Dr Crokes 2-13 Templenoe 3-8
Killarney Legion 1-13 Kerins O’Rahilly’s 2-9
Spa Killarney 0-21 Beaufort 0-15
The game was dominated by Spa throughout and it was never in doubt that they would give away the valuable win. Beaufort started strong with great work from the forward line slotting two points over the bar. Stam was on fire tonight in Spa with great free taking and scoring every time that Beaufort fouled the home side. The speedster Ryan O Carroll for Spa playing centre forward was a threat every time he was in possession. His passing was critical with many scores. However, Fergal Hallissey for Beaufort was on par also for the away side, narrowing the gap between the sides. However, Spa pulled away with scores from Evan Cronin, Dara Moynihan, Mike McCarthy and Shane Cronin to stretch the lead. Beaufort with their never say die attitude, had great scores from full forward Ciaran Kennedy and the substitutes Darragh Coffey, Jeremiah O Sullivan and Ian McGillycuddy. Spa had the lead with five points at the end of first half, Spa 0-13 Beaufort 0-08.
Second half saw Spa dominate for the first ten minutes, with great work from Mike McCarthy, Shane Cronin, Niall McCarthy and Ciaran Spillane stretching their lead by eleven points. The Mid Kerry team woke up and scored a few beautiful scores. Spa were penalised for their fouls and once again Fergal Hallissey punished the home side. However, both goal keepers pulled off some great saves to keep their sheet clean. Dara Moynihan was fouled by Jonathan Kissane, resulting in a yellow card. Dara, getting back to his form before injury, was very influential in assists and scores. The McCarthy brothers, Niall and Mike, were superb in the air and were a nightmare for Beaufort to contain. It was point for point in the last quarter, but couldn’t narrow the gap that Spa had created. Spa will be delighted to retain their winning County League streak and will treasure each victory. Beaufort will recover especially after the Junior Celebrations last week.
Spa: James Devane, Eoghan Cronin, Dan O Donoghue (Capt), Eoin Cronin, Shane Lynch, Eoin Fitzgerald, Ciaran Spillane, Andrew Garnett, Shane Cronin (0-1) , Michael McCarthy (0-1) , Ryan O Carroll (0-1) , Dara Moynihan (0-2), Niall McCarthy, Michael O Donoghue (10 pts 5 frees) and Evan Cronin (0-5). Subs used: Eric O Donoghue, Shane Fenton, Conor Stack (0-1) , Mikey Moynihan, Paul Cahill and Paudie O Donoghue.
Beaufort: Mike Moriarty, Michael J O Connor, Gerard Hartnett, Sean Kelliher, James O Reilly, Mike Breen, Jonathan Kissane (0-2), Nathan Breen, Ronan Murphy, Padraig Doona (0-2), Liam Carey, Fergal Hallissey (0-5 Frees), Niall O Connor, Ciaran Kennedy (0-3) and Ronan Ferris. Subs used: Darragh Coffey (0-1) Padraig O Sullivan, Padraig Hartnett (0-1) , Ian McGillycuddy (0-1) and Danny Healy.
John Mitchel’s 0-15 St Mary’s 2-9 (a draw)
John Mitchels played St Mary’s in Round 4 of the Co League at home last Saturday evening. Conditions were perfect with a slight breeze in favour of St Mary’s in the first half. John Mitchels raced into an early lead with a point from play within 30 seconds from Alan O’Donoghue, which was followed by points from Conor Hurley, a converted free from James Duggan and a point from play from Niall Sheehy. It took 14 minutes into the game before St Mary’s registered a score, which was a converted free from Daniel Daly. Bryan Costello scored a point from play, which was followed by a St Mary’s point from play by Paul O’Donoghue. This left the score at 0-05 to 0-02 in favour of Mitchels after the first quarter. Alan O’Donoghue edged Mitchels ahead by a further point, but the remainder of the first half was dominated by St Mary’s by scoring 2-04. The goals were scored by Jack Daly and Daniel Daly and Mitchels could only manage one point from play by James Duggan, leaving the half time score John Mitchels 0-07 St Mary’s 2-06.
The second half opened with a point from play by Daniel Daly, stretching St Mary’s lead to six points. With a mountain to climb, Mitchels rallied with three points in a trot all from frees. St Mary’s steadied the ship with a Bryan Sheehan free, which was followed by a point from play from Alan O’Donoghue, leaving the scoreline John Mitchels 0-11 St Mary’s 2-08 heading into the final quarter. With the margin down to three points, Mitchels rose their game again with a converted free from Mikey Kelliher. St Mary’s replied with a point from play by Daniel Daly. Mitchels dominated the remainder of the game with points from play by Wayne Duggan, James Duggan and Alan O’Donoghue to level the match. Final Score John Mitchels 0-15, St Mary’s 2-09.
