LAST year, a team in 'Black & Amber' made the long trip down to Cahirsiveen and came away with a win, will lightning strike twice in Con Keating Park this Saturday evening?
Austin Stacks are arguably not at the same level as Dr Crokes (not yet anyway) but they have form when it comes to beating a district side in their own back yard, think back to two years ago when they went up to Listowel and defeated Feale Rangers at the same stage of the competition.
It seems a long time ago since South Kerry overcame Rathmore in the First Round back in June, a win that was a huge bonus for them in the absence of Bryan Sheehan at the time through injury.
The Iveragh men arguably have an advantage this year in the fact none of their constituent clubs have the opportunity to make a trip to Croke Park in February but Paul Murphy believes this is a very big test of his side at this stage.
"I think Stacks are a very good team and we will have to be at our level best to beat them. I'm very happy with how we are looking heading into this game, getting the playe r s together has been a problem with all the other commitments they have had but I feel we're ready for this," the South Kerry boss said.
A broken leg for Gary O'Driscoll is the only injury concern for the district side, Bryan Sheehan having shaken off the injury picked up against Donegal in the All-Ireland Quarter-final and if Sheehan along with Declan O'Sullivan and Killian Young have the hunger and appetite back from that disappointing day, then South Kerry will be their old formidable self again this year.
Daniel Bohan ( pictured) is Austin Stacks only noticeable absentee for this match, but Wayne Quillinan is happy with how Kieran Donaghy has come straight back into the club's set-up.
"He took a week off after Donegal but since he has come back in he has been a massive presence in trying to get the lads focussed for this game. South Kerry are tough enough without having to go all the way down to Cahirsiveen but we're going down there with no fear at the same time and hoping that we can play to our potential," he told The Kerryman.
Tie of the round beyond question, South Kerry's pride after last year might be enough to prevent another defeat on home turf.
Verdict: South Kerry