Date Time League Season
7 July 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Treaty overcome Tricky Kingdom task

Treaty United aided their hopes of finishing in the play-offs as they came from behind to take the Munster Derby bragging rights over Kerry FC.

Goals in the first half from Marc Ludden and Dean George gave the Treaty men a 2-1 lead at the break, cancelling out Sean McGrath’s strike in the opening minute, but with 15 minutes to go, Enda Curran chipped Callan Scully to seal all three points.

Ludden’s direct goal from a corner brought Treaty level and when they got their chances they struck, Kerry to their credit did have chances and a late wonder strike from Gaxha did leave a goal between them in added time, but the third eluded them as Treaty held on.

Kerry started well and took the lead inside the opening minute, trying to get ground in the Treaty half they went down the right wing, Marc Ludden looked to clear the danger, but was knocked off balance as he attempted the kick, that left Nathan Gleeson space to race toward the area, his shot was saved by Shane Hallahan, but from the rebound Sean McGrath finished to the net from close range.

It was the hosts with their tails up, but Treaty were quick in searching and threatening for a reply, Marc Ludden curled a shot from outside the area that skinned the crossbar in the fifth minute, before Enda Curran was left beat the offside from a Treaty goal kick and race through on goal, but Callan Scully was out quick and dove to the feet to regain possession.

On the quarter of an hour mark, Gleeson had another shot well saved by Hallahan, in the aftermath Ronan Teahan had a shot that looked to have hit the arm of Ben O’Riordan, but nothing was given.

At the other end of the field, Ludden sent a dangerous cross into the Kerry box, Enda Curran headed home into the back of the net, the ball nestled in the left hand bottom corner, but the linesman had his flag up, the goal ruled out for offside.

Treaty were putting Kerry under pressure at the set piece, a plethora of corners forcing the Kerry defence to put bodies on the line to clear the danger, however from an inswinger on the right wing, Ludden fired in a corner that finished up in the back of the Kerry net, it looked like it floated directly in over Scully, Darren Nwamkwo may have got the definitive touch but Ludden will be claiming that one.

Almost immediately Kerry tried to regain their lead, Ryan Kelliher raced in and his shot forced Hallahan into a great save, but at the other end Curran was left free from a throw in and beat the offside trap, he linked up with Dean George, with George forcing Scully down quick to make a fine save.

On the half hour mark, Kerry had another big chance as Leo Gaxha was sent racing in with Lee Devitt, McGrath with a perfect pass for Gaxha to chase but he opted to shoot from range, his shot straight into the hands of Hallahan.

Action at one end and at the other Treaty took the lead seconds later, George quickest to react to a through ball into the area, his left footed effort going past Scully into the right hand side of the Kerry goal for the lead after 31 minutes.

For the remainder of the half Kerry were pressing well but just could not find the target, Gaxha and McGrath alongside Gleeson were pressing well, but unable to strike a second goal, they appealed for another penalty for hand ball but nothing was given, Treaty using the first half wind advantage well to lead 2-1 at the break.

Kerry upped the tempo at the start of the second half, Gaxha on the left wing, played a lovely back heel flick for Sean O’Connell to cross into the area, Kelliher rose to head but he miss timed the header, the referee awarded a free out for a pus by the Kerry forward.

Chances were coming from the hosts, Gaxha fired from range, O’Connell stung the palms of Hallahan from a free kick, before again Kelliher was looking dangerous and a Treaty defender deflected out for a corner.

Treaty did have a chance or two but Kerry were able to clear the danger, the action all evening revolving around the Greenway end of the field, Keane forcing Hallahan into another save from range, before O’Connell struck a volley wide from distance.

Kevin Williams kept up the Kerry pressure as his header flashed just wide of the Treaty net, but minutes later, Curran and George linked up again, George turning provider and the Galway native spotted Callan Scully well off his line and for the third game in a row, chipped the ball into the back of the net.

That goal signalled the end of the tie, despite Kerry having possession and threatening in the final 15 minutes, they were unable to find the two goals needed to share the points, Gaxha scored an incredible strike from range in added time to make it 3-2, but despite that goal they were unable to take points.

Kerry FC

16Callan Scully Goalkeeper 75'
3Sean O’Connell Defender
7Seán McGrath 27 Forward 1'
8Matt Keane 13 Midfielder
9Ryan Kelliher Forward
10Leo Gaxha Forward 90+4'
15Kevin Williams Defender
17Nathan Gleeson 28 Forward 39'
18Samuel Aladesanusi Defender
22Cian Barrett 2 Midfielder
23Ronan Teahan Midfielder
31Richie Healy Goalkeeper
2Rob Vasiu 22 Defender
5Ethan Kos Defender
6Alex Ainscough Midfielder
13Togor Silong 8 Midfielder
19Martin Coughlan Midfielder
27Graham O’Reilly 7 Midfielder
28Cian Brosnan 17 Forward
29Kennedy Amechi Forward

