Match Reports 2003
|Waterville 0-11 Dingle 0-08
In Killorglin last Sunday Waterville qualified for another county final
,after beating Dingle on a score line of 0-11 to 0-8. This was a
great display and keeps the football season going into the festive
season. It was a very gutsy performance and Waterville definitely
deserved their win. Going into this game spectators felt that
morale was low after the defeat in the South Kerry Championship but the
players showed us they were made of sterner stuff and served up a
display of the highest calibre .The best way to raise morale is to get
back to winning ways and Waterville did just that on Sunday. The game
started lively and swung from end to end. Alan O Shea opened the scoring
with a good point from play in the 3rd minute. Dingle replied with a
point a minute later. In the 6th minute Dingle were awarded
a penalty. Captain Fantastic and goalie, Bernard Murphy went full
length to push the ball against the post, it dribbled across the goal
and out for a 45. Dingle duly kicked the 45 over, the bar to lead two
points to one. In the 8 minute Keith Moran replied with a good point
from play after taking a pass from Mike Curran. We had to wait until
the15th minute for the next score when David Daly kicked a point from
play. Mick Curran kicked a point two minutes later to make it 0-4
to 0-2. Dingle replied with 2 points to make it a draw but again
Keith Moran kicked over a point from a free to put Waterville ahead in
the 23rd minute. Dingle drew level in the 26th minute to leave both
teams on five points each at the break.
Waterville were very happy to be going in at half time with a
draw. Could we hold out in the second half was everybody's
question. Trainer Brian Moran told his team at half time that they were
good enough to win this game. Within 30sec of the restart Dan Fitz
had his name on the score sheet for Waterville's 6th point. By the
6th minute Keith Moran and Alan O' Shea had added two more from
play. Then wing back Buddy O' Shea scored another point after some
outstanding half back play by Gary Galvin, in particular. At this
stage Waterville were without doubt the commanding force in the game
with Galvin, Seamus O' Sullivan and Keith Moran playing football that
made the loyal supporters watch with justifiable pride.
Keith converted a free and made it 0-10 0-5 in the 9th minute.
Waterville were playing great stuff now and Dingle were rattled.
They had their first score of the half in the 16th minute and by the
twentieth added two more. The gap was down to just two points and
the men from the west were playing better. They pressed hard but
our backs were very determined and held them at bay. Then a long
high ball into the square looked very dangerous but up soared Aoghan
Courtney, plucked the ball from the clouds, swiveled on landing and
soloed out of defence to rousing cheers from the Waterville
supporters. This was a fetch we'll remember for many a day.
Uncle Dominic had a big grin on his face and acknowledged that his
nephew had done something special. This inspired the team again and
Keith kicked a great point in the 27 minute and Waterville held out for
a great victory.
This was a great win and it certainly lifted the spirits as we head into
another final. It was a great team effort and every player and mentor
can take a bow.
Captain Fantastic & Goalie Bernard Murphy never put a foot
wrong. Eoin "Murt" had a busy hour on Jack Ferriter but
he played with his typical terrier like spirit and came out on top. New
full back, Seamus O' Shea had a very solid game and gave nothing away.
Mike Shea was his usual dependable self and did little wrong. Buddy
played his usual attacking role and scored again. Gary Galvin gave a man
of the match display and mopped up everything. Aoghan Courtney had
a very good game and we'll remember his magnificent catch for a long
Midfield partners Seamus O' Sullivan and Denis Dwyer won some great
balls in the air and delivered a very good supply into the forwards.
Mick Curran had a good game at wing forward. Niall Moran had a
great first half and worked very hard all day. David Daly worked
very hard on his wing and got stuck in when the going got tough.
Dan Fitz adapted well to his new role and scored a sweet point.
Keith Moran was outstanding and worked very hard all day, and finished
with 5 points. Alan O Shea kicked two good points and his general play
was very good. This was a good days work all round and we look forward
to the final in two weeks time against Milltown/Castlemaine.
Team: B Murphy, E. Moriarty, S. O' Shea, M O' Shea,
B. O' Shea, G. Galvin, A Courtney, S O' Sullivan, D Dwyer, M. Curran, N.
Moran, D. Daly, D. Fitz, K. Moran, A. O' Shea
Scorers: K. Moran 0-5(3 frees), A. O Shea 0-2, M
Curran 0-1, D fitz 0-1, D. Daly 0-1, Buddy O' Shea 0-1
Senior Championship (16/11/03) Waterville
Versus St. Michaels/Foilmore
St. Michaels/Foilmore 0-12
On Sunday 16th Nov at Con Keating Park, Waterville's ambition to lift
the Jack Murphy Trophy was shattered by a hungrier St. Michaels/Foilmore.
Conditions were good for the time of year, if a little greasy and within
the first minute Waterville were off the mark with a quick point from
play by wing back Buddy O' Shea. Three minutes later Waterville
were awarded a free after a foul on Buddy and John D. O' Shea kicked his
first and only score of the afternoon. St Michaels/Foilmore opened
their account in the ninth minute with an outstanding sideline kick
which floated over the bar. Waterville replied in the best
possible fashion by gaining possession and Denis Dwyer found John D. O'
Shea who in turn set up young Mike Curran who rattled the net.
Waterville were in top flight now and everything was going their
way. From the kick out St. Michaels got possession and in the 13th
minute they scored their first and only point from play in the first
half after a rebound off the upright. They followed with two
points via frees which reduced the difference to the minimum.
Waterville gained possession again from the kick out and in the 21st
minute John B O' Shea took a pass from brother Alan and took his first
score of the game. From the resultant kick out Waterville got the
ball and the in-rushing Buddy O' Shea found himself with just the goalie
to beat. He tried to place his shot to the right but saw it go
outside the post and wide. This was a huge disappointment for
Waterville and a shot in the arm for St. Michaels/Foilmore.
Waterville were still playing well though. Keith Moran scored in the
22nd minute and Seamus O' Sullivan had one in the 23rd minute to give
them a cushion of four points. St. Michaels converted another free with
just two minutes left in the half but Keith Moran notched his second
point of the day straight away. St Michaels/Foilmore were awarded
frees in the second and third minutes of added time which they converted
to leave the half time score Waterville 1-06....St.
Michaels/Foilmore 0-07. A feature of the first half was that six
different Waterville players had scored and only one from a free.
The second half with St Michaels playing the more confident football and
they seemed to win the ball with more ease. Waterville were
inclined to hold the ball too long around the mid-field area and became
dispossessed too often. This was quite a change from the first
twenty minutes when the ball did the work and the forwards were getting
their just rewards. Within ten minutes the teams were level and
then John D O' Shea had to retire due to injury. This was a
massive psychological blow and one from which they would not
recover. St. Michaels/Foilmore took the lead in the 12th minute
but fair play to Waterville they tried their utmost and the next score
came with three minutes of play left. The margin was now two
points and with a minute left John B O' Shea took a good opportunist
point to reduce the deficit to one. However, just before the final
whistle fortune favoured the men from Ballinskelligs and Foilmore when
they secured victory with the final point of the game.
Waterville will be disappointed since they could have had the game in
the bag at half time if they had taken their chances, but that's
football. Good luck to St. Michaels/Foilmore. They played
great football on the day and deserved their opportunity to play in the
final. The game itself was played in a true sportsman-like fashion
and was well refereed by Peter Lyons of Laune Rangers.
Scorers: Keith Moran 0-02, John D O' Shea 0-01(free),
Seamus O' Sullivan 0-01, Mike Curran 1-00, John B O' Shea 0-02,
Buddy O' Shea 0-01
Team: Bernard Murphy, Eoin Moriarty, G Galvin, M. Shea, Brendan O'
Shea, Dan Fitz, Aoghán Courtney, Seamus O' Sullivan, Denis Dwyer, Alan O'
Moran, Mike Curran, John B O Shea, John D O Shea, David Daly.
Subs Used: Niall Moran, Seamus O' Shea, Paddy Curran,
Senior Championship (01/11/03) Waterville
Versus Skellig Rangers
Waterville 0-06 Skellig Rangers 0-03
The senior team accounted for a determined Skellig
Rangers outfit on Saturday 1st Nov at Cahersiveen. This was an
extremely testing encounter and called for a complete team effort
and we were not disappointed. Conditions were atrocious and
spectators had difficulty recognising the players in the final
quarter due to rapidly fading light.
Waterville made the better use of their opportunities in the first
half and led by four points to one at half time. Skellig
Rangers piled on the pressure in the second half but some resolute
defending saw off the challenge and victory was secured.
Skellig Rangers opened the scoring with a free after 5 minutes and three
minutes later John D O' Shea levelled matters by converting a free for
Waterville. Waterville were let off the hook at the 14th minute
when a good Rangers effort came off the crossbar. Some tough,
robust but fair football was played in the ever deteriorating conditions
and in the 18th minute Keith Moran registered his first score of the day
with a sweet point. Two minutes later young Mike Curran notched up
his first and just before the half time whistle Keith Moran registered
his second of the afternoon. Rangers had opportunities a plenty in
the opening period but luckily for Waterville they had only one point to
show for their efforts by interval. The half time score was
Waterville 0-04....Skellig Rangers 0-01.
On the re-start Rangers had the elements to their backs and Waterville
were going to have to up their game to hold on to their lead and advance
to the next stage of the competition. It was the in form Keith
Moran who lifted the side with his third point of the day after just 5
minutes. A minute later Rangers doubled their tall with a point
from play. Rangers came close to scoring a goal about ten minutes
into the half but luckily a Waterville defender got a leg to the ball
and averted the danger. The Waterville midfield pairing of Denis
Dwyer and Seamus O' Sullivan were in total control of midfield and with
fifteen minutes left in the game Seamus kicked a wonderful point from
the right side to extend the lead. Rangers got heir final point of
the day two minutes later and for the remainder of the game Denis Dwyer
in particular carried the ball, took some hard knocks and frustrated the
efforts of the opposition to dispossess him. Indeed a major feature of this game was the display of Seamus O' Sullivan and
Denis Dwyer at midfield all through the game who never shirked a challenge and were
prepared to work tirelessly. We can also take heart from the
display of Keith Moran who managed to score three excellent points
from play, playing on one of the best backs in South Kerry, Stephen
O' Sullivan. This was however, a team performance and full
credit too to Skellig Rangers who contributed in no small way to an
entertaining game in the circumstances.
Scorers: Keith Moran 0-03, John D O' Shea 0-01(free),
Seamus O' Sullivan 0-01, Mike Curran 0-01.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Eoin Moriarty, G Galvin, M. Shea, Brendan O'
Shea, Dan Fitz, Aoghán Courtney, Seamus O' Sullivan, Denis Dwyer, Alan O'
Moran, Mike Curran, John B O Shea, John D O Shea, David Daly.
