THEY might have spent 12 months away from the Division in 2012, but Brosna returned to Division Four on a winning note last Saturday, having four points to spare over Beale in a 1-12 to 1-8 win.
The Ballybunion side made the better of the opening exchanges but four unanswered points helped the home side to a 0-7 to 0-5 lead at the break, Mike Finnegan really impressing for Brosna. Beale had a positive start to the second half, Paul Horgan fisting a high ball into the net but Brosna took control of the game around the three-quarter mark. Finnegan was fouled for a penalty that Tom McGoldrick converted as Shane Fitzmaurice and Flor McAuliffe put over impressive points for the home side. Ian Blake's frees made the score a bit more encouraging from the visitors' point of view but their frustration on the day was best illustrated in James McMahon's dismissal for a second bookable offence.
Another meeting of two North Kerry sides, St Senans and Moyvane produced five goals but it was the Mountcoal side's better ability to put the ball over the bar along with a blistering first-half start that was the difference in a commanding 2-13 to 3-3 win. Senans led by 1-11 to 0-2 at the break, Sean O'Connell scoring six of their points as John Barry converted a penalty just before the half-time whistle. Ian McCarthy and Timmy Noonan saved Moyvane's blushes before the break but the game looked to be heading for a farcical score line after the restart when Richard Nolan set Jason Browne up for the home side's second goal. McCarthy restored some pride for the visitors with their first goal soon after and while the game had long since petered out as a contest an Adrian Keane penalty and a goal from Donal Leahy gave Moyvane some better consolation before the finish.
Castlegregory received an added bonus prior to their game with Churchill with the St Brendans side having to concede home advantage due to their pitch being deemed unplayable. Churchill had the wind in the first half and went in 0-8 to 0-3 ahead, Benny Dillon and Daniel Doyle prominent in giving them a five-point advantage at the interval. Alan Fitzgerald galvanised Castle at the start of the second half however scoring three unanswered points and a combination of an injury to Dillon along with some good goal keeping from Adam O'Donnell proved to be Churchill's undoing. Shane Hennessy and JB Spillane registered scores but Fitzgerald finished with 10 in a come from behind 0-15 to 0-10 win for the West Kerry side.
Keel took their time to get going away to Lispole but would ultimately earn a share of the spoils in a 0-12 to 1-9 draw. The home side scored the opening three points in the first 10 minutes but Mike O'Connor's goal undid the visitors' early woes yet Lispole enjoyed a slender 0-7 to 1-3 lead at half time. The second half was similarly 'tit-for-tat' but Declan O'Sullivan looked to have given Lispole the win until Gary Sayers levelled for the home side prior to the final whistle.
There was stalemate also between Ballylongford and Ballyduff, both sides finishing with a total of 12 points as well with 10 points from Barry O'Grady for the visitors the standout feature of the match. The home side led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break but were unlucky not to be further ahead, a fine piece of goalkeeping before the break preventing them having a six-point advantage. 2012 Kerry minor Evan Doyle was one of the visitors' other point scorers but it was Kerry U-21 David Culhane who was among the point scorers in earning a point for Ballylongford as the game had a sixpoint swing in terms of Ballyduff being three points ahead before they were hauled back for the draw.
Na Gaeil's long journey to Tuosist was a successful one, the Tralee side returning home with a 3-8 to 0-7 victory. Diarmuid Herlihy's goal gave them a 1-7 to 0-1 lead with the breeze at the break, Liam O'Shea getting the Kenmare District side's point. O'Shea and Colm Brosnan tried hard to keep Tuosist in the game but a second goal for Herlihy followed by a third from Darragh Carmody proved to be too much for the home side to overcome.