Treaty Utd

13Shane Hallahan Goalkeeper
2Ben O’Riordan Defender
3Marc Ludden Defender 24'
5Lee Devitt Midfielder
10Dean George Forward 31'
11Stephen Christopher Midfielder
15Andy Spain Defender 90+7'
16William Armshaw 25 Midfielder
19Enda Curran 18 Forward 74'
21Colin Conroy 20 Midfielder
26Darren Nwankwo Defender
1Conor Winn Goalkeeper
12Niko Kozlowski Midfielder
17Scott Kirkland Midfielder
18Colin Kelly 19 Forward
20Jordon Tallon 21 Defender
22Darren Collins Forward
23Fionn Doherty Midfielder
25Mark Walsh 16 Midfielder
29Josh Quinlivan Midfielder
  • 94'


  • 90'

    Five minutes added on

  • 74'

    Curran makes it three, George plays him in and he spots Scully off his line and chips the Kerry keeper, his third chipped goal in three games

  • 72'

    Kevin Williams comes close, his header just wide of the goal, Kerry knocking on the door

  • 69'

    Second change for Kerry as Graham O'Reilly replaces Sean McGrath

  • 67'

    Keane and O'Connell both have chances at goal, as Kerry look to find the breakthrough

  • 65'

    Change for Kerry as Rob Vasiu replaces Cian Barrett

  • 62'

    Double change for Treaty as Jordan Tallon makes his debut with Mark Walsh returning, in for Armshaw and Conory

  • 60'

    Enda Curran booked after a clash with ex teammate Matt Keane

  • 58'

    Great play by Kerry as Kelliher shoots and it gets deflected out for a corner

  • 56'

    Sean O' Connell shoots a free that Hallahan has to be down quick to parry out for a corner

  • 52'

    Gaxha tries his luck from range but it goes wide of the Treaty goal

  • 51'

    Lovely play by Gaxha and Sean O'Connell on the wing, crossing for Kelliher the ball grazes his head, but the referee awards a free out for the visitors

  • 46'

    Second half underway in Tralee, no changes at the break

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on here

  • 39'

    Nathan Gleeson is the first player to be shown a yellow card this evening, he prevented Treaty taking a quick throw in

  • 31'

    Action at one end and at the other Treaty take the lead, Dean George strikes to the net after being played through and the visitors now have the advantage

  • 30'

    Leo Gaxha forces Hallahan into another save as Sean McGrath plays the forward in hut he cannot beat O\'Riordan and shoots from range

  • 27'

    Curran and Dean George combine after Curran is free beating the offside from a throw in, but Scully was down quick to save from George

  • 25'

    Ryan Kelliher races in at the other end looking for an immediate response but Hallahan saved well

  • 24'

    Treaty level as Marc Ludden scores directly from an in swinging corner, the weather turned nasty and may claim the assist on that one

  • 22'

    Another chance for Treaty as Curran's shot goes over after a deflection from Sam Aladesanusi

  • 16'

    Goal for Treaty but it wont count, Enda Curran meets a cross and heads into the left hand bottom corner but the flag was up for offside

  • 15'

    Gleeson has another shot well saved by Hallahan, in the aftermath Ronan Teahan has a shot that looks to have hit a Treaty arm

  • 8'

    Almost a chance for Treaty as Enda Curran evades the offside trap and was through one on one with Scully but he made the save

  • 5'

    Treaty come close as Marc Ludden curls a shot from outside the area that skins the crossbar

  • 1'

    WHAT A START, Kerry lead as Marc Ludden makes an error trying to clear on the right wing and Nathan Gleeson raced in, his shot was saved by Hallahan but Sean McGrath was quick to tap home

  • 1'

    Game on in Tralee

  • Rain has eased as we await the players making their way onto the field

  • Treaty have taken four points from their last two games, a draw Friday with Bray keeping them unbeaten after victory in Lissywollen the week prior, Shane Hallahan was in inspired form to limit Bray in front of goal on Friday night, while William Armshaw looked a handful.

  • Treaty United will travel the short distance from Shannonside, with the ambitions they can once again take three points from Kerry this season, they were successful in a commanding win at the Markets Field, but did find it hard to score the elusive winner when Kerry took their inaugural point back in March.

  • Points have proved hard to come by this season and so have goals for the Kingdom, in 21 games they have taken six points from a possible 63 and scored just 14 goals, while they have bolstered their ranks this week, Ethan Kos joining to fix the issue of a missing left back link and Martin Coughlan helping boost their midfield, up front they have still found it hard to find the net.

  • The rain has arrived....

  • Kerry have lost their last three encounters by a single goal, a far cry better than the 6-0 defeat to Waterford just before the break, it was a stalemate when these sides met in their first ever encounter back in March, Enda Curran netted on the half hour mark to level matters in a game that Shannonsiders will feel they should have taken all three points.

  • Treaty also go unchanged from their draw with Bray, with Jordan Tallon on the bench, WiIllie Armshaw shakes off a knock to start, while Mark Walsh returns to the squad

  • Kerry are unchanged from their spirted showing against Galway, with Ethan Kos and Martin Coughlan both named in reserve, Rob Vasiu is named on the bench having had a recent injury

  • Good evening from an overcast and windy Mounthawk Park as Kerry FC take on Treaty United for the second occasion at the Tralee venue, the sides drawing here 1-1 in March, both looking to pick up three points this evening

Past Meetings

(Round 11)
4 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United FC 4-0 Kerry FC

(Round 3)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Mounthawk Park

Kerry FC 1-1 Treaty United FC


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

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.