Waterville 2-08 ......
St. Mary's 2-10
In the last minor game of this year Waterville took on the
Mary's on Saturday the twenty ninth of Dec. Cahersiveen had already secured
the championship against Bally/Foilmore and would be anxious to add the
league to their collection. The location was a home game for Waterville
but alas it was the boys from the town who secured victory by a margin
of just two points.
It ws Waterville however who started the stronger and Barry O'Dwyer had
a point in the fourth minute when his initial shot came back off the crossbar.
Three minutes later it was the same player again who lost his marker and
sent a left footed shot between the posts from thirty five metres out.
Alan O'Dwyer made it three points for Waterville in the eight minute with
Cahersiveen yet to score. A minute later it was another O'Dwyer, this
time by the name of Stephen who stuck the ball in net with a terrific
right footed strike and the local boys were six points in front.
Cahersiveen's Paul O'Donoghue opened his sides account in the twelfth
minute but immediately Waterville's Stephen O'Dwyer replied with two points
and Donncha Fenton had another to open an eight point advantage for their
team. Lively corner forward Seán Cournane for Cahersiveen had a
second for his side and three minutes later the same player latched on
to a ball close to the Waterville goal area and made no mistake from close
range. With five minutes left in the half Paul O'Donoghue and Stephen O'Dwyer
both scored from placed balls.
With three minutes left in the half careless defending allowed Mary's
Daniel Daly to shoot to the Waterville net to reduce the margin to a single
point at the break.
It would be an uphill battle for Waterville in the second half facing
into a considerable breeze. Paul O'Donoghue had the sides level two minutes
into the second half and Sane Horgan nudged Cahersiveen in front three
minutes later. Waterville's defence came under severe pressure and Seán
Cournane extended Cahersiveen's lead to two points in the eight minute.
Stephen O'Dwyer reduced the margin to one point two minutes later but
Shane Horgan restored the margin immediately. The game was slipping away
from the boys in red but in a rare attack the ball came to Niall Fitzgerald
who finished to the Cahersiveen net. This was to be Waterville's las score
while Cahersiveen went on to score three more points and annex the league
to the minor championship.
Well done to both teams for a sporting game of Gaelic football and we
extend our congratulations to the Mary's on their fine achievements this
Team: Sheera O'Connell, Dean Murphy, Oran Clifford, Adrian Walsh , Alan
O'Dwyer(0-01), Shane Curran, Niall Fitzgerald(1-00), Daniel O'Dwyer, Ger
O'Grady, Donncha Fenton(0-01), Micheál Cronin, Stephen O'Dwyer(1-04),
Subs Used: Seán Cathal O'Sullivan
Subs: Conor Daly
South Kerry Senior Championship 2007
Waterville 0-05 Skellig Rangers 1-04
In a repeat of last year's South Kerry Final pairing Waterville played
hosts to current champions Skellig Rangers in the quarter final of this
year's competition. Conditions were extremely breezy but thankfully the
hail and rain held off for the duration of play.
Rangers had wind advantage in the first half and Paul McGill got the scoring started with a point with his left foot in the first minute.
In spite of the conditions both sets of players coped reasonably well and the next score came in the ninth minute when a ball into the Waterville end of the pitch was pulled on by Seán Courtney and put Rangers 1-01 ahead. What a crucial score that proved to be!
Waterville defended doggedly and were awarded a free forty metres from
the Rangers goal. Denis O'Dwyer took the kick. The ball came to Keith
Moran who pointed from close range. This was to be Waterville's only score
of the half while Rangers pointed three frees in the final few minutes
of the half. This gave them a six point lead going into the break but
would it be enough?
Denis O'Carroll had the first score of the second half for Watewrville
after collecting a cross field pass from Alan O'Shea. Scores were difficult
to come by for both teams but Waterville did manage to tag on three more
points while Rangers failed to score again.
Waterville had enough chances but poor shooting cost them dearly and Lady Luck also failed to smile on them on this occasion.
So ended this year's football campaign.
Players and management can now look forward to a well deserved rest. We thank them all and acknowledge their huge committment right through the long year, both in time and effort. We look forward to the new season in 2008.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Michael Curran, Seamus O'Sullivan, Gearoid O'Sullivan, Alan O'Shea, Denis O'Dwyer, Denis O'Carroll(0-01), John B O'Shea, Patrick Curran(0-03, 1 free), Keith Moran(0-01)
Subs Used: John D O'Shea, Brendan O'Shea, Fergal Cronin, Donncha Fenton
Subs: Ciarán Dennehy, Fenton Daly, Daniel O'Dwyer, Mike O'Shea, Dean Murphy, Sheera O'Connell, Danny Walsh, Adrian Walsh, Shane Curran.
