our current Kerry minor who was part of the successful Kerry team that defeated Clare in the Munster football final last weekend.

The club wish to also congratulate Scartaglin’s Eddie Horan who played on the day and to Cordal’s Seán O’Connell and Scart’s Seán Horan who was on the additional panel of players.

No Jackpot Winner at The Fountain

The Desmond’s club Lotto was held in the Fountain Bar on Saturday night. The numbers drawn were: 5, 26, 29 and 32.

There was no winner of the €3,100 jackpot. Lucky did winners were: €30 to Philip O’Connor, Cordal with €20 each to Daniel Nelligan, Seamus O’Neill and Amy Byrne, Castleisland and to Dervla Ni Dhubhda, An Ghaeltacht.

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