WHILE it had already been known that Duagh would not be playing Kilgarvan this weekend, the concession of a walkover by Strand Road to Fossa was something that was not anticipated. Fossa go top of the table for the moment following that outcome while the battle for third spot intensified below them.
Knocknagoshel and Cromane played out a 1-6 to 0-9 stalemate at Willie Walsh Park with the Mid Kerry side finishing with 14 players on the day. Both sides traded two points early on and while the visitors nearly found the back of the net themselves twice, the home side were not found wanting when Edmund Walsh set up Ciaran Downey for a chance of their own. His goal was the difference between the two sides at the break as three Sean O'Sullivan points saw Cromane trail by 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time. James and Edmund Walsh scored the St Kierans side's only points of the second-half however as the visitors dominated the closing stages. Sean O'Sullivan put over what proved to be the equalizer with two minutes to go before a late chance for the Mid Kerry side went wide to ensure that it remained a draw at the final whistle.
Sneem/Derrynane won the South Kerry derby with Renard to keep their chances of promotion on track, Donal Galvin and Morgan O'Donoghue scoring crucial goals for the home side in a 2-12 to 0-14 win. Galvin scored the first in the 20th minute after the home side had opening the match with the first four points of the game. Brian O'Sullivan had registered the visitors' first score in the 13th minute but they found themselves 1-6 to 0-4 behind at the interval thanks to three Ronan Hussey frees. Shane O'Sullivan and Conor O'Leary contributed to a much better performance from Renard in the second-half and they were trailing by only one point with five minutes left. Morgan O'Donoghue flicked a free from Hussey into the net however to halt their comeback as despite seven points from Brian O'Sullivan, he was just eclipsed by Hussey with eight.
Valentia stayed the hunt themselves thanks to a 1-13 to 0-9 win over Asdee. A long trek north for the Young Islanders saw them recover from a poor start to the match to record a seven point win. Asdee led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the first 15 minutes but an unlikely goal by Mark Lynch in the 20th minute had the scores level. Brian O'Connor put over a '45' for the visitors to have them narrowly in front by 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time. Eoin Tydings, Kieran Kelly and Mike Breen hit three unanswered points for the home side early in the second-half but they would not score again for the remainder of the match. Paul O Shea, Andy Quigley, Con Curtin, Fionan Falvey and Paul O'Connor along with Lynch kicked late points for the visitors in a finish of six consecutive points before the final whistle.
Laune Rangers B finally picked up their first win of the campaign with a dramatic finish to their encounter at home to Ballydonoghue. The home side scored two late goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat having trailed by 0-12 to 1-3 midway through the second-half. Eamon Walsh helped the visitors to an early 0-7 to 0-1 advantage but a goal from Finn Brosnan had Rangers trailing by only one at half-time, 0-7 to 1-3. Walsh withdrew through injury in the second-half and David O'Connor also had an effort cleared off the line but the North Kerry side still looked in control of the game. A fortuitous penalty, converted by Pa Crowley, had the Killorglin side back in the game however and Brosnan's second goal turned the game on its head as the final whistle blew to a 3-6 to 0-14 win for Laune Rangers.