ADDING to the prize of promotion that was claimed in the last round, John Mitchels secured the Division Three title below in Cahirsiveen at the weekend; coming from six points at half-time against St Marys to secure a 0-20 to 2-14 draw courtesy of two second half goals.
That result gives St Marys control of their own destiny at the other end heading into the final round where they travel to Ballymacelligott, but Currow look odds on to join Mitchels in Division Two next year, winning a vital promotion encounter at home to Glenbeigh / Glencar by 2-12 to 0-15 with first half goals from a Pa McCarthy penalty and from John Buckley giving them a 2-7 to 0-8 lead at half-time.
Four Darran O'Sullivan points were not enough for the Mid Kerry side in the second half as Buckley and McCarthy scored all five of Currow second half scores with Cathal Daly, Daniel O'Sullivan and Seamus Scanlon impressive for the home side. Fergal Griffin and Colin McGuillicuddy tried hard for the visitors, but that brings Glenbeigh's promotion hopes to an end and only Cordal can now stop Currow claiming promotion.
It will be a tough ask for Cordal however, they needed Eamon John O'Donoghue to rescue a share of the spoils against Beaufort after being three points at half-time and Kevin O'Brien scoring a second half goal for the Mid Kerry side. James O'Donoghue was Cordal's goalscorer in a 1-9 apiece draw. Cordal need to beat Ballymac in a back game and Glenbeigh on the last day and hope Currow slip up against Keel to force a play-off.
Firies meanwhile secured their own status with a 1-15 to 1-12 victory over Novice champions Scartaglin. The home side lead by 0-9 to 05 at half-time before Daniel Murphy scored an early goal for Scart in the second half, but a total of 1-4 for Mike Daly cancelled out that effort in a three point win. In the other game played, Ballymac fought back to claim a 0-17 to 1-14 draw away to Dromid Pearses, the South Kerry side's lead of 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time cut out straight after the restart following a goal from Kevin O'Donnell and despite trailing by two points heading into the closing stages, late points from Eoin Sugrue and Diarmuid Lyne gave the visitors a vital point ahead of the aforementioned back game.
Another back game in the division sees the bottom two Keel and Castlegregory meet; defeat for the West Kerry side will mean relegation with a draw making their fate dependent on the outcome of the Cordal Ballymac game the following week.