Lispole dig out win to stay top
THEY might meet again in another competition later on in the year but Lispole got the better of St Senans on this occasion to stay top of the table.
It wasn't a straight forward win for the West Kerry side however as they conceded the opening 1-4 of the game before going on to record a six point win. Eoin O'Connell's goal and three points from Sean O'Connell were part of that total for the Mountcoal side before Tomas O Caomhainaigh with some frees finally got Lispole off the mark but they still trailed by 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time.
Even though Padraig Quille scored the first point of the second half for the visitors the game swung Lispole's way thereafter. Colm O Muirthile's goal kick-started the comeback for the home side as points from Deaglan O Suilleabhain and Adrian O Raoill turned the game in Lispole's favour, Sean O'Connell's scoring Senans' only other point in a 1-12 to 1-6 win for Lispole.
Brosna and Castlegregory are still joint second in the table on eight points, the St Kierans side winning a tight encounter at home to Na Gaeil by 0-9 to 0-7 courtesy of two late points from Mike Finnegan.
Castlegregory, meanwhile, were five-point winners away to Ballylongford coming from two points down at the break to claim the win. Joe McCarthy's goal just before the half-time whistle had the home side 1-5 to 1-3 in front at the break after Colm O'Mahony had scored the visitors' first goal in the 21st minute. An Alan Fitzgerald penalty eight minutes after the restart gave Castle control of the encounter as they hit followed up with three successive scores, late points from Jeremiah Tydings and Brendan Bambury not enough to prevent a 2-11 to 1-9 defeat for Ballylongford.
Keel stay just outside the promotion placings, Gary Sayers, Tomas Ladden and Martin Burke the key figures in a 0-15 to 0-10 away to Beale. The Mid Kerry side had led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break and despite the best efforts of Tom Joy and James McMahon for the North Kerry side, Keel always had enough in hand in an eventual five point win.
With Churchill and Tuosist postponed until next month, the other game to go ahead at the weekend saw Moyvane finally pick up their first points of the campaign away to Ballyduff. The visitors led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break thanks to a brace from Martin Stack along with points from Timmy Noonan, Aidan Keane and Ian McCarthy as Barry O'Grady scored Ballyduff's only two points of the opening period. O'Grady (who finished with five points) and Nicholas Leen had the home side back in control of the game in the second half until Noonan's goal for Moyvane put them back in front.
A William Madden point was needed to stave off late efforts from O'Grady and Leen but the visitors are finally off the mark and indeed the bottom of the table with Tuosist the only team without any points so far.
Lispole look to maintain their lead this weekend away to Ballylongford with the meeting of Keel and Castlegregory probably the most interesting in terms of the promotion chasers. Tuosist host Brosna in a game that has big implications at both ends of the table while St Senans will be looking to get back on track when Churchill travel to Mountcoal. Na Gaeil and Ballyduff reprise their dramatic meeting in last year's Junior Championship while Moyvane will hope to build on their maiden win when Beale visit this Saturday.