Management: John Galvin, Mike Keating, Mike O'Dwyer & John O'Sullivan
South Kerry Senior Championship 2007
Waterville 0-12 .................. Valentia 1-07
Seamus O'Sullivan and Barry Murphy can always claim to have been the two first captains to lead their respective teams from Waterville's new dressing rooms which were used for the first time on Saturday 24th November 2007.
In this preliminary game of the South Kerry Senior Championship Waterville played hosts to Valentia. This was a repeat of last year's first round when Waterville just pulled through by a single point. Would this year be any different?
After a very damp start to the day conditions improved for the game and Waterville played into the lake goal in the first half. Valentia's John Shanahan got the scoring started after just six minutes but Waterville's Denis O'Dwyer replied immediately with a point after taking a clever cross field pass from John B O'Shea.
A minute later Waterville were awarded a close in free when referee Lynch spotted that Alan O'Shea's jersey was being stretched by his immediate marker. Patrick Curran nudged Waterville in front with the resultant free. It was Curran again two minutes later who pointed another free after a foul on himself having made a strong run down the left side.
Waterville were beginning to get on top but it took until the sixteenth minute for the next score. It came from the left boot of Keith Moran who kicked a wonderful point from all of forty metres and followed a minute later with another from close range. Valentia had a great chance of goaling in the twentieth minute but luckily for Waterville the chance went a begging. John Shanahan trimmed back Waterville's lead with a point from close range two minutes later but centre back Gary Galvin responded with a fine long range effort immediately afterwards. Both sides exchanged points before the break leaving Waterville with a four point lead and looking comfortable.
Within ten minutes of the restart Waterville had extended their lead to six points through the boots of Patrick Curran and Alan O'Shea and Curran tagged on another shortly afterwards through a free after a foul on Gearóid O'Sullivan.
In an effort to stem the tide Valentia then introduced seasoned campaigner John Daly to their attack and it didn't take him long to make an impact. Some sloppy Waterville defending allowed Daly to poke the ball into the net and reduce the deficit to four points again. Valentia now played with a new vigour with Waterville playing second fiddle in most sectors.
With six minutes left in the game a single point separated the sides but again Patrick Curran pointed for Waterville from thirty metres out on the right side. On the stroke of thirty minutes Brian Murphy pegged the margin to a point again. Referee Lynch then threw up the ball after Waterville were deemed to be too slow in taking a free thirty metres out, near the new dressing rooms sideline. Seamus O'Sullivan jumped, caught, turned and kicked the ball straight between the uprights to raise the white flag for the final score of the game and give Waterville victory by two points.
Waterville face Skellig Rangers on Saturday next at two o'clock in Waterville in the next round.
Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin(0-01), Michael Curran, Seamus O'Sullivan(0-01), Gearoid O'Sullivan, Alan O'Shea(0-01), Denis O'Dwyer(0-01), Denis O'Carroll, John B O'Shea, Patrick Curran(0-06, 4 frees), Keith Moran(0-02)
Subs Used: Fergal Cronin
Subs: Ciarán Dennehy, Donncha Fenton, Fenton Daly, Daniel O'Dwyer, Mike O'Shea, Brendan O'Shea, Dean Murphy, Sheera O'Connell, Danny Walsh
South Kerry Minor Semi-Final 2007
Waterville 1-09 Ballinskelligs / Foilmore 3-04
The old adage that goals win games certainly proved to be true at Con Keating Park on Saturday November 17 th when Waterville and St Michaels/ Foilmore contested the South Kerry minor semi-final.
This was a game that certainly didn't lack atmosphere, tension and entertainment
and in the final moments either side would have gladly settled for a draw.
St Michaels/Foilmore's desperate drive for victory paid dividends with
a well-struck goal six minutes into added time and saw Waterville relinquish
their minor title by a single point.
In the early stages of the game Waterville were well on top and seemed
to be heading for a comfortable victory. They led by five clear points
until the twenty eight minute when Éanna O'Connor had St Michaels/Foilmore's
first point from a free. Then just before the stroke of half time a long
ball into the Waterville goal area was finished to the net by Brian Smith.
Suddenly, Bally/Foilmore were back in business and the game was wide open
Immediately after half time Éanna O'Connor levelled the scores
but again Stephen O'Dwyer nudged Waterville in front with a close in free.
In the seventh minute Bally/Foilmore lost the services of Cian O'Connor
but this seemed to lift the efforts of his team mates and brother Éanna
had the ball in the Waterville net seconds later. They followed up with
two quick points all in the space of five minutes.
Waterville were now facing an uphill battle and trailed by 0-06 to 2-04.
An outstanding free by Seán Cathal O'Sullivan from all of forty
six metres reduced the margin to three points and the same player kicked
a point from play to further reduce the margin with just six minutes left
in ordinary time.
