2012 North Kerry League

McCarthy Insurance Brokers Senior North Kerry League Div 1B

Round 1: Emmets V Tarbert on Saturday 25th February at 7.30pm in Listowel.
Result: Listowel Emmets 0-13 Tarbert 0-04

Listowel Emmets and Tarbert met in the opening round of the McCarthy Insurance Brokers North Kerry League in idyllic conditions in Frank Sheehy Park on Saturday night last. Emmets went in at half time 5 points up 0-07 to 0-02 but it was far from a stroll in the park as the scoreline suggests. Tarbert got off to the better start with Donal Leahy taking the opening score. Noel Kennelly and Brendan Guiney got stuck in at midfield for the home side breaking and winning hard earned ball with Micheál Lynch showing well and taking good scores from play. Noel Kennelly worked very hard to get on the ball and took some fine scores from placed balls while the younger players making their debut in the senior squad showed very well.

Team Mikey Kennelly, David Enright, Jack McGuire, Sean O'Mahony, Ger McCarthy, Shane Quinn, Jamie Barry, Noel Kennelly (0-6,0-5f), Brendan Guiney, John James Buckley (0-1), Denis Walsh (0-1f), John Heaphy, Conor O'Neill, Micheal Lynch (0-3), Darren Halpin Subs: Billy Doyle (0-1) for C.O'Neill , David Ryan (0-1) for D. Halpin, Cormac Mulvihill for J.Heaphy, Mike Dillon for J.Barry, GraemeTarrant for D. Enright, Mike O'Connor for John James Buckley.

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (St. Senan's)

Man of the Match: Micheál Lynch

Round 2: Listowel Emmets V Beale on Saturday 3rd March at 7pm in Listowel

Result: Listowel Emmets 0-06 Beale 1-08

Listowel Emmets met Beale in the 2nd round of the North Kerry Senior League last Saturday night in Frank Sheehy Park. Emmets who were missing a few regulars started brightly but their effort was to fall short against a rapidly improving Beale side. Noel Kennelly opened the scoring with a point from a free. Both sides were guilty of wayward shooting and scrappy football. Cormac Mulvihill found room in the full forward line and kicked a fine point from an awkward angle. Just before the break Beale hit a purple patch and scored 1-02 within six minutes to leave the 5 points (1-04 to 0-02) ahead at Half-Time.

On the resumption Emmets once again started well with Noel Kennelly and Cormac Mulvihill adding points. Kennelly then converted another free. A sweeping movement involving Billy Doyle, Michael Lynch and Cormac Mulvihill led to Noel Kennelly driving over another point. Listowel were playing much better but Beale kicked on again to finish the game strongly.Final Score: Listowel Emmets 0-06 Beale 1-08 Best for Listowel were Cormac Mulvihill and Graeme Tarrant. It was good to see the return of Brian Murphy, Paudie Buckley and Eddie Joe Walsh to the Listowel Panel.

