CONSIDERING what's to come this was the result Killarney Legion were hoping to avoid ahead of the County Championship opener against the same opposition in the not too distant future.
Killarney Legion 0-1 Dr Crokes 2-17
With Dr Crokes without so many of their big names on the day this really was a big eye opener for the home side ahead of three weeks time. Good goalkeeping by Andrew O'Connor on a number of occasions prevented the final scoreline from being a lot worse from their point of view. However there was nothing that he could when Shane O'Neill scored Crokes' first goal in the opening half after great work in the build-up by Shane Myers and the game as a contest was practically ended on the three-quarter mark with Bryan O'Shea's well taken goal for the visitors in an incredible 13 point win in Direen.
Legion's misery on the day was compounded by Danny Sheahan's dismissal for a second yellow card but Brian Looney, Jamie Doolan and Gavin O'Shea were dominant up front for the Crokes as Myers dictated matters in defence.
Whatever about the County Championship, Legion will have to regroup quickly when they travel down South to Waterville this weekend, never an easy task in itself! Crokes meanwhile move within range of the top three with their third consecutive win in the competition.
Austin Stacks 0-18
Laune Rangers 0-7
ANOTHER big win on home turf for Austin Stacks as they overcame a poor Laune Rangers in Connolly Park last Sunday.
Christopher O'Riordan and Jack O'Connor were the visitors only scorers in the opening half as they trailed by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break, five of the Stacks' starting forwards along with defender John Dennis getting on the score sheet for the home side. John Sheehan and Kieran Crowley did their best to lift Rangers in an improved second half effort but Shane Carroll finished with five, Mikey Collins four and Paul O'Donoghue three points in an 11-point Rockies win.
Stacks have their third consecutive home game against Dingle to look forward to this weekend while Rangers go to Milltown/Castlemaine in a Mid Kerry derby where there are great contrasts in fortunes between both sides in advance.