With two minutes remaining it looked like Waterville's reign as champions
was over but persistence paid off when a ball into the Bally/Foilmore
goal area was pulled on by Adrian Walsh and Waterville went a point in
front. Victory seemed assured when dead ball expert Seán Cathal
O'Sullivan extended the lead to two points a minute into injury time.
But there was still a twist in the tale when poor Waterville defending
allowed Brian Smith in for a winning goal well into stoppage time to rescue
victory for the boys of Ballinskelligs and Foilmore.
In truth neither side deserved to lose but that's sport.
Team: Sheera O'Connell, Dean Murphy, Oran Clifford, Niall Fitzgerald,
Alan O'Dwyer, Shane Curran, Sean Cathal O'Sullivan(0-03, 2 frees), Daniel
O'Dwyer, Ger O'Grady, Donncha Fenton, Adrian Walsh(1-00), Stephen O'Dwyer(0-06,
4 frees), Barry O'Dwyer.
Under 16 County Divisional Final
South Kerry 2-08 ...... Mid Kerry 0-08
The South Kerry Under 16s, under the guidance of John O'Dwyer, took on Mid Kerry in the County Final Replay on Sunday last as a curtain raiser to the senior final. Unfortunately, they were without the services of midfielder Greg Gibson who was injured in the minor game versus Portmagee.
Conditions were damp and greasy but these young players adapted well and in spite of Mid Kerry getting off the mark with an early point South Kerry struck back with a goal from Éanna O'Connor after eight minutes which kept his side in touch.
Mid Kerry were having the better of matters in defence until the switching of Niall O'Shea and Stephen O'Dwyer. Immediately, the South Kerry machine kicked into action and they led by 1-04 to 0-05 at half time.
Max Thiemann was a colossus at midfield for South Kerry and the elusive Barry O'Dwyer was rampant in attack, capping off a terrific performance by lobbing the Mid Kerry goalie and finishing to the net.
The South Kerry defence, midfield and six forwards showed there's a fine crop of young players on the way up and we can look forward to seeing them play a the highest level in the future.
A special well done to Niall Fitzgerald, Stepnen O'Dwyer(0-02), Barry O'Dwyer(1-02), Greg Gibson and Seán C O'Sullivan.
Minor Championship 2007
Waterville 2-16 Skellig Rangers 3-06
In a repeat of last year’s South Kerry Final pairing Waterville made the trip to Portmagee to defend their minor title. Conditions were perfect and the local club had the pitch in first class order.
Waterville were first off the mark with a Stephen O'Dwyer point but
Ranger's Daniel O'Sullivan replied immediately to level affairs. With
just five minutes gone Rangers were a point ahead on the score line of
three points to two. A minute later we almost had the first goal of the
game but Barry O'Dwyer's shot came off the right upright and was cleared
by the Rangers defence. The sides were level again in the seventh minute
when Seán Cathal O'Sullivan stroked a forty five between the posts
with ease and showed that the art of kicking the dead ball from the ground
is alive and well in Inchees.
Daniel Dwyer sent Waterville into the lead again midway through the
half but again Rangers levelled immediately. Both teams were playing well
and in the sixteenth minute Waterville got the breakthrough they needed
when wing forward Ger Grady rattled Portmagee's net from a difficult angle
on the right side. Joy however turned to despair when Rangers had the
ball in the net within seconds through the boot of Ciarán Keating.
Three minutes later Rangers were awarded a penalty, which was duly converted,
and now Portmagee were in the driving seat and led by 2-04 to 1-04. Before
the break Waterville pulled back two points to trail by just a single
point. The gap might have been wider but for the alertness of keeper Sheera
O'Connell who saved a point blank shot a minute into injury time.
Portmagee were first to score after the restart with a point from the
classy Ciarán Keating within the first minute and then Waterville
were awarded a penalty of their own but Donncha Fenton's shot went over
the bar. Stephen O'Dwyer had the sides level in the eight minute and Fenton
made amends for the penalty miss in the eleventh minute with a goal after
good work by Sean Cathal and the lively Barry O'Dwyer. Waterville upped
a gear from then on and went on to score points with ease. Rangers were
thrown a life line in the twenty fourth minute when Gerard Walsh raised
the green flag but it was all too little and Waterville ran out comfortable
winners in the end.
Team: Sheera O'Connell, Dean Murphy, Niall Fitzgerald, Sean Cathal O'Sullivan(0-02),
Alan O'Dwyer, Shane Curran, Greg Gibson(0-01), Daniel O'Dwyer(0-01), Ger
O'Grady(1-01), Donncha Fenton(1-04), Adrian Walsh, Stephen ODwyer(0-05),
Waterville played well overall even though they were a little slow to
get going. The backs were solid and Dean Murphy in particular gave a "Man
of the Match" performance. Best wishes to midfielder Greg Gibson
for a speedy recovery after sustaining an injury in added time.
