Wins for Duagh, Fossa, Knock and Renard
WHILE they restored a degree of pride after their heavy defeat to Templenoe in the Novice Championship the week before, Ballydonoghue suffered their second defeat in the County League, this time to Duagh by two points last weekend. The home side would only score two points themselves in the first half as a Kieran Duffy goal helped the North Kerry champions to a 1-4 to 0-2 lead at the interval. Thomas Kennelly found the back of the net for Ballydonoghue early in the second half but the turning point was arguably when Kennelly appeared to have given his side a second goal but Duagh broke clear and countered with Nigel O'Connor's point eventually helping the visitors to a 1-9 to 1-7 win.
Fossa also made it two from two with a five-point victory away to Valentia. The East Kerry side were reduced to 14 men in the first-half following Damien Dennehy's sending off but managed to lead by 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval thanks to Tadgh O'Shea's frees in the main part. Stephen Devane's goal after 10 minutes of the second half gave the visitors dominance with a follow-up penalty from Lorcan Daly sealing the win as O'Shea finished with seven points in total. Paul O'Connor scored a consolation penalty for Valentia but the Young Islanders still went down by 2-10 to 1-8 at the end.
Knocknagoshel also won their second successive game having too much at home for Laune Rangers B as James and Edmund Walsh again starred in a 1-12 to 0-4 win.
A fourth team with full points are Renard as they held Kilgarvan scoreless in the first half before going on to record a 0-12 to 0-4 win at the Kenmare District venue. Shane O'Sullivan and Kenneth Casey dominated midfield for the South Kerry side with Brian and Liam O'Sullivan having a good day in the forward line despite the best efforts of Jer Kelliher and Kieran O'Sullivan for the home side.
Cromane finally made their debut following the postponement of their first match and had to come from behind before leaving Strand Road with a win. The Mid Kerry side failed to score in the first 15 minutes but two points from Paul Patrick O'Sullivan saw them trail by 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval. A penalty from Gary Sugrue gave the Tralee side a six-point advantage during the second-half but the visitors outscored their opponents by 0-8 to 0-1 before the final whistle. Sean O'Sullivan scored four as further points from Mikey Houlihan and Emmet Casey also helped Cromane to an 0-11 to 1-6 win.
Sneem/Derrynane also made their debut last weekend making the long trip up to Asdee and coming away with an 0-11 to 0-4 victory. The home side kicked 11 wides in the first-half as they trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 at the break but Ian Galvin and Ronan Hussey were dominant for the South Kerry side throughout as John Doran and Padraig Ruddle stood out for Asdee in a seven point loss.
TWO of the teams at the top do battle in round three this weekend, Fossa playing host to Knocknagoshel but it is two derbies that probably catch the eye in Division Five this weekend. Laune Rangers B host Cromane in a Mid Kerry derby while down south, Valentia travel onto the mainland to play Renard. Ballydonoghue will be hoping they finally pick up a win when they travel to Kilgarvan with Asdee and Strand Road in the same boat as the North Kerry side travel to Tralee. The other game sees last year's relegated sides Sneem/Derrynane and Duagh do battle with the former at home.