Sub Used: Denis Carroll
16 South Kerry Final (01/11/03)
|Waterville 0-10 Renard 1-06
Waterville under 16s fought a difficult battle with old rivals
Renard at Cahersiveen on Saturday to secure the trophy for the
third year in a row. Conditions were far from ideal for
good football but these young footballers from both teams served
up an intriguing encounter to delight the faithful who battled
the elements to come out and support their teams.
Waterville had by far the better of the first half and led by a
margin of eight points at the interval. Renard failed to
score up to this point. Paddy Curran opened the scoring
after one minute with a point from a free. For the next ten minute
Renard piled on the pressure and but for some excellent goal keeping by
net minder Ciarán Dennehy and resolute defending by Alan O'
Dwyer, Renard would have been in the driving set. It has to
be said that Renard did waste some relatively simple scoring chances in
this early period of the game. Three more frees from the boot of Paddy
Curran put Waterville four points with Renard yet to register.
With four minutes left in the first half the tenacious Fergal Cronin ,
who was outstanding all through the game slotted a beautiful kick
between the posts. Paddy Curran added two more and Brendan Dennehy
kicked the last point of the half in the third minute of added
time. For all their efforts Renard didn't manage any score in the
first half. (0-08 to 0-00).
In the second half Renard put on
the pressure and after 5 minutes had two converted frees on the
board. In the eight minute Brendan Dennehy got possession around
the centre, was tackled, lost the ball but managed to get a boot to it
and send it in the direction of Donncha Fenton who headed goalwards and
picked off another crucial point. Renard got one back a minute
later and in the 10th minute a long free was floated in towards the
Waterville goal. The greasy ball was difficult to handle and ended
up in the net. Renard were well and truly back in the game.
The score now was, Waterville 0-09 ... Renard 1-03.
All the pressure was on the Lakesiders and Renard had another point in
the 13th minute to narrow the gap even further. Paddy Curran
scored another point for Waterville with 10 minutes left but would it be
enough? Renard had two quick points and the margin was down to the
minimum. We still had five minutes left to play. Resolute
defending and missed chances by the opposition saw Waterville through in
the end and they held on and won by the
narrowest of margins in the end. All players gave 100 per
cent and it was a great team effort. However, it would be wrong
not to acknowledge the point taking of Paddy Curran and the Man of the
Match performance of Fergal Cronin who seemed to be all over the field.
This was great achievement for the club and full credit to the mentors
who were led by Laurence Curran, assisted by Haulie O' Shea, John Super
O' Sullivan and John O' Dwyer.
Scorers: Paddy Curran 0-07, Fergal Cronin 0-01, Donncha
Fenton 0-01, Brendan Dennehy 0-01.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, Cormac O' Sullivan, Alan O' Dwyer, Fionan
MacAuliffe, Kevin Dwyer, Brendan Dennehy, Denis Donnelly, Donncha
Fenton, Fergal Cronin, Paddy Curran, Daniel Dwyer.
Sub: Niall Dennehy
Div 2 Round 11 (25/10/03)
|Waterville 0-12 Glenflesk 1-07
In a very cold Waterville sportfield on Saturday evening Waterville dug out a hard earned win over a dogged
Glenflesk team, on a score line of 0-12 to 1-07. Make no mistake about this game,
it was a real ding dong battle with Waterville needing a draw and
Glenflesk a win to maintain division 2 status next year.
The game started late and the last 10 minutes was played in failing
In the first half Waterville played into the lake goal and a fairly strong wind.
Waterville attacked from the throw in and KeithMoran was unlucky not to get the opening score.
Glenflesk had a point disallowed for a square ball in the 3rd minute.
Then straight away JD O Shea opened the scoring with a point from
play. This came after a great interception by Mike (long hair)O
Shea. John D followed up in the 4th minute with another point from
play after receiving a good pass from Denis Dwyer (0-2 to 0-0).
There was no score for another ten minutes as play swept from end to
end. Then Glenflesk got their opening score a, point from
play. They followed up in the 20 minute to make it 0-2 to 0-2. In the
22nd minute Glenflesk took the lead with a point from a free but J D O'
Shea replied with a point from a free to make it all square again.
In the 24 minute John D kicked his fourth point point from play to make it
0-4 to 0-3 at half time.
Waterville were lucky to be leading as they seemed to go to sleep for long periods.
The forwards were not playing as a unit and were holding up the ball when another player was in a better
position. For the second half the forwards needed to work harder for each
other. In the second half the wind was to Waterville's back and maybe
this would help.
The second half started and J D O' Shea was unlucky not to score a goal straight from the throw in.
The Glenflesk goalie made a good save but John D was following up and kicked a nice point.
Glenflesk replied with a goal after a sweeping move up field. Now we were in a game,
Glenflesk were fighting for division 2 status and would not give in
easily. They then got an easy free to make it 1-4 to 0-.5.
Glenflesk were playing well now and added another point to make it
1-5 to 0-5 with only 3 minutes of the second half gone. Waterville were in trouble now and they needed a score
quickly. John D replied with a point from a free in the 4th minute
and added another from play 3 minutes later. Waterville were back in the game
now. John D tied up the scores with a point from a free in
the 9th minute (1-5 to 0-8). Glenflesk went up a point again, but in the 20 minute D Dwyer kicked a great point from
a distance in excess of 50 metres to make it level again. As the light faded fast,
all the excitement was packed into the last 10 minutes as both teams tried
valiantly for victory. In the 22minuteJohn D put us up a point with just
9 minutes to go .Could we hold on? Glenflesk replied with a point to
level again. Tension was high now and every player was giving it
everything. In the 24 minute John D kicked a good point from a
free which must have been all of 60 metres from goal. John B O'
Shea kicked a sweet point to put us 2 points up and only 3 minutes
left. Light was very poor now, and it was hard to see. Glenflesk needed a goal and went
in search of it, but fair play to the Waterville players. They defended
magnificently and held out for a good win. Final score Waterville
0-12.... Glenflesk 1-7
This was not a vintage display ,but the result was right. Trainer Brian Moran was happy with the result but he knows that there is a lot of room for
improvement. Waterville have a lot of football to play over the next few weeks so roll on the season.
Goalie Bernard Murphy made a welcome return to play after recent injury and played well in
goal, bringing off one great save in the second half. The full back line of Mike
Shea, Gary Galvin and Eoin( Murt ) Moriarty were outstanding as a unit and as
individuals. Aoghan Courtney, Dan Fitz and Brendan O' Shea in the half back line
were under a lot of pressure but they settled down and gave a good account of
themselves. Seamus O' Sullivan had a magnificent game; catching ,kicking and generally helping out
where ever the need was greatest. Denis Dwyer is still hampered by a niggling injury but still played
well and kicked a great point from play. The forwards will have to work harder and move the ball faster. The half forward line of
Alan O' Shea, Keith Moran and Denis Carroll played well but none of them
scored. What can we say about that man John D O Shea. He scored 10
points. J B O Shea, just back after injury kicked a good
point and will be sharper next week. David Daly worked very hard and did a lot of work around the
field. Mck Curran and Seamus O' Shea were introduced as subs and did very well while they were on.
Overall it was a good league campaign and we finished in about 5 place,
which is not bad.
Team: B. Murphy, E Moriarty, G Galvin, M. Shea, Brendan O'
Shea, D Fitz, A Courtney, S O' Sullivan, D Dwyer A O' Shea, K
Moran, D Carroll, JB O Shea, John D O Shea D Daly.
Scorers: J D O Shea, 0-10, J B O Shea 0-01, D Dwyer 0-1
Minor Championship, Semi-Final (18/10/03)
|St. Michaels/Foilmore 2-15 Waterville 2-09. (After
A gallant Waterville minor team went under to a physically stronger
Bally/Filemore team in a cracking semi final.
In the first half B/F played with a strong wind blowing down field from
Cahirciveen town. B/F opened the scoring in the 3 minute with a point from play.
They followed up in the 3rd, 9th and 11th minute with 3 more points to make it
0-4 to 0-0. B/F were in control in most areas and Waterville looked in
trouble. Then, in a rare attack Paddy Curran collected a ball near the side line and scored a good
goal, shipping some strong challenges on the way. The wind was
strong at this stage and Waterville were finding the going tough.
B/F finished the stronger and kicked a further three points to finish the half
0-7 to 1-0. Waterville were lucky not to be further behind as B/F had missed a few good scoring chances.
If Waterville were to succeed they needed a good start to the second half. B/F got a quick point to make it
0-8 to 1-0. A minute later PaddyCurran kicked a point from play to make it
0-8 to 1-1. The same player made it 0-8 to 1-2 in the 5 minute.
Waterville were coming more into the game now and in the 6th minute Gerry
Carroll burst through the centre and scored a good goal after a good passing movement.
(0-.8 to 2-2) Could Waterville drive home their advantage now?
Not so! B/F replied with 4 more points from play in the next six minutes.
B/F appeared to be the stronger team now and looked like easy winners. Waterville
however, replied with a Paddy Curran point from a free. (0-12 to
2-3) The game had now entered the final quarter. Had
Waterville the will to win? P Curran made it 0-12 to 2-4 with a point from
play. He converted another free to leave the score 0-12 to 2-5 with
eight minutes left. The margin had been reduced to the
minimum. Then in the 22nd minute Shane Coffey stormed goalwards
and kicked a good point from play. The sides were
level. Excitement and anticipation was at a high pitch throughout
the park. Gerry Carroll got possession out on the right and used
his strength and skill to get a terrific shot at goal from an acute
angle. The ball struck the bottom of the upright with the goalie
beaten and the danger had passed for Bally/Filemore. Play swung from end to end in the last
few minutes but no score followed. A draw was probably a fair result and extra time
B/F got off to a great start with a goal after a Waterville back gave a
wayward pass which was intercepted and ended up into the net. They
followed up with a another point from a free but Gearoid O' Sullivan got a good point back for
Waterville 1-13 to 2-7.
B/F opened the second half with a pointed free after just 30 seconds
& Paddy Curran replied with a free to make it 1-14 to 2-8 .
B/f kicked a point to make it 1-15 to 2-8. Time was running out for
Waterville. Could they come back? Paddy Curran pointed another free
(1-15 to 2-9) Waterville needed a goal but it was not to be as B/F broke down field and
finished with a goal 2-15 to 2-9. Game over!!
This was a heart breaking defeat for Waterville who played with great heart
and spirit, but on the day B/F probably deserved their win and now go on to meet
Cahirciveen in the final.
Sport can be a cruel game and these young men will have to get up and get on with it. They have a lot of football to play yet.