Junior Championship Final 2007
Waterville 1-08................. Skellig Rangers 1-11
Waterville's hopes of recapturing the Junior Championship trophy were dashed at Cahersiveen on Saturday 20th of October by Skellig Rangers.
After a promising start when they raced into a two points lead Portmagee settled and tightened up in their defence. Twenty minutes into the game the sides were level at three points each with both sides playing good football. By the break Rangers had nudged ahead by a single point on the scoreline of 0-04 to 0-05.
John B O'Shea had the sides level just twenty seconds into the second half but by the tenth minute Rangers had added 1-02 and the game was slipping away from Waterville. Suddenly they were five points behind and to make matters worse Rangers added another point in the eleventh minute.
Waterville didn't throw in the towel and picked off a few points and when defender Daniel O'Dwyer fisted the ball to the Rangers net with six minutes remaining hopes and hearts were again lifted. The margin was down to just a point but Portmagee however had the greater staying power and added two more points before the final whistle to run out deserving winners.
Waterville 0-15 .................... Sneem 2-04
In a keenly contested game at home Waterville played host to Sneem. Conditions were excellent with the playing surface in top class condition.
Sneem were first off the mark with an early point via a free from the boot of Ronan Hussey.
Waterville's John D. O'Shea came close in the fifth minute but his shot
from the left was just wide of the left upright.
The placing of Seamus O'Sullivan at the fringe of the square was causing
trouble to the Sneem defence and in the sixth minute that player opened
Waterville's account with a clinical point. Straight from the kick out
the ball broke at midfield and was picked up by Donncha Fenton who found
O'Sullivan again; he in turn off-loaded to the in-form Alan O'Shea who
kicked a fine point.
Waterville had the upper hand in most sectors and by the tenth minute had a three-point lead.
Midway through the half Sneem had their second point through Brendan Galvin.
Waterville continued to dominate and scored four more points to Sneem's
two before half time (0-08 to 0-04)
With just seven minutes gone in the second half Waterville had added three more points and looked like they were heading for a comfortable win but Sneem were thrown a life line in the ninth minute when awarded a penalty for a leg block, which Ronan Hussey dispatched to the net.
It was almost ten minutes before the next score, which came from the boot of Haulie Courtney after a foul on the busy Keith Moran.
With less than seven minutes left in the game the classy Ronan Hussey eluded the Waterville defence and rifled an unstoppable shot to the net.Suddenly the margin was just three points.
Waterville stayed calm however and added two more points before the final whistle.
This win eased Waterville's relegation worries and was a major improvement
on recent performances.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney (0-04 frees), Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Michael Curran, Paul Galvin, Gearoid O'Sullivan, Alan O'Shea (0-04), Keith Moran (0-02), Donncha Fenton (0-01), John B O'Shea, Seamus O'Sullivan (0-02), John D O'Shea (0-02 frees)
Waterville 0-05 ..................... St. Michaels/Foilmore 2-10
For various reasons Waterville had to field without a number of their regulars for this encounter with league leaders St Michaels/Foilmore. The early signs pointed pointed to a Bally/Foilmore victory when in the first minute a harmless enough James O’Shea kick towards goal somehow managed to evade the grasp of Waterville goalkeeper Murphy and ended up just under the bar in the net, to the dismay of the men in red.
This was the boost that the current County League leaders St Michaels/ Foilmore needed and they went on to control most of the remainder of the game. Midway through the half they led by 1-05 with Waterville yet to score.
Trouble for Waterville became disaster in the twentieth minute when some
good combination Michaels/Foilmore play saw Cian O'Connor deliver an excellent
ball to the inrushing Sean Fogarty, who made no mistake from close range.
Waterville did redeem themselves somewhat before the break with two John
D O'Shea points and Bernard Murphy made up for his earlier error with
a terrific save from point blank range on the stroke of half time.
Paul Galvin won the throw in for the restart and was fouled, Gearoid O'Sullivan
took the free quickly to John D O'Shea in the left corner who coolly kicked
the ball over the bar….all in just twenty seconds. This was as
good as it got for the home team and though they did manage to score another
two points before the final whistle Michaels/Foilmore went on to notch
up another five and won comfortably in the end.
Team: Bernard Murphy,, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Daniel O'Dwyer, Michael Curran, Gearoid O'Sullivan, Cornac O'Sullivan, Denis O'Carroll, Donncha Fenton, John B O'Shea, Paul Galvin, John D O'Shea
Scorers: John D O'Shea 0-03, John B. O'Shea 0-02
St Michaels/Foilmore: James O'Shea 1-07, Seán Fogarty 1-00, Bernard
Kelly 0-01, David King 0-01, Cian O'Connor 0-01
Intermediate Shield (Sat 16h June, 2007)
Waterville 1-17 .... Spa 1-07
In the Intermediate Shield, a new competition for teams defeated in the first round of the Intermediate Championship, Waterville played hosts to Spa.
