Kerry FC had 3 teams in action at the weekend.
Highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the under 15’s 7-2 win away to Limerick FC on Sunday. This result was hard earned despite the scoreline. The home side dominated the early exchanges. They took the lead in the 15th minute when Liam Murphy powerfully headed in a cross from Caleb McNamara. Kalen Browne equalized for Kerry shortly afterwards when he headed home a Szymon Jasinski corner. However Oscar O’Donoghue restored Limerick’s lead in the 25th minute with a delightful chip. The home side defended tenaciously until halftime but Kerry eventually bagged an equaliser in the 55th minute via Ramadan Hadi. Kerry proceeded to have a purple patch after this thanks to the brilliance of Christy Burke.H e held off 2 defenders to fire Kerry ahead in the 59th minute. In the last quarter he provided 4 assists for Szymon Jasinski,Saad Abdalla,Ram Hadi and Jasinski again to score to see Kerry run out 7-2 winners.
In a great advertisement for underage football Kerry FC produced a great team performance particularly in the second half. They were worthy winners when the final whistle blew. Man of the Match Christy Burke.
The under 19 side travelled to Cork on Sunday to play City in the league. However despite some good performances Kerry lost out to league leaders Cork City on a 4 nil scoreline. The home side dominated the opening quarter but found no way past Obinna Izehi and Sean O’Connell at the back. However the constant pressure finally paid dividends in the 31st minute when Colin Henderson put City ahead. Kerry tried hard to get a foothold in the game in the second half thanks to tireless work by Oisin Breen in the middle of the park. However City struck a second goal in the 51st minute through Daniel Krezic. Despite this setback Kerry continued to press for an elusive goal. Kennedy Amechi was unlucky on a couple of occasions not to reduce the deficit. However Cork City were also creating chances. They scored two late goals via Skieters and Bomer to see them 4 nil victors when the final whistle blew.
On Saturday the U14 team travelled to Cobh to play Ramblers in the Eddie Wallace Cup. Again this young side turned in a good performance. On the day Jack Daly was outstanding at centre back. Shay Fitzgerald made some fantastic saves in goal and Edison Jahiri was a constant threat on the right wing. Results are not registered at the youngest age group.
Kerry FC LOI Academy Fixtures:
- On Saturday 27th next our under 14 team host Carlow/Killkenny at 2pm in the Eddie Wallace Cup. The venue is Mounthawk Park.
- The Under 17 team travel to Cobh for a 3pm kick off in the Mark Farren Cup.
- On Sunday 28th the under 19 side are at home to Wexford at 2pm in the Enda McGuill Cup. The venue is Mounthawk Park.