Ciarán Dennehy had a good game between the posts and could not be faulted for any of the goals.
Fenton Daly and William Hunt had a busy day, but they put in a solid days work.
David Dwyer, Shane Coffey and Kevin Dwyer worked very hard in the half back line and put in a great hours
football. At midfield Gearoid O' Sullivan and Brendan Dennehy tried very hard but came up against a very strong
Gerry Carroll played well in the forwards and Denis Donnelly accounted
for himself well when moved to defensive duties. Mick Curran carried an injury into the game
but still gave all he could . Paddy Curran and Fergal Croinin gave it their best shot but on the day lady luck seemed to desert them.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, William Hunt, Fenton Daly, David Dwyer,
Shane Coffey, Kevin Dwyer, Gearóid O' Sullivan, Denis Donnelly, Brendan
Dennehy, Gerry Carroll, Fergal Cronin, Patrick Curran, Mike Curran,
Scorers: Paddy Curran (1-07), Gearóid O' Sullivan (0-01), Gerry Carroll
(1-00), Shane Coffey (0-01)
Minor Football Championship (11/10/03)
|Waterville 0-18 .......
In a fantastic game of football played in Cahirsiveen on Saturday
evening ,Waterville were very lucky to come out on top after extra time.
This was a game played with true championship spirit and very well
referred by Michael Curran of Dromid. Both teams deserve credit
for a great game. On this occasion Waterville came out on top, but
Renard lost nothing in defeat.
A strong wind blew down field and Waterville played with it in the first
half. Renard were first to score with a free by Liam Sullivan in the 2nd
minute. Play swept to the other end and Fergal Cronin was fouled
and Pat Curran converted (0-1 to 0-1). Gerry Carroll followed up
with two good points in the 5and 6 minute. Mick Curran kicked a
good point from play in the 9th minute and he followed up two minutes
later to make it 0-5 to 0-1. At this stage Waterville were
cruising and looked the better team. In the 11 minute Pat Curran
kicked a good point from play to make it 0-6 to 0-4. Waterville
seemed to fall asleep for a while and Reenard came back into the game.
They scored 3 good points between the 16th and 22nd minute. The score
now was 0-6 to 0-4 with just 7 minutes left in the first half. Play
swung from end to end and in the 29 minute Pat Curran kicked a point .
Half time score 0-7 to 0-4.
The talk at half time was whether Waterville's lead was enough facing a
strong wind .Waterville needed to get stuck in straight away and get a
few scores. This they did as Pat Curran pointed a free and followed up
with 2 more frees to make it 0-10 to 0-4. Mick Curran kicked a good
point from play in the 14th minute to make it 0-11 to 0-4.
With 15 minutes left Pat Curran pointed to make it 0-12 to
0-4. Were Waterville going to run out easy winners or were Renard
going to fight back. The answer was a definite yes. Killian Young
kicked a good point and Liam Sullivan followed up with a pointed free
0-12 to 0-6 now. Then in the 18 minute Renard got a goal 0-12 to 1-6
after a defensive error from a long range free. Waterville were
rattled now. Could they respond? Renard kicked another good
point (0-12 to 1-7). With ten minutes left and only 2 points
between the teams, could Waterville hold on? Renard 's dander
was up. Then in the 24 minute a long ball into the Waterville
square seemed to be covered ,but a defender spilled the ball and it
finished in the Waterville net (0-12 to 2-7). .From being 8 points
down to 1 point up ,things looked good for Renard. Now Waterville's
character was being tested. Pat Curran made it level in the 27th minute
and brother Mike popped over what seemed the winner with seconds left in
the clock! In the third minute of added time Renard were
awarded a free out on the left which was converted to leave the teams
level at the end of normal time.
Final score ..... Waterville 0-14..... Renard 2-08
Waterville opened brightly with a good Gerry Carroll point from
play. Pat Curran followed up with a point from a free in the 4th
minute. Renard replied with a point to make it 0-16 to 2-9.
In the 9th minute Pat Curran made it 0-17 to 2-9 through another free.
In the 1 minute of the second half Renard replied with a point which
proved to be their last score. In the 2nd minute Miick Curran
kicked the last score of the game. Waterville 0-18.......Renard 2-10.
This was a great game of football. Both teams deserved credit for
the way they played the game. Some team has to lose but the day belonged
Waterville were particularly well served by William Hunt, David
Dwyer and Shane Coffey in defence. Gearóid O' Sullivan was a
tower of strength at mid field while the exploits of Mike Curran, when
moved to a more central role, proved to be the eventual winning of the
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, William Hunt, Fenton Daly, David Dwyer,
Shane Coffey, Kevin Dwyer, Gearóid O' Sullivan, Denis Donnelly, Paudie
Dennehy, Gerry Carroll, Fergal Cronin, Patrick Curran, Mike Curran,
Scorers: Pat Curran (0-10), Mick Curran (0-5), Gerry Carroll (0-3)
Div 2 Round 10 (27/09/03)
|Waterville 4-13......Firies 1-04
Waterville seniors had a facile win over a poor
Firies side at Farranfore on Saturday 27th of September. Keith
Moran had the first real scoring opportunity four minutes into the game
but saw his fisted effort hit the post and go wide. Denis Carroll
opened the scoring with a point from play in the 8th minute after
receiving a pass from midfielder Seamus O' Sullivan. Three minutes
later John B O' Shea finished a good effort to the net when Denis
Carroll found him with a pinpoint pass. Within a minute Alan O'
Shea collected the kick out and immediately dispatched the ball to David
Daly who neatly tucked the ball away for Waterville's second
goal. Almost immediately, Michael O' Shea had to retire
through injury and was replaced by Seamus O' Shea who slotted in well to
the full back line. John B O' Shea was on hand again in the 17th
minute to kick a point and this was followed up by a point from John D
O' Shea. Three minutes later Waterville were awarded a 45 which
John D converted with pinpoint accuracy. Alan O' Shea and Denis
Carroll had a point apiece before Firies opened their account with two
minutes left in the half and from the resultant kick out doubled their
account. Then disaster struck for the Firies goalie when he
fumbled a ball and passed it into the hands of John B O' Shea who
rattled the net for his second goal of the evening. The half time
score stood at ....Waterville 3-06....Firies 0-02.
Waterville were coasting at this stage and the only question that
remained was the margin of victory. Firies started brighter in the
second half and had a goal and a point within 7 minutes. However, the
Waterville defence stood firm with Eoin Moriarty and Dan Fitz in
particular sweeping up everything in sight.
Then John D slotted over one of his trademark frees and Alan O' Shea
followed with a point from play. In the 13th minute, sub, Martin
O' Shea send a long ball goalwards and another mistake by the goalie
allowed sub Gerry Carroll to show he knows how to raise the green flag
too. John D got a good pass from brother Martin a minute later and
picked off another point. Firies responded with a point which was to
prove to be their final score. Two minutes later Martin O' Shea
decided he wanted one himself and with his left foot got his first point
of the game. John D converted another free and Seamus O' Sullivan
picked off another before Martin O' Shea wound up the scoring for
Waterville with another well struck effort to send the ball over the
The final score was ...Waterville 4-13...Firies1-04
Scorers: J B O'Shea 2-01, Alan O' Shea 0-02, John D 0-05, Gerry
Carroll 1-00, Martin O' Shea 0-02, Denis Carroll 0-02, David Daly 1-00,
Seamus O' Sullivan 0-01.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Mike O' Shea, Gary Galvin, Eoin
Brendan O' Shea, Dan Fitzpatrick, Aoghán Courtney, Denis Dwyer, Seamus O'
Sullivan, Denis Carroll, Keith Moran, Alan O' Shea, John B. O' Shea,
John D. O' Shea, David Daly.
Sub used: Martin O' Shea, Seamus O' Shea, Gerry Carroll, Shane Coffey
|Under 16 County
Div 4 Waterville/Dromid
V Firies (13/09/03)
Waterville/Dromid proved far too strong for a gallant Firies team in
Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Sat Sept 13th. Firies were
unfortunate in that three of their better players were unable to play
due to injury.
Waterville/Dromid opened the scoring with a quick point from Patrick
Curran followed with another four minutes later after receiving a good
pass from centre forward Aidan O' Sullivan. Paudie O' Sullivan
opened his account in the 12th minute after a well placed pass from
Donncha Fenton. A minute Firies opened their scoring with a point
from a free. Patrick Curran, Aidan O' Sullivan and Fergal tagged
on three points for Waterville/Dromid in the next five minutes and Denis
Donnelly kicked a pin point long range free in the 20th minute to leave
the score, Waterville/Dromid 0-07...Firies 0-01. Firies then kicked
their first point from play with just three minutes left in the
half. In the remaining two minutes of the first half Alan
Dwyer and Patrick Curran added two more points from play to increase the
margin to eight points.
Waterville/Dromid looked the more composed team and if they could keep
up the good football of the first half Firies would find it difficult to
get back in the game.
Within just 20 seconds Denis had his second point of the game.
Aidan O' Sullivan had two more and Fergal Cronin added another.
The score after five minutes of the second half ....Waterville/Dromid
The home team were performing excellently now and the likes of Fergal
Cronin were enjoying the freedom of the open spaces of Fitzgerald
Stadium. In the 11th minute Brendan Dennehy took a wonderful pass
from Aidan O' Sullivan and clinically found the net. Within a
minute Firies were attacking the Waterville/Dromid goal and but for the
sharpness of full back Kevin O' Shea they would surely have raised the
green flag. The ball was delivered upfield and midfielder Brendan
Dennehy drove a pile driver which rebounded off the crossbar.
Waterville/Dromid were coasting now and the only question that remained
was what the winning margin would be. The were awarded a penalty
after Fergal Cronin was pulled down and could afford the luxury of
kicking it over the bar. Firies then registered their first point of the
second half but immediately Waterville/Dromid Patrick Curran scored two
more, one of which was a free. In the time remaining Firies had
two more points and Waterville/Dromid scored three through Daniel Dwyer,
Brendan Dennehy and Micheál O' Shea who thundered upfield to get his
name on the score sheet.
This was a marvellous team display with all players playing well in
their respective positions.
Team captain Ciarán Dennehy collected the trophy at the end of the game
in front of a very happy Waterville/Dromid following.