The game started at a lively pace and Spa's Paul Cronin was first to raise
the white flag for his team after just twenty five seconds. Waterville
got on top around the midfield area with Seamus O'Sullivan in particular
fielding with authority, ably supported by younger brother Gearoid, who
also notched up two points in the first half.
By the end of the first period Waterville were just in front by a single point at 0-06 to 0-05.
The second half saw Waterville playing into the Beenbane end and Keith Moran opened the scoring with a point after just twenty seconds. The home side began to play quick ball to the forwards and it certainly paid dividends. After just ten minutes of the half Waterville had added another six points to their tally. Patrick Curran was in sparkling form and created havoc among the Spa defence and in the process kicked six points.
Spa didn't throw in the towel and pulled back two points in the eleventh
and fifteenth minute but by then the gap was too wide.
Waterville went on to score five more points before the final whistle
and Spa's young, lively corner forward Cian Tobin scored what proved to
be Spa's final score, a goal in the twentieth minute.
This was a fine sporting encounter with both teams serving up good football.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Mike Curran, Seamus O'Sullivan (0-01), Gearoid O'Sullivan (0-02), Alan O'Shea (0-04), Denis O'Carroll (0-01), Keith Moran (0-01), Donncha Fenton (0-01), Patrick Curran (0-06)), John B O'Shea (0-01)
Sub Used: Niall Moran
County League (May 26th, 2007)
Waterville 0-07 ............. John Mitchels 1-02
In damp weather conditions at Waterville on Saturday 26th May, the locals played hosts to John Mitchels in round five of the county league.
Mitchels hoped to improve their points tally in this year's competition
while Waterville needed to improve on their recent performances having
gained just four points from a possible eight.
Mitchels had the first opportunity to score in the first minute but free-taker Aidan Moynihan sent his shot just wide of the posts.
In the early stages all the play was going Waterville's way with some
good intelligent ball being played to the inside forward line and when
Donncha Fenton was fouled Patrick Curran took a quick free to Keith Moran
who in turn found Alan O'Shea in an unmarked position. O'Shea took his
opportunity with ease and opened Waterville's account. It was O'Shea again
in the ninth minute who notched up another Waterville point after some
wonderful team play in the forward line.
It was all Waterville now but the scoreboard wasn't reflecting their overall
supremacy. By the fifteenth minute Waterville might have had four goals
but credit must go to the Mitchel's keeper for keeping his side in the
game. Indeed, Mitchels might have had a goal in the sixteenth minute but
the ball came back off the post and was cleared to safety by the Waterville
With ten minutes left in the half Waterville had gone two further points ahead and looked like winning comfortably. Seven minutes before the break Mitchels Damien McGinty kicked a fine left footed point to open Mitchels account. Keith Moran finished the scoring with a minute left in the first half and Waterville went to the break four points up but in truth should have had the game wrapped up. The half time score was Waterville 0-05 to Mitchels 0-01.
Within four minutes of the restart Waterville were awarded a free, which
Patrick Curran kicked to the in-rushing Seamus O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan
steadied himself and extended the home side's lead by another point.
The remainder of the second half was a drab affair with numerous wrong options taken by both sides. Mitchels never looked like they were going to cause an upset but Waterville never availed of the opportunity of putting the game beyond their reach.
With five minutes left in the game Mitchels had still but a single point but then a free from Stephen McGinty and a penalty deep in injury time boosted their score to 1-02.
This game won't go down as a classic but nevertheless is a boost to Waterville's
chances of maintaining their division two status but pushes Mitchels further
into relegation territory.
Team: Ciarán Dennehy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Mike Shea, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Haulie Courtney (0-01 free), Seamus O'Sullivan (0-01), Gearoid O'Sullivan , Alan O'Shea (0-02), Michael Curran, Keith Moran (0-01), Donncha Fenton, Patrick Curran (0-02)), John B O'Shea
Sub Used: Denis O'Carroll
South Kerry League Semi-Final (May 12th 2007)
Waterville 0-14 ....... St Marys 0-13
Waterville have reached the first senior final of the new football season
after defeating St Mary's at Waterville on Saturday 12 th of May.
Conditions were ideal for football and both sets of players served up a good competitive game.
Waterville won the throw in and immediately delivered a quick ball to the forward line. Patrick Curran got possession and was fouled. He took the free himself and scored the opening point of the game. …all within the first thirty seconds.
Waterville were on top in the possession stakes and a wonderful move started
by corner back Kevin O'Dwyer, involving a number of players, was finished
by wing back Haulie Courtney who kicked a top class point.
