The Fáilte Legends went back-to-back last week as they clinched their second consecutive Killarney Athletic Senior 7-a-side title. With a team made up predominantly of Killarney Celtic players, the Fáilte romped to a 5-2 victory over Liebherr in the final, despite going behind early on.
Derry Ahern gave the underdogs the lead in the first half but the defending champions reacted positively and led 2-1 by the break. They pushed on to add a further three after the interval, Martin Crowley adding a consolation goal for Liebherr. Wayne Sparling netted twice for the victors with Gary Keane, Paudie Clifford and Matt Keane completing the scoring.
Matt ran away with Golden Boot Award, registering an impressive tally of 14 goals over the course of the tournament. He walked away with a prize courtesy of sponsor Brian James. His teammate Chris O’Leary was presented with the Kieran Cahillane Trophy for Player of the Tournament. Soccer enthusiast John O’Brien was once again deservedly named Supporter of the Tournament.
A solitary goal from big Nick Murphy was enough to seal the Over 35 final for Leane’s Tool Hire as they beat Tim Jones & Sons in a keenly contested game.
Boru Barbers won the Battle of the Sick Fades as they defeated Steve’s Barbers in the Under 16 final. A brace from Terry Sparling propelled Boru to a 2-0 win, and the talented goalscorer was awarded the Johnny Heffernan Memorial Shield for Player of the Tournament. The award was presented by Sandra Heffernan.
In a statement, Killarney Athletic expressed their gratitude to players, organisers and sponsors.
“A big ‘thank you’ to all who participated, their sponsors and to the committee who worked very hard to ensure the continued success of this tournament.
“A special word of thanks to our sponsors the Killarney Credit Union for their continued sponsorship and to Stephen Darmody, Financial Coordinator, and Helen Courtney Power. A special mention also to Pat Delaney RIP, former Chairman of Killarney Credit Union. No night went by during the tournament that Pat’s name wasn’t mentioned. He was sorely missed this year at the 7-a-side but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Pat.”