Wins for Kilcummin, Dingle and Waterville
AT half-time this game was going pretty much as expected with the home side 1-6 to 0-7 in front.
What happened in the second half only the most die-hard Kilcummin fans would have predicted but the visitors erased the memory of a recent thrashing in an East Kerry League fixture to the same opposition at the same venue to quite an effect.
Jamie O'Sullivan and Donal Maher were the stars of this Kilcummin win as Rathmore looked like they didn't quite know what hit them in the second period. A John Moynihan goal and four Mark Reen points gave the home side the early advantage but an indication of what was to come came before half-time when Kilcummin hit the last three points of the half.
Goals from O'Sullivan and Shane McSweeney (within two minutes of each other) turned the game on its head and the visitors to Rathbeg grew in confidence from there.
While Kerry Minor goalkeeper Shane Ryan (playing in the forwards for his club) and substitute Michael O'Riordan tried to drum up some late salvation for the hosts, Kieran Murphy put the icing on a splendid cake for Kilcummin with a third goal.
An important early win for the victors in terms of what their aspirations might be later on in the campaign.
Listowel Emmets 0-9
A TOUGH introduction back to life in the top flight for Listowel Emmets as they were the victims of a three goal second half salvo from the hosts. Paul Geaney (pictured) produced some magic in that period, scoring two of Dingle's three goals, with the second a quite outrageous finish from the Kerry forward. The visitors held their own in the first half, trailing by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break but the game changed in a big way after half-time. After being set up by two of his team-mates for his first goal, Geaney ran through at least six Listowel players from the half-way line for a quite outstanding finish.
The ground was still in awe at Geaney's strike when Brendain Kelliher found his way through for the home side's third goal and a quite impressive 11 point win.
IT was tight all the way through but Waterville just about stopped Finuge having a dream start in their first ever game in Division One.
While scores were low, the action was certainly no less intense. Fionan Clifford denied the visitors a great goal scoring opportunity with a block down and Barry O'Dwyer made no mistake in the 20th minute when Seamus O'Sullivan put him through for the game's only goal and a 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
Finuge would rally before half-time to draw the game level however, Maurice and Pat Corridan along with Fergus Fitzmaurice, Ricky Heffernan and Gary Hogan all pointed to level the scores up at the break, 1-3 to 0-6.
Two Stephen O'Dwyer points along with an effort from Alan O'Shea had Waterville 1-6 to 0-6 ahead with 10 minutes to go but it would prove to be a very nervous finish for the hosts. Two further points from Fitzmaurice had the bare minimum as substitute Michael Stackpoole caused the Waterville defence problems.
Austin Stacks 2-10
Dr Crokes 0-13
(played on March 16)
PLAYED the previous Sunday, Austin Stacks went a small way towards healing the pain of the 2013 County Final annihilation by the Killarney side.
A Shane Carroll goal gave the home side a 1-7 to 0-5 advantage at the break and though the game was tight for much of the second half, Eamon McAllen set Greg Horan up for what proved to be the match winning goal at the finish in a three-point win for Stacks.
This was Stacks' first win over the Crokes in any competition since June 2011.
* The Currow versus Kerins O'Rahillys was postponed due to a bereavement. Currow now begin their campaign against Austin Stacks in Connolly Park this weekend while Kerins O'Rahillys host Rathmore in their first fixture.