COUNTY MFC Round 3
St Brendans 5-9
St Kierans 1-17
ST KIERAN'S started well in this round three tie in Castleisland, but when St Brendan's scored three consecutive goals in a matter of minutes they left Kieran's playing catch up throughout the remainder of the match.
St Kieran's were in need of a goal and Colm Murphy found the net after Kieran's were awarded a penalty. However, this was the only goal that Kieran's got throughout the remainder of the match. St Brendan's secured two more goals which kept them in the lead, although Kieran's did manage to bring it to just four points on several occasions.
St Kieran's Colm Murphy pointed two fantastic fifty yard frees into the wind. Murphy had an excellent performance, alongside teammates; Timmy Finnegan and Shane O'Connor. St Brendan's Ivan Parker was very impressive, scoring two goals and slotting over points edging his side further ahead each time.
The game could have had a major turning point when a quick free taken by St Kieran's Colm Murphy resulted in him finding the back of the net, however this goal was disallowed by the referee who argued that the free was taken too quickly.
Kerins O'Rahillys 0-14
Feale Rangers 0-9
ON a perfect evening for football, it was the Tralee side who were quickest to settle and should have had several scores on the board before David Keane pointed from play for the home side in the 13th minute. This was cancelled out immediately by a point from play by Cian Sayers.
The remainder of the half was nip and tuck with each side scoring four more points; for Feale Rangers, Sean Gilbert, Rici Hanley, David Foran and David Keane (free) and for Strand Road, Jack Savage (0-3, 1 free) and Gavin O'Brien to leave the scores tied at 0-5 apiece at the small whistle.
Rory Doyle, who had a fine game all through, scored a great point for Rahillys from the throw-in and Jack Savage added three points from frees. David Keane from a free, Darragh Leahy and Joe Coulson reduced the deficit to a point when Robert O'Connor in the Rahillys goal made a great save from David Keane after a lovely move by Feale Rangers involving several players. Gavin O'Brien put two points between the sides again before Darragh Leahy reduced it to the minimum again with what was to be Feale Rangers last score of the game. The final six minutes saw O'Rahillys add four more points through Jack Savage (two frees), Gary Nolan and David Nix. The winning margin did not flatter the Strand Road outfit who over the hour played with more energy and enthusiasm.