Congratulations also to mentors, Laurence Curran, Haulie Dwyer, Neilie
O' Shea and John "Super" O' Sullivan who prepared the team.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy(W), Daniel Curran(Dr), Kevin O' Shea(Dr), Cormac O'
Kevin Dwyer(W), Micheál O'Shea(Dr)(0-01), Fionán MacAuliffe(W), Denis Donnelly(W)(0-02)
Brendan Dennehy(W)(1-01), Fergal Cronin(W)(0-02), Aidan O' Sullivan(Dr)(0-03), Donncha
Fenton(W), Alan Dwyer(W)(0-01), Patrick Curran(W)(0-07) , Paudie O' Sullivan(Dr)(0-01)
Subs who played: Daniel Dwyer(W)(0-01), Patrick Sugrue(Dr) & Ger
|Under 16 County Semi Final
Div 4 Waterville/Dromid
V Ballyduff (09/09/03)
|Waterville/Dromid 4-12 Ballyduff
The under 16 parish team had a merited win over Ballyduff to reach the
County League Div. 4 Final.
Some outstanding defensive play by goalie Ciarán Dennehy and full back
Kevin O' Shea kept the home side in the game in the first half & we
were flattered to be just one point in arrears at half time.
Conditions were greasy at Cromane for this fixture which had to be
abandoned the previous week due to an injury to Alan Dwyer.
Luckily it proved to be superficial and Alan is fit and well again.
Ballyduff opened the scoring after 2 minutes with a point from play
& five minutes later Patrick Curran levelled matters with a point
from a free. Two minutes later the same player had a great chance
of a goal and from six metres opted for a point with a powerful
shot. Play way going from end to end until Patrick Curran
increased the lead by another point in the 17th minute. Ballyduff
replied straight away with one of their own. Waterville/Dromid
were then awarded a penalty when Aidan O' Sullivan was dragged to ground
& Patrick Curran raised the first green flag of the evening.
From this point on Ballyduff piled on the pressure and but for some
terrific goalkeeping by Ciarán Dennehy who stopped what looked like two
certain goals and outstanding full back play from Kevin O'Shea the
margin in favour of Ballyduff would have been much greater. During
this period however, Ballyduff did manage to score a fluke goal from a
45metre free and tag on two points. The half time score was
Waterville/ Dromid 1-03......Ballyduff 1-04.
The second half started with Ballyduff increasing their tally by a point
in the first minute but within two minutes Patrick Curran pointed a free
and had his second goal of the game in the seventh minute to put
Waterville/Dromid two points ahead. Midfielder Brendan Dennehy
caught a ball around 45 metres from goal and launched a high kick which
split the posts to the delight of the home spectators. In the
following nine minutes Waterville/Dromid scored 1-06 without reply &
had opened up a margin of twelve points. Then some confusion in
defence allowed Ballyduff in for a goal and five minutes later had
another in almost identical circumstances. This proved to be their
last score but Alan Dwyer who came on as a substitute for Waterville /Dromid
chalked up a goal and a point to bring his personal tally to 1-03.
The final score was Waterville/Dromid 4-12...... Ballyduff 3-05.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, Daniel Curran, Kevin O' Shea, Cormac O' Sullivan,
Kevin Dwyer, Micheál O'Shea, Fionán MacAuliffe, Denis Donnelly (1-00).
Brendan Dennehy (0-02), Fergal Cronin, Aidan O' Sullivan, Donncha
Fenton, Daniel Dwyer, Patrick Curran (2-07), Paudie O' Sullivan
Sub who played: Alan Dwyer (1-03)
Waterville V Ballymacelligott
|Waterville 2-12 Ballymacelligott
Waterville seniors had a good victory over Ballymacelligott in damp
conditions in the quarter final stages of the Centenary Cup.
Allowing for the conditions the game proved to be most entertaining
& Waterville deserved to proceed to the penultimate stage of the
Waterville were 2 points up after 5 minutes with Denis Dwyer and
Keith Moran the scorers.
Ballymacelligott took control for the next 10 minutes and scored 5
unanswered points. Nothing seemed to go right until the 15minute
when J B O' Shea reduced the deficit with a well executed point a
point. Shortly afterwards Keith Moran followed with a punched
point to make it 0-4 to 0-5. 17 minutes into the first half Denis
Dwyer kicked a long range point from a free to level the scores. With
eight minutes left in the half Ballymac went ahead again but
Seamus Sullivan kicked a good point to make it 0-6 to 0-6. In the last
attack John D O' Shea had a well struck shot for goal saved but John B
O' Shea was on hand and finished the ball to the net. This left
Waterville leading at half time 1-6 to O-6
Ballymac started the second half with a quick point. Mick Curran
got a point back for Waterville in the 7th minute. In the 10
minute David Daly scored a vital goal for Waterville to leave the scores
2-7 to 0-7.
Waterville raised their game now and were playing with confidence.
Alan O' Shea kicked another point in the 13th minute & John D O'
Shea pointed a free. Then Denis Dwyer kicked 3 magnificent points from
play in the space of five minutes to make it 2-12 to 0-7. This
proved to be the final score and Waterville ran out easy winners.
This was a decent team performance with Gary Galvin & Mike Shea
prominent in defence. Denis Dwyer & Seamus O' Sullivan
commanded midfield. Up front Keith Moran, Alan O' Shea & John
B O' Shea were most effective.
Scores: Denis Dwyer 0-5, J B O' Shea 1-1, Keith
Moran 0-2, Mick Curran 0-1, Alan O' Shea 0-1,
Seamus O' Sullivan 0-1, John D O' Shea 0-1, David Daly 1-0
Div 2 Round 9 17/08/03
|Waterville 0-10 Legion
Waterville got off to a flying start in this back game of the County
League when Denis Dwyer kicked over a classic point in the 3rd minute
& John D O' Shea followed with another 2 minutes later. We
anticipated a high scoring game with Waterville coming out on top but
Legion opened their account in the 12th minute with a well- taken
point. The home side had a great opportunity of a goal on 15
minutes but unfortunately the chance went a begging. In fact
Legion went down the field and doubled their tally.
Misfortune struck in the 20th minute when in an effort to clear a goal
bound ball, a home defender scored an own goal. This was against the run
of play but they all count. Waterville didn't score again until
the 25th minute when centre back Dan Fitz stormed forward & slotted
a neat shot between the posts. This got the Waterville scoring
machine in action again. John D had two quick points from play
& Denis Dwyer had his second with two minutes left in the first
half. Legion added to their tally by notching up another point
just before the half time whistle. The half time score left
Waterville 0-06 & Legion 1-03.
Substitute Martin O' Shea, got his name on the score sheet within two
minutes of the restart but almost immediately Legion had drawn level
again. The game then entered a period of Legion dominance &
they edged in front with a point in the 10th minute. Waterville
were playing poorly at this stage & before long were two points in
arrears. Things could have been much worse but for the resolute
defending of goalie Bernard Murphy & the full back line as a
whole. We weathered the storm & began to get some ball
to the forward line again which resulted in the awarding of two frees
midway through the half. John D duly converted to draw level
again. With just 5 minutes left in the game John D popped over
another free to put the home side in front again. Legion piled on
the pressure once more and were rewarded with an equalising point with
two minutes left in the game. They also hit the upright &
might have won the game but for some more tigerish defending by
Waterville were well served by Seamus O' Sullivan (who had an
excellent game at midfield), goalie Bernard Murphy, Alan O' Shea and
A draw was a fair result but our display was disappointing. More
direct football might have been a better option & if our forwards
had got earlier ball we may well have got a win.
Scorers: John D O' Shea0-06(3 frees), Denis Dwyer 0-02, Martin O'
Shea 0-01, Dan Fitz 0-01
Team: Bernard Murphy, Mike O' Shea, Gary Galvin, Seamus O' Shea,
Brendan O' Shea, Dan fitz, Eoin Moriarty, Denis Dwyer, Seamus O'
Sullivan, Cormac O' Sullivan, Keith Moran, Alan O' Shea, John B. O' Shea,
John D. O' Shea, David Daly.
Sub used Martin O' Shea for Seamus O' Shea
|Div 2 County
Junior Football League Semi-Final (South) 08/08/03
|Waterville(B) 1-08 Sneem 3-13
The B team lost out to a strong Sneem B team on Friday 8th Aug. in
the County Junior Football League, Div 2 semi final, played at Derrynane.
Sneem started the stronger and were four points up without reply until a
Martin O' Shea free opened the scoring for Waterville. But then a
mistake in defence saw Sneem through for a soft goal. Martin O'
Shea then pointed a free again in the 13th minute but immediately Sneem
got one of their own. The score now was Waterville 0-02, Sneem
Pádraig Collins collected a good ball and had to use all his strength
to shake off his marker before pointing an excellent score. Three
minutes later Seamus O' Shea caught a good ball back in defence and
released it quickly to cousin John B who rattled the roof of the
net. The margin was reduced to just two points. Goalie
Ciarán Dennehy pulled off a terrific save on twenty minutes but Sneem
had another two points before half time and the old stalwarth Mike
Keating (Capt) pointed a free for the lakesiders. Half time score
Waterville 1-04,..Sneem 1-07.
Sneem had a quick point shortly after the restart and disaster struck in
the 4th minute when a similar mistake to which was made in the first
half occurred again and was punished by a goal for Sneem.
Waterville conceded a free which was converted and in the 7th minute
Sneem raised the green flag for the third time and tagged on two more
points before Waterville registered their first score of the second half
through a Martin O' Shea free who added another two minutes later.
Denis Carroll got two more points for Waterville before the final
whistle and Sneem had two as well.
Even though Sneem were physically stronger, simple defensive errors cost
the team badly and a closer contest would certainly have ensued but for
Waterville Scorers: Martin O' Shea 0-04(all frees), Denis Carroll 0-02,
John B O' Shea 1-00, Mike Keating 0-01, Pádraig Collins 0-01.
Cup Waterville Versus Spa 06/08/03
|Waterville 1-11 Spa 1-09
On a beautiful summers evening, Waterville & Spa clashed in the
2nd round of the Centenary Cup at the lakeside pitch. It was a
good competitative game played in a sporting manner & well refereed
by Valentia man Micheál Lyne. The play swung from end to end
throughout the game. In the final analysis Waterville were the
better team & deserved their win.
Waterville opened the scoring in the first minute with a point from play
by John D O' Shea, after receiving a good pass from Alan O' Shea.
Spa replied with a good point of their own two minutes later.
Denis Dwyer then kicked a glorious point in the fifth minute and Spa
levelled matters again two minutes later. John D O' Shea kicked a
free over the bar in the 10th minute after John B O' Shea was fouled but
again Spa replied to level the scores again after 14 minutes.
Keith Moran had an excellent point a minute later and Spa had a great
chance to draw level two minutes later but sent a close in free
wide. However, two minutes later they did draw level to leave the
scores after 20 minutes Waterville 0-04.....Spa 0-04.
Waterville midfield enjoyed a period of dominance for the remaining ten
minutes of the first half and notched three points from play per Keith
Moran in the 20th min, Denis Dwyer two minutes later and again Keith
Moran with a well judged left footed point shortly afterwards to leave
the half time score, Waterville 0-07....Spa 0-04.
