KENMARE Shamrocks made up for the club's disappointment in the hurling equivalent at the same venue two weeks earlier with a powerful first half display good enough to see off Cork side Rockchapel who managed just three scores from play in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday .
Kenmare were coming off the back of a 23-point trouncing of Waterford side Kilmacthomas the previous Sunday and looked set to record a similar winning margin at half-time as they led by 2-10 to 0-3 at the interval.
A better effort by Rockchapel in the second half made the game a bit more of a contest. Despite both teams finishing with 14 men, Kenmare had 10 points to spare over their opponents at the final whistle.
Even though Rockchapel recorded the game's first score inside the opening 60 seconds it would be the only time they would lead as Ian Guiney's close range free was responded to almost immediately by a goal for Kenmare's Mark Crowley. Crowley fisted in a long ball from Aaron O'Callaghan and Kenmare went on to record one of the most convincing starts a team can hope to have, leading by 1-6 to 0-2 after 10 minutes with Stephen O'Brien recording four of their points.
The vast spaces in Killarney seemed to suit the Kenmare gameplan and they restricted Rockchapel to only one further point in the opening period with a goal for O'Brien in the 21st minute putting the Kerry side in total control of the match. It was another fisted effort to the net as a long ball from Paul O'Connor appeared to be dropping short in Rockchapel goalkeeper Tony Collins' path only for O'Brien to be alert as the ball made its way down for a 2-7 to 0-3 lead.
O'Brien capped off a tremendous individual 30 minutes, running from his own 21 yard line to score a point in the last minute of normal time as points from O'Connor and DJ Brennan saw Kenmare 13 points ahead at half-time.
Rockchapel came out with a bit more purpose in the second half and certainly upped the game on the physical front and had hopes of a dramatic turnaround in the 34th minute when the game's third fisted goal went into the net, this time for the Cork side.
Den Joe O'Callaghan took a leaf out of Kenmare's book with a searching high ball and this time William Murphy found the net past Hughie Murphy as a very audible cheer went up from the Rockchapel supporters.
That good work was undone two minutes later when their full-back Batt Curtin was sent off for a second yellow after a challenge on Mark Crowley and Kenmare seemed to regain the initiative from there on.
The workmanlike Kevin O'Sullivan finished with three points as Alan O'Leary's point in the 55th minute meant that every starting Kenmare forward on the day scored as Stephen O'Brien finished with a personal total of 1-6.
The only disappointing feature of the second half for the Kerry side was the sending of Jimmy Wharton in the 53rd minute for a second yellow, but despite some heated words at the final whistle the game was not necessarily bad tempered by any means. For the fourth week in a row the Shamrocks can look forward to an outing in a Munster game, this time it's the big one though as they look to make it five- in- arow for Kerry in this competition when they face Cappamore of Limerick in Sunday 's Final in Mallow. Superstition might be their only enemy come Sunday as there is very little on the football front to suggest that they should have any fears of not adding their name to the Munster trophy. KENMARE SHAMROCKS: Hugh Murphy, Dara Crowley, Tommy O'Sullivan, Colm O'Sullivan, Aaron O'Callaghan, Sean O'Leary, Aidan Crowley, Shane Dalton, Jimmy Wharton, Alan O'Leary (0-1), Mark Crowley (1-0), Kevin O'Sullivan (03), DJ Brennan (0-2), Paul O'Connor (0-3, 2f), Stephen O'Brien (16). Subs: Ritchie O'Sullivan for O'Callaghan and Shane Duncan for Brennan ROCKCHAPEL: Tony Collins, Phillip Murphy, Batt Curtin, Eamon O'Callaghan, Brendan Cahill, Kevin Collins, J O'Callaghan, Den Joe O'Callaghan (0-1), John Doody, John Forrest, Daniel Curtin (0-3, 3f), William Murphy (1-0), Ian Guiney (0-2, 2f), Seamus Hickey, Liam Collins (0-2, 1f). Subs: Michael Doody for Phillip Murphy, DJ O'Sullivan for Liam Collins, Maurice Stack for John Doody, Conor Murphy for Guiney and Kieran Burke for O'Sullivan REFEREE: Richard Moloney (Limerick)