THIS clash could go right to the wire when these two strong sides meet in the Park. Both sides possess some of the most talented players in the county at this level within their ranks. It will be Mid Kerry will enter this tie as favourites though, with a clean bill of health to report.
Meanwhile, all of the Kenmare District side were in action on Sunday, in either the football county league with Templenoe or the hurling county championship with Kenmare/Kilgarvan. Templenoe men, Cian Hallisey and John Spillane picked up knocks while in action with the club on Sunday and are in a race against time to be fit to line out in the semi-final encounter.
Mid Kerry possess the Kerry U21 trio of Pa Kilkenny (right), Marcus Mangan and Gavan O'Grady to lead their side, with the latter in top form heading into this tie, clocking up an impressive 0-10 out of 0-13 for Glenbeigh/Glencar at the weekend. Kenmare District's Gavin Crowley will probably pick up O'Grady, for what should be a duel worth the turnstile fee alone.
Twin brother, Brian Crowley has been in scoring form of late in attack, clocking up a big scoring tally against Legion in the opening round from the forty. The southerners also possess the talented Teddy Doyle and the nacky Kevin O'Sullivan in attack, are sure to cause the Mid Kerry rearguard some problems. With experienced defenders such as Pa Kilkenny, Pa Wrenn and Nathan Breen in the Mid Kerry defence, it will be interesting to see how they match up.
Keel's Steven Cahillane is between the sticks for Mid Kerry and he has two really tall midfilders to direct his kick-outs towards, with former Kerry minor Ronan Murphy partnering his Beaufort team-mate Fergal Hallisey in the middle of the field. However Adrian Spillane possesses all the attributes to compete with the two big men in the middle of the field.
Kerry U21 team-mates, Tadgh Morley and Marcus Mangan will be expected to come face-to-face on the forty, for what should be a great tussle betwenn the two hard-working young players. While Mangan will have support in the forward line from Glennbeigh/ Glencar's Kieran Courtney.
This is definately the pick of the semi-final clashes, with very little between these two well-balanced sides.
Kenamre District have an advantage in that they are constantly playing together on a regualr basis over the years, and the majority of the team are made up of Templenoe players, who are hungry for success. If it is level with minutes to go, I would fancy Kenmare District to topple the slight favourites.
However, it is hard to ignore the strength that Mid Kerry possess down the spine of their team with Cahillane, Breen, Kilkenny, Murphy, Hallisey, Mangan and O'Grady making up their centre line, a line that means an awful lot at this level.
If Mid Kerry can go into the final quarter with a three point lead expect them to be able to hang on and progress to the final.