No fireworks down south as Skellig ease by Dromid
The much expected fireworks never materialised in this South Kerry derby as Skellig Rangers made better use of wind conditions to comfortably defeat their neighbours and set up another derby match with Waterville in the next round.
Portmagee built a steady 0-3 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes. They struggled to get the measure of the supporting wind which at times contributed to their 7 first half wides. Brian Hickey was first off the mark in the 2nd minute with a pointed free from 45 yards. Michael Keating went one better in the 7th minute with a 55 yard effort and Hickey converted a 13 yard free on the 10th minute.
Dromid did manage to stem the tide and with some stout and deep defending as they kept Skellig scoreless for the next 10 minutes. The scores dried up in this period but Tommy Brosnan was busy as Hickey, Martin (Skellig) and Aidan O'Connor for Dromid all saw yellow.
Dromid's defence was to finally succumb to the constant Rangers bombardment of high balls. Hickey (2) and Stephen O'Sullivan had points and then the score that almost certainly decided the tie.
Martin O'Sullivan got onto the end of high delivery into the square to punch it past the hapless Alan Hogan in the 26th min. It pushed Rangers lead to 8 points a better reflection of their dominance. They lead at the break 1-6 to 0-2.
Aidan O'Connor got the Dromid fight back on the way with a 31st minute point but the engine just would not ignite as Skellig were in control of everything around the middle.
A punched point by Alan Devane quickly followed by a Martin O'Sullivan point and even with 20 minutes of the game remaining the task facing Dromid was now beginning to look insurmountable. Declan O'Sullivan's pointed free on the 43rd minute put the score board at 1-8 to 0-4.
Portmagee all but sealed the deal on the 45th minute. Keating floated a free into the Dromid square. The delivery hung in the air for an eternity with the wind holding the ball up, in the scramble that ensued the ball made its way tamely to the net. As the Skellig forwards all looked around it was an unlucky touch for a Dromid defender that put the ball across the line.
Scores were at a premium in the last quarter with Dromid adding just two more to put a better reflection on the board but the stand had already emptied at that stage.
Dromid they were just devoid of ideas in front of the posts and their delivery of high balls into the square failed to hurt Skellig Rangers when had the strength and fielding ability to deal with the threat comfortably.
Dominic O'Sullivan, Micheál O'Shea, Michael Sheehan, Declan O'Sullivan and the very busy Aidan O'Connor were to the fore for the Pearses. For Skellig Bernard Walsh, Kevin Martin and Michael Keating were solid in defence. Stephen O'Sullivan and Aidan O'Sullivan were in control at midfield. Brian Hickey worked really hard on the 'forty' and Martin O'Sullivan was a constant danger when the ball arrived into the Rangers full forward line.
Skellig Rangers: Padraig O'Sullivan, Shamus O'Sullivan, B Walsh, Stephen O'Sullivan, B Murphy, K Martin, M Keating 0-1, Stephen O'Sullivan 0-1, Aidan O'Sullivan, Brian O'Sullivan, B Hickey 0-4, A Devane 0-1, Martin O'Sullivan1-1, C Keating, Micheál O'Sullivan. Subs: R O'Shea for A Devane (43), B Casey for Martin O'Sullivan (55)
Dromid Pearses: A Hogan, Donal M O'Sullivan, Dominic O'Sullivan, Padraig O'Sullivan, Denis "Shine" O'Sullivan, P Fitzgerald, C O'Shea, Micheál O'Shea, C O'Connor, K O'Leary, M Sheehan, C Farrell, T Curran 0-1, Declan O'Sullivan 0-4, A O'Connor 0-1. Subs: Seamus O'Sullivan for C O'Connor (53), Ger O'Sullivan for C Farrell (54), S for M O'Shea (54), D O'Donoghue for A O'Connor (57)
Referee: Tommy Brosnan (Dr Crokes)