A wonderful evening had by all as the finals of the John B Keane League took place on Friday last in Frank Sheehy Park. The B Final kicked off first with The Boro racing into an early lead led by captain John Carmody and sterling performance from man of the match Tristan Barry ensured victory. Equally good performance from An Ghleann with good displays from Oisin Mulvihill and Blake Finnuncane but it was The Boro’s day and they held on by two points at the end.
The A final lived up to expectations as it really was a cracking game with end to end football. Very little separated these sides throughout and it was all square at half time with Jayden Chute and Conor Sweeney in form for the Ashes while Harry Reidy and Trevin Chute gave equally as good for The Country. As the second half continued the young Ajay Barrett had a fine game at full back as The Ashes got their nose slightly in front. Harry Reidy put over the equaliser and it looked like we would be going into extra time. Cometh the man cometh the hour as Conor Sweeney led from the front finding Daniel Shine who popped the ball over the bar. On the kick out it was Jayden Chute who fought his way through a mass of black jerseys to find Cillian O’Connor who put the Ashes two in front. Tenacious defending by the Ashes as The Country attacked in waves ensured victory at the final whistle. It really was a most enjoyable evening in Frank Sheehy park and the huge crowd in attendance were treated to two fantastic games. Well done to the Coiste na nOg, Brian Scanlan, Tommy Sweeney, Leo Hudson, DJ Mulvihill and Sean O’Connell. Thanks also to the Keane family for their support of the John B Keane league without which we would not be able to run the event. Thanks also to Simon for presenting the medals and trophies to all players and teams as well as giving us a wonderful rendition of our anthem Lovely Listowel. Finally a massive thank you to the Mom’s and Dads and more importantly the players who made this league the event that it is.