KILCUMMIN'S four year wait to return to the top flight ended last Sunday as victory over Annascaul gave them both a Division One ticket along with the Division Two title after a 217 to 1-12 victory away to Annascaul.
The first half was an even affair with Kilcummin leading by only two, 1-8 to 1-6 after Kevin McCarthy's goal but it was their other Kerry minor panellist Kieran Murphy's goal that set the tone for a strong finish in the final 10 minutes, one that secured a first piece of major silverware for the club's senior team in a number of year.
The team joining them, Waterville, arguably defied most of the pre-season promotion predictions as they earned their second straight promotion with a 217 to 2-6 win over Glenflesk that sends the East Kerry side down to Division Three for the first time since 2007.
Michael O'Shea scored an early goal for the visitors to Valentia (last Sunday's venue) but Barry O'Dwyer responded immediately to put Waterville back on track. They then turned a fourpoint lead coming up to halftime into a nine-point lead thanks to a goal from Eoin O'Sullivan, and even though Jeff O'Donoghue threatened a mini-revival with a goal in the second half, Glenflesk slip down the ranks and will look to rebuild over the coming years.
Waterville return to the top flight for the first time since 1999, a big boost ahead of Monday's South Kerry Final with St Michaels/Foilmore, which saw them play in Valentia to allow their own pitch get ready for the big day.
Victory would not have made any difference for Skellig Rangers but they were defeated anyway away to An Ghaeltacht, Eanna O Conchuir scoring two goals as the home side finished strongly to record a 2-12 to 1-9 win.
At the other end it is Castleisland Desmonds who join Glenflesk in Division Three, the St Kierans side losing out to St Pats who secured their own status in the process with a 29 to 1-10 victory. After St Pats led by 0-6 to 0-3 at halftime the game really caught fire in the second half. Liam O'Sullivan and Adrian Greaney set Kieran Hurley up for the game's first goal straight from the restart but Desmonds battled back to reduce the margin to two points as the game threaten to boil over at various stages of the second half.
Paudie Bailey made a point blank save from Kieran Brennan to keep St Pats ahead before Greaney went down the other end to seemingly put the game beyond Desmonds at 2-7 to 0-8 heading into the closing stages. Daniel Nelligan made a save at the other end but there was nothing Bailey could do about an absolute beauty of an effort from Pa Hickey to really throw the game wide open at one point down. Kieran Hurley would score the last of a 1-5 personal total from the resulting kick-out however as after eight minutes of stoppage time, Desmonds fate was finally known.
Listowel Emmets survived following a 2-13 to 0-16 win over newly crowned Junior champions Kenmare, Noel Kennelly's goal giving them a 1-7 to 0-8 lead at halftime. The return of his brother Tadgh had been the main talking point in advance and the 2009 AllIreland medal winner showed no signs of rust with a 41st minute goal as a substitute. Shane Dalton and Jimmy Wharton tried hard to make amends for the home side but despite a superb point from Dara Crowley, Kenmare had to make do with a three point loss in the finish.
Elsewhere, Finuge warmed up for the county intermediate final with a 015 to 1-4 win over fellow North Kerry side Tarbert who were missing some regulars. Patsy O'Connell scored a penalty in the first half to make it 1-4 to 0-3 at the break yet Tarbert failed to score in the second half. Finuge hit 12 unanswered points as Jack and Maurice Corridan dominated midfield and Cillian Fitzmaurice saved a second penalty kick from O'Connell. Eamonn Fitzmaurice scored five points.