IT was as hard fought as you would expect an encounter between two teams at the top of the table to be, but Lispole remain at the summit after a 1-13 to 0-13 win over fellow promotion chasers Brosna.
Tomas O Caomhanaigh's penalty on the three-quarter mark was the deciding factor as the Lispole forward finished with 1-5 on the day. They was very little to separate the two sides in the first-half, the home side leading by 0-7 to 0-6, Declan O'Sullivan's point giving them the advantage. Brosna looked to have taken the initiative in the second-half however when they hit four points in succession to move ahead. O Caomhanaigh converted after Colm O Muirthuile was fouled inside the area to put Lispole back in front and a tremendous catch by Garrett Noonan led to a crucial score for his side. The visitors tried hard to break their opponents down in the closing stages but the West Kerry side held firm for a three point win.
Keel and Churchill duly took advantage of Brosna's loss, the Mid Kerry side too good for Moyvane while Churchill just shaded a close encounter with Ballylongford.
Keel took over in the second half of their match having led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time. Ian McCarthy scored Moyvane's only point of the second half with five minutes left as Gary Sayers (right), Thomas Ladden, James Long, Eoin O'Neill and Michael O'Connor all registered second-half points for the visitors in a comfortable 0-13 to 0-4 win.
Churchill had to come from a 1-4 to 0-2 deficit early on in their encounter to win by the narrowest of margins, Ivan Parker immense in their 1-13 to 2-9 win. He helped his side to only trail by a point at the break at 1-4 to 0-6 and even though Ballylongford found the net for a second time in the second half, Fiachra Griffin instantly responded with a Churchill goal to quickly undo the damage. Parker's ninth point of the match was ultimately the difference however and a massive game between the St Brendans side and Brosna now awaits in the next round.
Castlegregory's hopes took a significant setback however as a failure to score in the opening 28 minutes of their game away to Na Gaeil was a big contributory factor in a 0-13 to 1-3 defeat. The Tralee side scored eight in period as two points before the half-time whistle saved the West Kerry side's blushes. A goal in the second half did give Castle a slight chance but bar the efforts of JB Spillane, Alan Fitzgerald and Joe O'Connor, it really was a night to forget for the visitors. Darragh Carmody finished with five points for Na Gaeil, as Kieran Dineen, Dylan Brazil and Michael Griffin dominated for the home side in a seven point win.
With St Senans and Ballyduff's game called off due to the County Hurling Championship taking place as well last weekend, there really wasn't a lot of movement at the bottom save for Tuosist's concession of a walkover to Beale.
While it's still not official by any means, the writing would appear to be on the wall for the Kenmare District side in terms of hopes of avoiding Division Five for 2014. Beale's own hopes get a boost as they face a big meeting at the bottom with Senans in the next round in three weeks time.