From the throw in Waterville were straight into attack and but for
the woodwork Keith Moran would surely have raised the green flag.
Waterville now began to get on top all over the field. John D O'
Shea opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a point from
play. Then in the 8th minute a long range effort from John D
O' Shea slipped out of the goalies hand and into the net. From the
kick out the ball went straight down the field and Spa retrieved a
point. Waterville were now six points ahead. Two minutes
later, wing back Michael Curran found himself in space and kicked
another to extend the lead. Substitute Martin O' Shea followed up
almost straight away with a sweetly struck left footed shot which just
scraped inside the post. Keith Moran punched what proved to be
Waterville's last point of the game in the 13th minute of the second
half and at this stage Waterville were coasting.
Spa carried the game to Waterville and kicked 3 good points and with
just five minutes left in the game they rattled the Waterville
net. The home team was now under severe pressure and a minute
later Spa kicked another point which proved to be the final score of the
game and Waterville were relieved to hear the final whistle.
Overall, this was a good performance but they will have to sharpen up in
their shooting and passing. The backs played well in the first
half where Eoin Moriarty was particularly effective, along with Mike
Shea, Michael Curran & Aoghan Courtney. Seamus O' Sullivan and
Denis Dwyer had some good periods at mid field and up front Keith Moran,
J B O' Shea & John D O' Shea played well.
Scorers: John D O' Shea 1-03, Keith Moran 0-04, Denis Dwyer 0-02,
Michael Curran 0-01, Martin Shea 0-01.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Eoin Moriarty, Gary Galvin, Mike Shea, Aoghan
Courtney, Dan Fitz, Mike Curran, Denis Dwyer, Seamus O' Sullivan,
Gearóid O' Sullivan, Keith Moran, Alan O' Shea, J B O' Shea, John D O'
Shea, David Daly
Subs Used: Seamus O' Shea for Aoghán Courtney & Martin O' Shea for
League Div 2 Round 6
|Waterville 2-10 Ballymacelligott
In an entertaining game played at Waterville on Saturday evening,
Waterville emerged as victors on the above score line.
Waterville elected to play with the slight breeze, which was blowing
from the lake goal in the first half. John D. O' Shea opened the
scoring in the second minute with a point from play after receiving a
good ball from Dan Fitz. Three minutes later Ballymac were back on
level terms with a well-taken point of their own. Then in the
eight minute Keith Moran was at the end of a sweet pass from Buddy O'
Shea. In a flash Keith picked his spot and blasted the ball past
the helpless Ballymac keeper. A minute later the same player had
an excellent point from play. (score Waterville 1-02 , Ballymac 0-1)
Ballymac followed with a point from play and John D kicked over a free
for Waterville. From the kick out the ball went down the field and
the home side were rather fortunate when a good Ballymac shot came off
the crossbar. Denis Dwyer had a Waterville point in the 17th
minute and John D followed with two points from frees. Ballymac
replied with a pointed free to leave the score after 23
minutes.....Waterville 1-06, Ballymac0-03. Keith Moran then
notched up another point from play. Then in the remaining minute
of the first half a long ball from a free by Seamus O' Sullivan was
flicked on by John B O' Shea towards the Ballymac goal where the ever
alert John D. pounced, got a touch on the ball and sent it to the back
of the net. The half time score was ...Waterville 2-07, Ballymac
0-03. This was a good lead facing into the second half.
Would it be enough as the wind was getting stronger?
Ballymac started the second half brightly and kicked two good points
within 5 minutes. Waterville settled down again and worked the
ball up field. Seamus O' Sullivan gave a good pass to Denis Dwyer
who ran through the middle and was fouled. John D. did the usual
from the resultant free and a minute later converted another free to
leave the score....Waterville 2-09, Ballymac 0-05. Alan O' Shea had the
final point of the game with a point from play in the 25th minute.
This was a good win for Waterville who have not had a game for a number
of weeks. Gary Galvin, Mike Shea & Eoin Moriarty played well in the
full back line. Seamus O' Sullivan and Denis Dwyer did well at
midfield. John D O' Shea, John B O' Shea & Keith Moran were
the pick of the forwards. Young Gearóid O' Sullivan made his
first appearance for the senior team and made a very worthwhile
contribution. Surely a Kerry minor next year?
Scorers: John D. O' Shea 1-06, Keith Moran 1-02, Denis Dwyer 0-01, Alan
O' Shea 0-01.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Eoin Moriarty, Gary Galvin, Mike Shea,
Brendan O' Shea, Dan Fitz, Aoghán Courtney, Denis Dwyer, Seamus O'
Sullivan, Gearóid O Sullivan, Keith Moran, Alan O' Shea, David daly,
John D, O' Shea, John B. O' Shea.
Subs used: Pádraig Collins, Fenton Daly, Seamus O'Shea, Cathal Curran
& Gerry Carroll
Final Kerry V Limerick 13/07/03
Kerry 1-11 Limerick
Kerry clinched the Munster Championship after a rather
dull 1-11 to 0-09 win over a disappointing Limerick in Killarney.
Limerick started the match well and opened up a two point lead on Kerry.
On ten minutes they got a penalty, however the poor effort was rather
easily saved by Declan O’Keeffe. Limerick continued to have the upper
hand even after the missed penalty but failed to turn this dominance
into a commanding lead.
Kerry came more into the game in the later stages of the first half and
Darragh O’Cinneide narrowly shot wide of the post when in on goal
after being set up by Mike Frank Russell. Minutes later Kerry got an
easy point to level the game after Russell had been needlessly fouled.
O’Cinneide kicked over and soon put Kerry in front for the first time
in the match.
Liam Hassett stretched the Kingdom’s lead before O’Cinneide received
the ball from Eoin Brosnan to place the ball past the advancing
O’Donnell. Liam Hassett then pointed for Kerry as Limerick seemed
unable to respond.
The second half started quite slowly, with the first score not coming
for almost ten minutes through Conor Mullane. It was Limerick's first
point since the tenth minute of the first half. Dara O’Cinneide scored
good point continuing his run of scoring, adding to it with a free and
another point from play to have the score at 1-09 for Kerry 0-04 for
Muiris Gavin pointed from a free for Limerick and this was followed by
another penalty for Limerick when Declan O'Keefe fouled the advancing
Limerick forward. However, Limerick missed their second penalty of
the match and any chance of an upset seemed to have been dispelled
. Kerry had visibly stepped off the gas at this stage and even
though Limerick grabbed three points in the last five minutes the result
was never in doubt. Kerry finished in style with a great point by
Johnny Crowley. On a day without any outstanding performances,
best for Kerry were Seamus Moynihan, Eoin Brosnan, Declan O'Sullivan and
Darragh O'Cinneide. Kerry
- D O'Keeffe; T O'Sullivan, S Moynihan, M McCarthy; T O'Se, E
Fitzmaurice, M O'Se; S Scanlon, E Brosnan; L Hassett (0-2), D O'Cinneide
(1-6, 5fs), S O'Sullivan; C Cooper (0-1), D O'Sullivan, MF Russell.
Subs: A McGearailt (0-1) for Cooper, J Crowley (0-1) for Russell, P
Galvin for S O'Sullivan.
Limerick - S O'Donnell; M O'Riordan, D Sheehy, T Stack; C Mullane
(0-1), S Lucey (0-1), D Reidy; J Stokes (0-1), J Galvin; S Kelly (0-1),
M Gavin, S Lavin, C Fitzgerald (0-3), J Murphy, M Reidy. Subs: J Quane
for D Reidy, P Browne for Murphy, P Ahern for M Reidy.
Championship South Kerry V John Mitchels 29/06/03
|South Kerry 2-11 John Mitchels 1-09
This game was played in Mitchels home ground in Tralee in decent
weather conditions. Within one minute of the throw in Declan O'
Sullivan had a point for South Kerry but two minutes later Killian Burns
was adjudged to have fouled and Mitchels were awarded a penalty.
Goalkeeper Pat O' Sullivan saved and cleared the ball out field.
In the 7th minute Mitchels had their first score which was a point from
play by Shane McMahon. Shortly afterwards, Maurice Fitzgerald
found himself bearing down on goal but his shot was blocked and went out
for a 45 which he duly pointed. On the kick out Maurice collected
a ball well out the field and delivered it in towards Declan O' Sullivan
but the ball hopped awkwardly and went wide. Mitchels got a free
when Killian Burns committed a foul and it was converted to level the
scores at two points each.
Ronan O' Connor got possession in front of goal and was about to shoot
when he was fouled and South Kerry were awarded a penalty. Maurice
converted nicely and shortly afterwards the same player placed a sweet
ball in front of John Sugrue who took his point well. Another
movement , started by Kieran Granfield ended up with Sugrue. He made no
mistake and the ball ended up in the back of the net. South Kerry
were now 2-03 to 0-02 ahead. Declan O' Sullivan had another South
Kerry point from play and were now totally on top. Mitchels had
two points from frees before half time to leave the scores South Kerry
2-04 to Mitchels 0-05
The second half started with a long ball into J D O' Shea who set up
Declan O' Sullivan for a good point. Midfield were beginning to
lose out to their Mitchels counterparts and the defence were also
getting jittery. Mitchels had pulled back two well taken points
and were now very much in the game again. Stephen O' Sullivan then
gained possession and made a solo run up field to set up Ray Keane who
scored a point. Fourteen minutes into the half saw Colm O' Connor
give away another penalty, which to most observers seemed harsh. The
resultant spot kick was competently put away by Jason Fitzgerald.
The gap was now down to two points. Maurice Fitzgerald again
stretched the lead with a point from a free and Ronan O' Connor had
another from play after a delivery from Denis Dwyer. O Brien for
Mitchels and Declan O' Sullivan the exchanged points from frees to leave
the scores South Kerry 2-09 & Mitchels 1-08. Mitchels had
another point from a free and John D O' Shea and Man of The Match Declan
O' Sullivan had points each for South Kerry.
Mitchels had more of the ball overall in this match but didn't have the
scoring power and South Kerry can consider themselves very lucky in this
respect. Our defence must be considered extremely suspect on this
display and midfield played only in patches. It could be said of
some forwards that they didn't participate in the game at all.
South Kerry Scorers: Declan O' Sullivan 0-5(one free), Maurice
Fitzgerald 1-02(2Frees+Penalty), John Sugrue 1-01, John D O' Shea 0-01,
Ray Keane 0-01, Ronan O' Connor 0-01.
