DINGLE's footballing rivalries reached an all-time high last Saturday afternoon town league teams Na Piarsaigh lined out against Sráid Eoin in Páirc an Ághasaigh.
This 2012 derby saw town league veterans (and their descendants) take on their arch rivals in a charity match in aid of West Kerry Mental Health with Mícheál Slattery leading Na Piarsaigh against Noel O'Callaghan's Sráid Eoin.
Despite the jovial nature of proceedings, once referee Richard Williams threw in the ball, the pressure was on to perform as a hard-fought 30minute match ensued.
Sráid Eoin took an early lead but Danno O'Keeffe's, shall we say, partisan match commentary, seemed to lift his Pearses compatriots.
"Pure class" was the claim every time a green jersey went near a ball while Sráid Eoin's exploits, even their early first half goal, was dismissed as "pure fluke" by Danno. Despite the Quay publican's lambasts of Sráid Eoin's "tippy-tappy" football as they played, in his eyes, "some sort of soccer", the John Street men kept the head up.
After a tough 30 minutes the teams ended on level terms (thankfully) with a score-line of 2-04 to 2-04 and peace was restored once again with Ronnie McDonnell of Sráid Eoin claiming the mantle of Man of the Match.
Commentator Mr O'Keeffe also received a reprieve, with Sráid Eoin's Michael O'Callaghan exclaiming, "' tis alright, we love Danno, he always adds a bit of spice to things!"
Next up was a challenge match between county championship runners-up Dingle who took on West Kerry. Some excellent football ensued with Dingle winning on a score-line of 2-10 to 0-07, with Joe Sheehy named Man of the Match.
A penalty shoot-out, featuring Kerry Ladies star Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh among others, brought things to a close on a supremely enjoyable and very cold day's football.
"We're all very happy to have togged out in aid of West Kerry Mental Health," Dingle GAA PRO Breandán Fitzgerald, told The Kerryman afterwards. "It was an epic game, made all the better by Danno's wonderful commentary and Richie's fair refereeing! Fair play to Michael Slattery and Noel Callaghan for marshalling their men and we want to say a big thank you to everybody who supported the day."
"I hear Na Piarsaigh are in training for next year already," quipped the Sráid Eoin player.
A tally of the proceeds raised on the day will be forthcoming from the West Kerry Mental Health Committee in the New Year.