Round 3: Listowel Emmets V Castleisland Desmonds on Sunday 18th Marcht at 2pm in Castleisland
Result: Listowel Emmets 2-07 Castleisland Desmonds 0-11
Emmets and Castlisland Desmonds met in the final round of the McCarthy Insurance Brokers League on Sunday last in Castleisland, the vistors got off to the best possible start as Michéal Lynch struck high to the top of the Desmonds net. Cormac Mulvihill put four between the sides within as many minutes as Jamie Barry and Mulvihill combined well for a good finish. Kennelly, Walsh and Barry held an amount of possession in the opening half but failed to convert these chances into the scores. Just before half time Emmets combined well to find Micheal Lynch wh once again who sent a piledriver to the back of the Desmonds net leaving the half time score Emmets 2-03 Castleisland Desmonds 0-06.
On the resumption Cormac Mulvihill opened the scoring once again for Emmets with a fine score from play. Desmonds however, began to get a foothold at midfield and picked off some good scores from play. Kennelly and Murphy exchanged points for Emmets and Murphy finished well on a good movement of play between Lynch and Buckley. Final Score Emmets 2-07 Castleisland Desmonds 0-11. A good result by Emmets away from home with the younger players in particular showing well, Emmets did however make hard work of the game and should have been out of sight at half time. Best for Emmets were Brendan Guiney, Jamie Barry, Cormac Mulvihill and Micheal Lynch.
Team Mike Kennelly, David Enright, Brendan Guiney, Sean O'Mahony, Ger McCarthy, Jack McGuire, Jamie Barry, Noel Kennelly (0-1), Denis Walsh (0-1), Cormac Mulvihill (0-2), Shane Quinn, Billy Doyle, Brian Murphy (0-2), Micheal Lynch (2-0), Padraig Buckley (0-1) Subs John Heaphy for D Enright (20mins), Conor O'Neill for B.Doyle (50mins) Emmets now meet with Finuge in the Semi Final of the North Kerry League which will be played on Fri 16th March at 7.30pm in Listowel.
Semi Final: Listowel Emmets V Finuge on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm in Listowel
Result: Listowel Emmets 0-4 Finuge 2-06
Listowel Emmets met Finuge in the 2012 McCarthy Insurance Brokers North Kerry Senior League Division 1 Semi-Final in Frank Sheehy Park last Friday evening. Played in heavy underfoot conditions this eagerly awaited contest failed to live up to expectations. Finuge lined out without their inter county star Paul Galvin while Listowel Emmets were without Kerry wing back Brian McGuire and Kerry U-21 full forward Conor Cox.
Both teams struggled in the opening minutes. The play was scrappy and both teams made a lot of errors. The first score didn’t come till the 10th minute when Finuge’s Raymond Galvin drove over a point from 30 yards out. 3 minutes later Stephen Power added another point from play to double Finuge’s advantage. Listowel’s defence was coming under pressure and they were not making life easy for themselves with slack marking and poor passing.
Enda Galvin and Pat Corridon kicked a point each within a minute to put Finuge four points in front after 17 minutes. Listowel came more into the game at this stage but their forwards just couldn’t get into scoring positions against a very tight Finuge defence. Cillian Fitzmaurice stretched Finuge’s lead to 5 points with a point from play after 27 minutes. Listowel’s first point came from a Noel Kennelly free in the 29th minute. Cillian Fitzmaurice had a great goal chance in the 30th minute but he drove it wide from close range. In the 4th minute of first half injury time John Heaphy blasted over another Listowel point to cut the gap to 3 points. Finuge had played the better football in the opening half but Listowel were very much in the contest at half time.
Half-Time: Listowel Emmets 0-02 Finuge 0-05
The 2nd half was a drab and dour affair. The quality of football was poor and both teams really struggled to find form. Listowel needed a good start to the half to have any chance of getting on top but it was Finuge who strormed into a 6 point lead when Stephen Power drove home a goal after 35 minutes. Finuge were in control and Listowel were still struggling to translate what possession they had into scores. Finuge put the result beyond all doubt in the 46th minute when Kevin McCarthy scored another goal for Finuge. Listowel to their credit did not give up. Shane Quinn and Cormac Mulvihill added a point each to double Listowel’s tally in the 52nd and 53rd minute. At this stage both teams were only going through the motions. Greg O’Connor added a point for Finuge in the 55th minute. This was Finuge’s 1st point of the second half and it was to be the last of the game.
Finuge fully deserved their victory and they now advance to play either St. Senan’s or Castleisland Desmonds in the Final. They will be fully aware that they have to improve on this display if they are to retain the title.
Listowel Emmets will be bitterly disappointed with their display. A return of just 0-04 from 60 minutes of football was very poor and they will have some soul searching to do before they take on Tarbert in the 1st round of the Co. League on Saturday week.
Team Mike Kennelly, Ger McCarthy, Brendan Guiney, Jack McGuire, Jamie Barry, Sean O'Mahony, Shane Quinn (0-1), Noel Kennelly (0-1f) Denis Walsh, John Heaphy (0-1), Aengus Fitzgerald, Cormac Mulvihill (0-1), Billy Doyle, Padraig Buckley, Brian Murphy Subs Brian Scanlan, David Ryan, John J Buckley.