Kerry District League

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Kerry District League
Kerry District League Logo.png
Country  Ireland
Founded 1971
Divisions Premier A (11 teams)
Premier B (9 teams)
Division 1A (10 teams)
Division 1B (10 teams)
Division 2A (8 teams)
Division 2B (11 teams)
Number of teams 61 (13 B-Teams)
Domestic cup(s) Greyhound Bar KO Cup
Current champions Castleisland A.F.C.
Website http://www.kerrydistrictleague.ie/

The Kerry District League (KDL) (known as the Denny Kerry District League for sponsorship reasons) is an amateur league for football clubs in County Kerry, Ireland. The league's jurisdiction covers almost the whole of County Kerry,except Tarbert, whose local club, Ferry Rangers, compete in the Desmond League. In the past however, clubs from the Millstreet and Ballydesmond areas have competed in the league. There are six divisions in the main league, bound by a system of promotion and relegation . 61 teams compete in the league, including 48 first teams and 13 B-Teams. Officially, the season runs from September to May, however, it is not uncommon for teams to finish their season in late July and start all over again barely two weeks afterwards. The league is featured in much of County Kerry's media like the The Kerryman and the Kerry's Eye.

The current champions are Castleisland A.F.C. who defeated Listowel Celtic in the 2013/2014 Premier A final. The champions of the Premier A go on to compete in the Munster Football Association League Champions Trophy, while many teams compete in the Munster Junior Cup and the FAI Junior Cup.

History[edit]

The league was formed in 1971 with eight teams competing in its first season. Before this, Tralee Dynamos, Killarney Athletic and Listowel Celtic played in the Limerick Desmond League.

League Format[edit]

The league is split up into 8 divisions, 6 divisions in the senior league, and 2 divisions for the youths league and Under-17 League. There are 11 clubs in the Premier A, 10 in the Premier B, Division 1A and Division 1B, 8 in Division 2A and 11 in Division 2B. The divisions all run linearly (i.e. there are no geographical divisions) and are aided with a promotion and relegation system. The first and second placed teams of each lower division are promoted to the next highest division, while the two bottom teams of the division are then relegated to the lower corresponding division.

Football Pitches[edit]

Many of the clubs in the KDL, especially those in the greater Tralee area, use Mounthawk Park as their home pitch. The ground is owned by the League and in addition has served as the base for the KDL's inter-league teams. Furthermore, some of the larger clubs have developed their own pitches in recent years.

Publicity of the League[edit]

On the 24th of November 2013, Mike Griffin of CSKA Tralee replicated a Dennis Bergkamp'esque goal against Castleisland B team in the Division 1A. The ball was played into his feet by the CSKA full back Chris Foley, and Griffin proceeded to flick the ball over two Castleisland defenders, spin, and dinked the ball delightfully over the oncoming goalkeeper. KDL journalist Jordan Murphy who was covering the game for local papers, was testing a newly acquired camera and caught the goal on camera and uploaded it to YouTube, where it has been an instant hit. With over a 100,000 views in less than 24 hours, it has provided some well needed advertising for the League.

2012/13 Season[edit]

League Champions Runners Up Relegated Relegated
Premier A Killarney Celtic St Brendens Park F.C. Classic F.C. Inter Kenmare
Premier B Killorglin F.C. Asdee Rovers A.C Athletic Lenamore Rovers
Division 1A Tralee Dynamos Castlemaine United Shannon Wanderers Behy Rovers A.F.C.
Division 1B LB Rovers CSKA N/A N/A
Division 2A Shanakill Utd Skelliga St Bernards Camp Utd
Division 2B Annascaul F.C. Na Fianna N/A N/A

Clubs[edit]

Premier A[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Tralee Dynamos Red Tralee
Killarney Celtic White & Green hoops Killarney
Killorglin F.C. Blue & Yellow trim Killorglin
Castleisland Green & White Castleisland
Killarney Athletic Blue Killarney
Camp United Sky Blue & White stripes Camp
St. Brendan's Park F.C. Red & Black Tralee
Listowel Celtic F.C. White & Green Hoops Listowel
Rattoo Rovers Green & Black Ballyduff
Dingle Bay Rovers Navy & Black Dingle