A careless free kick gave possession to Mary's and the ball was driven
towards the Waterville end. Cahersiveen were awarded a free which county
player Brian Sheehan kicked over.
Immediately, Patrick Curran had one back for Waterville and the same player
extended the home lead after taking a cross-field pass from Denis O'Carroll.
Waterville might have had goals in the twentieth and twenty fourth minute
but good fortune and the alertness of Mary's defender Aidan O'Sullivan
limited the damage to just two points.
The last ten minutes of the half produced six points with Cahersiveen
coming to terms with the game and reduced Waterville's lead to two points.
(0-07 to 0-05) at the interval
Cahersiveen were level within four minutes of the restart through Brian
Sheehan and John Donovan. Mary's Niall O'Driscoll was winning a lot of
ball and setting up numerous attacks while Waterville's Alan O'Shea was
making a huge contribution around the midfield and forward area and capped
it with a hard won punched point in the ninth minute. O'Driscoll pulled
a point back again but Waterville went three ahead again through Patrick
Curran and Haulie Courtney.
Cahersiveen persisted and reduced the deficit to the minimum with just
two minutes left in normal time but instantly a wonderful point by Patrick
Curran from a difficult angle doubled the home side's cushion to two points.
There was still more drama to come with both teams piling on the pressure
and scoring two points apiece before the final whistle. Waterville held
out and will contest this year's South Kerry League Final.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Mike Shea, Alan O'Dwyer, Gary Galvin, Haulie Courtney, Seamus O'Sullivan , Gearoid O'Sullivan , Alan O'Shea , Denis O'Carroll, Keith Moran, Fergal Cronin, Patrick Curran (5 frees), John B O'Shea
Subs Used: Daniel O'Dwyer, Danny Walsh
Scorers for Waterville: Patrick Curran 0-09 (5 frees), Haulie Courtney 0-02, Keith Moran, Alan Shea and Fergal Cronin a point each.
For Cahersiveen : Brian Sheehan 0-08 all frees, Austin Constable 0-02 (1 free), Dermot Walsh, John Donovan and Niall O’Driscoll a point each.
Intermediate Championship (April 29th, 2007 @ Waterville)
Waterville 0-08 .......... Duagh 1-08
After the disappointment of losing to eventual All Ireland Champions
Ardfert in last year's Intermediate Championship after a replay, Waterville
were hoping to go one better this year but visitors Duagh, last year's
Junior Champs, shattered that hope and go on to contest the next round
of the competition.
It was Duagh's keeper John Halpin who set the tone in the fifth minute
when saving from close range from Waterville's Keith Moran. Eventually,
after a number of good chances Alan O'Shea got the scoring started after
good industry by Kevin O'Dwyer, Gearóid O'Sullivan and Keith Moran.
Duagh's outstanding Alan O'Brien levelled three minutes later with a wonderful
point from forty metres.
Waterville, however, were having the better of affairs but failed to capitalise
by putting scores on the board. A defensive error midway through the first
half allowed Duagh's Colm Horgan in for what proved to be a valuable goal.
This was followed by a Duagh point from the boot of Seán Broderick.
Patrick Curran had a point from a free in the eighteenth minute after
a foul on himself but again Duagh's Thomas Dillon kicked a free after
a foul on Tom Scanlon.
Patrick Curran and Sean Broderick exchanged points and deep into injury
time Waterville's Michael Curran kicked a fine point to leave the half
time score Waterville 0-04 ….Duagh 1-04.
Duagh looked the more composed team at the break while Waterville were finding it more difficult to play fluid composed football.
Patrick Curran reduced his side's deficit to two points three minutes
into the second half after a foul on Alan O'Shea but Duagh's Tom Dillon
added two points almost immediately. Ten minutes into the half Waterville
were awarded a close in free but Patrick Curran's effort was deflected
out for a forty five. Waterville did notch up three more points before
the final whistle but Duagh's Brendan O'Brien and Tom Dillon ensured victory
and secured Duagh's passage to the next round of the competition.
Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Haulie Courtney, Mike Curran (0-01), Gary Galvin, Alan O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Sullivan , Gearoid O'Sullivan , Alan O'Shea (0-01), Denis O'Carroll, Denis Donnelly ( 1 free), Patrick Curran (5 frees), Keith Moran, Fergal Cronin.
Subs Used: Danny Walsh, Darren Riordan, John B. O'Shea
Beale 2-14 ........... Waterville 1-11
Waterville made the long trip to Ballybunion to take on Beale in this back game of the County League but alas came away without any of the spoils.
Right from the throw in Seamus O'Sullivan sent a long ball to Denis O'Dwyer
who was fouled and Patrick Curran sent the free kick between the posts.
Three minutes later it was Curran again who doubled Waterville's tally
after a foul on Gearóid O'Sullivan and Alan O'Shea made it three
after good combined football involving Gearóid O'Sullivan, Patrick
Curran, Fergal Cronin and Seamus O'Sullivan.
