South Kerry favoured to down Strand Road
South Kerry vs.Kerins O'Rahillys
AFTER losing to Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks on home turf at this stage of the competition in the last two years, South Kerry will be well aware of how dangerous this fixture is for them.
While there were moments of brilliance against East Kerry in the First Round, the question of whether or not the team's best days are behind them remains very much to be answered. For Kerins O'Rahillys it looked as if the club were turning over a new leaf in advance of the Championship following an impressive start to the County League.
Defeat on home turf against their old 'bogey' team Laune Rangers undid a lot of that good start. While the job was done against Kilcummin in the Losers Round it wasn't done with the look of a side destined to be challenging for the title in the end.
Looking at it in one way, Strand Road only defeated Waterville by one point in the County League two weeks ago so the thought of defeating the South Kerry District should seem implausible. Championship Football doesn't follow that logic, however.
With South Kerry missing players such as Dominic O'Sullivan, Ciaran Keating, Ian Galvin Bernard Walsh and Stephen L O'Sullivan for this encounter, much will fall on Killian Young, Bryan Sheehan and Declan O'Sullivan's shoulders.
In O'Rahillys' case Barry John Keane has joined Ross O'Callaghan and Shane Brosnan on the summer departure list, but with Micheál Quirke, Barry John Walsh, Declan Quill and a few younger players to call on, this will go right down to the wire.
Verdict: South Kerry