Premier B[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Spa Road F.C. Maroon & Sky Blue Tralee
Asdee Rovers Red & Black stripes Asdee
Killarney Celtic (B-Team) White & Green hoops Killarney
Castlegregory Celtic White & Black Castlegregory
Fenit Samphires Green & Black stripes Fenit
Ballymac Galaxy Black & Gold Ballymacelligott
Mastergeeha F.C. Red & Black stripes Kilcummin
Lenamore Rovers Blue & White Stripes Ballylongford
Classic F.C. Yellow & Black Tralee

Division 1A[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Castleisland (B-Team) Green & White Castleisland
A.C. Athletic Red & Black stripes Causeway
Killarney Athletic (B-Team) Blue Killarney
CSKA Tralee Red & Blue Tralee
LB Rovers Sky Blue Ballybunion
St. Brendan's Park F.C. (B-Team) Red & Black Tralee
Quarry Park Rangers Blue & White Hoops Gneeveguilla/Rathmore
Shannon Wanderers  ? Ballybunion
Ballyhar Dynamos Blue Firies
Behy Rovers A.F.C.  ?  ?
Inter Kenmare Blue & Black stripes Kenmare

Division 1B[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Atletico Ardfert Navy & White sleeves Ardfert
Shanakill Athletic Blue & White Tralee
Annascaul F.C. Orange Annascaul
Tralee Athletic  ?green Tralee
Na Fianna F.C. Black/Red/Yellow Listowel
Skeliga F.C. Blue Cahersiveen
Balloonagh F.C. Navy Baloonagh, Tralee
Killorglin F.C. (B-Team) Yellow & Blue Killorglin
Newtown Athletic F.C.  ? Moyvane
Listowel Celtic F.C. (B-Team) White & Green Hoops Listowel
Sneem Santos Blue & Red Strips Sneem

Division 2A[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Classic F.C. (B-Team) Yellow & Black Tralee
Rattoo Rovers (B-Team) Green & Black Ballyduff
Tralee Celtic Green Tralee
Sporting Listowel Yellow Listowel
Ballymac Celtic  ? Ballymacelligott
Tralee Dynamos (B-Team) Red Tralee
Mastergeeha F.C. (B-Team) Red & Black stripes Kilcummin
Mitchels Avenue Yellow & Green Tralee
CS Abbeydorney Red & Black Abbeydorney

Division 2B[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Ballyheigue Athletic Green and White Ballyheigue
Ac Athletic (B-Team) Red and Black Causeway
Bay View Rovers Black & Orange Ballyheigue
Mitchels Avenue (B-Team) Yellow & Green Tralee

Ladies League[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Na Fianna F.C. Black/Red/Yellow Listowel
CS Brandon Black & Blue Cloghane/Brandon
Killarney Celtic White & Green hoops Killarney
Tralee Dynamos Red Tralee
Listowel Celtic F.C. White & Green Hoops Listowel Celtic

Youths League[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
Ballyheigue Athletic Green Ballyheigue
Tralee Dynamos Red Tralee
Dingle Bay Rovers Navy & Black Dingle
Listowel Celtic F.C. White & Green Hoops Listowel Celtic
CS Abbeydorney Red & Black Abbeydorney
Inter Kenmare Blue & Black stripes Kenmare
Castleisland Green & White Castleisland
St. Brendan's Park F.C. Red & Black Tralee
Killarney Athletic Blue Killarney
Killorglin F.C. Blue & Yellow trim Killorglin

U17's League[edit]

Club Team Colours Based
AC Athletic Black & Red Causeway
St. Brendan's Park F.C. Red & Black Tralee
Killarney Celtic Green & White Killarney
Killorglin F.C. Blue & Yellow trim Killorglin
Dingle Bay Rovers Navy & Black Dingle
Asdee Rovers Red & Black stripes Asdee
Castlemaine United White Castlemaine
Castlegregory Celtic White & Black Castlegregory
Mastergeeha F.C. Red & Black stripes Kilcummin
Fenit Samphires Green & Black stripes Fenit

Past Winners[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up
2011-12 St.Brendan's Park Castleisland
2012-13 Killarney Celtic St.Brendan's Park
2013-14 Castleisland Listowel Celtic

References[edit]

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