Tralee CBS defeated IS Killorglin by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.
Kieran O’Dwyer drives battling Tralee CBS past Killorglin
Report by Cian Locke in the Irish Examiner newspaper
Tralee CBS 2-10 Intermediate School Killorglin 1-10: It took a goal pretty much from nothing to drive them onto victory but Tralee CBS (The Green) were thankful for an improved second-half display in seeing off a spirited IS Killorglin challenge in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney yesterday.
Nine wides proved to be the undoing of the Mid Kerry School as Green mentor Marc Ó Sé, working alongside Mike Tim and Nealie O’Sullivan in looking after the Tralee side, praised the nature of their comeback from a four-point deficit 10 minutes into the second-half.
“There was a huge improvement in our performance in the second-half, Killorglin were all over us in the first-half and were working very hard. Our luck changed, thankfully, and Kieran O’Dwyer drove us on I felt in the second period and the lads got huge encouragement from his leadership. Our second goal was huge as well, Jason (Mortimer) took it brilliantly and it’s great to see him back after having problems with injuries and we hope his brother Sean and Niall O’Mahony can recover from their own injuries before the semi-finals.
“Brandon Paterson, Jack Myers and keeper Shane Foley made some big saves as well and we’re relishing the thought of being in a semi-final. We know we have a lot to improve though and we’ll have to take a good look back on the video, particularly the first-half.”
Trailing 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time and 1-9 to 1-5 in the 40th minute, there didn’t appear to be much on for sub Mortimer when he drove the ball from distance. However, it found its way past Cian O’Sullivan for the Green’s second goal. All-Ireland minor winners Mike Breen and Caoilm Teahan had been very impressive for Killorglin but it was a more effective second-half display from their former Kerry team-mate O’Dwyer that got the Green back in control as his two points put them back ahead three-quarter mark.
The game’s opening two goals had come inside the first five minutes, Gearóid Fitzgerald scoring from Tralee’s first attack in the third minute. But their defence was caught napping at the other end two minutes later, allowing Roan Moriarty tap home.
A 24-minute period without a score in the second-half proved detrimental to Kerry U-21 selector Micheál O’Shea’s Killorglin side however, as Daire Cleary’s 62nd-minute free was purely consolation. However, Diarmuid O’Mahony and Darragh O’Connor had gone close to securing winning goals in the closing stages, but Paterson and goalkeeper Shane Foley stayed firm. At the other end, Cian O’Sullivan did make a decent save from close range to prevent the Green adding a third goal.
A first appearance in a Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final since 2012 now awaits for Tralee CBS, where they will face Colaiste Chriost Ri, their third Cork opposition in the competition.
Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-5, 3f), G Fitzgerald and J Mortimer (1-0 each), K O’Dwyer (0-2), E Greaney, T O’Connor and J O’Connor (0-1 each).
IS Killorglin: P Daly (0-4, 4f), R Moriarty (1-0), M Breen (0-2), C Teahan, P Carey, C Kennedy and D Cleary (f) (0-1 each)
TRALEE CBS: S Foley, B Patterson, T Lynch, J Myers, J Walsh, K Dwyer, A Clifford, J O’Connor, T O’Connor, S Donnellan, T Hoare, D Fitzmaurice, E Greaney, G Fitzgerald, M Kelliher
Subs: J Mortimer for Fitzmaurice (36), M Hoare for Greaney (52) and M Scanlon for Clifford (58).
IS KILORGLIN: C O’Sullivan, D O’Mahony, C Murphy, C Sugrue, D Mangan, P Carey, I McGuillicuddy, M Breen, C Teahan, D Casey, C Kennedy, D Cleary, P Daly (Laune Rangers), R Moriarty, D O’Connor.
Subs: K Fitzpatrick for Mangan (47), E O’Sullivan for Daly (58) and P Daly (Firies) for Casey (60).
Referee: K Walsh (Clare)
When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
Referee – Kevin Walsh (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3
Results to Date
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – I.S. Killorglin 2-14 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-7
Group C Round 3 – I.S. Killorglin 1-12 De La Salle College Macroom 2-8
The all Kerry schools Tralee CBS and IS Killorglin will play to determine which will qualify for this year’s Semi-Finals. Both schools won two and lost one of their Group games played before Christmas. In Group A, Tralee CBS recorded good victories over Coláiste na Sceilge and Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, losing out in round two to St. Francis College Rochestown by three points. A number of the current Tralee CBS side finished as runners-up to St. Brendans Killarney in the 2014/2015 Frewen Cup. Kerry Minor Kieran Dwyer at centre-back and Dual Kerry Minor All-Ireland winner Tomás O’Connor at midfield will lead the Tralee CBS charge for a place in the semi-finals.
I.S. Killorglin on the other hand had a difficult round one assignment, playing the defending champions St. Brendans and losing out by 19 points. Killorglin rebounded from this set-back to record back to back victories over Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon (10 points) and De La Salle College Macroom (1 point) to qualify for the knockout stages in second place in Group C. Ian McGillycuddy’s late goal helped Killorglin to defeat De La Salle College Macroom to ensure qualification for the Quarter-Finals. Patrick Daly and Cian O’Shea combined for 7 points in that game.
Kevin Walsh (Clare) will take charge of this one at 1:30pm on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.