Two out of three in the cup
Published 20/03/2013 | 05:36
Killarney, Castleisland, Killorglin and Tralee all stepped into cup action over the bank holiday weekend with local sides progressing from two of the three clashes.
There was an all Kingdom clash between Castleisland and Killorglin in the McElligiott Cup. With the semi-final clash pitting two in-form sides against each other it was no surprise to see that this game ended up being one of the most competitive fixtures of the weekend.
Even though Killorglin would have gone into this clash as underdogs they would have fancied their chances of causing an upset against the higher ranked J2 side as the west Kerry side's form of late has been reasonably good.
For their part Castleisland have been showing their impressive abilities of late as they are currently involved in a promotion race to the J1 and have shown themselves to be a team on a mission .
Despite the J3 leaders giving a great account of themselves in this one it was Castleisland that managed to progress to the final with a 10 point win.
Shane Flynn, Pat O'Leary and Mike Cronin all scored tries for the winners with JJ Casey adding a drop goal and Connie Reynolds slotting over a penalty and two conversions.
Killorglin hit back with tries from Mark Healy and Darren Curtayne with a conversion and a penalty from Luke O'Shea but it never looked like being enough to see off what was a clinical display from Castleisland.
Killorglin will need to put this loss behind them as soon as they prepare for a season defining game away to Ballincollig next weekend. A win in this one will see the J3 league leaders secure their spot in the J2 next year while a loss could easily see them throw away the chance for promotion.
Despite recording the win, Castleisland will also need to put this game behind the as they prepare to take on Muskerry for a place in the J1. While this second versus third clash could see both sides garner promotion it is more likely that the winners will get promoted at the expense of the vanquished side.
Killarney also had a good day at the office last Sunday as they squeezed past Bandon by 22-16 in their Munster Junior Plate encounter.
While this win will help to ease the disappointment after their loss to Castleisland in the league a few weeks ago it will only go part of the way towards not making up for not being in with a chance of promotion.
Next up for Killarney is a home tie next Sunday against Thurles. This will be the Kerry side's last league fixture of the season and although they won't be getting promoted they will be keen to end the season on a high.
J1 side Tralee, were the last Kerry side in action on Sunday as they made the trip to Woodleigh Park to take on Highfield in the Munster Junior Cup. Unfortunately for Tralee they came out on the wrong side (26-19) of a terrific clash. Daniel Clarke and Garret Walsh both crossed the whitewash for the vanquished side with Clarke adding three penalties.
Killarney v Thurles
Muskerry v Castleisland
Abbeyfeale v Fermoy
Ballincollig v Killorglin