The Kerry U16 management have named their starting line up and panel for today’s Munster Final clash against Tipperary in Mallow at 4.45.
Munster U/16 Ladies Final
Kerry v Tipperary Mallow May 5th @4.45 pm
Kerry U/16’s will face old rivals Tipperary in the Munster U/16 final on Saturday May 5th in Mallow. The sides have a history of meeting each other since U/14 level and will be well aware of each others strengths – and weaknesses.
The sides met in the first round of the Munster competition on March 19th but Kerry were on fire that day and recorded a 5-13 to 1-4 victory. Kerry took a 4-11 to 1-1 lead in at half time, and the shell shocked Tipperary outfit had no answer to Kerry’s pace and power. Kerry had 8 different scorers on that occasion, a fact that is bound to have pleased their manager Rory Kilgallen.
Next up for the Kingdom girls was a home tie at John Mitchels complex against Cork. Once again Kerry were irresistible and romped to a 5-14 to 1-6 victory.
Tipperary had a very mixed Munster campaign. After the initial loss to Kerry they also suffered a hiding at the hands of Cork when they went down on a 3-14 to 1-5 scoreline. This meant that Tipperary had to meet Cork again to have a shot at the Munster final, and they upset all of the odds as they recorded a 3-6 to 1-8 victory. Centre half forward Ava Fennessy was on fire that day and slotted over 7 points. She will have to be watched but Tipperary also had excellent performances from Caitlinn Kennedy, Queva O’Meara, Leah Cohen, Ashling Ryan and Maeve McGuigan.
Kerry have plenty quality in their ranks as well, but they will have to be wary of the Tipperary challenge. Players like goalkeeper Ciara Butler,Rachel O’Connor, Maud Kelly, Aoife Dillane, Gemma Kearney, Rachel Dwyer,Ava Doherty, Mary O’Connell,Aisling O’Connell, Danielle O’Leary, Siofra O’Shea, Clodagh Evans,Mary O’Connor, Ella Teahan and Rachel Kilgallen have been performing very well for their side, but in fairness there is quality all through this Kerry squad.
The team will line out as follows;
1. Ciara Butler (Castlegregory)
2. Maud Kelly (Fossa)
3. Rachel O Connor (Corca Dhuibhne)
4. Ava Doherty (Glenflesk)
5. Gemma Kearney (Castleisland Desmonds)
6. Rachel Dwyer (Southern Gaels) Captain.
7. Aoife Dillane (Austin Stacks)
8. Mary O Connell ( Na Gaeil)
9. Aisling O Connell ( Ballymac)
10. Rachel Kilgallen ( John Mitchels)
11. Danielle O Leary (Rathmore)
12. Ella Teehan(Miltown/Listry)
13. Clodagh Evans (Miltown Listry)
14. Siofra O Shea (Southern Gaels )
15. Mary Collins ( Rathmore )
16. Claire Feeley (laune Rangers)
17. Rachel Evans (Laune Rangers )
18.Ciara Mc Carthy (Abbeydorney)
19.Chloe O Connor (Firies)
20.Tara Murphy (Killarney Legion)
21.Ciara Fitzgerald (Currow)
22. Aoife Flaherty (Finuge/St Senans)
23.Fodhla Houlihan ( Laune Rangers)
24.Kerrie Ann Hanrahan (Killarney Legion)
25.Cliona Murphy( Southern Gaels)
26.Susan Cahill (Rathmore)
28. Andrea Nolan (Laune Rangers)
29. Elaine O Donoghue (Firies)
30. Roisin Griffin (Cromane)
Team Manager: Rory Kilgallen Selectors : Frank Mc Loughlin , Christina
Murphy, Daniel Fleming,Mick Hannafin,Joby Costello,Frances Bowler.
Physio : Lorraine Wall
Extended Panel:Paris Mc Carthy,Ellie Mc Elligott ,Lauren O Leary,Lisa Ni
Gearailt,Aoilbhe Mangan,Mairead Ni Chriobhain,Orla Dunphy,Maggie West.