PROBABLY the pick of the two semi-finals to the county at large, Kenmare and Glenbeigh/glencar meet again after locking horns in 2010 when Kenmare needed extra-time to see off the Mid Kerry side on home turf in the quarter-finals. This time it's a stage further and with the chance of a place in the final at stake.
Both appear to be in good form heading into it, Kenmare showing great resolve to see off Ballymacelligott after extra-time while Glenbeigh have put up good performances in overcoming trips to Firies and Brosna to make it to the last four.
Kenmare selector Enda Crowley is happy with how his side came through the Ballymac game. "Even though we might have fell asleep and let them back into it, the lads responded well to the goal that sent the game into extra-time and came through. We've been gearing ourselves up for this after losing out to St Marys and Dromid Pearses (the eventual winners) the last two years and thankfully now there isn't as much pressure on Paul O'connor to produce for us with the likes of Stephen O'brien and Mark Crowley stepping up and the rest of the team seem to have responded to that as well," he told The
He cites Glenbeigh/glencar's inter-county experience as being a huge advantage for the Mid Kerry side, however, and Glenbeigh manager Gary Mcgrath admits that there are greater expectations around the club following the Mid Kerry Championship triumph back in January.
"They have definitely gone up after that great win but we have to remember that seven or eight of this team are still U-21 and there is still a bit for them to learn. Ideally you would have wanted home advantage in the opening rounds but the lads certainly impressed in me in going to both Farranfore and Brosna and coming away with victories," Mcgrath said.
Glenbeigh's Jason Mckenna is the only injury concern for either side heading into a match that has the potential to all the way and indeed further. Kenmare have shown they have the bottle now for when the going and indeed the odds start turning against you like they threatened to do against Ballymac. O'brien and Crowley are great options to have and Glenbeigh have a big choice in deciding who to assign to those particular players not to mention Paul O'connor.
Darran O'sullivan and Gavan O'grady should keep Glenbeigh right in their to the death but while the Mid Kerry Championship has brought them on, it is likely just a small bit early to be going straight into the full heat of the Junior Final and Kenmare should give themselves the chance of making it third time lucky.