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Derrynane Sneem 2.08 Scartaglen 0.11 - 24 March 07

Derrynane/Sneem and Scartaglen Minors produced a thrilling clash in Derrynane last Saturday evening. Derrynane/Sneem won by a single goal courtesy of a cracking goal from Ian Galvin in the final minute. Both sides had started brightly, but Scartaglen began to assert themselves as the half wore on and went in 7 points to 4 up at half-time.In this period Denis O'Sullivan was at the heart of all the hosts' best moves, providing the passes for points from Ian Galvin and Cian Boland and scoring one long range free himself.Ian Galvin also pointed a free. In the second half the visitors attacked strongly and put over some fine points.  J.J. O'Sullivan was having a stormer in the heart of the home defence and helped to stem the tide. Derrynane/Sneem stayed in touch through a Denis O'Sullivan free and a fine goal from Liam O'Sullivan which was well made by the impressive Michael O'Connor. Pointed frees from Ian Galvin meant that there was nothing in it, but the visitors' Pat O'Sullivan ran rampant for a while scoring some fine points and it looked like victory would be theirs. Until that goal. Ian Galvin won the ball far out and fed Denis O'Sullivan who made good round before returning the ball to the on rushing Galvin who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Game over. Final score: Derrynane/Sneem 2-8, Scartaglen 0-13 Congratulations to both teams for serving up a sparkling game of football which was a million times more entertaining than the ultra drab affair from highly paid professionals that took place at Croke Park earlier in the day. Team and scorers:Shane McGillicuddy, Shane Sullivan, J.J. O'Sullivan, James O'Sulivan, Mark Wilson, David Fitzmaurice,Denis O'Sullivan (0-2),Cian Boland (0-1),Michael O'Connor, Liam Sullivan (1-0), Michael Dennehy, Ian Galvin (1-5) Anthony Hussey. Sub.John Riney for A.Hussey.



U-12 South Kerry B Championship Final.

The Sneem Derrynane U-12 team recently captured the South Kerry B Championship on a glorious August evening in Pairc Peile Phiarsaigh na Dromoda. They were pitted against Filemore in the final and put in a great hours work to win the U 12 championship that has eluded us for so many years. They lined out in the final against a Filemore team that had already defeated them twice during the year so they knew a huge challenge awaited them and they rose to that challenge with great style and skill to win on a score line of 6-8 to 4-4. Sneem Derrynane opened the scoring through a Morgan O Donoghue point and this was added to by his fellow midfielder Eoin O Sullivan. Adam O Sullivan was doing very well in the opening stages and was on the ball quite often. Morgan O Donoghue had a great chance to stretch the advantage but shot just wide but won the resulting kickout and finished over the bar leaving the score 3 points to 1. Kevin O Sullivan them defended bravely to disturb a Filemore attack that did result in a point for the challengers and then their big midfielder, Darren O Sullivan who had a great game goaled for Filemore. Darragh Keogh was also defending well for Sneem Derrynane before Morgan O Donoghue added two further scores, one with the left and one with the right. This brought the game level again and Micheal Galvin then hundered into the game with a goal to put Sneem Derrynane back into the lead. Morgan O Donoghue then pointed again before Olan Collins pointed for Filemore despite the best efforts from Kevin O Sullivan. Then before half time the game exploded into life, Sean O Sullivan goaled for ilemore after a great burst through the centre from Darren O Sullivan. Eoin O Sullivan had the final say of the half with a goal and a point leaving the half time scores 2-3 to 2-7. Filemore opened the scoring in the second half with a point and then Anthony Casey was called into action to make a great save, one of three or four he made throughout the match. Darren O Sullivan managed another goal for Filemore and then Eric Burns pointed for Sneem Derrynane. At this stage the pressure was coming on the Sneem Derrynane defence and they were getting great support from Morgan O  Donoghue and Kevin O Sullivan was outstanding and Anna Galvin really got into the game, limiting the Filemore chances to a bare minimum. The move of the game followed, with Morgan O Donoghue and Eric Burns linking up to put Adam O Sullivan in and he calmly finished to the net. Anthony Casey made another great save before Eric Burns, this time receiving the ball from Adam O Sullivan finished to the net again. Danielle Sheehan had the final say with a goal for Filemore but it wasn't enough and Eoin O Sullivan accepted the cup even though his hand was in a sling at the time. Congratulations to all involved, Kevin O Sullivan, Patrick O Donoghue and Joe Murphy and all the players, Anthony Casey, Anna Galvin, Kevin O Sullivan, Dara Keogh, Morgan O Donoghue, Eoin O Sullivan, Eric Burns, Micheal Galvin, Adam O Sullivan, Alan Murphy, Denise Burns, Paidi MacGillicuddy, Amy Lee Regan, John Eagere, Joe Murphy, Shane Lerken, Rosin Murphy, MJ Murphy, Sonia O Donoghue, Emer Galvin, Noelle Galvin, Cathriona O Sullivan, Bridget Casey, Louise Galvin.

