Lispole v Templenoe
(Sunday, September 15,
POTENTIALLY this could be the closest game of the entire weekend.
There are equally compelling reasons to make both sides favourites to win this match. Lispole are undefeated in Division Four all year and are certain of being in Division Three next year.
Templenoe will still be in the middle Division themselves next year but have had the benefit of playing some very high ranked teams already this year. They have defeated St Marys already this year (putting five goals past them for good measure) and gave Glenbeigh/Glencar an almighty fright last weekend.
Renard and Moyvane were overcome by the West Kerry side in getting here while Templenoe had big wins over both Ballydonoghue and Fossa.
The common denominator for both sides is that they lost to last year's winners Scartaglin and it may well come down to whoever has learned more from those defeats in deciding the outcome.
Templenoe were outmuscled by the St Kierans side last year in the semi-final, while Lispole never really got going in the decider. The fact both teams have some exciting young players in their ranks makes this game even more mouth-watering.
We've seen the Crowleys and the Spillanes spearhead Templenoe's rise over the last three years while Colm O Muirthuile, Deaglan O Suilleabhain, Matthew Sean O Grifin and Tomas O Caomhanaigh have caught the eye this year for Lispole.
Eoin Ó Grifin, Ciaran and Dara Ó Suilleabhain along with Brian Ó Raoill are injuries that the West Kerry side will have to contend in advance however along with Noel Higgins' absence. The fact they have their business in the County League sown up will allow them to focus on this game properly this week at the same time.
Templenoe will have the benefit of a settled panel but this is such a hard one to call in advance, it might well need to go beyond the 60 minutes to be settled. If it does come down to who has been the better tested side in advance, then you would have to give a slight to the Kenmare District side in making the decider.