CLEARLY not fazed by either the opposition or the position they find themselves in this year, Templenoe made a winning five star start to life in the middle tier as they put five goals past St Marys on the opening day. Not even Bryan Sheehan's presence worried the home side as they found the back of the net with ease last Saturday.
Danny Cahillane scored their first goal early on and even though the visitors were level with their opponents coming towards half-time, a second goal from Teddy Doyle had them 2-4 to 0-6 in front at the break. John Rice scored their third goal from the restart and after tagging on a number of points, Killian Spillane ended the game as a contest with their fourth goal before John Spillane's goal gave them a surreal lead over a side who were only two years earlier All-Ireland Junior Club Champions. Denis Daly scored a consolation goal before the final whistle to make the final score 5-11 to 1-10 in the Kenmare District side's favour.
Another interesting match was the first ever meeting of St Kierans sides Cordal and Castleisland Desmonds in the competition. Cordal were due to have home advantage but with their pitch deemed unplayable, the game was moved to Ballymacelligott. A goal for Desmonds was all that separated the sides at half-time, 1-6 to 0-7 in their favour but five unanswered points for the visitors proved crucial for the visitors after the restart. Pierce Brosnan's goal kept Cordal in touch but a goal from the impressive Cian O'Connor proved to be enough for Desmonds to go on and record a 2-13 to 1-9 victory.
There were two other games were venue changes were forced upon with the weather conditions, both seeing the home sides having to give up home advantage as Glenflesk travelled to Glenbeigh/ Glencar and Scartaglin ended up going to Listry. Glenflesk made the better start against the Mid Kerry side going 0-3 to 0-0 up early on thanks to points from Brian and David O'Donoghue along with Michael O'Shea but Gavan O'Grady had Glenbeigh/ Glencar in front by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval. A better start to the second-half was instrumental in the home side going on to record a 0-12 to 0-9 victory, a superb point from Pa Kilkenny with 10 minutes to go the most eye-catching in Glenbeigh/Glencar's win.
The East Kerry derby between Scartaglin and Listry was a low scoring affair, both sides only managing five points apiece as Listry failed to score in the second-half. Braces of points for Anthony Sweeney (frees) and David Nolan along with a Damien Clifford effort had Listry 0-5 to 0-2 in front at the break after points from Pa Rahilly and Mike Horan for Scart. A second for Horan along with points from Martin Horgan and Mike Coakley had the sides level with 10 minutes to go and while both defences were on top in the second half both sides had chances to win the match before its conclusion but it ended honours even in terrible conditions.
Firies and Dromid Pearses did battle in Farranfore with the South Kerry side added by the breeze going in with a 0-9 to 1-2 half time lead, the pick of their scores coming from Thomas Curran. A goal from Con O'Mahony very much kept the home side in the game. Dan O'Connor goal in the second half for the East Kerry side proved crucial in his side earning a draw at 2-6 to 0-12 in the finish but it was very much Templenoe's performance that stole the headlines on the opening day in Division Three.