AFTER coming through two tough tests on the way, Scartaglin's next challenge in trying to get back into the Novice Final is a meeting with a young and up-and-coming Templenoe side who impressed with their victory over Beale last weekend.
Scartaglin weren't firing on all cylinders against Moyvane and Knocknagoshel but considering the desire just to try and make it back into the final the performances are unlikely to be giving them too much concern if it all means they get a chance at redemption. Manager Pat O'shea is looking forward to a different challenge against Templenoe.
"I watched them against Beale and they were very impressive. They definitely seemed to play to a higher standard than you would expect but I think it's a challenge that might suit us a bit more from a footballing point of view. Winning Division Two of the East Kerry League and having Padraig Reidy back full-time has been a bonus, Padraig has taken a few of our training sessions and certainly you can see he has learned well from the Kerry set-up on that aspect of football," he told The Kerryman.
Templenoe meanwhile enter as real 'dark horses' with a sense of youth and exuberance that is marking them out as a team to be watched. Their manager Mike Crowley is sounding a note of caution however ahead of the semi-final. "This is still a very young team and after getting out of Division Five our real aim is to stay in Division Four, the Novice really is a bonus for us. I saw Scartaglin last year and I thought they were very unlucky to lose to Brosna. They do have an edge over us in terms of experience but at the same time young fellas do have that sense of no fear that might work in our favour on Saturday," the Templenoe boss said. Injury wise Daniel Murphy is a slight doubt for Scart while Templenoe are waiting to see how both Patrick Palmer and Michael Hallissey shape up closer to the weekend.
The Kenmare District side have looked the more impressive in getting here it must be said, but Scart have such a desire to make right the losses of 2008 and 2011 that they will feel they are getting ever closer to making the third time a charm. A repeat of their first two performances won't do but against a more footballing side they might be able to use their experience to their benefit and make their third final in five years.