ALTHOUGH they stuttered slightly towards the end of the campaign, Brosna secured a swift return to Division Four with a rather comfortable in the end 2-12 to 0-8 win over Fossa, taking the Division Five title with them in the process.
From rather early on in the year, this was shaping up to be a big decider at the top of the table and while Brosna will feel the issue should have been sorted long before it came to last Sunday, they suffered no last day jitters on home turf.
The first half was a pretty even affair, Tom McGoldrick and Domhnaill O'Sulliv a n exchanging points for the most part, but the home side took a crucial lead before half-time with Eamon Kiely's goal.
Conor Kiely made an important save after the restart for Brosna and that really seemed to bring them to life. Flor McAuliffe set up Mikey O'Connor for their second goal and the result never seemed to be in doubt after that. McGoldrick and O'Sullivan finished with six points each with Lorcan Daly and Mark Dennehy getting the East Kerry side's only other points.
It's a promotion play-off now for Fossa against Ballylongford after Ballylongford's victory over Cromane ensured both teams finished level in second on 20 points.
Two goals for Matt O'Connor were crucial to Ballylongford's 2-12 to 0-12 victory. The first kept them only one point behind at half-time after Sean O'Sullivan and Liam Walsh helped the Mid Kerry side to a 0-7 to 1-3 lead. The second came after some hesitant defending in the second half and though Cromane put numbers forward in trying to
rectify the situation, Ballylongford's picked off points at the other end to secure a six point victory. A strong charge in the second half of the season has put Ballylongford in the position where they could have two chances of gaining promotion.
The first match with Fossa will be for outright entry into Division Four in 2013; the second match (for the loser) will be against the 10th place team in Division Four to either swap places or else maintain the status quo.
Elsewhere, two teams who will be hoping for much better in next year's campaign, Ballydonoghue and Knocknagoshel played out a 1-6 apiece draw. A Paul Kennelly goal for the home was the difference between the two sides at half-time, 1-2 to 0-2, but Niall Barrett gave the visitors the initiative after halftime with his side's goal. Knock led by three points going into the closing stages, but late points from Kennelly, Jim Cremin and Daniel O'Riordan ensured the spoils were shared at the final whistle.
Asdee finished a respectable eighth place in the table, picking up a final day win over Renard on a scoreline of 2-7 to 2-4; Kilgarvan conceded a walkover to Strand Road in their final fixture while the Dingle B versus Valentia fixture was not played.
The problems with the Division this year have been highlighted already on these pages not just with walkovers but the rather massive maulings that have been handed out to some teams in the Division this year. The matter is likely to get a strong airing at the Fixtures Meeting in December but certainly a more innovative format is going to have to be considered by the CCC to prevent the rather lopsided and distorted nature this division took on at times this year.