Kerry confirm Division 1 status and now chase semi-final place
Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36
A much improved second half display saw Kerry gather both points on offer in Mullingar on Sunday last where the home-side really took the game to the visitors in the opening half. Kerry thus secured their Division 1 status but two draws elsewhere did Kerry no favours with regard to a possible semi-final place.
Despite a bright start after which they led by 0-4 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter, Kerry conceded the advantage to the homeside and had Kieran O'Leary's goal to be thankful for at the break when the sides retired on level terms 1-6 to 0-9. Kerry upped the ante big-time on the resumption and Paul Geaney's early goal was just the tonic and thereafter they dominated proceedings to finally win on a score of 2-15 to 0-13.
Kerry will now play Cork in the final round at Tralee's Austin Stack Park on Sunday (3pm) where only a win will suffice for the home side to have any chance of qualifying for a semi-final place. With the points table showing Cork and Derry on 9 points, Tyrone on 8, Dublin and Mayo on 7 points and Kerry on 6, the Kingdom will have to beat Cork and hope results elsewhere go their way on Sunday next.
In particular, Kerry will be listening closely to the Tyrone v Dublin and Mayo v Derry results - but first they must beat Cork!
ENTRY TO SUNDAY'S GAME
BY PREPAID TICKET ONLY
Kerry supporters attending Sunday's Allianz League game against Cork will see a continuation of the new entry procedures whereby entry will be by prepaid ticket only.
Patrons should also note that there is a great incentive to purchase tickets prior to the game - tickets to all Allianz League games are just €10 if purchased at any time in advance of the three hour deadline before throw-in on Sunday, Otherwise, tickets will cost the full price of €15 so it makes sense to purchase in advance.
Tickets can be purchased in advance either from local participating Supervalu or Centra stores, on-line from Ticketmaster.ie or from the offices in Austin Stack Park or the GAA Store in the Outlet Center in Killarney. Where tickets are not purchased in advance, they will be available from a specially adapted van or ticket booths equipped with ticketing facilities - get your ticket and that gets you entry through the stiles.
Any concessions for such as OAP, Student, etc will only be granted on production of a valid ID. The vans will be located in the Car Park outside the main entrance to Austin Stack Park. For health and safety reasons the car park will be closed to traffic.
Round 2 of the Credit Union Senior Football League took place last weekend when all but one game took place.
The Division 2 meeting of Listry and Gneeveguilla was rescheduled to this Saturday due to Liebherr's Inter Firm Final.
In Division 1, Austin Stacks, Kilcummin and St Michaels-Foilmore have full points and in Division 2, Killarney Legion, Kenmare and newly promoted Glenbeigh-Glencar all have full points.
Dromid Pearses, Templenoe and Keel are setting the early pace unbeaten in Division 3 and Beale, Na Gaeil and Beaufort are doing likewise in Division 4.
Meanwhile, St Senans, Dr Crokes and Sneem-Derrynane are the pace setters in Division 5.
Round 3 of the Leagues will be played on the weekend of April 13 after which the Club Championships commence.