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Thursday 23 October 2014

O'Rahillys are back on top

Jason O'Connor

Published 15/05/2013 | 05:36

Milltown/Castlemaine 1-6

Kerins O'Rahillys 0-11

IT feels like it's been a while since they were last up there but Kerins O'Rahillys are back on top of Division One for now as they won a low scoring encounter away to a previously undefeated Milltown/Castlemaine outfit last Sunday.

The Tralee side only scored once in the first half, a point from Micheal Quirke after 20 minutes as they trailed by 1-2 to 0-1 at the interval after an Ian Twiss goal and points from Kieran McKenna and Pa Wrenn for the Mid Kerry side. Declan Quill and Kieran O'Mahony led a revival for the visitors after the restart scoring two points each as they would lead by 0-8 to 1-3 with 12 minutes left.

Although Twiss ensured the minimum gap was between the two teams with five minutes left, Barry John Keane and John O'Connor scored points for Strand Road as a Mike Burke point was cancelled out by a long range point from Quill in a two point win for the Tralee side that sees them top of the table on their own with seven points.

Dr Crokes 1-15

Rathmore 0-8

DR Crokes' recovery after losing their opening two games continued, this time at the expense of fellow East Kerry side Rathmore as they also had 10 points to spare on home turf last weekend.

The visitors to Lewis Road had actually led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval, Michael O'Riordan putting over two of their total alongside efforts from John Moynihan, Mark and Paul Reen amongst others yet the game changed totally in the Killarney side's favour in the second period. O'Riordan's third point was the visitors last of the match as Alan O'Sullivan and Kieran O'Leary soon had the teams level and even though Rathmore dropped the numbers back in defence, the home side put over eight long range points. Four of those came from Daithi Casey as O'Leary grabbed a goal to put a good seal on their win.

Kieran Ward and Shane Doolan impressed in defence for the home side as Eoghan Lawlor, Conor O'Sullivan and John Buckley tried hard for Rathmore. The curtain raiser to the County Championship meeting with fellow Killarney side Legion awaits Crokes this weekend while Rathmore host a travelling Waterville side.

Laune Rangers 0-8

Kilcummin 1-12

AFTER starting off with three straight defeats, Kilcummin finally got a win in the County League campaign, finishing very strongly away to Laune Rangers in JP O'Sullivan Park last Saturday afternoon as the home side registered only one score in the second-half.

There was very little between the two sides at the break both sides sharing seven points apiece in the opening half although Pa Joy could well have scored a goal for Rangers early on settling for a point instead.

The second half was slow to get going but when it did Kilcummin never looked back as they hit 1-5 without reply. Kilcummin's Shane McSweeney and Kieran Murphy eked the visitors ahead and Kevin Flynn soon registered that solitary second-half point for the Killorglin side. Tony Lyons had to be sharp in denying Ian Devane a great goal chance but he could do nothing about but he could do nothing in the 53rd minute when Kerry U-21 Murphy fired past him into the net and sent the East Kerry side on their way to a seven point win.

Kilcummin host Mid Kerry opposition themselves this weekend in Round Five when Milltown/Castlemaine travel in a repeat of the Senior Club Championship meeting between the same sides last month which the latter won.

• The Waterville vs. Dingle fixture was postponed and is due to be played on the weekend of July 21st. The West Kerry side resume their County League campaign this weekend at home to St Michaels/Foilmore.

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