Subs used: John Golden(St Marys) for John Sugrue(32mins), Ronan Hussey (Sneem)
& Kieran Cronin (St Michaels/ Foilmore) for Denis Dwyer & Ray
Team: Pat O' Sullivan(Valentia),Wayne O'
Burns (Sneem),Colm O' Connor(Dr Pearses),
Kieran Granfield (St Michaels/Foilmore), Stephen O'
(Waterville) & John Sugrue (Renard),John
(Valentia) ,Declan O' Sullivan
(Dr. Pearses), Ray Keane(St Marys),
(St. Marys), Ronan O'
Connor(StMichaels/Foilmore), John D. O' Shea(Waterville)
|Under 14 South
Kerry Final Saturday 14/06/03
|Waterville 2-05 Ballinskelligs 0-16
In a very entertaining South Kerry under 14 final played at Con
Keating Park, Cahirsiveen, on Saturday evening last, Ballinskelligs
defeated Waterville by a five point margin.
Our young players can be very proud of their efforts in this game.
Every player gave of his/her best but on the night there can be no
disputing that Ballinskelligs were the better balanced, all round
The game started in whirlwind fashion and Stephen Dwyer had a good
chance of a goal but the opposing keeper made a good save. Bally
kicked over a free in the 4th minute to open the scoring. Straight
away Waterville worked the ball upfield & Donncha Fenton scored a well
taken goal after making a great, high catch. Bally replied with two
fast points to level the scores. In the 7th minute Alan Dwyer
kicked a free to put Waterville a point ahead. Brother Stephen
kicked another free 3 minutes later. Waterville were playing
exceptionally well at this point. In the 12th minute a high ball
was delivered from midfield towards the Bally goal. Donncha Fenton
rose up again, got a fist to it and the green flag was hoisted again for
Waterville. The score was now 2-02 to 0-04.
Two minutes later little Micheál Cronin latched on to a ball & sent
it over the bar. With a little luck it might have gone under for
another goal. Score now was 2-03 to 0-04. Bally pulled back
a point in the 16th minute and had another in the last minute of the
Waterville mentors must have been quite happy with the teams performance
& with a slight wind advantage in the second half, things were
Bally opened with a quick point in the first minute and had another five
minutes later. Waterville replied with a pointed free in the 6th
minute. Score 2-04 to 0-08. The stronger Bally boys were
beginning to get on top now. Dean Murphy made a great save ten
minutes into the second half when he stopped a rasper from Cian O'
Connor. Bally notched up 8 more points to run out winners by 0-16
points to 2-05. Waterville tried hard & were unfortunate not
to get a goal or two towards the end. On the night, Bally were a better
balanced team. They were led by Cian O' Connor (son of Jack) & were deserving
winners. Michael Curran (Dromid Pearses) refereed the game very
fairly & did an excellent job.
Waterville Scorers: Donncha Fenton 2-00, Alan Dwyer 0-02, Stephen Dwyer
0-01, Micheál Cronin 0-01.
Team: Ger Grady, Dean Murphy, Seán Cathal O' Sullivan, Daniel Dwyer,
Sinéad Curran, Alan Dwyer, Shane Curran, Micheál Cronin, Stephen
Dwyer, Donncha Fenton, Barry Dwyer.
Subs: Niall Fitzgerald, Adrian Walsh, Odhran Clifford, Niall Dennehy,
Brian Carroll, Seathra O' Connell, Greg Gibson
League Div 2 Round 7 07/06/03 Annascaul V Waterville
|Annascaul 2-11 Waterville 2-08
Waterville suffered defeat to Annascaul on Saturday evening, away to
Annascaul. Waterville had to line out without the injured John D
Waterville had the aid of the breeze in the first half and opened
brightly. Keith Moran opened the scoring with a point from a free
and in the fifth minute Alan O' Shea kicked two good points in quick
succession from play. However, Annascaul led at half time by a
score of 1-04 to 0-03.
Shortly after the restart Waterville found themselves under severe
pressure and were behind 2-06 to 0-04. Keith Moran then produced a
well executed goal for Waterville and with ten minutes to go Buddy O'
Shea netted to bring Waterville back into the game. The score now
stood at 2-10 to 2-07 in favour of Annascaul. Annascaul persevered
and notched up another point as did Waterville.
Waterville stand on 5 points in the league table at the moment and must
register victories in at least two of the remaining four outings if they
are to hold out any chance of surviving in division 2 of the County
League. Best for Waterville on the day were denis Dwyer, Keith
Moran, Alan O' Shea and J. B. O' Shea.
Scorers for Waterville: Keith Moran1-05, Buddy O' Shea 1-00, Alan O'
Shea 0-02, Denis Dwyer 0-01
P.S. All Waterville GAA supporters wish local businessman and
former club goalie, Paul Concannon a speedy recovery. We hope to
see Paul back home shortly.
Championship Losers Round South Kerry V Feale Rangers
|South Kerry 0-11 Feale Rangers 0-09
South Kerry players got their second chance in the county
championship on Sunday June 1st. in Fitzgerald Stadium, in perfect
conditions for football . Much improvement was expected of the
South Kerry side compared to their outing the previous Sunday against
West Kerry. While there was indeed a positive result to the game
there certainly is room for more improvement if we are to see a
championship coming back to the south.
Maurice Fitzgerald opened the scoring with a free after just 90 seconds
when a Feale Rangers player was adjudged to have over carried the ball.
For the next ten minutes the South Kerry defence was under intense
pressure but all Feale Rangers had for their efforts in this time was a
single point in the 7th minute. Then the old reliable John D O'
Shea received a ball out near the sideline on the right and duly
converted to open his account. However, Feale Rangers had ideas of their
own and after some wonderful combination football had a point in the
12th minute. John Shanahan took example from this and had one for
himself in the 14th minute. Within 30 seconds John D found himself in
possession 40 metres out near the left sideline this time. He
rounded his man and slotted the ball with precision accuracy between the
posts. Feale Rangers pulled one back immediately with a good score from
play. In the 20th minute John D converted a free to leave the
score.....South Kerry 0-05, Feale Rangers 0-03. Two minutes later
Rangers had another well taken score but John Shanahan collected a pass
from John D to register his second score of the game. Maurice
Fitzgerald had two frees with a few minutes left in the first half,
about 40 metres out, but unfortunately hadn't his shooting boots
on. On 30 minutes John Shanahan converted a free from the left, 30
metres out, to conclude the first half.
Half time score South Kerry 0-07 Feale Rangers 0-04.
Feale Rangers might have had a goal within a minute of the restart but
for a timely interception by Killian Burns in front of goal. By
the 7th minute points by Declan O' Sullivan, John Shanahan and John D,
all from play, opened a six point gap. We wondered if South Kerry
were about to pull away and maybe win easily. Rangers scored a
free in the 10th minute and had three more without reply in the
following seven minutes. Paul Galvin, for Rangers was creating
problems for the South Kerry defence and displayed remarkable
speed. The gap was now down to just two points and when Eamonn
Fitzmaurice split the posts with a free, in the final minute of normal
time, from all of 55 metres South Kerry were only ahead by the narrowest
of margins. A minute later the same player had an opportunity to
level matters from near the same spot, but luckily for South Kerry his
effort went wide. Two minutes into extra time, Colm O' Connor got
his name on the scoreboard with an opportunist point after making a
sally from the half back line.
Stephen O' Sullivan excelled at full back while John D O' Shea and John
Shanahan were the best of the forwards.
Final score: South Kerry 0-11, Feale Rangers 0-09
Scorers for South Kerry: John D O' Shea 0-04(1 free), John
Shanahan 0-04(1free), Maurice Fitzgerald 0-01free, Declan O' Sullivan
0-01, Colm O' Connor 0-01.
Team: Mark Drummond (Sneem),
Wayne O' Sullivan (Skellig Rangers), Stephen O' Sullivan
Rangers), Kevin Martin (Skellig Rangers), Colm O' Connor (Dr Pearses),
Killian Burns (Sneem), Brian Murphy (Valentia),
Maurice Fitzgerald (St. Mary's), John Sugrue (Renard), John
Shanahan(Valentia), Denis Dwyer (Waterville),
Ray Keane (St. Mary's), Ronan
Hussey (Sneem), Declan O' Sullivan (Dr Pearses), John
D. O' Shea
Sub used: Kieran Granfield(St. Michaels/Filemore) for Kevin
Subs:Pat O' Sullivan (Valentia), Steve O' Connor(Valentia), Kieran Granfield (St. Michael's/
Foilmore), Seamus O' Sullivan
(Waterville), Keith Moran (Waterville), John Shanahan (Valentia), Seán
O' Connor (ST. Michaels/ Foilmore), Ger O' Shea (St. Michael's/ Foilmore),
Kieran Cronin (St. Michael's/ Foilmore), Fergal O' Connor (Dr Pearses),
Gary Galvin (Waterville), Joe Corridan (Derrynane).
Championship 1st Round South Kerry V West Kerry 25/05/03
|South Kerry 1-08 West Kerry 1-09
South Kerry took on West Kerry in the first round of the County
Championship at Con Keating Park on Sunday May 25th. Conditions
were ideal for football with a slight wind blowing down the field.
In the first half South Kerry played with the breeze but were a point
behind within 40 seconds. Three minutes later West Kerry had
another point when a ball came off the upright, was collected by a West
Kerry player and was punched between the posts. In the 7th minute
the evergreen Gene Farrell kicked a wonderful point for the westerners
to give them a three point lead, with South Kerry yet to score.
Eventually, Maurice Fitzgerald kicked a free from 45 metres to notch up
South Kerry's first score but within two minutes Gene Farrell had
another fine point from the left sideline and about 40 metres out.
South Kerry were then awarded a free about 20 metres out on the right
which Declan O' Sullivan pointed. South Kerry had numerous chances
at this period but failed to capitalise and we had no further scores for
a period of 10 minutes until Ronán Hussey found himself in space and
blasted the ball to the net, past Diarmuid Murphy in the West Kerry
goal. The first half ended with West Kerry being awarded a free in
the 30th minute which was duly converted. The score at half time stood
at...South Kerry 1-02 West Kerry 0-05
Within 16 seconds of the restart Declan O' Sullivan availed of a great
opportunity and registered his second point of the game with a well
directed left foot strike, after nimbly rounding his man. Before 4
minutes of the second half had elapsed John D O' Shea kicked two
points and Ronán O' Connor had one. Indeed, John D's second point
came from a mighty save by the West Kerry keeper when he parried a
scorcher from the in-rushing Denis Dwyer. Had Denis been
successful, a different result may well have materialised since South
Kerry were now playing with great vigour. However, West had
different ideas and their Declan O' Sullivan had the ball in the net in
the 9th minute. South Kerry were now only a point ahead and Sean
"Fox" Farrell, who had been introduced had the teams level in
the 13th minute. West Kerry went a point ahead and our Declan O'
Sullivan levelled matters again with a free in the 18th minute but West
Kerry went straight down the field and pointed again and scored another
one a minute later. The gap was now 2 points and time was running
out. John Shanahan was introduced for South Kerry and a minute
into extra time he found himself thirty five metres from goal. He
released a rocket from his right boot which deflected off the crossbar
to register what was to prove the last point and score of the
game. Six inches lower and South Kerry would have raised the green
flag and been the
This game could have gone either way, but now South Kerry must try to
avail of the back door route next Sunday, versus Feale Rangers, at
Scorers for South Kerry: Ronan Hussey 1-00, Declan O' Sullivan 0-03 (2
frees), John D O' Shea 0-02, Maurice Fitzgerald 0-01(1free), Ronan O'
Connor 0-01, John Shanahan 0-01.