This was a wonderful start but Beale had levelled in the following five
minutes through Tom Hayes and Ogie Horgan but again Waterville edged ahead
via good scores from Gearóid O'Sullivan and Patrick Curran.
By the twenty second minute Waterville went four points in front and were
playing well but Beale reduced the deficit to two points by half time.
Waterville 0-07 ….Beale 0-05.
Seamus O'Sullivan won the ball from the throw in and delivered to Denis
O'Dwyer whose shot for a score came back off the cross bar but the alert
Alan O'Shea was first to react and stuck the ball into the back of the
net. Ian Blake and James McMahon pulled two points back for Beale almost
immediately and then disaster struck when a harmless ball was mishandled
by a Waterville defender and Hayes accepted the gift and goaled for Beale.
The teams were now level and Ian Blake and Denis O'Carroll exchanged points
but it was Beale’s Tom Hayes who edged his side in front with a
good point from forty metres.
With a little over twelve minutes left in the game Barry Mahony was fouled and a penalty awarded after a mix up in the Waterville defence and Ian Blake made no mistake with the resultant kick. Beale finished the stronger but Waterville deserved more out of this game. But for the few lapses in defence the points would have been secured.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Gary Galvin, Seamus O'Shea, Mike O'Shea, Kevin O'Dwyer, Mike Curran (0-01), Alan O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Sullivan (0-01), Gearoid O'Sullivan (0-01), Alan O'Shea (1-01), Denis O'Carroll (0-01), Denis Donnelly, Patrick Curran (0-06, 5 frees), Denis O'Dwyer, Fergal Cronin.
Sub Used: Darren Riordan
Waterville 1-06 .............. Dromid Pearses 1-08
In this local derby the visitors Dromid came out on top and deservedly
bagged two County League points. They played the more controlled and clinical
football and were far more direct in their play. The game was keenly contested
but was marred by numerous stoppages. It wont go down as a classic contest
but Dromid won't mind, as the spoils are theirs.
Waterville had the first scoring opportunity but Patrick Curran's shot
for a point came back off the upright. It was Dromid's Declan O'Sullivan
who had the first point through a free after six minutes. Waterville were
guilty of numerous missed chances and it was Dromid's Pádraig Sheehan
who made a sally down the left from half back line, let fly with a left
footed kick towards the Waterville goal from an acute angle and the ball
ended up in the Waterville net. This was somewhat against he run of play
but scores win games as Waterville learned to their cost.
Finally Waterville got off the mark in the eleventh minute through Seamus
O'Sullivan and Alan O'Shea doubled their tally six minutes later after
a good pass from Patrick Curran.
We had no more scores in the first half but Waterville's Denis Donnelly
was unlucky to see his shot for a point come back off the cross bar and
Patrick Curran sent a penalty just wide of the left upright. The half
time score was Waterville 0-02 to Dromid's 1-01.
Within two minutes of the restart the sides were level but immediately
Declan O'Sullivan edged Dromid in front again through a free and in the
next ten minutes Dromid added another four points without reply. The game
was slipping away from Waterville and their indiscipline caused referee
Lyne to move the ball forward on numerous occasions, which Dromid capitalised
on. Dromid were five points ahead and victory was all but assured,
Denis O'Dwyer picked off a wonderful point mid way through the half and
followed up five minutes later by deflecting the ball to the net after
Trojan work by Gearóid O'Sullivan along the end line. The game
was again wide open but again the stylish Dromid half back Pádraig
Sheehan kicked a glorious point for his side to increase the Dromid margin
to two points.
With two minutes left Patrick Curran kicked a free and Waterville went all out to salvage the game but again it was Dromid who scored and they went on to win by two points.
Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Mike O'Shea, Alan O'Dwyer,
Mike Curran, Haulie Courtney, Seamus O'Sullivan, Denis Donnelly , Gearoid
O'Sullivan, Denis O'Dwyer, Alan O'Shea, Patrick Curran, Paul Galvin, Keith
Subs Used: Denis O'Carroll, Fergal Cronin, Gary Galvin
Scorers: Denis O'Dwyer 1-01, Patrick Curran 0-02 (1 free), Seamus O'Sullivan,
Alan O'Shea and Haulie Courtney (1 free) a point each.
Waterville 2-08.................. Currow 1-10
Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat best describes how this game finished in sun-drenched Waterville on Sunday. March 25 th. Neither side would have refused a draw in the final moments but for once Lady Luck smiled on the Lakesiders.
Waterville played into the Beenbane end against the breeze in the first
half but it was Currow's John Buckley who had the first score after just
three minutes. Patrick Curran levelled with a free after a foul on himself
and a minute later Denis O'Dwyer was unfortunate to see his effort for
a point come back off the upright.
