AFTER recording an impressive away win only seven days previous, Tralee stepped out at home last Sunday against St Mary's keen to keep their impressive start to this year's league campaign on track.
The visitors, who showed a clean pair of heels to the Cobh Pirates in an earlier round were never going to be an easy proposition, even for a confident Tralee outfit but despite their growing reputation at the top tier St Mary's proved to be no match on the day for a rampant Kerry side who took the spoils by 47-10. A brace of tries from Sean O'Mahony led the way for the Kingdom men with tries also reigning in from Christian McCarthy, Garrett Walsh, Hugh Moran, Owen Tough and Michael Deane.
Daniel Clarke showed his talents with the boot as he slotted over the extra points on a half dozen occasions. Matthew Hickey and Barry Gibbons brought some respectability to the Limerick men's account with a try apiece, but in truth their challenge never looked like it would be able to stop Tralee moving their way up to fifth in the table.
Next up for Tralee is a trip to west Cork as they are scheduled to play Crosshaven this Sunday. This is a very winnable proposition for Tralee as the Cork men are struggling of late and currently sit one off the bottom in 14th. While this should be an away victory for Kerry's premier junior side nothing is certain at this level so caution will be a priority.
With Division 2 on a break week, Castleisland took their place in the semi finals of Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Shield against Mallow. Matthew Ahern bagged a try for Castleisland, which Connie Buckley converted, but that was as good as it got for the visitors as they went down 167 to the Cork men.
Two penalties from Andy Cashman gave Mallow the advantage at the turn 6-0. Cashman struck again after the interval with his hat trick of penalties before Tom Gardner crossed the whitewash to grab the game's decisive score and book the north Cork side a place in the final against Youghal.
Next up for Castleisland is a return to league action as they make the trip to the seaside to face the previously mentioned Youghal.
The Kerry side is in great form in the league so far with three wins from three so they will be desperate to make that four on the trot and keep up their strong challenge near the top of the table.
Killarney head back to action this weekend with a tough trip to Mallow on the cards. Killarney have won two from three this campaign so they will be eager to come away from the rebel county with something from this one.
Abbeyfeale have jumped up to the top spot in Division 3 thanks to a last minute win away at Charleville. Robert Browne claimed the points for the west Limerick boys with a deserved try on the stroke of full-time – 18-15.
This was a great comeback win for Abbeyfeale after they trailed 15-3 at the turn. Johnny O'Neill and Des Power scored tries for the home side with Ryan Brennan adding a penalty and a conversion. The visitors responded with a Sean Scannell try with Thomas Enright adding two penalties and a conversion before Browne's late strike sealed it for Abbeyfeale.
Third place Killorglin were on a break last weekend but will be back in action this Sunday as they make the trip to Dunmaway, Bantry Bay. This could prove to be a tricky encounter for the Kerry side, but if they can manage to come away with the spoils they will cement themselves as one of the league contenders this season.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 (2.30pm) Tralee v Crosshaven Mallow v Killarney Youghal v Castleisland Dunmanway – Bantry Bay v Killorglin