Team: Mark Drummond (Sneem),
Brendan Teahan (Sneem), Stephen O' Sullivan (Skellig
Rangers), Colm O' Connor (Dr Pearses),
Stevie O' Connor (Valentia), Kevin Martin (Skellig Rangers),
Brian Murphy (Valentia),
Maurice Fitzgerald (St. Mary's), John Sugrue (Renard),
Ray Keane (St. Mary's), Denis Dwyer (Waterville),
Ronán O' Connor (St. Michael's/Foilmore), Declan O' Sullivan (Dr
D. O' Shea
Subs:Pat O' Sullivan (Valentia), Wayne O' Sullivan (Skellig Rangers),
Kieran Granfield (St. Michael's/ Foilmore), Seamus O' Sullivan
(Waterville), Keith Moran (Waterville), John Shanahan (Valentia), Seán
O' Connor (ST. Michaels/ Foilmore), Ger O' Shea (St. Michael's/ Foilmore),
Kieran Cronin (St. Michael's/ Foilmore), Fergal O' Connor (Dr Pearses),
Gary Galvin (Waterville), Joe Corridan (Derrynane).
Final Div 2 Waterville/Dromid V
|Waterville/Dromid 2-08 Rathmore 1-07
On Sunday May 18th the parish combination of Waterville/Dromid took
on Rathmore in the County League Div 2 Minor Final. The game was
played in the J.P. O' Sullivan park, Killorglin before a sizeable crowd,
the bulk of which came from the south. Conditions were reasonable
if a little cool with a slight breeze blowing down the pitch.
Waterville/Dromid played against the wind in the first half.
In the first minute Waterville/Dromid were awarded a free which team
captain Kevin " Jackie" O' Sullivan slotted between the
posts. In the 3rd minute Rathmore followed with a point of their
own and a minute later had another point from play. There were no
further scores for ten minutes and then the boys from Iveragh
struck. Kevin O' Leary (Dr) caught a ball in the half back line
and passed to Shane Coffey (W). He in turn found Mike Curran (W)
who spotted Kevin "Jackie". After rounding his man Kevin
buried the ball in the left corner of the Rathmore net with a
rocket-like shot with his trusty left foot. The crowd went wild
with excitement but only for moments because within the minute Rathmore
stormed downfield and raised the green flag themselves. They
followed this with a point from play 3 minutes later. The score
now stood at.... Waterville/Dromid 1-01, Rathmore 1-03.
Patrick Curran (W) kicked a free in the 23rd minute and Mike Curran (W)
fisted another 2 minutes later. Patrick Curran kicked the last
point of the first half in the 30 minute.
Half time score Waterville/Dromid 1-04 Rathmore
Rathmore started the second half with a vengeance and after 11 minutes
had notched up a further 4 points without reply. Things were
looking grim for Waterville/Dromid at this stage of the game. Then
Denis Donnelly was introduced and this seemed to to instill a new sense
of purpose to the Iveragh boys. In the 19th minute, after a good
pass from Patrick Curran, Denis Donnelly, the super sub, had the ball in
the Rathmore net. Our boys were back in the game and now firing in
all cylinders. Patrick Curran kicked another free in the 21st
minute and brother Mike had one of his own in the 27th minute after some
great work by Kevin "Jackie" and added another 3 minutes
later. John Curran (Dr) finished the scoring two minutes into
extra time to leave the full time score Waterville/Dromid
2-08 Rathmore 1-07.
Fenton Daly was rock solid at full back and others to shine in defence
were Kevin O' Shea, Shane Coffey, and Kevin O' Leary. Kevin
"Jackie" and Patrick Curran were a constant threat in attack
but the introduction of Denis Donnelly was crucial.
Scorers: Kevin "Jackie" 1-01, Denis Donnelly 1-00, Patrick
Curran 0-03, Mike Curran 0-03, John Curran 0-01.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy(w), William Hunt(W), Fenton Daly(w), Kevin O'
Shea(Dr), David O' Dwyer(W), Shane Coffey(W), Kevin O' Leary(Dr),
Gearóid O' Sullivan(W), Mike Curran(W), John Curran(Dr), Gerry
Carroll(W), Kevin Dwyer(W), Fergal Cronin(W), Kevin "Jackie"
O' Sullivan(W) Capt., Patrick Curran(W). Subs:Denis Donnelly(W), Eoghan
O' Riordáin(Dr), Paudie Dennehy(W), Patrick Foley(W), Brendan Dennehy(W),
Aidan "Shine" O' Sullivan(Dr), Paudie O' Sullivan(Dr), Micheál O' Shea(Dr).
League Div 2 Round 6 11/05/03
Waterville V Listowel Emmets
|Listowel Emmets 2-10 Waterville
Waterville entertained Listowel in Waterville on Sunday in the
County League. A strong wind blew up field into the Beenbane goal
and the home team elected to play with it in the first half. Play
opened at a lively pace and Waterville were one point up after one
minute thanks to John D O' Shea from a free. Listowel replied in
the 6th minute with a point from play. Two minutes later John D
kicked over another free. Waterville then waited for eight minutes
for the next score. This was a good point from play from Alan O'
Shea to make the score 0-03 to 0-01.
Listowel replied with with a good point of their own two minutes later
but John D kicked what was the score of the game. He found
himself almost at the left corner flag and as casually as you like,
slotted the ball between the posts. In the 24th minute we were
awarded a penalty and Denis O' Dwyer struck it well but the Listowel
goalie made a good save. Listowel kicked another point and in the
last minute of the first half disaster struck! Listowel were
awarded a penalty which was duly converted. The half time score
read Waterville 0-04, Listowel 1-03. This was a most
unfortunate scoreline and could have been so different. We now had
a mountain to climb, facing into a strong wind. Could we get
anything out of the game?
Listowel started sharply and had a point in the 2nd minute. In the
10th minute John D again kicked a pointed free for Waterville. In
the 13th minute Listowel struck for a well taken second goal and now
Waterville were in serious trouble. They followed this with points
in the 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th minutes. Keith Moran and
Mike Curran had points for Waterville in the 20th and 24th minute but
Listowel finished with another point almost on full time.
On the day Listowel were the better team. Waterville battled as
best they could and had a few chances. However it was not to be
their day. Newcomer, Shane Coffey played well at corner back and
young Gerry Carroll did his best also.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Michael Curran, Dan
Fitzpatrick, Shane Coffey, Buddy O' Shea, Gary Galvin, Aoghán Courtney,
Denis Dwyer, Seamus O' Sullivan, Keith Moran, John B O' Shea, Alan O'
Shea, Gerry Carroll, John D O' Shea, Niall Moran. Subs Used:
Martin O' Shea & Padraig Collins for Alan O' Shea & John B O'
League Div 2 Round 5 03/05/03 Currow V Waterville
|Waterville 1-07 Currow 0-05
At a very windy Knockgoshel on Saturday evening Waterville earned two
very valuable points in the County League. Currow won the toss and
elected to play with the strong wind. Currow started well and had
a point in the 3rd minute. They continued to pile on the pressure
on Waterville but found it impossible to score. They kicked their
second point in the 11th minute to make it 0-2 to 0-00.
The Waterville defence were playing solidly as a unit and Currow were
finding it increasingly difficult to pass them. In the 24th minute
Buddy O' Shea made one of his cutting runs up the field and scored
Waterville's only score in the first half. Currow finished the
stronger and scored points in the 24th and 27th minutes. The score
now stood at.... Waterville 0-01 Currow 0-04.
This was a reasonable position to be in going into the second half since
the wind was now going to be at their backs. However, we hoped
that our shooting boots hadn't been left at home since we had plenty of
chances in the first half but had little to show for it.
Waterville started the second half with a John D O' Shea point from a
free in the 3rd minute. Gary Galvin then broke up the field, from
his centre back position, in the 6th minute and kicked over a wonderful
score. Waterville were now looking good and with Seamus O'
Sullivan and Denis Dwyer going well at midfield we sensed the game was
within our grasp. Currow broke upfield in the 14th minute and
kicked a well executed point (Waterville 0-03 Currow
0-05). Waterville needed a quick reply and sure enough it
came. A minute later Seamus O' Sullivan caught a ball at midfield
and kicked an inch-perfect pass to John D., who raced through the
defence and picked his spot in the left corner (Waterville
1-03 Currow 0-05). Straight away the ball went
downfield and but for an outstanding reflex save from goalkeeper Bernard
Murphy Currow would surely have netted. Three minutes later Buddy
found himself with space in front of him and duly made good use of it by
kicking his 2nd point of the game. In the 20th minute John D.
kicked a free over and this was followed by a Keith Moran punched point
two minutes later. This left the score at full time, Waterville
1-07 Currow 0-05.
This was a solid display by Waterville and the backs were superb as a
unit, with Gary Galvin, Buddy O' Shea and Mike Curran outstanding.
Seamus O' Sullivan and Denis Dwyer had another excellent game at
midfield. Up front John D. was his usual reliable self with John B
O Shea and Alan O' Shea playing well too. Overall this could be
described as a good team performance and we look forward to seeing more
performances like it.
P.S. The backs kicked three points from play. The forwards
scored one point from play.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Michael Curran, Dan
Fitzpatrick, Mike Shea, Buddy O' Shea, Gary Galvin, Aoghán Courtney,
Denis Dwyer, Seamus O' Sullivan, Keith Moran, Niall Moran, Alan O' Shea,
John B O' Shea, John D O' Shea, Denis Carroll. Sub Used: Gerry Carroll for Niall Moran
Game Round 2 26/04/03
Kenmare V Waterville
|Waterville 0-18 Kenmare 2-10 (After
Waterville travelled to Kenmare on Saturday to play the locals in their
first game of the Centenary Cup. Conditions were dry but a strong
wind blew down the field from the town goal. Waterville played
with the wind in the first half. Waterville mentors were worried
about the well being of Denis Dwyer who had made the long journey to
Donegal and back the previous day. "Fear not boys"
seemed to be Denis' message as he started in whirlwind fashion and
kicked three magnificent points from play in the first seven
minutes. Waterville were completely dominating the game at this
stage. John D O' Shea kicked a free in the tenth minute and in the
twelfth minute added another from play. Five minutes later Aoghán
Courtney kicked a point to leave the score 0-06 to 0-00. Almost
immediately Keith Moran added another and John D followed up with two
fine points from play in the 21st and 22nd minutes. John D kicked
another point from a free and two more from play. Denis Carroll
finished the half by securing another good point. The half time
score was Waterville 0-13 Kenmare 0-00.
