South Kerry should have quality to see off Milltown / Castlemaine
South Kerry v Milltown /
(Saturday, July 12
THE initial reaction was arguably relief for South Kerry when the draw was made.
After getting Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks and Kerins O'Rahillys at this stage in the last three years they probably felt they were due a break, but that doesn't mean that Milltown / Castlemaine should be taken lightly.
They are former All-Ireland Intermediate Champions, but when you look at some of the players they could be without ahead of their trip to Cahersiveen you do worry for their chances against the might of the Iveragh outfit.
Colin McKenna (Injury) and Cathal Moriarty (America) are two players that the Mid Kerry club will definitely be without for Saturday while Donal Kelliher, Mike Burke and David Roche are also on the doubtful list.
South Kerry appear to have a full compliment from their victory over O'Rahillys available to them and if Bryan Sheehan and Declan O'Sullivan translate their inter-county form to their district, then they could be quite the feared opposition again come the weekend. Milltown/Castlemaine will likely batten down the hatches and try and frustrate their opponents with a very defensive set-up, it might well be their only chance but you sense South Kerry should know enough of the blades of grass in Con Keating Park to counteract such a strategy.
The club side have had the benefit of two Championship games with West Kerry, but this is a big step up for them and fortune will have to be with them to make the quarter-finals for the second year-in-a-row.
South Kerry should get over this phase of the competition for the first time since 2010, however.
Verdict: South Kerry