THE last remaining perfect winning record in the County League was ended last weekend and with it the promotion race opened up a bit as Brosna lost for the first time in this year's competition to Ballylongford, a result that very much brings the North Kerry side back into promotion contention.
Brosna took an early three point lead but Kenneth Foley's goal after 16 minutes brought the home side right into the contest and Ballylongford would lead by 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time after points from Kieran Mulvihill, Eddie Mangan and Jason Deegan. Tom McGoldrick put the visitors right back on track with a goal after half-time and it took a splendid save from Ballylongford goalkeeper Paudie Moroney to prevent them from scoring a second.
McGoldrick along with David Curtin and Eamon Kiely gave the St Kierans side a 1-9 to 1-5 lead heading into the closing stages, but Foley's second goal reignited Ballylongford and they were level for the fourth time heading towards the final whistle at 2-7 to 1-10. Mulvihill put the seal on a Man of the Match performance with the winning score with two minutes left to set up a big promotion showdown with Cromane on the final day.
Brosna have Cromane themselves in a back game in two weeks time and they will be worried all their hard work in the first three quarters of the campaign might slip away with the Mid Kerry side and Fossa their final two games in the League. Fossa came good in the second half against Strand Road, Lorcan Daly's goal had given them an early 1-3 to 0-0 lead, but a David McLoughlin goal had Strand Road right back in the contest at half-time at 1-4 apiece.
McLoughlin would score only score one point in the second half however as Fossa took over with a second goal for Daly alongside a Tommy Cronin effort giving them an eventual 3-10 to 1-5 triumph sending them top of the table.
Cromane kept their slim hopes alive with a 2-10 to 1-8 win over Ballydonoghue. There was little to separate the sides in the first half, Chris Mason responding to an Emmet Casey goal for the Mid Kerry side as it was 1-4 to 07 at half-time.
Devon Flaherty gave the home side an ideal start to the second half with their second goal, however, a goal by Ballydonoghue's Jim Cremins ensured a nervous finish for the home side and they needed points from Sean and Liam Walsh along with Sean O'Sullivan to secure a five point win.
The other game played saw Valentia give themselves merely a mathematically chance of claiming third spot with a great second half performance against a Knocknagoshel side that could only score one point in the second period. The home side led by 0-10 to 1-1 at the break, James and Edmond Walsh to the fore but, the Young Islanders got a lifeline before half-time when Ger O'Shea scored their first goal in the 26th minute.
The South Kerry side came out a changed outfit in the second half, scoring a total of 2-3 inside eight minutes with Andy Quigley and Conor Curtin scoring their goals. Edmond Walsh got Knock's only point in the second half in the 51st minute as O'Shea, Curtin and Brendan O'Sullivan wrapped up a comeback 3-9 to 0-11 win for the visitors.
The other two scheduled games saw Kilgarvan and Laune Rangers B concede walkovers to Renard and Dingle B respectively, meaning the Killorglin side finished their campaign without claiming any points this season.