An Ghaelteacht 1-14 Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-12
Glenbeigh/Glencar were dealt another blow in their fight to keep their Division one status alive, as they suffered defeat away to An Ghaeltacht on Saturday evening. Glenbeigh/ Glencar’s season has been plagued by injury and the news that Pa Kilkenny, who was having a great season was out for the remainder of the season, came as a massive blow to the team. An Ghaeltacht raced into a 0-06 to 0-01 lead, with Dara O Se scoring five points, four from frees and Oigi O Shea scoring the remaining point. Glenbeigh/ Glencar’s solitary point came from a Gavan O Grady free, but Glenbeigh/Glencar did create two goal attempts from Kieran Courtney and O Grady, as early signs showed they were well up for the fight. An Ghaeltacht were playing with a strong breeze, but Glenbeigh/Glencar fought hard. A Gavan O Grady free reduced the deficit with another point, but Aaron O Suilleabhain and another Dara O Se converted free extended the lead for the home team. Glenbeigh/Glencar’s best spell of the half came towards the end with Caolim Teahan scoring a fine point, after excellent work by Daniel Griffin and Jeremiah Hoare in the build up. A superb Gavan O Grady free from out on the wing made the score 0-08 to 0-04, as Glenbeigh/Glencar tried to build a platform for the second half. Another Dara O Se free extended An Ghaeltacht’s lead just before the halftime whistle as the home team finished with a five point advantage.
Glenbeigh/Glencar needed a good start to the second half and they got it with a fine point by Feargal Griffin, quickly followed by a Tommy Cahill free, but his effort drifted just wide of the mark. Dara O Se’s free kicks were a feature of the match and he nailed his sixth of the game early into the half. A Gavan O Grady free brought the away side back to within four points, as Glenbeigh/Glencar freshened things up as Bernard Murphy came on for Darra Casey. Bernard had an instant impact, winning a free which O Grady scored to reduce the deficit to three. Glenbeigh/Glencar were in the ascendancy forcing An Ghaeltacht back into their own half and they closed the gap to two with another Caolim Teahan point. Glenbeigh/Glencar were dealt a further injury blow with Jack Brosnan suffering a shoulder injury, forcing him off to be replaced by Vincent Hoare. The visitors had chances to close the gap even further, as they were playing the better football, and for a split second Vincent Hoare looked as he might have a crack at goal, but good closing down by the An Ghaeltacht defence denied him the opportunity to shoot. An Ghaeltacht responded well with two points by Dara O Se and Sean O Bambaire, as they opened up a four point lead again. The match was end to end, points from Tommy Cahill and Caolim Teahan, either side of a Dara O Se converted free, made the score 0-13 to 0-10. O Se and O Grady exchanged frees in the closing minutes as Glenbeigh/Glencar still had a chance of a goal to grab a point from the game. However, as they rightfully pushed forward, it left the backline exposed and, when Glenbeigh/Glencar were left three on one, Oigi O Se scored the only goal of the match in the dying minutes. Credit to Glenbeigh/Glencar who didnt give up with Jeremiah Hoare scoring the last point of the match to make the final score 1-14 to 0-12. It was a valiant effort by Glenbeigh/Glencar but their league position remains critical with only a point on the board. It has been a very hard campaign so far for the management and team missing key players every match in such a competitive division where the margins are so close between most of the teams.
Rathmore 1-15 Dingle 1-09
With Rathmore playing with the breeze in the first half, they went ahead with two points in the first minute from Shane Ryan and Brian Friel. Rathmore put two more points on the board, before Dingle registered a score from corner forward Michael Boland in the 13th minute. Rathmore continued to dominate with three further points, before Dingle’s second point in the 25th minute, followed by another from a free a minute later. The half finished with a John Moynihan goal to leave it 1-08 to 0-03 in favour of the home side at half time. Despite having periods of good possession in the first half, Dingle didn’t convert these into scores.
Dingle brought in Conor Geaney for the second half and he made an immediate impact, scoring a point in the first minute. This was followed two minutes later by a well worked goal finished by full forward Cathal Bambury. Rathmore got the momentum back with a point from Daniel O Sullivan, followed quickly by two Mark Reen frees. The sides traded points before Dingle hit a purple patch, reeling off four unanswered points, three from Conor Geaney and one from Cathal Bambury. Rathmore rounded off the half with the last three points, the last two breakaways from George O Keefe and Shane Ryan. Final score: Rathmore 1-15, Dingle 1-09. There were two decisions resulting in a goal being disallowed, Rathmore in the first half and Dingle in the second half, both for a square ball which could have put a different look on the final score, had either or both been allowed. Best for Rathmore were Shane Ryan, John Moynihan Mark Reen Brian Friel and Cillian O Connor, for Dingle Conor Geaney, Cathal Bambury and Matthew O Flaherty. Scores Rathmore (S Ryan 0.05, M Reen 0.05, J Moynihan 1.00,B Friel 0.02 G O Keeffe 0.02 D O Sullivan 0.01). Dingle (C Bambury 1.02 C Geaney 0.04 M Boland 0.02 B Kelliher 0.01).