Date Time League Season
12 January 2024 7:45 pm Munster Senior Cup 2023/24

Match Report

Kerry Open 2024 With A Home Win In The Cup

Daniel Okwute’s strike fifteen minutes from time gave Kerry their first victory of the year over a dogged Avondale United in the Munster Senior Cup.

Okwute broke the deadlock from just outside the box with a superb low driven effort into the corner, after a decent affair that saw both sides have their chances. 

Kerry now host the winners of the tie between Cobh Ramblers and College Corinthians which takes place tomorrow, with that quarter final set for the first weekend in February.

It was a dry but extremely chilly night in Mounthawk Park as the 2024 season got underway for the Kingdom, who came out of the traps lively. Conor McCarthy naming a very strong side to start his first game as head coach with many of the 2023 household names returning. McCarthy did also start three of his four new signings, Spain at Centre back with Aladesanusi, Kavanagh at left back along with Steven Healy in midfield.  

Daniel Okwute started off the right in a front three and proved difficult for the Dale’s early on, almost winning his side a penalty after beating his man but to the bemusement of the healthy crowd in attendance. 

Daniel O’Connell looked lively for the away side, looking to come through midfield when possible, no surprise the former Cobh Ramblers man looked right at home against League of Ireland opposition. 

Ronan Teahan was back in the middle of the park for the Kingdom, to the joy of the home fans after being in the UK on trial with a number of clubs, and was already looking sharp. The South Kerry man had the best chance of the half forcing a save from close range from O’Dwyer in the Dales net. 

There was a concern for Kerry just before the break though as new signing Andy Spain had to go off after a head injury with Dales striker Falvey, both needed repairs but Spain was replaced by Ethan Kos. 

Kerry came out strong in the early stages of the second period as they looked to get the breakthrough, but despite efforts from Teahan and Gleeson, it was Avondale who had the best opportunity to take the lead. Coleman from six yards somehow blazed over the bar after Daniel O’Connell did well to get the ball into the area.

Conor McCarthy saw his side become a bit sluggish as the half wore on and turned to the bench, giving Daire McCarthy his debut, along with introducing Sean O’Connell and Cian Brosnan. 

With the prospect of extra time looming and looking likely, up stepped Daniel Okwute to break the deadlock. Okwute took a huge tackle minutes earlier and was nursing an ankle knock, but upon picking up the ball at the edge of the box, managed to hold off defenders and strike low and hard into the bottom left corner from 18 yards. 

Ten minutes left on the clock Avondale looked to the bench, bringing on Gannon and Roche O’Brien. The Kingdom with the advantage and the space on the break came closest to doubling their lead though, Avondale doing wonders to block an almost certain Ryan Kelliher goal. 

Avondale pushed on for an equaliser as expected but 2024 and the Conor McCarthy era starts with victory and frozen hands, as the Kingdom lit the spark on their season on a chilly January night in Mounthawk Park.

Kerry FC

1Lee Axworthy Goalkeeper
4Andy Spain 5 Defender
6Jack Kavanagh 3 Midfielder
7Seán McGrath 10 Forward
8Steven Healy Midfielder
9Ryan Kelliher Forward
14Nathan Gleeson 28 Forward
15Kevin Williams Defender 63'
18Samuel Aladesanusi Defender
21Daniel Okwute 27 Forward 77'
23Ronan Teahan Midfielder
16Aaron O’Sullivan Goalkeeper
3Sean O’Connell 6 Defender
5Ethan Kos 4 Defender
10Daire McCarthy 7 Midfielder 85'
13Togor Silong Midfielder
27Graham O’Reilly 21 Midfielder
28Cian Brosnan 14 Forward

Avondale Utd

1Adam Murphy O’Dwyer Goalkeeper
2Dave Kiely Defender
3Sam O’Driscoll 16 Defender 49'
5Jamie O’Sullivan Defender 18'
6David O’Leary Midfielder
7Eoghan Vaughan 12 Forward
8Naythan Coleman Forward
9Simon Falvey Forward 45'
10Niall Hanley Midfielder
11Danny O’Connell Midfielder
17James Carson Defender 72'
4Eoghan Lougheed Defender
12Andrew Gannon 7 Defender
13Jamie Collins Defender
14Eli Kadi Harrington Defender
15Richard Tobin Midfielder
16Ben Roche O’Brien 3 Midfielder
22Jack Forde Goalkeeper
  • 90'

    Full Time! 1-0 Kerry. A solid start to 2024.

  • 85'

    Ryan Kelliher almost doubled the lead, a great block by the scrambling away side.

  • 76'

    GOAL! Daniel Okwute smashes home from outside the box into the bottom corner!

  • 73'

    Scrappy affair breaking out now, both sides not afraid to get stuck in to say the least,

  • 66'

    Triple change for Kerry, McCarthy makes his debut, Brosnan and O'Connell also on.

  • 65'

    Simon Falvey wow, almost catching the keeper from 35 yards, Axworthy was beaten all ends up but the spectacular long shot just whistled past the top corner.

  • 60'

    Naythan Coleman misses a sitter, the ball pulled back away from Axworthy but Coleman leant back and put his effort of the top. A let off for Kerry.

  • 57'

    Nathan Gleeson drags a shot just past the post.

  • 49'

    Avondale up to three bookings now. Kerry pulling strings here.

  • 47'

    Kerry are firing to start the half, Teahan and McGrath already with efforts on goal.

  • 45'

    Teams out for the second half, no changes for either team. It's still freezing.

  • 45'

    Half time, 0-0.

  • 45'

    2 mins additional time. Dale striker Simon Falvey now wearing 19 instead of 9 after the clash with Spain, if anyone is keeping notes.

  • 40'

    Teahan produces the first big save from the Avondale keeper after great hold up play from Kelliher before smashing into the box.

  • 38'

    Andy Spain's night ends early after seemingly a clash of heads. Ethan Kos replacing him shortly.

  • 29'

    Coming up to half an hour, still scoreless but a lively game so far.

  • 22'

    Dales captain David O'Leary hits the bar directly from a corner. Decent effort.

  • 20'

    Kerry with a flurry of set pieces, seemingly newboys Kavanagh and Healy taking responsibility on the dead balls early on.

  • 13'

    Okwute wiped out in the box, but the referee waves it away, to the stunned reactions of the home crowd.

  • 10'

    Daniel O'Connell looking lively for Avondale so far, not afraid to bring the ball through midfield.

  • 6'

    Kerry looking to get stuck in early, the boys are well up for being back on the field of play already.

  • 2'

    Kavanagh already looking great putting in a delightful ball to McGrath who was just off.

  • Kerry in changed black socks tonight, not on purpose, a late alteration, it's pre season afterall.

  • Kerry in changed black socks tonight, not on purpose, a late alteration, it's pre season afterall.

  • Kick-off!

  • Both teams take the pitch, 2024 is here!

  • It's absolutely freezing here, the players won't be long warming up but it'll take some work to keep the fingers warm to type tonight!

  • Kerry FC are back! Munster Senior Cup action tonight. Avondale United the visitors to Mounthawk Park.


Mounthawk Park
Mounthawk Park, Tralee Rural ED, Tralee, County Kerry, Munster, Ireland

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