PROBABLY the most anticlimatic feel to a finish in the top flight in some time but the County Finalists, Dr Crokes and Dingle still had to go out and make sure of their place in another final, the League one, with Milltown/Castlemaine garnering slim hopes of forcing a playoff should their be a slip-up by either.
There was no such occurrence however as both County Finalists got the necessary victories over St Michaels/Foilmore and Ardfert respectively. Crokes sent out a strong message to the West Kerry side with a powerful 5-15 to 0-7 victory over a Foilmore side obviously with more interest in the South Kerry Final with Waterville on the Bank Holiday Monday. Gavin O'Shea, Keith and Kieran O'Leary were Dr Crokes' goalscorers in the first half as they led by 3-7 to 0-4 before O'Shea added a second after the restart with Shane O'Neill rounding off a five star performance with the final goal.
Dingle didn't put up the high goal tally that they have been doing in the County Championship; however they had 10 points to spare themselves over the already relegated Ardfert with a 2-12 to 1-5 victory ensuring their second consecutive appearance in a County League Final against their opponents this Sunday.
Milltown/Castlemaine and Laune Rangers played out what could possibly be a prelude to this year's Mid Kerry Final with the late switch of venue no doubt aiding the All-Ireland Intermediate champions who now enjoyed home advantage. A Derek Twiss penalty saw both teams level at half-time at 1-5 to 0-8 but Johnny Carey's dismissal for a second yellow card coupled with a Cathal Moriarty goal put Milltown in control before Kieran Doona grabbed a consolation goal to make the final score 2-10 to 1-11 in favour of the home side.
Gneeveguilla's stay in Division One didn't end on a happy note as Austin Stacks beat them by 2-8 to 0-4 in Connolly Park, their opponents in the O'Donoghue Cup semifinal and fellow parishioners Rathmore drew away to Killarney Legion on a final score of 1-10 to 0-13.
Spa's game with Kerins O'Rahillys had been played the week earlier and despite the game having no significance, Rahillys secured fifth position in the final table with a 1-14 to 1-12 victory.