Would it be unlucky 13 for Waterville or could they hold out? The
strong wind had a definite effect on the first half and we had to wait
and see if it would have the same effect on the second half.
Kenmare started the second half as Waterville did in the first half and
by the seventh minute they had pulled back 1-04. In the 11th
minute, in a rare Waterville attack John D O' Shea kicked a point from a
At this point Waterville seemed to go to sleep. Kenmare kept
picking off points and by the 27th minute they had drawn level
....Waterville 0-14 Kenmare 2-08. Advantage was definitely
with Kenmare now. They kicked what seemed to be the winning point
in the 29th minute and all seemed to be lost. Fair play to the
Waterville players as they dug deep and worked the ball up field.
They were awarded a free 45 metres out from goal. "Last
kick" says the referee. "Cometh the hour, cometh the
man". Up steps John D., facing the town goal and into a
strong wind. Slowly he walks up and guides the ball between the
posts! Score now 0-15 to 2-09....A draw .....game over....extra
time to be played.
The big question in every Waterville supporter's mind was, could their
team re-impose themselves in extra time. The Waterville mentors
introduced Buddy O' Shea for Fenton Daly.
Waterville played with the wind in the first 10 minutes of extra time
but it was Kenmare who got off to a good start by kicking over a
45. Alan O' Shea replied with a good point from play in the 4th
minute and John D. followed with another one. The score remained 2
points to 1 in Waterville's favour up to half time. Waterville
were again facing into the strong wind for the second period of extra
time. Our boys played some excellent possession football in the
second half and when again John D. kicked over a free in the 7 minute it
left the score 0-03 to 0-01 in our favour. We had weathered the
storm and even though tempers flared a little at this point we
finished the stronger and so go on to the next round.
Final score Waterville 0-18 Kenmare 2-10.
League Div 2 Round 4 19/04/03
Waterville V Dromid Pearses
|In a very sporting game, Waterville collected two badly
needed points in the county league by beating neighbours Dromid Pearses
by 1-15 to 1-09.
Waterville won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first
half. Dromid drew first blood when Kerry star Declan O' Sullivan
kicked over a free. The returned yank Denis Carroll opened
Waterville's account with a point from play in the 7th minute. John
D O' Shea followed with a free but Declan replied with a pointed free in
the 10th minute. That man Carroll pointed in the 13th minute to
leave the score 3 points to 2 points in Waterville's favour. John B
O' Shea then made it 4 points to 2 . Then John D struck for a
goal. Dromid replied with a point from Jamesie O' Sullivan.
John D O' Shea kicked a good point in the 21st minute to make it 1-05 to
0-03 and followed up with a good free. Jamesie O' Sullivan kicked
another good point in the 28th minute and just before half time John B
O' Shea punched a point to leave the score at half time 1-07 to 0-04.
At half time the big talking point was, whether Waterville's lead big
enough as they faced a strong wind in the second half.
Waterville started the second half brightly and Seamus O' Sullivan
kicked an excellent point into the wind from the right hand side.
Alan O' Shea followed up with another good point shortly
afterwards. Dromid replied when Jamesie O' Sullivan kicked his
third point from play to make it 1-09 to 0-05. Colm O'
Connor added a point for Dromid. Many of the breaks around
midfield were being collected by Dromid at this stage and when Dromid
scored another point there was now just 5 points between the
teams. Could Waterville weather the storm or would Dromid Pearses
record their first win over Waterville? Waterville then upped
their game. Denis Dwyer and Seamus O' Sullivan took over around
the middle. Denis Dwyer began to drive through the middle and make
a lot of room for the forwards. John D pointed a free and Keith
Moran kicked two fine points to make it 1-12 to 0-09. Waterville
were looking good now and John D kicked another point in the 28th
minute. Then Mike O' Connor scored a goal for Dromid. But
Waterville finished the stronger with points from Alan O' Shea and John
D O' Shea to leave the final score 1-15 to 1-09.
This was a badly needed win for Waterville who have been going through a
bad patch lately. The team played well as a unit. Gary
Galvin had a busy hour on Declan o' Sullivan but came out with his head
held high. Buddy O' Shea and Mike O' Shea were solid in the back
line and Dan Fitz led by example at centre back. Michael Curran
and Aoghan Courtney were solid in the flanks. Denis Dwyer had a
great game and Seamus O' Sullivan wasn't far behind. Niall Moran
worked hard at centre forward and Keith Moran and Alan O' Shea
formed a hard working half forward line. Denis Carroll had a great
game at corner forward and hopefully he won't rush back to the
States. John D O' Shea was his usual self scoring 1-07. The
man with number 15 on his back John B O' Shea possibly had his best game
yet for Waterville. John has been troubled by serious injury for
the last two years but he has trained very hard and hopefully now things
are falling into place for him. He can look forward with
confidence to the rest of the season.
Overall this was a good sporting game and credit to the referee and both
teams for playing it in the right sporting fashion.
League Div 2 Round 3 13/04/03
Gneeveguilla V Waterville
|In a game played in a continuous downpour in Gneeveguilla,
the home team defeated Waterville by a comfortable six point margin.
Waterville elected to play with the wind in the first half. Gerry
Carroll opened the scoring after five minutes with a good point from
play. Waterville were playing some good football in the opening
fifteen minutes and two more points put then 0-03 to 0-00 ahead.
Gneeveguilla then hit back for two good points. The Moran
brothers, Keith and Niall kicked over two more to leave the score0-05 to
0-0-02. Disaster then struck for Waterville. Buddy O Shea,
Haulie Courtney and Seamus O Shea had to retire injured.
Gneeveguilla struck for a good goal to make the score0-05 to 1-02.
Waterville finished the half with another point but Gneeveguilla got two
more points. At half time the score stood at Waterville 0-06
The second half started with more bad luck for Waterville with John B. O
Shea having to retire through injury. From then on Gneeveguilla
dictated the second half with some good football and kicked points at
will. Waterville's only reply was two pointed frees from Denis O
Dwyer and John D O Shea. Keith Moran was unlucky when a rasping shot came back off
On the day Gneeveguilla were the better team and fully deserved their
Best for Waterville were Gary Galvin in the backs. Denis Dwyer and
Seamus O Sullivan worked hard at midfield and up front Keith Moran and
John D O Shea tried hardest.
Final score Gneeveguilla 1-11 Waterville 0-08
League Div 2 Round 2 30/03/03
Waterville V Milltown/Castlemaine
|This game was played in Waterville in ideal weather
conditions and a light cross wind blowing from the lake. Waterville
decided to play with the breeze.
Milltown opened brightly and got the first score from a free in the
second minute. Alan O' Shea replied swiftly in the 4th minute with
a great point from play. Haulie Courtney made it 0-02 to 0-01 with
a great long range point after a long passing movement. Then in
the 11th minute Denis Dwyer kicked a good point from play to make it
0-03 to 0-01. Waterville played a lot of good football during this
spell but failed to score again until John D O' Shea kicked over a
free. Milltown replied with three pointed frees and John D
finished the half by kicking a point from play. Half time score
Waterville 0-05 Milltown 0-03.
Waterville needed a few more scores in the first half if they were going
to pull anything out of this game. The wind was now getting stronger and
Waterville were finding it hard to make progress.
Milltown began to take control around midfield and began to pick off
points. By the 11th minute Milltown lead by 0-07 to 0-05. In
the 13th minute John D pulled back a point for Waterville, making the
score now 0-07 to 0-06. this proved to be Waterville's last
score. Milltown pulled and ran out easy winners by 0-12 to
0-06. Waterville tried hard right up to the end but Milltown/Castlemaine
were the better team on the day.
Best for Waterville were Bernard Murphy, Mike O Shea, Dan Fitzpatrick
and Gary Galvin who worked hard in an overworked defence. Buddy O Shea
played well at midfield but tired in the second half. Keith Moran,
John D O Shea and Alan O Shea tried hard in the forward line.
League Div 2 Round 1 16/03/03
Spa V Waterville
|Waterville 1-09 Spa 0 - 12
In the first County League game of the year Waterville travelled to Spa
and came away with a draw.
Waterville elected to play with the breeze & dominated the first
half. They lead at half time by 1-09 to 0-01. J.D O Shea
opened the scoring with a fine point in the 4th minute. Buddy O
Shea scored a goal and then Seamus O Sullivan got a point from
play. John D then scored 3 points from frees to put Waterville
leading 1-05 to 0-00 after 20 minutes. Spa then replied with a
pointed free but Waterville finished the half with points from Keith
Moran and J.D. OShea leaving the score at half time Waterville 1-07 Spa
At the start of the second half Spa kicked three wides. Then Alan
O Shea kicked a point for Waterville. Spa then took control and
scored at will kicking 7 points without reply. The score now stood
at 1-08 to 0-08. Alan O Shea scored another point to put
Waterville 4 points up. Spa replied with 3 quick points and
levelled the game with time almost up.
In the end both teams will be happy enough with a draw. Overall this was
a reasonable performance but hopefully we will improve.
Bally/Filemore V Waterville
|Bally/Filemore 5-11 Waterville 0-05
The score line tells the story. Bally/Filemore lead Waterville a
merry dance in Ballinskelligs on Saturday evening. In the first
three minutes Bally missed a penalty, but it mattered little.
Ronan O Connor opened the scoring with a point in the fifth
minute. In the sixth minute Kieran Ctronin soloed through the
Waterville defence for a smashing goal. Ger O Shea made it two
shortly afterwards. Niall Moran pulled a point back for
Waterville. By the twenty sixth minute Bally/F added had added
another three goals to put the game beyond Waterville's reach. Half time
score Bally/F 5-06 Waterville 0-02.
The second half continued much the same way. Waterville upped
their game a little and scored two early points but Bally/F picked off a
couple of points at will and strolled away for a very impressive win.
This Bally/Filemore team is very young and eager and if they can
keep up their form they'll be hard to beat. The home side have a
lot of work to do. Only Seamus O Shea, Dan Fitz, Buddy O Shea,
Alan O Shea and Eoin Moriarty did themselves justice on the day.