Legion, Kenmare and Glenbeigh/Glencar share top spot in Two
KILLARNEY Legion, Kenmare and Glenbeigh/Glencar are the early pace setters in Division Two following the first two rounds.
Legion had 11 points to spare over Castleisland Desmonds away from home with two first half goals from Conor Keane giving them a lead they never looked like relinquishing. A great performance by Kieran Brennan, good shifts by Niall Mitchell and Pat Fitzgerald along with a penalty from Thomas Hickey saw Desmonds try hard to overcome a 2-9 to 0-5 deficit at the break but the visitors went on to record a 2-15 to 1-10 win in the finish. Chris Davies and David O'Sullivan had good performances for Legion as David Gleeson also caught the eye with some good goalkeeping.
The Spa versus Kenmare fixture unsurprisingly saw both Michael O'Donoghue and Paul O'Connor dominate the scoring stakes with both men responsible for 16 of the 25 scores on the day. It was the visitors who won out by a slender 0-13 to 0-12 margin however as the hosts ran out of time in their search for a deciding score. O'Connor scored nine points as Alan O'Leary and Mark Crowley were Kenmare's other scorers on the day with the visitors leading by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break. Liam Kearney and Shane Cronin injected some life into Spa's sails in the second period but the Kenmare defence was resolute in holding off their advances and claiming their second successive win.
Laune Rangers 1-6
Glenbeigh/Glencar had a much narrower margin of victory over Laune Rangers than last year's Mid Kerry Final but the result was still the same as they came out on top by a point. While the hosts scored the first three points of the match, they needed goalkeeper Rory O'Connor to pull off a brilliant save to keep them ahead at that point. O'Connor could do nothing about Shane McSweeney's goal before half-time however as both sides went in level at 0-6 at 1-3. Pa Joy put Rangers in front for the first time during the second half but the hosts quickly responded as the game ebbed and flowed at both ends. Tommy Cahill put over the score that would eventually separate both sides at the finish, 0-10 to 1-6, as Gavan O'Grady scored six points on the day.
Skelligs Rangers 2-9
St Pat's Blennerville 1-9
Skellig Rangers secured their first win of the campaign with a 2-9 to 1-9 win over St Pats/Blennerville on home turf. Points from Sean Courtney and Bryan Hickey saw the Portmagee side lead by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break with Kieran Hurley keeping the visitors in touch. Andy Byrne's goal for the visitors was a good boost for St Pats following the restart yet Courtney responded with a goal for the hosts to keep their advantage. Alan Devane scored Skellig's second goal and even though Skellig tried hard to rectify matters, the home side's defence were tenacious in holding on for their three point win as the St Brendans side find themselves with no points from their first two games.
John Mitchels 3-14
John Mitchels recovered from a high scoring defeat to Kenmare on the opening day with a big win over Tarbert. The Tralee side's winning margin was 16 points in a 3-14 to 0-7 game.
* The other scheduled round two fixture in the Division, an East Kerry derby between Listry and Gneeveguilla, will be played this Saturday in Listry at 6pm.