Then in a matter of five minutes Currow turned on the style and cut through
the Waterville defence with relative ease and notched up three further
points. Then, somewhat against the run of play Waterville were back in
the game. Midfielder Seamus O'Sullivan sent in a high ball, which was
broken by Patrick Curran to Gearóid O''Sullivan. O'Sullivan found
the unmarked Keith Moran in space. Moran made no mistake and netted from
close range. The teams were now level again but it was Currow's John Buckley
who nudged his side in front midway through the half with a free from
in front of goal about thirty metres out. Just three minutes later the
sides were again deadlocked when a fisted effort by Alan O'Shea came back
off the crossbar and was cleared by the Currow defence but only to Waterville's
Seamus O'Sullivan who rifled a sweet point from thirty five metres out
on the right.
The concluding five minutes of the half belonged to Currow who fired over three points without reply and led by 0-08 to 1-02 at half time.
Waterville had breeze assistance for the second period and within six
minutes were again on level terms and went a point in front through a
Patrick Curran free after a foul on Denis O'Carroll. In the ninth minute
Currow should have netted but the ball was sent well wide of the target.
Midway through the half they made no mistake after some excellent interplay
the ball ended up in the Waterville net. Currow were again in the driving
seat and added another point two minutes later.
Waterville were struggling to stay in touch but wing back Haulie Courtney got his name on the score sheet with a wonderful solo effort from near the village side line to reduce the margin to just two points.
With seven minutes left in the game Currow extended their lead to three
but a minute later Denis O'Dwyer kicked a long range free from all of
forty five metres to again reduce the lead to two points.
With less than two minutes left in the game Waterville made an all out
assault to try to rescue the game and it certainly paid off. At the end
of the move was Fergal Cronin who found the former county minor captain
Patrick Curran who finished to the Currow net. This was a cruel blow for
the visitors. Waterville were in front by the minimum and despite the
gallant Currow efforts Waterville held out to win and maintain their unbeaten
run so far in this year's County League.
Team: Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Mike O'Shea, Alan O'Dwyer, Mike Curran, Haulie Courtney, Seamus O'Sullivan(0-01), Denis Donnelly , Keith Moran (1-00), Denis O'Dwyer (0-02 ,1 free), Alan O'Shea (0-01), Patrick Curran (1-03, 2 frees), Gearóid O'Sullivan, Paul Galvin
Subs Used: Fergal Cronin, Danny Walsh, Denis O'Carroll, Donncha Fenton
Waterville 1-10 St. ..........St. Mary's, Cahersiveen 1-04
The new County League season kicked off on St. Patrick's Day at Waterville. St Mary's were entitled to home venue but due to their pitch being unplayable the fixture took place at Waterville.
Waterville had the first opportunity to score after just twenty seconds when corner forward, J. B. O'Shea went close from out on the right. It was Mary's Austin Constable however who registered the first score in the third minute with a free, twenty five metres out in front of goal. Two minutes later Waterville's full forward Gearoid O'Sullivan levelled affairs with a fine kick to split the posts after a pass from Alan O'Shea.
Waterville were creating the better opportunities but frustratingly were kicking wides from scorable positions.
After fifteen minutes Waterville were four points to two ahead and then Mary's were awarded a free on the right, thirty metres out from the corner flag. Austin Constable again took the kick and sent the ball across the face of the Waterville goal. The defence failed to secure possession and after a goal mouth scramble Cahersiveen forward Vincent Moriarty finished to the Waterville net. Suddenly, Cahersiveen were in front and a possible upset was in store as Waterville would face the considerable breeze in the second half ?. The men in red didn't panic and by half time had gone into the lead again by a margin of two points. The half time score was Waterville 0-07 to Mary's 1-02.
saw the introduction of Paul Galvin to the local lineout but Waterville would face the elements. In the ninth minute Denis Donnelly latched on to a poor clearance from the Cahersiveen defence and slotted to the net. This was a huge boost and almost immediately Patrick Curran collected a long ball from mid fielder Seamus O'Sullivan and kicked another point. Five minutes later it could have been two goals for Waterville but Cahersiveen keeper Sheehan pulled off a wonderful save from Seamus O'Sullivan.
Waterville were now in command and went on to win comfortably in the end on the score line of 1-10 to 1-04
Team: Bernard Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Shea, Mike O'Shea, Alan O'Dwyer, Mike Curran, Haulie Courtney, Seamus O'Sullivan(0-01), Denis Donnelly (1-0), Keith Moran (0-01), Denis O'Dwyer (0-01), Alan O'Shea (0-01), Patrick Curran (0-05, 3 frees), Gearóid O'Sullivan ( 0-01), J.B O'Shea
Subs Used: Paul Galvin, Fergal Cronin, Danny Walsh, Denis O'Carroll