BAR a shocking collapse on the last day, Kilcummin will be back in the top flight in 2013, their victory over St Pats coupled with defeats for Waterville and Kenmare and a draw for Skellig Rangers means they need only a point to be promoted and a win against Annascaul for the title in the final round.
The opening exchanges were close; Kieran Hurley and David O'Callaghan helping St Pats to an early 0-4 to 0-3 lead, but the game changed when Kevin McCarthy's speculative shot went into the net in the 18th minute and gave the East Kerry side a 1-5 to 0-6 lead at the break. The visitors only added a further two points in the second half as four points from Ian Devane helped Kilcummin to a 1-16 to 0-8 win with a Man of the Match display from McCarthy as they put the disappointment at the loss to Dingle the weekend before behind them.
Waterville feel victim to relegation fighting Listowel Emmets on Saturday evening who recorded a 111 to 1-6 victory despite the absence of Conor Cox. With both sides scoring two points apiece the opening 15 minutes, Kevin O'Dwyer seemed to have put the visitors in control with the game's first goal but the home side responded with a David Sheehy goal along with points from Eddie Joe Walsh and Brian Maguire for a 1-6 to 1-3 lead at halftime.
Brian Murphy hit the crossbar in the second half for Emmets, but early points from Micheal Lynch and Noel Kennelly were crucial for Listowel in maintaining their lead and when Conor Walsh denied Stephen O'Dwyer a goal on the three-quarter mark, the South Kerry side's challenge faded as they relinquished top spot. Skellig Rangers left a number of chances slip them by in a 0-14 apiece draw with Annascaul, Ciaran Keating missing a penalty and also hitting the crossbar in the first half despite a lead of 0-8 to 0-7 for the Portmagee outfit during the interval.
A nip and tuck second half saw Alan Devane give Skellig what seemed like the win but a '45' from Jason Hickson gave the West Kerry side a share of the spoils and secured their status.
The battle of the Intermediate and Junior finalists went the way of the Intermediate side as Finuge gained a vital 1-13 to 1-9 win in the promotion battle even without Trevor McKenna and Paul Galvin on the day. Stephen O'Brien scored an early goal for Kenmare, but Finuge were well ahead by 111 to 1-5 at half-time after Stephen Power fisted Fergus Fitzmaurice's high ball into the net. The second half was a tame affair on the scoring front, but Pat Corridan kicked two fine points in the second half to give Finuge an important win ahead of their back game with An Ghaeltacht.
Tarbert ensured their own safety with a 2-5 to 0-11 draw at home to Castleisland Desmonds overcoming the handicap of finishing with 14 men as goals from Gerald O'Sullivan and Denis Kiely gave them the point the needed to move level with Annascaul in the table. Glenflesk live on to the final day after a 0-17 to 0-11 victory at home to An Gaeltacht, with eight points for the returning Jeff O'Donoghue crucial in giving them a chance as they head down south to Waterville in the final round.
A draw between the West Kerry side and Finuge in that outstanding game will make both sides safe with Desmonds needing a result against St Pats on the final day to at worst get a playoff and Listowel and Glenflesk needing to win to have any hope of avoiding the drop.