South Kerry U-14 League Final.

On Saturday the 10th of May the Sneem/Derrynane U-14 team travelled to Waterville take on Piarsaigh na Dromoda in the South Kerry ‘B’ football final. This was primed to be a very evenly contested and that is exactly as it proved to be, becoming very close in the final minutes. The game was played in driving rain and wind but this did not deter the young footballers of both sides who gave a brilliant account of themselves despite the conditions. Piarsaigh na Dromoda opened the scoring as the faced the elements in the first half, and it was after this that Morgan O Donoghue opened the Sneem Derrynane account with a right legged score after Michael O Connor put him through. The first 10 minutes were very nervous from both sides and the defences were on top, most notably David Fitzmaurice at full back for Sneem Derrynane. Michael O Connor had a great effort that went narrowly wide before he added his sides second point having received a pass from David Fitzmaurice. Killian Hussey broke up a promising Dromid attack before Michael O Connor punched a great score and Mícheál O Sullivan won the resultant kick out and also pointed. Both Michael and Mícheál were doing good work in midfield where their superior strength was very evident. Michael O Connor added another score, the pass again coming from David Fitzmaurice before a lovely passage of play, where 3 Sneem Derrynane men chipped the ball up in a row. This would have been the move of the match had it earned them a score but the play eventually broke down and Dromid came away with the ball. Mikey Dennehy finished off the scoring of the first half to leave the score 6 points to 1 at half time. Sneem Derrynane started the second half the stronger again and had 2 ‘45’s but no score came from this pressure. Then a long ball found David MacGillicuddy and he slid the ball under the keeper to leave 8 points between the sides. Then Dromid’s period of dominance started and gave all in the Sneem Derrynane camp a nervous last 15 minutes. Twins, Gearoid and Padraig o Sullivan worked the ball between them up the field before Padraig took an unstoppable shot that finished in the net. John Riney made a telling interception also that prevented goal chance and there was some great defending from all the Sneem Derrynane players. Mikey Dennehy had a great goal chance at the other end and Niall Humphreys was alert to be at full stretch to make the save of the game in goal. The good defence did give in however as Dromid managed a goal back from a free, leaving a point between the sides, 1.6 to 2.2. Sneem Derrynane did manage the last score of the game, the score of the game from Morgan O Donoghue, when he chipped the ball up, turned his marker and shot over the bar with the outside of his right boot. There were scenes of both relief and jubilation at the final whistle and Diarmaid Ó Sé of the South Kerry Board presented the plaque to Michael O Connor, who certainly played a captains part. He paid tribute to Dromid, the referee and their trainers, Seamie Galvin and Paddy O Brien saying it was as much for them as it was for the players. All of the Sneem Derrynane players were outstanding on the night, but David Fitzmaurice, Mícheál O Sullivan and Michael O Connor were particularly influential. They all rose to the challenge and overcame the weather and a good Dromid team that had beaten them earlier in the year. Five of the nine players scored from play and this is one that will live in their memory for a long time. Team and scorers, Niall Humphreys, David Fitzmaurice, Killian Hussey, John Riney, Mícheál O Sullivan (0.1), Michael O Connor (0.3), David MacGillicuddy (1.0), Mikey Dennehy (0.1), Morgan O Donoghue (0.2). Subs, Kevin O Sullivan, Owen O Sullivan, Anna Galvin, Anthony Casey, Trish O Brien, Grainne O Sullivan, Bernadette Casey.

U-16 County League, 2006.

Reenard vrs. Sneem Derrynane. 6.06 to 10.13.

Sneem Derrynane vrs. Skellig Rangers. 4.12 to 5.15.

Sneem Derrynane vrs. Valentia. 3.11 to 1.6

Sneem Derrynane vrs. St Marys. 0.10 to 3.18. 


Minor South Kerry League, 2006.

Sneem Derrynane vrs. Piarsaigh na Dromoda.

South Kerry Minor League: Sneem Derrynane hosted Piarsaigh na Dromoda in the first round of the league in Derrynane but came out on the loosing end of a very entertaining counter on Monday evening, Dromid running out winners on a scoreline of 5.10 to 3.12. The first half was very evenly balanced, and at the short whistle the teams were level at 2.5 apiece. Niall Ó Shea opened the scoring for Dromid befor Denis Ó Sullivan replied with a point for Sneem Derrynane. Alex Maher struck a sweet point for the home side after good work by Cormac Breen in midfield, which was replied to by Niall Ó Shea. JJ Ó Sullivan and Shane MacGillicuddy pushed Derrynane into a 4 point to 2 lead when Denis O Sullivan was taken down for a penalty that was saved by the Dromid goalie. Then Niall Ó Shea struck for a goal for Dromid and they followed with a goal a minute later by Joe O Shea, the score at this stage 2.2 to 4 points.Shane MacGillicuddy pointed for Sneem Derrynane and this was followed by a great goal from Cormac Breen, having won the ball in midfield, he carried it all the way to the 21 and blasted low the net. Dromid added 2 further points towards the end of the half from Joe O Shea again and Kieran O Shea, then Alex Maher carried forward to crash the ball to the top of the Dromid net to put Sneem Derrynane into the lead again, however Dominic Ó Sullivan had the last say of the half with a point for Dromid. Again Niall Ó Shea opened the scoring in the second half with a point that was replied to by Denis Ó Sullivan. Niall Ó Shea then converted a penalty before Alex Maher pointed. But Niall Ó Shea, with his third goal of the night set Dromid on their way 10 minutes into the second half.  This was followed by another goal for Dromid. Cian Boland challenged bravely to fist a goal for Sneem Derrynane and Shane MacGillicuddy followed this with a point. In the closing stages the sides swopped three points, including a '45 by Denis Ó Sullivan, points from Cian Boland and a reply from Kieran O Shea. Best on the Sneem Derrynane side there was outstanding defending from Kevin Fitzmaurice and Alex Maher was the most energetic of the midfielders. All players played well in a very good game and we look forward to more games of this standard in the league.

Filemore vrs. Sneem Derrynane. 8.21 to 3.09.

Minor County League 2006:

17th March, Valentia vrs. Sneem Derrynane:

The Sneem Derrynane Minors began their campaign in Valentia on St. Patrick’s Day. Valentia were fancied to take this game but our team put up a good fight, going down on a scoreline of 2.10 to 1.9 in the end. Kevin Fitzmaurice played very well in defence as did Shane Ó Sullivan. Denis Ó Sullivan was influential at midfield scoring two points while Alex Maher, Patrick Dennehy and Ian Galvin were in good form in the forwards, all chipping in with scores. Ian Galvin punched in the Sneem Derrynane goal after good work from sub Shane MacGillicuddy. Team and scorers was, Daniel Murphy, Mark Wilson, Kevin Fitzmaurice, James Ó Sullivan, Shane Ó Sullivan, Kieran Ó Sullivan, Cormac Breen, Denis Ó Sullivan (0.2), Cian Boland, Alex Maher (0.1), JJ Ó Sullivan, Patrick Dennehy (0.2), Ian Galvin (1.4). Subs used were Shane MacGillicuddy and Cathal Ó Sullivan.